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GMAT quick facts

frequencyevery weekday all year long, minus holidays. duration3 hours, 30 min. sectionsQuantitative, Analytic Writing, Verbal cost$250 max. score800. avg. score500

What is the GMAT and why is it important? The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computeradaptive test (CAT) required by most business schools. If you want to get accepted to a competitive school, your GMAT score is very important. However, GMAT scores vary in importance at different schools. In addition to your GMAT score, schools consider the extent and caliber of your work experience (again, especially for more competitive programs), undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, interview and essays. Be sure to contact the specific programs to which you are applying in order to determine their unique requirements. What specifically does the GMAT test? The GMAT is comprised of four sections: an Analytical Writing Assessment section, an Integrated Reasoning section, a Quantitative Section and a

Verbal Section. See more information about each section.. How is the GMAT scored? A GMAT score is made up of several different numbers, each of which covers a part of your performance on the GMAT. The most familiar number is the Overall, or composite, GMAT score. This number ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments and is determined by a combination of your scores on the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the test. Business schools tend to focus on your Overall GMAT score. Your Verbal and Quantitative sections are graded separately. You will receive a score ranging from 0 to 60 for each section. Scores below 8 and above 51 are rare. Your Integrated Reasoning section is scored from 1 to 8 in 1-point increments. Questions have multiple parts, and you must answer each part correctly to get credit for the question. The Integrated Reasoning score is not included in the Overall score. Your Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) section is graded on a scale of 0 to 6 evaluated by two readers (one human and one computer). GMAC averages the two grades for the essay and rounds to the nearest 1/2 point. Your AWA GMAT score does not count toward your Overall GMAT score.

Your GMAT score remains valid for five years. If you have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all GMAT scores from the past five years. How do I know if my score is good enough to get me into my dream school? Good question. Check out the admissions data in our business school profiles. How do I register? You must register to take the GMAT in advance by phone or email; walk-in GMAT registration at test centers is not accepted. The GMAT is given around the country and the world at Pearson VUE testing centers. Visit mba.com or call 800717GMAT to register to take the GMAT test. How can I prepare? We can help. We have convenient and personalized GMAT prep solutions that fit any learning style and schedule.

We are ready to answer your questions about the GMAT exam. Below are questions we recently answered from students via our social media channels. Question: Does the GMAT exam have a fixed number of questions which would be asked for each subsection of the Verbal section? Is there a set number of Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning? Is this also the case for Quant? Will there be a fixed number of questions for Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency? Official GMAT: Every exam includes a fixed number of scored questions of each type. Scored questions are those that count toward your score. However, you may receive a varying number of total questions of each type because pre-test (experimental) questions that do not count are also included in the examination. Question: Say a candidate is really strong in Critical Reasoning and answers a bunch of 700-800 level CR question correctly. Does this mean the subsequent Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension questions he receives will also be in the 700-800 level? Or is each question type judged independently? Meaning there could be a situation where the candidate receives 700-800 level questions in Critical Reasoning (because hes strong there) but at the same time he receives 500-600 level questions in Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension because he is weak there? Updated* Official GMAT: If youve taken a practice test, you probably noticed that the question types are not all grouped together. After each question you answer, the computer updates your score to the section and chooses the next question. The difficulty is not tracked separately for question types it is selected based on your current score. So, if you have 700-

800 level CR question, then whether you answer it right or wrong can affect the difficulty of the next question, regardless of whether that next question happens to be Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, or Reading Comprehension. Question: On my GMAT exam that I took a couple of months back I scored a 50 in the quant section. On my official score report my quant percentile was reported as 92%. However on the latest percentile rankings, Ive noticed that a quant score of 50 now corresponds to a percentile of 90% . Right now if I send my score reports to schools , what will my quant percentile be? Official GMAT: Congratulations on your GMAT score! You did really well! To answer your question, the percentile ranking charts are updated in January with the most recent percentile rankings. Schools will typically refer to the most recent percentile ranking chart, regardless of when you sent your scores. I hope that helps

On The MBA Show: How to Beat the New GMAT*

Posted on June 30, 2011 by GMAC Last summer, we gave you a peek at a new section were working on for the GMAT exam. In June 2012, the GMAT will measure something its never measured before: Integrated Reasoning, the ability to manipulate and interpret data from different types of sources. This summer, GMAC CEO Dave Wilson sat down with Tom and Miro, the MIT Sloan hosts for The MBA Show to talk about the new section. What will the MBA student of the future look like? Who will do well on Integrated Reasoning? Whats Dave got to offer for Tom and Miros Business School Tip of the Week? Watch the video to find out: (Please visit the site to view this media) Key facts about the Next Generation GMAT:

Integrated Reasoninga new 30-minute sectionwill launch in June 2012. Total, Quant, and Verbal score scales will not changeIntegrated Reasoning results will generate a separate score. Test takers will only see one 30-minute Analytical Writing Assessment prompt instead of two (but it could be Analysis of an Issue or Analysis of an Argument). The length of the test will remain the same.

Want to know more? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions on mba.com. * Spoiler: Dave doesnt really tell Tom and Miro how to beat the test. The GMAT exam is a challenge, one designed specifically to reflect the challenge that is graduate business school. The new Integrated Reasoning section will be part of that challengeb-school faculty are looking for this skill, and the Next Generation GMAT will tell them how you measure up. -Bob Ludwig, GMAC Director, Media and Public Affairs