The Graduate Management Aptitude Test, GMAT is an online computer adaptive test, the scores of which is used by business schools across the world to provide admission to Management programs across the major business schools and colleges of the world. It was first started in 1953 and as of today, there are more than two lac sixty thousand aspirants who take this test annually. Around seven thousand business programs spread across more than two thousand and three hundred business schools accept the GMAT scores. After the GRE, the GMAT is perhaps the most important score worldwide.
Apart from MBA GMAT scores are also used in selection for Master of Finance and Accountancy programs. The Graduate Management Admission Council manages and administers the GMAT test. (source)
The duration of the exam is three hours and seven minutes which is divided into four sections as follows:
- Analytical writing – 30 Minutes
- Integrated reasoning – 30 minutes
- Quantitative – 62 Minutes
- Verbal – 65 Minutes
Except for Analytical writing, all the other sections are objective types with multiple choice questions. The test is of an adaptive nature in the multiple choice questions, which means that the complexity of the questions is as per the skill and ability of the test giver. With every correctly answered question, the next question becomes more difficult and wrongly answered questions give less simplistic questions.
The scores range between 200 and 800 with the first and second section having a separate score count. (source)
In recent times, GMAT Singapore, Australia, USA, UK have seen some of the largest admission seekers.
Five good methods to increase score in the GMAT test
- Quantitative section problem solving
A suggestive way would be to first have a look at the answers and then the question and then make the best co-relation with what might be the best answer. This does not mean taking a wild guess and then hoping that lady luck will come smiling. It is just that for some maths and quantitative topics like algebra, geometry does not come easily. They need to painstakingly calculate and get down to the answer. There is, however, a time constraint. In such cases, an estimation methodology is the best way out to get the perfect answer. This calls for a backward working with some analytical skill application. It seems this has worked for a lot of candidates.
Nevertheless, it is not suitable for those who have sharp quantitative answer solving acumen and are maths buffs.
- Data sufficiency by eliminating any hidden options
The GMAT test is all about, selecting the correct with accuracy and a certain bit of intuition. There is always a lingering doubt about the answer which is not selected. This is a human tendency. This means that “grass is always green on the other side “. This doubt now needs to be converted into the possibility of selecting the best answer. To take an example, suppose there are four choices: A, B, C, and D. If suppose, C seems closest to the correct answer. In such a scenario, one has to see whether there is any hidden stem or information in the other three answers namely: A, B and D. Now supposing that B feels closest to the answer then just before selecting the B and pressing on submit button, eliminate the other three possibilities. It is recommended that this GMAT preparation online makes use of this method to achieve a certain level of finesse. (source)
- Paragraph Reading
In the reading comprehension section of the verbal part, there are questions related to the paragraph as a whole. It may so happen that sometimes the main points of a paragraph may be read but what seems like outlier section or line is conveniently dropped. But the answer may lie in this dropped line. The easy way to read the entire paragraph is to employ the STOP technique – Structure, Tone, Organization, and Point (main). This helps in reading the passage as a whole in optimal time. Once the first set of questions are answered correctly related to the first paragraph, then it becomes easy to follow the same pattern in the remaining paragraphs.
- Integrated Reasoning
In this section, pin down the answers that have a direct relation to the linear logic of the argument. All the other given answers need to be avoided. The other answer in itself may be true but it does not take to the patch of the specific path of logic that is directly connected to the argument. The answer that fits into the argument’s reasoning turns out to be the correct one more often than not. This requires a little bit of connecting the missing links between the answer and the question. Those answers which are tempting and maybe even correct in a holistic manner needs to be avoided. A little practice will do the trick.
- Sentence correction
Endless memorizing is not practical especially for those who are not from arts or humanities background. The easy way out is to take a small set of grammar rules like pronoun agreement, verb tense, modifier agreement, sentence-verb correction and then applying them to sentence correction. (source)
If you have harboured the dream of pursuing a management course from abroad, fetching a high GMAT score will be your gateway. And preparing yourself well by keeping these few points in mind will help you sail through the exam.
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