GMAT Exam 2024: Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern, Preparation, Result, Score

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Updated on Jun 14, 2024 16:21 IST

Important Update: The GMAT Exam (old version) was available till the last day of January this year, after which this exam has been discontinued. In place of the GMAT exam, GMAT Focus Edition is being conducted from February, onwards. However, the scores of the previous GMAT will be valid for up to two years from the date of the result declaration. 

GMAT Focus Edition is the most recent version of the GMAT exam which is conducted to assess an applicant’s business aptitude. The GMAT Focus Edition is an evolved version of the previously conducted GMAT exam and is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council). The GMAT Exam fee in India is USD 275 for the GMAT test centre testing and USD 300 for the online GMAT exam testing. The GMAT exam fee may vary based on the region of the applicant and the chosen medium of testing. The GMAT exam dates 2024 vary based on the region of the applicant. The GMAT exam dates are spread across all 12 months and a good handful of dates for GMAT are available to appear for the GMAT Focus. 

The latest GMAT includes test instructions and breaks, 2 hours and 15 minutes long. This version is a more flexible, efficient and detailed format of the GMAT exam as compared to previous versions. These changes have not negatively impacted scoring in the shortened sections of the GMAT Focus Edition. This test is mainly taken by those applicants aiming for MBA abroad admission.  GMAT exam dates are available all year round, so GMAT registrations can be done easily. This article will throw light on various aspects of GMAT for international students.

gmat focus edition

As per GMAC, 9 out of 10 new enrolments are done using a GMAT score across various B-schools for MBA or other business-related admissions for international students. This is because some of the top business schools abroad accept GMAT for their business programs. The option for previous GMAT registrations is no longer available. However, the scores of both GMAT and GMAT Focus Edition will be valid for 5 years. 

Q:   What is the GMAT exam used for?

A:

GMAT is a standardized exam, score of which are used for obtaining admissions to B-schools abroad and in India as well. Most of the US, UK, Italian, Australian and Canadian universities accept GMAT scores for admissions to MBA programs. Students who are pplying for MBA or MS in Management related courses may have to submit GMAT scores. GMAT is now GMAT Focus Edition, thus, those who are applying for the first time can submit GMAT Focus scores, while those who have previously taken GMAT can submit the scores if they still are valid. 

 

Q:   What is the full form of GMAT?

A:

The full form for GMAT is Graduate Management Aptitude Test. The GMAT exam is now referred to as GMAT Focus Edition. The GMAT full form is the same, but the name has changed from GMAT exam to GMAT Focus Edition. The GMAT Focus is being conducted by GMAC in full swing from January 31, 2024 onwards. The GMAT Focus is slightly shorter in duration in comparison to the previous one. 

 

Q:   What are various topics in the GMAT Focus Edition syllabus?

A:

GMAT Focus Edition syllabus differs from the current GMAT exam 2023 syllabus. The following points will provide you an overview of the sections, number of questions, time, and various topics of the GMAT Focus Edition 2023:

  • Quantitative Reasoning (21 Questions in 45 Minutes) = Algebra + Arithmetic
  • Verbal Reasoning (23 Questions in 45 Minutes) = Reading Comprehension + Critical Reasoning
  • Data Insights (20 Questions in 45 Minutes) = Data Sufficiency + Multi-source Reasoning + Table Analysis + Graphics Interpretation + Two-part Analysis

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) and Sentence Correction (SC) do not form a part of the GMAT Focus Edition.

 

Q:   How hard is the GMAT test?

A:

GMAT exam is actually very tough, as only a handful number of students crack the exam. Out of 200,000 students, only 6% of the students qualified the exam. SIne the competition is very high, these tests are a hard nut to crack. Students preparing for GMAT exam will have to prepare rigorously and solve question papers in order to crack the exam. GMAT is hard to crack but not impossible. With the right strategies, students can aim to crack the exam. 

