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Get Into Grad School .... About GMAT®

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The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) required by most business schools, and can be taken at any time of the year.

The GMAT is comprised of 3 sections, and is a 4-hour computer-adaptive test. Your performance on previous questions determines which questions come next. 

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We explain concepts tested on the exams and teach proven test-taking techniques. All lessons are focused on beating the GMAT. Each class is composed of “Pre-Work Review”, lessons, practice, drills and past test review.

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We spend millions of dollars studying the GMAT, developing GMAT materials and training teachers to teach the test. We know what we're doing. Some would even say we're "GMAT Nerds," although we prefer the term "GMAT Experts." In addition, we have a GMAT master trainer and an instructor that earned a perfect score on the GMAT! Now that's something!

What is on the GMAT

The GMAT is comprised of 3 sections: an Analytical Writing Section, a Quantitative Section, and a Verbal Section.

Analytical Writing GMAT Section

The Analytical Writing GMAT Section has 2 essays: "Analysis of an Issue" and "Analysis of an Argument." The section is 60 minutes long (30 minutes per essay) and tests your ability to:

  • Clearly and concisely state a point
  • Support a point with written English
  • Analyze reasoning behind an argument
  • Write a critique of an argument
  • Master grammar usage and rules of written English when presenting an argument or analysis

Quantitative GMAT Section

The Quantitative GMAT Section has 2 types of multiple-choice questions: problem-solving and data sufficiency. There are 37 questions (including 9 experimental questions) and it lasts 75 minutes.

Skills Tested on Problem-Solving Questions:

  • Basic arithmetic, elementary algebra and basic geometry
  • Understanding of basic mathematical ideas and concepts
  • The ability to reason mathematically or quantitatively

Skills Tested On Data-Sufficiency Questions include the ability to:

  • Analyze a mathematical problem
  • Sort out and use relevant information
  • Determine when there is a sufficient amount of information to solve a problem

Verbal GMAT Section

The Verbal GMAT Section has 3 types of multiple-choice questions: reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction. There are 41 questions (including 11 experimental questions), and the section lasts 75 minutes and tests your ability to:

  • Understand words and sentences in a passage
  • Understand relationships between points in a passage
  • Draw inferences based on given information
  • Construct or evaluate an argument
  • Identify grammatical or structural sentence errors
  • Identify an effective sentence
How is the GMAT scored?

A GMAT score is made up of several different numbers, each of which covers a part of your performance on the GMAT.

The most familiar number is the overall, or composite, GMAT score. This number ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments and is determined from a combination of your scores on the Quantitative and Verbal Sections of the test. Business schools tend to focus on your composite GMAT score.

Your 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.

Your 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 GMAT scores, and rounds to the nearest half point. Your AWA GMAT score does not count toward your composite GMAT score.

Your GMAT score remains valid for five years. If you have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all GMAT scores from the past five years.

How important are your 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.

How to register

You must register to take the GMAT in advance by phone or email; walk-in GMAT registration at test centers is not accepted.

The GMAT is given around the country and the world at Pearson VUE testing centers. Visit mba.com or call 800-717-GMAT to register to take the GMAT test.

How do I pick a GMAT 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 GMAT 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.

What fees are associated with the GMAT?

The fee to take the GMAT is $250 worldwide.

Where can I get more information about the GMAT?

You can contact us here at The Princeton Review by calling 800-2Review (800-273-8439) . Or you can contact GMAC by phone at 703-749-0131 or on their website, www.mba.com .

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What is a Computer-Adaptive Test?

A computer-adaptive test (CAT) is pretty much what it sounds like: the computer adapts the test to how you answer the questions.

You'll start off the test with a question of medium difficulty. If you answer it correctly, question number two will get a bit more challenging. Get that one right and question number three gets harder still. The opposite is true as well. This system continues until you get to the end of the section and your ability level on that subject is determined.

How many times can I take the GMAT?

You may take the GMAT no more than once in any calendar month and no more than 5 times within a 12-month period.

How do I know if I am ready for the GMAT?

Try our free GMAT practice test , which includes a full-length test. When you finish the practice test you'll get a complete score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses. If you are satisfied with your results, then you may be ready. If you feel you still need help, consider The Princeton Review's test preparation options  or call us at 800-2Review .

What can I expect from the testing experience?

You must present a valid photo ID when you report to the test center. In addition, an administrator will digitally take your fingerprint, signature, and photograph. Every time you leave and re-enter the testing room during breaks, you'll have to provide a digital fingerprint again.

A proctor will sit in a booth at the center of the testing room. Each testing room will have from three to fifteen workstations, and large test centers may have several testing rooms.

Before you start your test, the test administrator will give you a booklet of five noteboards for you to use as "scratch paper". The noteboards 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 noteboards if you fill up the booklet. The administrator will collect your used noteboards and give you replacements.

What fees are associated with the GMAT?

The fee to take the GMAT is $250 worldwide.

Where can I get more GMAT information?

You can contact GMAC by phone at 703-749-0131 or visit their website, www.mba.com .

Once I have taken the test, how do I get help with the admissions process?

We know the business school admissions process can be intimidating and time-consuming.  Our Admissions Consulting  service can help. An experienced Princeton Review admissions consultant will personally guide you through the entire process, helping you to identify the business schools that are right for you, craft and edit your essays, update your resume, prepare for interviews, and market yourself as a top candidate. Call 800-2Review for more information. 

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