Management MBA Exams and Admissions

Pursuing a graduate degree is a rewarding experience. The GMAT exam is a part of that process. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) intended to assess certain written, verbal, analytical, quantitative and reading skills in English. It is used to get admission into various graduate management programmes, like MBA throughout the world. It requires knowledge of some specific grammar and some particular geometry, algebra, and arithmetic. The GMAT neither evaluates intelligence nor does it evaluate business knowledge or skills. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the test owning company explains that the test measures your analytical writing and problem-solving skills along with addressing logic, data sufficiency, and critical reasoning abilities. It is believed that these virtues are essentials to real-world business and management success. It can be taken up to 5 times in a year and each attempt must be at least 16 days apart

The GMAT gives you information about your strengths and weaknesses. Identify the skills you need to focus on to be successful in your respective graduate programmes. More than 6,500 graduate business programmes and nearly 2100 schools use GMAT score to help find, select and recruit students with fits best with their programme.

GMAT 2017-2018

The main purpose of the GMAT is to predict student success in graduate business programs. According to GMAC, there is a .459 correlation (21% variance) between total GMAT scores and mid-program student grades based on data it collected between 1997 to 2004. Independent research has shown significant variations in results. Some other independent research shows that the GMAT can explain only 4.4% of the variance in final MBA GPA (Grade Point Average) while undergraduate GPA can explain 17.4% of the variance in final MBA GPA.

Events Date
Registration
  • Applicants can register up to 6 months prior to the preferred test date. Students are advised to register 2-3 months prior to their preferred test date.
  • If you’re registering online or by phone, you can register as late as 24 hours prior to your test date. SO, choose a date that is at least 21 days prior to your application deadline.
Examination Applicants can retake the test after at least 16 days or, can reschedule the date for a fee.
Results
  • When you complete your exam, you will be shown your unofficial GMAT scores- Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Total. You will be given two minutes to decide whether to cancel or accept your score.
  • Within three weeks of your test date, GMAT officials will be sending you a notice by email that your official scores are available.

Eligibility Criteria

The list of minimum requirements to take the exam is given below:

  • You must be at least 18 years old. If you are between 13-17 years old, you have to get permission from a parent or legal guardian. You have to provide a written proof of your guardian’s consent before scheduling the exam.
  • You cannot take the exam more than five times within a rolling 12 months period and no more than 8 times in total.
  • You have to wait at least 16 days after taking the exam, before taking it again.
  • If you have previously achieved a perfect score of 800 you have to wait for at least 5 years before you can take the test again.
  • You have to follow all the registration and testing rules.

Registration

Whenever you’re creating your official GMAT profile- the name, date of birth and citizenship must exactly match your identification. Once the profile has been submitted you will have to contact GMAT Customer Service to make changes to those fields. This is the direct link to fill up your online application form:

Apply Online: Click Here to fill the online application form of GMAT 2017-18

Steps to Register

Given below are the steps to easily apply for GMAT online:

  1. Go the Direct link provided
  2. Edit your Personal Information
  3. Enter your profile details
  4. Verify your profile
  5. Schedule your exam
  6. Confirm exam details
  7. Pay for your exam
  8. Complete Registration

Admission Details

Admission deadlines for graduate business programs vary. Check with the schools you are interested in attending and set up your GMAT exam ahead of time to ensure your scores are reported prior to application deadlines. Certain countries have specific regulations that you have to follow to take the GMAT exam. Select the country in which you are planning to take the exam to understand the Identification Requirements, Test Centre Rules and Agreement and if VAT applies. This will also inform you about the privacy policy for the respective country.

Applicants can register up to 6 months prior to the preferred test date. Students are advised to register 2-3 months prior to their preferred test date. If you’re registering online or by phone, you can register as late as 24 hours prior to your test date. SO, choose a date that is at least 21 days prior to your application deadline.

You can schedule your examination online. It can be done by phone, fax or postal mail and pay by credit/debit card. Regardless how you schedule your exam, they will be sending you an email confirming your registration.