 

GMAT 2024: Key Highlights

Exam Name

GMAT Focus Edition

Conducted by

GMAC

Official Website

https://www.mba.com

Popularly Given for 

MBA or PG Business Courses

Accepted in

India & Abroad

Types of Questions

All MCQ-based

GMAT Exam Fee

USD 300 (online) and USD 275 (at a test centre) + taxes

Sections of Testing

3

Scoring Scale

205 - 805

Overall Duration of Exam

150 minutes 

Sectional Duration 

45 minutes per section

GMAT Contact

Phone: +91 120-439-7830, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indian Standard Time
Fax: +91-120-4001660.
Contact: https://www.mba.com/service/contact-us.aspx

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What is GMAT?

The GMAT entrance exam is meant to judge the analytical abilities of the candidates in the quantitative section and verbal reasoning sections. Even though the GMAT exam is meant for MBA admissions, students are not required to prepare anything related to management. GMAT judges the basic mathematical and verbal skills that are required for you to survive your B-School academics. Hence, students who do not have to management background must not be worried about their GMAT preparation. The GMAT is designed in a manner to test students based on their logical skills can attempt this entrance exam. 

Q:   Can you provide an overview of the GMAT exam 2023?

A:

The GMAT full-form is the Graduate Management Admission Test, which is a standardized test that measures the quantitative and verbal skills of the candidates. The GMAT exam consists of 80 questions that are supposed to be answered in 3 hours and 7 minutes. The score range is from 200 to 800. GMAT is quite popular amongst candidates who wish to pursue MBA or MIM degrees. This is reflected in the fact that 80% of students prefer GMAT scores for their B-school applications. Moreover, the acceptability of the exam is high as more than 7,700 programmes at 2,400 academic institutions spanning across 110 countries accept GMAT. Moreover, GMAC has brought in the new GMAT Focus Edition 2023. The current version of the GMAT exam 2023 will be available until at least early 2024.

 

Q:   Why take the GMAT Focus Exam?

A:

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, 2,400+ schools accept GMAT Scores for giving admission. Also, there are 650 testing centres in 115+ countries that administer the GMAT Exam. Other benefits of taking the GMAT entrance exam include its validity for 5 years. In case a student scores well and wants to gain so work experience, he/she can utilize that GMAT score for 5 years.

 

GMAT Full Form

GMAT full form is the Graduate Management Admission Test, which is required for MBA and other postgraduate business level courses admissions abroad. GMAT is conducted by GMAC across all major countries, almost 100+ for those aspiring for PG business courses. Applicants can register all year long for the GMAT and appear for it based on the availability of the GMAT exam centre.

What is Latest on GMAT Exam?

GMAC’s GMAT Focus Edition is the latest version of the GMAT exam. There are various changes witnessed for GMAT Focus Edition as compared to the older version like:

  • GMAT Focus Edition is 52 minutes shorter than the previous GMAT exam.
  • Questions on GMAT Focus Edition have also reduced to 64 from 80 questions tested on the previous version.
  • Moreover, there has been a sectional reduction of Integrated Reasoning which was earlier tested and the essay writing part on GMAT Focus Edition. 
  • There has been an introduction to the new section called Data Insights in place of the Integrated Reasoning section on the previous version.

There are several changes proposed for GMAT Focus Edition from its previous version which can be found at GMAT Focus Edition vs GMAT: Key Differences

Q:   What are some important details of the GMAT Focus Edition?

A:

GMAT Focus Edition is shorter, has lesser sections (with the removal of AWA and SC), and has a newly introduced section called Data Insights (DI). The newly introduced section (DI) is loosely based on the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section of the current version of the GMAT exam 2023. Here are a few points that will provide an overview of the GMAT Focus Edition:

  • The GMAT Focus Edition will be for 2 hours and 15 minutes as opposed to the current GMAT version which lasts for 3 hours and 7 minutes.
  • A new section called Data Insights (DI) has been introduced. Performance in the Data Insights (DI), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Verbal Reasoning (VR) will be a part of the final GMAT Score.
  • QR will have 21 questions (45 minutes), VR will have 23 questions (45 minutes), and DI will have 20 questions (45 minutes). There will be an optional break of 10 minutes.
  • GMAT Focus Edition syllabus too has changed with the removal of Sentence Correction and the introduction of the Data Insights section.
 

