GMAT – all you need to know

Graduate Management Admission Test

Leading business schools and management education programs worldwide recognize the GMAT as the most effective predictor of success.

You may already be on a career path, but you know that a management education will lead to even greater opportunities. Your continued success starts with the GMAT.

Consisting of four main parts delivered in English and administered in test centers around the world, the GMAT exam measures verbal reasoning, mathematical reasoning, integrated reasoning analytical and writing skills that you have developed over time. The examination helps graduate programs/faculty assess your qualifications for advanced study in business and management. Your scores are good/valid for five years, so you have the ability to start your graduate studies now or down the road.

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) of the GMAT is designed as a direct measure of your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas.

The AWA consists of one 30-minute writing task — Analysis of an Argument.

The arguments presented on the test concern topics of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. A specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only your capacity to write analytically is assessed.

Analysis of an Argument
For the Analysis of an Argument section, you will need to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument. You are not being asked to present your own views on the subject.

Integrated Reasoning
The Integrated Reasoning section consists of four question types, which require you to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources. Graphics Interpretations, Two-part Analysis, Table Analysis and Multi-Source reasoning.

Two types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Quantitative section of the GMAT exam—Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.

The Quantitative section of the GMAT measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.

Problem-Solving and Data-Sufficiency questions are intermingled throughout the section. Both types of questions require knowledge of:


Elementary algebra, and
Commonly known concepts of geometry.

Three types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Verbal section of the GMAT® exam—Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.

The Verbal section of the GMAT exam measures your ability to:

read and comprehend written material,
reason and evaluate arguments, and
correct written material to conform to standard written English.

You will need an international passport as a form of identifying document on the day of the examination.
At least two months of good preparation is required for the GMAT examination.