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# GMAT Close Up

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) consists of two multiple - choice  sections (quantitative and verbal) and an essay section called the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).
 Quantitative section 37 questions - 75 minutes Problem solving           (approx. 24 questions) Data sufficiency            (approx. 13 questions)
 Verbal sections 41 questions -75 minutes Reading comprehension           (approx. 14 questions) Sentence correction                    (approx. 13 questions) Critical reasoning                        (approx. 14 questions)
 Essay topics ( Analytical writing assessment) The GMAT CAT begins with the two AWA prompts. For each of these topics, you have thirty minutes to type an essay into the computer using a simple word-processing program.
 One question at a time: In adaptive test, only one question is presented at a time. Since the adaptive algorithm requires that an answer to a question is confirmed and scored, in order to determine the type and weightage of the question to be presented next.
 You can't skip a question: If you hit a hard question, you can’t skip it and move over to the next; you have to probably make a guess and choose an option. Unless you confirm an answer to the question presented, you do not get to see the next question. You can’t go back to a previous question to double check your answer. This means that if you have not paced properly through the section, you would end up having excess time, which cannot be used later, or time allotted for the section has been consumed before completion of the test. You have to complete the test to avoid double penalty. At the end of the allotted time, if more questions are left to be answered, you have to hurry and make sure that every question is answered or face a severe penalty for unfinished section.  In the adaptive test the penalty for unfinished sections is more than getting a question wrong.
 The test begins with a tutorial to make you familiar with the test taking process. This is followed by two separately timed essay topics for 30 min each, whose responses you key into the computer. The writing section is followed by either the quantitative or the verbal section to be completed in 75 min each. In the quantitative section, the problem solving and data sufficiency questions are intermingled. The sentence correction, reading comprehension and the critical reasoning questions are shuffled in the verbal section.
 All questions are not scored
 About 1/3 of the questions on the GMAT are experimental and will be randomly mixed in with scored questions. These questions are being field -tested for future use.(the weight-ages to questions in the adaptive test are statistically determined by such trials on earlier test takers; GMAT is thus standardized); this means that throughout math and verbal sections, the difficulty level of questions can drop or increase despite your performance  level.
 GMAT scoring
 In the beginning, every test taker is presented with an average difficulty question. The computer uses the next question based on your correctness or wrongness of the first answer. Questions have varying difficulty levels and hence varying weight-ages. Your total score is determined by the test edition, accuracy of questions answered and total number of questions answered in each section. You'll receive four GMAT scores:   Quantitative scaled sub score, ranging from 0 to approximately    51.   Verbal scaled sub score, ranging from 0 to approximately 50.   Overall scaled score, ranging from 200 to 800.   Analytical writing grade, ranging from 0 to 6. Score validity : Your GMAT score is valid up to 5 years
 Test registration
 The GMAT is available year-round, but you should try to schedule a  month in advance (weekends are usually booked far in advance).
U.S. Students:1-800-717-GMAT (4628)
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