GMAT 2018 - Eligibility, Exam Dates, Registration, Syllabus

What is GMAT

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive test that has been created by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC.) The GMAC is a non-profit body of some of the best management schools and B-schools from across the globe.

GMAT is a test that is used to check the suitability of students to pursue MBA/ management programs. By testing the various skills needed in business & management (such as problem solving, critical & logical reasoning, analytical writing etc.), the GMAT can reliably judge whether the candidate will perform well in their chosen management program.

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For this reason, 7000+ programs offered by 2300+ universities/ colleges in 110 countries have been using the GMAT as a mandatory part of their admission/ selection process.

Many management schools in India such as ISB Hyderabad, IIM Ahmedabad accept applications for PGP, PGPX management programs on the basis of GMAT scores and shortlist candidates for further selection procedures like group discussions & personal interviews.

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Who can take the GMAT- GMAT Eligibility Criteria

You need to be 18 years+ to appear for GMAT. For candidates between the ages 13 to 17, parental approval is needed to write the GMAT.  There is no upper age limit to appear for GMAT.

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There is no specific eligibility criterion to be able to write the GMAT.

  • Since the exam is used for admissions to various MBA/ management programs around the world, what you need to check is your eligibility for the MBA program you're applying for.
  • The eligibility criteria for admissions may vary for every MBA or management course.
  • Some management programs may require you to have a certain number of years of work experience, while others may not.
  • So before you register for GMAT, please ensure that you fulfil all other parameters that would allow your selection into your chosen program.

It is advisable that college final year students and those who have completed college write the GMAT, as the GMAT score is used for admission into postgraduate management programs in India and across the world.

GMAT Score Validity

GMAT score is valid for 5 years. Students studying undergraduate courses can hence appear for GMAT from the first year.

Reappearing for GMAT

You can take the GMAT any number of times till you get your desired score. There are few rules to look out for if you wish to take the GMAT again:

  • Candidates can appear for only 5 times in a single year (12 months).
  • The minimum waiting period between the two GMAT tests is 16 days.

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GMAT Fee 2018

The fee for a single attempt for GMAT is USD 250. For changing the exam schedule, there is an additional field of USD 50.

GMAT Exam Schedule 2018

GMAT has flexible test schedule and the candidates can take the test by booking an appointment according to their personal preference. You can register for GMAT online as well offline.

Since the GMAT is offered around the year, you can choose any date to appear for your exam. It is up to you to register for the GMAT on a date that is convenient for you, as long as seats are available for that date in your chosen GMAT test centre.

B-school applicants should write the GMAT well before the application process begins for their targeted management schools. To be on the safer side it is advisable to write your GMAT at least a month before your business school application.

You will find out which GMAT dates are available at your chosen test centre when you register to take the exam.

GMAT Registration 2018

Candidates have to create an account on GMAC, the official web portal for GMAT exam.

Online Registration

Candidates can fill up a form, pay the fees and get an acknowledgment of their registration online.

Offline Registration

Candidates can also apply for the exam offline, by placing a call to the GMAT customer service or through postal mail.

Although this is not the best way to register for the GMAT exam, since the fees have to be paid via cheque or money order. An additional processing fee of USD 10 has to be paid for the same.

Check out the how to register for GMAT (registration process, GMAT fees etc.) and find out what's the best time to schedule your GMAT.

GMAT Test Centres

The GMAT is held worldwide in various locations. Pearson VUE has been GMAC's global delivery partner that administers the GMAT at all 32 test centres in India present in 28 cities.

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GMAT Exam Pattern 2018

GMAT is a computer adaptive test. To break it down in simpler terms:

  • The test adjusts itself to the candidate’s ability
  • The initial questions are of average difficulty
  • The difficulty levels goes up or down depending on how correctly the candidate answers the previous questions
  • If the candidate continue to answer the questions correctly, the difficulty of the questions goes on increasing
  • This process continues till the candidates attempts all the questions under the section
  • All questions are mandatory to answer and once the answer is submitted, it cannot be changed

Other details of GMAT exam:

  • The exam has a total of 91 questions that have to be attempted in 3.5 hours
  • The exam has four major sections- Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal Section

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Find out more details about the GMAT exam pattern.

GMAT Preparation

GMAT preparation books are widely available. Coaching institutes and private tutors can often be found in major cities to help you prepare. The GMAT Testing authority offers help in preparing for the test. If you are a registered user of, you may download GMAT preparation software for free from the GMAT website.

You can purchase study materials for GMAT preparation from the store and find tips on preparation.

Learn more about the tentative syllabus for the test.

GMAT Score Calculation

Average GMAT scores range from 400-600. While 200 is the minimum score, 800 is the perfect score on GMAT.

  • The GMAT score is calculated based on following:
  • Analytical Writing Assessment- (AWA, 0-6)
  • Integrated Reasoning- (IR, 1-8)
  • Quantitative- (0-60)
  • Verbal- (0-60)

Learn about the details of GMAT scores.

GMAT Score Results 2018

It is a computer adaptive test and the score results are available within three weeks of taking the examination.  The unofficial score is available immediately after the examination.

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