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Graduate Management Admissions Test

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A standardized test, that measures the Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical skills. The test primarily intends to aid graduate schools of business assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 900 management institutes all over the world require GMAT scores from the applicants. This test is taken to get admission into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses in top business schools across the world.

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    Since, 16th April 2018, the Graduate Management Admission Council has shortened the GMAT exam by 30 minutes. Now, the exam is of 3 hours and 30 minutes including test instructions and breaks. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections were shortened by 13 and 10 minutes respectively. The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment along with the Score Preview and the optional break time remained the same. These changes do not have any impact on scoring in the shortened Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections as only the unscored items have been removed by the GMAC. GMAT has a feature that provides candidates with the flexibility to customize their GMAT experience by choosing the section order in which they feel most comfortable taking the exam.

    Why take the GMAT Exam?

    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, 2,300 + schools accept GMAT Scores for giving admission. Also, there are 650 testing centers in 114 countries that administer the GMAT Exam.


    What is the Eligibility criteria for the GMAT exam?

    As such, there is no set eligibility criteria set by GMAT, the body conducting GMAT for appearing for the GMAT exam. However, one should always meet the eligibility criteria set by the university/college one aspires to get into after giving the GMAT.

    Age criteria

    • The candidate must have completed 18 years of age
    • There is no upper age limit of the candidate
    • If the candidate is between 13 to 17 years old, they should have permission in writing from their parents or legal guardian


    Educational qualification

    • GMAC has not announced any official statement regarding qualification required to appear for GMAT
    • Candidates who wish to enroll for an MBA programme should possess a graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university


    GMAT Exam Fee

    The application fee for the GMAT exam is ₦100,000. Also, if the applicants want to change the center or reschedule the test then they will be charged $60 extra.

    • GMAT Cancellation Fee: If you cancel the exam more than 7 days before the test date then you will be refunded US$80. Also, if you cancel within the 7 days of the test date then you will not get any refund. Moreover, the test appointment cannot be canceled within the 24 hours of the scheduled test and time.
    • GMAT Rescheduling Fee: If you reschedule the exam more than 7 days before the test date you have to pay US$60.00 fee. Also, if you reschedule the exam within the 7 days of the test date you have to pay US$250.00 fee. Moreover, the exam cannot be rescheduled within the 24 hours of the scheduled test date and time.


    How to Register for GMAT?

    Registration for GMAT Exam can be done via our whatsapp, online, mail or in person at any of our office Nationwide. One can register for the GMAT exam throughout the year. There are various test centres available for the GMAT application. Click here to Register for the GMAT Exam .

    GMAT Exam Dates in Nigeria

    There are no fixed official GMAT dates, you can choose any date according to your convenience and availability. In case you need to retake the GMAT exam you can do so after 16 days. You can take or retake the GMAT exam after every 16 days. You can appear for the exam a maximum of five times a year. Ideally, candidates are recommended to register themselves two to three months before the exam date. If you register online or by phone, you can get yourself registered as late as 24 hours before the exam date. But it is safer to stick to early registration as you will then have a set schedule to prepare for the exam accordingly.


    Exam Pattern for GMAT

    The GMAT Exam comprises of four sections:

    • Analytical Writing
    • Integrated Reasoning
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Verbal Reasoning


    No. of questions

    Question Type


    Analytical Writing Assessment

    1 Topic

    Analysis of an Argument

    30 minutes

    Integrated Reasoning

    12 questions

    Multi-Source Reasoning,

    Graphics Interpretation,

    Two-Part Analysis,

    Table Analysis

    30 minutes


    31 questions

    Data Sufficiency,

    Problem Solving

    62 minutes


    36 questions

    Reading Comprehension,

    Critical Reasoning,

    Sentence Correction

    65 minutes

    Total Exam Duration


    3 hours 7 minutes



    Syllabus of GMAT Exam

    GMAT is a three and a half hours test with a maximum score of 800 points. The GMAT test the candidate's abilities on various parameters. Further, the GMAT exam has four sections:

    • Analytical Writing Assessment—measures candidates ability to think critically and to communicate their ideas
    • Integrated Reasoning—measures candidates ability to analyze data and evaluate information presented in multiple formats
    • Quantitative Reasoning—measures aspirants ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills
    • Verbal Reasoning—measures the ability of the candidates to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments and to correct written material to conform to standard written English


    GMAT Score

    Candidates should understand their GMAT Scores and GMAT Score Report. Candidates should also understand various aspects of the GMAT Scores.

