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GMAT INTRODUCTION
Introduction to GMAT

FAQ on GMAT

Introduction to GMAT
A standardized test, the Graduate Management Admissions Test measures the Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical skills. The test primarily intends to aid graduate schools of business assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 1000 management institutes all over the world require GMAT scores from the applicants.
The GMAT is different from most other customary examinations. The examination is entirely computer-based, and no two students get identical sets of questions. Also, students cannot skip questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. The GMAT Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school. The test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a Business School he/she desires.
The GMAT has three sections i.e. Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing Assessment. The following is the GMAT test structure
In Verbal section there are 41 questions for 75 minutes.
In Quantative there are 37 questions for 75 minutes.
In Analytical Writing Assessment there are Issue and Argument based questions for 30 minutes each.

FAQ On GMAT
How do I register myself for the test?
You must register to take the GMAT in advance by phone, fax or email; walk-in registration at test centers is not accepted. You can register online at www.mba.com.

What is the requisite fee?
The fee to take the GMAT is $250 worldwide.

How many times can I register myself for GMAT?
Only one test can be given in a calendar month and not more than five times in a year. However, many business schools average your GMAT scores. You should call the schools to which you are applying to find out their policy. Then plan your strategy accordingly.

How do I pick a test date?
First, find out the application deadlines for the business schools to which you are applying. Then work backwards from your earliest deadline. Build some extra time into your planning process for unexpected delays because you can only take the GMAT once per calendar month (including tests for which you cancel your scores). And remember that it can take as long as 4 weeks for your official scores to arrive at your designated schools. The GMAT is offered at testing centers every weekday, and on very few Saturdays. It's important to register for the GMAT early if you want to take it on a Saturday.

Are there any specific days for the test?
The GMAT is offered at testing centers every weekday, and on very few Saturdays. It's important to register for the GMAT early if you want to take it on a Saturday.

Can I reschedule/cancel the test date?
Yes. You can cancel your scores immediately after you take the GMAT. This is the only time you can cancel your scores. Unfortunately, you must make the decision to cancel at the testing center before you see your scores. In addition, the fact that you cancelled your scores will be noted on your official GMAT score report. You can access score reports and send reports to schools through a secure online system soon after you complete the test. If you don't have access to a computer, GMAC will send you a paper score report.

What is the mode of taking the test?
Presently, the mode is known as Computer-Adaptive Test or CAT. The computerized GMAT uses the same type of questions as did the Paper & Pencil Test. The only thing that has changed is the medium, that is, the way the questions are presented.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this mode?
There are advantages and disadvantages to the GMAT CAT. Probably the biggest advantages are that you can take the CAT just about any time and you can take it in a small room with just a few other people instead of in a large auditorium with hundreds of other stressed out candidates. One the other hand, you cannot return to previous questions, it is easier to misread a computer screen than it is to misread printed material, and it can be distracting looking back and forth from the computer screen to your scratch paper.

Can I make use of certain aids during the test?
No testing aids are permitted during the test session or during breaks. Aids include but are not limited to beepers, pagers, pens, calculators, watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, blank sheets of paper, rulers, stereos or radios, telephones or cellular (mobile) phones, stopwatches, watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds), dictionaries, translators, thesauri, personal data assistants (PDAs), and any other electronic or photographic devices or potential aids of any kind.

Do I have to provide any identification proofs before taking the test?
When you check in at the test center, the test administrator will ask you to present valid identification, a passport in this case.

What can I expect from the testing experience?
Before you start your test, the test administrator will give you a booklet of five note-boards for you to use as "scratch paper". The note-boards are laminated sheets held together by a spiral binding. The first page contains instructions, and the other nine sides are available for notes. You'll also receive a black, fine-tipped marker to write your notes, without an eraser. You can request additional note-boards if you fill up the booklet. The administrator will collect the note-boards you have and give you replacements.

How important are my GMAT scores?
If you want to get accepted to a competitive school, your GMAT score is very important. However, GMAT scores vary in importance at different schools. In addition to your GMAT score, schools consider your duration of work experience and the caliber of that experience (again, especially for more competitive programs), undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, interview, and essays. Be sure to contact the specific programs to which you are applying in order to determine their unique requirements.

Can I cancel my scores?
Yes. You can cancel your scores immediately after you take the GMAT. This is the only time you can cancel your scores. Unfortunately, you must make the decision to cancel at the testing center before you see your scores. In addition, the fact that you cancelled your scores will be noted on your official GMAT score report.

How are the analytic assessment essays graded?
Your GMAT Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) essays are graded on a scale of 0 to 6. There are 2 essays, each evaluated by 2 readers (one human and one computer). ETS averages the 4 scores, and rounds to the nearest half point. Your AWA score does not count toward your composite score.

How are verbal and quantitative sections scored?
Your GMAT Verbal and Quantitative Sections are graded separately. You will receive a score ranging from 0 to 60 for each section. Scores below 10 and above 50 are rare.

What is the validity of the GMAT score?
Your GMAT score remains valid for five years. If you have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all scores from the past five years or the last six scores (whichever is earlier). They will also report a test cancellation.

GMAT Scoring
The overall composite GMAT score ranges from 200-800. The composite score is a composed of your verbal and your quantitative scores. These two sections are graphed separately, with scores of 0-60 for each section. Scores below 10 and above 50 are rare. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) essays are graded on a scale of 0-6. There are two essays required here. ETS has each essay evaluated by two readers - one human and the other a computer. ETS averages the two, and rounds up the same for added comfort and give you the score.The Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) does not count toward your composite score.A GMAT score is valid for a total of 5 years. Hence, in case you have been taking the test regularly, ETS makes it a point to return you the scores over the past five years.Nearly all major business schools at all universities demand the GMAT. Although the kind of scores demanded would determine the kind of business school you should apply for, a high GMAT score cannot guarantee you the school of your choice. For this, the academic transcripts, the letters of recommendation, essays, and personal statements would determine a lot more.