Will my Integrated Reasoning score be on my unofficial GMAT score report?

May 31, 2012 in FAQs

No, the Integrated Reasoning score will not appear on the unofficial score report you see immediately after taking the GMAT.  That unofficial score report will still include the scores from the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections ONLY.  You will not see your Integrated Reasoning score until you receive your official GMAT score report.  You should receive your official GMAT score report within 20 days of taking the GMAT.  The official score report will include scores […]

GMAT vs GRE: If business schools accept both tests, should I take the GRE or the GMAT?

April 7, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE

The short answer is that you should take the test you will score better on.  You can take a free GRE practice test and a free GMAT practice test online to see which test gives you a higher score.  The long answer, unsurprisingly, is a little more complicated.  Many business schools say that the GMAT is a better predictor of your performance during your first semester of business school than the GRE, and prefer that […]

How is the new GMAT scored?

April 3, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT Scores, New GMAT

Old GMAT (prior to June 2012) The old GMAT was scored on a scale of 200 – 800.  This score was a combination of examinees’ Verbal and Quantitative scores.  The old GMAT also had a separate Analytical Writing score graded between 0 and 6.  The Analytical Writing score does not affect the total score. New GMAT (post June 2012) The new GMAT will still be scored on a scale of 200 – 800.  The score […]

GMAT vs GRE: Is the GRE easier than the GMAT?

April 1, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE

Neither test is necessarily easier or harder than the other; the GMAT and the GRE are just very different tests that assess very different sets of abilities.  The most striking differences can be found in the verbal sections of both tests.  While the GRE verbal section tests you on your knowledge of vocabulary, the GMAT verbal section is more interested in your abilities in critical reasoning, thinking, and conventional English grammar.  Therefore, if you have […]

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 […]

GMAT vs GRE: What is the difference between the GMAT and GRE?

March 26, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) has historically been used for admissions to doctoral and masters programs, but, in recent years, a growing number of business schools have started accepting GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores.  The GMAT is used exclusively for admissions to MBA programs.  The GRE has three sections, Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning Sections.  The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 and the Verbal […]

Why is GMAC changing the GMAT? What is their goal?

March 21, 2012 in FAQs, New GMAT

GMAC is changing the GMAT with the goal of making the test better meet the needs expressed by business schools around the globe.  In 2009, GMAC surveyed 740 business school faculty worldwide to ask them what test skills would be important for incoming students as they prepare to work in technologically advanced, data-driven environments.  They are introducing the Integrated Reasoning section to address the needs specified by those business schools.  The Integrated Reasoning section is […]

When will universities only accept new GMAT scores? How long will old GMAT scores be accepted?

March 20, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT Scores, New GMAT

Currently, GMAT scores are valid for five years.  Most schools accept all  valid GMAT scores from the past five years, however, schools that want to see scores on the Integrated Reasoning section may require applicants to take the new GMAT.  Contact the program you’re interested in to find out whether they would prefer old or new GMAT scores.

How does the GMAT test factor into Business School admissions?

March 18, 2012 in FAQs

Admission officers generally look at your application, a transcript, prior work experience, and your GMAT score. While having a very high score on the GMAT will not necessarily get you into your school of choice, a low score will keep you from being accepted to many schools. The GMAT is the only required test for MBA admissions, but schools weigh its importance differently. The most competitive MBA schools look for very high GMAT scores for […]

GMAT vs GRE: Does the GMAT require studying vocab like the GRE does?

March 16, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE

Unlike the GRE, the GMAT verbal section does not specifically test you on vocabulary.  The GMAT verbal section tests you on your reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction abilities.  It is important to know your grammar and be familiar with critical reading and critical thinking, but you will not be tested on your vocabulary.  Nevertheless, you may want to study vocabulary to use in your essay, or to help you understand reading comprehension passages.


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