    When is GMAT result available?

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

    How is GMAT Score calculated?

    Each of your five GMAT Scores i.e. 4 GMAT sections and the total score is reported on a fixed scale. These are your official scores that appear on your GMAT Score Report. Your selected score recipients will receive these scores. Always remember, that the GMAT Total Score Report includes Verbal and Quantitative scores and does not include any other section into account.

    The GMAT Score Report comprises of these elements:

    • Your Quantitative Score (0 – 60), with percentile
    • Your Verbal Score (0 – 60), with percentile
    • Your Total GMAT Score (200 – 800), with percentile
    • AWA Score (half-integers from 0 to 6), with percentile
    • Integrated Reasoning score (integer from 1 to 8)


    GMAT Score Range

    Here are the minimum and maximum score range of each section, along with a mean average:


    Score Range

    Mean Scores*

    Analytical Writing Assessment



    Integrated Reasoning













    How to access GMAT Score Report?

    • Candidates receive a link on their registered Email ID from GMAC.
    • Follow the instructions in the Email and with the help of that link candidates can check their official GMAT Score Report.


    Validity of GMAT Score

    Candidates should note that GMAT scores are valid for a period of 5 years. Hence, candidates should check the application deadlines of various universities and schedule their GMAT exam accordingly.


    GMAT Preparation Tips

    Edugrade Services Provide several means for GMAT Test takers in Nigeria to have a good score. We offer both Physical and onlines classes for GMAT test takers three(3) times a week and give out free practice text books when you register with us.


    GMAT Prep tips for each section:

    • Analytical Writing Assessment: The Analytical Writing Assessment section analyses the candidates' ability to analyse an argument.
    • Quantities Section: The Quantitative section section
    • Verbal Section: The Verbal section measures the candidate ability to read and comprehend written material. 
    • Integrated Reasoning Section: The Integrated Reasoning section measures the candidates' ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources.


    Strategy for preparing for GMAT

    Candidates need an appropriate strategy to score perfect 800 in the GMAT 2020 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 Papers which will help them in preparing for the GMAT exam 2020.


    GMAT Test Centres

    It is advisable to choose your test centre once you are ready to attempt the exam in the coming 2-3 months as the booking needs to be done in advance. It is suggested that you choose your city located nearest you so that you do not have to travel much before the exam. Once the state/city is chosen you may check out the availability of date in your nearest test centre.

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    Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week.
    Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays of every week.


    Colleges Accepting GMAT Score

    The GMAT Test takers can apply to more than 7000 programs at roughly 2300 business schools globally. Further, top business schools across the world like Harvard, INSEAD and Stanford accept the GMAT score of above 720. Further, the management schools should grant a degree to students to be eligible to accept GMAT scores. GMAT scores are one of the most important factors in the entire application process for admission to top B-schools across the globe. GMAT is accepted in more than 114 countries of the world.

    GMAT Scores for Top 10 Business Schools

    Your GMAT Scores allow you to apply to the top business schools across the world. We have provided average GMAT Scores required to get into the top business schools globally:

    Business Schools

    Average GMAT Score

    University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)


    Stanford University (CA)


    Yale University (CT)


    Harvard University (MA)


    Columbia University (NY)


    University of California—Berkeley (Haas)


    University of Chicago (Booth)


    Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)


    Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)



    GMAT Scholarships

    Scholarships and grants are generally given by B-schools to pursue a professional program like MBA. Moreover, scholarships can be need-based or merit-based, however, there are no set rules for awarding a scholarship. It depends on each school's admission process, so, the candidate should always check with the school itself for gaining a scholarship. Also, there are two kinds of scholarships, full and partial. The full scholarship covers the entire cost of the program, whereas a partial one covers only the part of the course fee.



    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.

    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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