What is the GMAT?

De GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized computer adaptive test. The exam test consists of four sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative section, and the Verbal section. Universities and business schools use the GMAT as an admissions test for their pre-master, master’s and MBA programs. The test takes a total of 3.5 hours.

Analytical Writing Assesment (AWA)
1 essay | 30 minutes | 0 – 6 score

You will be asked to analyse an argument and write a critical essay on the reasoning behind the given argument. You should write a short introduction, give three arguments for or against giving, 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.

Integrated Reasoning
12 questions | 30 minutes |1 – 8 score

The Integrated Reasoning section consists of 4 types of questions. The interpretation of charts, combining information from various sources, analysing 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.

Quantitative section
37 questions | 75 minutes | 0 – 60 score

The Quantitative section asks you to solve mathematical problems. On average, you have about 2 minutes per question. So it’s crucial that you are familiar with the different types of questions, that you can deal with the time constraint, and that you master all mathematical tricks short cuts. These questions measure your ability to analyse data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. To find out more about this section, click here.

Verbal section
41 questions | 75 minutes | 0 – 60 score

The GMAT exam showcases 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. Click here to find examples of the different question types within the Verbal section.

GMAT score

The total GMAT score is between 200 and 800 points and only depends on your performance on the Quantitative section and the Verbal section. Some people are applying for a prestigious master or an MBA abroad and need a 650+ score. Most people in the Netherlands need to do the GMAT when they apply for a premaster or a master program and need a 550 score or a 600 score. In order to obtain such a score preparation for the GMAT is absolutely necessary!

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