GMAT Exam 2021: Syllabus, Dates, Fees, Registration, Results & Scores for GMAT Exam

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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) ensures your selection to quality business schools and management programs. Afterall, the GMAT test score is accepted for more than 7,000 programs worldwide. To make the understanding of GMAT easily accessible for you, we at Yocket have come up with this one-stop guide. It will help you connect with all the foundational nuances of the GMAT Exam 2021.

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What is GMAT?

The GMAT entrance exam hosted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a highly competitive test taken by 200,000+ aspirants every year. A good score in GMAT is your ticket to top notch universities offering business and management programs to students across the world. 

GMAT 2021: A Quick Overview

Conducting body

GMAC

Nature of GMAT

Computer Adaptive Test

Mode of Exam

GMAT in Person & GMAT Online

Age Eligibility

18+ years OR under 18 with a letter of consent from parents

Registration Fee

Depends on your location

Total GMAT time

3 hours, 7 minutes

Check-in time 

15 minutes

Skills tested

Writing, Quantitative, Analytical, Verbal and Reading skills

Sections in the Exam

Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning & Verbal Reasoning

Section order

You are allowed to choose your own section order amongst 3 choices in the first minute of the GMAT exam

Breaks provided in between sections

2

Duration of breaks provided

8 minutes per break

Lifetime exam attempts allowed

8

Announcement of Results

7 - 20 days after the test

Moving forward, let’s discuss each of the GMAT exam details one by one. Let’s begin by understanding the purpose of the GMAT exam -

Why GMAT?

A lot of aspirants ask themselves the question of, “why GMAT exam?” And this is a pertinent question, given that exams like GRE are also taken by thousands of individuals globally.

Well, the Graduate Management Admission Test assists B-schools and universities to predict your ability to succeed in a given program. Also, the program you like to pursue is the right fit for you. Once you pursue business and management programs from a top notch university, you have excellent job prospects.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for GMAT?

There is no GMAT exam eligibility as such that is prescribed by GMAC. However, the age limit for GMAT entrance exam is 18+ for most aspirants. In case of aspirants who are under 18 years of age, a letter of consent from a parent or guardian needs to be provided.

No set academic eligibility for GMAT has been kept. Having said that, your grades and performance will affect your final admission process because each university has its own defined criteria.

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Before scrolling further, let us learn one of the foundational GMAT exam details -

Understanding the Key Differences Between GMAT in Person and GMAT Online

The Graduate Management Admission Test is conducted in both offline as well as online mode. Depending on your exact need and preference, you can choose your mode of attempting the GMAT entrance exam.

GMAT in Person and GMAT Online vary with respect to 5 key criterias.

Criteria

GMAT in Person

GMAT Online

Appointment availability 

Available seven days of the week during the test center operating hours 

Available round the clock

Location

At the specific GMAT test centers nearest to your location

The test is taken at home

Exam attempts

Five attempts are allowed, and test-takers can take up to eight GMAT tests in a lifetime 

One re-test is permitted. Although, each test is counted within the five attempts allowed for the year

Rough work 

Five-page laminated sheets, markers and erasers are provided

Built-in-online whiteboard is provided or a personal whiteboard can also be used

Equipment 

None. You’re only required to carry your ID 

You require a computer, high-speed internet, Webcam, microphone, etc

GMAT Online and GMAT from the test center share exactly identical features when it comes to duration of the exam, number of questions, scoring patterns and answering styles.

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Once an aspirant learns about the various modes of an examination, the next critical thing to know is the pattern and syllabus. 

So let’s find out -

What is the Latest Pattern & Syllabus for GMAT?

The GMAT entrance exam is designed in a way that you are assessed in various skills under the 4 key sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Essay Writing.

Did you know that GMAT allows you to choose your own section order strategy?

The GMAT exam pattern allows the test-takers the advantage of choosing the order they would wish to answer the GMAT test in. You’re given three variations to choose from.

The 3 GMAT structure variations offered are: 

Let’s discuss each of the 4 GMAT sections in detail below -

  1.  Analytical Writing Assessment

This is an essay writing section. You’re presented with a passage from any field, such as business, arts, science, etc. Assessing the given passage, you’re required to compose ONE argumentative essay

Total no. of Analytical Writing Questions: 1

Time to submit: 30 mins

  1.  Quantitative Reasoning

Your mathematical logic and application abilities are put to test with the GMAT Quantitative Reasoning section.

