What is GMAT?

GMAT is a Graduate Management Aptitude Test, a standardized test required by the vast majority of business schools because it provides the measure of an applicant’s academic ability. The GMAT test does not include any questions that gauge your business knowledge.

Why take the GMAT Test?

GMAT scores are used by more than 1,500 universities and institutions in 83 countries for 5,400 programmes. More than just a score, the GMAT exam demonstrates to schools that you have what it takes to succeed in your career. It has been the test of choice by the world’s business leaders to get into the world’s leading schools for one reason- it works. No other graduate business admissions exam positions you better for success than the GMAT exam!! Moreover the score card is valid for 5 years.

GMAT Eligibilty Criteria

As stated by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), any candidate who is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university or institution and is above 18 years of age can take the exam. The candidate can belong to any country across the world or be a student of any discipline. There is no upper limit of education qualification apart from graduation for the test takers.

When and how to appear?

GMAT is a round the year exam where the candidates have the flexibility to take the exam on any day depending on the availability and time slot. To schedule an exam, an appointment must be made at one of the designated test centres. It may not be taken more than once within 31 days, even if the scores are cancelled.

How long are the scores valid?

The scores are valid for 5 years, but ideally universities accept scores for the test taken in the last 3 years.

GMAT exam pattern

GMAT is an online MBA exam of 3 hours and 30 minutes duration. The pattern of the test is both objective and subjective. It consists of four sections: An analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, the quantitative section and the verbal section. This refers that the candidate will get one question at a time and depending on the accuracy of the answer, the difficulty level of the next question will be decided.

GMAT score

Total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative aptitude and verbal sections together.

Section Number of Questions Time Limit
AWA (one Issue and one Argument) 2 30 minutes for each essay
Break 10 minutes
Verbal: about 14 Reading Comprehension Questions (3 passages), 10 Critical Reasoning Questions and 17 Sentence Correction Questions) 41 75 minutes
Break 5 minutes
Quantitative (about 13 Data Sufficiency, and 34 Problem Solving) 37 75 minutes

What are experimental questions on GMAT?

There are 9 questions on the Quantitative section and 11 questions on the Verbal section that are experimental questions and are unmarked. They are solely for the purpose of research by question framers and they do not contribute to the GMAT score (irrespective of the fact of whether they are answered correct or wrong). Unfortunately, there is no way to figure out which questions are experimental.

How are the scores calculated on the test?

The GMAT score depends upon the following three factors:

  • The number of questions answered
  • Difficulty level of the question answered
  • Number of questions completed

How are four modes of registration for the GMAT :

  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Postal Mail
  • Online

Note: All test appointments are scheduled on first come, first served basis.


You can register by phone only if you are using International Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express).

Step 1: Call up Pearson - Noida at +91 0 120 4324628 between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. Telephone lines are open Monday through Friday, except on public and national holidays.

Note: You are required to call up at least 2 business days prior to your preferred test date.

Step 2: Mention the following:

  • Your choice date
  • The city where you wish to take the test
  • The Test Centre Code (the latest test centre codes are available on
  • Your Passport Number
  • Your Credit Card Number

Step 3: A confirmation number, date and time of the test, and location of the test centre will be given to you immediately.avel.

Step 4: A confirmation letter mentioning the date and time of the test and location of the test centre will be mailed to you.

Note: If you do not receive a confirmation, call GMAT Customer Service, in your region at least seven business days prior to your first-choice test date. If you miss your appointment and did not call GMAT Customer Service, your test fee will not be refunded.


Step 1: Fill up the GMAT Appointment Scheduling form located on Page 29 of the GMAT bulletin completely. (You can download the GMAT bulletin from


  • In case you have applied for your passport, mention the same in the form.
  • The Country Code of India is IND.

Step 2: Make a Dollar Draft of the relevant amount from a Forex branch of any bank.

Step 3: Mail the GMAT Appointment Scheduling Form in Bulletin to Pearson VUE along with a Dollar Draft, to the following address.