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Answer all of your questions:

What is the GMAT?

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a 3½-hour standardized exam designed to predict how test takers will perform academically in MBA (Masters in Business Administration) programs. GMAT scores are used by graduate business schools to make admission decisions. You might sometimes see the GMAT referred to as the GMAT CAT. The acronym CAT stands for Computer Adaptive Test. Actually, only two of the exam’s four sections (Quantitative and Verbal) are computer-adaptive, meaning that during those sections only the test adapts to your ability level as you go. The GMAT is administered only by computer now, except that in certain remote locations outside North America a paper-based version of the exam is available instead. (Since you’re reading this on the Web, in all likelihood the computer-based GMAT is available where you are.)

Who is responsible for the design and administration of the GMAT?

The GMAT is developed by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), which determines what kinds of skills the GMAT should measure — and how it should measure them. Another organization actually develops the test questions, administers the test, and reports test scores to the schools — all at the behest of GMAC.

Do I need to take the GMAT for admission to an MBA program?

To gain admission to an MBA program, chances are you’ll need to take the GMAT. About two-thirds of the 1,900+ graduate business schools around the world require GMAT scores for admission, although an increasing number of schools accept GRE General Test scores as an alternative to GMAT scores. Schools that do not require GMAT scores nevertheless welcome GMAT scores to help access an applicant’s qualifications. NOTE: Schools that do not require GMAT or GRE scores generally have relatively lenient admission standards and/or are located outside North America.

What cognitive skills, or abilities, does the GMAT measure?

The GMAT seeks to measure four broad skill areas: analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and integrated reasoning (which embraces analytical, quantitative, and verbal reasoning). The exam gauges these skills through four discete components, presented in the order listed here: 1. 30-minute Analytical Writing Assessment (one writing task) 2. 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section (12 multiple-choice questions, most of which are multi-part) 3. 75-minute Quantitative section (37 multiple-choice questions) 4. 75-minute Verbal section (41 multiple-choice questions) For each of the four exam sections, a separate scaled score and percentile rank are awarded. A combined Quantitative/Verbal score (called a Total score) and corresponding percentile rank are also awarded. The GMAT is not a pass/fail test.

How important are GMAT scores in the B-school admissions process?

Each graduate business school develops and implements its own policy concerning the use of GMAT scores in making admissions decisions. Many schools screen applicants by combining GMAT scores and undergraduate GPA (each school determining for itself their relative weight), then ranking all applicants in their initial pool accordingly. In addition — especially after the initial screening of applicants — admissions officials consider subjective factors such as work and other relevant experience, recommendation letters, reports of personal interviewers, and personal statements (application essays). In making difficult decisions between two or more similarly qualified candidates, admissions officials rely less on GMAT scores and GPA and far more on these other, more subjective factors.

How Often Can I Take the GMAT?

GMAT can be given up to five times every 12 months. GMAT can’t be given more than once in a 16-day period, or more than eight times total.

Is it possible to Reschedule a GMAT Appointment?

Yes it is possible to reschedule by logging into your personal GMAT account at mba.com. If you reschedule your exam more than seven days before your appointment, it’ll cost you $50; if you reschedule seven days or fewer before your GMAT appointment, there’s a $250 fee. It is not possible to reschedule or cancel the GMAT in 24 hours or less before your exam appointment.

Would i be able to Retake the GMAT?

You can take the GMAT up five times every 12 months. About 33% of students retake the GMAT, and business schools don’t look down on it, particularly if your score enhances with each retake. About 10% of candidates have taken the GMAT at least 3 times.

Would i be able to Get Into a MBA program With a Low GMAT Score?

There’s no cutoff GMAT score below which you completely can’t get into a MBA program.

How Long Does It Take to Get GMAT Scores?

An unofficial score report is given for every section except the analytical writing assessment at the testing location immediately after you take your exam. Approximately 20 days after you take the GMAT an official score report will be given. You will be able to pick five schools to send your scores to before you take the exam. Those schools will get your official score report around 20 days after your GMAT appointment. Additional score reports, which can be ordered online, cost $28 each and will be sent to the schools you select within a week.

