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GMAT- Understanding Nature of Exam

GMAT

Published: Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 11:55 AM

GMAT- Understanding Nature of Exam 

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an essential exam, which the students, particularly those who aim to pursue higher management studies have to crack to reach one step closer to their dream. The GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council, which conducts the GMAT. Business schools across the world use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy and Master of Finance programs.

The GMAT is designed to assess analytical writing and problem-solving abilities along with logic, critical reasoning skills that are necessary for success in graduate management programs. 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.

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To be eligible for appearing for the GMAT, the candidate must be 18 years of age, and must have cleared graduation degree from any recognised institution or university. The fees that the candidate needs to pay in order to write the GMAT exam is USD 250. A total of 91 questions are asked from a total of four sections- one from Analytical Writing, 12 from Integrated Reasoning, 37 from Quantitative Reasoning and 41 from Verbal Reasoning. The time allotted to each section is as follows:

-Analytical Writing- 30 minutes

-Integrated Reasoning- 30 minutes

-Quantitative Reasoning- 75 minutes

-Verbal Reasoning- 75 minutes

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test. 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. The scores are based on three factors:

a. The difficulty of questions you answer- the questions become more difficult as you continue to answer correctly.

b. The number of questions you answer- the number of unanswered questions scale down your score by the proportion of unanswered questions.

c. The number of questions you answer correctly- the number of questions you answer correctly also contribute to your GMAT score.

Verbal and Quantitative sections are scored on a scale of 0 to 60, with scores below 6 or above 51 extremely rare. The Total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and is based on your performance in these two sections.

The GMAT is widely popular and is accepted by universities and institutions across the world. 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. In India, too, not only the IIMs but also several other reputed institutes such as XLRI, IIFT, BIMS, FMS and over 90 Business schools accept the GMAT score for admissions.

Unlike the CAT exam, that happens once every year, the GMAT is administered all throughout the year. A candidate can take the GMAT not more than 5 times a year.

The GMAT is a reliable and sophisticated exam to distinguish candidates who have the requisite aptitude to move on to the next rounds of admissions and pursue management studies.

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