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What is the GMAT?

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is a test of general abilities and skills acquired by you over time. To do your best you need to understand the format and the content of the test. It is a standardized assessment which is delivered in English set by business schools so that they can assess the qualifications of the applicants for being able to partake in advanced study in management and business. It is only one predictor of academic performance in the MBA program, but if you want to go to the best business schools then you need to take it seriously.

The GMAT measures your basic level of mathematical, verbal and analytical writing skills, which you could only have developed through spending a long period of time in work and education. What is DOESN'T measure is your business knowledge, the skills you bring to your job, the content that you specifically learnt in your undergraduate university course work, the abilities that you have in another specific subject area. It also doesn't measure subjective qualities such as your creativity, motivation and interpersonal skills.


The GMAT test consists of the Analytical Writing Assessment, then the quantitative section followed by the verbal section. The Analytical writing section consists of two writing tasks. The first task is the analysis of an issue and the second section is the analysis of an argument. For each task you are given 30 minutes.

You then get a five minute break before you start the quantitative section of the test. The quantitative section includes 37 multiple-choice questions which can be divided into two types. The first is Data Sufficiency and the second is Problem Solving. You have a maximum of 75 minutes in which to complete the entire quantitative section.

After another optional five minute break - you can begin the Verbal section of the GMAT. Here, you get 41 multiple choice questions covering three types of question. Reading Comprehension, Sentence correction and Critical Reasoning. Like with the Quantitative test, you also have 75 minutes in which to complete the Verbal test.

Many people how to study for the GMAT test - well the best advice we can give is that you practice practice practice.Why? Because there is a certain art to the thought processes After a certain amount of practice the very least you should be able to do is to know how to go about answering a question and you should be able to finish the tests on time.

Also, if you haven't done maths for a while, you will need to bone up on your algebra, your geometry and your percentages as well, practice will help, but you will need to understand the general theories.