GMAT Exam: Fees, Registration, Syllabus

GMAT Exam: Fees, Registration, Syllabus

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Study Info CentreSun Dec 12 2021

GMAT Exam and scores are used by more than 6,000 programs offered by over 2,100 universities and colleges across 114 countries. The main purpose of this test is to analyze the skills needed for top-notch business and management programs.

Follow this everything to know about the GMAT Exam guide to know about fees, registration, syllabus and universities accepting GMAT Exams. 

Be it USA or UK or Canada or Germany, GMAT Scores are well demanded by the top business schools in the world to evaluate the student’s ability and potential. 

One of the biggest advantages of the GMAT is it helps to compensate for lower academic GPAs. Additionally, exceptional GMAT Scores can also help you get partial to full scholarships in universities and programs of your choice. 

What is GMAT?

Graduate Management Admission Test, GMAT is a computer adaptive test conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). This means that the difficulty of the upcoming questions is tailored as per the ability of the test taker (how he or she is doing)

The GMAT Exam is one of the most crucial parts of admission in business schools all across the world. 

Note that, you won’t be able to skip, return to or change your answers to questions since the computer uses your response to the questions to select the next one.

The GMAT exam is available only at designated Pearson VUE test centres around the world.

GMAT Exam Fees

The GMAT pricing can differ depending on your location. 

Overall the GMAT Exam fee is USD 250 for most countries. For India, US, the GMAT price is USD 275, for Romania, Denmark the GMAT Exam cost is 285. 

The GMAT Fees also allows you to send an official GMAT Score Report to 5 schools without paying an extra charge.

If you want to send additional score reports, you need to pay extra. 

Check out this site to get accurate pricing of GMAT for your location. 

You can make payment via- VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Network Cards. 

You can also reschedule the GMAT exam by paying an extra USD 50 (could be more or less depending on your country). Upon cancellation of the GMAT Exam, you will be partially refunded. Depending on the location and cancellation date from the appointment date, you could be refunded from USD 55-115. 

How do I Register for the GMAT Exam? 

To register for the GMAT Exam, follow the following steps. 

  1. You need to create an account on mba.com. 
  2. You need the information asked in the image below. 
GMAT Registration
GMAT Registration

Source: mba.com

  1. Enter your profile details
  2. Verify Profile
  3. Schedule your exam (Select date and test centre)
  4. Confirm Exam details
  5. Pay the GMAT Exam fee via debit or credit card
  6. Registration Complete

You can register for the GMAT exam in these ways- 

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Postal mail government-issued identification

When you appear at the test centre for GMAT Exam, you must demonstrate

Acceptable IDs

  • International travel passport
    • A passport is always required when taking the exam at a location outside of your country of citizenship
    • Expired passports are not acceptable and renewal papers do not make an expired passport valid
  • Government-issued driver’s license
  • Government-issued national/state/province identity card
  • Military ID card

Unacceptable IDs/ Identification Documents

  • Expired identification*
  • Passport cards
  • Social security cards
  • Draft classification cards
  • Credit cards
  • Employee or student IDs
  • Letters from your university or college
  • IDs with physical descriptions in place of photos
  • Photocopies of any form of ID
  • Any other kind of ID that does not meet the requirements

GMAT Exam Syllabus 

The GMAT Exam structure has 4 sections- Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning. 

Each of these sections has its own purpose. For instance, the Analytical Writing section scrutinizes test takers ability to think critically and communicate ideas. Likewise, the integrated reasoning section checks your ability to analyze data and evaluate information presented in multiple formats. 

The Quantitative Reasoning section evaluates the ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. Finally, verbal reasoning calculates student’s potential to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments and to correct written material to conform to standard written English

Quantitative Reasoning

  • Number of Questions: 31
  • Time Limit: 62 minutes
  • Score Range:6-51
  • Question Types- Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving
     

Arithmetic

Algebra

Geometry

Multiples and Factors

Monomials, polynomials

Triangle

Number Properties

Functions

Lines and angles

Fractions

Exponents

Quadrilaterals

Decimals

Quadratic equations

Circles

Percentage

Inequalities and basic statistics

Rectangular solids and cylinders

Power and Roots

Algebraic expressions and equations

Coordinate geometry

Average

Permutation and combination

 

Probability

Arithmetic and geometric progressions

 

Set Theory

 

 

Mixtures and allegations

 

 

Ratio and proportion

 

 

Descriptive Statistics

 

 

