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GMAT is the 1st step to global MBA


Published: Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 11:00 AM

GMAT is the 1st step to global MBA

For aspirants wishing to pursue higher management studies abroad, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a hurdle that they need to cross to go to the other side. GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council, which conducts GMAT. Business schools across the world use GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy and Master of Finance programs.

That GMAT is considered a significant exam to qualify for students wishing to go abroad for MBA can be ascertained by the fact that it is administered in standardized centres in more than 112 countries all over the globe. More than 5900 programs offered by more than 2100 universities and institutions use the GMAT as part of the selection criteria for their programs.

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GMAT is designed to test the skills necessary for success in graduate management programs.GMAT’s value, acceptance and popularity as a reliable tool to differentiate among various skill levels, rests on the expansive range of abilities and knowledge that it tests. It incorporates Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning in written English, to be done in 3 hours and 30 minutes. It requires knowledge of certain grammar, algebra, geometry and arithmetic.

GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT). It uses sophisticated computer algorithms to assess a candidate’s maximum reasoning ability, which respond to the answers the candidate has previously given. Such tests are a good way of evaluating a candidate’s abilities, as they allow candidates to reach their maximum reasoning ability more quickly. GMAT has gained acceptance widely as it assesses all the skills that are vital to real world business and management success.

Aspirants looking to pursue business and management studies abroad, particularly in the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom look to get a good score in GMAT as a number of universities and institutions in these countries prefer GMAT to other such tests. In India, too, GMAT has been gaining popularity over other exams such as CAT. This is because the CAT, initially introduced as an entrance exam for the IIMs has lost some ground to tests such as GMAT, which is accepted by over 90 Business schools in India.

In many ways, GMAT is a more holistic and expansive exam than the CAT. GMAT tests the complete mental ability of the students and not just their theoretical power, has an Analytical Writing Ability section, is accepted not only by IIMs but also other top colleges such as XLRI, IIFT, BIMS, FMS and several reputed ones across the world. GMAT accords more flexibility and convenience to the candidates as it happens all year around. CAT, on the other hand, does not test writing skills, is accepted by IIMs and a handful of other institutes, is conducted only once a year.

An exam like CAT is limited and accepted only in India. For students wanting to go abroad, a good GMAT score is a must to get into the top schools. Only after they cross the GMAT hurdle, will they qualify for other selection procedures such as GD and PI and, hence, be closer to achieving their dream of a global MBA.

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