GMAT 2020 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
GMAT is one of the most crucial exams conducted by GMAC to measure analytical and reasoning skills of the test takers. GMAT expands the world of job opportunities for the potential candidates in the global business industry. GMAC has conducted this exam for more than 60 years for those who want to get exposure in the world business. GMAT is all about grabbing the best opportunity available to the potential candidates.
GMAT comprises 80 questions to be answered in 3hrs 7minutes. In this exam, test takers get different topics to attempt across quantitative, logical reasoning and verbal reasoning sections. GMAT score ranges from 200-800. Before registering for GMAT, get a proper idea about the exam pattern and section wise details.
Every year more than 2lakhs test takers register for GMAT. One should have a clear overview on the exam pattern of GMAT. There are four defined sections in this exam.
Apart from sections of the exam, basic structure and time duration for each section of GMAT is given below
GMAC uses computers for making the exam pattern more reliable to the test takers. In this pattern of GMAT, responses given by the test taker will be the deciding point what types of questions will be asked next. Through this adaptive nature of the computer, GMAC shares a more secured and reliable exam pattern as required by the top business schools. One must know the logic and the advantages behind this CAT exam pattern.
CAT is a kind of tailored testing. As it is administered by the computer therefore the next set of questions will completely be dependent on answers given by the test takers. Suppose the test taker gives the first answer correctly then the very next question will have a higher difficulty level whereas if the test taker gives the first answer incorrectly then the very next question will have lesser difficulty level. Computer administers the difficulty level of GMAT as per responses given.
Suppose 10 questions are given in this section among which only 8 questions have been answered correctly by the 60% of the total test takers. Therefore it says that 80% accuracy level is equivalent to 50 percentile. Similarly if those same 10 questions among which only 8 questions have been answered correctly by 3% of the total test takers then the percentile would have become 97 percentile.
In this above mentioned picture it is explained clearly that if the first answer is given correctly then the difficulty level will be higher on the very next question whereas if the first answer is given incorrectly then the very next question will be comparatively easier. Questions will be asked from Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections.
There is no defined syllabus for GMAT. These four sections are designed to test the analytical reasoning skills of the test takers.
In this Analytical Writing Assessment section, test taker analyzes reasoning given around an argument and writes a critique of the given argument. In this section, examiners measure the critical thinking ability of the candidate and how well the ideas are communicated through writing skills.
This section is evaluated on the basis of two scores given by two independent raters. Analytical Writing Assessment section scores on the basis of
While writing this section, test takers should remember few basic things
In this section of Integrated Reasoning, test takers are asked to integrate given data and find out solutions to complex problems. In the top business schools, test takers are examined on basis of how well data has been evaluated to take decisions. In this section, test takers gather information given through graphical representation and find out relevant information around it. In this section, test takers are also asked to find out relations to the interrelated problems.
In this section total four kinds of questions have been asked
In IR score lies in a range of 1-8. This section is introduced in GMAT as a different data point for all those top business schools to consider the application form of the candidates. Scoring in this section will not bring any change to the other sections of GMAT- Quantitative, AWA, Verbal and Total. Score of IR will be given to the test taker as unofficial score reports immediately after completing the exam. In the official score reports, test takers get a percentile of Integrated Reasoning score.
In this section of Quantitative Reasoning, quantitative and mathematical aptitude of the test takers are being measured. In this section, test takers get 31 MCQ to attempt within 62 minutes. Two types of questions asked in this section are
Firstly test takers have to understand that this section is computer adaptive therefore score is based on few factors
It has been noticed that the test taker who has answered a higher number of questions correctly mostly qualifies for this exam with a high score.
In the section of Verbal Reasoning, how well the test taker articulates arguments through writing skills are being measured. In this section, test takers have to express logical ideas along with coherence in simple language. One needs to attempt 36 MCQ in 65 minutes. Three types of questions asked in Verbal Reasoning section are as follows
Reading Comprehension: It measures how well the test taker understands logical statements present along within the passage and to write it in own style. Logical structure, writing style, and the supporting ideas of the test taker has been measured in this section
Critical Reasoning: This section measures how well the test taker evaluates argument through a coherent writing and finds out the solution of it. For this section, questions are being asked out of short passage of 100 word length.
Sentence Correction: In this section language proficiency of the test taker is measured. In this section grammatical usage and structure of the language used by the candidate is measured. Test taker has to construct the sentences properly in this section.
Interested test takers always believe that proper preparation for GMAT is required to score the highest. Few preparation tips for GMAT are as follows
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