GMAT 2016 Overview

GMAT Exam or Graduate Management Admission Test is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) for admission to B Schools around the world and India as well. It is a computer based test which tests a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills. GMAC is the global non-profit council of business schools. 

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GMAT 2016 Eligibility Criteria

You must be at least 13 years old. Those under 18 years of age are required to submit a written form signed by a parent or guardian.

GMAT 2016 Exam Syllabus

The GMAT exam consists of four sections—Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but you should plan for a total time of approximately four hours to include optional breaks.


The GMAT exam is administered entirely in English. The quantitative and verbal sections of the exam are “computer adaptive” i.e. questions are chosen for you based on how you have answered the previous questions. In general, the more correct answers you give, the more difficult the test becomes. Your score is based on both the difficulty of the questions answered and the number of correct responses. By adjusting to your individual ability level, the computer adaptive test shortens the time it takes to complete the exam and establishes a higher level of accuracy than a fixed test.


The GMAT is administered year-round at test centers around the world. You may take the exam no more than once every 31 calendar days and no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period.


GMAT Format:

The GMAT exam consists of the following four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): The AWA section consists of one 30-minute essay: Analysis of an Argument. The AWA section measures your ability to think critically and to communicate ideas.
  • Integrated Reasoning Section (IR): The 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section consists of 12 questions that measure your ability to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources.
  • Quantitative Section: The 75-minute Quantitative section consists of 37 questions that measure your ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.
  • Verbal Section: The 75-minute Verbal section consists of 41 questions measuringyour ability to analyze texts, draw inferences and convey meaning effectively in English.