GMAT Overview

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is a standardized aptitude test with a pre-defined syllabus and is required for admission to many of the world’s leading Business Schools.

The GMAT score is generally accepted as one of the most valid and reliable testing schemes in graduate business schools. The exam is designed to measure the skills students require to succeed in the challenging curriculum.
Being a computer-adaptive exam, it is one that assesses the student’s verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills rather than a handwritten test. Being computer-based, the GMAT exam can determine the student’s ability by selecting questions based on previous answers. As the student progresses with the exam, the difficulty of questions alters in accordance with the number of correct or incorrect answers given.

It is essential to undergo proper GMAT coaching before you appear for the test. Here are just a few of the reasons why students should choose Pathshala.

Assist students make correct decisions about their future and guiding them about their education options both in India and overseas.Provide quality test preparation programmes.

Experienced, qualified and professional faculty to guide at every stage.

Thorough understanding of university entry requirements and admission processes helping students to successfully achieve their desired test scores.

Flexible and convenient schedules that suit students’ needs and requirements with small batch sizes that allow personalized attention. to ensure And establish realistic goals for score improvement.

Monitor progress through personalized review sessions after class hours Improve test scores through extra tutoring and result oriented strategies.

Test Format
The GMAT consists of four sections:

AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) Integrated Reasoning
Quantitative Reasoning Verbal Reasoning

Structure of the GMAT

Test Section Analytical Writing Assessment Integrated Reasoning Quantitative Verbal
Total Number of Questions 1 12 37 41
Types of Questions Table Analysis, Graphic 35 Problem Solving Data Sufficiency Critical Reasoning Reading
Interpretation, Multi-source reasoning, Two-part Analysis Comprehension Sentence Correction
Time Allowed 30 mins 30 mins 75 mins 75 mins
Score Range 0-6 1-8 0–60 0-60

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers scores between 400 and 600. Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 9 and above 46 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 51 for the Quantitative section are rare.
The GMAT can be taken in 94 countries across the world. Appointments are available six days a week all year round. Students can appear for the GMAT once every 16 days and a maximum of five times in one calendar year with scores being valid for up to five years. If a student is fortunate enough to score a perfect 800 in the GMAT he/she cannot take the GMAT again for five years (until after their score expires).
Further details about the GMAT are available on the official website:

The insight into the GMAT:

As the student progresses with the exam, the difficulty of questions alters in accordance with the number of correct or incorrect answers given.

The GMAT scores rely on the number of questions answered correctly and the difficulty level of those questions.

The first question in the multiple-choice section has an ‘average level’. If a student answers it correctly, the subsequent ones become more difficult. On the contrary, if the question is answered incorrectly, subsequent questions will become easier. The trend will follow until a question is answered correctly.

The student cannot skip or return to a previous question, or change an answer.

The student must finish the entire section and a strong penalty is imposed for leaving the test incomplete.

The first few questions have a bigger impact on the score range than the last few.

The performance in one section is isolated from the other.

There are approximately 20 experimental questions in the test.

Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores will appear immediately after taking the test.

The official report is received within two weeks (with essay grades).

Test Fees

The cost to take the GMAT is US$ 250.00
In addition to the cost of taking the GMAT, other charges may apply in certain circumstances:
Re-scheduling the GMAT costs an additional US$ 50.00 and this has to be done at least 7 calendar days prior to the test day.

A rescheduling fee will apply as stated below:

More than 7 calendar days before the scheduled test date: US$50.00 fee (each time you reschedule) Within 7 calendar days before the scheduled test date: Additional US$250.00 fee. Within 24 hours of the scheduled test date and time: Appointment cannot be rescheduled. If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, your account history will display the appointment as a no-show. This will not appear on your score reports when you send them to schools. Scores need to be confirmed or cancelled by the student at the end of the test. To reinstate a cancelled score, a fee of $ 100.00 has to be paid.