Understand The GMAT

U Understand the GMAT

The GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. In its most essential form, the GMAT exams are a standardized test which asses your Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical skills. This test primarily intends to aid top Business School all over the world assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study in business and management. It’s divided into four sections of Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment via which a student’s knowledge is tested.

I Integrated Reasoning

This section involves careful interpretation of tabular, graphical and written information from a variety of sources. With the help of an on screen calculator, each student is supposed to tackle various logical questions which may be divided into subparts. However, one prompt may be used for more than one question. The Integrated Reasoning section has 12 questions to be solved in 30 minutes and the score is reported on a scale of 1-8 (intervals of 1).

Q Quantitative Section

The Quantitative section is essentially the mathematics section which has two types of multiple choice questions: data sufficiency and problem solving. There are 37 questions to be solved in 75 minutes. Although the basic requirement of Math knowledge necessary for this exam is only up until the 11th standard, the amount of logic and reasoning makes it difficult even for a college graduate. No calculators are allowed.

V Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning is essentially divided into three forms of question: critical reasoning; reading comprehension; sentence correction. These questions are multi-type in nature and you are given 75 minutes to complete 41 questions.

A Analytical Writing Assessment

The Analytical Writing Assessment is essentially an essay writing section called The Argument. This task presents you with an abstract or real life based position statement. The candidates are required to analyse the given statement carefully and pick a side. They are thus required to make a complete and thorough evaluation of the statement and carefully convey his reasons for choosing a side. A student is given 30 minutes for this task. The scoring for the Analytical Writing section is on a scale of 0-6. The essay is scored by a human reader and then by a computer program (which the official GMAT website, mba.com, refers to as an automated essay-scoring engine). If the human and computer scores differ significantly, the score is sent to a second expert reader for final evaluation.