The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is designed to assess the students aiming to join the MBA (Masters in Business Administration) program or Masters in Finance-related courses. The exam tests the writing, analytical, verbal, quantitative reasoning, and reading skills of the candidate in standard written English language.
More than 1500 graduate business schools around the globe require GMAT scores for admission. It is a computer-based exam. However, in some remote places, the paper-based system is still followed. GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) is responsible for the design and administration of the GMAT. It determines the kind of skills measured by the GMAT and what methods can be adapted to measure them. It decides the GMAT format and GMAT question paper pattern.
Computer Adaptive Test
GMAT is a computer adaptive test. A computer adaptive test means the questions are not pre-determined. The exam assesses the candidate’s adequate difficulty level and then puts the question before him.
For example, the first question in front of you will be of average difficulty. If you answer it correctly, then the next question will be of slightly higher difficulty. If your answer is wrong, the question will be of lower difficulty. The same algorithm is set for the second question, and third, and so on.
Because it is a computer adaptive test, and your answer determines the level of the next question, you are not allowed to go back to the question you have once answered. Only the number of correct answers does not indicate your score. The hard questions hold more GMAT scoring points than easier questions.
GMAT assessment is an exam by GMAC for the EMBA programs. EMBA stands for Executive MBA. EMBA is a short duration program for working professionals who want to improve their managerial and leadership skills but do not want to change the direction of their career much. EA exam is called a mini-GMAT exam. EA exam focuses more on Integrated reasoning, more suitable for experienced candidates.