Q:   Will GMAT Focus be accepted by universities abroad?

A:

Yes, GMAT Focus Edition is the new and the latest version of the exam is being conducted across since January 31, 2024. The universities abroad are accepting both GMAT exam and GMAT Focus Edition. The reason being, some applicants have appeared for the previous version of the GMAT by January 31, 2024. So for now both versions are being accepted. But applicants should note, that the previous GMAT exam has been scrapped and GMAC is only conducting GMAT Focus Edition. So applicants from now onwards should prepare for the GMAT Focus Edition exam. 

 

GMAT Eligibility 2024

As such, there are no set GMAT eligibility criteria specified by GMAC (the conducting organization of GMAT) for appearing for the GMAT Focus Edition. Students who wish to apply for business courses at the master’s level will be eligible for admission only if they submit GMAT scores if the institution so requires.

Also, no educational degree requirement is supposed to be furnished while registering for GMAT Focus Edition to prove one’s eligibility criteria. But the applicant may be asked when and from where they will complete their graduation and also the course. 

  • The candidate must have completed 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit for candidates with GMAT eligibility.
  • If the candidate is between 13 and 17 years old, they should have permission in writing (NOC) from their parents or legal guardian.
  • GMAC has not announced any official statement regarding the qualifications as per GMAT eligibility, required to appear for GMAT exam.

Plus, there is no work experience required to be furnished for eligibility for GMAT Focus, but again while registering, the applicants will be asked about their total work experience level. 

Q:   What is the age limit eligibility for GMAT exam?

A:

There is no maximum age limit to appear for the GMAT exam  as anybody 18 years and above can appear for the GMAT. However, there is definitely a lower ceiling. In the case of students who are between 13 years and 17 years of age, they are required to provide a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their parents or legal guardians to appear for the GMAT exam 2023. Students, who are more than 18 years of age, need not provide any such NOC and can directly register and appear for the GMAT 2023 exam. However, it is advised that the candidates check the eligibility requirements of the MBA Colleges before applying since the GMAT eligibility criteria can be significantly different for the MBA admissions criteria.

 

Q:   What is the academic eligibility criteria to take GMAT exam?

A:

In terms of academic requirements for taking the GMAT, we find that GMAC, the organisation responsible for administering the test, has not formally established any standards. As a result, candidates are not required to have a specific educational background or degree to take the GMAT. However, the bulk of GMAT exam takers are working professionals or undergraduate students in their last year who want to continue in a management school. Candidates who do not fit under this category are nonetheless permitted to take the exam. 

 

GMAT Exam Fees 2024

The GMAT exam fee in India is USD 300 for the online format and USD 275 for the GMAT exam at the test centre. In addition, if the applicants want to reschedule their GMAT exam or want to cancel it, they will have to pay a certain additional fee. Candidates who do not attend the test will be charged full GMAT exam fees. Following is a breakup of the GMAT exam fee for Indian students going to appear for the exam soon: 

GMAT Exam Fee Parameters GMAT Focus Edition Fees
GMAT Focus at a Test Center GMAT Focus Online
 GMAT Focus Edition  USD 275 USD 300
 Additional Score Report  USD 35 (per report) USD 35 (per report)

GMAT Exam Fee 2024 in INR for Focus Edition: 

  • GMAT Exam Fee Online: USD 300 which is ₹25,064
  • GMAT Exam Fee Offline: USD 275+ USD 49.50 tax which is (USD 324.5) ₹27,112

The GMAT exam fee for the Focus Edition is the same, except for the cancellation charges. There have been some changes in the rescheduling time and cancellation charges in the GMAT exam fee for applicants. 

