GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) required by the majority of business schools because it provides a measure of an applicant's academic ability. GMAT is used by business schools as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs.

GMAT assesses analytical writing, problem-solving abilities, and critical reasoning skills which are important in determining success in management and real-world business. Being a computer-adaptive format, it starts with a question of average difficulty. As questions are answered correctly, the computer presents the test taker with increasingly difficult questions and as questions are answered incorrectly the computer presents the test taker with questions of decreasing difficulty.

GMAT TEST FORMAT

Analytical Writing Assessment

Measures your ability to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and how well you can communicate your ideas critically in lieu of the given argument.

The Integrated Reasoning Section

Measures the skills required to succeed in today's real world. It tests your ability to evaluate and synthesize information presented in various forms of word, graphs, charts, and tables.

The Quantitative section

It measures your ability to understand and solve the problems on simple topics like arithmetic, geometry, algebra, which probably you haven't studied since your high school.

The Verbal section

Measures your command over English and your ability to evaluate arguments and to correct written material to conform to standard written English.

GMAT Test Structure

SECTION NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TIME (minutes) SCORES
Analytical Writing Assessment Analysis of an Argument 30 scored on a scale of 0 - 6 in 0.5 point increments
Integrated Reasoning 12 questions 30 scored on a scale of 1 - 8 in single digit increment
Optional Break 10
Quantitative 37 multiple choice 75 scored on a scale of 100 - 400 in 10 point increment
Optional Break 10
Verbal 41 multiple choice 75 scored on a scale of 100 - 400 in 10 point increment

The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together (performance on the AWA and IR sections do not count toward the total score, those sections are scored separately). Scores are given in increments of 10 (e.g. 540, 550, 560, 570, etc.).

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