The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a Standardized computer-adaptive test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. The test is designed to help management schools to assess the potential of applicants to succeed in their MBA programs. The GMAT is an aptitude test that assesses fundamental Quantitative, reasoning and verbal skills – and therefore does not require any subject-specific theoretical study.
Eligibility for GMAT
There is no age or qualification to take the GMAT. The GMAT test scores are valid for five years, however while applying to B-Schools it is always better if your scores have been obtained within the last 2 years.
Best time to take GMAT
GMAT appointments are available all round the year. You can choose your own date and time for taking the GMAT. The test is administered in select cities five days a week (Monday through Friday) and two times a day. The GMAT lasts roughly four hours, and most centers offer two slots: 9 A.M. and 2 P.M.
Test Structure / Pattern of GMAT
The GMAT consists of four separately timed sections. Each of the first two sections consists of an analytical writing task while the remaining two sections (Quantitative and Verbal) consist of multiple-choice questions. Questions in these sections are dynamically selected as you take the test from a large pool of potential questions ranging from a low to high level of difficulty. Each of these two sections starts with a question of moderate difficulty. If you answer the first question correctly, the computer will usually give you a harder question. If you answer the first question incorrectly, your next question will be easier. This process continues until you complete the section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of your ability level in that subject area.
|GMAT Test Section||No. of Qstns||Question Types||Time|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||1 topic||Analysis of an Argument||30 Minutes|
|Integrated Reasoning||12 Questions||Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis||30 Minutes|
|Quantitative||37 Questions||Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving||75 Minutes|
|Verbal||41 Questions||Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction||75 Minutes|
Scoring in GMAT
The AWA is graded on a scale of 0-6 in 0.5 increments while the Integrated Reasoning section is graded on a scale of 1-8 in one point increments. The Quantitative and Verbal sections together give a scaled score out of 800. This scaled score is based on:
- The number of questions you answer.
- Whether you answer the questions correctly or incorrectly.
- The level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question.