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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.)
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.
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.
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.
|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)
Multi-Source Reasoning; Graphics Interpretation; Two-Part Analysis; Table Analysis
Data Sufficiency; Problem Solving
Reading Comprehension; Critical Reasoning; Sentence Correction
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.
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.
CAT 2019 Sectional Pattern
|Section Name||Number of Questions||Duration|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||34||60|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)||VA: 10||60|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||DI: 16||60|
|Total||100||180 (3 hours)|