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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

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The GMAT Computer-Based Test (CBT)

The GMAT CBT is administered all the year round at test centers, located worldwide. Introduced in 1997, the test is conducted in English, and does not require any special computer skills.

The Structure

The GMAT-CAT, meaning Graduate Management Admission Test-Computer Adaptive Test, is a computer-based test, rather than being a paper- and- pencil one. It is intended to serve as the basis of assessing your potential academic performance, when you enter the graduate management school

The GMAT scores are crucial in determining which business school you will join. Almost all business schools require GMAT scores, as one of the criteria for admission. However, an undergraduate background in business is not essential for taking the test, since the test is not intended to measure your achievement in the specific subject area.

The test is of 3 hours duration and comprises of 80 questions. The section is divided into three sections to measure your general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills.

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): This section is intended to test your critical skills, as well as your capacity to present your ideas clearly and succinctly. It consists of two essays, where 30 minutes are given to complete each essay. The essays cover the following:

1. Analysis of an issue, supporting it with sound reasoning and examples.

2. Analysis of an argument, where you are required to critically examine the reasoning behind a certain argument.

Quantitative Part: This section consists of 37 questions to be solved in 75 minutes You have to solve 37 questions in 75 minutes in this section. The questions are based on arithmetic, basic algebra, elementary geometry and interpretation of graphic data.

The section consists of two types of questions:

1. Problem-solving questions, based on arithmetic, algebra or geometry;

2. Data sufficiency questions, where you are given two statements, labeled (1) and (2). You are required to determine whether the answer to the question is sufficiently provided by either of the statements individually, combined, neither.

Verbal Section: This part consists of 41 questions to be answered in 75 minutes, and can be divided as below :

1. Correctness and appropriateness of an expression : Here you are asked to choose, out of 5 choices, the most appropriate version, that most closely resembles the given sentence.

2. Reading comprehension: You are asked to answer questions, based on a given passage. Stress is on your capability of analysis of a given information, rather than testing your knowledge of the subject of the passage.

3. Critical reasoning: This part has been designed to test your critical skills and your ability to comprehend the reasoning behind an argument or an explanation. You are given a passage and asked to analyze it from different angles.

The Quantitative and Verbal sections in the CAT format consist of some questions which are experimental in nature, and they do not affect the questions following them. No scores are allotted to these pretest questions. The GMAT-Verbal section consists of 41 questions to be answered in 75 minutes, while the GMAT-Quantitative part has 37 questions to be answered in the same time.