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GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT exam) is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), an International non-profit organization, as an entrance exam to join several business and management programs. GMAT test score is accepted by more than 2300 business schools worldwide. GMAT exam is a computer adaptive test which covers certain topics like analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English.

GMAT Exam Pattern:

GMAT exam Pattern majorly covers four prime sections, Analytical writing assessment, Integrated reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal follows computer adaptive test. GMAT exam follows Computer Adaptive Test. Unlike Computer-based test, Computer Adaptive Test is based on candidate’s level of answering ability.

In quantitative and verbal sections, the level of difficult is based on candidate’s response to previous question. If the candidate gives correct response, the level of difficulty increases in next question. If candidate gives wrong answer, the level of difficulty decreases in the next question. This process continues until test takers complete each section, and computer assesses the candidate ability and gives accurate raw score in that section.

The Quantitative section:

The Quantitative section in GMAT exam questions requires knowledge of certain algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. There are two types of quantitative questions: problem solving and data sufficiency. Problem solving questions are designed to test the ability to reason quantitatively and to solve quantitative problems. Data sufficiency is a question type unique to the GMAT exam pattern, designed to measure the ability to understand and analyze a quantitative problem, recognize what information is relevant or irrelevant and determine at what point there is enough information to solve a problem or recognize the fact that there is insufficient information given to solve a particular problem.

The Verbal section:

The Verbal section includes reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction. Each question type gives five answer options from which to select.  The reading comprehension question type tests ability to analyze information and draw a conclusion. Reading comprehension passages can be anywhere from one to several paragraphs long. The critical reasoning question type assesses reasoning skills. The sentence correction question type tests grammar and effective communication skills. From the available answer options, the candidate should select the most effective construction that best expresses the intent of the sentence

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section:

In AWA section of GMAT exam, an essay is given to the candidate to analyze on given argument and give his critique. This critique is given two independent ratings, one from the automated essay scoring system and another form the person of GMAC. Later an average score is given to the candidate for this section.

Integrated Reasoning:

Integrated Reasoning in GMAT exam pattern is designed to measure the candidate’s ability to evaluate data presented in multiple formats from multiple sources. The integrated reasoning section consists of 12 questions in four different formats: graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning. In the table analysis section, each question will have several statements with opposite-answer options and candidate click on the correct option. Graphics interpretation questions ask candidate to interpret a graph or graphical image. Each question has fill-in-the-blank statements with pull-down menus; test takers must choose the options that make the statements accurate. Multi-source reasoning questions are accompanied by two to three sources of information presented on tabbed pages. Candidate clicks on the tabs and examine all the relevant information. Two-part analysis questions involve two components for a solution. Possible answers are given in a table format with a column for each component and rows with possible options. Test takers have to choose one response per column.

Test Section

Number of questions

Duration

Topics covered

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

1 essay

30minutes

Analysis of Argument

Integrated Reasoning (IR)

12

30minutes

Graphics Interpretation, Two-part analysis, Table analysis, and Multi-source reasoning

Quantitative

31

62minutes

Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency

Verbal

36

65minutes

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction

 

GMAT Exam Registration Schedule:

Candidates can register for GMAT test themselves at any time throughout the year. A candidate can appear up to 5 times in the span of 12 months and maximum of 8 times. However, there should be 16 days of gap between each exam. Registration can be done through both online and offline modes.

Eligibility:

  • A candidate should be a graduate from any recognized university.
  • Must be above 18 years of age and no maximum age limit.
  • No restriction regarding nationality to attempt GMAT test.
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