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GMAT Catch 1

GMAT Catch 1

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Chapter 1
ACHIEVING A TOP GMAT SCORE
PREPARING FOR THE GMAT CAT
By reviewing and studying this book, you can achieve a top score onthe computer-adaptive Graduate Management Admission Test. The GMATCAT is probably different from any exam you have taken in college. First, itis administered only on computer, whereas most of the tests you have takenin your collegiate life have likely been of the paper-and-pencil variety.Second, it does not test prior knowledge of facts specific to any subject orfield of study; rather, it tests quantitative and verbal skills. Perhaps the testsmost similar to the GMAT CAT were your general college entrance exams,which also tested verbal and quantitative skills, rather than prior knowledgeof facts specific to any subject or field of study.The exams included in this book contain more questions than the com-puter-adaptive GMAT, in order to provide a score that is roughly compa-rable to the actual computer-adaptive test. The practice exams and drills weprovide include every type of question that can be expected on the GMATCAT. Accompanying each practice exam is an answer key, complete withdetailed explanations and solutions designed to clarify the material. Ourobjective is not only to provide the answers, but also to explain why theanswer to a particular question is more acceptable than the other possiblechoices. By completing all the practice exams and studying the explanationsthat follow, you can discover your strengths and weaknesses. This will allowyou to concentrate on the sections of the exam that you find most difficult.
ABOUT OUR TEST EXPERTS
To ensure that our GMAT CAT practice exams provide you with bothscore comparability and the proper degree of difficulty, every exam sectionhas been carefully prepared by test experts in the various fields correlatingto the content areas of the GMAT. Our authors have taken care to examineand research the mechanics of the actual GMAT CAT. Having studied at themaster’s and doctoral level and taught in their respective fields at competi-tive colleges and universities throughout the United States, our experts are
 
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highly regarded in the educational community. In this book they bring tobear the weight of their research and classroom experience.
ABOUT THE TEST
Who Takes the Test and What is its Purpose?
The GMAT is required by graduate business and professionalschools, as it is considered a critical criterion for admission to a graduateprogram. Applicants for graduate business schools submit GMAT testresults together with undergraduate records, references, and work experi-ence as part of the highly competitive admission process associated with aMaster of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program. The exam testsverbal, quantitative, writing, and critical reasoning skills and abilities thathave been found to contribute to successful achievement in a graduateprogram. It does not test prior knowledge of data or facts specific to anyfield of study. Approximately 230,000 students take the GMAT each year.
Who Needs an M.B.A.?
Some people dismiss the necessity of an M.B.A., believing that onlybusiness majors can benefit from the program. It turns out, however, thatthose with non-business backgrounds often need management training asmuch as business majors. Engineers find that increased management skillsare more valuable than technical training as they become more successful,and liberal arts majors enter a graduate management program to make upfor a lack of practical, on-the-job skills. In fact, almost half the GMATtest-takers worldwide majored in the sciences, humanities, and social sci-ences.In addition to careers in business and industry, students with anM.B.A. are in demand in the fields of government, education, healthcare,arts, and non-profit management. Students with the vision to see wheremanagement skills will be needed can make their own opportunities inalmost any business.With an increase in competition for fewer jobs, graduates with theability to manage resources, time, and people will have an advantage overthose with only technical training. Those already employed can use anM.B.A. to advance beyond their current level.
 
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Who Administers the Test?
The GMAT is developed and administered by the Educational Test-ing Service under the direction of the Graduate Management AdmissionCouncil (GMAC), a not-for-profit organization of graduate businessschools worldwide.
When and Where is the Test Given?
The GMAT is offered year-round during the last three weeks of eachmonth, generally on a six-day-a-week cycle. For exact dates and test cen-ter locations, contact ETS at the number and/or address listed below.
How Can I Apply?
To receive an application or information about the application pro-cess, including test dates, locations, fees, and registration, request theGMAT CAT registration bulletin by contacting ETS at:GMAC PublicationsP.O. Box 6108Princeton, NJ 08541-6108Phone: (609) 771-7330Website: www.ets.org
WHAT IS A COMPUTER-ADAPTIVE TEST (CAT)?
The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), which means that youwill use a computer to take the test. The software will determine thequestions based on your performance on the previous questions. In thisway, the test will customize itself to your level of ability. A correct re-sponse will be followed by a more difficult question; an incorrect responsewill be followed by an easier question. You get more points for correctlyanswering difficult questions than you do for correctly answering mediumor easier questions.In the traditional paper-and-pencil test, every examinee sees the samequestions. Because of the adaptive nature of the GMAT CAT, and the largepool of questions that are available, different examinees will be asked dif-ferent questions. Nonetheless, the questions have been designed to meetcontent and difficulty specifications that allow an equitable comparison of scores.
What is a Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT)?

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