It is a computer adaptive standardized test in Mathematics and English language for measuring the aptitude to succeed academically in a business school.
Business schools use the test as criteria for admission into graduate business administration programs in U.S.A and other English speaking countries.
The exam is intended to measure verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills that the examinee has developed over a long period of time during period of study and work.
The test takes four hours and the scores are valid for five years from the date the test taker sits in the exam.
Maximum score is 800 and about 66% test takers score from 400 to 600.
Although there is no set limit, yet for admission to good Business Schools the required score is in high 600s or 700s.
It is delivered via computer at various locations around the world.
The fee is USD 250/-
Different sections are:-
1.1 Analytical Written Assessment
This section consists of two essays. In the first, the student must analyze an argument and in the second to analyze an issue.
Each essay must be written in 30 minutes and is score on a scale of 0-6.
1.2 Quantitative Section
It consists of 37 multiple choice questions, which must be answered in 75 minutes.
There are two types of questions: Problem solving and data sufficiency. The score is on a scale of 0-60.
This tests the quantitative reasoning ability. Questions are in arithmetic, basic algebra and elementary geometry.
1.2.2 Data Sufficiency
This tests the quantitative reasoning ability using an unusual set of directions. The examinee is given a question with two associated statements that provide information that might be useful in answering the question. The examinee must determine whether either statement alone is sufficient to answer the questions, whether both are needed or whether there is not enough information to answer the question.
1.3 Verbal Section
It consists of 41 multiple choice questions, which have to be answered in 75 minutes. There are three types of questions: sentence correction, critical reasoning and reading comprehension. Score is on a scale of 0-60.
1.3.1 Sentence Correction
Questions are designed to measure proficiency in three areas: correct expression, effective expression and proper diction.
Correct expression refers to grammar and structure of the sentence.
Effective expression refers to clarity and concision used to express the idea.
Proper diction refers to suitability and accuracy chosen in reference to the dictionary meaning of the words and the context in which the words are used.
1.3.2 Critical Reasoning
This tests logical thinking. Questions may ask test takers to draw a conclusion to identify assumptions or to recognize strengths or weaknesses of an argument.
1.3.3 Reading Comprehension
This tests the ability to read critically. Reading comprehension questions relate to a passage that is provided for the examinee to read. It tests the ability to understand the substance and logical structure of a written selection. Arun Vedhera