Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) - MS in Australia

Your Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score is one of the most common requirements to apply for a master’s program at a business school in Australia. The GMAT exam is often associated with admissions for the top MBA programs, but it can also add value to your profile regardless of the master’s program you apply to.

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About the Exam

  • GMAT is a globally accepted standardized exam designed to measure the business acumen of students who are applying for graduate studies in business Colleges/Schools.
  • GMAT is a common requirement for entry to MBA and Masters in Management (MIM) programs in Australia.

Before you Start

  • Check the university program application requirements if GMAT is necessary.
  • The GMAT exam is scored on a total of 800.
  • Note down the minimum required GMAT score for your target University. Usually the minimum scores are around 550-650.
  • GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT).

Required Documents

  • Indian Passport
  • Credit/Debit card for online payment
  • Names of 4 Universities/Colleges where you want your Scores to be sent to

GMAT Registration

    The exam registration for GMAT can be done online. You need to create a new account. Once the candidate has logged on to website, he/she will have to fill in the complete the remaining profile information by filling in necessary details.
  • Once you have logged into, you will have to fill in the complete profile information by filling in necessary details.
    You can call the GMAT Customer Service and schedule a date and venue for your exam. You can get more information on this link. You may be charged with an additional service fee of US $10.
    You can complete the online form from the one available on the official GMAT website, and mail it to them along with the payment.
    Complete the online registration form for your GMAT Exam and fax it to the fax number on their website.

GMAT Exam Pattern

The entire GMAT exam takes a little more than 3 hours to complete. 3 hours and 7 minutes to be exact. GMAT is a computer-based test that has four sections, details of which have been briefly described below:

Analytical Writing Assessment1 essay on Argument Evaluation and Analysis30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning12 MCQs based on graphical interpretation, multi-source reasoning, tabular analysis and two-part analysis30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning31 questions on Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, testing arithmetic, algebra and geometry knowledge62 minutes
Verbal Reasoning36 questions on Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Correction Skills65 minutes

After You Register

  • An email confirming your GMAT appointment will be sent to you.
  • This Appointment Letter/ Email you receive has to be brought on the day of your GMAT appointment.
  • Note if there are any changes in the test center, test timings or building.

On Test Day

  • Carry your official ID proof that has all information matching to the one entered during the GMAT Registration. We recommend you carry your passports as a valid ID proof.
  • You may be asked to bring proof of your GMAT appointment; this will be communicated to you by email a few days before your exam.
  • Arrive at least 40 minutes before your GMAT Exam. If you arrive late at the test center, you may not be allowed to attempt the test.
  • The test will be at a Pearson VUE Testing Centre or any other GMAT associated partners near you.
  • An overall band of 6.5 is usually the minimum requirement for most of the master’s programs in Australia.
  • Once you sign in, your biometrics will be taken by the Test Centre Staff.
  • You will be instructed to keep all your belongings in an allotted locker.
  • Each time you enter and leave the exam room, you will be escorted, and your fingerprints will be taken; these biometrics will be taken as proof of your entry and exit.
  • There will be two breaks between the test.
  • Your exam will be for around 3 hours; we recommend that you carry water and some small light snacks.

Test Results

  • The GMAT tests you on four different skills:
  • The Analytical Writing Assessment Section, where you will be marked between 0.0-6.0,
  • The Integrated Reasoning Section, where you will be marked between1-8,
  • The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning Sections, where you will be scored between 0-60,
  • The cumulative Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning Section, where you will be scored between 200-800.
  • As soon as you complete the GMAT Exam, you will receive your unofficial GMAT Scores. You will be given 2 minutes to decide whether you want to accept this score which will later be sent to your target universities or to cancel it. If you do not make a decision within 2 minutes, it will get cancelled automatically.
  • GMAT scores are valid for 5 years after the exam date.

Useful Tips

  • Have a big breakfast on the morning of your GMAT Exam.
  • For the Integrated Reasoning section, you will find an IR on-screen Calculator for assistance. However, for the Quantitative Reasoning section, you will not be provided with such aid.
  • Once you submit an answer, there is no going back. You must be careful in deciding which answers you want to guess, and which ones you want to skip. Such decisions need to be taken quickly, so as not to waste your time.
  • Take as many practice tests as possible to improve your GMAT scores.
  • For the top business schools in Australia, the average GMAT score is between 712-730.
  • Your GMAT Exam Scores are valid for 5 years.
  • The exam can be taken all year round
  • The entire GMAT Exam takes one day, along with the preliminary procedures and the intermediate breaks, takes up to 4 hours total.


Many helpful resources on the GMAT Exam and tips to prepare for it are available online. Going through these resources combined with motivated self-study will help you get a good GMAT score.

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