Most Business School programs require the GMAT, Graduate Management Admission Test, since they have found it to be a reliable indicator of an applicant's performance in an MBA program. The GMAT does not test specific business knowledge or competence and instead measures quantitative, analytical and writing skills in computer-adaptive testing (CAT) format.
Admission committees will look at your GMAT as an initial indicator of your suitability. They will then evaluate your undergraduate scholastic record, recommendation letters, work and other relevant experience, and application essays – in fact, all of these will probably play a larger role in your final acceptance.
The GMAT starts with a computer tutorial, which precedes the timed test. You can scroll through this as quickly as you want and keep your mind fresh for the test proper.
During the test, you will have three and a half hours to complete the four sections of the GMAT.
Analytical Writing GMAT Section
The Analytical Writing GMAT Section has one essay to be completed in 30 minutes. The essay requires, "Analysis of an Argument."
There is a five minute break followed by:
The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills needed to succeed in today's challenging technical world. There are four question types in this: graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning.
12 questions need to be completed in 30 minutes.
Quantitative GMAT Section
The Quantitative GMAT Section has 2 types of multiple-choice questions: problem-solving and data sufficiency.
Problem-Solving Questions require skills in basic arithmetic, elementary algebra and basic geometry; an understanding of basic mathematical concepts; and the ability to reason mathematically or quantitatively.
Data-Sufficiency Questions require skills in analyzing a mathematical problem; organizing and using relevant information; and determining if a sufficient amount of information is given so a problem can be solved.
Up to 37 questions (including 9 experimental questions) need to be completed in 75 minutes.
There is a five minute break followed by:
Verbal GMAT Section
The Verbal GMAT Section has 3 classes of multiple-choice questions: reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction. Up to 41 questions (including 11 experimental questions) need to be completed in 75 minutes.
Immediately upon finishing the GMAT, and while you are still in the testing room, you can view your Unofficial Score Report with unofficial Quantitative, Verbal and Total scores. In the days following the test, your Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) essay will be read and graded by a real person and an electronic assessor, and the average score will be taken. (If the two scores differ by more than 1 point, another human reader is called in to evaluate the essays and resolve the inconsistency.)
Once your AWA and IR scores are finalized, and within 20 calendar days of testing, you will receive an email with a link to access your Official Score Report online. You will be directed to the Score Reporting website, where you have to enter the authentication code (as given on the Unofficial Score Report). You may view, download, or print your Official Score Report. The section scores and the overall test score are both reported to business schools. The overall score ranges between 200 to 800, with section scores from 0 to 60; the essay is graded on a 0 to 6 scale, in half-point intervals.
Reporting the Scores
There is a provision in your GMAT test fee that allows the reporting of your GMAT test scores to a maximum of five universities of your choice. This means that before taking the GMAT, you need to decide to which universities you're going to apply, based upon your projected GMAT score.
HAMPSHIRE ACADEMY GMAT COURSE
At Hampshire Academy, Beirut we understand that the all-important computer-adaptive GMAT test is a hurdle you have to leap over to get to the post graduate business school of your choice … but you're nervous about how to approach tests that adapt to your skill level. (In a "computer adaptive" test, a correct answer to one question leads to a more difficult subsequent question, while a wrong answer leads to a simpler one.)
Our Prep Classes will help you achieve high scores in the GMAT. The courses run over six weeks so you have time to learn the essentials, build skills and thoroughly familiarize yourself with the test.
We will provide you with:
- 24 hours of instruction and structured study in two-hour sessions
- Familiarization and competency on computer based test
- 1 real full-length test
- Regular, scored testing
- Official GMAT Study material from the test makers, GMAC
- Free extra support – drop-in hour open daily for help from our tutors
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