|Exam Full Name::||Graduate Management Aptitude Test|
Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is the standardized test required for doing MBA or PhD in Business Management or any other graduate management programmes from a business school in US, Europe and Canada. It is the test that measures the verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills of the candidate (i.e the test taker). Designed specially for business schools, this computer-based test helps to assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 900 management institutes all over the world use the GMAT score for admission to MBA program. Many universities in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore also use GMAT scores for their admission. It is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and may also be referred as 'GMAT CAT'.
The GMAT test is developed and administered by the US-based Pearson VUE under the direction of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a non-profit organization of graduate business schools worldwide. This implies that Pearson VUE conducts the test, and sends each examinee the score report. For conducting the test, Pearson VUE has appointed testing centers in various countries. GMAT is held all round the year in more than 150 countries around the world.
GMAT is scored out of 800 (in multiples of 10), and most scores fall in the range of 500-600. The test scores are valid for five years. A high GMAT score is not adequate for getting admission into a B-school of your choice. Many schools screen applicants by combining GMAT scores and undergraduate GPA (each school determining for itself their relative weight), then ranking all applicants in their initial pool accordingly. Apart form this, the admissions officials may also consider an applicant’s undergraduate record and other information obtained from applications, interviews, and letters of recommendation.
You must be at least 13 years old to register for and take the GMAT exam. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you are required to send a written form signed by your parent or legal guardian to GMAT Customer Service in your region before taking the test. This form autho- rizes you to take the GMAT exam and states that you and your parent or legal guardian agree to adhere to all terms and conditions contained in this Bulletin, including, but not limited to: those related to testing; score cancellations; privacy policies; and the collection, processing, use, and transmission to the United States of your person- ally identifiable data (including the digital pho- tograph, signature, fingerprint and/or palm vein pattern, and audio/video recording collected at the test center); and disclosure of such data to GMAC, its service providers, any score recipi- ents you select, and others as necessary to prevent unlawful activity or as required by law. Please contact GMAT Customer Service to obtain a copy of the authorization form. The form must be received by Pearson VUE at least three (3) days before your scheduled appointment or the appointment will be canceled.
The GMAT consists of four separately timed sections. The GMAT exam consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section and the Verbal section. The GMAT tests your fundamental skills and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study. The Quantitative section has two types of questions: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. The Verbal Section has three types of questions: Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension. There are a total of 78 questions, 37 in Quantitative and 41 in Verbal. These 2 sections have a time limit of 75 minutes each. The Analytical writing section consists of two short essays to be written in 30 minutes each. The first is the Analysis of an Issue, in which you need to analyze the issue presented and explain your views on it. The second essay is Analysis of an Argument, in which a given argument has to be critically analyzed and evaluated. For both the essays, the emphasis is on the "Analytical" part, and not on the "Writing" part. The total test duration is around