The GMAT, or Graduate Management Admission Test, is far and away the admission exam most commonly used by MBA programs. While a person’s GMAT score is not the only factor used by universities in making admission decisions, it is certainly one of the most important.
The GMAT test is computer-adaptive, meaning that answering a question correctly leads to harder questions, while answering one incorrectly leads to easier ones (making it harder to achieve a high score). Here’s a look at how it works:
The exam measures an applicant’s reading, quantitative, verbal, writing, and analytical skills. With breaks, it takes approximately 3 and a half hours to complete the exam, which contains four sections: Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal, and an analytical writing assessment.
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The official score is based on the quantitative and verbal sections; the other sections receive separate scores. Scores range from 200-800, with 540 being about the average. There is no official passing or failing cutoff line for scores; MBA programs set their own standards for acceptable scores. The GMAT is widely considered to be a very difficult exam to do well on, and thorough preparation is important. You’ll find a wide variety of free GMAT test prep videos here on Mometrix Academy to help you do your best.
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