Amit Ruparel
Updated on 27 May, 2018

GMAT FAQs: Questions About The GMAT

Q. What is the cost/registration fee for GMAT?
A. The registration fee for taking GRE is USD 250 which includes reporting your GMAT scores to 4 universities of your choice.

Q. How do I register for the GMAT?
A. You can register online or by phone or by mail. The detailed information about registering for the GMAT can be found at

Q. How many times can I take GMAT?
A. GMAT can be taken unlimited number of times with a gap of a minimum of 31 calendar days between 2 tests. (It is highly advisable not to appear for it too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature). However, one can take the test only 5 times in a calendar year.

Q. If I take GMAT more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?
A. The best score is taken into account by most of the universities. A few, though, consider the average.

Q. What is the validity of the GMAT exam?
A. Your GMAT score will be valid for 5 years after from the date the test was taken, but most universities do not accept scores which are older than three years.

Q. Does admission to universities depend only on GMAT scores?
A. Not at all. The GMAT score only ‘makes you worthy of a second glance’. There on, it’s all down to your profile.

Q. How do I pass on my score to the colleges where I want to apply to?
A. The universities only accept official scores sent directly by Scores to four colleges can be sent free of cost while taking the exam. Subsequently, for each score report sent to a college, you would have to pay USD 28.

Q. What is an ideal GMAT score?
A. Well the ideal score, of course, is 800. As a rule, though, anything over 700 is considered good. 750 is brilliant, and anything over that is a bonus.

Q. Do universities consider photocopies of the GMAT scorecard?
A. You do not receive an official printed scorecard anymore. You do receive a PDF file, but it cannot be used instead of the official report sent my

Q. Is GMAT mandatory for applying to MBA and PhD programs outside India?
A. Most universities nowadays (and certainly all the best ones) need GMAT scores for their MBA programs, and will accept GMAT scores for certain Masters and PhD programs which are in some way related to management or finance.

Q. How important is the GMAT score in helping secure scholarships for graduate studies?
A. Quite unhelpful, to be honest.

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