Q:   What is the GMAT Focus exam cancellation fee?

A:

The table given below provides the GMAT Focus exam cancellation fee for the test centre GMAT exam 2024 and the online GMAT exam:

GMAT Focus Cancellation Fees Timeline

GMAT Focus at a Test Center

GMAT Focus Delivered Online

More than 60 days before the appointment

USD 110 (Refund)

USD 120 (Refund)

15-60 days before appointment 

USD 80 (Refund)

USD 90 (Refund)

14 days or less before the appointment

USD 55 (Refund)

USD 60 (Refund)

Based on the timelines, GMAT exam fee for cancellation are calculated. 

 

Q:   How much is GMAT exam fee for rescheduling?

A:

If you reschedule the GMAT exam that was scheduled at a GMAT test centre 1 to 14 days before the test date, you have to pay USD 165 for the test centre GMAT exam and USD 180 for the online GMAT exam. The table given below provides the details of the GMAT Focus rescheduling fee for the test centre GMAT exam and the online GMAT exam:

Time Limit for Rescheduling GMAT Focus Edition

Test Centre GMAT Focus Rescheduling Fee

Online GMAT Focus Rescheduling Fee

More than 60 days before the appointment

USD 55

USD 60

15-60 days before appointment

USD 110 

USD 120

14 days or less before the appointment

USD 165

USD 180

Thus, applicants can reschedule their GMAT Focus dates but should avoid delaying to incur additional charges. 

 

GMAT Registration 2024

According to GMAC, applicants can do GMAT registration 6 months before the GMAT Test date or max to max 24 hours before the GMAT exam date, however, it is advised that the students plan their GMAT exam 2024 and book their slots well in time. To register for GMAT Focus, the applicants can go for GMAT registration online on the official website. The GMAT registration can happen in less than 15 minutes. 

Ways for GMAT Registration 2024:

The best and the ideal way for GMAT registration is by registering online through a laptop or phone. The applicants have to register, choose their GMAT exam dates and make a payment. GMAT Focus exam dates are available based on region and seat availability. Hence, it is always better to register for GMAT exam dates as prior as possible. 

There are 9 steps to register for the GMAT and also different steps for the GMAT schedule. You can read the complete steps for GMAT registration.

Q:   When to register for GMAT online exam?

A:

The GMAT online exam is available on a rolling basis. Moreover, the GMAT online exam is available around the clock. The GMAT online exam can be scheduled up to 6 months in advance and up to 24 hours before an available GMAT slot. Online GMAT exam fees is $300, which is nearly Rs, 24,600 (as per the current exchange rate). Candidates can give the online GMAT exam in order to seek admission to a graduate B-school. The pattern of the online GMAT exam is similar to the one of the test centre GMAT exam.

 

Q:   When is the last date to register for GMAT exam?

A:
The GMAT registration is available all the time (12 months), throughout the year. You can register for this exam as per your preference.
 

GMAT Exam Dates 2024

There is no fixed official GMAT exam date 2024, you can choose any date according to your convenience and availability. In case you need to retake the GMAT Focus exam you can do so after 16 calendar days. You can take or retake the GMAT exam after every 16 calendar days. You can appear for the exam a maximum of 5 times a year (12 months) and 8 times in a lifetime. Ideally, candidates are recommended to register themselves two to three months before the exam date.

The applicants who wish to apply for GMAT Focus Edition can opt for dates based on their geographic location and the test centre. Though GMAT Focus dates 2024 are available all year round, dates may vary on a month-to-month basis. Thus, applicants should not select their GMAT Focus Edition exam dates at the last hour because chances are the exam dates may be unavailable due to seats getting full at the respective exam centres.

If you register online or by phone, you can get yourself registered as late as 24 hours before the GMAT exam date. But it is safer to stick to early GMAT registration as you will then have a set schedule to prepare for the exam accordingly. Even though the coaching institutes recommend you register at the later available date, you should still register for GMAT well in time so that you have a wide window of time to prepare.

