The Graduate Management Admissions Test or GMAT is a standardized test that is accepted by most Business Schools worldwide for MBA or other Management/ Business related programs such as MS in Management, International Business, Finance and Accountancy. The test consists of four sections- Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability.

The AWA section is a 30 minute essay writing section where test takers have to write a response to an essay prompt, using their analytical and writing skills. The section is scored on a scale of 1 to 6 points, with score increases in 0.5 range.

The IR section measures the ability of students to analyze, combine and interpret mathematical, pictorial and reasoning data in the form of tables, graphs and diagrams. Students need to answer 12 objective type questions in 30 minutes to get scores on a scale of 1 to 8, with a one-point increment in score.

The Quantitative Ability, simplified as the Quant or the ‘Math’ section of the test, has 37 multiple choice questions (MCQs) that need to be answered in 75 minutes. The level of content tested on this section is about high school Math. Yes- Speed, Time, Distance, Pythagoras Theorem and other basic concepts of algebra, arithmetic and geometry that you learnt back in school are tested in the form of Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency questions. The challenge, however, is to understand the way in which the Math problems are worded. Once students figure out what the question is actually asking for, cracking the right answer is not difficult.

The Verbal Ability or the ‘English’ section of the test has 41 MCQs to solve for which students again get 75 minutes. The three sections tested on Verbal are Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehensions.

The GMAT is a four hour Computer Adaptive Test (CAT), implying that the level of questions tested on the exam gets easier or harder depending on how students answer the previous questions. The Quant and Verbal sections are scored on a range of 200 to 800 points.


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