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The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is a computer-adaptive test. It is intended to assess a student’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in formal or standard written English. It is for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA and Masters in Finance related courses.

Computer adaptive test

The GMAT exam is a computer adaptive test and not a computer-based test. Here the candidate gets one question at a time. And depending on the accuracy of the previous answer, the difficulty level of the next question will be ascertained. The average scores required for universities abroad varies; top-tier universities require at least 710, while middle-tier universities accept 600.

For Executive MBA

GMAC has recently introduced a new Mini GMAT called Executive Assessment exam for Executive MBA. Specially designed for EMBA applicants, this exam is of considerably shorter duration. It is meant to test analytical and logical thinking of the applicant, which is more suited for the Executive MBA course.


The application fee for GMAT 2018 is $250, which roughly converts to Rs 15,000-16,000 approximately. In case the applicant wants to get his centre changed or reschedule the test then he/she will be charged $50 extra.

GMAT Paper-Pattern

The GMAT exam pattern consists of mainly four sections. These sections test the candidate’s’ abilities on various parameters, such as Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills. The GMAT exam is conducted in a time span of 3 hours and 30 minutes. GMAT scores are given with an increment of 10 points for example 550, 560, 570 etc.

Take a look at the GMAT 2018 paper pattern

Section No. of questions Question Type Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of an Argument 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 questions Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis 30 minutes
Quantitative 37 questions Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 75 minutes
Verbal 41 questions Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 75 minutes
Total Exam Duration 3 hours 30 minutes


Update:  The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) recently announced the upcoming launch of Select Section Order, a new feature that will provide candidates the flexibility to customize their GMAT experience by choosing the section order in which they feel most comfortable taking the exam. GMAC believes this new exam feature has offered greater control and flexibility to a candidate.

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