Q:   What points should I consider before choosing a GMAT exam date?

A:

Before deciding on the GMAT exam date, make sure to consider the following points:

  • Application deadlines and study abroad intakes: You must be aware of the MBA application deadlines and different study abroad intakes. Accordingly, you need to decide the time you will take to prepare your application.
  • Time for preparation: Once you are aware of the MBA or MIM application deadlines and the time required for documentation purposes, you need to figure out how much time is required for you to prepare for the GMAT. Typically, students spend around 3-6 months preparing for the GMAT exam 2023.
  • Your choice of the country: Deadlines, intakes, GMAT cut off, documents, etc. vary from country to country and university to university. You must be aware of all these factors.
 

GMAT Exam 2024 Slot Booking

To appear for the GMAT exam, applicants will have to shortlist the GMAT exam dates before they apply for GMAT. The GMAT slot booking is choosing an appropriate slot for taking the GMAT exam. The GMAT slot booking is essential to basically understanding when to appear for the GMAT exam. The booking of dates is called the slot booking. So applicants have to first understand the Graduate Management Aptitude Test registration details and sign up to create an account only then will they be able to book a GMAT exam slot. 

Steps to Book GMAT Exam Slot

If you are planning to appear for GMAT Focus, then you will have to check the GMAT exam slots, and this how you can check:

  1. Sign up on the official website and create your account.
  2. Once you have created the account, you add your address.
  3. The window will open to choose your GMAT exam slot. Once you select the dates, confirm and choose the time.
  4. Pay the fee and appear for GMAT on the chosen GMAT exam slot.

This way you can choose your GMAT exam slot and appear for GMAT based on your time and place convenience. 

GMAT 2024 Exam Pattern

The latest GMAT exam paper has a new pattern altogether. The GMAT Focus Edition pattern is simple and is defined clearly by GMAC. There are three sections in the GMAT exam paper of the Focus Edition, spread across 2 hours and 15 minutes. The GMAT Focus follows the below given exam pattern:

GMAT Focus Edition Sections

Total Number of Questions Tested

Time Allocated

Quantitative Reasoning

21 Questions

45 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

23 Questions

45 minutes

Data Insights

20 Questions

45 minutes

There are a total of 64 questions on GMAT Focus Edition which are equally marked and are in the MCQ format. There is no writing or essay section on GMAT Focus Edition. Also, candidates can avail of two optional eight-minute breaks during the GMAT exam. Read more about the GMAT Exam Pattern in detail.

Q:   Is the question type and pattern of CAT and GMAT similar?

A:

The question type and pattern of CAT (Common Admission Test) and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) are not similar. While both exams are used for admissions to management programs, they have different formats and question types. Here are the key differences between CAT and GMAT.

CAT:

  • CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).
  • It is a computer-based exam consisting of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA).
  • CAT includes multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and non-MCQs (Type In The Answer) questions.
  • The exam pattern may vary from year to year, but generally, CAT has a time limit for each section and a fixed number of questions in each section.

GMAT:

  • GMAT is an internationally recognised exam used by business schools worldwide and in India for admission to MBA and MIM programs.
  • It is a computer-adaptive test, meaning the difficulty level of questions adjusts based on the test-taker's performance on the GMAT exam.
  • GMAT consists of four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Verbal Reasoning (VR).
  • The question types in GMAT include multiple-choice questions, data sufficiency, sentence correction, etc.
  • The GMAT 2023 exam pattern remains consistent, with a fixed number of questions and time limits for each section.

In summary, while both CAT and GMAT are entrance exams for management programs, their question types, formats, and sections differ significantly. However, it is possible to prepare for both the exam simultaneously as both are based on a similar theme. In fact, both exams will complement each other’s preparation.

 

Q:   Is GMAT a computer adaptive test?

