#1 In short, what is the GMAT?

The acronym of Graduate Management Admission Test is a test used by most business schools – including the MIP – to assess the analytical, synthetic and mathematical capacities of the candidates of its courses.

The #GMAT is used by most business schools globally. It measures the analytical and mathematical skills of candidates applying for an MBA.

#2 What isn’t the GMAT?

It isn’t a test to measure your IQ, but is structured to understand the degree of confidence with logic and analysis.
The GMAT does not include questions relating to business management or soft skills. These are best assessed in a personal interview.

The #GMAT isn’t an IQ test- it just measure your logic and analytical reasoning. Valuable #softskills aren’t tested here.

#3 In short, what does the GMAT consist of?

It is a test in English, lasting a maximum of four hours, carried out using a computer.
It is split into several sections, each of which measures a particular analytical skill. The questions can be varied: multiple choice, open, gap filling, association of alternatives, etc.

The #GMAT is in English and lasts about 4 hrs. Question types include multiple choice, fill in the blank, association and essay.

#4 So do you have to be a mother-tongue English speaker to pass the GMAT?

No, but it would definitely be an advantage. The test is in English and the time available is limited. If you aren’t a mother-tongue student, exercising your language skills is an excellent strategy to obtain a better result in the test.

You don’t have to be a native English speaker to do well on the #GMAT, but it’s a plus. If you’re #ESL focus your strategy for the best result!

#5 What skills will you be tested on?

The official GMAT website indicates mainly four:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, which measures the ability for critical thought and communication;
  • Integrated Reasoning, which verifies the capacity to analyse difference kinds of data from different sources;
  • Quantitative, which, in addition to data analysis, can request solutions to tangible problems;
  • Verbal, which measures the capacity for comprehension and analysis of written material.

There are 4 parts to the #GMAT- writing, reasoning, verbal and math. Here is some more info on each section: http://bit.ly/test-gmat

#6 What scores can be attained in the GMAT?

The scale of results varies from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 800, with an average of 540 according to the latest figures available. The results of two out of three students will be included between 440 and 640 points.

#GMAT scores go from 0-800 with an avg of 540. While scores are important to MIP, they look at the overall performance so don’t forget about #softskills!

#7 Why is the GMAT so important in the selection process?

Because it is a standardised test, capable of quite clearly revealing some of the qualities required of students.
Those who perform well in the test show that they have qualities of comprehension, analysis, communication and synthesis, which are essential in a study course like that of the MBA.

The #GMAT is important because it is the best assessment of the candidate’s capability to do well in their studies at MIP.

#8 If you pass the GMAT can you automatically participate in the MBA?

No, the GMAT is just one of the components of your selection process. You will also be assessed on the basis of other elements: work experience for example, your educational qualifications and marks, the performance recorded during interviews. The GMAT is one of these, but it isn’t determining.

Don’t worry- the #GMAT isn’t the only thing you need to get into MIP. We look at your experience, drive and overall quality.

#9 How much preparation do I have to do to pass the GMAT?

Studying is undoubtedly the best way to ensure that you pass the test. The more time you devote to studying the greater the probability that you will pass. The amount of study is subjective but an average 100 hours are required to obtain an average level between 600 and 700.

Study and practice are the only tricks you need to pass the #GMAT. About 100hrs of studying should see you with a score between 600-700.

#10 Where can I find the resources to prepare for the GMAT?

There are numerous resources on line that offer simulations of the test, although the official version changes constantly to prevent fraud. Start from the official GMAT website. This website proposes a one question and a commented answer every day. In this other blog you will find excellent resources to further the topic.

There are many resources to help you prepare for the #GMAT starting at their website. Check @economist for their take on GMAT prep here


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