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Q. What are the common facts about GMAT?

A. Common facts about the GMAT Exam are:

  • Students are also not allowed to appear for their GMAT exam more than 5 times in a 12-month rolling period.
  • Candidates can attempt the GMAT exam to a maximum of 8 times in their lifetime.
  • The unique aspect about GMAT is that it does not have a set exam date. Students have the flexibility to choose from the many available GMAT exam dates to appear for the exam


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Q. What is the difference between GMAT and GRE?

A. The GMAT is the standardized test for getting admission to a business school whereas GRE is required for getting into a graduate school. Now, even certain business schools have also started accepting GRE as well. Similar to GRE, the GMAT exam comprises of a Verbal and Quantitative section. In GMAT, the two sections are combined to give a composite score of 800.

Q. What is the difference between GMAT vs CAT?

A. 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 at a global platform 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.

Q. What is 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 whether he is able to solve it or not in order to move ahead.

Q. What is Percentile vs Marks assessment in GMAT?

A. The GMAT score includes 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. Scoring high percentile means you performed better than most of the candidates appeared for the exam. Similarly, scoring low percentile signifies that you scored lower than most of the candidates.

Q. How can I Reschedule and Retake GMAT Exam?

A. Rescheduling of the GMAT exam can be done through two major modes: online and via phone. This can be done before 7 days of the exam by paying $60 fee. Also, if you wish to reschedule your exam within the 7 days of the exam date, then you would be charged $250. Please note that the exam cannot be rescheduled on the test date. The only difference in rescheduling the exam is through the phone is that you would need to pay $10 surcharge along with the $60 rescheduling fee.

Retaking the GMAT exam can be done after 16 days from your previous attempt. However, the maximum limit of attempting the exam is 5 times a year. This rolling 12-month period is counted from your first attempt irrespective of the time of year.

Q. How to send my GMAT scores to Business-schools?

A. GMAT scores can be sent in two ways to B-schools. While registering for the GMAT exam, candidates have the option of sending the score report to five programs for free. Also, if candidates are not decided yet and need more time to send their scores, they can always request sending an additional score report by paying $28. Many a time, students send their score reports after receiving the score confirmation.

Q. What if I want to score report a GMAT exam taken over five years ago?

A. 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 exam given within 5 to 10 years ago are available for free, however, they are sent to schools with a caveat that should be interpreted with caution. Also, score before 5 years can only be ordered by reaching out to GMAT Customer Service of your concerned region.

Q. What set of skills are tested through the GMAT exam?

A. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) assesses the writing, quantitative, analytical, verbal and reading skills in written English. The test is designed to measure the ability of the candidate to reason all these skills. The test is designed to judge the critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills of the candidates apart from monitoring the ability to solve complex judgments. The aspirant should know the basic Maths and English-language to solve these queries.  

Q. Will Business -schools see my previous GMAT scores?

A. Yes, they will look at the scores of the exams which you have given in the last five years. Your score report will enlist scores from each GMAT exam you have taken over the most recent five years.

Q. Are all questions in the GMAT scored?

A. Not all the GMAT questions are scored. 10-25% questions which you see in the Quantitative and Verbal sections are experimental questions. These are designed by GMAC for future tests. The performance of the experiment's questions is assessed against the questions which are scored and this information can be administered to candidates in the future.  

Q. Who can access my GMAT score?

A. GMAT scores can only be accessed by the candidate that registered for the exam. Score Reports comprising of a digital photograph of the candidate and copies of essays and can only be accessed if at all requested by the candidate while taking the test or while requesting for Additional Score Reports (ASR).

Q. Which documents I need to carry to the test center?

A. The candidate must carry a valid international passport with a recent photograph and appointment confirmation letter which you got while registering for the exam.

Q. How the GMAT score is calculated?

A. The GMAT score is calculated using Qualitative and Verbal sections and scores range from 200 to 800. Moreover, if the candidate has not finished the exam in the allotted time then, his/her score is calculated based on the number of questions answered. The score of the candidate will impact significantly if the candidate has not attempted the answers.

Apart from this, the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score is based on the assessment of the Argument essay and it ranges from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals. Also, the Integrated Reasoning Score range from 1 to 8.

Q. How much does it cost to take the GMAT in Nigeria?

A. GMAT exam costs ₦100,000. Also, if the candidate wants to cancel or reschedule the exam then they will be charged for it. The cancellation fee for the GMAT exam is US $80, whereas, for rescheduling, the candidate has to pay an additional fee of US $250. 



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