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GMAT Exam Introduction

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GMAT Exam Introduction

GMAT Exam Introduction


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive test which assesses a person’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in standard written English. This test is taken in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as MBA and Masters in Finance related courses.

The GMAT exam is a computer adaptive test and not a computer based test, which means that the candidate will get one question at a time and depending on the accuracy of the previous answer, the difficulty level of the next question will be found out. The average scores required for universities abroad varies; top level universities require at least 710, while middle level universities accept 600.

For Executive MBA, GMAC has recently introduced another Mini GMAT called Executive Assessment exam. This exam is specially designed for EMBA applicants and is of considerably shorter span. It is meant to test analytical and logical thinking of the candidates, which is more suited for the Executive MBA course.

GMAT Information
Exam Name Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Commonly Known as GMAT
GMAT Exam Category Standardized management test
Exam Level International level test
GMAT Conducting Body Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Cost of GMAT 2017 US $250
Number of Sections Four (4)

shape About the Test

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) has four sections and a total of three and a half hours. The Analytical Writing Assessment takes 30 minutes and asks test takers to complete an essay critiquing a brief argument that is presented. This is the only part of the test that is not multiple-choice. Next, the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section, which was included 2012, has 12 questions. Test takers have 30 minutes to answer four types of questions: Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Multi-Source Reasoning, and Two-Part Analysis. The IR section is multiple-choice, but is not computer-adaptive.
Test takers have 75 minutes to complete the Verbal section of the test, which has 41 questions covering Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. The Quantitative section contains 37 Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency questions. This section also takes 75 minutes to complete. Both combined take three and a half hours.
The computer-based sections (Verbal and Quantitative) use a computer-adaptive format, which means it adjusts the difficulty of the questions to each person’s skill level. The computer displays a question of medium difficulty at the beginning of each multiple-choice section of the test. It scores the test taker’s answer and uses the information to determine which question to display next. If someone answers a question correctly, the next question is likely to be more difficult. The computer is likely to display an easier question after someone has answered a question incorrectly. Computer-adaptive tests score each question individually, so test takers cannot change their answers or return to previous questions.
The total GMAT Score ranges from 200-800 and on an average estimate two-thirds of the GMAT Test takers obtain score 400 to 600.