The GMAT is designed to test the skills necessary for graduate management programs. Students planning to pursue an MBA have to take this exam, this exam is mostly used in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Top business schools use this test score to assess a candidate’s eligibility for management courses. The GMAT is widely used and accepted by more than 6000 business management programs worldwide.

In this article, we’ll cover some important information about the GMAT that will help you to get an understanding of this exam.

What is GMAT?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized computer adaptive test that assesses student’s eligibility for business management courses. This exam is a pre-requisite for admission in graduate management programs such as MBA and Masters in finance.

Exam Pattern

The format of the GMAT exam comprises of four sections;

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analytical writing

Students have the flexibility to choose from three options for your exam’s section order;

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

Exam Preparation

To prepare for this exam there are multiple resources available on the internet. However, you can check here for more information about preparation resources, where you can buy course books and practice sample tests that can help you to score better in the exam.


The registration fee for GMAT is US $250 that includes free and unlimited score report sending. You can reschedule your exam appointment any time before your scheduled exam time for a fee of US $25. The cancellation fee for the GMAT exam is US $100. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before your scheduled exam appointment time.

GMAT Registration

To register for this exam you have to create your account here and proceed with registration.

Identification Requirements

You are required to present an original (not a photocopy) ID that is valid (unexpired) and government-issued. All IDs must include the candidate’s name and a recent, recognizable photo. All IDs must have a first and last name that matches the first and last name the candidate used to register for the exam.

Below are the acceptable forms of identification:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Military ID (including spouse and dependents)
  • Identification card (national or local)
  • Registration card (such as green card, permanent resident, visa)

GMAT Scoring

The GMAT Scores are based on your calculated performance for all the sections and range from 200 to 800.

Important: There is a penalty for not completing each section of the exam. If you do not finish in the allotted time, your scores will be calculated based on the number of questions answered. Your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.


You can take the GMAT exam once every 16 calendar days and no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period.

You can not appear more than eight times total for GMAT in a lifetime.

Exam Result

You can access your scores via an online account. You will receive an email notifying you once your scores are available. Your result will be available within 20 calendar days of your GMAT exam.

Score Validity

GMAT scores are valid for 5 years.

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