GMAT Test Information

What is GMAT and Why Should You Take It?

What is GMAT?

GMAT is the abbreviation for the Graduate Management Admission Test. It is administered by the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) in order to facilitate admissions to the graduation level management courses in the universities of various countries. The is administered worldwide and is used by more than 5000 programs in over 1500 institutions worldwide. The scores are accepted by institutions to admit prospective management students into programs like core management, accountancy and finance. Hence, this is a highly competitive test that should be tackled with good competence levels.

Why Should You Take GMAT?

The above given information explains the wide scope of the test. GMAT is specially designed to test the academic competence of students that is required to show progress through their management education program. Hence, it is a better measure of the abilities that a prospective management graduate must possess. The invaluable reason behind taking the test is the scope of acceptance that it has. It is accepted by many of the good colleges in the world, which increases your chances of securing admission in a good university or a college.

How Should You Know about GMAT?

GMAT is administered by GMAC, which runs an official test website in order to provide test information in detail to the test takers and academicians. Therefore, a test aspirant should follow the official GMAT website in order to be updated regarding any new information. One can find the test information pertaining to test sections, structure, overview, entire information about scoring and score reports, preparation tips etc on the official website of the GMAT.

Besides finding the information, one can also schedule an appointment to take the test by getting registered.

What are the Sections of GMAT?

GMAT, until very recently consisted of three sections in all. However, since June of 2012, the GMAC introduced an extra test section, bringing the number of test sections to four. The three older sections included  were the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Quantitative section and the Verbal section. The newly added test section is Integrated Reasoning. Let us now look into the detailspertaining to the sections and question types.

  • The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section requires you to write an essay as a response to the given task, which involves analyzing an argument task. You will be allotted 30 minutes and your essay will be scored on a scale of 1-6, with one being a minimum score and a score of 6 being the maximum.
  • The newly introduced Integrated Reasoning Section is specially designed to test the reasoning abilities of the test taker. In this section, a test taker will have to face 12 questions, which are usually presented in four different formats like graphic data, info-graphs, tables, reasoning based upon multi-source information etc. You will be allotted a total time of 30 minutes for this section.
  • The Quantitative Section  necessarily tests your math solving abilities through different concepts and different question patterns. Concepts like arithmetic, algebra and geometry etc are covered and there is a huge list of topics that are covered in this section. This section consists of 37 questions to be attempted in 75 minutes.
  • The Verbal Section  includes 41 questions, which must be attempted within a total time of 75 minutes. Question types such as reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction appear in this section.

For a more detailed idea on the test, it is advised that you visit the official website of the GMAT. However, there are many other websites over the Internet that provide you with genuineinformation, using which you can plan your preparation and improve your competence.