The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test conducted round the year at test censers throughout the world. The GMAT exam measures mathematical, verbal, reasoning and analytical writing skills. The test is designed to help students for graduate management programs assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
The Graduate Management Aptitude Test is needed for admission to a business-related field such as finance or an MBA programme or such as finance. More than 5,100 programmes offered by more than 1,900 institutions all over the world use the GMAT as part of the selection criteria for their programmes.
GMAT was originally a paper-and-pencil test, it is now a computer-adaptive test (CAT), where examinees sit at a computer in a testing centre. Both have designed for student convenient. The computer-adaptive test format means that the difficulty of the questions faced are based upon the test performance. The GMAT exam consists of four separately timed sections:
- Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Essay
- Integrated Reasoning (IR) Section
- Quantitative Section
- Verbal Section
GMAT exam pattern
|Section||Number of Questions||Duration|
|Analytical Writing||Analysis of Argument||30 minutes|
|Integrated Reasoning Section||12 Questions||30 minutes|
|Optional Break||10 minutes|
|Quantitative Section||37 Multiple Choice||75 minutes|
|-15 Data Sufficiency|
|-22 Problem Solving|
|Optional Break||10 minutes|
|Verbal Section||41 Multiple Choice||75 minutes|
|-12 Critical Reasoning|
|-14 Reading Comprehension|
|-15 Sentence Correction|
|3 Hours ,30 minutes|
The GMAT Quantitative section measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data. Two types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Quantitative section:
- Data sufficiency
- Problem solving
Problem solving and data sufficiency questions are intermingled throughout the Quantitative section. Both types of questions require basic knowledge of:
- Commonly known concepts of geometry
- Elementary algebra
The GMAT Verbal section measures the ability to read and comprehend written material, to reason and evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English. Because the Verbal section includes reading sections from several different content areas, you may be generally familiar with some of the material; however, neither the reading passages nor the questions assume detailed knowledge of the topics discussed. Three types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Verbal section:
- Reading comprehension
- Critical reasoning
- Sentence correction
Integrated Reasoning Section
The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to understand and evaluate multiple sources and types of information – graphic, numeric, and verbal. You have to use both quantitative and verbal reasoning to solve complex and multiple problems that are related to one another.
- Multi-Source Reasoning
- Table Analysis
- Graphics Interpretation and Two-Part Analysis
- Two-Part Analysis
You have access to an online calculator with basic functions for the Integrated Reasoning section, but the calculator is not available on the Quantitative section.
Analytical Writing Assessment
The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) consists of one 30-minute writing task of Analysis of an Argument. The AWA measures your ability to think critically, communicate your ideas, and formulate an appropriate and constructive critique. You have to type your essay on a computer keyboard.
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