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GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test

Test Fee: US$250
Duration of Test : 4 hours

Pattern of the Test

The GMAT consists of three main parts

  • The Analytical Writing Assessment,
  • The Quantitative section
  • Verbal section

The Analytical Writing Assessment

The AWA consists of two 30-minute writing tasks - Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument.

The issues and arguments presented on the test concern topics of general interest related to business or a variety of other subjects. A specific knowledge of the essay topic is not necessary; only your capacity to write analytically is assessed.

Analysis of an Issue

For the Analysis of an Issue section, you will need to analyze the issue presented and explain your point of view on the subject. There is no correct answer. Instead, you should consider various perspectives. Use relevant reasons or examples drawn from your experience, observations, or reading to develop your own position on the issue.

What Is Measured

The Analysis of an Issue tests your ability to explore the complexities of an issue or opinion and, if appropriate, to take a position that is informed by your understanding.

Quantitative Section

The Quantitative section of the GMAT measures the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data. Problem-Solving and Data-Sufficiency questions are intermingled throughout the section. Both types of questions require knowledge of:

  • Arithmetic
  • Elementary algebra, and
  • Commonly known concepts of geometry.

Problem-Solving Questions

Problem-Solving questions are designed to test:

  • Basic mathematical skills,
  • Understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, and
  • The ability to reason quantitatively and solve quantitative problems.

Data-Sufficiency Questions

Data-Sufficiency questions are designed to measure your ability to:

  • Analyze a quantitative problem,
  • Recognize which information is relevant, and
  • Determine at what point there is sufficient information to solve a problem.

Data-Sufficiency questions are accompanied by some initial information and two statements, labeled (1) and (2). You must decide whether the statements given offer enough data to enable you to answer the question. You must choose one of the following answers:

  • Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) is not sufficient.
  • Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) is not sufficient.
  • BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
  • EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
  • Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

Verbal Section

Three types of multiple-choice questions are used in the Verbal section of the GMAT exam - Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction

Reading Comprehension Questions

Reading Comprehension passages are up to 350 words long. Topics contain material from the social sciences, physical or biological sciences, and business-related areas (marketing, economics, human resource management, etc.).

Because the Reading Comprehension section of the GMAT exam includes passages from several different content areas, you may be generally familiar with some of the material; however, no specific knowledge of the material is required. All questions are to be answered on the basis of what is stated or implied in the reading material

What Is Measured?

  • Understanding words and statements in reading passages
  • Understanding the logical relationships between significant points and concepts in the reading passages
  • Drawing inferences from facts and statements in the reading passages
  • Understanding and following the development of quantitative concepts as they are presented in verbal material

Critical Reasoning Questions

Critical Reasoning questions are designed to test the reasoning skills involved in making arguments, evaluating arguments, and formulating or evaluating a plan of action. Questions are based on materials from a variety of sources. No familiarity with the specific subject matter is needed.

What Is Measured?

  • Argument construction
  • Argument evaluation
  • Formulating and evaluating a plan of action

Sentence Correction Questions

Sentence Correction questions ask you which of the five choices best expresses an idea or relationship. The questions will require you to be familiar with the stylistic conventions and grammatical rules of standard written English. You must also demonstrate your ability to improve incorrect or ineffective expressions.

What Is Measured?

  • Correct expression
  • Effective expression