The Graduate Management Admission Test, commonly known as the GMAT, is accepted in more than 114 countries for many programs, including MBA, Master’s in Finance, Master‘s in Accountancy and many more. The GMAT is structured to measure analytical writing skills, quantitative skills and verbal and reading skills in English. GMAT differs from the other entrance tests in a way that it is an adaptive computer test, unlike others which are not computer-based tests.
Each question of the GMAT exam appears at a single time, and the next questions appear based on the accuracy of the previously given answer, with an increased difficulty level. A candidate can choose the order of the sections in which they want to give their exam. The maximum score in GMAT is 800. The GMAT exam is now 3 hours and 30 minutes long, with breaks.
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) conducts the GMAT exam. There is no particular eligibility criteria as stated by GMAC. However, a few common eligibility criteria are present. A candidate must be 18 years or older, to sit for the exam. The candidate in the age of 13 to 17, appearing for the test needs to obtain legal permission from parents. As GMAT is a test for admission to a post-graduate program in business schools, the student must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
The GMAT score is valid up to 5 years from the date of the exam. However, it is suggested by the experts, to show recent scores of GMAT to the colleges. Students may appear in GMAT starting from the age of 18 to any time after that.
There are no eligibility criteria of work experience for entering the GMAT. However, the admission of students in colleges depends on the eligibility criteria or accepted GMAT score, for that college and requirement of work experience, as per the college.
Famous business schools in the USA like Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Columbia University, etc. have specific criteria of a minimum of one month’s work experience. These colleges generally accept GMAT scores above 720.
A candidate can take the GMAT exam five times in a year, with a gap of 16 days. Students must select the universities and know about their eligibility criteria before taking the test.