Graduate Management Admission Test is a graded test conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council of the Educational Testing Service(ETS) US. The scores in these test are considered as weighty parameters by the universities of US and top B US schools. The GMAT includes four sections each of the 4 sections is separately timed.
The GMAT determines the student’s potential in definite fields by testing them through these four sections.
- Analytical Writing Assessment
- Integrated Reasoning
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Verbal Reasoning
Analytical Writing AssessmentThe total time needed to complete this assignment is 30 minutes. The questions in this section are aimed at testing the candidate’s writing skills. The questions revolve around the topic of analysis of any argument.
Integrated ReasoningIntegrated reasoning section consists of a total of 12 questions and the suggested time to complete this section is 30 minutes. The questions in this section test candidates on topics such as graphical interpretation, table analysis, multi-source reasoning, two-part analysis etc.
QuantitativeQuantitative section consists of a total of 31 questions and a candidate needs around 62 minutes to complete this section. The questions test a candidate’s skill on problem solving and data sufficiency.
Verbal ReasoningThe verbal section of GMAT exams consists of 36 questions and candidates need almost 65 minutes to answer all questions in this section. The test revolves around topics such as critical reasoning, sentence correction, and reading comprehension.
GMAT Scoring SystemThe most important thing to understand is the scoring pattern of GMAT exams. Your GMAT score is made up of several numbers where each covers a part of your performance on the sections. The Analytical Writing Assessment section is graded separately ranging from 0-6 points in increments of 0.5 points. The Integrated Reasoning section is also graded separately ranging from 1-8 points, in 1-point increments. On the other hand, the Verbal and Quantitative sections are graded from 0-60 points each section. These scores are then combined to generate a score on the 200-800 scale in increments of 10-points. The final score on the 200-800 scale reflects the level of difficulty of your answered questions using a proprietary GMAC algorithm.
The Mean ScoresFor Verbal section, 27 is the mean score. 39 for Quantitative, 4.4 for Analytical Writing, and 4.2 for Integrated Reasoning. To get enrollment in the best B-schools, your combined Verbal and Quantitative scores play the major role.
GMAT Exams EligibilityThere are certain eligibility criteria that needs to be met for applying. Here is a list that will help you-
- Candidates need to have a qualified Bachelor degree from any recognized institute. However, keep in mind that the academic criteria demanded varies from institute to institute.
- There is no nationality barrier, meaning a candidate from any nationality can appear for GMAT exams.
- Ideally, anyone appearing from GMAT exams has to be at least 18 years old. In certain cases, where the candidate’s age varies between 13-17 years, the candidate will need to provide a written proof of their parents’ or guardian’s consent for being eligible to apply for GMAT exams.
- A candidate can only appear for GMAT exams for a maximum of 5 times in a year.
- All candidates need to wait for a minimum of 16 days before retaking the GMAT exams.
- Candidates are eligible to appear maximum 8 times in their lifetime for GMAT exams.
Registering for GMAT examsAs GMAT exams happen throughout the year, it is easy for any candidate to enrol at their own pace. Listed below are the steps that should help you register for GMAT exams –
- Create an account with GMAC.
- Once registered, go to ‘schedule a GMAT exam’.
- Create a GMAT user account and fill in the academic and other details.
- Once your account is created, you can easily schedule, create, or cancel your selection using either online, phone or postal modes.