If you are scrolling this article, then you must have heard the term GMAT while looking for some schools and programs to apply. The Graduate Management Admission Test is a standard test which the students are required to take as a part of the prerequisites to enter the graduate studies which are related to management or business such as MBA. The GMAT score of the applicant can be used as a medium to assess the potential and aptitude of an applicant for business school.
Because GMAT is a deciding factor for the application, it is wise to be well prepared before taking it. So without further ado, let us see the 10 things you need to know about GMAT before starting the preparation.

1. THE GMAT HAS 4 SECTIONS

It comprises of 4 sections, the first one is analytical writing. It assesses your critical analysis and your ability to communicate ideas. Hereby you are required to focus on any one topic. You will be given an argument on the topic, and you will be asked to analyse the reasoning behind it. The second section is integrated reasoning, where they expect you to answer 12 questions to measure your ability to evaluate the given information. The third one is Qualitative assessment whereby you need to analyse the data and draw conclusions out of it. The last is the verbal section whereby they will assess your ability to read and understand the written information along with evaluation of arguments and correct written material.

2. TWO OF THE FOUR SECTIONS ARE COMPUTER-ADAPTIVE

This implies that you are required to answer the questions on the computer, and the computer will adapt its questions accordingly as per its skill and knowledge of how well or poorly you answer each of the question. For instance, if you answer a question correctly on an intermediate item, the next question will automatically become difficult and vice versa. Your score for these sections will be generated as per the difficulty level of your answered questions and the number of correct responses you gave.

3. YOU WILL RECEIVE FOUR SCORES

You will get a score for every section you attempt. The analytical writing assessment is assessed on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 6 (highest) in half point intervals. The integrated reasoning is rated from 1 to 8 in single digit intervals, while the qualitative and the verbal are assessed on a scale from 0 to 60.

4. A TOTAL SCORE IS GIVEN

A total score for the GMAT test may range from 200 to 800 with increments of 10 and it takes into account only the verbal and Quantative scores. Of the ones taking the exam, around two third of them get a score within the range of 400 to 600. The score reports are also inclusive of a percentile rank.

5. GMAT SCORES ARE VALID FOR 5 YEARS

Within 20 of giving the exam, you will get your official GMAT score. But take into account that this score is valid for five years. This is really important to keep in mind while taking your GMAT exam. If you already have made up your mind for a certain school or program, you need to schedule your test accordingly, as per the deadlines of the school or program. However, if you are not yet particular about any school, then keep in your mind the validity period.

6. THERE IS NO PASS OR FAIL

The GMAT is not a traditional pass or fail test. The score you require will depend on the school or program you desire to apply to. Most of the business schools showcase a range or an exact score which they will accept. You need to settle a goal for yourself keeping in mind the required score which will help you to prepare for the exam using diagnosis or tests or whatever tools which best suits you.

7. THERE ARE MANY FREE RESOURCES ONLINE

The official GMAT website is www.mba.com which offer lots of practice questions every week. It also provides a free preparation software namely, GMATPrep for the GMAT aspirants. It includes around 90 questions, all answered along with their explanations, 2 complete practice tests, scores for all the 4 sections, a math review, a detailed guide for the GMAT preparation and also the tool which may be needed to create your own set of questions to practice on. There are certain websites which offering free practice tests and questions. You can also look for resources like flashcards, reviewers and simulated exams online.

8. ALMOST HALF OF GMAT TAKERS SPEND AROUND 51 HOURS IN PREPARATION

This gives you some idea on how much you need time you need to dedicate to prepare for the GMAT. It is always better to create a study plan according to your daily schedule as in your work, school etc. This will give you a clear picture on how many days you require to fully prepare for the exam and cover all the four sections of the GMAT.

9. THE GMAT IS IN ENGLISH

The GMAT is completely in English. This is really necessary to know for the aspirants who face difficulty with the English language or are not confident in understanding or communicating in English. If you too face some difficulty with English, then you must spend some time in improving your English before taking up the test.

10. THERE ARE CERTAIN REGULATIONS TO FOLLOW ON THE TEST DAY

Keep in mind that you will not be permitted mobile phones, notes, scratch papers, pens, watches or any other electronic device on the test day. You will be allowed to carry your identity proof and list of programs where your score must be sent along with your appointment letter. The test duration is three hours and thirty minutes whereby you can take two optional breaks. There are certain country specific test centres, so make sure you review those applicable countries.
Start preparing with a cool and fresh mind without any hassle. Keep your targets clear beforehand. If you start preparing well in time you can easily crack the GMAT successfully and achieve your desired score. Stay focused towards your goal and make plans and strategies accordingly. You will surely get your desired college or program.