Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test that enables business schools to access how you are likely to perform academically in the graduate management program. GMAT is one of the criterion in the admission process of the schools.
The GMAT is a four-part exam, consisting of Analytical Writing Section, Integrated Reasoning Section, Quantitative Section, and Verbal Section.
|Section||Type of Questions||Number of Questions||Timing|
|Analytical Writing||One Task: Analysis of an Argument||1||30 Mins|
|Integrated Reasoning Section||Four Types of Questions Multi-Source Reasoning Two-Part Analysis Table Analysis Graphics Interpretation||12||30 Mins|
|Quantitative Reasoning||Two Types of Questions Problem Solving Data Sufficiency||31||62 Mins|
|Verbal Reasoning||Three Types of Questions Sentence Correction Critical Reasoning Reading Comprehension||36||65 Mins|
You will have two optional 8 - minute breaks. The break schedule for the section order will be as follows:
Analytical Writing Assessment
The essay is scored on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 6 (highest). The essay will be scored two times independently: It is evaluated by an expert reader and by an automated scoring program. The AWA score is an average of these two independent scores. It is very rare that these independent scores vary by more than one point. However, if they do, another evaluation by an expert reader is required to resolve the disparity and to determine the final score.
Integrated Reasoning section is rated on a scale of 1(lowest) to 8 (highest). Unlike the Quantitative and Verbal Sections, Integrated Reasoning is not Computer adaptive. You will encounter a fixed set of 12 questions, and only one question at a time is presented on the computer screen. The raw score is calculated based on the number of correct responses and is then converted to scaled score through a process known as equating.
"The Analytical Writing Assessment score and the IR score will be reported as independent scores that do not affect the computation of the total GMAT Score."
Quantitative and Verbal Sections
Each of these sections are scored on a scale of 0 to 60. The scaled score of Verbal and Quantitative Sections are then used together to determine the total GMAT score of 200-800.
Quantitative and Verbal sections on the GMAT are computer adaptive sections. Unlike the Integrated Reasoning section, you do not encounter a fixed set of questions.
In the Quantitative and Verbal sections, the computer selects the next question based on your response to the previous question. This process continues until you end the test. For example, if you get the first question right, then the second question is of a higher difficulty level. On the other hand, if you get the first question wrong, then the second question will be of a lower difficulty level.
Your score on the Quantitative and the Verbal Sections is not just determined by number of questions you answer correctly but is also determined by difficulty level and other statistical characteristics of each question. The number of questions you answer in each section is also considered in determining the score. Thus, not answering all the questions in a section within the stipulated time results in a drop in the scaled score. Both the scaled score of the Quantitative and Verbal Sections are then combined to give a total score of 200-800.