Yocket Editorial Team
on 30 January, 2011

What is GMAT





Any student planning to pursue an MBA abroad (and more recently, certain management or finance, related fields) has to take the GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test. Business schools use the test as a criterion for admission into a wide range of graduate management programs, including MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance programs.

It is a standardized computer adaptive test which means the difficulty of your next question will depend on the answer of your current question.

Example:
Suppose the first GMAT question is of moderate level. You answer it correctly; the next question will be a little difficult as compared to the previous one and so on. As soon as you get an answer wrong, the next question will be relatively simpler.

Note:
If you answer a difficult question correctly, your score shoots up by a good margin and if a simple question is answered incorrectly, you lose out by an equal margin.

Warning:
Don’t get an answer wrong intentionally so that the next question becomes easier.

Why?
This is because you don’t get as many points for answering a simple question, as you may lose by wrongly answering the previous one. Hence, the loss is more than the gain.

Myth:
You should solve the first few questions (the first 8-9 questions) taking as much time as required and get them right. This is not true. It depends on the level of questions. You should not blindly follow this logic and lose too much time so that you do not have enough time in the end to solve the remaining questions which may turn out to be easier. It's “suicide”.

Must do:
You SHOULD attempt all the questions even though you might have to mark an answer without spending enough time on it because an incomplete paper can cost you a loss of significant points.


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