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Understanding the GMAT Exam: A Comprehensive Guide for MBA Applicants

What is the GMAT Exam?

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is a standardized exam that is required for admission to many MBA programs. It is designed to assess your analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in a business context.

Why is the GMAT Important?

Taking the GMAT can make you stand out from other applicants and demonstrate your commitment to pursuing a graduate business degree. Schools use GMAT scores to evaluate applicants' academic potential, and those who score higher on the GMAT are more likely to be admitted to MBA programs. However, it is important to note that GMAT scores are not the only factor that schools consider when making admissions decisions. Other factors, such as your undergraduate GPA, job history, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation, are also important.

Sections of the GMAT Exam

The GMAT exam consists of four sections:

  1. Math (Quantitative Reasoning): This section includes 31 questions that must be completed within 62 minutes. It focuses on problem-solving using data sufficiency and problem-solving questions.
  2. Verbal (Verbal Reasoning): This section includes 36 questions that must be completed within 65 minutes. It focuses on reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction questions.
  3. Integrated Reasoning: This section requires 12 questions to be answered in 30 minutes and tests your ability to interpret data from multiple sources.
  4. Essay (Analytical Writing Assessment): This is a timed essay requirement that assesses your ability to analyze an argument and support your perspective with evidence.

Preparing for the GMAT Exam

The GMAT exam can seem overwhelming, but there are many resources available to help you succeed. Popular options include GMAT prep courses, study guides, and practice exams. These resources can all assist in preparing for the GMAT exam and increasing your chances of success.

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Tim Jackson

Director of Student Success

- "Preparing for the GMAT and applying for an MBA requires a tremendous commitment, and that doesn’t take into consideration the personal challenges our students must face when deciding if they want to leave their friends, families, and native cultures behind to advance their careers abroad. An MBA is not for everyone and that’s precisely what makes this advanced degree so valuable. 

For these reasons, we at Merchant only work with students we are confident have what it takes to succeed throughout the preparation and application processes.

Given an increased demand in our services, we do not have the ability to offer free consultation services to unserious applicants. If you are interested in learning more about Merchant, please fill out this form. After reviewing your LinkedIn profile, our team will be in touch with you if we feel you are a good fit for our services."