Total no. of Quantitative Reasoning Questions: 31

Time to solve: 65 minutes

You have to solve two types of questions in the Quantitative Reasoning section of GMAT-

1. Problem-Solving questions: Mathematical problems to be solved.

2. Data Sufficiency: These problems require you to confirm if the presented information is sufficient to solve a problem.

The GMAT Quantitative Reasoning syllabus is limited to the questions of:

  1.  Arithmetic

  2. Algebra

  3. Geometry

  4. Data analysis

You can also expect ‘Word Problems’ for each of these sections.  

  1.  Verbal Reasoning

This section tests your English language skills.

Total no. of Verbal Reasoning Questions: 36

Time to solve: 65 mins

There are three types of questions asked in this section -

  1. Reading Comprehension: Read the given passages and answer.

  2. Critical Reasoning: Evaluate the given phrases to arrive at a conclusion or a plan of action.

  3. Sentence Correction: Your task is to check whether the words used are appropriate for the sentence. If not, change them with a better-suited word from the given options.

GMAT Verbal Reasoning Syllabus

 Save the checklist of topics you need to prepare for Verbal GMAT. 

  1.  Integrated Reasoning

The IR section is a combination of Verbal and Quantitative. Your ability to sort data, interpret and arrive at solutions is tested under this section. Thus, you need to prepare well in the concepts of Quantitative Reasoning. In addition to that, understand the textual inference presented to you. 

Total no. of Integrated Reasoning Questions: 12

Time to solve: 30 mins

There are four types of questions you can expect in the Integrated Reasoning section of GMAT - 

A. Multi-Source Reasoning Questions: A variety of data is given based on the same premise you are required to assess and resolve the problem.  

B. Table Analysis Questions: Understand the tabulated data to answer the questions.

C. Graphics Interpretation Questions: Interpret the data given in the graphs to find the solution.

D. Two-Part Analysis Questions: Mark the appropriate answer per step of the question or problem. 

Note: GMAT IR section pockets one or more parts within each question. You are required to answer all the parts of each question to score. Partially correct answers or half answered questions are not scored.

The four GMAT sections pose questions to test your knowledge, understanding and field expertise. To ace this test, focus on each of the sections to achieve a good score. 

Have a detailed look at the GMAT exam syllabus!

Speaking of scores, let’s check out about GMAT scores, results and find out what is a good GMAT score? 

All About GMAT Scores & Results

Calculation of GMAT scores often perplexes aspirants. Therefore, we are making it easy for you to understand the foundational methodology behind calculation of final scores.

The 4 sections are scored separately in the GMAT exam. However, the final score is the sum of Verbal reasoning score and Quantitative reasoning score.

Total GMAT Score=Verbal Reasoning score+Quantitative reasoning score.

The raw score calculation is converted to a number in the Total Score range. This is marked on a 10 point increment scale to give your total score in the range of 200-800.

Let us understand the section wise breakdown of individual scores -

Section wise scores for GMAT

GMAT Section

Scoring

Analytical Writing Assessment

0-6 score scale, with 0.5 increments

Integrated Reasoning

1-8, with 1 point increment 

Verbal Reasoning

6-51 score scale, with 1 point increment

Quantitative Reasoning

6-51 score scale, with 1 point increment

Total Score

200-800, with 10 point increments

 

You can check your GMAT scores online on your official mba.com account. It takes anywhere between 7-20 days to receive your final GMAT result.

By the way, you can also check your unofficial scores after completing the test. They are visible on your screen and you have 2 minutes to accept or cancel your GMAT scores.

Once you receive your GMAT scores, you can send your GMAT scores to as many universities as you wish using your official GMAT MBA account.

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Good GMAT Score!!

Experts say that a good GMAT score ranges anywhere from 650-690. However, surpassing the good GMAT score for a better 700, 760, or an out-of-out 800 is a great score.

If you’re planning to appear for GMAT in the near future and have a basic awareness of all the aspects but are yet to register, keep scrolling further -

How to Register for GMAT?

GMAT exam registration is hassle-free and easy. To apply for GMAT, sign in to the official mba.com account and follow the below steps to register: 

  1. Step 1: Create a GMAT account and login 

  2. Step 2: Create your GMAT Profile

  3. Step 3: Log your study history

  4. Step 4: Verify your profile 

  5. Step 5: Select your preferred GMAT test center, date, and time 

  6. Step 6: Process your GMAT payment  

Register for GMAT Online

To take the GMAT Online test from home, the registration process is similar to that of GMAT from a test center. 

To register: 

  1. Login to your GMAT account and select the ‘Register for the GMAT Online Exam’ option

  2. Select your preferred appointment date and time

  3. Proceed to payment of GMAT Exam Fee and process your application to complete your registration 

What is the GMAT Exam Fee?

