GMAT

What is the GMAT(Graduate Management Admission Test)?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. It requires knowledge of certain specific grammar and knowledge of certain specific algebra, geometry, and arithmetic.

Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs.

The intended purpose of the GMAT is to predict student success in graduate business programs. It can be taken up to five times a year. Each attempt must be at least 16 days apart.

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Format and timing

The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section. Total testing time is three and a half hours, but test takers should plan for a total time of approximately four hours, with breaks.

Test takers have 30 minutes for the analytical writing assessment and another 30 minutes to work through 12 questions, which often have multiple parts, on the integrated reasoning section and are given 75 minutes to work through 37 questions in the quantitative section and another 75 minutes to get through 41 questions in the verbal section.

The quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT exam are both multiple-choice and are administered in the computer-adaptive format, adjusting to a test taker’s level of ability.

  • Analytical writing assessment (30 minutes, 1 essay) - The analytical writing assessment is graded on a scale of 0 (minimum) to 6 (maximum) in half-point intervals
  • Integrated reasoning (30 minutes,12 questions) - The integrated reasoning section consists of 12 questions (which often consist of multiple parts themselves) in four different formats: graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning. Integrated reasoning scores range from 1 to 8. Like the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), this section is scored separately from the quantitative and verbal section.
  • Quantitative (75minutes, 37 questions) -The quantitative section of the GMAT seeks to measure the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, interpret graphic data, and analyze and use information given in a problem. Questions require knowledge of certain algebra, geometry, and arithmetic. There are two types of quantitative questions: problem solving and data sufficiency. Scores range from 0 to 60, although GMAC only reports scores between 6 and 51.

  • Verbal (75minutes, 41 questions) - The verbal section of the GMAT exam includes the following question types: reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction. Each question type gives five answer options from which to select. Verbal scores range from 0 to 60.

Scoring

The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together.