The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an international level test exam required for an MBA. It is intended to assess analytical, quantitative writing, reading, and verbal skills. The exam is computer adaptive meaning it is a tailored test that is designed to adjust the level of difficulty of the test-taker depending on the responses provided. So if you answer correctly, a more difficult question will be presented to you. But if your answer is incorrect, then the follow-up question will be easier. Taking a GMAT is important as it means if you score high scores then you’ll have access to the top business schools, better MBA opportunities that might end up to you having higher salaries and better careers.
Section 1 – Analytical writing assessment
Your writing skills are tested through this section. The writing assessment will measure your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas.
|Number of questions||Number of minutes||Score range|
|One writing task for an analysis of an argument||30 Mins||0 to 6|
Section 2 – Integrated Reasoning
The section measures the candidate’s ability to evaluate information and analyze data presented in various formats.
|Questions||Number of minutes to complete the IR||Score range|
|Multi-source reasoning questions||
1 to 8
|Two-part analysis questions|
|Table Analysis Questions|
|TOTAL 12 questions|
Section 3 – Quantitative abilities
The section is to test your analytical knowledge of basic concepts of Math. That includes Geometry, Algebra, number properties, and arithmetic. The quantitative section consists of two sections:
- Data sufficiency – The idea here is to determine whether the statements provided, provides sufficient data for the correct answer to the question.
- Problem Solving – your critical thinking skills are tested by algebra and geometry. A question consists of five multiple choices.
|Number of questions||Duration to complete Quant||Score range|
|15 data sufficiency questions||
0 to 60
|16 – 19 Problem Solving Questions|
|Total Questions is 31|
Section 4 – Verbal
The section is meant to test your command to written English and your ability to read correctly and critically. It is divided into three parts:
- Critical reasoning – these questions test the skills involved in evaluating arguments and forming a plan for them. A set of questions are provided to the candidate and they get to critically analyze it. As a candidate, you’ll be presented with a series of statements or a short argument and a question relating to them.
- Sentence Correction – Long questions with multiple choices are provided. You are required to choose one or more answers. The sentence might be containing no errors, one, two or more errors.
- Reading comprehension – It tests your critical reading ability. You’ll be presented with a passage relating to business, biological science, physical science or social science, and then asked 3-4 questions on the topic. So, you are required to understand the comprehension and deduce the attitude of the topic.
|Questions||Minutes to complete||Score Range|
0 – 60
|Critical Reasoning questions|
|Sentence Correction Questions|
|Total is 36 questions|
- There is no age limit for taking a GMAT.
- A candidate between the age 13 and 17 years must get an authorization from a parent or a legal guardian in order to take GMAT.
- Candidates from any country can take the GMAT.
- A requirement of identity proof is required. A valid passport is accepted as proof of identity.
No educational qualification is required for taking the GMAT test. But if you want are willing to enroll for an MBA programme, then you should have a graduate degree from a recognized university.
The following are topics to expect in the quantitative section:
- Math formulas list
- Order of operations
- Ratio and proportion
- Profit and loss
- Speed, distance and time
- Simple and compound interest
- Linear equations
- Quadratic equations
- Volume of surface area
- Sets theory
- Lines and angles
- Number properties
- Powers and roots
- Co-ordinate geometry
- Verb Tense
- Pronoun agreement
- Subject-verb agreement
- Idioms and Idiomatic expressions
- Nouns, adjectives, and pronouns