What Is The GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a globally recognised & computer-based standardised test used by over 6,000 business school programmes (MBA, EMBA, MiM, MFin, PhD, etc.) across the globe as a part of their selection criteria.

For any aspiring business school candidates, having a competitive GMAT score is imperative to a successful application. Recently, some schools also start to accept the Executive Assessment (EA) alongside the GMAT. For more information on the Executive Assessment, please read our Executive Assessment guide instead.

The GMAT consists of 4 sections that assesses the test-takers’ analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English. Contrary to popular belief, the GMAT does not measure business knowledge or intelligence. Therefore, students generally need to prepare thoroughly in order to put together a competitive score.

What Is The Format Of The GMAT?

The GMAT consists of four sections: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning

SectionTimeQuestionsQuestion Types
Analytical Writing30 Minutes1Analysis of Argument
Integrated Reasoning30 Minutes12Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis
Quantitative62 Minutes31Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving
Verbal65 Minutes36Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction

The total length of the GMAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes (inclusive of breaks and test instructions). You are given two optional 8-minute breaks that can be taken during the test.

Analytical Writing | About The GMAT

Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) measures your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. Consequently, during the AWA, analysis of the reasoning behind a given argument and a written critique of which is required.

Integrated Reasoning | About The GMAT

Integrated Reasoning

The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources. These are skills you need to succeed in our technologically advanced, data-driven world.

Quantitative Reasoning | About The GMAT

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative section measures your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. The mathematics needed to understand and solve the questions in this section of the GMAT exam are no greater than what is generally taught in secondary school classes.

Verbal Reasoning | About The GMAT

Verbal Reasoning

The GMAT exam showcases all of your skills and not just math. Hence, the Verbal section measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English.

How Is The GMAT Scored?

The GMAT is scored on the scale of 200 to 800. This score comes from your performance for the 2 computer-adaptive sections: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

In reality, it is common to score somewhere between 400 and 750 for the GMAT – with the global average GMAT score at about 720.

710 - 80092 - 99
610 - 70064 - 89
510 - 60034 - 61
410 - 50013 -31
310 - 4004 - 12
210 - 3000 - 3

How Do I Take The GMAT?

The GMAT is administered using a computer, as it is a computer-adaptive test. 

When you begin the GMAT, the computer assumes you have an average score and gives you a question of medium difficulty. As you get answers correct, the computer serves up more difficult questions and increases its estimate of your ability. And vice versa, as you answer incorrectly, the computer serves up easier questions and decreases its estimate of your ability.

Your section score is the algorithm’s final assessment of your level of ability.

The GMAT allows you to have the flexibility to select the order of the sections of the GMAT exam from three options:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)
  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

The section order selection will take place at the test center on exam date, immediately prior to the start of the GMAT exam.

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