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What is the GMAT?

The GMAT is the Graduate Management Admissions Test administered by the GMAC.   The GMAT is for students pursuing graduate-level education in business and management, typically an MBA.  The GMAT is computer-based and delivered in English, containing sections in Math, Verbal, and Writing.

How important is the GMAT?

While not the only admissions criterion, your score on the GMAT test can be the difference between you getting accepted or rejected from your target MBA school. Proper GMAT preparation is a very important part of scoring well on the GMAT. That being said, a great or even perfect GMAT score cannot guarantee your admission into a business schools. In addition to your GMAT score, your work experience, essays, recommendations, and interview are all factors that contribute to your acceptance or rejection from a business school.

What is the format of the GMAT?

The GMAT contains three parts: Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Quantitative Reasoning (Math), and Verbal Reasoning (Verbal).

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

The AWA section consists of two essays and lasts 60 minutes. Either essay type could appear first:

  • Analysis of an Issue (30 minutes)
  • Analysis of an Argument (30 minutes)

Quantitative Reasoning (Math)

The Math section comes next, following an optional 8-minute break. This section consists of 37 questions that you must answer in 75 minutes. You will see a mix of two types of questions in the Quantitative Section:

  • Data Sufficiency (12-15 questions)
  • Problem Solving (22-25 questions)

Verbal Reasoning (Verbal)

The Verbal Section consists of 41 questions and lasts up to 75 minutes. You can take another 8-minute break before beginning the Verbal Section. The questions in this section come in the following three types:

  • Reading Comprehension (12-14 questions over 4 passages)
  • Critical Reasoning (14-15 questions)
  • Sentence Correction (14-15 questions)

What is meant by GMAT CAT?

CAT means computer adaptive test. The GMAT is computer adaptive, which means that the level of difficulty of the questions adapts to your skill level. Questions appear on your computer screen one at a time. You must answer and confirm each question before you can move forward to the next question. After you have answered a question, you cannot change your answer. Within each set of multiple-choice questions, the items are selected by the computer software, depending on your response to the previous question. The first question is always a medium-difficulty question. If you answer it correctly, your next question will be more difficult and worth more points. If you answer the first question incorrectly, your next question will be less difficult and worth fewer points. So, your GMAT score is based on a complex formula that includes the number of questions that you answer correctly and the difficulty level of each question. This process allows an accurate assessment of your individual ability level in a given subject area.