GMAT 2022 Exam: Dates, Registration, Fees, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation Tips & Result

GMAT

Piyush Kohli

Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

Updated on Feb 16, 2022 07:08 IST

The GMAT exam is a computer-adaptive test that assesses the candidates’ analytical writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English. The cost of giving the GMAT Exam is US $275. This test is taken to get admission into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance-related courses in top business schools across the world. In this article, we will inform you about each and every aspect related to GMAT covering GMAT Registration to GMAT Exam Structure and more.

Since, 16th April 2018, the Graduate Management Admission Council has shortened the GMAT exam 2022 by 30 minutes. Now, the exam is of 3 hours and 30 minutes including test instructions and breaks. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections were shortened by 13 and 10 minutes respectively. The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment along with the Score Preview and the optional break time remained the same. These changes do not have any impact on scoring in the shortened Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections as only the unscored items have been removed by the GMAC. GMAT has a feature that provides candidates with the flexibility to customize their GMAT experience by choosing the section order in which they feel most comfortable taking the exam.

Recent updates in GMAT

GMAC has announced the latest update on GMAT Online Test.

  • The number of times a candidate can take the GMAT online exam will not be limited to 2 now. The online attempts will count toward the overall GMAT attempt limits of 5 in a rolling 12-month period, and 8 in a lifetime.
  • The GMAT online exam includes 5 free score reports. The 5 free score reports must be used within 48 hours once the official online exam score is available. Additional score reports can be purchased for US$35 each. Read about complete changes here

GMAC announces acceptance of the Aadhar Card for the GMAT Online Exam: Indian students are in for a pleasant surprise, as GMAC - administrator and owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) has announced that they would be accepting Aadhar Card as valid ID proof for the GMAT Online exam, starting April 08, 2021. However, candidates would be required to validate their identity using their Aadhar Card or Passport during the registration process. This initiative has been taken by GMAC to make the GMAT 2022 more accessible to a larger student base. However candidates should keep in mind a few pointers and they are, candidates would be required to validate their Aadhar Card during the online exam registration process, Aadhar Card is only being accepted as valid ID proof for appearing for the online format of the GMAT test, the GMAT test centre will only accept a valid passport as ID proof and the new development comes to effect starting April 08, 2021.

GMAT Online Exam

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMAC has introduced the GMAT Online Exam for those who wish to take the GMAT entrance exam from the convenience of their home rather than going to the GMAT test center. Now candidates have the option to take the GMAT exam online or at a test center near them.

Availability of GMAT online exam

With the GMAT Online Exam, candidates have the advantage of scheduling the online exam appointment up to 24 hours before an available testing slot. New appointments for the GMAT Online exam are available on a rolling basis. Candidates can take the GMAT Online exam up to two times. GMAT Online exam attempts will count towards your 5 GMAT exam attempts on a rolling 12-month basis and 8-lifetime attempts.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMAC has to suspend test-center based GMAT exam for candidates, as worldwide various countries have put restrictions on the movement of citizens. On April-15th-2020, GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), administrator of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) announced the release of the GMAT Online exam.

Top business schools not insisting on GMAT and some even waiving application fees. Universities are also extending deadlines, so more students can apply for admissions.

Why take the GMAT Exam?

It is the most widely accepted exam for MBA admissions worldwide. No other exam has as wide acceptability as GMAT, as per the GMAC, globally 9 out of 10 MBA enrollments are made through GMAT Score. Further, 2,300 + schools accept GMAT Scores for giving admission. Also, there are 650 testing centers in 114 countries that administer the GMAT Exam.

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GMAT 2022: Key Highlights

Exam Name

GMAT

GMAT full form

Graduate Management Admission Test

Official Website

https://www.mba.com

Most popular for

MBA courses outside India, check 500 + colleges on Shiksha

 Also accepted for

MS courses outside India

MBA courses in India

 Conducted by

GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council)

Mode of Exam

Computer-based adaptive test

GMAT fee

US $275 (INR 20,600 approx)

Score Range

Min 200, Max 800

GMAT Contact

+91 120-439-7830, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indian Standard Time
Fax: +91-120-4001660.
Email: 

https://www.mba.com/service/contact-us.aspx

What are the Eligibility criteria for the GMAT exam?

