GMAT - Eligibility, Exam Dates, Registration, Syllabus
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.
Basically, 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 his chosen management program.
For this reason, 6000+ programs offered by 21,000+ universities/ colleges in 114 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.
In fact, a 2016 survey by Stacy Blackman Consulting ( a Los Angeles based leading b-school admissions consulting firm) revealed that interest in taking the GMAT has increased among the survey respondents from 89.09% last year to 91.05% this year.
GMAT Eligibility Criteria
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. For instance, 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 fulfill all other parameters that would allow your selection into your chosen program.
In short, anyone can appear for the GMAT. 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 2016 Exam Dates
Since the GMAT is offered around the year, you can chose 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. You can appear for the GMAT 5 times within a 12 month period as long as there is a 16-day gap between each of your GMAT retake.
B-school applicants should write the GMAT well before the application process begins for their targeted management schools. After you've appeared for GMAT, it takes at least 20 days for your official GMAT Score Report to be ready and sent to up to 5 programs you've chosen. 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.
Registering & Scheduling a GMAT Appointment
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.
GMAT Score/ GMAT Result
Send GMAT Score to MBA Schools
You may choose to send your GMAT Score to a maximum of five institutions within 20 days of the examination. However, if you wish to apply to more business schools, additional test results can be requested for a fee.
Learn about the details of GMAT scores.
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 www.mba.com, you may download GMAT preparation software for free from the GMAT website.
You can purchase study materials for GMAT preparation from the www.mba.com store and find tips on preparation.
GMAT 2016 Test Pattern
The GMAT consists of four main parts, and is taken on a computer. The four parts are Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. Find out more details about the GMAT exam pattern.
Learn more about the tentative syllabus for the test.