About GMAT

The GMAT consists of four main sections—Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but plan for a total time of approximately four hours to include optional breaks.

The GMAT adjusts to your individual ability level, which both shortens the time it takes to complete the exam and establishes a higher level of accuracy than a fixed test. At the start of each multiple-choice section of the exam, you are presented with a question of medium difficulty. As you answer each question, the computer scores your answer and uses it—as well as your responses to any preceding questions—to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty.

This process will continue until you complete the section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of your ability level in that subject area. In a computer-adaptive test, only one question at a time is presented. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions.

The following provides a quick snapshot of the different sections, number of questions, question types, allotted time for each section, and total time.

Test Format

Fee Structure

Exam Fee

Test Validity Full Marks Minimum Requirement
US $250 5 Years 800 500*

Fee Structure

Fee Structure & Duration:
Admission & Placement Test US $ 15
Course Fee US $ 150
Duration 8 weeks ( Monday to Friday)
Note: This course fee includes study materials and 4 mock tests.


Q: How do I schedule an appointment to take the GMAT exam?

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment to take the GMAT exam, your first step is to register for an account.

Q: Where can I take the GMAT exam?

The GMAT exam is delivered year-round and on demand in test centers around the world.

Q: How much does it cost to take the GMAT exam?

The cost to take the GMAT exam is US $250 globally. To learn more about payment methods, potential taxes, cancellation fees and other considerations, please visit the Test page.

Q: What are the test dates for the GMAT exam?

The GMAT is available year-round and on demand, which offers test takers greater flexibility in scheduling. Available time slots change continuously based on capacity and ongoing registration. You will find out which times are available at your chosen test center when you register to take the exam.

Q: What does the GMAT exam measure?

The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, integrated reasoning, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure your knowledge of business, your job skills, specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work, your abilities in any other specific subject area, or subjective qualities, such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

Q: How can I prepare to take the GMAT exam?

The Graduate Management Admission Council provides free test preparation software and preparation materials to purchase as well as suggestions about how to prepare for the exam. Most GMAT test takers start preparing about three to six months before the actual test date. Think about how you can best prepare, given your discipline, motivation, and personal preference (e.g., self-study, one-one-one tutoring, study groups, and prep courses).

Q: How do I get GMATPrep test preparation software?

Once you create an account on , you have the option to download GMATPrep, our free test preparation software that includes two full-length exams based on retired questions from the official GMAT. If you have registered for an appointment to take the exam, you also have the option to request a free CD containing the software.

Q: What schools use GMAT scores?

More than 4,800 graduate management programs around the world use GMAT scores as a part of their admissions process. Find schools and programs that use the GMAT.

Q: When do I get my scores?

You will get an unofficial score report with Verbal, Quantitative, and Total scores immediately after you test. Official Score Reports are available online within 20 days to you and to the programs you requested to receive them. To learn more about scoring and score reports, visit GMAT Scores and Score Reports.

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