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What is a Computer-Adaptive Test?

In a computer-adaptive test, the computer screen displays one question at a time, which is chosen from a very large pool of questions categorized by content and difficulty. The first question is always of a medium difficulty, and each subsequent question is determined by your responses to all the previous questions. In other words, the CAT adjusts itself to your ability level – you’ll get few questions that are either too easy or too difficult for you.

Each question in the GMAT CAT has five answer options, and you are required to select one of these five as the correct answer by clicking on it. A subsequent question is displayed on the screen only after you have answered the previous question, so you cannot skip a question. You cannot also go back to a previously answered question to change your answer. Thus, if you guess a correct answer or answer a question incorrectly by mistake, your answers to subsequent questions will lead you back to questions that are at the appropriate level of difficulty for you.

Content and Format of the GMAT

The test has three distinct sections : Analytical Writing Ability (AWA), Quantitative, and Verbal. The Quantitative section has two types of questions, Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, mingled throughout the section. The Verbal Section has three types : Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension; here too, the questions of each type appear in no set sequence. There are a total of 78 questions, 37 in Quantitative (Including 9 Experimental Questions) and 41 in Verbal. These have to be done in 75 minutes each.

  • The analytical writing sections of the test measure the ability to think critically and communicate complex ideas through writing. There are two 30 minute essays—1 task is to analyze an issue; the other is to analyze an argument.Analysis of Issue:Students are required to present their perspective/opinion on an issue.Analysis of Argument: Students are required to analyse a given argument.
  • The quantitative sections of the test measure basic mathematical skills and understanding of elementary concepts, and the ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data. This 75 minute section contains 37 multiple-choice questions (with 5 answer choices per question) of either two question types, Data Sufficiency or Problem Solving.
  • The verbal sections of the test measure the ability to understand and evaluate what is read and to recognize the basic conventions of standard written English. This 75 minute section contains 41 multiple choice questions (with 5 answer choices per question) of any of three question types, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction.

The following table gives out the format of the GMAT-CAT : 

GMAT Score Questions Topic Timing
————– Computer Tutorial  ———- NA
Essay    1-6 1 Topic
1 Topic
Analysis of an Issue
Analysis of an Argument
30 min.
30 min.
———– Optional Rest Break ———– 5 min.
Quantitative 100-400 37
( Including 9 Experimental Questions )
Problem Solving
Data Sufficiency
75 min.
————— Optional Rest Break ————– 5 min.
Verbal 100-400 41 Reading Comprehension Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 min.
Total 200-800 78+2 Essays 4 Hours (approx.)

Remember:

The Analytical Writing section is always the first section followed by the Quantitative Section and then the Verbal Section.

GMAT Score :

The GMAT score is for a total of 800. The score is based on a combination of the Quantitative and Verbal sections and will be in a range of 200-800.

GMAT Course: Quantitative Topics

GMAT Course: Problem Solving (18)
GMAT Course: Data Sufficiency (19)
>>> The Two/Three Elimination Technique
>>> Analyzing Equations

( Topic wise Approx No. of questions: 37)
>>> ( 5) 
Numbers/ Conversion/ Fractions/ Decimals/Averages/ Rounding off Numbers/ Exponents & Roots/ Prime Numbers………..
>>> ( 3) Percents/Time Speed and Distance/Ratio & Proportion/The Ratio Matrix/Calculating Interest
>>> ( 2)  Allegations/Word Problems/LCM/ LCD / HCF/ HCD……
>>> (7) Geometry/Angles/ Line/ Polygons/ Triangle/ Quadrilaterals/Area/ Perimeter/ Volume /Surface Area/ Hexagon/ Circle/Cylinder/ Cone/ Sphere/Overlapping Figures/Volume and Three-Dimensional Figures
>>> ( 3) Coordinate Geometry/Slope/Intercepts……..
>>> ( 8) Algebra/Inequalities/Equations/Algebraic Expressions/ Factoring/Manipulating Complex Word Problems/Functions/Quadratic Equations
>>> ( 3)  Sequence and Series/ Progressions/ Arithmetic Mean/ Geometric Mean/ Harmonic Mean/ Variance/ Standard deviation/Mean Deviation
>>> ( 2) Probability/Permutations and Combinations………..
>>> ( 2)  Counting/Set Theory/Define Functions/Venn Diagram/Static…….
>>> ( 2)  Graphs/Line Graphs/Circle Graphs/Bar Graphs /Cumulative Graphs…….

GMAT Course Verbal Topics

GMAT Course: Sentence Correction:
>>> Grammatical Errors vs. Stylistic Errors
>>> Capitalizing on Answer Choice Variance
>>> Subject/Verb Agreement
>>> Pronoun Agreement
>>> Pronoun Ambiguity
>>> Idioms
>>> Misplaced Modifiers
>>> Parallel Construction
>>> Verb Tenses
>>> The Subjunctive Mood
>>> Noun Agreement
>>> Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
>>> Common Errors in Diction
>>> Proper Use of Gerunds
>>> Comparison Words
>>> Quantity Words
>>> Redundancy

GMAT Course: Critical Reasoning:

>>> Reacting to the Stimulus
>>> Arguments vs. Sets of Facts
>>> Identifying Premises and Conclusions
>>> The Six Question Types
>>> Type One Questions
>>> Type 1M Questions
>>> Type Three Questions
>>> Cause and Effect Stimuli
>>> Type Two Questions
>>> The 2N Negation Technique
>>> The 2S Justification Technique
>>> Type Four Questions
>>> Type Five Questions
>>> Flawed Methods of Reasoning
>>> Three-Four Combination Questions
>>> Type 5F Questions
>>> Type Six Questions
>>> Type Two-Three Combination Questions

GMAT Course: Reading Comprehension:

>>> Categorizing the Passages
>>> The Pros and Cons of Outlining
>>> Political Correctness
>>> Business Passages
>>> Science Passages
>>> History/Humanities Passages

GMAT Course: AWA Topic

The essays are scored in a range from 0 to 6. The ratings of the essay will be 6.0, 5.5, 5.0, 4.5, 4.0, 3.5, 3.0,2.5, 2.0, 1.5 and 1.0. Your essay will receive a rating of 6.0, 5.5, 5.0, 4.5, 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5, 2.0 1.5, or 1. A score of 0 will be given, if an examinee writes nothing, simply copies the topic or written in another language. The desired level is 5 and above.

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