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GMAT - Graduate Management Admission


What is the GMAT?


The GMAT is a world-wide standardized test that assesses the qualifications of candidates who wish to enter Master of Business Administration Programs (MBAs) and other programs such as Master of Accountancy or Master of Finance offered by Graduate Schools of Business. It was designed and is developed by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), an association of 211 business schools from 22 countries. The GMAT is accepted by more than 5,800 graduate management education programs at approximately 2,100 business schools worldwide. For a complete list of schools worldwide that accept the GMAT please click here


Test Structure

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) that assesses the candidates’ skills in four different sections: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal Section. The total test time (including optional breaks) is four hours. You can see an outline of the test structure, and how long it takes to complete each test section below:
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Test Content

1.     Analytical Writing Assessment

In the Analytical Writing Assessment section, the candidates are asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument.

2.     Integrated Reasoning

The Integrated Reasoning section measures the candidates’ ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources. This section tests skills identified by management faculties worldwide as important to the candidates, including:


·         Synthesizing information presented in graphics, text, and numbers

·         Evaluating relevant information from different sources

·         Organizing information to see relationships and to solve multiple, interrelated problems

·         Combining and manipulating information to solve complex problems that depend on information from one or more sources 

3.     Quantitative Section

The Quantitative section includes two types of multiple-choice questions: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.


a)     Problem-Solving

The Problem-Solving questions measure the candidates’ ability to:

·         Reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data

·         Understand problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra, and common geometry concepts

·         Evaluate the amount of information needed to solve quantitative problems


b)    Data-Sufficiency

The Data-Sufficiency questions are designed to measure the candidates’ ability to:

·         Analyze a quantitative problem

·         Recognize which information is relevant

·         Determine at what point there is sufficient information to solve the problem


4.     Verbal Section

The Verbal Section includes three types of multiple-choice questions: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.


a)     Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension passages can be anywhere from a few paragraphs to being several paragraphs long. They contain material from subject areas like social sciences, history, physical sciences, and business-related subjects e.g. marketing, economics, human resource management. The Reading Comprehension questions test the following abilities:

·         Understanding words and statements in reading passages

·         Understanding the logical relationships between significant points and concepts in the reading passages

·         Drawing inferences from facts and statements in the reading passages

·         Understanding and following the development of quantitative concepts as they are presented in verbal material

·         Understanding the author’s point of view and their proposed arguments


b)    Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning tests the candidates’ reasoning skills involved in making arguments, evaluating arguments, and formulating or evaluating a plan of action. The questions are based on materials from a variety of sources and test the following abilities:

·         Argument construction

·         Argument evaluation

·         Formulating and evaluating a plan of action


c)     Sentence Correction

Sentence Correction questions ask the candidates to determine if there is a mistake in a given sentence and if so, to determine the best way in which the sentence should be corrected.

Test Dates and Registration


For test dates and registration to take the GMAT candidates can refer to the official GMAT website