The GMAT is a standardized test used by admissions officers of MBA and specialized Masters programs, and some PhD programs, to assess if you have the foundations for success in that program.
Test scores act as a benchmark to admissions committees who are comparing the credentials of candidates from widely varying backgrounds and with different levels and areas of experience.
Getting a strong GMAT score will increase your chances of getting into the MBA, Masters, or PhD program of your choice.
Note: The GMAT timing is due to change as of 16th April 2018, this will decrease the exam timing by 30 minutes, meaning the total exam time will now be 3 and a half hours long. The Verbal and Quant sections will be slightly shorter with fewer questions. Whereas, the Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections will not be affected, and the scoring will take the same format.
The GMAT Overview
Subjects covered: General verbal, mathematical, and integrated reasoning Type of Test: Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
Analytical Writing Assessment
12 Multiple-choice questions
31 Multiple-choice questions
36 Multiple-choice questions
Analysis of an Argument
What Does the GMAT Test?
The GMAT measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills. It also evaluates analytical skills and features both multiple-choice and essay questions. It is not a test of specific subject knowledge, nor does it assess business competence. The GMAT is taken as a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) in most parts of the world.
Why is the Test Important?
Because there are many components in MBA and Graduate school applications – forms, essays and personal statements, undergrad transcripts, letters of recommendation and more – and because many of these are subjective, it is difficult to compare applicants from just those things alone. GMAT scores provide a common benchmark for every applicant and allow admissions committees to compare the credentials of candidates from widely varying backgrounds and with different levels and area of experience.
You can increase your chances of admittance to the MBA or Masters program of your choice with a high GMAT score. More than 250,000 people take the GMAT each year — so ensure you prepare thoroughly to beat the competition!
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