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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.

The paper will have four sections in the new exam pattern:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning Section
  • Quantitative Section
  • Verbal Section

GMAT Exam Pattern 2019

In this section, we are providing complete information about exam pattern:

  • Exam Mode: The examination will be conducted in online mode (CBT).
  • Attempts: Candidates will appear in the examination not more than five times in a year & not more than 8 times total.
  • Duration: The duration of the exam will be 3½ to 4 hours.
  • Total Marks: The examination will be of 800 marks.
  • Subject: The question will be asked from these subjects, i.e. Analytical Reasoning, Verbal, Quantitative and Integrated Reasoning.

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 2018-19 paper pattern:

Test Section Time (in Minutes) No. of Questions Question Types Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 1 Analysis of an Argument 0-6 in 0.5-point increments
Integrated Reasoning 30 12 Multi-Source Reasoning 1-8 in 1-point increments
Table Analysis
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Quantitative Reasoning 75 37 Data Sufficiency 0-60 in 1-point increments
Problem Solving
Verbal Reasoning 75 41 Reading Comprehension 0-60 in 1-point increments
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction


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.

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.

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