A:

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 about whether he is able to solve it or not in order to move ahead in the exam. If you get an easy question while taking the GMAT exam, you need not panic whether the previous question was correct or incorrect. Instead of wasting your time, you must focus only on solving the current question.

 

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GMAT Syllabus 2024

The GMAT Focus Edition syllabus tests the candidate's abilities on various parameters. Further, the syllabus of GMAT has three sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude consists of Arithmetic and Algebraic Math questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning consists of Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension related questions.
  • Data Insights is basically a data analysis skill test set of questions.

Since the latest version of GMAT also referred to as GMAT Focus Edition has kicked in, a further slashing of timing and one entire section has been witnessed. Now applicants just have lower number of questions which are to be answered based on pure logic and application of rules. For further details, you can check out, the GMAT Syllabus.

GMAT Score 2024

Applicants are scored on a scale of 205 - 805 on the GMAT Focus Edition. GMAT score is based on each of the three sections on GMAT Focus Edition are scored equally that is, each section is scored between 60 - 90. The reason for an upgraded score range on GMAT is for schools and applicants to differentiate between GMAT Focus Edition and GMAT scores. Overall, applicants can score between 205 and 605 if appearing for the latest GMAT exam. The candidates receive the entire GMAT Score Report as soon as GMAC releases it. 

GMAT Focus Edition Score Report

The GMAT Focus Edition score report is comprehensive for applicants to understand their scores. The GMAT Focus Edition score report comprises these four elements:

  • Quantitative Score (6 – 51), with percentile
  • Verbal Score (6 – 51), with percentile
  • Data Insights Score (6 - 51), with percentile
  • Total GMAT Focus Edition Score (205 – 805), with percentile

Thus, those who opt to appear for GMAT Focus Edition will get a score report with the above-given parameters and a performance review as well. 

GMAT Focus Edition Results 2024

GMAT Focus Edition result will reflect within 3 - 5 days on the applicant’s mba.com account post-exam date. The applicants will then have to send their five free GMAT Focus Edition score reports within 48 hours of score release. There is no need for applicants to cancel their scores of GMAT Focus Edition because they can manually select the B-schools they wish to send their scores to after they are released by GMAC.

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Q:   When is the GMAT result available?

A:

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 GMAT result. Once the exam is over, candidates can download the non-official GMAT result. Finally, the candidates receive the complete GMAT Score Report within 7-20 days of giving the test including the AWA Score.

 

Q:   How to send my GMAT scores to B-schools?

A:

GMAT scores can be sent in two ways to B-schools. In the case of the test centre GMAT exam, students can select up to 5 programmes to which they wish to apply without any additional cost. After this, every additional GMAT score report is chargeable at $35 each. In the case of an online GMAT exam, a candidate can send his/her scores to 5 B-Schools within 48 hours of receiving the official GMAT score. If he/she wants to send his/her GMAT scores to more B-Schools or programmes, every additional GMAT Score report shall be chargeable at $35 each. It is important for the candidates to select the right courses/programmes beforehand. In order to do this, it is advised that research different programmes, their GMAT cut offs, career outcomes, etc.

 

Q:   What is Percentile vs Marks assessment in GMAT?

A:

The GMAT score includes a percentile that compares your performance with other test-takers. If you score in the 80th percentile, then you performed better than 80 percent of the aspirants and 20 percent candidates have performed better than you have on the GMAT exam. 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. As per the January 2019 to December 2021 data, the mean GMAT score stands at 574.51 with nearly 34% percentile ranking. Moreover, it is noted that two-thirds of the candidates, who appear for the GMAT exam, score between 400 and 800. A GMAT exam score of 800 corresponds to 99% percentile ranking, a GMAT score of 750 corresponds to 98% percentile ranking, and a GMAT exam score of 700 corresponds to 87% percentile ranking.

 

GMAT 2024 Preparation

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 a competitive edge in GMAT preparation, then joining a coaching centre for GMAT in your location is the better option.

