What's GMAT?

Graduate Management Admission Test. The GMAT is required for admission to business school. This computerized test is offered year-round, but only in the last 3 weeks of every calendar month. It tests students on verbal skills, quantitative skills (math) and analytical writing skills

About the GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test)

The GMAT is only available as a computer adaptive test (CAT) that adapts to your performance as you take the test. The test is no longer available as a paper and pencil exam

The GMAT Test is a multiple-choice test that most business schools use for admission into their graduate programs.

The Graduate Management Admission TestŪ (GMATŪ) consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative section, and Verbal section.

Analytical Writing Assessment (30 + 30 mins = 1 hour)

The GMAT begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks. Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. Test takers are allowed 30 minutes to complete each essay.

Quantitative Section (37 questions; 75 minutes)

The AWA is followed by an optional five-minute break, which is followed by the Quantitative section of the GMAT. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two question types

* Data Sufficiency and

* Problem Solving.

Test takers are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

Verbal Section(41 questions; 75 minutes)

After a second optional five-minute break, the Verbal Section of the GMAT begins. This section contains 41 multiple-choice questions of three question types

* Reading Comprehension

* Critical Reasoning and

* Sentence Correction.

Test takers are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

GMAT Scoring Pattern

The Graduate Management Admission TestŪ (GMATŪ) yields four scores

* Verbal (Scores range from 0 to 60)

* Quantitative (Scores range from 0 to 60)

* Total (Scores range from 200 to 800) and

* Analytical Writing Assessment (Scores range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals).

Each of these scores is reported on a fixed scale and will appear on the official GMAT score reports that you and your designated score recipients (schools) receive.

Scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Both scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across any GMAT administration. And two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.

Why use the GMAT?

Thousands of graduate management programs around the world use the Graduate Management Admission TestŪ in their admissions process. You may be considering whether your program should adopt the GMATŪ exam, as well.

The GMAT is an invaluable tool for admissions professionals.

Interest in graduate management education has never been higher, and the job of selecting a class to fill the limited capacity of most MBA programs has never been more challenging. The applicants come from different countries, cultures, academic backgrounds, and levels of work experience. Using the GMATŪ exam gives admissions professionals one element of the application that is a consistent measure. The GMATŪ exam is given under standard conditions around the world, with the highest level of security, to ensure that scores are comparable across applicants.

The GMAT is a valid predictor of academic success for all kinds of applicants.

The GMATŪ exam was created to measure the academic abilities needed to succeed in graduate management education. Over the 50 years of its use, the GMATŪ has been repeatedly studied, tested, and modified to ensure that it continues to help predict performance in the first year or midway through a graduate management program.

Using the GMAT allows you to increase the objectivity in your admission process.

When you use the GMATŪ in your program, you can participate in the Validity Study Service (VSS) at no charge. The VSS allows you to study the statistical relationship among GMATŪ scores, other admissions criteria, and academic success in your program. A validity study helps to ensure that you are making the best admissions decisions and provides a specific, fact-based rationale in the event that applicants, faculty, or administrators have questions about how you made your admission decisions.