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Eligibility Criteria for GMAT Exams

Eligibility Criteria for GMAT Exams

Did you know that the number of people taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) increases significantly every year? With thousands of students appearing for the GMAT exam, it is important that you work hard and secure a good GMAT score. Many of you must be taking the GMAT for the very first time and it is but natural to be confused. Here, we will take you through the eligibility criteria for GMAT exams, so that you know where you stand before you start your preparations.

As per the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the eligibility criteria for GMAT exams have not been officially stated. The institute or university in which the student is seeking admission may have certain eligibility criteria, and they may vary across universities. However, the basic eligibility for GMAT exams are as follows:


You must be at least 18 years old. Those of you who are between 13 and 17 years must get a written proof of permission, from a parent or legal guardian in order to appear for the GMAT exam. There is no upper age limit to take the GMAT exam.

Educational Qualifications

You must have an Undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized board or university. There is no upper limit of educational qualification apart from graduation, if you are interested in appearing for the GMAT exam.


As far as your nationality is concerned, there are no restrictions and hassles. You can be from any part of the world to be able to take this test. Some of you might be thinking that the eligibility criteria for the GMAT exam vary across countries, but this is not true. The rules and eligibility criteria are the same for all candidates from any part of the world.

Number of Attempts

You can take the GMAT exam as many times as you want. However, you can take the test once every 16 days and no more than five times in 12 months. If you have previously achieved a total GMAT score of 800, you must wait at least five years, before reappearing for the GMAT test again.

Now that we’ve had a reality check, it’s time for you to pull up your socks and give it your best shot!

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