Wondering what the GMAT test is like and whether you’re eligible to take the test? This article will cover all the details you need to know about the test and essential points to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. So read on!
The GMAT Test Structure
The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test and is 3 hours and 7 minutes long. Scored on a range of 200-800, the overall test is divided into 4 sections namely — analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning. So, let us dive into each of these sections to get a better picture of the overall GMAT test structure. Mentioned below are each of the sections of the GMAT with a detailed explanation about their question types, concepts tested, scoring and duration:
1. Analytical Writing Assessment
The analytical writing assessment section of the GMAT requires you to think critically and present/write down your ideas in a logical and cohesive manner. In the GMAT AWA section, you will be provided with an argument and are expected to critique that argument. Doing so demonstrates your critical thinking and problem-solving skills pertaining to any scenario you may be presented with. The analytical writing section is 30 minutes long and is scored on a scale of 0-6 with a half-point increment.
2. Integrated Reasoning
The integrated reasoning section of the GMAT tests your ability to analyse visual data presented to you in the form of graphs, tables and charts. You will be provided with 12 MCQs and are expected to answer them within a duration of 30 minutes. You are scored on a scale of 1-8 with a single point increment. There are four types of questions asked in in this section.
- Two-part analysis
- Multi-source reasoning
- Graphics interpretation
- Table analysis
3. Quantitative reasoning
The quantitative reasoning section of the GMAT tests your ability to analyse complex problems and arrive at solutions using basic mathematical concepts. Although you are not required to learn complex mathematical topics, you are required to have a thorough understanding of basic math topics such as algebra, geometry and number properties to solve questions. The two types of questions include problem solving and data sufficiency. The quant section is 60 minutes long and has a total of 31 questions. This section is scored on a scale of 6-51 and contributes to your raw scores.
4. Verbal Reasoning
The GMAT verbal reasoning section measures how well you can read and understand the given written material, analyse and evaluate arguments presented and convey your thoughts well in English language. There are three types of questions pertaining — sentence correction, reading comprehension and critical reasoning. You are required to answer a total of 36 questions within 60 minutes which makes the GMAT verbal reasoning section quite a challenge for most test-takers. The verbal reasoning section is scored on a scale of 6-51 with a single point increment.
GMAT Eligibility Criteria
Now that you know what the overall GMAT structure is, let us begin to understand the GMAT eligibility criteria required to take the exam. To take the GMAT exam you need to meet the following criteria:
- Age – At the time of taking your exam you should be above 18 years of age. However, those within the range of 13 and 17 years old may appear for the exam with parental permission.
- ID Proof – The GMAT requires you to submit a valid ID proof which may be any document recognised by the government of your country. Recently, GMAC announced that the Aadhar card (for Indian students) also qualifies as a valid document to take the GMAT test.
- Education – Unlike other entrance exams, the GMAT does not require you to have a bachelor’s degree or any sort of diploma prior to taking the test. All you need is to have an ID proof and be thorough with the concepts tested on the exam to take the test successfully.
- Payment – The GMAT exam cannot be scheduled without making a payment of $250 online. Only once you do make the payment, then your appointment for the date selected is confirmed.
- Work Experience – There is also no requirement pertaining to prior work experience. A test-taker can take the GMAT test even during the course of their undergraduate studies.
All in all, the GMAT is a very simple test in the sense that it does not require any prior experience or education to register for the test. Furthermore, since the concepts tested on the GMAT are relatively simple and basic in nature, anyone who has thoroughly prepared for the GMAT using the Official Guide or any other prep material will find it easy to at least attempt the exam.
Now that you know what the GMAT test structure and eligibility criteria are, you’re better positioned to prepare and successfully register for the exam.