GMAT Preparation Tips

GMAT Sectional Prep Tips 2024 

The following is a brief on the kind of preparation that must targetted for GMAT Focus Edition section-wise:

  • Quantitative Section: The Quantitative section measures the basic mathematical skills of the candidates. Here, practice is the key.
  • Verbal Section: The Verbal section measures the aspirants’ ability to read and comprehend written material. In this case, the applicant's reading and command over the language is necessary. 
  • Data Insights: This section is all about understanding the data and analysing it with precision. Again practice here is key with various forms and types of data sets. 

Ultimately, a lot of practice is essential to get a good score on GMAT Focus Edition for applicants.

GMAT Question Papers 2024

GMAT question papers are essential for GMAT preparation. For beginners’ convenience, we have also provided Graduate Management Aptitude Test questions for each section. The students need to appear for the GMAT mock tests. GMAT model tests will help them analyse their mistakes and make the required corrections in their GMAT 2024 exam preparation. It is sincerely advised that the students do not underestimate the importance of GMAT mock tests as they form a vital part of their GMAT exam preparation. You can check out the sample GMAT sample questions section-wise here:

Analytical Writing Section Samples Integrated Reasoning Section Samples
Quantitative Section Samples Verbal Skills Section Samples

Q:   What are the expert tips for GMAT exam preparation?

A:
The Graduate Management Admission Test GMAT conducted by GMAC, acts as a gateway for admission to more than 4,800 business schools across the world. According to experts, you can start getting ready for the GMAT by using the following advice: 1. Determine which business school you want to attend and what GMAT score you need (out of 800). 2. Before creating a study schedule, familiarize yourself with the GMAT exam's syllabus and format. 3. Choose the appropriate study materials and mock exams for the exam in accordance with the GMAT syllabus. 4. Make a proper study schedule and focus on the verbal and reasoning sections, as the GMAT prioritizes these sections more. 5. Recognize which subject requires more of your attention so that you can give each section the time it needs. 6. Regular practice is necessary in addition to mock exams to improve GMAT accuracy. 7. Know why you want to attend a particular college; this will help you after your GMAT exam and when you are writing your college SOP. The GMAT scores are valid for 5 years, and you can get the opportunity to study at top colleges after scoring well in the GMAT.
 

Q:   What is the correct strategy for GMAT preparation?

A:

Candidates need an appropriate strategy to score a perfect 800 in the GMAT 2023 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 Paper which will help them in preparing for the GMAT exam 2023. Start with the GMAT Official Guide (GMAT OG). You may also opt for the GMAT Official Guide Bundle. The reason for starting with the GMAT Official Guide is that you need to be aware of the previous years’ GMAT questions and the official GMAT study material. Hence, make sure that the GMAT Official Guide forms the base of your preparation. 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.

 

Q:   When shall I start preparing for GMAT, GRE and IELTS? I am in 2nd year of my B.Tech.

A:
It's a good idea to start thinking about preparing for GMAT GRE and IELTS as early as possible, even if you're in your second year of B.Tech. Preparing for these tests can take several months and requires a lot of dedication and effort. For GMAT and GRE it's recommended to start preparing at least 3-6 months before your planned test date. This will give you enough time to study and practice the test format, build your vocabulary, and improve your math and analytical skills. You can start by taking a diagnostic practice test to assess your strengths and weaknesses and create a study plan accordingly. For IELTS it's recommended to start preparing 2-3 months before your planned test date. This will give you enough time to practice your English language skills, build your vocabulary, and get familiar with the test format. As you're still in your second year of B.Tech, you have plenty of time to prepare for these tests. You can start by focusing on building your foundational skills in math, English and analytical thinking. You can also practice reading and writing in English to improve your language skills. In summary, the earlier you start preparing for these tests, the better your chances of achieving a high score. Starting early gives you enough time to build your skills and knowledge, and to identify areas where you need to improve.
 
