Most Business School programs require you to sit for the GMAT, Graduate Management Admission Test, since they have found it to be a reliable indicator of an applicant’s performance in an MBA program. The GMAT does not test specific business knowledge or competence but, rather, measures quantitative, analytical and writing skills in computer-adaptive testing (CAT) format.
Admission committees will look at your GMAT as an initial indicator of your suitability. They will then evaluate your undergraduate scholastic record, recommendation letters, work and other relevant experience, and application essays – in fact, all of these play a large role in your final acceptance.
THE FOUR SECTIONS OF THE GMAT:
You can choose the order in which you take GMAT sections:
|SECTION OF THE GMAT
|HOW MANY QUESTIONS?
|TYPES OF QUESTIONS
|Analytical Writing Assessment
|1 essay prompt
|12 multiple choice
Graphics and Table Interpretation
|31 multiple choice
|36 multiple choice
|3 hours, 7 minutes
The Quantitative and Verbal sections use Computer Adaptive Testing. As you progress through each of those sections, the algorithm adjusts the difficulty of each new question based on your performance so far. If you are getting questions right, on average you will get harder questions. If you are struggling, on average your questions will get easier. But, you cannot go back to a question once you submit it.
Analytical Writing Section
The Analytical Writing GMAT Section has one essay to be completed in 30 minutes. The essay requires, “Analysis of an Argument.”
The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills needed to succeed in today’s challenging, technical world. There are four question types: graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning.
12 questions need to be completed in 30 minutes. On the Integrated Reasoning section, you will have access to an IR on-screen calculator.
The Quantitative GMAT Section has 2 types of multiple-choice questions: problem-solving and data sufficiency.
Problem-Solving Questions require skills in basic arithmetic, elementary algebra and basic geometry; an understanding of basic mathematical concepts; and the ability to reason mathematically or quantitatively.
Data-Sufficiency Questions require skills in analyzing a mathematical problem; organizing and using relevant information; and determining if a sufficient amount of information is given so a problem can be solved.
There is no calculator, so mental arithmetic skills need to be practiced.
The Verbal GMAT Section has 3 classes of multiple-choice questions: reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction.
Immediately upon finishing the GMAT, and while you are still in the testing room, you can view your Unofficial Score Report with unofficial Quantitative, Verbal and Total scores (200 – 800). In the days following the test, your Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) essay will be read and graded by a real person and an electronic assessor, and the average score will be taken. (If the two scores differ by more than 1 point, another human reader is called in to evaluate the essays and resolve the inconsistency.) Once your AWA and IR scores are finalized, and within 20 calendar days of testing, you will receive an email with a link to access your Official Score Report online. You will be directed to the Score Reporting website, where you have to enter the authentication code (as given on the Unofficial Score Report). You may view, download, or print your Official Score Report. The section scores and the overall test score are both reported to business schools. The overall score ranges between 200 to 800, with section scores from 0 to 60; the essay is graded on a 0 to 6 scale, in half-point intervals.
Reporting the Scores
There is a provision in your GMAT test fee that allows the reporting of your GMAT test scores to a maximum of five universities of your choice. This means that before taking the GMAT, you need to decide to which universities you’re
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