GMAT

GMAT

Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is an admissions test for graduate studies in MBA programs (Master of Business Administration) in the US and around the world.  Administered by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), the test is designed to assess logic, analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills believed to be essential in real world business management.

The test is divided into 4 parts - Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics), Verbal Reasoning (Reading comprehension), Analytical writing (Writing), and Integrated Reasoning (data analysis). The two parts that most universities weigh the most when assessing students are the Quantitative Reasoning and the Verbal Reasoning.

What is unique and challenging about taking the GMAT is that the test is a multiple choice, 'computer adaptive test' (CAT). This means that the computer system 'adapts' the level of difficulty of the test according to the test taker's ability. If the test taker answers the question correctly, the next question will increase in the level of difficulty. On the other hand, if the test taker answers the question wrong, the next question will get slightly easier. The higher the level of difficulty, the higher the score range the test taker will receive.

 

Here is what a GMAT exam may look like:

Section

Questions

Description

Time

Score

Analytical Writing

1 Essay

Analysis of Argument

30 mins

1-6

Integrated Reasoning

12 questions

Data Analysis

30 mins

1-12

Quantitative

37 questions

Problem solving

75 mins

0-60

Verbal

41 questions

Data Sufficiency

Reading comprehension

Critical Reasoning

Sentence Correction

75 mins

0-60

 

The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 (combination score of Quantitative and Verbal sections) with an increment of 10 (eg. 540, 550, etc). This score range is what most universities place their emphasis on when evaluating candidates. On the other hand, The Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections have a separate scoring scheme, which universities usually place lower emphasis on.

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