As such, there are no set eligibility criteria for GMAT set by GMAC, the body conducting GMAT for appearing for the GMAT exam. However, one should always meet the eligibility criteria set by the university/college one aspires to get into after giving the GMAT.

GMAT Age Criteria

  • The candidate must have completed 18 years of age
  • There is no upper age limit for the candidate
  • If the candidate is between 13 to 17 years old, they should have permission in writing from their parents or legal guardian

Educational qualification

  • GMAC has not announced any official statement regarding qualifications required to appear for GMAT
  • Candidates who wish to enroll in an MBA programme should possess a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university

GMAT Exam Fee 2022: How much the exam cost?

The application fee for the GMAT exam is $275, which would translate to INR 20,600 approximately. Also, if the applicants want to change the center or reschedule the test then they will be charged extra. Candidates who do not show up for the test will be charged a full GMAT exam fee.

GMAT Cancellation Fee

If you cancel the exam 1 to 14 days before the test date then you will be charged $200 and $50 will be refunded. If you cancel the exam 15 to 60 days prior to the appointment then you will be charged $175 and $75 will be refunded. And if you cancel the test more than 60 days prior to the appointment then you will be charged $150 and will receive $100 as a refund. Moreover, the test appointment cannot be canceled or modified within 24 hours of the scheduled test and time.

GMAT Rescheduling Fee

If you reschedule the exam 1 to 14 days before the test date, you have to pay US$150. Also, if you reschedule the exam 15 to 60 days prior to the appointment then you have to pay US$100. If you reschedule the exam more than 60 days before the test date then you have to pay US$50.

How to Register for GMAT?

According to GMAC, you can register for the GMAT entrance exam 6 months before the Graduate Management Admission Test date or latest by 24 hours before the GMAT 2022 exam date, however, the slot is not available at the last moment. Therefore, it is suggested to book your preferred slot well before the planned exam date.

Ways to register for GMAT:

  • Online
  • Phone
  • Postal mail

There are six steps to register for the GMAT Exam and also different steps to schedule the GMAT exam. You can read the complete steps to register for the GMAT Exam here.

GMAT Exam Dates 2022

There are no fixed official GMAT dates for 2022, you can choose any date according to your convenience and availability. In case you need to retake the GMAT exam you can do so after 16 days. You can take or retake the GMAT exam after every 16 days. You can appear for the exam a maximum of five times a year. Ideally, candidates are recommended to register themselves two to three months before the exam date. If you register online or by phone, you can get yourself registered as late as 24 hours before the exam date. But it is safer to stick to early registration as you will then have a set schedule to prepare for the exam accordingly. Even the coaching institutes recommend you to register at the earliest available date so that you have a wide window of time to prepare.

Exam Pattern for GMAT

The GMAT test pattern comprises of four sections:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning

GMAT exam pattern

Also, candidates can avail of two optional eight-minute breaks during the exam. Read more about the GMAT Exam Pattern in detail here.

Syllabus of GMAT Exam

GMAT is a three and a half hours test with a maximum score of 800 points. The GMAT test the candidate's abilities on various parameters. Further, the GMAT Exam Syllabus has four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment—measures candidates ability to think critically and to communicate their ideas
  • Integrated Reasoning—measures candidates ability to analyze data and evaluate information presented in multiple formats
  • Quantitative Reasoning—measures aspirants ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills
  • Verbal Reasoning—measures the ability of the candidates to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English

GMAT Score

Candidates should understand their GMAT Scores and GMAT Score Report. Candidates should also understand various aspects of the GMAT Scores.

When is GMAT result available?

