The word GMAT is short for the Graduate Management Admission Test. Held by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), this test is a comprehensive computer-adaptive one that aims to test your aptitude across basic mathematics and English, and your logical and analytical reasoning.

The GMAT is attempted by thousands of MBA aspirants every year. Taking the GMAT exam is mandatory for securing admission to most international B-schools and the variety of MBA programs they offer. Many consider preparing for the GMAT the very first step in their MBA journey, and rightly so. 

Below, you will find some general information about the GMAT exam to help you understand what is in store for you if you have chosen to attempt it.

Who is eligible to take the GMAT exam?

Nearly everybody is eligible to take the GMAT, and there are minimal limitations in place that might prevent one from taking the exam.

You are eligible for the GMAT if you are over 13 years of age. Between the ages of 13 and 17, you will require permission in writing from a parent or legal guardian. If you are 18 years of age or above, you can register for the GMAT without any permission requirement. Besides, candidates of any nationality can take the GMAT, and there is no minimum cut-off for marks or grades either. (However, they may be such a cut-off to apply to your program of choice, so do check all details before submitting your application to a graduate school.) Additionally, any level of work experience and any type of undergraduate program is also not a cause for concern if you want to take the GMAT exam.

However, there are some restrictions in terms of the number of attempts that have previously been made by the candidate. You can take the GMAT every 16 days, but you can take it only 5 times in a period of twelve months. Overall, you can only attempt the GMAT 8 times in a lifetime, and if you happen to get a perfect score of 800, you must wait at least five years before you attempt the exam again.

Where can you take the GMAT exam from?

The GMAT is typically taken by students at a registered test centre in their city or a nearby city if there are no test centres present where they live. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, GMAC (the Graduate Management Admission Council) is also offering a GMAT Online Exam, which is described as an “interim, proctored exam” that you can take from your own home on your own computer. You are free to choose from the two options.

What is the exam fee?

The GMAT exam fee is USD 250 in India, which is roughly INR 18,500. In India, the fee is the same whether you choose to take the exam at a test centre or online. In addition to this, there are a few additional services which if you opt for, you will be charged separately; such as score reports, rescoring, and cancellations or rescheduling, should you opt for them.

Additional Information on the GMAT

  • The official portal for all GMAT-related information is MBA.com, where you can register for the exam and keep up with all relevant news and announcements released by the test providers.
  • MBA.com also offers official GMAT preparation material that includes previously asked questions, mock tests, and more.
  • You may register for the GMAT as a test taker with disabilities, if this applies to you.
  • The duration of the exam is 3.5 hours, including a break should you choose to take one.
  • You will receive a provisional score right after you are finished with the exam.
  • Your GMAT score will be valid for 5 years.
  • GMAT offers the service of automatically sending your score report to up to five schools of your choice. This service is included in the exam fee of USD 250.

This article covers the full form of the acronym ‘GMAT’ and everything you need to know about the exam before you register for it and begin your study and preparation. Remember to pick a date wisely and create a study plan that will help you complete your preparations for the exam comfortably and in good time. We wish you the best of luck for your GMAT exam and the rest of your MBA journey.

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