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What is GMAT

# What is GMAT

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This is a complete guide for those students of Pakistan who are willing to give GMAT Test.
This is a complete guide for those students of Pakistan who are willing to give GMAT Test.

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GMAT® Overview
Definition:
The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardized assessment— delivered in English—that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicantsfor advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.
What the GMAT® Measures
The GMAT® exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skillsthat you have developed over a long period of time in your education and work. It does NOT measure:1.

Your abilities in any other specific subject area, or subjective qualities—such asmotivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.
Format and Timing
The GMAT® exam consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, theQuantitative section, and the Verbal section.
Analytical Writing Assessment
The GMAT® exam begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWAconsists of two separate writing tasks—Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of anArgument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each one.
Quantitative Section
Following an optional ten-minute break, you begin the Quantitative Section of theGMAT® exam. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two questiontypes—Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. You will be allowed a maximum of 75minutes to complete the entire section.
Verbal Section
After a second optional ten-minute break, you begin the Verbal Section of the GMAT®exam. This section contains 41 multiple choice questions of three question types— Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are alloweda maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) yields four scores: Verbal,Quantitative, Total, and Analytical Writing Assessment. Each of these scores is reportedon a fixed scale and will appear on the official GMAT® score reports that you and your designated score recipients (programs) receive.

Analytical Writing Assessment Score
The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score is an average of the ratings given to theAnalysis of an Issue and the Analysis of an Argument sections.Each response is given two independent ratings. Once both essays have been scored, thescores are averaged to provide an overall score. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 inhalf-point intervals.Writing scores are computed separately from the multiple-choice scores and have noeffect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores.
How AWA Is Scored
Each of your essays in the AWA section will be given two independent ratings, one owhich may be performed by an automated essay-scoring engine. The automated essay-scoring engine is an electronic system that evaluates more than 50 structural andlinguistic features, including organization of ideas, syntactic variety, and topical analysis.If the two ratings differ by more than one point, another evaluation by an expert reader isrequired to resolve the discrepancy and determine the final score.College and university faculty members trained as readers for the AWA will consider thefollowing:1. The overall quality of your ideas about the issue and argument presented2. Your overall ability to organize, develop, and express those ideas3. The relevant supporting reasons and examples you used4. Your ability to control the elements of standard written EnglishIn considering the elements of standard written English, readers are trained to be sensitiveand fair in evaluating the responses of examinees whose first language is not English.If you have reason to believe that your scores for the Analytical Writing Assessment(AWA) portion of the GMAT® test are not accurate, you may request that your essays berescored.
When Are GMAT® Scores Available?