GMAT Entrance Exam Details 2012
GMAT “Graduate Management Admission Test” is administered and conducted as Computer Adaptive Test ( CAT ) which measures the aptitude, critical and verbal ability of students. GMAT is the gateway to acquire standardized management studies globally. Most of the United States, Canadian and European business schools require GMAT for MBA admission.
GMAT was launched in 1954 by a group of 9 Bschools to provide a standardized management education across the world. GMAT is conducted by a global non – profitable organization of business schools ( GMAC ). GMAT measures candidates’ mental intelligence and ability to make decision under time pressure.
The duration of the test is four hours in which candidates Verbal, Mathematical, Analytical Writing Skills are assessed. 5 minutes break is allowed between the sections of the test. The validity of the score is 5 years; A candidate can take GMAT 5 times within 12 months. Since the system is computer adaptive, a minimal amount of system knowledge is required for the fine operation.
GMAT Exam pattern with effect from 5th June, 2012 is as follows :
|Mathematics Methodology ( MS )||01||30%
|Physical Sciences Methodology ( PS )||02||15%
|Biological Sciences Methodology ( BS)||03||25%|
|Social Studies Methodology ( SS )||04||30%
I. Analytical Writing Assessment :
This section measures general ability to think critically and to communicate ideas. In Analysis of Argument the candidate is asked to analyze the reason behind the argument and to write critique about the argument. This will help to find out the ability of constructing critiques based on the critical thinking on the argument. Analysis of Argument section helps to scale the complexity of arguments.
II. Integrated Reasoning :
This section is divided into 4 parts :
- Multi – source reasoning
- Table analysis
- Graphics interpretation
- Two part analysis
Integrated Reasoning section totally consists of 12 questions. Since this particular section is not computer adaptive, changing the answers is not possible here. An online calculator is available for the task competition.
- Multi – source reasoning : It tests the ability to assimilate data from different sources, combine different kinds of information to solve problems. Skill in verbal and quantitative reasoning is required for attending MSR questions
- Table analysis : It measures the ability to decide how to organize data to solve the problem efficiently.
- Graphics Interpretation : GI problems will incorporate data interpretation and integration, discerning relationship among data and maintaining interferences from set of data.
- Two part analysis : Measures ability to solve complex problems.
III. Quantitative Reasoning :
Quantitative reasoning is further divided into Problem solving and Data Sufficiency.To attend Problem solving questions, the candidates have to apply their logical and analytical reasoning skills. Data sufficiency measures the ability to analyze a quantitative problem to recognize which information is relevant.
IV. Verbal Section :
Verbal section has three divisions, Reading comprehension, Critical reasoning and sentence correction.
- Reading Comprehension : Measures the ability to understand, analyze and apply information and concept in written form.
- Critical Reasoning : It is to test the reasoning skills, involved in making argument, evaluating argument and forming or evaluating a plan of action.
- Sentence correction : One should have sound knowledge in English to answer this section.
Planning GMAT appointment :
Even though GMAT is conducted through out the year, one should try to schedule the exam date in advance. Most of the dates are filled by two months in advance at many centres. So, minimum six months in advance is advisable. Once you select the test centre, you should get GMAT exam appointment through Online, by phone, by fax, by mail. $10 is charged for scheduling, rescheduling and canceling the GMAT exam over phone.
GMAT Exam Fees :
GMAC charges $250 as the cost of writing GMAT all around the world.
GMAT Cancellation and Rescheduling :
A candidate can cancel his / her GMAT date before 7 days to the scheduled exam date. If the cancellation is done so, $50 can be refunded. If the cancellation falls on the same week of the scheduled exam, the exam fees will be forfeited. As above, rescheduling the GMAT exam date will be allowed before 7 days of the scheduled exam. However GMAC will charge an extra of $50 for rescheduling.
GMAT scores :
Your Total GMAT score will be displayed at the end of your test ( You will be given an option to cancel your score before it is displayed, not after ). You will also receive a printout with your scores and percentiles at the test center ( unofficial score report). Your AWA score will not be available for up to 20 days. You can receive your official scores by mail or electronically. The electronic option is faster and more convenient.
To report / send GMAT score reports to schools :
At the beginning of the test, you will be given an option to send your score reports to up to 5 schools. It takes 20 days after the test for the reports to reach the schools. This service is included in the $250 test fee. You can request to send reports to additional schools, and that can be done here. Note that it will cost you $28 per report / school. Additional reports take 7 days to reach schools after the date the scores are reportable. ( This means that even if you order reports the day after you take the test, they will only reach schools 27 days after the test date ). You can access your GMAT Score Reports online.
GMAT Score report Information :
Test – taker’s copy of the score report ( electronic or paper ) will contain your demographics information, self-reported GPA and undergrad information, list of up to 5 schools you sent your scores to ( this is visible only to you ) and 5 of the last GMAT scores taken in the past 5 years. Note that even if you cancel your score ( more about that later ), a record will still appear on your report indicating the date of the test taken and a canceled score.
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