What is the GMAT?
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized computer adaptive test. The test consists of four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section. Universities and Business Schools use the GMAT as an admission test for their Pre-Master's, Master's, and MBA programs. The test takes a total of 3.5 hours.
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You will be asked to analyze an argument and write a critical essay on the reasoning behind the given argument. You should write a short introduction, give three premises or counter-points, and finish with a conclusion. This section measures your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. Click here for a sample AWA question.
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The Integrated Reasoning sec-tion consists of four types of questions: the interpretation of charts, combining information from various sources, analyzing tables, and two-part analyses. These questions measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources. Click here to find more information about this section of the GMAT.
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The Quantitative section asks you to solve mathematical problems. On average, you have two minutes per question. It is crucial that you are familiar with the different types of questions, can deal with the time constraint, and master all mathematical tricks and shortcuts. The questions measure your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. To find out more about this section, click here.
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The GMAT exam assesses all of your skills – not just math. The Verbal section measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English. You have 1.5 to 2 minutes on average to answer each question. Click here to find examples of the different question types within the Verbal section.
The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and only depends on your performance on the Quantitative section and the Verbal section. Some people apply for a prestigious Master’s program or an MBA abroad and need a 650+ score. Most people in the Netherlands need to pass the GMAT when they apply for a Pre-Master’s or a Master’s program and need a 550 or a 600 score. In order to obtain such a score, preparation for the GMAT is absolutely necessary!
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