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Exam: GMAT Test - Graduate Management Admission Test: Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Quantitative section, Verbal section

The Graduate Management Admission Test, (GMAT) is a type of computerised test that mainly determine or assess one's writing, analytical, verbal, reading and analytical skills in Written English. It is mainly attempted for one to be prepared to be admitted into a business school, for example MBA. The GMAT will not measure business skills or knowledge, plus it will not measure intelligence. It is mainly a test that determines how well the person attempting the test takes it. The GMAC (refers to Graduate Management Admission Council), the owning company of the test, mainly created the test so as to gauge one problem-solving and analytical writing skills, at the same time addressing logic, critical, reasoning and sufficiency skills. These skills are known to be crucial to the world of business and management.

The GMAT exam is used by 2,100 plus universities and is offered in more than 5,900 programs. You will find that various business centres and schools rely on the paper as a benchmark for admission into several types of management programs, examples are, Master of Finance, Master of Accountancy and also MBA. The exam is done as a standardized test centres in 112 counties worldwide. In the year 2005, the GMAC has integrated a reasoning part to the exam, which was designed to measures the taker's qualification to evaluate raw information that is found in new formats and also multiple sources.

The Format of the GMAT Exam

The Graduate Management Admission Test consist of mainly four sections. This includes:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Each of the following sections has a duration and also different number of questions in each section. As one does the exam, you will notice that as you answer the questions wrongly, the more the questions increase in difficulty, and if you answer the questions wrongly, the computer will start providing less severe questions. Once you are done, the computer provides you with an detailed assessment of your ability and skill level and it will come up with a  report for each part.

The different section of the GMAT all measure different skills from the takers of the test. Let's have a look at each section of the GMAT exam:

1.  Verbal Reasoning

This is the part of the GMAT exam that mainly determines the ability of the student taking the exam on reading and also how to comprehend written material, reason and evaluate arguments and also to correct written material so as to express ideas effectively in Standard English. Some of the questions asked include, critical reasoning reading understanding and also sentence correction questions. The score ranges from zero to sixty. The passages (reading comprehension) are usually one paragraph long or even several paragraphs long. The reading material will contain content on areas as history, physical science, business related areas (human resource management, economics and marketing) and also social sciences. The comprehension passage is usually accompanied by inference, interpretive and applied issues. The questions in this questions are all multiple-choice. The verbal exam is 75 minutes and has a total of 41 questions.

2.  Integrated Reasoning

This section of the GMAT was introduced in the year 2012 in June, so it is relatively new. It is used to measure the ability of the exam taker to evaluate data that is presented in multiple formats derived from a variety of sources. This part of the exam has a total of 12 questions and is done under 30 minutes.  The twelve questions consist of different parts. The four formats include a 2-part analysis, table analysis, graphics interpretation and multi-source reasoning. The integrated reasoning usually has an average scores form between 1-8. Similar to the Analytical part, this part is marked separately from the verbal and quantitative section. The total score on the GMAT score does not include the Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning part.

The four parts of the integrated reasoning each assesses different things that is:

  • The table analysis is a section that includes a sortable table of information, whereby the test taker has to analyse.
  • The graphic interpretation part ask for the test taker to interpret a graphical image or graph.
  • The Multi-source reasoning questions require the one attempting the exam to click on the tabs provided in the tabbed pages of source information.
  • The two –part analysis involves two components for a solution. The possible answers are given in a table format.

3.  Analytical Writing

This section comprises of one essay writing question. It is known as the argument. The argument task mainly presents a statement of position. The candidate being tested us required to analyse the logic behind the given position and then suggest how and where the reasoning may require improvement, or it is faulty. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) runs for 30 minutes. The essay is be analysed by two independent ratings, one by the automated reading evaluation and the other by a person who is at GMAC.  The automated system evaluates more than fifty linguistic and structural features. If the results of the ratings differ, another evaluation expert is required to resolve the difference. The scoring of the AWA section is on a scale of zero to six.

4.  Quantitative Section

This part of the computer test that mainly measures the ability of the candidates to solve quantitative problems, expound on graphic data, to reason quantitatively and also to analyse and use information provided on a particular problem. The candidates taking this section of the exam are not allowed to use calculators. The candidates are supposed to work on the calculation by hand using a wet erase pen and a laminated graph paper. Some of the topics tested include algebra, geometry and also arithmetic. There is a total of 37 questions which are to be solved within 75 minutes.

These are the main sections that are found in the Graduate Management Admission Test, (GMAT).

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