Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT, pronounced ‘jee-mat’) is an admission based entrance test required by the business schools throughout the world, primarily of USA, as a pre-requisite for entry into post-graduate management programs. The test result is used as measure to predict academic success of an individual for business program he wishes to study.    


SectionsQuestionsQuestion TypesDurations
Analytical Writing Assessment1 TopicAnalysis of Argument30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning12 QuestionsMulti-Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
30 Minutes
Quantitative37 QuestionsData Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 Minutes
Verbal41 QuestionsReading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes

Section information Briefly

Analytical writing Assessment (Analysis of an Argument)

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) measures your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. During the AWA, you are asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument.

Integrated Reasoning

The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills you need to succeed in our technologically advance


The Quantitative section measures your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. The mathematics needed to understand and solve the questions in this section of the GMAT exam are no greater than what is generally taught in secondary school classes.


The Verbal section measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English.


The AWA (Essay) section is scored on the scale of 0 – 6, in multiples of 0.5.

Integrated Reasoning section is scored on the scale of 1 – 8, in multiples of 1.

Quantitative section is scored on the scale of 0 – 60, in multiples of 1.

Verbal section is scored on the scale of 0 – 60, in multiples of 1.

The scaled scores of Quantitative and Verbal sections are combined to create the score on the scale of 200 – 800.     

Miscellaneous Details

Nature of the test          :           Computer-Based           Test frequency              :           Almost all weekdays (Mondays

to Fridays)

Exam Fee                     :           $ 250                            Score Validity Period     :           5 years

Rescheduling Fee          :           $ 50/-                            Score Reporting Time    :           15 – 20 days

Free Score Reports       :           5                                  Extra Score report Fee  :           $ 28

Official Website            :              

Deadline for Free Score Reporting         :           till the day prior to the test date

GMAT coaching at Shine

At Shine, day one is always a day of mock test.   The test result allows an individual to know where he stands and consequently provides him an idea of how much effort is required to achieve a desirable score.

For Essay part, firstly the essay question type is explained. Then guidelines are given on how to compose the essay on each the assigned topic. Then our faculties discuss 10 topics from official pool of essay topics. Discussion revolves around the ideas to be presented, organization to be followed and language to be used for composing essay.

For Quantitative part, every session begins with concepts teaching of a particular topic. After concept explanation, our teachers solve few problems of different types to show how concept is applied. Then students are given approximately 25 questions of varying difficulty levels to solve in the class. As students solve the problems, the teachers remain present in the class to help the students in case any difficulty arises. For home-assignment, approximately an equal number of questions are given for practice. Towards the last 15 – 20 minutes of session, our teachers take doubts of the previous home-assignment, if any.  

For Verbal part, our teachers first explain the different question types that compose the section. Then approach and strategies are explained to tackle these question types. For practice in the class, passages are taken from Official Guide (OG) of GRE. The OG contains approximately 25 passages of varying lengths. All these passages are taken in the class with a very strong focus on discussion. Similarly, for sentence completion question, the same book is used. The book has approximately 75 questions on sentence completion. Our teachers do all these question, again with a very strong focus on discussion.      

After completion of classroom training, 5 full-length mock tests are administered at our testing centre. Faculties also conduct revision session as well as take doubts of students.

Salient Features

  • Intensive and comprehensive coaching of 80 classroom hours
  • Qualified, experienced and trained teachers
  • 5 full-length mock tests post classroom coaching
  • Well-stocked library
  • GRE official Guide.
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