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GMAT Step up to grad school

This test is one of the criteria for selection to 4,800 courses in 83 countries

education Updated: Aug 24, 2011 10:41 IST
HT Education Correspondent

The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is designed to measure a candidate’s skills for success in a master’s programme. The GMAT is one of the selection criteria for selection to 4800 courses in 83 countries. Given by the Graduate Management Admission Council, this computer-adaptive (questions are selected based on previous answers and the test design) test checks verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills “developed over time”. Here are the details.

. Analytical writing assessment:
Analysis of an issue - one topic, 30 minutes
Analysis of an argument - one topic, 30 minutes

. Optional break: 8 minutes
. Quantitative: 37 questions, 75 minutes:
Problem-solving
Data sufficiency

. Optional break: 8 minutes

. Verbal: 41 questions, 75 minutes:
Reading comprehension
Critical reasoning
Sentence correction

This is set to change in June 2012 when the GMAC plans to introduce a Next Generation GMAT with a 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section. The new test is to assess test-takers’ ability to evaluate information presented in new formats and from multiple sources, skills thought critical for them in an increasingly technology-dependent world. The total length of the GMAT will be the same as now - three and a half hours (about four hours with breaks). The analytical writing assessment section is due to be reduced to 30 minutes only.

Free GMAT prep material is available on http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/schedule-a-gmat-appointment/pay-for-the-test.aspx while students use other material from the market as well.

“It’s very important to follow a particular procedure” in test preparation,” says Manik Singh, an electronics and communication engineer who got a 730 in the GMAT.

“Pick up any of the popular guide books and do it well,” says Singh who is going to the University of Amsterdam for a master’s in international finance.
(The GMAT total score ranges from 200 to 800 and two-thirds of candidates get between 400 and 600.)

Singh joined a prep school and also sat for 15 mock tests from three different providers. “One should analyse one’s performance. How much I spent on this and where I made a mistake?”

Fee: $250
How to apply: To get an appointment for the test, you first need to get an mba.com account.
For the details, visit www.gmac.com or contact GMAC India Office, Gurgaon at 124 - 4311 111 ext. 261/ apac@gmac.com

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