GMAT stands for the Graduate Management Admissions Test. GMAT is required for admissions in graduate management programs, such as the MBA program. The GMAT tests your skills in both English and Mathematics and requires you to achieve a certain standard to be eligible for admission to the top universities in the world. The Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) also requires the GMAT score for students seeking graduate admissions.
The English portion of the test requires an in-depth knowledge of the rules of English grammar, logical reasoning techniques, the ability to read and analyze a passage to demonstrate your English language understanding, and an argumentative essay. As such, the verbal portion of the test requires a good understanding of the following skills:-
- Sentence Correction – checks the test taker’s ability to read complex sentences carefully in order to detect basic grammar and sentence structure mistakes.
- Reading Comprehension – checks the test taker’s ability to read a passage, analyze it, understand its implied meanings, and to reach a conclusion. The passages can be either short or long based on a number of paragraphs. The test taker must be able to find the assumptions, logic, and inferred meaning of the contents of the passage.
- Critical Reasoning – tests the skills of the test taker to understand an argument, determine its validity, and analyze the reasoning and logic of the argument. The student must have a fair knowledge of how to use inductive and deductive logical reasoning to get to the correct answer.
- The Analytical Writing Analysis section is based on an Argumentative essay – The test taker is required to write a 30-minute essay analyzing an argument and writing a response exposing the arguments inherent strengths and weaknesses. The response is then marked for its adherence to the rules of English grammar and syntax, the maturity of thought, and the way the test taker is able to convey the validity of the argument. Essays are scored independently twice and then averaged. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.
The GMAT test is scored out of 800 points, 400 for the verbal section, and the rest for the Math and Quantitative skills section.