Pipes, cisterns, and work time

 

 

Speed, time, distance

 

 

Simple and Compounded Interest

 

 

Verbal Reasoning

  • Number of Questions: 36
  • Time Limit: 65 minutes
  • Score Range:6-51
  • Question Types: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction

Sentence Correction

Critical Reasoning

Pronoun

Assumptions

Subject-Verb Agreement

Evaluate

Modifiers

Inference

Idioms

Bold Face

Parallelism

Paradox

Comparison

Strengthen and weaken

Verb Tenses

 

Analytical Reasoning

  • Number of Questions: 1 Questions
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Score Range:0-6
  • Question Types: Analysis of an Argument

Integrated Reasoning

  • Number of Questions: 12
  • Time Limit: 30 minutes
  • Score Range:1-8
  • Question Types: Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-Source Reasoning, Two-Part Analysis

How is GMAT Exam Scored?

The GMAT score ranges between 200-800. Majority of test-takers (2/3rd ) score between 400 and 600. 

The scores for each verbal and quantitative section is from 0 to 60. Most students score between 6-51. 

Section

Scoring

How the Section is Scored

Analytical Writing Assessment

0.0-6.0

Essays are scored using professional essay raters and a machine algorithm. The score is reported in intervals of 0.5

Integrated Reasoning

1-8

The Integrated Reasoning score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly. Some questions may have multiple parts; you must answer all parts to a question correctly to receive credit for that question.

Scores are reported in intervals of 1.

Quantitative and Verbal

6-51

The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections are item-level adaptive, and your score is based on three factors:

1. Number of questions you answer

2. Whether your answers are correct

3. Difficulty and other parameters of the questions you answered

You will earn a higher score if you answer a higher number of questions, answer more of them correctly, and qualify for questions of a higher difficulty level.

Scores are reported in intervals of 1 and the standard error of measurement is 3 points.

Total

200-800

Total Scores are based on your calculated performance before scores are given for the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections. The raw calculation is then converted to a number in the Total Score range.

Scores are reported in intervals of 10. The standard error of measurement is 30-40 points.

If students do not complete each section, there is a penalty for them. In such conditions, students will be scored based on the number of questions answered and the score might decrease significantly for each question that went unanswered. 

GMAT Scores are valid up to 5 years from the test date. 

GMAT Exam day

  • Before starting your GMAT Exam, you will have to select 5 universities or colleges to receive the official score report. 
  • After you have selected the schools to send scores to, you will be presented with a selection order. You have 3 options from which you have to select one within 1 minute or else, the first order will be picked as default. These are the selection orders: 
    1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
    2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
    3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

Order #1

Order #2 

Order #3 

Analytical Writing Assessment

Verbal

Quantitative

Integrated Reasoning 

8 min break (optional) 

8 min break (optional) 

8 min break (optional) 

Quantitative

Quantitative

Verbal 

8 min break (optional) 

8 min break (optional) 

8 min break (optional) 

Verbal

Integrated Reasoning

Integrated Reasoning

Analytical Writing Assessment

Analytical Writing Assessment

After you complete the GMAT Exam, you will receive unofficial GMAT Scores in the verbal, quantitative and integrated reasoning sections. The writing scores will be delivered on the official score reports. 

Worldwide Universities accepting GMAT Scores

GMAT Score is a crucial admission requirement for the top business schools for MBA, finance and accounting programs. 

University

QS Global MBA Rankings 2021

Stanford University

1

University of Pennsylvania

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3

Harvard University

4

HEC Paris

5

INSEAD

6

London Business School

7

The University of British Columbia

8

IE Business School

9

University of California Berkeley, Haas

10

University of Chicago, Booth

11

IESE Business School

11

Esade Business School

13

Northwestern University (Kellogg)

14

University of California, Los Angeles

15

University of Oxford (Said)

16

University of Cambridge (Judge)

17

Yale University

17

New York University

19

University of Michigan

20

GRE Exam: FAQ

  • How many months before the actual test date can I book the GMAT Exam date?

You can register for GMAT Exam up to 6 months in advance/ prior to the preferred test date. 

  • How many days after the GMAT Test date, will the official score report be sent to universities?

20 calendar days. 

  • Which is more useful; GRE or GMAT? 

Both have their own use. GRE Exams are for science programs whereas GMAT is for Business programs.  

  • What is the duration of the GMAT Exam?

The total duration of the GMAT Test is a little over 3 hours(3 hours 7 minutes)

 

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