The GMAT exam is important and candidates with good score can enhance their career. This test takes time and effort, but with good study plan, aspirants can get the desirable score. GMAT is ‘Graduate Management Admission Test.' The GMAT is designed particularly for students who are interested to study an MBA or a masters in accounting and finance.
The GMAT is an inclusive test, which examines the student’s skills in writing, reading, reasoning and quantitative aptitude. The GMAT tests the students' ability to read a passage and answer questions, identify grammatical errors, check number skills and reasoning skills to solve numerical and word-based problems. In a new section of the test, students will also have to solve problems interpreting data from graphs and charts.
The test is called a CAT, or Computer Adaptive Test, both because it is administered on a computer and because the test actually changes based upon how we answer the questions.
The GMAT evaluates an applicant’s potential by testing various parameters to determine their expertise in various areas.
Analysis of an Argument
Candidates are expected to
Support answer with appropriate examples and explanation
They must use the right grammar while presenting answer.
The scores for this section are on a six point scale. Their essay is given two independent ratings and then an average is considered.
One of these scores is done by an automated essay-scoring engine. If the difference between both the ratings is more than one point, a third rating would be provided by an expert reader which would then be the final score.
As per the pattern of 2016, this is the new section of the GMAT. It was introduced in June 2012. It has 12 questions with thirty minutes to answer this section. This section has replaced one of the AWA essays. The score is on a scale of 1 to 8.
This section tests candidate’s analytical skills to solve a complicated problem. They are provided with data in various forms.
Candidate’s skill depends on being able to handle the data, pick out the information that is relevant and then choose the right answer. In each question, they are expected to provide multiple answers from the choice provided. This section has four different question types.
In this, candidates are provided with loads of information in a table format. In questions, candidates are expected to pick answers from yes/no, true/false with multiple statements to answer under each question
In this type, candidates are given a graph or a graphical image. They are expected to interpret the graph and complete the statements given by choosing one of the options from the pull-down menu.
In this section, candidates have to gather information by clicking on the various tabs (2-3) provided. The data available may be presented either as text or in the form of charts, tables. The answers may be in the yes/no, true/false format or as multiple choice options.
Candidates have a question and multiple choices provided. The answers in a table form have the two components occupying the first two columns and the answer options in the third column. Of all the options provided, they have to choose only one option under each component to complete one answer.3.Quantitative Section:
This section tests the GMAT candidate’s quantitative skills. Candidates have to attempt 37 questions with 75 minutes to complete this section. The questions are designed to test math skills of candidates. They revolve around basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Topics tested include Number Properties, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Word Problems, and more. This section has multiple choice questions that fall in the following two categories
This section is intended to test candidates’ ability to assess the given data systematically. They will be given a question followed by two statements and five answer choices. These answer choices always remain the same.
This part is designed to test quantitative skills and ability to solve a problem using the various mathematical concepts
The number of problem solving questions would be greater in number. Each of the above two category of questions would appear in random order throughout the entire section.4.Verbal Section:
Candidates will have 75 minutes to answer 41 multiple choice questions that fall in one of the following category. Reading Comprehension: Candidates need to read a passage (typically two to four paragraphs) and answer a series of questions to demonstrate our ability to correctly comprehend, analyse, and apply the information to answer both general questions, such as the main idea, and specific questions, such as why the author states a particular piece of information in the passage.
In this section, candidates are given a passage (approx. 350 words) on a topic and multiple choice questions based on the same.
They need not have thorough knowledge of the topic. They should be able to
These questions test candidate’s ability to scrutinise the line of reasoning used in an argument. They may be asked to strengthen or weaken an argument, to identify an assumption used in the argument, to draw a conclusion, to explain a discrepancy.
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. Candidates should be able to
Candidates need to carefully go through the argument to logically analyse it, read through the options carefully to be able to decide which option would be the best possible answer.
These sentences assess candidate’s ability to use grammar. Grammar topics include Parallelism, Modifiers, Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Tenses, Pronouns, Comparisons, Idioms, and more. They are given a sentence having an underlined portion and five answer choices.
Candidates are given three and a half hours to complete these four sections. The total score out of 800 is only for the verbal and quantitative sections. The remaining two sections receive their independent scores.
To get good score, it is important to understand the format, practicing sample questions, and reviewing one section. Experts advise that candidate’s must devote minimum of six months for preparation of the GMAT.
There are a number of online forums and websites; both free and paid that offer a variety of simulated GMAT mock-tests. These mock-tests replicate the actual GMAT test structure and help to improve candidate’s answering speed and make them ready for the actual test
Candidates must prepare following topics in the quantitative section
In this section, candidates must have thorough knowledge of following topics. They generally revolve around basic grammar rules.
Following are some tips which help candidates to secure good score:
The GMAT is now accepted for admissions to more than 200 programs offered at over 90 business schools in India.
On a maximum total of 800, a score in the range of 650 to 700 is considered well enough for Tier-2 B-Schools. The 700 to 730 score is the benchmark for Tier-1 B-Schools. Anything above 730 gives the candidate a chance to study in the best B-Schools in the world. There have been regular instances of students scoring in the 760 to 770 range on the GMAT. The GMAT is the most popular and respected test for those wishing to study a postgraduate management course. Candidates must prepare with care and do practice to gain success.
A GMAT score is valid for 5 years. While a student can retake the exam to increase upon scores, Business Schools will have access to candidate’s scores registered for the last 5 years. Therefore, candidates are recommended to prepare systematically before appearing in the exam.