About the GMATThe Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for those who wish to pursue a management degree in India or abroad. The GMAT is a globally recognised examination that is available to you all through the year. If you are planning on taking the GMAT, you should check if you are eligible or not. Once you are eligible to take the GMAT, you can register for it online through the official GMAT website. The registration process is rather simple and won’t take you more than 15 minutes. After the registration process has been completed, you have to make a payment for the exam. The GMAT fee payment is $250, which is approximately 18,300 INR. The plan of action after you’ve registered for the GMAT is to begin preparing for it. However, the preparation process requires you to be familiar with GMAT sections, the scoring scheme of each of the sections, and the GMAT syllabus. So let us take a quick look at the GMAT sections and the GMAT scoring scheme.
GMAT SectionsThe GMAT consists of four sections— Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment. The GMAT exam sections test your knowledge in simple math and if you possess critical analysis, critical thinking, reading, writing, interpretation, data analysis, and problem-solving skills.
GMAT Scoring SchemeBefore we dive into the GMAT score validity, let us take a closer look at the scoring scheme of the GMAT. The scores for each section of the exam are as follows:
|Section||No. of Questions||Duration||Scores|
|Verbal Reasoning||36||65 minutes||6 to 51, increases by a one-point increment|
|Quantitative Reasoning||31||62 minutes||6 to 51, increases by a one-point increment|
|Integrated Reasoning||12||30 minutes||1 to 8, increases by a one-point increment|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||1||30 minutes||0 to 6, increases by a half-point increment|
|Total GMAT Score||–||3 hours 8 minutes (including breaks)||200 to 800, increases by a ten-point increment|
For How Long is the GMAT Score Valid?The GMAT score is your ticket into top business institutions across the globe, but these scores are valid for only a certain period. Are you wondering how long your GMAT score is valid? The GMAT score is valid for 5 years from the date of your examination. For instance, if you have given the exam in August 2021, then your scores will be valid until August 2026. The GMAT scores can be used while applying to universities, jobs and even internships. While the score validity lasts only up to five years, you can continue to list these scores on any application if you feel it adds significant value. You can continue to do this for up to ten years. However, after ten years, the GMAT scores cannot be listed on applications and become insignificant.
Raw Scores versus Scaled ScoresAre you wondering how the GMAT score varies by a large margin from the total GMAT score? We will help you understand how the GMAC calculates GMAT scores. There are two kinds of GMAT scores— raw scores and scaled scores. The raw scores are calculated based on the number of questions you have answered correctly. For example, if you have answered 11 out of 12 questions correctly in the Integrated Reasoning section, then your raw score will be 11. The scaled scores refer to a score range for each of the GMAT sections. For example, the Verbal Reasoning section is scored between 6 to 51, which means your score may lie anywhere between this score range. The GMAT is a computer adaptive test, this means that as you attempt each section and progress to the next, the difficulty level of each section increases invariably. The varying difficulty levels play a significant role in converting raw scores to scaled scores. The raw scores are converted to scaled scores based on an algorithm that calculates the number of questions attempted, the number of questions answered correctly and based on the difficulty level of the question answered.
How is Each Section of the GMAT Scored?Each of the GMAT sections is calculated in a specific manner. We will explore how each of the sections is scored. in the following section.
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)The AWA consists of an essay that is scored by a qualified human scorer and by a machine algorithm. The AWA section is scored between 0 to 6. A score of 6 is given to exceptionally drafted essays, which is quite rare but not unattainable. A score of 0 is given to these essays which are completely irrelevant and are poorly drafted. The GMAC has studied these methods of scoring and has concluded that the machine algorithm and the human scorer’s manner of scoring vary by a very small margin. However, in cases where the scores between the two differ by a whole point or a point and a half, a second reader is brought in.
Integrated Reasoning(IR)The IR section is not an adaptive section. This means the manner in which the score is calculated, is based on the number of questions attempted and the number of correct answers. However, this is possibly an assumption, as the GMAC does not explain in detail how the scoring of the IR works. The Integrated Reasoning section consists of questions that have multiple parts and you have to answer all the multiple questions correctly for the GMAC to count it as the right answer. If you have answered three parts of the question correctly but the other two parts are incorrect then the answer to the entire question is considered to be incorrect.
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and Verbal Reasoning (VR)The QR and VR sections are each scored based on the number of questions answered, the number of right answers, and the difficulty level of each of the questions answered. The GMAC uses an intricate algorithm to score these sections based on the varying difficulty level which has not been disclosed publicly to date.
What is a Good GMAT Score?A good GMAT score helps you get into the business school of your choice. Let’s take a look at what is considered a good GMAT score. The table below lists the scores and corresponding rating for each score:
|700 to 740||Good|
|550 to 700||Average|
What is Percentile Ranking in GMAT?The GMAT score report lists a percentile ranking that corresponds to your scores. The ranking indicates the percentage of candidates that have scored less than you. For instance, if your percentile ranking is 75 percent, then this means that 75 percent of the candidates who have taken the test have scored less than you. However, it is important to note that your percentile ranking can vary by a small difference, as each academic year the rankings are updated and modified based on the number of test-takers each year and based on the rankings available from the previous three years. While your percentile ranking might increase or decrease by a very small margin, the score validity period of five years remains unchanged.
Is your GMAT Score Valid in India?Many of the top Indian business schools accept valid GMAT scores. We have created a table with the institutes that accept GMAT scores, the programs offered by them, and their GMAT cut off. The table is as follows:
|Management Institute||Programs||GMAT cutoff|
|XLRI, Jamshedpur||General MBA||700+|
|Indian Institute Of Management, Calcutta||PGPEX||700+|
|Indian Institute Of Management, Ahmedabad||PGPX||700+|
|Indian School Of Business (ISB), Hyderabad||PGP, YLP||700+|
|Indian Institute Of Management, Bangalore||EPGP||690+|
|IMT, Ghaziabad||PGDM, PGDM-Ex||690+|
|SP Jain Institute Of Management & Research||PGDM||680+|
|Great Lakes Institute Of Management||PGDM||680+|
|Indian Institute Of Management, Lucknow||IMPX||680+|
|Indian Institute Of Management, Indore||EPGP||580+|