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- 1 Everything You Need To Know About The GMAT
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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a globally recognised & computer-based standardised test used by over 6,000 business school programmes (MBA, EMBA, MiM, MFin, PhD, etc.) across the globe as a part of their selection criteria.
For any aspiring business school candidates, having a competitive GMAT score is imperative to a successful application. Recently, some schools also start to accept the Executive Assessment (EA) alongside the GMAT. For more information on the Executive Assessment, please read our Executive Assessment guide instead.
The GMAT consists of 4 sections that assesses the test-takers’ analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English. Contrary to popular belief, the GMAT does not measure business knowledge or intelligence. Therefore, students generally need to prepare thoroughly in order to put together a competitive score.
The GMAT consists of four sections: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning
|Analytical Writing||30 Minutes||1||Analysis of Argument|
|Integrated Reasoning||30 Minutes||12||Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis|
|Quantitative||62 Minutes||31||Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving|
|Verbal||65 Minutes||36||Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction|
The total length of the GMAT is 3 hours and 30 minutes (inclusive of breaks and test instructions). You are given two optional 8-minute breaks that can be taken during the test.
The GMAT is scored on the scale of 200 to 800. This score comes from your performance for the 2 computer-adaptive sections: Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.
In reality, it is common to score somewhere between 400 and 750 for the GMAT – with the global average GMAT score at about 720.
|710 - 800||92 - 99|
|610 - 700||64 - 89|
|510 - 600||34 - 61|
|410 - 500||13 -31|
|310 - 400||4 - 12|
|210 - 300||0 - 3|
The GMAT is administered using a computer, as it is a computer-adaptive test.
When you begin the GMAT, the computer assumes you have an average score and gives you a question of medium difficulty. As you get answers correct, the computer serves up more difficult questions and increases its estimate of your ability. And vice versa, as you answer incorrectly, the computer serves up easier questions and decreases its estimate of your ability.
Your section score is the algorithm’s final assessment of your level of ability.
The GMAT allows you to have the flexibility to select the order of the sections of the GMAT exam from three options:
The section order selection will take place at the test center on exam date, immediately prior to the start of the GMAT exam.