Graduate Management Admission Test – GMAT

The GMAT is a standardized   assessment that measures students’ general verbal, mathematical and   analytical writing skills designed to predict how test-takers will   perform academically in MBA (Masters in Business Administration  ) programs, The GMAT helps business schools assess the qualifications of   applicants for advanced study in business and management  .
You might also see the GMAT referred to as the   “GMAT   CAT”, the acronym CAT stands for “Computer   Adaptive Test  .

The Questions

Each question in the GMAT   CAT has five answer options, and you are required to select one of   these five as the correct answer by clicking on it. A subsequent   question is displayed on the screen only after you have answered the   previous question, so you cannot skip a question. You cannot also go   back to a previously answered question to change your answer  .

The Test

The test has three distinct sections  :
Analytical Writing Ability (AWA), Quantitative  , and Verbal  .
The Quantitative section has two types of   questions, Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency  ,
The Verbal Section has three types: Sentence   Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension  .
There are a total of 78 questions, 37 in   Quantitative and 41 in Verbal. These have to be done in 75 minutes each  .
The following table gives out the format of the   GMAT-CAT  :


Number of Questions Minutes per Section


Analytical Writing



Student-produced essays on two topics:

  • “Analysis of an Issue”
  • “Analysis of an Argument”



Problem-solving and data sufficiency questions that test:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry



  • Passage-based reading comprehension
  • Sentence correction questions testing grammar, usage, and syntax
  • Critical reasoning in the evaluation of arguments

The Test is valid for five years. (5 Years )

The Score

  1. The “Total Score”
  2. composed of the quantitative and verbal sections
  3. The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60.
  4. Ranges from 200 to 800& Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.
  5. Your AWA performance is not reflected in your total GMAT score (on 800).
  6. Required Scores
  7. The average score for nearly all of the top business schools is in the upper 600s or low 700s.

Importance of GMAT

Nearly 900 management   institutes all over the world require GMAT scores from each applicant   for admission to the MBA program.

 If you are applying to a top MBA program that is ranked high, you will need a high score just to qualify for an admission

GMAT Preparation

Preparation is Everything
Most GMAT test takers start preparing about 3 to 6 months before the  actual test date. Think about how you can best prepare, given your   discipline, motivation, and personal preference :

The GMAT exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure:

Review the types of questions on the GMAT exam by looking at sample questions for each section of the test. (Read the articles on the Analytical Writing Assessment section, Verbal section, and Quantitative section.)

.To study for the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GMAT exam, practice writing an essay using the AWA Topics available on, or you can purchase GMAT Write—software designed to help you practice your essay writing skills. GMAT Write will grade your essay using the same technology that the actual exam uses

Purchase a set of three GMAT Paper Tests for extra practice.

Depending on how long it has been since you studied math, you may want to do a review of basic math skills.

If you want more sample questions to study, you can buy Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition, the Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition, or the Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition. Each Guide has hundreds of real GMAT questions, answers, and explanations.

Review and study one section of the test at a time.

Read the articles under the heading “Test Day” to find out what you will need to bring to the test and what you should expect at the test center.

Allow for at least four weeks of studying before you take the test.

GMAT Preparation Tips

GMAT Test Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a Computer Adaptive Test “CAT”? In a computer-adaptive test, the computer screen displays one question at a time, which is chosen from a very large pool of questions categorized by content and difficulty. The first question is always of a medium difficulty, and each subsequent question is determined by your responses to all the previous questions. In other words, the CAT adjusts itself to your ability level – you’ll get few questions that are either too easy or too difficult for you.
  2. I have been away from math for a long time. I am worried. How much math is required? – The GMAT is NOT a math test. The quantitative section of the GMAT contains two question types. They are called “Problem Solving” and “Data Sufficiency”. Math is relevant in that it CAN (but is not always) be a background skill required to answer some of these questions. No university level math of any kind is presumed. Most test takers can achieve adequate scores on the GMAT with a competence in basic high school level math. An excellent review of these concepts may be found in: “GRE-GMAT Math Review” by David Frieder.
  3. How is the GMAT scored? – The GMAT is reported on a scale of 200 – 800
  4. What score is a “pass” on the GMAT? – There is no pass or fail – each school decides what score is sufficient for its program
  5. How do you register for the GMAT? – You schedule your own appointment – 1 800 717-GMAT or
  6. How often can you take the GMAT? – The test is administered many days each month.
  7. Is there a maximum number of times you are permitted to take the GMAT? – Yes – 5 times in one year and 1 time in a period of 31 consecutive days.
  8. What is the fee for the GMAT? – It varies from year to year but is approximately $300 CDN or $200 U.S.
  9. Where do you register? – You have 2 options: or 1 800 717-GMAT
  10. Average GMAT Score: Top Business School GMAT Score

Harvard University 708 /-/ Stanford University 713 /-/ U-PENN (Wharton) 713 /-/
MIT (Sloan) 710 /-/ University of Chicago 690 /-/ University of Virginia (Darden) 678

GMAT Books

  1. The Official Guide for GMAT Review
  2. Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction
  3. GMAT 800
  4. Official Guide for Verbal Review
  5. Official Guide for Quantitative Review
  6. Kaplan Verbal Workbook
  7. Kaplan Math Workbook
  8. Cracking the GMAT by Princeton Review
  9. Kaplan Premier Program
  10. Manhattan GMAT CR Book
  11. Powerscore Critical Reasoning Bible
  12. Manhattan GMAT Number Properties Guide
  13. Project GMAT Advanced Math
  14. Manhattan GMAT Word Translations Guide
  15. Powerscore Sentence Correction
  16. GMAT for Dummies
  17. Manhattan GMAT Geometry Guide
  18. Manhattan GMAT Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Guide
  19. Manhattan GMAT Equations Inequalities and Vics Guide
  20. The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT

GMAT References