What is the Average GMAT Score?

The average GMAT score is 551.94. It is as follow’s:- On the analytical writing assessment is 4.37. On the integrated reasoning section, it’s 4.23. The average verbal score is 26.8, and the average quant score is 38.91.

What’s the Good GMAT Score?

The average GMAT score is usually around 550, but you need a 600 or over to get into most top 50 business schools. A 700+ score is expected of most incoming students for top 10 schools . At particularly elite programs like Harvard or Stanford, you’ll usually need a score of 720 or higher to be admitted.

How Is the GMAT Scored?

The four sections of the GMAT are scored separately. Your total score, between 200 and 800, it reflects the combination of your verbal and quant scores. You will receive individual verbal and quantitative scores between 0 and 60. On the integrated reasoning section, you’ll receive a score from 1-8.

Will I Get Scratch Paper on the GMAT?

A double-sided, laminated scratch pad the size of a standard legal pad is given to use during the GMAT. It is permitted to write on the scratch pad with non-permanent markers that will be provided to you on the day of the test. More than one new scratch pad are also given during the exam.

What Is the format of GMAT?

Section # of Questions Time Question Types Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) 1 Topic 30 minutes Analysis of Argument 0-6 (in .5 increments)
Integrated Reasoning (IR) 12 Questions 30 minutes Multi-Source Reasoning; Graphics Interpretation; Two-Part Analysis; Table Analysis 1-8
Optional Break 8 minutes
Quantitative Section 31 Questions 62 minutes Data Sufficiency; Problem Solving 200-800
Optional Break 8 minutes
Verbal Section 36 Questions 65 minutes Reading Comprehension; Critical Reasoning; Sentence Correction 200-800

Duration of the GMAT?

  • The GMAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete (including breaks).
  • Analytical writing assessment = 30 minutes
  • Integrated reasoning section = 30 minutes
  • Quantitative section = 62 minutes
  • Verbal section = 65 minutes.
  • There are two optional eight-minute breaks during the test.

What amount of time should i study for the GMAT?

The amount of time you spend studying depends on your target score, your current skill level, and your particular circumstances. It is good to prepare for at least three months before taking the GMAT if you want to improve your score by a modest amount—say, 30-50 points. This assumes that you are studying regularly throughout the week (approximately 10 hours a week).

To get a more substantial boost in your score, it’s best to plan for six months of regular study . This will ensure that you are familiar not only with the concepts tested on the GMAT, but with the nuances of the exam and the format as well, and that you have ample time to target your weaknesses.

How Should I Prepare for the GMAT?

First you must take a practice test with the GMATPrep Software to gauge your current level. Then, in order to improve your score, focus on your weaknesses. Determine your weak spots by section and by question type. Devote study time to every section, but should spend the highest number of prep hours on the areas in which you struggle.

Can CAT be applied for practice purpose?

Yes, CAT can be given for practice purpose.

Can i appear for more than one slot in CAT?

No. If you attempt the exam more than once slot then, it will be deemed as a fraudulent activity.

Can i pay the application fee through offline mode?

No. You can only deposited through credit cards, debit cards & net banking.

Can the CAT Exam be attempted from any computer?

No. You can appear in the examination on the test center printed on the admit card.

While filling application form, I have done mistake(s) in the application. Can I correct my filled data?

Correction will not be allowed in personal details, other personal details, uploaded documents ,communication address & any details in academic section except percentage marks scored after making payment.

I am in the last year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks i have to fill in the application?

You have to fill the aggregate percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

I don’t have a any bachelor’s degree or professional degree. Can I apply for the exam.

No, you are not eligible.

CAT Exam pattern?

CAT 2019 Sectional Pattern

Section Name Number of Questions Duration
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)  VA: 10 60
RC: 24
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) DI: 16 60
LR: 16
Total 100 180 (3 hours)

Marks distribution of CAT QA Section?

cat exam pattern

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