The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test used for admission into many business schools all around the world. Over 200,000 people take the test every year. The test can be taken up to 5 times a year but not more than eight times in total. It is a very important test for admission into any graduate management programs from major B-schools around the globe. The GMAT tests participants on four areas, namely Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Test. The scoring is different for each section, and interested candidates must know all about the scoring so that they can get a better grade.
The performance in the other two sections, i.e. Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning are not counted toward the total score but are scored separately. Scores are given as multiples of 10. The average score on the GMAT is around 556. Hence, a score in the range of 550-600 puts the participant in the 75th percentile as the distribution of GMAT scores follow the bell curve. Hence, a score in that range is a safe score on average.
Many business schools focus on the total GMAT score and generally do not consider the other two sections as much due to their preferences. The quantitative and the verbal scores are also crucial while applying to some B-schools and one must be careful to prepare well in those sections too. The GMAT scores are a very important factor deciding which business school one gets into and for this reason, one must wisely and carefully answer the questions in order to secure the highest marks. GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test, meaning it is a computerized test that adapts and changes according to the answers given to the previous questions. Hence, it is very difficult to anticipate the level of questions one can expect as the questions are very different for any two participants. GMAT also allows for three different scores viz. The total score, Analytical Writing score, Integrated reasoning score and it must be noted that the total score is the most crucial one as many schools look at the total score for admission but, once that part of the test is done, the participants must concentrate on improving their other scores for having a chance to get into better colleges.
Overall, as GMAT is very important to any student who wants to pursue a management degree, it is crucial for them to understand that not all questions are treated equally in the end because different schools look for different scores and most of them look at the total score which comprises of the scores of the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the exam. The test is standardized and computer adaptive which makes it harder to anticipate the questions. The best way of scoring high in GMAT is, therefore, to prepare well and do one’s best on securing a high total score and then going on to the other sections to improve their chances.