What is the GMAT?

A standardized test, the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) measures the Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical skills of a person. The test primarily intends to support graduate schools of business and assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 1000 management institutes all over the world require GMAT scores from the aspirants.
The GMAT is different from other examinations. The examination is entirely computer-based, and no two examinees get an identical set of questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. The GMAT Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school. The test is only one of the major constraints taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a Business School that he/she aspires.
The GMAT has four sections
  • Verbal
  • Quantitative
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing Assessment

The following is the GMAT test structure

The US-based "Pearson VUE”, under the guidelines of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) develops and administers the GMAT. Pearson VUE is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each student.
The IR section will test your ability to read, understand, and interpret the information depicted to you. The information will be provided in various formats (or a combination of different formats, such as text, tables, and graphs). It will test basic data interpretation based on mathematical/ verbal concepts, and you will have access to a calculator during the IR section. What is the role of IR section section score in university admissions process?
GMAC changed the GMAT exam in June 2012 and inculcated the IR section at the request of the admissions committees of numerous B schools. So, obviously, B schools will give importance to the IR section score. However, it is difficult to guess exactly how much significance is given to sectional scores of GMAT since B schools do not publish that data in the public domain.

What is the scoring scale for the NextGen GMAT?
  • AWA section grades are from 0-6 in 0.5 increments
  • IR section is scored on a scale of 1-8 in 1 point increments
  • Quantitative scores can range from 0 to 60. (known as scaled score). However, 51 is 98 percentile
  • Verbal scores can range from 0 to 60. (scaled score). However, above 45 is 99 percentile on verbal

Total Score can range from 200-800 in 10 point increments