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The GMAT Exam
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The GMAT exam is designed to help higher education institutions assess candidates for advanced degrees in business and management. The exam is international, standardized, performed in English, and conducted in a Computer Adaptive Test format. The various institutions view the GMAT scores as predictors of one's academic performance in MBA (Master of Business Administration) or other advanced management programs. In fact, over 1900 academic institutions that offer advanced programs in business management use GMAT scores as part of their admission process. In Israel, thousands take the exam each year, most of them for admission to studies in Israel.

The GMAT exam measures the basic verbal, mathematical, analytical, and writing skills that you developed in your years of study and work. However, it does not measure your knowledge in the world of business, your work skills, specific contents from your first years in academia, your abilities in specific other areas, or subjective qualities such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

The exam includes 3 timed sections: an analytical writing assessment (AWA), a quantitative section, and a verbal section. In the analytical writing section, which starts the exam, you will be asked to write 2 essays: in the first you will be asked to analyze and express an opinion about a certain topic, and in the second - to analyze and criticize a logical argument. You have 30 minutes to c omplete each essay. At the end of the writing section, you can take a 10-minute break, or continue straightaway to the quantitative section. The quantitative section includes 37 multiple-choice questions of 2 types - Data Sufficiency questions and Problem Solving. You have 75 minutes to complete the entire section. Upon completing the quantitative section, you can choose to take a 10-minute break or continue straightaway to the verbal section. The verbal section has 41 multiple-choice questions of 3 types: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You have 75 minutes to complete the entire section.

The GMAT exam lasts a total of 4 hours, which includes the practice time, the optional breaks, and the waiting time for the score report. When the exam starts, you will be able to read the question instructions and even practice. We recommend that you use this time wisely, and furthermore, that you familiarize yourself with the instructions beforehand, and of course, practice, practice, practice.

The test scores range from 200 to 800, with a third of all examinees falling into the range between 400 and 600. The cost of the exam everywhere in the world is 250 US dollars, and the exam scores are valid for 5 years. If your score does not satisfy you, you can retake the exam every 31 days, but no more than 5 times in 12 months. If you receive a score of 800, you will not be able to retake the exam for 5 whole years from the date of the exam. It is important to note that all your GMAT scores of the last 5 years will appear in your Official Score Report.

In Israel, the GMAT exam is conducted at the Pearson company's assessment center in Ramat Gan. To schedule an exam date, call or fax the Pearson company in England (Tel +44-161-855-7219, Fax +44-161-855-7301) or register directly on the GMAT website. The exam fee is payable by international credit card only. Most examinees begin preparing about 3 to 6 months before the exam, and it is always recommended to decide beforehand on the preparation method most effective for you. Among your options: self-study, one-on-one study with a private teacher, group learning, and preparation courses.

 
 
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