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## GMAT All about getting the basics right

Posted On 2013-12-02

GMAT or the General Management Aptitude Test is a standard test taken by students who aspire to get admissions in the graduate business and management programs worldwide. This test is a computer based test, which is formulated in order to judge your skills that are required in the field of business management. It is one of the most unbiased tests around the globe that is capable of selecting best of the candidates without the fear of favoring one person over the other.

Pattern

The GMAT test assesses a person's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills which can be further elaborated as follows,

1) Verbal Reasoning – This section is used to test applicants’ capabilities to identify complex relationships between words, concepts and different parts of sentence. This part assesse applicant’s ability to understand written materials, to be able to correct them, reason the crux of the written part and to argue based on that. The question types in this section are reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction.

2) Quantitative Research – One’s ability to analyze data, proper figures and interpret graphic data are tested in this section. In simple terms it judges how good an applicant is in algebra, geometry, arithmetic and quantitative reasoning. This part is quite scoring yet difficult. So even if you are confident enough about your abilities in the field of mathematics think twice and practice as much as you can.

3) Integrated Reasoning – This is section is he newest addition in the GMAT format being introduced in June 2012. The idea of introducing this section is to test the applicant’s ability to evaluate date presented in multiple formats provided form various sources. It consists of 12 questions in 4 distinctive formats, which are graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning.

4) Analytical Writing Assessment – As the very name states this part requires a candidate to write a critical analysis of an argument provided to him/her within a time frame of 30 minutes. In the given time duration the candidate has to not only write an argument but rather a valid one after having been able to evaluate the reasoning behind a given argument. Later the essay is rated twice independently; first on the basis of computerized reading evaluation and then by a person at GMAC.

5) Scoring- The total scoring ranges to 200 to 800 and is based on the performance of a candidate in all the above mentioned sections. The scores are given in the increments of 10. So the higher your score is the better are their chances.

Preparation

Preparing for GMAT requires enough confidence and determination to do so along with at least a year and half of preparation. If a candidate is unsure about his/her her method of preparation its advisable to take help form a renowned GMAT tutor or enroll themselves with a GMAT tutorial where they can receive proper guidance to study accordingly.

So, plan well and start your preparations now!