The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test which is developed and administered by Pearson VUE under the direction of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).It is a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. GMAT measures the mathematical, analytical and verbal skills of students. It is designed in such a way that the various business schools all over the world can utilise its scores to assess the students’ knowledge and how well they’ll be able to cope up with the MBA programs they take.
GMAT can be taken by anyone and has no age or qualification based constraints. The test scores remain valid for five years, but it is always good to take the test at the time of your B-school admission. It is better if your scores have been obtained in the last two years. There are four sections in the GMAT; quantitative assessment, analytical writing assessment, verbal reasoning and integrated reasoning. They are as follows:
- Analytical Writing Assessment:
Analysis of argument is the main purpose of this section. A topic is given for analysation. Your answer helps the examiners to test your ability to critique and how well you argue based on the assumptions given. Whether you are able to give examples to support your arguments and prove your point is also measured in the section. The time limit is 30 minutes.
- Quantitative Assessment:
The questions related to data sufficiency and problem solving are asked in this section. The time allotted is 75 minutes and you have to solve 37 questions. Out of 37, 19 questions are related to problem solving and the rest 18 are for data sufficiency. The examiners test your aptitude in interpreting data and solving the quantitative problems.
- Verbal Reasoning:
Critical reasoning, sentence correction and reading comprehension are the key elements of this section. The time allotted is 75 minutes and 41 questions are asked under this section out of which 13 are for reading comprehension, 13 for critical reasoning and the remaining 15 as based on sentence correction. This section is focussed on testing your ability to understand and usage of Standard English.
- Integrated Reasoning:
Multi-source reasoning, two-part analysis, graphics interpretation and table analysis are tested in the form of 12 different questions under integrated reasoning.30 minutes are allotted to students to finish this section.
The total time of the exam is 210 minutes, i.e. 3 hours and 30 minutes. Prepare well for the exam so that you can give your best shot and succeed in the very first attempt.