  • Online – Schedule your exam for free on mba.com. Log in and create an account and follow the homepage link. It’s easy and fast.
  • Phone – Call GMAT Customer Service in your region. You may be charged an additional service fee of US$10.
  • Postal Mail – Complete the form on mba.com and mail it in along with your payment information. If you are paying by check or money order, this is the only option here.
  • Fax – Complete the form on mba.com and fax it to the number displayed. Make sure you have entered your name, date of birth, country of citizenship and gender EXACTLY as they appear on the ID you will presenting at the test center.

Rescheduling dates

You can reschedule your GMAT exam at any available test center around the world. The fee you have to pay for your new exam will depend on the when you reschedule. If you are scheduled with accommodations, refer back to your approval letter for the number to call to reschedule. You can reschedule or cancel your exam online or by phone. If you are scheduled with accommodations, refer back to your approval letter for the number to call. Please note that there is a fee to reschedule or cancel your exam appointment.

If you miss your appointment, you may schedule a new exam without waiting a full 16 days. You can schedule another exam date by phone but you have to pay the full registration fee again.

Rescheduling Fees

A rescheduling fee will apply as stated below:

  • More than 7 calendar days of the before the scheduled test date, time or location: US$50.00 fee (every time you reschedule)
  • Within 7 calendar days before the scheduled test date, time or location: US$250.00 fee

To reschedule your appointment in a country other than the one in which you scheduled your original appointment you have to contact them. Rescheduling your appointment by mail or fax is not an option.

A total fee list for the GMAT exam and related services is given below:

GMAT product or service Fees
GMAT exam US$250
Reschedule Exam Appointment
More than seven days before appointment US$50
Within seven days of appointment US$250
Cancel Exam Appointment**
More than seven days before appointment US$80 Refund
Within seven days of appointment No Refund
Additional Score Report US$28
Enhanced Score Report US$24.95
Score Cancel (After you leave the testing center, online on mba.com) US$25
Score Reinstate US$50
AWA Essay Rescoring US$45
GMAT Handbook Free Download
GMATPrep Software Free Download

**There are exceptions in some countries. Please check the updated fee table on www.mba.com

Admit card

There is no admit card issued by the officials for GMAT. After registration, applicants can download the confirmation letter which contains details about test date and test center. After the registration process is successfully completed, applicants must review the confirmation letter is correct. Students must ensure that their name, test date, and location is same as was provided at the time of registration. Take a printout of this confirmation letter as it acts as admit card and an entry ticket for taking the examination.

The confirmation letter for GMAT 2017 will contain the below-given details:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Complete address of the Candidate
  • Nationality of the Candidate
  • Exam center’s address
  • Exam date
  • Exam time
  • GMAT ID number
  • Appointment number

Preparational Tips

Understanding the format, practicing sample question and reviewing one section at a time will help you achieve your best GMAT scores. Arrive at the examination center fully prepared on the day of the exam. Before you start preparing, make sure you download Free GMATPrep® Software which is available for free to the registered users of mba.com. It’s a great diagnostic tool to help you discover which areas of the exam to focus on. The GMAT Prep Timeline also available for free on the website provides a step-by-step approach to your personal study plan. It includes links to tips, products, and advice on how to improve your weak areas and enhance your strengths.

Other helpful resources include:

Examination Pattern

The GMAT exam is made up of different types of questions so that you can demonstrate your ability in several skills required to be successful in graduate business school. Regardless of the variety of the question, to be fair to everyone taking the test around the world, all test takers will:

  • Be assessed on the same number of questions
  • Answer the same type of questions
  • Be subject to time limits
  • Be tested in similar conditions

The GMAT comprises of four separately timed sections. You will have the opportunity to take two optional eight-minute breaks during the exam. The total exam length is approximately 3.5-4 hours. The whole structure is explained below:

Test Section Time Limit (in Minutes) Number of Questions Question Types Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 1 • Analysis of an Argument 0-6 in 0.5-point increments
Integrated Reasoning 30 12 • Multi-Source Reasoning • Table Analysis • Graphics Interpretation • Two-Part Analysis 0-6 in 0.5-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 75 37 • Data Sufficiency • Problem Solving 0-60 in 1-point increments
Verbal Reasoning 75 41 • Reading Comprehension • Critical Reasoning • Sentence Correction 0-60 in 1-point increments

Results

When you complete your exam, you will be shown your unofficial GMAT scores – Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Total. You will be given two minutes to decide whether to cancel or accept your score. If the time expires before you make a selection, your score will be automatically canceled. If you choose to cancel your scores, it won’t be sent to any of the schools selected by you. You won’t be receiving any hard copy of your unofficial scores at the test center and also won’t be able to access your official score report.

