GMAT Exam Format:
Graduate Management Admission Test more popularly known as GMAT is a three and a half hours long computer adaptive test. It is a yardstick to measure a student’s readiness for business and management courses at postgraduate or doctoral level like MBA. The GMAT test is a reliable tool to predict a student’s academic success better than GPA for B-schools admission purpose. The test tends to evaluate one’s Critical Thinking, Analytical Writing Abilities, English Language Skills, and Problem Solving Ability through its Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude sections. The GMAT registration process is flexible; one can enrol in it at any point of time. Since 1953, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is regulating and administering the GMAT and has embarked its reach in more than 120 countries. It is an non-profit organisation located in Reston, Virginia.
- GMAT is a computer adaptive test.
- Select Section order offers the following:
- Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative, Verbal (original order);
- Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA); or
- Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning (IR), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).
- GMAT is available throughout the year, with no registration or last dates criteria.
- The test score can be cancelled; one can retake the test after 16 days from the test appeared date.
- GMAT score is valid for five years.
- GMAT score is widely accepted by more than 2,100 universities and institutions in more than 5,900 programs offered.
- GMAT has over 650 testing centres at 114 countries which administer the GMAT exam.
- About 200,000 candidates across the world take the GMAT exam every year.
- 9 out of 10 new enrolments for the MBA program are done using the GMAT score.
GMAT 2020 Exam Dates:
To book the GMAT exam date, the test takers have to enroll her/himself on the official website of the GMAT. The GMAT exam is held throughout the year and therefore you can select the dates which are most suitable as per your convenience. If you would like to retake your GMAT exam to improve your scores then you will be able to do so only after 16 days. Similarly you will be able to attempt the exam only 5 times in a calendar year and eight times overall. It is recommended that you complete your registration at the earliest so that you are able to choose the dates which are most suitable.
GMAT 2020 Exam Fees:
GMAT exam fee is US$250.
If you would like to reschedule your exam before 7 days of your exam date then you will be charged a fee of $50. On the other hand if you reschedule the exam within 7 days of the exam date then you will have to make the full payment of US $250. Similarly if you wish to cancel the exam more than 7 days before your exam date then you will receive a refund on US $80 and there is no refund if you cancel the exam within 7 days of your exam date. In the event you had initially accepted your score after the exam but you are not satisfied with your GMAT score then you can still opt to cancel the score even after leaving the center for a fee of US $25
GMAT 2020 Exam Pattern :
The exam pattern for GMAT has been revised since April 2018. It still consists of 4 main sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning. However the duration of the exam has been reduced to 3.5 hours inclusive of the breaks. There is now a reduction in the number of questions in both the Quant and Verbal sections as given below :
- The number of Verbal questions will be cut-down by 5: from 41 to 36
- The number of Quant questions will be cut-down by 6: from 37 to 31
The reduction in the questions is only with the non scoring section of the exam (i.e) the research section of the exam. Although there is no particular way to determine which questions are part of the non scoring section and hence it is advised that you treat all sections of the exam in a similar manner. However, the other sections: Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning remain unchanged. GMAC has also issued a statement mentioning that while there is a change in the duration of the exam there will be no significant impact for candidates attempting the exam since the content for the GMAT exam remains unchanged.
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Structure of the GMAT® Exam:
The GMAT Exam has four separately timed sections. You will have the opportunity to take two optional eight-minute breaks during the exam.
|GMAT PATTERN||Section||No. of questions||Time allotted||Score/ Out of|
|AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment)||Analysis of an Argument||1 question||30 minutes||0-6 (0.5 point increments)|
|Integrated Reasoning||Graphical interpretation||12 questions||30 minutes||1-8 (in 1 point increments)|
|Two part analysis|
|Multi source reasoning|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Data Sufficiency||31 questions||62 minutes||6-51 (in 1 point increments)|
|Verbal Reasoning||Reading Comprehension||36 questions||65 minutes||6-51 (in 1 point increments)|
The results of the GMAT exam are available immediately after completion of the exam. Although this will be just a raw score which comprises of only your Quant and Verbal scores the complete final score report will be sent to you after 20 working days on completing the exam. The final score report will have your scaled scores in Quant and verbal in addition to also displaying your individual scores in Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections.
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