(Info) MBA Entrance Exam: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

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MBA Entrance Exam: Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

In 1953, the organization now called the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) began as an association of nine business schools, whose goal was to develop a standardized test to help business schools select qualified applicants. In the first year it was offered, the assessment (now known as the Graduate Management Admission Test), was taken just over 2,000 times; in recent years, it has been taken more than 200,000 times annually. Initially used in admissions by 54 schools, the test is now used by more than 1,500 schools and 1,800 programs worldwide.

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a Computer-Adaptive standardized test in mathematics and the English language for measuring aptitude to succeed academically in graduate business studies. Business schools commonly use the test as one of many selection criteria for admission into graduate business administration programs (e.g. MBA, Master of Accountancy, etc.) principally in the United States, but also in other English-speaking countries.

GMAT Test Structure:

Analytical Writing Assessment: Essay must be written within 30 minutes and is scored on a scale of 0–6 (Each of the two essays in the Analytical Writing part of the test is graded on a scale of 0 (the minimum) to 6 (the maximum))

Quantitative Section: The quantitative section consists of 37 multiple choice questions, which must be answered within 75 minutes. It has two different subsections.

  • Problem Solving: Problem-solving questions present multiple-choice problems in arithmetic, basic algebra, and elementary geometry. The task is to solve the problems and choose the correct answer from among five answer choices.
  • Data Sufficiency: This tests the quantitative reasoning ability using an unusual set of directions.