How to prepare for GAT in 2024?

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GAT- Graduate Assessment Test

The Graduate Assessment Test is a systematic assessment test designed to figure out an individual's aptitude or ability in various areas such as intellectual skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, and subject-specific knowledge. The specific content and format of the test may vary from field to field, but their objective remains consistent: to provide a fair and unbiased measure of an individual's abilities, enabling educational institutions to make sophisticated decisions.

GAT is a competence test conducted by NTS. GAT scores are used by many Pakistani institutions as an assessment criteria factor for admission to Master level programs.

The Graduate Assessment Test (GAT) is for admissions to NTS Associated Universities. The candidates will appear in a single test only and will stand eligible for admission to all NTS-associated universities in the respective subject group.


Why GAT is important for students seeking admission to Universities?


Many universities and higher education institutions in Pakistan require potential students to submit GAT scores as part of their admissions process. These scores serve as an objective measure of a student's aptitude and preparedness for higher education. Students who perform well on the GAT can increase their chances of achieving admission to renowned institutions and programs.


What is the minimum score for qualifying GAT and does that guarantee admission in any university?


The GAT test is for about 100 marks and the minimum score to qualify for GAT is 60%.

Every institution has its evaluation criteria for admission and scholarship awards. So, passing the GAT only does not guarantee admission to any university. Generally, the score in GAT is used on a qualified basis, that is, a test taker with a higher score in GAT is preferred for admission if other criteria of evaluation are also met. You must prepare for the test for a higher score.


What is the validity period of GAT?


Once the GAT test has been passed, the test result will remain valid for 2 year from the test date. The students may use the result for 2 year to apply for admission to any university. In this period of one year, the student may appear in the test again.


Can an applicant take the GAT  more than once?


Yes, the candidates who are aiming to improve their previous GAT scores can also apply for the test again. This ensures an increase in their criteria. In this way, they get more chance to apply for the trending field. 


What is the format of GAT?


The test format of the GAT is based on 100 marks. There are a total of 100 multiple-choice questions. The test format of GAT consists of four parts which are as follows.

Quantitative Reasoning: This part consists of basic mathematical questions. It consists of 35 MCQs.

Analytical Reasoning:  This part consists of questions related to analytics. These questions are quite tricky but once the student gets hold of their logic then these are a piece of cake for them. It also consists of 30 MCQs.

Verbal Reasoning:  These questions are based on English grammar and vocabulary. This part is based on 35 multiple-choice questions.


Is there any minimum qualification criterion for taking GAT?


Candidates with a minimum of 16 years of education are eligible to apply for and appear in GAT.


Which universities accept the GAT test?


Many universities accept GATs other than their internal tests. Here is the list of some universities that accept GAT.

  • Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore
  • National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
  • Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad
  • University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) [All Campuses]
  • Virtual University of Pakistan (All Campuses)
  • Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT)
  • University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
  • University of the Punjab, Gujranwala Campus

How can I register for GAT?


The registration process for GAT is very easy. The applicants first have to make an account on the official website of NTS( The applicants are required to fill in information about their educational background and their personal information such as phone no., CNIC, and some other information as well. After providing the basic information the applicants can simply apply for the GAT by selecting their specified subjects. Deposit the fee in the designated bank mentioned in the form. The applicants don’t need to post the application form physically. The online application form is enough to secure their test seat. They are informed about their test center and roll no.  through text messages.


When should I take GAT?


If you are willing to have higher qualifications after 16 years of education, then you should take the GAT just after you take the final exams for bachelor’s degree. The test result will remain valid for 2 year for admissions. Early taking of GAT enables you to apply to more institutions and choose the best one. You can take the test any time after passing graduation according to the NTS schedule. You can visit NTS's official website ( to find the data available to you.



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