Overview of the GMAT
The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a timed, computer adaptive examination that measures verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills developed over a long period of time. The exam adjusts to the ability level of the test taker by selecting different questions depending on your answers given. You begin each section with a question of medium difficulty. If you answer that question correctly, the subsequent question will be harder. If you give the incorrect answer, the next question will decrease in difficulty. Because the exam adjusts to your individual ability, the computer adaptive format gives an accurate assessment of your skills.
The GMAT is administered year-round at testing centers throughout the world. When you register, you will be required to select a testing center location. To choose the center that is most convenient for you, refer to the Test Center list. Once you have selected a test location, you will need to schedule a GMAT exam appointment online, by phone, by fax, or by mail. Available time slots change continuously. The MPAcc program recommends that you schedule you exam at least one month prior to the application deadline, as it can take up to 20 days for the college to receive official scores.
For the Analytical Writing Assessment, you will be presented with two 30 minute essay topics. For Analysis of an Argument, you will need to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and then write a critique of that argument. For Analysis of an Issue, you will need to analyze a given issue or opinion and then explain your point of view on the subject by citing relevant reasons and/or examples drawn from your experience, observations, or reading.
Test takers are given 75 minutes to answer 37 questions in the Quantitative section of the GMAT. This section measures knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra, and common geometry through questions on data sufficiency and problem solving.
The Verbal section of the GMAT measures the ability to read and understand written material, to reason and evaluate arguments and the aptitude of standard sentence correction. Test takers are allowed 75 minutes to answer 41 questions.
Tips for Studying and Test Taking
Review and take practice exams to get a feel for timing and the specific format for the exam. Free test taking software can be downloaded from the GMAT website. Many practice exams and test preparation materials can be found online. GMAT preparation books can be found in most bookstores, including the Auraria bookstore, online and at local libraries.
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