What is the GMAT…

A standardized test, the Graduate Management Admissions Test measures the Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical skills. The test primarily intends to aid graduate schools of business assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 900 management institutes all over the world require GMAT scores from the applicants.

THE GMAT..

The GMAT is different from most other customary examinations. The examination is entirely computer-based, and no two students get identical sets of questions. Also, students cannot skip questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. The GMAT Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school. The test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a Business School he/she desires.

Who Administer GMAT..

The US-based “Pearson VUE”, which is under the directions of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) develops and administers the GMAT. Pearson VUE is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee.

Does one have to be a graduate for taking the GMAT?

Not necessarily. However, to do a master’s course, one has to be a graduate in any stream.

What is the scoring system?

The total marks are 800, out of which 600 and above is considered good. Different questions carry different marks, depending on its difficulty level. There is no fixed break up for Maths and English.

What is the syllabus?

The course consists of Maths and English with the following pattern:
30 min: Analysis of an issue
30 min: Analysis of an argument
5 min: break
75 min: Maths section- 37 questions
5 min: break
75 min: Verbal section- 41questions (reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction)
The total exam is nearly four-hour long.

Is work experience necessary to get admission in universities?

It is not necessary to have work experience to get admission in MBA colleges abroad. However, it is recommended to have at least two years work experience to get into good MBA programs. However, very high GMAT scores, combined with exceptional college record and extra curricular achievements can compensate. In some universities, work experience is a must.

What happens if I cancel the exam?

After taking the exam you are given the choice of cancelling your score without seeing it. If you choose to do so the score is lost forever but it gets reported on all subsequent score charts that you had cancelled an exam.

How do I pass on my score to the college?

The universities only accept official scores sent directly by Pearson VUE. Scores to five colleges can be sent free of cost while taking the exam. Subsequently, for each score report sent to a college, you would have to pay $28.

What happens if I cancel the exam?

After taking the exam you are given the choice of cancelling your score without seeing it. If you choose to do so the score is lost forever but it gets reported on all subsequent score charts that you had cancelled an exam.

Is work experience necessary to get admission in universities?
It is not necessary to have work experience to get admission in MBA colleges abroad. However, it is recommended to have at least two years work experience to get into good MBA programs. However, very high GMAT scores, combined with exceptional college record and extra curricular achievements can compensate. In some universities, work experience is a must.

What happens if I postpone my exam date?

If you postpone the exam at least seven days before your scheduled date, you would have to pay an additional $48 to reschedule else the entire fees is forfeited.

How do I register for the GMAT?

You can register online or by phone or by mail. The detailed information about registering for the GMAT can be found at www.mba.com

Which score will the college consider?

Though Pearson reports the scores of all the GMAT attempts, universities usually accept the best score.

What is percentile?

If you secure 85 percentile it would mean 85 % of the students taking the exam in the past five years are below you and 15% are equal to or above you.