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GMAT 2024 Test Centres

There are 110 Focus Edition exam centres for those choosing to appear at one. Based on the nearest location, applicants can choose their GMAT Focus Edition centre and appear for the exam. All major Indian cities have exam centres to conduct GMAT Focus Edition. In case the exam centre is unavailable, applicants should try for another exam date or anothe exam centre. Once the state/city is chosen you may check out the availability of a date in your nearest GMAT exam centre.

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GMAT 2024 FAQs

Now that students are aware of the GMAT 2024 exam in its entirety, it is advised that they take their GMAT preparation and other MBA documents such as a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, etc. very seriously to gain admission to their desired MBA college. To know more about the GMAT, check out the GMAT 2024 FAQs provided below.

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

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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 exams given within 5 to 10 years ago are available; however, they are sent to schools with a caveat that should be interpreted with caution. In addition, scores before 5 years can only be ordered by reaching out to GMAT Customer Service of your concerned region. Another rider with this is that a candidate must not have taken the GMAT exam within the last 5 years.

 

Q:   Can the candidates send their scores to more than 5 programmes in the case of online GMAT exam as well?

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Candidates have more control to manage their scores with the GMAT online exam. They can view their score and then choose to send their scores to programs. Candidates can send their GMAT scores to 5 B-Schools/Programmes (without any additional cost) within 48 hours of receiving their official score for the online GMAT exam. However, 5 is not the maximum number as candidates have the opportunity to send their official scores to as many programs as they want once they receive their official scores. The cost of sending an additional GMAT score (after the first 5 programmes) is USD 35.

 

Q:   What is the difference between GMAT and CAT?

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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 on a global level 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.

 

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Vish d

3 weeks ago

I'm 29, have done BMS and have 4+ years of work exp. but I have a gap of 2 years as I was preparing for IELTS and GMAT old edition, also I have no math background since after 10th std, Am I eligible to apply for Masters in HR programme in USA?

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Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a week ago

Hello! Your eligibility will be decided based on the university you are applying to - one if the gap is acceptable for the course you are applying to and second based on the courses you have studied if you can apply for admissions. If there is confusion, you can get in touch with our counsellors by

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Shashank Desai

11 months ago

How many days prior to the application deadline date can I answer the test? Considering round 1 window closes on 4th September, can I take the GMAT on 28th August?

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Aprant Agarwal

11 months ago

You will receive your official GMAT scores within 7-20 days of your GMAT exam. Considering this, you might not be able to provide your official score to B-schools. Moreover, an MBA application requires SOP, LOR, Admission Essays, etc. You'll need time to prepare these vital documents as well. Make s

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vaibhav pandey

12 months ago

Classic edition GMAT exam will be conducted till March,2024 or not. After m com a Candidate could prepare for MBA abroad

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Aprant Agarwal

12 months ago

The current version of the GMAT exam "will continue to be available until early next year". There is no specific date for the same. After MCom, you may opt for an MBA as it will enhance your profile. You might as well venture into a new field (e.g. supply chain management) if you find it interestin

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saikiran soma

a year ago

I am CA dropoutIwant to pursue my career My MBA abroad Education. I completed my graduation in 2022. I didn't complete my GMAT. Can I apply now.

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Aprant Agarwal

a year ago

Hello. Now that you have completed your graduation, you can very well appear for the GMAT exam. Please make sure to check the eligibility criteria for MBA abroad as certain B-schools demand prior work experience. You may also apply for MIM programmes as they are also rewarding. You may check the to

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Hrishikesh

a year ago

I am a Chartered Accountant and working in one of the Big4s. I have not done graduation since completing CA itself is considered as post graduate. Can I apply for GMAT.

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Aprant Agarwal

a year ago

There are no specific degree requirements when it comes to taking the GMAT. However, GMAT is not the only deciding factor when it comes to B-School admissions. You must meet the eligibility conditions specified by the B-Schools.