What is the structure of  GMAT?

It is made up of the Quantitative reasoning, Verbal reasoning, Intergrated reasoning and Analytical writing assessment sections.

Note: Your score out of 800 is based on your performance in the Quantitative reasoning and Verbal reasoning sections only.

You can choose the section order when you take the GMAT.

Format GMATHow is the GMAT scored?

The GMAT sifts test-takers into percentiles. Your score is literally determined by how you perform in relation to your peers from around the world.

The GMAT is computer adaptive, the test gets harder as you get harder questions correct and easier as you get them wrong. The difficulty of questions answered correctly is used to calculate your score.

Your final score out of 800 is actually weighted slightly more in favour of the verbal section.

What is a good score?

For GIBS you’ll need 550 or above.
For overseas schools the score depends on the school’s average and your profile. This could be anywhere from the mid 500s to above 700. This article will give you more insight into this.

How do you register to take the GMAT?

I.        Go to and choose the GMAT option (right-hand side).
II.        Follow the steps to register for the GMAT Exam; you will be asked to create an account.
III.        You will need to choose the Test Centre. Currently, there are only 2 Test Centres in South Africa: one in Johannesburg (Sandton) and one in Cape Town (Claremont). You can also take the online GMAT. Find out more here.
IV.        Choose date and time for your appointment. The test is 100% computer-based.
V.        Test Fee is $250 (or $200 for the online GMAT), payable with Credit Card.

Your GMAT scores are promptly available straight after you complete the Exam.
Your scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the Exam.

You need to book about 4 to 6 weeks in advance so it may be helpful to start studying before you book.

How many times should you take the GMAT?

You should plan to take the GMAT only once. There are good ways to measure performance with mock tests. So you can book to take the GMAT when you are ready to, and have an option to take it again as a backup plan only.

There are some situations however, when you should retake. The rule of thumb is this: if your score does not reflect your true ability (as measured by mock tests) then retake the test. You can read more about this in this article.

Is it possible to get a perfect score on the GMAT?

Only the top 0.02% of GMAT scorers—about 30 people out of 200,000 a year—will pull it off. But it is possible. Get advice from two top scorers in this article. Note that from July 2020 Students who score over 750 in the GMAT get a 50% refund on our courses.

What textbook do I need to prepare for the GMAT?

You will need to get hold of the GMAT Official Guide (preferably the 2020 or 2021 version if you are purchasing it new, older Official Guides are perfectly fine). The GMAT Verbal Review and GMAT Quantitative Review are also available with extra practice questions. You can always get these at a later stage if you feel like you need more practice questions.

 The Guide can be ordered from Mind Matters (they can deliver), or online from places like