What is a CAT exam?

September 17, 2014 in CAT (Computer-Adpative Test)

As the name suggests, a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) is a test that is administered through a computer rather than on pencil and paper. But CATs like the GMAT are a bit more complex than their pencil-and-paper counterparts. Let’s look at the big differences between CATs and traditional paper-and-pencil tests that you may be used to seeing.

What are the advantages and disadvantages to CAT tests?

March 30, 2012 in CAT (Computer-Adpative Test), FAQs

Advantages: Since each question adapts based on the test-taker’s previous responses to questions, the computer requires less time to calculate your score, resulting in a shorter test.  This can reduce test-taker fatigue, which can significantly lower an examinee’s test results.  CATs are individually paced so the examinee does not need to wait on others to finish before going on to the next section, which can also reduce the total length of the test.  CATs can […]

Is the new GMAT still a CAT test?

March 6, 2012 in CAT (Computer-Adpative Test), FAQs, New GMAT

Both the new and old GMAT are computer-adaptive (CAT) tests. The computer-adaptive format presents questions according to each individual’s ability level. These questions are chosen from a pool of test questions categorized by content and difficulty. The first question is of medium difficulty. Every subsequent question is then determined by your responses to all previous questions. You are not allowed to change answers to previous questions as you proceed through the test, and you are […]

What is a CAT (Computer Adaptive Test)?

March 5, 2012 in CAT (Computer-Adpative Test), FAQs, GMAT Scores

The computer-adaptive format presents questions according to each individual’s ability level. These questions are chosen from a pool of test questions categorized by content and difficulty. The first question is of medium difficulty. Every subsequent question is then determined by your responses to all previous questions. You are not allowed to change answers to previous questions as you proceed through the test, and you are not allowed to skip questions. A key part in preparing […]

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