The GMAT Test Format and Test Information

The GMAT is divided in to three sections, which are:

1. Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), which requires candidates to write two essays, one Issue and one Argumentative. There will be a time of 30 minutes given for each essay.

2. Quantitative Section, which tests candidates’ problem solving and data sufficiency reasoning abilities. There will be 37 questions that need to be solved within 75 minutes.

3. Verbal Section, which measures candidates’ language proficiency using the reading comprehension, sentence correction and critical reasoning questions. There will be 41 questions in this section that have to be completed in 75 minutes.

There will be a break between each section, each of 5 minutes. There are optional 5-minute breaks between sections. The first section will always be the AWA, but after that any section may appear.

The Computer Adaptive Test – How does it Work?

The GMAT exam is Computer adaptive, which means the candidates have to take it on a computer. The verbal and quantitative sections are of this type and the essays have to be typed on to the computer and will be graded later on. The CAT format is easier to grade and will take only fewer questions than the paper based test to evaluate the candidates’ abilities that they need to perform well in graduate business school.
The first question of the test will be of average difficulty level. Depending on whether the candidate has answered it correctly or not, the other questions will be presented. If the candidate answers the question correctly, then the following questions will be more difficult and will carry more marks. If the answer marked by the candidate is wrong, then easier questions carrying lesser marks will follow.
As the CAT format selects the questions based on previous answers, all questions need to be answered on the test without skipping. One cannot return to a previous question and change the answer.
Test centres
The GMAT test centres are located in about 150 countries. In India, the GMAT centres are present in the following cities.
  • Hyderabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Kolkata
  • Cochin
  • Ahmedabad
  • Allahabad
  • New Delhi
Identification requirements on the Day of the Test
On the day of the test, candidates are required to produce valid identity proofs for admission in to the test centre. Driving license, national IDs, Student ID cards etc will be accepted, however, in India, the only proof of identity that is accepted is the passport.
Test Dates
The GMAT can be taken on any day, except on certain holidays. Candidates need to register for the test in advance to confirm the test taking. By merely appearing on the day of the exam without prior registration, the candidate will not be allowed to sit for the GMAT. Appointments can be made by,
By Phone (+91 120 439 7830 for India)
By mail
By fax


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