About the Training

The Graduate Management Admission Test, popularly known as the GMAT, is a computer adaptive test that aims to assess analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program. Preparing for GMAT training requires knowledge of specific grammar and knowledge of specific mathematics. GMAT course also focuses on and assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities. They also address data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills. 
GMAT training is undertaken by most students who are looking towards admission in post graduate degree in Business and Finance-related courses abroad. 

There are no specific eligibility requirements for GMAT set by GMAC. However universities have requirements and cutoffs set, so a student should keep that in mind.

Age Criteria for GMAT
  • The minimum completed age on the date of the exam should be 18 years
  • No upper limit for age has been set
  • Underage clients need to provide permission from their parents or legal guardians

Educational qualification

  • A graduate degree from a recognised education institution is required.
Test Preparation 
The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment and integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section. The Total testing time is three hours and seven minutes.
GMAT is taken to get admission into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses in top business schools across the world.
Note-Training for GMAT through iKounselor includes several effective strategies to achieve perfect scores, like Mock Tests, Efficient Time Management, Personalized Sessions, Problem Solving and Strategy Sessions.

GMAT is a computer adaptive test with a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes and comprises both objective and subjective questions. The GMAT training requires the student to focus on exam practice to be able to evaluate and answer 90 questions. These questions are based on Integrated Reasoning skills, Quantitative skills, Verbal skills, and Analytical Writing Assessment.

Analytical Writing Assessment

This part measures the student’s ability towards critical thinking and communication of ideas. This essay writing section is where the schools determine your writing skills. When you practice this at the GMAT coaching centre or on your own, keep in the mind that this section doesn’t test your views. Rather it tests you on your critique of the author’s argument, analysis of the author's reasoning and analysis.

Integrated Reasoning Skills

This is a measure of Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning. Here candidates need to have a two-part analytic ability that they have to use to analyze given data and draw conclusions from them by using their reasoning skills.

Quantitative section

This part of the GMAT course is a study to measure the candidate’s ability for data analysis and evaluation of information that is presented to them in multiple formats. This section is one where most of the students at the GMAT coaching centre find it difficult to handle. It is a section that requires knowledge of arithmetic and number properties, algebra, geometry. 

Verbal Reasoning

This is where a candidate's ability to read and understand written material or paragraphs or data is evaluated. Here they are expected to gauge and judge the arguments and to correct the given written material as per accepted English language standards. Gmat coaching centres commonly chosen by students help them learn the tricks of sentence correction, critical reasoning, reading comprehension.

Frequently Asked Questions about GMAT coaching centre

1. Is coaching necessary for GMAT?

GMAT is one of the most difficult and competitive exams to crack. It challenges candidates on many levels. Most stumble, but it is not necessary that everyone needs coaching. Having said that, it is still advised to undergo training at a GMAT coaching centre.

If you select the best classes for GMAT then their mentorship, conceptual learning, in-depth practice, and experienced guidance help students to crack this new and advanced computer-adaptive paper format and aptitude screening. Earlier, coaching was considered taboo or something only weak students chose, but now students are realising that the best classes for GMAT do not just teach them, but mentor them.

Therefore, it is advisable to take coaching.

2. How much does a GMAT course cost?

The examination fees for GMAT in US dollar terms is $250 or approximately Rs. 18,300. The charge to be paid for rescheduling exams is $50. For cancellation of the exam, an amount of $80 is payable. 

If you talk about GMAT training, then because of changing times, some of the best GMAT classes are online. The best GMAT online course is not very expensive, can be afforded by most students, and doesn't have added to and fro costs or time loss. So a GMAT course apart from the examination fees will also include the cost for classes for GMAT.

3. Which coaching is best for GMAT?

Before you select a GMAT coaching centre, you have to research the given factors:-

  • Academic history of the GMAT coaching centre- The overall record and performance of the centre is an important consideration. Read about the previous students, their testimonials, the methods taken by these centres to provide GMAT training.
  • Teaching fraternity- best classes for GMAT whether conducted online or offline is highly dependent on the teacher’s qualifications and experience. A well-qualified faculty will result in extremely high performance from the students.
  • Subject Coverage- best classes for GMAT are those that teach an alternate approach. Alternate-approach is one which makes a student understand the difference between topics on the basis of their importance. They select experience, factors like mnemonic amongst others to make learning informative and wholesome.
  • Test Series- To be able to crack the GMAT with good to near perfect scores, it is important to solve test-series. Some of the best classes for GMAT devise their own mock tests that help students do a SWOT analysis of themselves.
  • Reading Material- The best classes for GMAT have highly standardised and customised reading material. All the topics and additional information must be covered in it.

Candidates always have an option for online classes for the GMAT. These classes are extremely flexible and researched.

4. Which is better, CAT or GMAT?

CAT, which stands for ‘Common Admissions Test’, is designed for acceptance in Indian Business Schools. GMAT is a test that has global acceptance by around 7,000 Business schools. CAT scores are valid for 1 year, whereas GMAT scores are valid for 5 years. GMAT focuses on the ability of students, CAT on accuracy. 

To conclude we’d say that as GMAT is accepted worldwide, has a lower opportunity cost, and gives a return on investment higher than CAT, it is a good choice. This along with GMAT’s acceptance in executive MBA programs at premier institutes and B-Schools of India GMAT is better than CAT.

5. Is GMAT accepted in IIM?

GMAT scores are accepted by IIMs for MBA admissions into their 1-year full-time MBA programs and those programmes which are similar to MBA and require work experience. So if applying for a PGPX course in IIM, GMAT is a much better choice.

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