What is GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test, in short GMAT is a computer-adaptive standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical, analytical and writing skills.

The test is designed by the US-based Pearson VUE under the instruction of GMAC, a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. This test is meant for the graduate schools of business to assess the potential of candidates applying for advanced study in business and management. The test includes areas such as mathematics and the English language. A good GMAT score is necessary to get into good business schools. The test scores are valid for five years. Unlike other exams, candidates can choose their convenient date and time for taking the GMAT.

Eligibility / Qualification

Anyone can take the GMAT. There are no barriers of age or qualifications for this test.

Preparation for GMAT

For the preparation of GMAT it is necessary to have an idea about the structure of the exam.

The GMAT includes 3 major sections.

  • The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)
  • Quantitative section
  • Verbal Ability section

The Analytical Writing Assessment part includes two essays. The first essay will be an analysis of an argument and the second will be an analysis of an issue. 30 minutes is the allotted time for each essay. This section assesses the analytical skills of the candidates rather than writing skills.

The second section of the GMAT- quantitative section- comprises of 37 multiple choice questions that should be completed within 75 minutes. This section includes Problem Solving (PS) and Data Sufficiency (DS).

Verbal Ability section includes 41 multiple choice questions to be finished within an allotted time of 75 minutes. This section covers sentence correction (SC), critical reasoning (CR), and reading comprehension (RC).


The maximum score is 800. Business schools consider candidates who have highest GMAT score. The higher you score, the higher is the chance of getting into a good business school.

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