The candidates receive almost the entire GMAT Score Report just after finishing the GMAT test except for the AWA Score. The candidate will have the option of accepting it or rejecting it. In the case of accepting the result, the candidate and the institutes of choice can view the result; but if the candidate declines the result none of the parties will be able to view the result of GMAT. Once the exam is over, candidates can download the non-official GMAT result. Finally, the candidates receive the complete GMAT Score Report within 20 days of giving the test including the AWA Score.

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How is GMAT Score calculated?

Each of your five GMAT Scores i.e. 4 GMAT sections and the total score is reported on a fixed scale. These are your official scores that appear on your GMAT Score Report. Your selected score recipients will receive these scores. Always remember, that the GMAT Total Score Report includes Verbal and Quantitative scores and does not include any other section into account.

The GMAT Score Report comprises of these elements:

  • Your Quantitative Score (0 – 60), with percentile
  • Your Verbal Score (0 – 60), with percentile
  • Your Total GMAT Score (200 – 800), with percentile
  • AWA Score (half-integers from 0 to 6), with percentile
  • Integrated Reasoning score (integer from 1 to 8)

GMAT Score Range

Here are the minimum and maximum score range of each section, along with a mean average:

Section

Score Range

Mean Scores*

Analytical Writing Assessment

0-6

4.5

Integrated Reasoning

1-8

4

Verbal

0-60

27

Quantitative

0-60

38

Total

200-800

548

*Source - GMAC

How to access GMAT Score Report?

  • Candidates receive a link on their registered Email ID from GMAC.
  • Follow the instructions in the Email and with the help of that link candidates can check their official GMAT Score Report.

Validity of GMAT Score

Candidates should note that GMAT scores are valid for a period of 5 years. Hence, candidates should check the application deadlines of various universities and schedule their GMAT exam accordingly.

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GMAT Preparation Tips

To be able to study on your own effectively, you need a few good GMAT books and resources, along with study material, motivation, and self-discipline. On the other hand, if time is a constraint and you feel the need for professional guidance to ensure the competitive edge in GMAT exam preparation, then joining a coaching center for GMAT in your location is the better option.

GMAT Preparation Tips

GMAT Prep tips 2022 for each section:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment: The Analytical Writing Assessment section analyses the candidates’ ability to analyse an argument.
  • Quantities Section: The Quantitative section measures the basic mathematical skills of the candidates.
  • Verbal Section: The Verbal section measures the aspirants’ ability to read and comprehend written material. 
  • Integrated Reasoning Section: The Integrated Reasoning section measures the candidates’ ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources.

Strategy for preparing for GMAT

Candidates need an appropriate strategy to score perfect 800 in the GMAT 2020 Exam. Before start preparing also decide what a good GMAT Score according to you is and then prepare accordingly. Candidates can also go through the GMAT Sample Papers which will help them in preparing for the GMAT exam 2022. Also, The Princeton Review, Manhattan Prep, Kaplan books, Khan Academy and Veritas also provide useful prep material. Apart from this, you can also check out our GMAT Preparation Plan for 4 weeks.

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GMAT Sample Questions

For beginners’ convenience, we have also provided sample questions for each section of the GMAT Exam. You can check out the sample GMAT questions section-wise here:

Analytical Writing Section

Integrated Reasoning Section

Quantitative Section

Verbal Skills Section

Candidates can also check the GMAT Verbal Critical Reasoning Sample Paper here

GMAT Test Centres

It is advisable to choose your test centre once you are ready to attempt the exam in the coming 2-3 months as the booking needs to be done in advance. It is suggested that you choose your city located nearest you so that you do not have to travel much before the exam. Once the state/city is chosen you may check out the availability of date in your nearest GMAT exam centre.

Choose your coaching center anywhere across India:

Colleges Accepting GMAT Score

The GMAT aspirants can apply to more than 7000 programs at roughly 2300 business schools globally. Further, top business schools across the world like Harvard, INSEAD, and Stanford accept the GMAT score of above 720. Further, the management schools should grant a degree to students to be eligible to accept GMAT scores. GMAT scores are one of the most important factors in the entire application process for admission to top B-schools across the globe. GMAT is accepted in more than 114 countries of the world. Apart from this, those who are targeting schools that also accept GRE Scores along with the GMAT Scores might also need to know GMAT to GRE Score Conversion to convert their scores.

