About The GMAT Test
 

About The GMAT Test

The GMAT is a standardized test for candidates aspiring to do an MBA from a globally competitive business school across the world. The teachers at the Princeton Review are well trained and certified to guide their students for the GMAT test preparation and every student at the Princeton Review is given enough GMAT test preparation material, in addition to the 10 GMAT preparation online tests

Consisting of four main parts delivered in English and administered in test centers around the world, the GMAT measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical and writing skills that you’ve developed over time. The exam helps graduate programs assess your readiness for advanced study in business and management. Every student has to be very regular once he commences his GMAT test preparation and also practice repeatedly so that he develops the highest level of self confidence with regard to GMAT exam preparation.

The next Generation GMAT is about GMAT Computer Adaptive Test with four sections:-


         1. Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) – Test takers now have to write only 1 essay – Analysis of an Argument
        2. Integrated Reasoning Section –includes the following items:– Multi -Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two–Part Analysis and Table analysis. Test takers will see at least questions based on each item.
        3. The Quantitative Section – includes problem solving and data sufficiency based on algebra, geometry and arithmetic.
        4. The Verbal Section – Includes Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction questions.


Section

Task/Number of Questions

Duration

Score

AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment)

1 essay – Analysis of an Argument

30 minutes each

0 – 6

Integrated Reasoning

12 Items

30 minutes

0 – 8

Quantitative

37 Questions

75 minutes

0 – 60

Verbal

41 Questions

75 minutes

0-60

Total score

 

 

200 - 800




GMAT Computer Adaptive Format:


The key word here is adaptive. The level of difficulty of each subsequent question depends on how you have performed on the previous questions. At the start of each multiple–choice section of the exam, you are presented with a question of medium difficulty. As you answer each question, the computer scores your answer and uses it – as well as your responses to any preceding questions—to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty. (While both the Quant and Verbal sections are adaptive, the integrated reasoning is NOT computer adaptive. At The Princeton Review every student is provided with enough GMAT test preparation material and GMAT preparation online tests as per the GMAT Test format. These online tests, online practice material and drills provide the students with excellent preparation for GMAT exam and the student also gains good confidence while proceeding with his GMAT test preparation.)

This process will continue until you complete the section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of your ability level in that subject area. In a computer-adaptive test, only one question at a time is presented. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions.

For each multiple-choice section of the GMAT exam, there is a large pool of potential questions ranging from a low to high level of difficulty. This is a great challenge that every student faces during GMAT exam preparation.



If your response to a question incorrect by mistake or correctly by randomly guessing, your answers to subsequent questions will lead you back to questions that are at the appropriate level of difficulty for you. Random guessing can significantly lower your scores. So, if you do not know the answer to a question, you should try to eliminate as many answer choices as possible and then select the answer you think is best. The teachers at the Princeton Review give the students enough practice in the form of homework – both online and from the study material so as to ensure the students are on the right track with regard to the preparation for GMAT exam

Pacing is critical, as there is a severe penalty for not completing. Both the time and number of questions that remain in the section are displayed on the screen during the exam. There are 37 Quantitative Questions and 41 Verbal Questions. If a question is too time-consuming or if you don’t know the answer, make an educated guess by first eliminating the answers you know to be wrong. At The Princeton Review the GMAT exam preparation for the students is based entirely on teaching the techniques to crack each question on the GMAT and the students are taught to use the same techniques while solving the questions in the GMAT test preparation material that are provided to every student and thereby ensure that the students are on the right track for GMAT test preparation.



Your score is determined by:
  • The number of questions you answer,
  • Whether you answer the questions correctly or incorrectly, and The level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question

Some GMAT Test Facts

The teachers at The Princeton Review apprise every student as to what he/she needs to know about the GMAT exam preparation.

What is the requisite fee?

The fee to take the GMAT is $250 worldwide.

How many times can I register myself for GMAT Computer Adaptive Test?

Only one test can be given in a calendar month and not more than five times in a year. However, many business schools average your GMAT scores. You should call the schools to which you are applying to find out their policy. Then plan your strategy accordingly.

How do I pick a gmat computer adaptive 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 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.

Are there any specific days for the test?

