What’s On The GMAT: Let’s get the basics right

According to reports, around 2,50,000 to 3,00,000 GMAT hopefuls from all over the world take the examination every year. This Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is their door to some of the top management schools of the world.

If you are looking for a successful global career in Management and Entrepreneurship, a good GMAT score is absolutely crucial for you to begin with. That’s why it would not hurt you to know as much as possible about this Computer Adaptive Test whose score has the capability to determine a lot about your future.

Different sections of the GMAT

There are four integral parts of the GMAT – Analytical Assessment Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal, and they test different abilities of candidates.

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  • Analysis Writing Assessment involves one topic. Questions are based around the analysis of argument. You have 30 minutes to answer the questions.
  • Integrated Reasoning offers you the same amount of time for 12 questions that revolve around multi source reasoning, graphics interpretation, two part analysis and table analysis.
  • Quantitative section has 37 questions that need to be answered in 75 minutes. Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving are the primary areas you are judged on.
  • Verbal section is all about Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction. You are expected to answer 41 questions in 75 minutes. Not too easy we must say!

How is the grading done?

While you are scored on different sections of the test, it’s your composite or overall score, which is considered by management schools. It is a combination of scores in Verbal and Quantitative sections, and ranges between 200 and 800 with 10 points’ increments.

  • Verbal and Quantitative sections are graded separately and scores range between 0 and 60. However it’s very rare to see scores lower than 8 and more than 51 in either of these sections.
  • The Integrated Reasoning score is between 1 and 8, with one point’s increments. Questions here are multiple parts and each part must be answered correctly to get credit for the question.
  • Analytical Writing Assessment is graded by two readers on a scale of 0 to 6. The two scores for the essay are averaged and then rounded up to your nearest ½ point.

It’s important to note that Integrated Reasoning and AWA scores are not counted towards the overall score. Your GMAT score remains valid for five years and you can take the exam once every 30 days. Overall, it’s a 3 hours and 30 minutes’ test that costs you $250 each time you take it.

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