What is the GMAT?

Learn more about the GMAT, including how and when you can take it.

The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is a uniform examination given by most business institutions since it gives a measure of academic proficiency of candidates. Ironically, there are no sections in the GMAT test that determines business acumen. The test is fully computerized and given six days weekly or 52 weeks annually. However, you can take the exam for every 31 days and five times each calendar year.


Mechanics of this Computer Adaptive Test

GMAT testing provides that you verify scores using a permanent set of questions. Examinees are given questions of different stages of difficulty based on their answers to preceding queries. In other words, you start with a question of normal difficulty. A correct answer will be followed by a little more complicated question. An incorrect answer will result in an easier second question. The succeeding questions depend on your answers. The GMAT test focuses on your capability and gives you an equivalent score.

This testing is different from other examinations since your synchronized performance is vital to the final calculation of your mark. There will only be a single question on your screen at an instant. It is not possible to move to the next question until you are able to answer the present one. You are not allowed to review GMAT questions that you have already answered. The right answers to convoluted questions are given more weight compared to easy questions. You final score does not depend on the number of correct questions answered. The GMAT has a combination of questions like Mathematics, Geometry and Algebra for a specific section.

Sections of the GMAT

The GMAT testing has a section called Analytical Writing Assignment or AWA. It is composed of two essays. The examinee is required to evaluate a certain line of reasoning in the first portion and assess an issue in the other. Students have 30 minutes for each essay and are rated using a scale of 0 to 6. The essays are graded by a program that checks the writing organization, syntax and spelling. This is followed by human assessment that checks the treatment of the subject. The average of the two scores is computed for the final score. However, another person is called in for another analysis if there is a big difference in the scores.

The quantitative portion of the GMAT exam is composed of 37 multiple choice questions. It is meant to determine the student’s comprehension of presentation of data and problem-solving. The examinee has one hour and 15 minutes to finish this section. On the other hand, the verbal part is made up of 41 questions (multiple choices) to find out grasp of reading blocks, analytical interpretation and capacity to correct grammar errors. This should also be done in 75 minutes. Various colleges and universities search for various final scores of the GMAT based on the competitiveness and weight given to the exams. Low rating can be toned down by a higher Grade Point Average in undergraduate education, extensive experience in business or a very impressive interview.