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GMAT: Gateway to management programs worldwide

The GMAT exam is accepted by more than 5,400 MBA and management programs worldwide, providing you with more choices and more opportunities. Leading business schools and management education programs worldwide recognize the GMAT as the most effective predictor of success.
Test Structure
The GMAT consists of four main sections
  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal
In a computer-adaptive test, only one question at a time is presented. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions.

Your score is determined by:
  • The number of questions you answer
  • Whether you answer the questions correctly or incorrectly
  • The level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question.
The questions in an adaptive test are weighted according to their difficulty and other statistical properties, not according to their position in the test.

The minimal skills needed for a computer-adaptive test:
  • Using a mouse
  • Entering responses
  • Moving on to the next question
  • Using the word processor
  • Accessing the Help function
Recent Changes to the GMAT Exam: The New Integrated Reasoning Section

The GMAT exam, now with Integrated Reasoning, will remain 3 hours, 30 minutes (four hours with breaks). The Analytical Writing Assessment has been streamlined from two 30-minute essays to one Analysis of an Argument essay. Immediately after the essay question, the Integrated Reasoning section will start. Test takers will have optional breaks before and after the Quantitative sections.

Prepare for the GMAT
GMAT Preparation Resources
To help for preparation, offers the GMATPrep® test preparation software, free to registered users. Available as a downloadable application or as a CD-ROM, GMATPrep simulates the actual test experience by using retired questions from previous GMAT exams.

The GMAT Checklist includes study pointers and links to preparation material including:
  • GMAT Paper Tests
  • GMAT Write, an online tool that helps prepare for the Analytical Writing Assessment.
  • GMAT Focus, an online tool that gives immediate insight into your weaknesses so you can optimize your study time.
GMAT Scores & Score Reports
The GMAT exam yields five scores: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal, and Total.

Each score is reported on a fixed scale and will appear on the Official GMAT Score Report. Your score report includes all GMAT scores from tests taken in the past five years. The contact and demographic information that was required for you to register for the test will also appear on your score report.

For each of your scores on the GMAT test (Verbal, Quantitative, Total, Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning) you will receive a percentile rank.Your percentile rank may change from year to year. Because the Integrated Reasoning section was introduced only recently, percentiles will be updated every month through 2012 to reflect the growing pool of test takers who have taken the Integrated Reasoning section. From 2013 on, the IR percentiles will be updated yearly on the same schedule as the other scores.

Total GMAT scores
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.
The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. Scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Both scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations. The Verbal and Quantitative scores measure different constructs and cannot be compared

Understand Analytical Writing Assessment Score
The Analytical Writing Assessment score is based on one Analysis of an Argument essay. Essays are scored independently twice and then averaged. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.

Writing scores are computed separately from the multiple-choice scores and have no effect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores.

Each essay in the AWA section will be given two independent ratings, one of which may be performed by an automated essay-scoring engine. The automated essay-scoring engine is an electronic system that evaluates more than 50 structural and linguistic features, including organization of ideas, syntactic variety, and topical analysis.

If the two ratings differ by more than one point, another evaluation by an expert reader is required to resolve the discrepancy and determine the final score.

In considering the elements of standard written English, readers are trained to be sensitive and fair in evaluating the responses of examinees whose first language is not English.

Integrated Reasoning Score
Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals. Like the AWA, the IR scores are computed separately from the Quantitative and Verbal sections and have no effect on the Total score.

Sending Your Scores to Schools
On the day you take the GMAT, before you begin the exam, you may select up to five GMAT Programs to receive your Official Score Report.

Before your test day, decide which programs you want to receive your GMAT scores. The Official Score Report will be sent within 20 calendar days of your test.

To find schools accepting GMAT Score Click here

To register for the test:
You may register for the GMAT exam online, by phone, by mail, or by fax.You must sign in or create an account to register, reschedule, or cancel a GMAT appointment;

  • GMAT Appointment: US$250
  • Reschedule: US$50
  • Additional Score Report: US$28 each
To Schedule a GMAT Appointment Click here

GMAT Test Centres:
Pearson Professional Centers-Hyderabad
1-10-72/A/.2, Pochampalli House,
3rd floor, (Above Nike Show room)
S P Road, Begumpet,
Andhra Pradesh 500016

Pearson Professional Centers-Bangalore
45, 3rd Floor,Trade Center
Dickenson Road
Next to Manipal Centre
Karnataka 560042

Nettur Technical Training Foundation
40/40 A, Electronics City,
Hosur Road,
Karnataka 560100

For more details Click here
Published date : 30 Aug 2009 05:54PM

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