The Graduate Management Admission Test-GMAT is taken for admissions in almost all MBA programs along with other business related graduate education courses. The test is probably the only elements of your application that can be used to objectively compare candidates by the admissions committees. Your experience, extracurricular participation, GPA and other related elements are seen as subjective elements of an applicant’s candidacy. Moreover, it is one of the controllable aspects of your application. The test takes place for about four hours. Following are the sections included in GMAT.
- Analytical Writing Assessment
The first section appear in the GMAT is the Analytical Writing Assessment. The section comprises of one essay. You will be required to write an essay that is known as Analysis of an Argument within 30 minutes. It is graded on a scale of 0.0 to 6.0 and the score is reported separately from your GMAT score.
- Integrated Reasoning
The second section of the GMAT is Integrated Reasoning. The questions that show up on the test are more relevant to business school. You will find mainly four types of questions that require you to process multiple data sources. It would be much similar as in real life business interaction. The score scale is from 1-8.
The third section of the GMAT will test your math skills. In this portion, you will have 75 minutes to answer 37 multiple choice questions. Usually there are two types of math problems come on the GMAT. The first one is the problem solving where you will be given multiple choice questions. Whereas, the second is Data Sufficiency in which there are special type of math problems where you will be given a certain piece of information and asked whether you have sufficient data to answer the question.
The last section of the GMAT will test your Verbal skills. For this part, you will have 75 minutes to answer 41 questions. The questions that appear on the test are sentence correction, critical reasoning and reading comprehension.