Your official Score Report will include several ways to interpret your exam results. You may be tempted to pay attention only to your Total score, but the other scores are also meaningful. Those scores offer you and the programs receiving your scores insight into your strengths and areas of development.

Section Scoring How the Section is Scored
Analytical Reasoning 0.0-6.0 Each essay is scored at least twice, once by a human reader and once by a computer. The scores are averaged to provide one section score, reported at intervals of 0.5.
Integrated Reasoning 1-8 The Integrated Reasoning score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly. Some questions may have multiple parts; a candidate must answer all parts to a question correctly to receive credit for that question. Scores are reported in intervals of 1.
Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning 0-60 The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections are item-level adaptive, and your score is based on three factors: 1. Number of questions you answer 2. Whether your answers are correct 3. Difficulty and other qualities of the questions you answered You will earn a higher score if you answer a higher number of questions, answer more of them correctly, and qualify for questions of a higher difficulty level. Scores are reported in intervals of 1 and the standard error of measurement is 3 points.
Total 200-800 Total Scores are based on your calculated performance before scores are given for the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections. The raw calculation is then converted to a number in the Total Score range. Scores are reported in intervals of 10. The standard error of measurement is 30-40 points.

The unofficial report includes your Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores. You may use the report to determine:

  • If you are a competitive applicant to the schools of your choice
  • Whether you want to retake the exam

Although this Unofficial Score Report can be very helpful to you, you should NOT use it for your admission applications

Official Score Report

Within three weeks of your test date, GMAT officials will be sending you a notice by email that your official scores are available. The email will have instructions for online access to your scores.

Other than your Quantitative, Verbal. Integrated Reasoning and Total scores, the Official Score Report will include your:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment score
  • Scores from other GMAT exams you have taken within the past five years. GMAT scores that you have canceled won’t be shown. Scores canceled due to testing issue or policy violation will be shown
  • Personal data provided during the registration and test process such as your address, phone number, date of birth, etc

Please visit www.mba.com to see a sample score report

Comparing your scores

Comparing your exam scores with other test takers’ scores can be misleading. To have a better understanding of it, you need to know about standard errors of measurement. ‘Standard error of measurement’ essentially means nothing is perfect, not even standardized exams. Like a scale or a ruler or other measuring instruments, the precision of the scores maybe subject to different effects. Although the GMAT exam is proven to be very precise, the score should be considered as an estimate of your ability.

Percentile Ranking

In addition to your scores, you will also find your percentile rankings on your score report for each exam section and your Total Score.

The percentile is another way for you to compare yourself with others who took the GMAT exam. It tells you the percentage of the test takers who scored lower than you. Generally, your percentile is based on all test takers for the previous three full years from the date you score is reported. Typically, the percentile ranking information is updated in July.

Enhanced Score Report

The GMAT Enhanced Score Report (ESR) can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses of the skills tested in each section. The ESR provides overall section performances and ranking by question type, average response time and time management ranking, % of questions answered correctly, ability to benchmark against other test takers from the past three years and customized summary report for each section that assesses strength and weaknesses. It has to be purchased from www.mba.com

What Next?

They will be sending your Official Score Report to up to five programs that you will select at the test center, before the initiation of your GMAT exam. They will be sending them electronically or by mail, depending on the program’s preferences. You can ask them to send your OSR to as many additional programs as you like (fees apply), as long as the scores are not more than 5 years old.

To have your scores sent to additional programs, go to the official site to use the Additional Score Reporting service and pay the required fee. Given below are a few things to remember:

  • Each score report will include GMAT exam scores you have accepted within the past five years. GMAT scores that you have canceled will not be shown
  • Scores impacted by a Policy Violation or a Serious Violation will remain on your score report.
  • Score reporting fees are non-refundable
  • You may not remove recipients once you have submitted your request
  • If you purchase an additional score report within 72 hours of your exam, you will not be able to cancel your score online.

If you have scores older than five years but less than 10 years, you can even ask them to send these scores to programs as long as you have not taken the GMAT exam within the past five years.

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