The GMAT Computer Adaptive Test is offered at testing centers every weekday, and on very few Saturdays. It Is important to register for the GMAT early if you want to take it on a Saturday.

Can I reschedule/cancel the gmat test date?

If you reschedule your GMAT appointment seven or more days before the test date, you will have to pay USD 50. However, if it is less than seven days, you will have to pay an additional USD 250.

If you cancel your test appointment seven or more days before the test date, you will get USD 80 as refund. However, there is no refund if the test is cancelled less than 7 days before scheduled.


GMAT Administration

What is the mode of taking  the gmat computer adaptive test?

Presently, the mode is known as GMAT Computer Adaptive Test or GMAT CAT. The computerized GMAT Practice Adaptive Test uses the same type of questions as did the Paper & Pencil Test. The only thing that has changed is the medium, that is, the way the questions are presented.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this mode?

There are advantages and disadvantages to the GMAT Computer Adaptive Test or GMAT CAT. Probably the biggest advantages are that you can take the GMAT Computer Adaptive Test or GMAT CAT just about any time and you can take it in a small room with just a few other people–instead of in a large auditorium with hundreds of other stressed out candidates. One the other hand, you cannot return to previous questions, it is easier to misread a computer screen than it is to misread printed material, and it can be distracting looking back and forth from the computer screen to your scratch paper. However Our Princeton Review online tests and material

Can I make use of certain aids during the test?

No testing aids are permitted during the test session or during breaks. Aids include, but are not limited to beepers, pagers, pens, calculators, watch calculators, books, pamphlets, notes, blank sheets of paper, rulers, stereos or radios, telephones or cellular (mobile) phones, stopwatches, watch alarms (including those with flashing lights or alarm sounds), dictionaries, translators, thesaurus, personal data assistants (PDAs), and any other electronic or photographic devices or potential aids of any kind.

Do I have to provide any identification proofs before taking the gmat computer adaptive test?

When you check in at the test center, the test administrator will ask you to present valid identification, a valid passport is the only accepted form of proof of identity in India.

What can I expect from the testing experience?

Before you start your test, the test administrator will give you a booklet of five note-boards for you to use as “scratch paper”. The note-boards 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 note-boards if you fill up the booklet. The administrator will collect the note-boards you have and give you replacements.

 

GMAT Test Scores


How important are my 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.

Can I cancel my gmat test scores?

Yes. You can cancel your scores immediately after you take the GMAT Computer Adaptive Test. This is the only time you can cancel your scores. Unfortunately, you must make the decision to cancel at the testing center before you see your scores. In addition, the fact that you cancelled your scores will be noted on your official GMAT score report.

How is the analytic assessment essays graded?


Your GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) essay is graded on a scale of 0 to 6. The essay is evaluated by 2 readers (one human and one computer grader called the e-rater). GMAC averages the 4 scores, and rounds to the nearest half point. Your AWA score does not count toward your composite score which is out of 800, but a separate score for the essay is generated.

How are verbal and quantitative sections scored?

Your GMAT 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.

What type of questions will I see on the Integrated Reasoning Section?


The Integrated Reasoning consists of four question types (each called an item), which require you to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources.
  • Almost all question formats require multiple responses. Questions are designed to measure how well the test taker integrates data to solve complex problems, so you must answer all parts of a single question correctly to receive credit.

  • All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen. You must submit responses to all parts of the question before moving on to a new question on another screen. Once you answer a question, you may not go back and change the answer.

  • Data presented in text are approximately 300 words or fewer.

  • Answer options don’t provide information or clues that will help you solve other questions.

  • One set of data is used for several Multi-Source Reasoning questions, but the questions are independent of one another—you won’t have to answer one question correctly to be able to answer another.

How is the Integrated Reasoning Section scored?

Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals. Like the AWA score , the IR score is computed separately from the Quantitative and Verbal sections and has no effect on the Total score.

What is the validity of the GMAT score?

Your GMAT score remains valid for five years. If you have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all scores from the past five years or the last six scores (whichever is earlier). They will also report a test cancellation.

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 note boards 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 note boards if you fill up the booklet. The administrator will collect the noteboards you have and give you replacements.

Every batch at The Princeton Review will commence with a detail orientation of all the information mentioned above so that the students are well aware as to what they are in for during their preparation for GMAT exam.