About the GMAT

The GMAT is a standardised test used by admissions officers of MBA, specialised Master's, and some PhD programmes to help assess whether you possess the foundations needed for success in their programme. The GMAT provides a common measure, so schools can compare applicants with a wide range of different educational backgrounds, skills, and experience.

The new GMAT timing:  The total GMAT timing has been condensed by 30 minutes, meaning the total exam time will now be 3 and a half hours long, including the introduction and optional breaks. The Verbal and Quant sections will be slightly shorter with fewer questions. Whereas, the Analytical Writing and Integrated Reasoning sections will not be affected, and the scoring will take the same format.

What Does the GMAT Actually Test?

The GMAT Measures:

  • General Verbal skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Analytical Writing skills 

It is not a test of specific subject knowledge, nor does it assess business competence. The test evaluates analytical skills and features both multiple-choice and essay questions. The GMAT is taken as a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) in most parts of the world.

The GMAT's new timing:

Section Time Format Questions Types
Verbal 65 Minutes 36 Multiple-choice Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction,Critical Reasoning
Quantitative 62 mintues 31 Multiple-choice Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes 12 Multiple-choice Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis, Multi-Source Reasoning
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 mintues 1 Essay Analysis of an Argument

Why is the GMAT Important?

The GMAT provides a common benchmark for comparing candidates.
There are many components in a graduate programme application forms, essays and personal statements, undergrad transcripts, letters of recommendation and more but many of these are subjective and difficult to compare. GMAT scores are very useful to admissions committees in comparing the credentials of candidates from widely varying backgrounds and with different levels and area of experience.

Programmes that accept the GMAT

A high GMAT score will increase your chances of getting into the MBA or Master's programme of your choice. More than 250,000 people take the GMAT each year — so ensure you prepare thoroughly to beat the competition!

Taking a high-stakes test like the GMAT will never be stress-free, but it can be far less stressful with the correct approach and proper preparation. Our mission at Kaplan is to break everything about the GMAT down to exactly what you need to know to test confidently and score higher. If you're looking to succeed on the GMAT, you're in the right place.

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