Graduate Management Aptitude Test

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.

The GMAT exam consists of four separately timed sections:

1. Analytical Writing Assessment:
The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) consists of one 30-minute writing task of Analysis of an Argument. The AWA measures your ability to think critically, communicate your ideas, and formulate an appropriate and constructive critique. You have to type your essay on a computer keyboard.
2. Integrated Reasoning Section:

The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to understand and evaluate multiple sources and types of information - graphic, numeric, and verbal. It has 12 questions with thirty minutes to answer this section. You have to use both quantitative and verbal reasoning to solve complex and multiple problems that are related to one another. Four types of questions are used in the Integrated Reasoning section:

1. Multi-Source Reasoning
2. Table Analysis
3. Graphics Interpretation
4. Two-Part Analysis

You have access to an online calculator with basic functions for the Integrated Reasoning section, but the calculator is not available on the Quantitative section.

It is sscoreed on a scale of 1 to 8

3. Quantitative Section:

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:

1. Problem solving
2. Data sufficiency

You have to attempt 37 questions with 75 minutes to complete this section.

4. Verbal Section:

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:

1. Reading comprehension
In this section you are given a passage (approx. 350 words) on a topic and multiple choice questions based on the same.

2. Critical reasoning
There are around 14 critical reasoning questions in the GMAT verbal section. The passage is in the form of an argument with five answer choices.

3. Sentence correction
You are given a sentence having an underlined portion and five answer choices.

Scoring scale for the GMAT

  • The difficulty level of the GMAT test depends on the candidate's responses to the questions. So, the next question in the test will be harder if your estimated score is higher and you were able to correctly answer most of the previous questions. However, the next question will be easier if your estimated score is less.
  • The final score in the GMAT test pattern depends on the difficulty level of questions that the student had attempted.
  • Correct answers to difficult questions will result in higher scores while correct responses to easier questions will result in lower scores.
  • AWA section grades are from 0-6 in 0.5 increments, with percentile
  • IR section is scored on a scale of 1-8 in 1 point increments.
  • Quantitative scores can range from 0 to 60(known as scaled score), with percentile.
  • Verbal scores can range from 0 to 60. (scaled score), with percentile.
  • Total Score can range from 200-800.