GMAT Exam Eligibility and Registration

The GMAT is one of the most widely accepted MBA entrance exams all over the world. Every year, several graduates and professionals take the GMAT to enrol into business and management programmes. If you’re wondering whether you’re eligible to take the GMAT and would like to know how to register for the test,  then you’re at the right place. Read this article to gain insights on the GMAT, its registrations process and the GMAT eligibility criteria.

What is the GMAT?

The GMAT is a computer-adaptive standardised test conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council. Accepted by over 2300 business schools and to nearly 7000 master’s programmes, the GMAT exam is one of the most widely accepted test scores at business schools.

Divided into four sections and timed at 3 hours and 7 minutes, the GMAT is scored on a scale of 200-800. The different sections of the GMAT are – analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative  reasoning and verbal reasoning. While the analytical writing and integrated reasoning sections of the GMAT exam are scored separately, the quant and verbal reasoning section scores comprise the raw scores and make up your final score. Furthermore, both the quant and verbal sections gauge your ability to solve complex problems, however, the former tests you on concepts of mathematics such as algebra, geometry and arithmetic and the latter tests your proficiency in the English language.

Now that we’ve provided you with a brief overview of what the GMAT entails, let us understand the eligibility criteria that you need to meet in order to take the GMAT.

GMAT Eligibility Criteria

While most entrance exams require students to have a bachelor’s degree or at least register for the exam while in their final year of undergraduate studies, you’ll be pleased to learn that the GMAT has no such conditions. You can register for the GMAT as long as you meet the following GMAT eligibility criteria:

  • Age

The only significant eligibility criteria that you need to meet before registering for the GMAT is the age criteria. To take the GMAT test you need to be 18-years or above. However, if you fall within the age group of 13-17 you can take the test with parental permission.

  • ID Proof

Since the GMAT is conducted globally, the passport is the most prominent ID document accepted by GMAC for successful registration of the test. However, recent updates allow Indians to use their Aadhar card for registration purposes.

  • Registration Fee

Your GMAT registration is said to be successfully completed only when you have paid the GMAT registration fee of $250 which is about INR 18,700. 

  • Work Experience

Prior work experience isn’t mandatory for the GMAT. However, since most test-takers taking the test are early professionals, they tend to have some amount of work experience while preparing and taking the test. However, your work experience has little to no impact on your GMAT registration process or performance over the test.

GMAT Registrations

To successfully register for the GMAT all you need to do is visit the official page and create an account. Once you have created an account, you can complete the registration process by selecting the centre, exam dates, submitting your personal details and paying the GMAT registration fee. Once your account is evaluated and payment is confirmed by the back-end team, you will receive confirmation via email of your registration. 

Now that we have provided you with a brief overview of the GMAT, explained to you the eligibility criteria and simplified the registration process, you’re better positioned to plan your GMAT registrations.


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