The Graduate Management Admission Test commonly known as GMAT, is a computer adaptive test (CAT) which aims at assessing analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English of the candidate for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. According to the test owning company, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the GMAT assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success. Scores of GMAT are accepted in countries like US, UK, Singapore, Australia, Canada and India.
Over 7,000 programs at approximately 2,300 graduate business schools across the world, including Ivy League colleges in the US and some renowned institutions of the UK accept the GMAT as part of their selection criteria. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Finance programs and others.
SEGMENTS OF GMAT EXAM –
- Analytical Writing Assessment – This segment is of 30 minutes time duration and measures a candidate’s ability to read, understand and critique an argument. It assesses the candidate’s ability for thinking critically and focusing on a specific aspect of the argument.
- Integrated Reasoning – This segment has 12 questions with time duration of 30-minutes. It assesses a candidate’s skill at comprehending and analyzing complex data and also using the output to find solutions to problems. This segment is a tough one and needs thorough preparation.
- Quantitative section – This segment consists of 31 questions to be answered over 62 minutes time duration. This segment assesses a candidate’s skills at comprehending word problems and figurative problems.
- Verbal segment – The verbal segment assesses the candidates for sentence correction, reading comprehension and critical reasoning. It comprises of 36 questions to be answered over 65 minutes time duration.
GMAT has time duration of approx 3 hours. In April 2018, the GMAC officially shortened the test by half an hour, by shortening the verbal and quantitative sections from 75 minutes each to 65 and 62 minutes, respectively, and by shortening some of the instruction screens.
The registration fee to take the GMAT test is $250 which comes to INR 17760 approx.
The validity of GMAT exam score is for 5 years from the test date. One may re attempt a GMAT exam after duration of 16 days and up to 5 times over a period of 12 months. If you wish to re attempt more than 5 times, you need to submit a written request to GMAC, the managing authority. Your reason should be strong enough or else, the application will be rejected.
If you score 800 or above in GMAT exam, you cannot take the exam for the next 5 years.
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