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What is the Main Objective of the GMAT Exam? – What does the GMAT exam pattern actually test?
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Indrita Ganguly

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What if we tell that the main objective of the GMAT exam is not to assess the candidate’s aptitude in core maths, verbal, and English writing but something else? Most of the candidates are puzzled by this statement. But it is majorly true as what GMAT really tests is ‘managerial acumen’ and not just fundamental skills equivalent to school tests. Though the GMAT exam pattern originally appears to be similar to any school exam the main aim behind taking the test is testing the business skills.

A candidate who is getting introduced to the GMAT syllabus will expectedly study the GMAT verbal, GMAT quant, and GMAT AWA according to the syllabus content. During the test day, they will follow the rules and regulations and take the exam – much like schooldays? Here is the difference between the school test and the GMAT test. More than finding accurate results, the GMAT tests the method of approaching the question as a working professional would equally focus on time-management and the energy level. During school days, the questions that appeared were all related to the syllabus and the teachers didn’t put anything out of the syllabus. But GMAT is an adaptive test and the difficulty level of the exam depends wholly on the performance level of the candidate.

What GMAT does is it keeps on adjusting the questions based on the conduct of the test-taker. It might happen that the candidate gets a question to which they cannot find the answer – even if they are allotted an unlimited amount of time. Now, if the person functions with a school mind-set, they will arduously try to find the answer to that single question without acknowledging the time. Eventually while noticing the last few minutes of time left, they will rush towards the next questions only to find that they were way easier but the time is almost up. Now, a similar phase can occur to a business plan if this mechanism goes on, the annual budget will be emptied by August leaving September to December penniless.

What a business-minded candidate would do is spend a calculated amount of time on a particular question, if they notice that it cannot be resolved by them, they will simply mark it as a ‘bad investment’ and move on by choosing any random answer. The GMAT time-management tests the exact phenomenon.

During the GMAT practice, remember to treat it as a business, and just skim through the topics you dislike, and during the exam just randomly select the answer. Though you must remember that disregarding huge topics like GMAT algebra, GMAT geometry will be a risky decision that will result in costing marks. But you can always cancel out on subsets like absolute values in GMAT quant.

A very determined objective of GMAT score is assessing whether the candidate even possesses the required business mind. Every GMAT question is an opportunity and it is being tested if the candidate like in a real-time business scenario picks on every opportunity which will prove in waste of time and energy. Wondering what opportunity to work on during the GMAT exam? Focus on questions that you are confident about, and leave the time-taking or strenuous ones behind.

A very beneficial practice needed to be incorporated by candidates preparing for GMAT is undertaking a business mindset as it will not only support during the GMAT preparation but also post the exam during their employment.