What is the GMAT?
The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is taken by candidates wishing to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at the University of their choosing. The GMAT is a popular test for candidates who have progression plans to peruse a career within the business sector, enabling candidates to demonstrate their commitment and passion in their pursuits. The GMAT also enables university business school admissions the opportunity to select those candidates who have successfully completed the GMATs, with the GMAT providing candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate their reasoning and critical thinking skills. It has been recorded that the GMAT increases candidate’s salary prospects, demonstrating a key hurdle in a business student’s journey and subsequent development. The GMAT exam has been the most popular Master of Business Administration (MBA) admission exam for the past 60 years, taken by over 200,000 candidates annually and respected and trusted by over 7,000 MBA and Masters programmes across the globe.
What does the GMAT assess?
The GMAT test can be broken into four main sections; Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning, taking a total of 187 minutes- just below 3.5 hours, with two optional 8-minute breaks.
Analytical Writing: The Analytical Writing section of the GMAT test consists of a singular question, with 30 minutes to complete, measuring candidate’s ability to communicate original ideas and apply critical thinking.
Integrated Reasoning: The Integrated Reasoning section consists of 12 questions with 30 minutes to complete, measuring candidate’s ability to read information across various formats and come to conclusions using analysation and evaluation techniques.
Quantitative Reasoning: The Quantitative Reasoning section consist of 31 questions, with 62 minutes to complete, measuring candidate’s ability to come to reasonable conclusions from contextual data resources.
Verbal Reasoning: The Verbal Reasoning section consists of 36 questions, with 65 minutes, measuring candidate’s ability to comprehend and respond to written English.
Candidates are able to choose from 3 options that vary the order of the GMAT exam content (listed above). Candidates can choose this order before the test starts (either online or in person) and can take advantage of their strengths and weaknesses, creating an order that enables them to feel most confident and able to manage their time best. It is useful to note that due to the computer-delivered nature of the GMAT exam that the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections of the test are adaptive in nature, meaning the level of difficulty for the questions generated will be dependent on how many questions you are answering correctly.
What score should I be aiming to achieve?
GMAT test scores are used to determine whether a candidate is appropriate for their selected MBA route and are highly competitive amongst the top-rated MBA University providers. An example of an elite and highly competitive GMAT test score requirement is Stanford Graduate School of Businesses 2023 GMAT average score test of 738; this being that in comparison, the average GMAT score is 565. Total GMAT scores can range from 200 to 800, with most competitive schools looking for scores above 600.
Top Ranking Universities for MBA study Globally:
#1 Stanford Graduate School of Business, US
Joint #2 Harvard Business School, US
Joint #2 Penn (Wharton), US
#4 HEC Paris, France
#5 MIT (Sloan), US
#6 London Business School, UK
#7 IE Business School, Spain
#8 INSEAD, France
#9 Columbia Business School, US
#10 IESE Business School, Spain
Top Ranking Universities for MBA study in the UK:
#1 University of Oxford
#2 University of Cambridge
#3 London School of Economics and Political Science
#4 University of Warwick
#5 University College London
#6 University of Bristol
#7 University of Bath
#8 Lancaster University
#9 CITY, University of London
#10 Durham University
How do I prepare for the GMAT?
Reviewing and practicing using online past papers can be beneficial as they enable one to effectively manage time keeping, whilst also adjusting to the wording of questions and the varying levels of difficulty. Self-assessment of your general areas where you could develop your knowledge further will enable you to be self-aware in your studies, supplementing what you need to practice more and strengthening your pre-existing strengths. Reviewing the GMAT resources and content windows will enable you to narrow down your revision to a refined and purposeful selection of materials. It is important to remember that the content in the GMAT will consist of reasoning and critical thinking skills, making revising with content that challenges these skills highly beneficial. Ultimately, the more time you spend practicing, the more confident and prepared you are likely to feel when taking your GMAT, a feeling which should be reflected in your score outcome. Online and in-person tutoring can enable you to receive one on one, specially tailored support, enabling you to feel supported in your endeavours and to receive individualised resources and sessions that can develop your knowledge and expand your strengths.
GMAT Tuition and Tutors London
Mayfair Consultants offers at home, one-on-one GMAT tuition to clients living across the London area. Our fully qualified GMAT tutors are highly skilled specialists, with many holding postgraduate degrees. They offer clear, concise explanations and stimulating approaches, helping to support the need of every student. If you would like to arrange private lessons, or have any questions about our tuition services please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.
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