What is it?
The GMAT is a computer-based standardized test required by graduate schools worldwide for acceptance into business and finance-oriented programs. It is made up of four sections – the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Verbal Reasoning (VR) – and is computer adaptive. This means that the level of difficulty of every subsequent question is determined by the candidate’s performance on previous questions. The test lasts for three and half hours.
How is it scored?
The first two sections of the test – the AWA and IR sections – are scored separately from the QR and VR sections. The AWA is scored from 0 to 6 and the IR section is scored from 1 to 8. The QR and VR sections are each scored from 0 to 60, and these raw scores are combined and scaled to a score between 200 and 800 points inclusive. Because the test is computer adaptive, answering more difficult questions correctly leads to a higher score.
What is a good score?
Students who wish to apply to the most selective schools should aim for a score above 700 to be competitive. Many schools post the average GMAT scores for the most recent matriculating class on their websites, so students can get an idea of what scores to aim for once they start preparing.
How can I prepare for it?
Taking the GMAT is a test of mental endurance as much as it is one of problem solving ability. The average preparation time is from 9 to 12 weeks for most students, and during this time, students must learn the concepts and develop their pattern-recognition skills to quickly identify which concepts are being tested in a question and which solution is best suited to answer it.
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