Graduate Management Admission Test

GMAT(Graduate Management Admission Test)

The Graduate Management Admission Test also known as GMAT is a computer adaptive test. The main intention of this type of test is to access certain skills in the analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills. This test is required for a graduate program for example MBA. It not only requires knowledge of English grammar but also some knowledge of algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. GMAT mainly focuses on analytical writing and problem solving capabilities. It also addresses data sufficiency, logical and critical reasoning skills. All these fields or subjects are tested because it is a requirement of solving real world problems. In a year one can take 5 attempts and these attempts should be 16 days apart.

Around 2,300 business schools and 7000 programs accept the GMAT score and considered as a selection criteria to enrol in universities throughout the world. This test is used for the admission in business schools for wide range of business programs for example MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance. These tests are administered in standardized exam centres and are located in around 114 countries around the world. GMAT is considered number one choice of MBA aspirants.

The GMAT exam is divided into four major section:

  1. An Analytical Writing Assessment
  2. An Integrated Reasoning Section
  3. A quantitative Section
  4. A verbal Section

The total duration of the exam is around three hours and seven minutes. The first section (Analytical Writing Assessment) is of 30 minutes. The next thirty minutes are given to work on 12 questions which are divided into multiple parts. The next section which is quantitative section around 62 minutes is given to work on 31 questions in the quantitative section. Verbal Section 65 minutes are given to answer 36 questions.

Section Duration in minutes Number of questions
Analytical writing assessment 30 1 essay
Integrated reasoning 30 12
Quantitative 62 31
Verbal 65 36

There are around two sections which are multiple choice answers and are administered in computer-adaptive format. These are the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT. The first few questions in this format are of average difficulty. If the questions are answered correctly the computer will present the next question with increasing difficulty. Also if the answers are incorrect the questions are of decreasing difficulty. This process repeats itself until the section is complete. At this point of time computer will have an accurate assessment and can decide on the level of examinee.

The range of GMAT score will range from 200 to 800. The performances on the verbal section as well as quantitative section are measured together. The scoring is done in the increments of 10. This will result in formation of a bell curve with standard deviation of 120 points. In layman’s term it means around 68% of examinees will score between 430 and 670. The algorithm used to score an examinee is complicated. After the previewing of the GMAT score an examinee can decide whether to keep the GMAT score or cancel it. The cancelled score can be reinstated in the next 4 years and 11 months for a fee of around 50 dollars.

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