GMAT
Graduate Management Admission Test
GMAT Exam Fee : 250$
The advice of the test makers is to schedule your GMAT for a date that isÂ “at least 21 days prior to your application deadline.”
 The registration fee is $250. Sometimes people find the fee shockingly high, but it’s negligible relative to the size of your MBA investment.
 If you reschedule, you can do so, but it’s not free. If you reschedule more than 7 days in advance, you will be charged a $50 fee. If you reschedule within a week, the fee is $250 – and that’s the test fee to take the test, so you are essentially throwing away your initial registration fee.
 You may retake the GMAT exam once every 31 calendar days,Â but no more than five timesÂ in a rolling 12month period.GMAT Syllabus
The GMAT is a three and a half hour test carrying a maximum score of 800 points. The entireÂ GMAT syllabusÂ is divided into four broad sections:
1. AWA
2. IR
3. Quant
4. VerbalAnalytical Writing Assessment (AWA)
This is the first section of the GMAT and test takers need to finish this section in 30 minutes. This is an essay section where the test taker needs to write an analysis of the presented argument.
In the AWA section, the GMAT looks for

Your writing skills and abilities

Clarity and logic in your argument

Overall relevance of your essay with respect to the given topic
AWA is not counted towards the overall 200800 score. Instead, the score range for AWA ranges from 06, with increments of 0.5.
0: Unscorable. An essay that is totally irrelevant or makes absolutely no sense.
1: Fundamentally deficient. An essay that has shows little to no reasoning and has numerous errors in language, grammar, spelling etc.
2: Seriously flawed. An essay that shows poor reasoning skills, does not develop ideas, is disorganized and has frequent problems in language, grammar, spelling etc.
3: Limited. An essay that shows some level of analysis, but misses most important points, and has some language, grammar and spelling errors.
4: Adequate. An acceptable analysis of the argument, but contains a few language, grammar or spelling errors.
5: Strong. A wellreasoned, wellorganized critique of the argument with only minor writing flaws.
6: Outstanding. An excellent, wellarticulated analysis that has few or no writing flaws.Integrated Reasoning
Test takers will be given 30 minutes to finish the IR section on the GMAT. This section was added to the GMAT in June 2012. It requires a combination of both Verbal and Quant skills and is similar to the Data Interpretation (DI) section on the CAT.
The IR section consists of 12 questions of 4 types:

Multi source reasoning

Graphics interpretation

Table analysis

Twopart analysis
In the IR section, the GMAT looks for skills related to the following:

Deciphering relevant information presented in text, numbers, and graphics

Assessing appropriate information from different sources

Combining and arranging information to observe relationships among them and solving complex problems to arrive at a correct interpretation
Just like AWA, even IR is not counted towards the overall 200800 score and is evaluated on the range of 18.
*In fact, neither AWA nor IR will make a big impact in your overall application and our advice is not to worry too much about these sections
Quant
In this section, youÂ will be provided with 37 quant questions which need to be solved in 75 minutes.
Question types will be based on
 Problem solvingÂ (PS):Â Questions given, and you need to calculate the answer.
 Data SufficiencyÂ (DS):Â You need to interpret whether the given data isÂ enough to solve a particular question.
The Quantitative section of the GMAT evaluates your fundamental mathematical skills andÂ yourÂ caliber to reason quantitatively.
The various topics under Quant are as follows:
Arithmetic

Number Systems & Number Theory

Multiples and factors

Fractions

Decimals

Percentages

Averages

Powers and roots

Profit & Loss

Simple & Compound Interest

Speed, Time, & Distance

Pipes, Cisterns, & Work Time

Ratio and Proportion

Mixtures & Alligation

Descriptive statistics

Sets

Probability
Algebra

Permutation & Combination

Monomials, polynomials

Algebraic expressions and equations

Functions

Exponents

Arithmetic & Geometric Progression

Quadratic Equations

Inequalities and Basic statistics
Geometry

Lines and angles

Triangles

Quadrilaterals

Circles

Rectangular solids and Cylinders

Coordinate geometry
Verbal
This is the third section on the GMAT. The test takers will be provided with 41 verbal questions which need to be solved in 75 minutes.
In the Verbal section of the GMAT, the test takers are assessed for

Reading and understanding the written material

Reasoning out and appraising the arguments
Rectifying the written material in accordance with standard written English
Question types will be based on

Reading ComprehensionÂ (RC):Â Â You will be given a passage and you need to answer questions related to it.

Critical ReasoningÂ (CR):Â A short passage would be given. You need to find the premise, conclusion, assumption, etc.

Sentence CorrectionÂ (SC):Â A part of the sentence would be underlined and five options would be provided. You need to spot the error and mark the right option.
