GMAT Prep Series: 1. What’s In It?

Graduate Management Admission Test, popularly known as GMAT is a prerequisite to secure an admission into most global MBA colleges. Apart from your GMAT score most colleges ask for either TOEFL/ IELTS score which measures your english proficiency. ISB, the Indian School of Business is the only college in India ranked in top 20 MBA colleges worldwide and accepts admissions based on your GMAT score. This blog post aims at giving a small overview on the content in GMAT.

GMAT exam is split up into four major parts.

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment
  2. Integrated Reasoning
  3. Quants
  4. Verbal

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) will test your ability to analyze and question an argument. You will be provided with 30 minutes to read the given argument which typically is 5 to 8 lines long and bring out the questionable assumptions in the argument.

Integrated Reasoning (IR) consists of 12 questions with each question typically having more than one part to answer. A question is marked as correct only when all parts of the question are answered correctly. There are four different types of questions that typically arise in this section. Interpretation of graphs, Two-Part analysis, Analysis of tables and Reasoning using multiple sources. The total time given for Integrated reasoning is 30 minutes. You are not allowed to view the next question unless and until you answer a question and you are not allowed to review any answered questions again.

Quants measures your ability at mathematics. There are only two different types of questions that arise in quants, Data Sufficiency (DS) and Problem Solving (PS). You will be given a total of 37 questions with varying difficulty which needs to be solved in a time period of 75 minutes. The test starts off with medium difficulty and adapts the level of difficulty according to your performance. A question answered wrong will decrease the difficulty of the next question and a question answered right will increase the difficulty of the next question. The final score in quants will be given on a scale of 51.

Verbal tests your ability to tackle English language. It has three different types of questions which appear. Critical Reasoning (CR), Reading Comprehension (RC) and Sentence Correction (SC). Critical Reasoning questions test your ability to analyze and reason out a small set of two to three sentences (Premise), you will be asked to perform tasks like strengthen or weaken or find an assumption etc. on the given premise. Reading Comprehension will have small passages which are typically between 1 to 4 paragraphs in length, you are expected to read the passage and then answer 3 to 4 questions given on that passage. Sentence Corrections questions expects to make sure that the given sentence has perfect grammar and sense. A part or the full sentence will be underlined which might or might not contain an error. You are expected to select the correct answer choice out of the given 5 choices which will make the sentence correct to the best possible extent. The first choice in those 5 given choices will always be what’s stated in the given sentence. The verbal section consists of 41 questions for which you are given a time of 75 minutes. The final score in verbal will be given on a scale of 51.

GMAT test starts off with a general set of instructions first after which you are required to select a set of 4 colleges to which GMAT will report your scores free of cost after you finish your exam. In IR, Quants and Verbal sections you are not allowed to view the next question unless and until you answer a question and you are not allowed to review any answered questions. Once you finish your test you will be given with an option to either show your score or discard it without showing your score. And once you choose to show your score it will automatically be reported to the colleges selected initially. The final score shown after finishing the exam is given on a scale of 51 for Quant and Verbal individually and a total score on a scale of 800. Your AWA and IR scores are typically sent out after a period of 7 to 10 days by either snail mail and/or e-mail.

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3 Responses to GMAT Prep Series: 1. What’s In It?
  1. chanakya

    Thks dude… I just started today to look into GMAT … Coincidence

  2. Raghu

    Anytime bro 🙂

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