GMAT Scores for Top 10 Business Schools

Your GMAT Cut off marks allow you to apply to the top business schools across the world. We have provided the average GMAT Scores required to get into the top business schools globally:

Business Schools

Average GMAT Score

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

732

Stanford University (CA)

732

Yale University (CT)

724

Harvard University (MA)

730

Columbia University (NY)

732

University of California—Berkeley (Haas)

726

University of Chicago (Booth)

731

Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)

732

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

728

Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)

722

GMAT Scholarships

Scholarships and grants are generally given by B-schools to pursue a professional program like MBA. Moreover, scholarships can be need-based or merit-based, however, there are no set rules for awarding a GMAT scholarship 2022. It depends on each school’s admission process, so, the candidate should always check with the school itself for gaining a scholarship. Also, there are two kinds of scholarships, full and partial. The full scholarship covers the entire cost of the program, whereas a partial one covers only the part of the course fee. Also, we have given detailed information on GMAT Scholarships for Indian students, which you can read here.

GMAT FAQs

Still, if you have, any confusion regarding GMAT then read the GMAT FAQs and learn more about the exam.

What are the common facts about GMAT?

Common facts about the GMAT Exam are:
  • Students are also not allowed to appear for their GMAT exam more than 5 times in a 12-month rolling period.
  • Candidates can attempt the GMAT exam a maximum of 8 times in their lifetime.
  • The unique aspect about GMAT is that it does not have a set exam date. Students have the flexibility to choose from the many available GMAT exam dates to appear for the exam.

What is the difference between GMAT and GRE?

The GMAT is the standardized test for getting admission to a business school whereas GRE is required for getting into a graduate school. Now, even certain business schools have also started accepting GRE as well. Similar to GRE, the GMAT exam comprises of a Verbal and Quantitative section. In GMAT, the two sections are combined to give a composite score of 800. You can read more about GRE vs GMAT: Which Exam Should You Take?

What is the difference between GMAT vs CAT?

GMAT or otherwise known as the Graduate Management Admission Test and Common Admission Test or commonly referred to as CAT are the two most widely accepted management entrance tests, scores of which are accepted by all the top B-schools, including the IIMs. The basic difference, between the two, is that while CAT is a national level entrance exam for students looking for admission to Top Business Schools in India, GMAT is held at a global platform and helps students for admission to top B-Schools worldwide. Conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council, GMAT scores are acceptable mainly in the case of NRI/Foreign students who want to study in India. The IIMs accept the GMAT score of domestic candidates for executive management programmes. Candidates can learn in-depth about the  difference between GMAT and CAT exams. You can also read  Why B-Schools now prefer GMAT over CAT?

What is a computer adaptive test?

GMAT is a computer-adaptive test, it adapts to the performance of the candidate while he is giving the test. The difficulty level of the questions changes based on whether the candidate is answering the questions right or wrong. If the candidate is answering the questions right, the level of the questions will rise, similarly, if the candidate is answering the questions wrong, the candidate will start getting easy questions. Also, as the next question is generated based on the performance in the current question, the candidate cannot visit the previous question. The candidate needs to answer a question whether he is able to solve it or not in order to move ahead in the exam.

What is Percentile vs Marks assessment in GMAT?

The GMAT score includes percentile that compares your performance with other test-takers. If you score in the 80 th percentile, then you performed better than 80 percent of the aspirants. Scoring high percentile means you performed better than most of the candidates who appeared for the exam. Similarly, scoring low percentile signifies that you scored lower than most of the candidates.

How can I Reschedule and Retake GMAT Exam?

