GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)Required by: Business schools.
Purpose: To gauge an applicant’s verbal, mathematical and analytical skills in order to determine their suitability for business schools.
Duration: Three hours and 30 minutes (four hours if you choose to take the optional breaks).
Test content: The GMAT is divided into four parts:
1. Analytical writing assessment: In a time span of 30 minutes, you need to compose an essay analyzing an argument.
2. Quantitative: MCQ’s (37 questions in 75 minutes) to determine the applicant’s ability to discern data and solve problems.
3. Verbal: This part of the test is also based on MCQ’s (41 questions in 75 minutes).assessing an applicant’s ability to comprehend written material, evaluate and then correct to ensure it integrates with standard English.
4. Integrated reasoning: 12 questions in 30 minutes designed to evaluate candidate’s ability to process data presented in different formats and from variable sources.
5. Scoring: The verbal and quantitative sections of the test are scored from 0-60 and collectively form a Total score given on a scale of 200-800.The analytical piece is marked on a scale of 0-6 (in increments of 0.5). The integrated reasoning section is scored on a scale of 1-8 (in increments of 1). A percentile rating for each of the above mentioned sections indicates the percentage of applicants you outperformed.
If you are unsatisfied with your test results you have the option of taking a retest ( five times over a period of 12 months), but your score card will display all your prior test results undertaken in the previous five years. Your GMAT score card can be sent to 5 schools at a time, additional reports are available for extra fees.
Valid for: Five years
Results needed: Different schools have different requirements of GMAT Results. There is no definite pass or fail, students tend to achieve scores ranging between 400-600.
Points to note: The GMAT is only delivered in English and there is a penalty for not finishing the test in the given time. The MCQ’s begin with an intermediate level question and if you answer correctly the level of difficulty is raised with the next question while a wrong answer does the exact opposite. So our suggestion would be to tackle the most difficult questions first.