Saturday 26 December 2015

Useful Information about GMAT Exam

The GMAT is a computer based exam that measures your basic verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. The Verbal section measures your ability to understand and evaluate what you read, as well as your ability to recognize basic conventions of standard written English. The Quantitative section tests basic math skills, elementary concepts and quantitative reasoning ability. The Analytical writing assessment section measures your ability to think critically and communicate complex ideas in writing. GMAT scores are used by more than 3,000 graduate management programs throughout the world and is valid for a period of 5 years

Integrated Reasoning Section

The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to understand and evaluate multiple sources and types of information -----graphic, numeric, and verbal, use both quantitative and verbal reasoning to solve complex and multiple problems in relation to one another

Integrated Reasoning has four types of questions:

  • Multi Source Reasoning
  • Table Analysis
  • Graphics Interpretation
  • Two-Part Analysis

Integrated Reasoning questions may be quantitative, verbal or a combination of both. You will have access to an online calculator with basic functions for the integrated reasoning section, but note that the calculator is NOT available on the quantitative section

Quantitative Section

The Quantitative section measures your ability to reason quantitatively, solve problems and interpret graphic data. Basic knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra and commonly known concepts of geometry is required

Two types of multiple choice questions are used in the quantitative section:

  • Problem Solving
  • Data Sufficiency

Verbal Section

The Verbal section measures your ability to read and comprehend written material, to reason and evaluate arguments. This section includes reading sections from several different content areas

The Verbal section has three types of multiple choice questions:

  • Reading Comprehension questions are based on the content of a passage

  • Critical Reasoning questions are based on a short argument or a plan of action. Select the answer from the choices given

  • Sentence Correction presents a sentence, part or all of which is underlined, below the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined part. The first option will always be the same as the underlined part; the other four are different. Select the answer that produces the most effective sentence

Analytical Writing Assessment

The Analytical Writing Assessment consists of a 30 minute writing task of an argument. This section measures your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas constructively

General Test Taking Strategies

  • Use your time wisely
  • Read all test directions carefully
  • Do not spend too much time on any question
  • Once you confirm a section exit, you CANNOT go back
  • Make educated guesses instead of random guesses, it increases your probability of selecting the right answer

Sentence Correction

  • Remember that any error in the sentence must be in the underlined part
  • Do not choose an answer that changes the meaning of the original sentence
  • Determine if parts of the sentence are linked logically
  • Be aware of the common grammar and usage errors tested on the GMAT

Critical Reasoning

  • Identify critical reasoning type of questions
  • Be sure to look out for facts/evidences
  • Do NOT form an opinion about the statement or its claim

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