About GMAT

GMAT is one of the most reliable entrance tests for quality business programs offered by eminent B-schools worldwide.This is a computer adaptive test which tends to evaluate one’s Critical Thinking, Analytical Writing Abilities, English Language Skills, and Problem Solving Abilities through its Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude sections. The GMAT score is used as an admission prerequisite for graduate in management and business programs like MBA.

GMAT is the registered trademark of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The council is responsible to conduct the test for admission towards more than 5,900 programs offered by more than 2,100 colleges and institutions. The GMAT exam is managed in 112 nations around the world in standardized test facilities.

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GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test.

GMAT Test Pattern

GMAT test consists of four sections as follows –

Section Duration in minutes Number of questions
Analytical writing assessment 30 1 essay
Integrated reasoning 30 12
Quantitative Aptitude 75 37
Verbal 75 41

GMAT Exam Dates

GMAT exam is conducted throughout the year. For taking the GMAT test, you need to register yourself. In case, the GMAT score is not satisfactory, you can schedule a re-test after 16 days from the date you appeared for the exam.

How to prepare for GMAT?

GMAT test contents mainly four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude, & Verbal Reasoning.

Analytical Writing Assessment: Here you have to write an essay of 250-300 words. Since GMAT exam is given by any working professional across the globe, so the topic on any issue, scientific term, region specific, news specific etc is not expected. Generally, it is a flawed argument. E.g. Mike is a good player in the team. Hence, everyone is a good player in the team. In case any specific term comes up, the description of that will be mentioned. Strong English writing skills are required to score in this section.

Integrated Reasoning: The section comprises the elementary form of Data interpretation. The questions will be based upon few figures, data will be given and you have to answer them by analyzing those data. Generally, it will have 4 categories in terms of the question.

Quantitative Aptitude: This section includes high thinking order mathematical questions based on grades 8-10 concepts. This checks how familiar you are with the kind of traps in the answer choices that are needed to be within the definite time.

Verbal Reasoning: This section evaluates your English language skills. If you’ve a good vocabulary and know the grammar rules then you have an edge from the competitors.

New Changes introduced in GMAT 2017

In the purview of providing user-friendly test interface and in continuing efforts of enhancing GMAT(Graduate Management Admission Test) to exam seekers, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has introduced two new features: (i) Select Section Order and (ii) Removal of Profile Update Screens at Test Center. All the mentioned changes will be implemented w.e.f., July 11, 2017. Let’s discuss what the new changes are about!

What is Select Section Order?

Generally, GMAT offers four sections. From July 11, 2017, onwards the test takers can select their desired section at the test centre on the test date, before the inception of the test. The available three options are:

 Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative, Verbal (original order);

 Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA); or

 Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning (IR), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).

On this context, Ashok Sarathy, Vice President, Product Management, GMAC said,” The idea of being allowed to choose the section order had been commonly requested by test takers.” He further added, “We conducted a pilot study in 2016 to test this feature and received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with 85 percent of participants surveyed expressing that this new feature boosted their confidence prior to even taking the exam. Our pilot findings also concluded that taking the exam in different section orders continues to maintain the quality and integrity of the GMAT scores.”

Earlier, the GMAT test used to come with AWA section as the first followed by IR, Quantitative and lastly verbal. With these new amendments in test, synchronization will boost up the student’s confidence to bear the bombardment of GMAT questions. In fact, still, now students can opt the previous version of GMAT exam centre.

What is Removal of Profile Update Screens at Test Center?

Before, facing the actual test questions, the candidates were supposed to fill an array of profile based questions which include undergraduate degree, years of work experience, demographics, accessible on the computer monitor at the test center. GMAC decided to withdrew these screens from the testing monitor; although they will still be available for candidates to access and update on at any time prior to or following their GMAT exam.

Remember, all these changes will be launched in all regions beginning July 11, 2017, at 12:01 am local time. All exams appointments scheduled for July 11 or later will include these changes at the test center.

To keep up the value of GMAT test, GMAC time to time bring changes. Over the past years, GMAT test takers have undergone these changes:

  • In March 2016, GMAC introduced score reinstatement policies in  which the test taker’s are eligible to cancel the test score immediately after finishing the test
  • In July 2015, the body introduced removal of cancelled score from school score reports. Additionally, it allowed the test takers’ to retake the GMAT test after a span of 16-day time, previously 31-day period.  Enabled test takers to access their Official Score Report online using their date of birth instead of an authentication code
  • In January 2015, the body introduced  the GMAT Enhanced Score Report, which provides test takers access to an in-depth analysis of their overall GMAT performance and
  • Introduction of GMAT Score Preview, enabling test takers to preview their unofficial scores before deciding whether to report or cancel them (July 2014).
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