GMAT Exam: Basic Details, Format and Timing, Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Section, Verbal Section

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Basic Details

  • It is a computer adaptive test (CAT) to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills.
  • The language is used is English w. r. t admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA program.
  • The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is the test-owning company.
  • It can be taken up to five times a year however not more than eight times total.
  • It requires knowledge of certain:
    • Specific grammar
    • Specific algebra
    • Geometry
    • Arithmetic
  • The GMAT is intended to assess:
    • Verbal Reasoning skill
    • Quantitative Reasoning skill
    • Integrated Reasoning skill
    • Analytical Writing skill
  • The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800. It measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together. Scores are given in increments of 10.
  • Test takers may register for the GMAT:
    • Either online at mba. com.
    • By calling one of the test centers.

Format and Timing

GMAT Format and Timing
SectionDuration in minutesNumber of questions
Analytical writing assessment301 essay
Integrated reasoning3012

Analytical Writing Assessment

  • It consists of a 30-minute writing task.
  • An essay is given.
  • Analysis of an argument to write with 250 - 300 word-length.
  • The section is gauged on a scale of 0 - 6 with 0.5-mark increment.
  • A score between 3 - 4.5 is regarded as a good score.
  • Competent English language skills are required.
  • Grading on a scale:
    • 0 (minimum) to 6 (maximum) in half-point intervals.
    • Scoring 0 indicates that the response was either nonsensical, off-topic, or completely blank.

Integrated Reasoning

  • It consists of elementary form of Data Interpretation.
  • Data is given and one has to answer based upon the analysis of data.
  • Generally, it has four categories mainly:
    • Multi-source reasoning
    • Graphics interpretation
    • Two-part analysis
    • Table analysis

Quantitative Section

  • These questions require knowledge of certain algebra, geometry, and arithmetic.
  • Two types of quantitative questions:
    • Problem solving
    • Data sufficiency
  • Use of calculators is not allowed.
  • A wet erase pen and laminated graph paper given at the testing center can be used for doing math՚s work.
  • Scores range from 0 to 60, however GMAC only reports scores between 6 and 51.

Verbal Section

  • It includes reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction.
  • Verbal scores range from 0 to 60.
  • Scores below 9 or above 44 are rare.
  • Reading comprehension passages can be:
    • One to several paragraphs long.
    • From anywhere.
  • The sentence correction question type tests grammar and effective communication skills according to GMAC.

Advantages of GMAT

  • It is the first and only standardized exam.
  • It has been designed specifically designed for admission to graduate business and management programs.
  • It also measures the higher order skills appropriate for graduate management education.
  • It is an ideal exam for business leaders to begin their business school journey.

Targets Specific Skills

GMAT-Targets Specific Skills