About the GMAT Exam

In this article, we will talk all about the GMAT exam, the different sections in the exam, the scores of each section, the cost and duration of the exam, and more. So read on!

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is administered by the GMAC — the official creators of the exam. It comprises four main sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing, and Integrated Reasoning.  The types of questions asked in each section are as follows:

Sections  Types of Questions
Verbal Reasoning Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, and Reading Comprehension
Analytical Writing  Analysis of an Argument
Quantitative Reasoning Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving
Integrated Reasoning Multi-source Reasoning, 2 part analysis, Table analysis, Graphics interpretation.

GMAT Score

The GMAT scoring scale ranges within 200 to 800 with 10 point increments. The scoring for each section is as follows:

Sections Score Range
Analytical Writing 0 to 6
Verbal Reasoning 0 to 60
Quantitative Reasoning 0 to 60
Integrated Reasoning 1 to 8

Once you have completed the exam you will receive a cumulative score that comprises your scores from the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Once you have accepted your scores you will get your official score report by mail within 20 days from your exam date. This report will have your cumulative scores as well as a percentile score.  The percentile score will help you to determine your performance in comparison to other candidates who have attempted the exam previously. The GMAT scores are valid for a period of 5 years. If you would like to cancel or reinstate your scores, then you will have the option to do so after you pay a small fee for the same.

The duration of the exam is three and a half hours, including the two optional 8-minute breaks. It is a computer adaptive test which means that your performance in each section determines the level of difficulty of the next section. You will need to practice sufficient mock exams to be accustomed with this type of exam.

There is no such eligibility requirement to attempt the GMAT, however, you must be at least 18 years of age and above to be able to register for the exam. If you are between 13 – 18 years, then you can still register for the exam after getting a parental consent form signed by your parents or guardian. Now that you have learned all about what is GMAT, let us find out how much it costs to register for the exam.


Taking the GMAT exam is an expensive affair. The GMAT fee is about $250 (INR 18,300). It is therefore necessary to plan your finances in advance before you attempt the exam. You must also ensure that you are prepared sufficiently so that you can reach your target score in the first attempt, otherwise, you will need to pay the fees each time you attempt the exam.

Below we have listed the cost for each of these services along with the GMAT registration fee as well:

GMAT Services Fees
GMAT Registration fee US $250
Score cancellation report (after you leave test centre) US $25
Reinstate score US $50
Rescoring for AWA essay US $45
Additional Score report US $35
Cancellation fee*

  1. More than 60 days before the test date
  2. 15-60 days before the appointment
  3. 14 days and less before the appointment

  1. US $100 refund
  2. US $75 refund
  3. US $50 refund
Enhanced score report US $30

We hope you gained a clear understanding of the GMAT exam. Good Luck!

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