Rescheduling of the GMAT exam can be done through two major modes: online and via phone.
  • 1 to 14 days prior to appointment: US $150
  • 15 to 60 days prior to appointment: US $100
  • More than 60 days prior to appointment: US $50
Please note that the exam cannot be rescheduled on the test date. The only difference in rescheduling the exam is through the phone is that you would need to pay a $10 surcharge along with the rescheduling fee. Retaking the GMAT exam can be done after 16 days from your previous attempt. However, the maximum limit of attempting the exam is 5 times a year. This rolling 12-month period is counted from your first attempt irrespective of the time of year.

What is the Executive Assessment Exam?

For Executive MBA, GMAC has introduced a new  Mini GMAT called Executive Assessment exam. This exam is specially designed for EMBA applicants and is of considerably shorter duration. It is meant to test the analytical and logical thinking of the applicant, which is more suited for the Executive MBA course.

Are candidates able to preview their scores?

Candidates will not be able to preview their exam scores at the end of the exam, however, they will be able to view their scores before selecting programs that they want to send scores to.

Why candidates can't cancel their GMAT online exam score?

Candidates have more control to manage their score with the GMAT online exam. They can view their score and then chose to send their scores to programs. Candidates have the opportunity to send their official score to as many programs as they want to for free once they receive their official score.

How to send my GMAT scores to B-schools?

GMAT scores can be sent in two ways to B-schools. While registering for the GMAT exam, candidates have the option of sending the score report to five programs for free. Also, if candidates are not decided yet and need more time to send their scores, they can always request sending an additional score report by paying $28. Many a time, students send their score reports after receiving the score confirmation.

What if I want to score report of the GMAT exam taken over five years ago?

Always check with the school before going to request an old score report, a majority of the schools do not accept the scores of the exam taken over 5 years ago. Score reports from exam given within 5 to 10 years ago are available for free, however, they are sent to schools with a caveat that should be interpreted with caution. Also, score before 5 years can only be ordered by reaching out to GMAT Customer Service of your concerned region. View more FAQs
 
 

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I am applying for PG in the English Literature and Creative Writing course. As GRE/GMAT includes the Maths portion, business-related-like analytical thinking parts, I want to know if GRE/ GMAT is for MBA only or everyone should take it?

Reply to Sreya Susan Solu

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Rahul

29/12/21

Please check the entry requirements of the universities offering MA in English:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/masters-in-language-courses-in-abroad-sl1321

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Rahul

29/12/21

Hi Sreya, GRE is required for MS courses and GMAT is required for management or business-related courses. You need to give IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE to prove your English language proficiency for studying English Literature.

I am studying bsc chemistry, is I am able to study MBA , because I want to do my post graduation in mba

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

04/10/21

Hi Vaibhav, good MBA colleges prefer candidates to have certain work experience for studying MBA. Please refer to the below URL and check the entry requirements of the universities offering MBA abroad:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/mba-in-abroad-dc11508

what things should be on profile to get high changes of geeting schlorship and admission into top b schools.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

04/10/21

Hi Akshay, as such there is no set format, but you should have good academic record and relevant work experience. Please refer to the below URL and learn how to prepare a resume for MBA applications:https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/how-to-write-resume-for-mba-applications-applycontent4731Also, get...Hi Akshay, as such there is no set format, but you should have good academic record and relevant work experience. Please refer to the below URL and learn how to prepare a resume for MBA applications:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/how-to-write-resume-for-mba-applications-applycontent4731
Also, getting a scholarship depends on a lot of factors like excellent academic background and strong profile. You can also check the entry requirements of the top B-schools:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/mba-in-abroad-dc11508

I have take my Duolingo test and they said my score is on a scale of 160 what does that mean

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

07/9/21

Hi Alimatu, this means that you will be scored out of 160. Please refer to the below URL for more information on Duolingo exam:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/duolingo-english-test-all-you-need-to-know-articlepage-2481

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parikshit p

25/08/21

Is 2.36 GPA eligible enough in USA for MBA ?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

26/08/21

Hi Parikshit, please check the entry requirements of the universities offering MBA in USA and apply accordingly:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/usa/mba-colleges-dc

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