GMAT 2021

Updated by: Neha Kumari on Feb. 26, 2021, 3:58 p.m.

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About GMAT

Latest Update: GMAC Adds New Section to GMAT Online Exam Along With Other Changes

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is one of the most trusted and preferred entrance tests among candidates who wish to pursue management education in India and abroad. It is an international-level entrance exam organised throughout the year by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for admission to various popular foreign universities including Stanford UniversityHarvard UniversityUniversity of California, Berkeley and many more. GMAT 2021 can now be taken from home with round-the-clock testing appointments.

GMAT is conducted in approx 112 countries around the world, and the scores of GMAT exam are accepted by more than 2,100 institutes. Taking GMAT can be really beneficial for those who wish to take up management as a career option. More than 6,000 programmes are offered by these GMAC-associated institutes. This exam is popular among candidates who wish to pursue management courses like MBA and Master of Finance and Accounting.

GMAT COVID-19 Response

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, GMAC has ensured that enhanced measures are in place for the health and safety of GMAT 2021 candidates. Given below are the steps taken by GMAC to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus:

  • GMAC has increased the number of GMAT Online Exam attempts from one to two.

  • GMAT testing has been suspended in many locations in India and across the globe. However, testing is re-opening in many GMAT testing centres in India. 

  • GMAT 2021 is also being conducted in online mode and appointments are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Cleaning procedures, hand sanitiser social distancing and wipes are provided for GMAT 2021 candidates taking the test from the test centres.

  • There have been a few changes in the GMAT exam pattern.

  • GMAC has waived both reschedule and cancellation (up to 24 hours before appointment time) fees for GMAT 2021. 

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GMAT Conducting Body

GMAT is conducted by the GMAC for candidates seeking admission to Postgraduate management courses offered at various B-schools worldwide.

GMAC is an international non-profit organization of business schools that provide products and services to academic institutions and prospective graduate management education students.GMAC meets the needs of various management schools, and management students by offering a wide array of products, services, and programs that are designed to open doors for many students, professionals, and graduate management programs worldwide. GMAC also serves as the leading source of research and information about quality graduate management education.

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GMAT Exam Highlights

Owned by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Institutes (National & Worldwide) Accepting GMAT Scores 2300+
Duration of GMAT Exam 3 Hours (2 hours 45 minutes for online GMAT and 15 minutes to check into the online proctored system)
Number of Sections in GMAT Test Paper 4
Countries Accepting GMAT Scores 110
Total Number of Test Centres Globally 700+

Advantages of Appearing for the GMAT

The GMAT exam takers will benefit in the following ways:

  • GMAT scores are accepted by some of the top-bracket B-Schools worldwide. So, a good GMAT score can help the test-takers land into a top international B-Schools where they can imbibe qualities like leadership, decision making and knowledge regarding marketing and finance.

  • There is no maximum age limit for taking the GMAT exam. So anyone on any day can turn up and decide to appear in GMAT exam. Applicants with years of work experience can also apply for GMAT exam which can be beneficial for them.

  • The GMAT scores remain valid for 5 years which allows the applicants to decide on which MBA programme is suitable for them and then join the same

  • With over 5,300 GMAT test centres located all across the globe, the GMAT test is one of the most easily accessible exams one can take for MBA programmes. The test-takers will not have to travel to far-off locations in order to take the GMAT exam.

  • The GMAT exam takers are also given the liberty to choose the date and centre of the exam as per their convenience. The test-takers will be allowed to appear in the GMAT exam 5 times, with a time gap of 16 days between two attempts, within a span of one calendar year for score improvement.

Stages Involved in GMAT Exam

  1. Know about GMAT exam - What the exam is all about, how to prepare for it, etc.

  2. Register for GMAT

  3. Select the date, time and test centre.

  4. Take the GMAT test.

  5. Go for GMAT score preview.

FAQs about GMAT

1. What is GMAT?  

 GMAT, short for Graduate Management Admission Test, is a popular admission test for admission to management programmes in India and abroad.

2. Who conducts GMAT?    

GMAT is conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

3. What is the total duration of the GMAT? 

 The total duration of the GMAT is 3 hours.

4. Are GMAT Online Exam and GMAT the same?  

 GMAT online exam has been introduced in view of the current COVID-19 crisis for students who are not able to take the test from test centres. GMAT online exam can be taken from home and will have only three sections, unlike the GMAT exam.

5. Is GMAT only for admission to MBA?  

 GMAT is accepted for admission to over 7,000 graduate business programmes offered across the world.

6. Can I select my own GMAT exam section order?

Yes, when you arrive at your GMAT test centre, you can choose from three options for your order of sections under the exam.

7. Are all sections under GMAT separately timed?    

Yes, all four sections under GMAT will be timed separately.

8. What are the sections under the GMAT Online Exam?  

 The Analytical Writing Assessment has been omitted in the GMAT Online Exam.

9. For how many years will my GMAT scores be valid?    

GMAT online scores are considered valid for up to five years.

10. When should I take the GMAT?    

One should take the GMAT at least one year before applying to universities.

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