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About GMAT or Graduate Management Aptitude Test

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

What is the GMAT Exam?

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test or GMAT is a valid and reliable predictor of your academic performance in today’s graduate management classrooms. GMAT is a computerized test in English and Mathematics to check skills and aptitude of candidates seeking admission in business schools of English speaking countries. GMAT is administered and conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Leading business schools and management education programs worldwide recognize the GMAT as the most effective predictor of success. Simply, that means that the better you do on the GMAT the better you should do in the classrooms. This validity and reliability is important to schools when making admissions decisions.

The GMAT exam consists of four sections—Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. You have three and a half hours in which to take the exam, but you should plan for a total time of approximately four hours to include optional breaks.

How is GMAT Administered?

The GMAT exam is administered entirely in English. The quantitative and verbal sections of the exam are “computer adaptive” i.e. questions are chosen for you based on how you have answered the previous questions. In general, the more correct answers you give, the more difficult the test becomes. Your score is based on both the difficulty of the questions answered and the number of correct responses. By adjusting to your individual ability level, the computer adaptive test shortens the time it takes to complete the exam and establishes a higher level of accuracy than a fixed test.

Format of GMAT

The GMAT exam consists of the following four sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): The AWA section consists of one 30-minute essay: Analysis of an Argument. The AWA section measures your ability to think critically and to communicate ideas.
  • Integrated Reasoning Section (IR): The 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section consists of 12 questions that measure your ability to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources.
  • Quantitative Section: The 75-minute Quantitative section consists of 37 questions that measure your ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data.
  • Verbal Section: The 75-minute Verbal section consists of 41 questions measuring your ability to analyze texts, draw inferences and convey meaning effectively in English

What Are the GMAT Score Scales?

The total score for GMAT exam is reported on a scale of 200-800 and is based on performance on the Quantitative and Verbal sections. In addition to the total score, there are separate scores for all four sections:

  • Integrated Reasoning (IR)                                     – Scored on a scale of 1-8
  • Verbal Section                                                        – Scored on the scale of 0-60
  • Quantitative Section                                             – Scored on the scale of 0-60
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)               – Scored on the scale of 0-6

The AWA and IR sections are scored separately and do not count toward the total score. They are not included on unofficial score reports available immediately following the exam at the test center, but are on the Official Score Reports available within 20 days of the exam. Your GMAT score is valid for five years.

How Do I Prepare for the GMAT?

You can download the free GMAT-Prep software at mba.com/gmat prep. Other study materials, including The Official Guide to GMAT Review, 13th Edition, GMAT paper tests, and other tools, are available for purchase at mba.com/store.GMATPrep software and other products available from GMAC, the creator of the GMAT exam, are the only study products to include retired questions from the actual exam.

Countries that accept GMAT Score

GMAT scores are accepted by more than 5,400 graduate programs worldwide, in countries that include

  • India
  • USA
  • UK
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Thailand

What about English Language Testing?

You should visit the web page of the university where you wish to apply to learn more about requirements for English language skill exam, such as the Pearson Test of English, TOEFL etc.

How Often Can I Take the GMAT Exam?

The GMAT® exam is administered year-round at test centers around the world. You may take the exam no more than once every 31 calendar days and no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period.

Who Is Eligible to Take the GMAT ?

You must be at least 13 years old. Those under 18 years of age are required to submit a written form signed by a parent or guardian.

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