MBA Entrance Exam: Graduate Management Admission Test
In 1953, the organization now called the Graduate Management Admission
Council (GMAC) began as an association of nine business schools, whose goal
was to develop a standardized test to help business schools select qualified
applicants. In the first year it was offered, the assessment (now known as
the Graduate Management Admission Test), was taken just over 2,000 times; in
recent years, it has been taken more than 200,000 times annually. Initially used
in admissions by 54 schools, the test is now used by more than 1,500 schools and
1,800 programs worldwide.
The Graduate Management Admission Test is a Computer-Adaptive
standardized test in mathematics and the English language for measuring aptitude
to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools commonly
use the test as one of many selection criteria for admission into graduate
business administration programs (e.g. MBA, Master of Accountancy, etc.)
principally in the United States, but also in other English-speaking countries.
GMAT Test Structure:
Analytical Writing Assessment: Essay must be written within 30 minutes
and is scored on a scale of 0–6 (Each of the two essays in the Analytical
Writing part of the test is graded on a scale of 0 (the minimum) to 6 (the
Quantitative Section: The
quantitative section consists of 37 multiple choice questions, which must be
answered within 75 minutes. It has two different subsections.
- Problem Solving: Problem-solving questions present
multiple-choice problems in arithmetic, basic algebra, and elementary
geometry. The task is to solve the problems and choose the correct answer
from among five answer choices.
- Data Sufficiency: This tests the quantitative reasoning ability
using an unusual set of directions.
Verbal Section: (The verbal section consists of 41 multiple choice
questions, which must be answered within 75 minutes.). It has three different
- Sentence Correction: Sentence correction items consist of a
sentence, all or part of which has been underlined, with five associated
answer choices listed below the sentence.
- Critical Reasoning: This portion of test is based on logical
thinking. Critical thinking items present an argument that the test taker is
asked to analyze.
- Reading Comprehension:
Reading comprehension questions are related to a passage given on
question booklet. It defines the critical reading ability.
The eligibility criteria for taking the standardized test GMAT is discussed
in this page. For taking the GMAT Test as such there is no minimum educational
qualification requirement prescribed by the testing authority GMAC.
However, if a candidate’s age is below 18 years, then he/she has to send a
written form to “GMAT Customer Services” of his/her region signed by parents or
local guardian This form authorizes such candidates to take the GMAT exam and
states that the applicant and parent or legal guardian agree to adhere to all
the terms and conditions specified by the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission
The test scores are valid for five years, i.e., most universities accept scores
up to five years old. But it is always better if scores are recent (not older
than 2 years).
- Registration by Phone
Test takers from India can call may call up Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Delhi
office until 12:00 noon on the working days to register. Make sure to call
at least three business days before the test date.
- Registering by Fax
If registering by fax test takers must send their fax at lest 7 days, prior
to their first choice of the test day.
- Registering by Mail / Courier
Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card)
and submit these to the Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. at New Delhi either by
hand or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least
three weeks before their choice of a test day.
On receipt of your documents, an appointment will be scheduled for you to
test at the
Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Confirmation of the date, time and location of
the appointment will be sent to you.
Graduate Management Admission Council
11921 Freedom Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190 USA
- Phone: +1-703-668-9600
- Fax: +1-703-668-9601
- Email Id: info[at]snaptest.org.
Source: GMAC & Wikipedia