The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is a mandatory exam for students applying to graduate management programs offered by business schools in the US and in many other countries. The GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), owner of the GMAT, is a non-profit education organization of leading graduate business schools worldwide. GMAC is responsible for disseminating information about graduate management education. GMAT testing is a standardized testing facility specifically designed for graduate business and management programs. GMAT testing procedure is developed and conducted by GMAC in collaboration with Pearson VUE and ACT. Pearson VUE is one of the leading companies that administer computer-based tests across the world. Pearson VUE carries out GMAT testing through its global network of test centers. ACT is responsible for the development questions for GMAT testing and implementation of test specifications.
Scores obtained through GMAT testing have to accompany your applications for admission to business schools. The ability to reason quantitatively, assess information, critically evaluate written arguments, and the ability to express your ideas in writing are the important skills for success in business education. Students undergoing GMAT testing have to answer a series of questions designed to evaluate these skills and predict their academic performance in business school.
It has been seen that every applicant's GMAT score reflects his ability to succeed in the field of business studies. GMAT scores provide a reliable foundation to the business school admission committees for comparing the qualifications, intellect and business acumen of candidates from widely varying backgrounds. A high GMAT score will increase the likelihood of your getting admission into the management program of your choice. It is important for you to do well and stand out from the other candidates because you will face stiff competition for admissions to reputed management programs. It is difficult to perform well during GMAT testing without a solid understanding of the content that is tested.
The GMAT Cat
The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT). GMAT CAT is completely computer based. The questions appear on a computer screen one at a time and the student has to answer the question to go on to the next. All the questions have to be answered within a fixed period of time. The student cannot skip a question or go back to a previous question at any point of time. The test adapts itself to the test taker's intelligence and ability to answer questions correctly.
The first question asked in each section of the GMAT CAT is of a moderate difficulty level. If the student chooses the correct answer then the next question presented by the computer is of a slightly higher difficulty level. If the answer chosen by the student is wrong, then the next question presented by the computer is slightly easier than the first. This adaptive format tests the competence of the student. Questions of a higher difficulty level carry more scores as compared to the easier ones. So, in order to achieve a high GMAT score you have to try and answer as many difficult questions, correctly, as possible. A complete understanding of the CAT format of GMAT testing and test-taking strategies appropriate to this particular format can have a direct positive impact on your score. Therefore, you should be aware that answering the first few questions of each section correctly is critical to your final score.
The GMAT testing is carried out in three parts. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), the Quantitative section and the Verbal section.
Analytical Writing Assessment Section
This is the first part of GMAT testing. You have to write an essay each on analysis of an issue and an argument. The time allotted is 30 minutes for each analysis. This GMAT testing section does not determine your writing ability; instead it evaluates your analytical ability. In the analysis of an issue, you are presented with a topic on which you have to project your views and arguments. The essay is expected to be investigative and it should present your perspective on the given topic. Your argument could be either for or against the issue. This essay is helpful in determining how well you are able to communicate your ideas and thoughts. In the analysis of an argument, you have to analyze an argument presented to you. You're expected to study the argument, examine the thought process behind it and write your assessment. The essay is not about your view in the argument but your understanding of what is being said through the argument. This essay will test your skill in analyzing and assessing the evidence and the conclusion of an argument.
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