The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test conducted round the year at test centers throughout the world. The GMAT exam measures verbal, mathematical, reasoning and analytical writing skills. The test is designed to help graduate management programs assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is needed for admission to an MBA programme or a business-related field such as finance. More than 4,800 programmes offered by more than 1,500 institutions in 83 countries use the GMAT as part of the selection criteria for their programmes.
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GMAT was originally a paper-and-pencil test, it is now a computer-adaptive test (CAT), where examinees sit at a computer in a testing center. The computer-adaptive test format means that the difficulty of the questions faced are based upon the test performance. From June 2012, integrated reasoning section was added to GMAT.
The GMAT test consists of four separately timed sections.
Number of Questions
|Analytical Writing||Analysis of Argument||30 minutes|
|Optional Break||10 minutes|
|Quantitative Section||37 Multiple Choice||75 minutes|
|-15 Data Sufficiency|
|-22 Problem Solving|
|Optional Break||10 minutes|
|Verbal Section||41 Multiple Choice||75 minutes|
|-12 Critical Reasoning|
|-14 Reading Comprehension|
|-15 Sentence Correction|
|Integrated Reasoning Section||12 Questions||30 minutes|
The GMAT Quantitative section measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data. Two types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Quantitative section:
- Problem solving
- Data sufficiency
Problem solving and data sufficiency questions are intermingled throughout the Quantitative section. Both types of questions require basic knowledge of:
- Elementary algebra
- Commonly known concepts of geometry
The GMAT Verbal section measures the ability to read and comprehend written material, to reason and evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English. Because the Verbal section includes reading sections from several different content areas, you may be generally familiar with some of the material; however, neither the reading passages nor the questions assume detailed knowledge of the topics discussed. Three types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Verbal section:
- Reading comprehension
- Critical reasoning
- Sentence correction
Integrated Reasoning Section
The GMAT integrated reasoning section involves some type of reasoning skills and analysis of data given to answer the question. The types of questions in IR sections are Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Multi-source Reasoning and Two Part Analysis.