GMAT(GRADUATE MANAGEMENT ADMISSION TEST)
The GMAT is a standardized exam administered to evaluate the aptitude of a candidate applying for a business program. GMAT is a trademark registered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). It is a mandatory examination for admissions in more than 5,900 graduate programs in approximately 2,100 universities and B-Schools around the world. People from 112 countries around the world, across any academic stream, can take the GMAT test. The GMAT exam is renowned for its validity, suitability and value in admissions.
This 4-part examination assesses Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning skills. These superior reasoning skills are what the management faculty, globally, have identified as essential for students who seek entry in these B-Schools.
The medium of language of the GMAT is English. It is a computer based test. It is also a computer-adaptive test.
The maximum time limit is 3 hours 45 minutes.
The test is broadly divided into 4 modules:
(1) Analysis of an Argument – This task asks one to critically assess the reasoning behind a given argument and respond in essay format writing.
The maximum time allotted is 30 minutes for the essay. The scoring ranges from 0-6 points, with 0 being the lowest point and 6, the highest point.
(2) Integrated Reasoning – This section measures one’s ability to comprehend and assess multiple sources and various kinds of information – graphic, quantitative and verbal as they are inter-related.
12 objective questions is presented in four different question formats – Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation and Two- Part Analysis. 30 minutes is allotted for this section.
The AWA and IR score is calculated based on the average ratings of both these tasks. This is on a half-point increment basis. This score is a separate score and does not count toward the total GMAT score.
(3) Quantitative Section – This section assesses a candidate’s competence of arithmetic, elementary algebra and common geometry, divided into two types of tasks. There are two types of multiple-option questions in this section:
– Problem Solving
– Data Sufficiency
The time slot for this section is also 75 minutes and 37 Questions are presented.
(4) Verbal Ability – Three types of multiple-choice questions are found throughout this section:
– Reading Comprehension
– Critical Reasoning
– Sentence Correction
The time allotted for this section is 75 minutes and 41 Questions are presented.
Also, there will be a few discretionary pre-test sections as a part of the Verbal and Quantitative sections but they can’t be identified so a student has to answer all the questions in the test.
The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together. Scores are given in increments of 10. From the most recent data released by GMAC, the average GMAT score of all test takers is about 540.