The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is required in a majority of business school applications as it measures your ability to think critically, sort through and analyze data, and perform well under a time limit. All these are skills that will be required in business programs as well as in real life when you move on to managerial positions. The GMAT is a computer adaptive test, and has to be taken by students applying for MBA in Canada.
The GMAT exam consists of 4 sections. They are:
- Analytical Writing Assessment– You have 30 minutes to submit an argumentative essay based on a given prompt. The prompt will be some type of argument or conclusion, and you will have to pick apart the conclusion and the assumptions behind it to formulate your essay.
- Integrated Reasoning– There are 12 questions to answer in 30 minutes. In this section, you will have questions of different styles – table analysis, graphic interpretation, multi-source reasoning, and two-part analysis. There will be many pieces of information which you will have to sort through to answer related questions.
- Quantitative– This is a math-based section with 31 questions, and 62 minutes to complete them. This section tests your abilities to problem solve and validate for data sufficiency. The math concepts you will need to know do not get more complicated than 10th grade math, but the GMAT does test your ability to think critically!
- Verbal– This section tests reading comprehension skills, critical reasoning, and sentence correction. There are 65 minutes to answer 36 questions.
Besides the first section, all the other three are multiple choice questions. The quantitative and verbal sections will have 5 answer choices for each question, while the integrated reasoning module will have a mix of answer choices.
In your score report, each section is given a separate score. And your Verbal and Quantitative sections will also have a cumulative score.
- Analytical Writing Assessment: 0 to 6, in increments of 0.5. There are two graders who give your essay a score from 0 to 6, and your score is the average of the two grades.
- Integrated Reasoning: 1 to 8.
- Verbal and Quant (separate): each has a scaled score from 0 to 60
- Verbal and Quant (Cumulative): 200 to 800, also scaled & most often referred to.
In addition, a percentile ranking is also provided. Your scaled score out of 60 is converted into a percentile.
When registering for your GMAT at a test centre in one of 26 cities in India, you will have to pay the fees in full before your registration is confirmed. The cost is around INR 17,000 (USD$250). If you want to reschedule more than 7 days from your initial test date, it will cost INR 3,400. If you reschedule within 7 days, you will have to pay the full amount again.
The GMAT score is valid for 5 years