GMAT COMPUTER ADAPTIVE TEST ( CAT ) : The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a pre-requisite for admission into many business schools around the world and some of the courses in business schools in India. If you are a NRI you can apply to most of the business school in India on the basis of GMAT score. A good GMAT score alone does not guarantee admission and other factors such as work experience, interviews, etc. are also taken into consideration.
The GMAT test is conducted on a computer though you are provided pencils, a sharpener and sheets for your rough work. The test can be taken in many cities around the world.
GMAT tests your basic mathematics skill and English language skills. The software program of the test is able to adapt itself to your ability. The first, question that you will get in each section will be of average difficulty level and the difficulty level of the next question will depend on how you perform. The difficulty level increases or decreases depending upon accuracy of the answer of your previous question. Higher difficulty level of question carry more weight. The more number of correct answer you get, the higher your score will be. You are not allowed to go back to the questions that you have already answered and you cannot skip a question, you have to answer all question that appear. If you are not able to answer any question use elimination method to select the best answer. Suggest not to waste much time in guessing answer, and if you are not able to eliminate any choice select any of the option given. The questions generated don't follow any fixed sequence. All multiple-choice questions in the GMAT have five options and only one of the option is the correct. The remaining time and number of questions in the section are displayed on the screen during the exam.
You have that option to cancel your score but the decision to cancel must be made before you view your scores. Once you have seen you scores on the computer screen, you cannot cancel. If you cancel your score, you will not be able to view the score . You get to know your score immediately on completion of the test if you wish to, the official score is sent by post later.
The Structure of the GMAT Test : Typically the questions will be in the sequence given below but the sequence can change. You may get the Quantitative section or the Verbal section first. Within the section also, the sequence need not necessarily be
same as given below , for example in Quantitative section you may have a few problem solving question followed by Data sufficiency problem and then again a problem solving question.
There is an Introductory Tutorial which has no time limit. You get a 5 minute break between each section if you want.
1. Analytical Writing Assessment of 1 hour which includes
a. Analysis of an Argument (30 minutes) and
b. Analysis of an Issue (30 minutes)
2. Quantitative Section (75 minutes) which include
a. Problem Solving
b. Data Sufficiency
You can expect 17 to 24 question on each type with 37 question in total.
3. Verbal Section (75 minutes) which include
b. Reading Comprehension (4 passages of around 350 word each)
c. Sentence Correction
Each subsection have around 13 to 15 questions with total of 41 questions.
In Analytical Writing Assessment you have to write analysis on 2 issues given to you. You get 30 minutes for each. You have to make sure that you organise and develop your thoughts and write short and simple sentences with proper grammar .
The GMAT quantitative section has questions on arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Knowledge of advanced mathematics is not required. Most of the questions in the Quantitative Ability section are of high school level. Questions in the Data sufficiency section consist of a Math problem followed by two statements, which might lead you to the answer of the
problem. You need to select the statements (if any) is sufficient to solve the problem.
The GMAT verbal section have questions on Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning.
Some suggestions for improving your score : Be a little more cautious on answering your first few question as these will set the trend of the difficulty level of question that you will face. Manage your time properly and attempt all the questions within the stipulated time. At the end stage you may resort to more guessing if required so that you attempt all the question. Leaving last few question un attempted may drastically reduce you final score. It is better to write wrong answers to last few questions than to not attempt the question at all.