IS THE GMAT?
letter GMAT stand for Graduate Management Admission
Test: a standardized exam given at various locations
in the United States and Canada and around the world.
Throughout North America and in many international
locations, the GMAT is administered only via computer.
In those international locations where an extensive
network of computers has not yet been established.
DO YOU REGISTER FOR THE GMAT ?
information and registration forms can be found in the
GMAT bulletin, which is available from your career
placement office or by contacting : Graduate
Management Admission Test Educational Testing service
P.O. Box 6103 Princeton NJ 08541-6103 Telephone: (609)
771-7330 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.gmat.org You can also register
in either of the following two ways : On-line using
the URL above if you have a Visa, Master card or
American express card.
phone by calling one of the hundreds of test centers
listed in the Bulletin.
schedule your test, you must call one of the
designated test centers and make an appointment. While
it is possible to make the appointment even just a few
days before you would like to take the test, it is
better to schedule a few weeks in advance to ensure
that you get an appointment that is convenient for
KINDS OF QUESTIONS ARE ON THE TEST ?
though the vehicle for delivering the GMAT has changed
from pencil and paper to computer, the content of the
test itself remains substantially the same.
are three type of verbal question:
Correction - This type tests grammar and expression.
Sentence correction items consist of a sentence, all
or part of which ahs been underlined, with five
associated answer choices. You must choose the best
way of rendering the underlined part. This question
type tests your ability to recognize standard English.
Thinking - This type tests logical thinking. Critical
thinking items presents an argument that you are asked
to analyze. Questions may require you to draw a
conclusion, to identify assumptions, or to recognize
strengths or weaknesses in the argument.
Comprehension- This type tests your ability to read
critically. Reading comprehension questions relate to
a passage that is provided for you to read. The
passage can be about almost anything, and the
questions about it test how well you understood the
passage and the information in it.
There are two types of Quantitative questions :
Solving- This type tests your quantitative reasoning
ability. Problem solving questions present
sufficiency- This type tests your quantitative
reasoning ability using an unusual set of directions.
You are given a question with two associated
statements that provide information that might be
useful in answering the question. You then have to
determine whether either statement alone is sufficient
to; answer; whether both are needed to answer; or
whether there isn't enough information given to
is also an essay component. The essay component is
called the Analytical Writing Assessment or AWA. The
AWA consists of two 30-minute writing exercises.
"prompt" or topic asks you to analyze an
A second "prompt" or topic asks you to
analyze an argument.
IS THE TEST STRUCTURED ?
following chart shows the structure of a typical GMAT
Computer Adaptive test.
of a Typical GMAT
Warm up period is untimed and contains no question
that count toward a score. Instead, the Warm up period
allows you to become familiar with the computer (the
mouse and scroll bar functions in particular) and with
the peculiarities of the program
IS THE TEST SCORED ?
multiple -choice parts of the test are not scored in
the traditional way; that is , a grader does not
compare a completed answer document o a key in order
to calculate a final score based upon total
performance. Rather, the computer "builds"
your score as you work your way through the questions
. Initially, the computers knows nothing about your
quantitative or verbal skills, so it
"assumes" that you are average and gives you
a question of average level of difficulty. based upon
your response, the computer Adjusts the initial
assumption either in the direction of "above
average" or "below averages" and firs f
another question. Then based upon your first two
responses, the computer readjusts the assumption and
gives you a third question. The process continues
until the computer has "built" a score for
you. A word of caution. Your final score is not based
solely on the last question that you answer. The
algorithm used to build a score is more complicated
than that. This means that you can make a silly
mistake and answer incorrectly and that the computer
will recognize that item as anomaly. In other words,
don't worry that if you miss the first question that
you score will fall somewhere in the bottom half of
the range. Each of the two essays in the analytical
Writing part of the test is grade on a scale of 0 (the
minimum) to 6 (the maximum) :
An essay that is totally illegible or obviously not
written on the assigned topic.
1. An essay that is fundamentally deficient.
2 An essay that is seriously flawed.
3. An essay that is seriously limited.
4. An essay that is merely adequate.
5. An essay that is strong.
6. An essay that is outstanding.
essay will be graded by two readers, and in most
cases, the final score will be the average of the two
scores awarded. Thus, if an essay receives a 3 from
one reader and a 4 from the other. the final score for
that essay is 3.5. In the event that the individual
graders assigns scores that are more than one point
apart. e.g., 2 and 4, then the essay is graded by a