The GMAT fees vary based on the country and location of the test. However, for most countries around the world, the GMAT fee comes to around $250.

The GMAT registration fee in India is about Rs 18,650.50 ($1 = Rs 74.60, as on July 15th, 2021).

What are the GMAT Test Dates?

GMAT dates are not fixed. You can fix the test on your desired date by booking a slot from your official GMAT mba.com account. 

  • GMAT test dates for GMAT at the test centers are available for seven days a week during the test center working hours.

  • GMAT Online can be taken anytime during the week at the availability appointment time. Book an appointment online and take the GMAT test. 

Where are the Test Centres for GMAT?

GMAT can be attempted at various locations across India. You can book one of the nearest GMAT centers by entering the location on your GMAT profile during your registration. 

OR

Appear for GMAT from the comfort of your home and take GMAT Online.

GMAT Test Centres are present in 24 cities across India for 2021:

  1. New Delhi

  2. Manipal

  3. Pilani

  4. Nagpur

  5. Mysore

  6. Patiala

  7. Chennai

  8. Bangalore

  9. Amritsar

  10. Bhopal

  11. Mohali

  12. Ranchi

  13. Vellore

  14. Pune

  15. Vijayawada

  16. Mumbai

  17. Indore

  18. Lucknow

  19. Cochin

  20. Dehradun

  21. Jaipur

  22. Gurgaon

  23. Jalandhar

  24. Kolkata

You can look up the exact test centre locations within your city/nearest city for attempting GMAT on the official website.

Attention!

Make sure to check the availability of test centres for GMAT 2021 owing to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

FIND TEST CENTRES ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

A good score is achieved in any exam when you prepare well. GMAT is no different! Hence, it is essential for you to start preparing methodically at the earliest.

How to Prepare for GMAT?

GMAT exam preparation requires dedication and focus. To score a good GMAT score, we’ve rolled out an effective GMAT preparation plan to abide by. Apply this plan and work hard!

Do a proper run through for your preparation with our 8-week GMAT study & revision plan

GMAT Prep Tips 

Follow these tips while preparing for GMAT:

1. Self Test Assessment - Recognize Where You Stand

Take a test to understand where you stand. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses is a very important part of facing a test.  

2. Refer And Plan - Identify Your Path and Map Your Plan Of Action

Once you’ve identified your GMAT knowledge gap, come up with a progressive plan of action to achieve your desired GMAT score. 

3. Identify Your Weaknesses And Catalog Your Improvements

Keep taking regular tests, mark your weaknesses, gaps and overwhelming areas to focus upon and keep cataloging your progress. 

4. Preparing and revising 

Prepare thoroughly with each of the GMAT sections and revise thoroughly. Don’t miss out on any concepts. 
5. Test Day Ready 

Have your essentials in place. Make sure you made your GMAT test day decisions. Be wholly prepared to face the GMAT competitive exam. 

Preparing for GMAT requires you to be intellectually invested. The best way to achieve a high GMAT score is by strategic planning, preparation and smart delivery. 

4 Commonly Asked Questions about GMAT by Aspirants

Q. Why GMAT exam is required when GRE already exists?

Ans. GRE is a common eligibility test for various courses abroad. However, GMAT is a specialized aptitude test for Business students. Be it an MBA or any other Business course, GMAT is your go-to exam. The difference between GMAT and GRE should always be known to aspirants.

Q. How much time should be invested in preparing for GMAT?

Ans. The more time you spend in preparing for GMAT, the better it will prove for you. Beginning to prepare early is always an advantage. However, if you feel that your basic concepts are strong and you need a few weeks to brush up everything, then go for a methodical GMAT study plan lasting around 8 weeks.

Q. Where can GMAT information be accessed with respect to previously asked questions?

Ans. If you want to access authentic questions asked in the GMAT exam all these years, then go straight for the GMAT Official Guide Bundle by mba.com. It is a collection of 3 legit eBooks as well as a question bank comprising over 2,000 questions taken from the previously held GMAT examination.

Q. Can GMAT Online be attempted more than once?

Ans. YES. GMAT Online can be attempted more than once. All candidates are allowed two attempts. It also needs to be remembered that if you intend to take GMAT Online twice, you will have to wait for at least 16 days between 2 attempts.

Cracking the GMAT requires grit, determination and an undying passion to outperform your own self. If your dream is to make it to a top university, start working for it sincerely without distractions. Only you can make your dream a reality.

Go all in for GMAT 2021

Best of luck!