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Studying for the GMAT exam

Overview of the GMAT exam

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) which assesses a person's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in standard written English in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program, such as an MBA.

Click on the links below to discover everything you need to know about the GMAT exam and take a look at the content covered in the four test sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, and the Analytical Writing Assessment.

Private GMAT lessons with Dr. Donnelly

Private GMAT tutoring and one-on-one intensive GMAT test preparation courses are available in-person with Dr. Donnelly at our comfortable office located at 1460 Broadway, Suite 15017 here in Manhattan. Our quiet teaching rooms are fully equipped with whiteboards and all the necessary teaching materials required to provide an ideal learning environment.

Also, due to popular demand, Dr. Donnelly has recently begun to offer GMAT prep classes online via Skype for those students who live outside of the New York City area.

With his outstanding academic credentials and over 18 years of private tutoring and teaching experience at all levels, Dr. Donnelly is considered by many leading educators to be one of the "most experienced and qualified private GMAT tutors in the country".

Contact Dr. Donnelly

For information on rates and availability or to set up a free consultation, please contact Dr. Donnelly at:

Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has helped literally hundreds of students to improve their GMAT scores significantly and to achieve their MBA goals. We are confident that he can do the same for you.

 

Everything you need to know about the GMAT

An Overview of the GMAT

WHAT SCORE WILL GET ME INTO A TOP SCHOOL?

Most students accepted to top schools score over 700 on the GMAT.

The average score over the past three years has been 538.5.

WHEN CAN I TAKE THE GMAT?

Most weekdays and weekends, year-round.

You may not take the GMAT more than once within 31 days, even if the scores are canceled.

HOW IS THE GMAT SCORED?

Your GMAT score report includes your Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal, and Total scores.

Your "Total GMAT Score" is based on your Quantitative and Verbal scores only. Your Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning scores do not affect the Total score.

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.

Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare.

Analytical Writing Assessment scores range from 0 to 6. Note that the essay score does not count towards the "Total Score".

Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals; no partial credit is given. Note that the Integrated Reasoning score does not count towards the "Total Score".

The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test. The first question may be difficult. The next few questions in each section may be around the 500 level. If the examinee answers correctly, the next questions are harder. If the examinee answers incorrectly, the next questions are easier.

GMAT scores are valid for five years from the date the test taker sits for the exam until the date of matriculation. All scores and cancellations in the past 5 years will be on a student's score report.

 

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HOW LONG IS THE GMAT?

3.5 hours

REGISTERING FOR THE GMAT?

www.MBA.com

Cost of Exam is $250.

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Overview of the GMAT - Section by Section

GMAT - SECTION BY SECTION
QUANTITATIVE SECTION

Dr. Donnelly can teach you the correct approach for each type of question that will appear on the GMAT

  • The correct approach will allow the test-taker to reach the correct answer within 30 seconds.
  • If you find yourself spending more than one minute on any question then you have missed the correct approach.

To learn the correct approach to the Quantitative section of the GMAT and how to improve your score significantly please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or online via Skype.

The Quantitative Section consists of 37 multiple choice questions, which must be answered within 75 minutes.

  • The quantitative section scores range from 0 to 60 points.
  • Over the past 3 years the mean score has been 35.8;
  • Scores above 50 and below 7 are rare.

There are two types of questions: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.

Problem Solving

The Problem Solving questions test the quantitative reasoning ability of the examinee.

  • Problem-solving questions present multiple-choice problems in arithmetic, basic algebra, and elementary geometry.
  • Some problems will be plain mathematical calculations; the rest will be presented as real life word problems that will require mathematical solutions.
  • Note that each question can be answered within 30 seconds if the correct approach is used.

To learn the correct approach to the Problem Solving questions of the GMAT and how to improve your quant score significantly please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or online via Skype.

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Data Sufficiency

Data sufficiency is a unique type of math question created especially for the GMAT.

  • Each item consists of the questions itself followed by two numbered statements that provide information that might be useful in answering the question.
  • The examinee must then determine whether either statement alone is sufficient to answer the question; whether both are needed to answer the question; or whether there is not enough information given to answer the question.
    • (A) If statement 1 alone is sufficient to answer the question, but statement 2 alone is not sufficient.
    • (B) If statement 2 alone is sufficient to answer the question, but statement 1 alone is not sufficient.
    • (C) If both statements together are needed to answer the question, but neither statement alone is sufficient.
    • (D) If either statement by itself is sufficient to answer the question.
    • (E) If not enough facts are given to answer the question.

To learn the correct approach to the Data Sufficiency questions of the GMAT and how to improve your quant score significantly please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or online via Skype.

 

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VERBAL SECTION

There are three types of questions: Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.

  • The verbal section consists of 41 multiple choice questions, which must be answered within 75 minutes.
  • The verbal section is scored from 0 to 60 points.
  • Over the past three years the mean has been 28; scores above 44 and below 9 are rare.

Sentence Correction

The Sentence Correction questions test the examinee's knowledge of American English grammar, usage, and style.

Sentence Correction questions are designed to measure a test taker's proficiency in three areas: correct expression, effective expression, and proper diction.

  • Correct expression refers to the grammar and structure of the sentence.
  • Effective Expression refers to the clarity and concision used to express the idea.
  • Proper Diction refers to the suitability and accuracy of the chosen words in reference to the dictionary meaning of the words and the context in which the words are presented.

To learn how to improve your score significantly in the Sentence Correction section of the GMAT please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or online via Skype.

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Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning questions test logical thinking by presenting arguments that the test taker is asked to analyze.

  • Questions may ask test takers to draw a conclusion, to identify assumptions, or to recognize strengths or weaknesses in the argument.
  • The examinee should select the best answer to the question, that is, an answer that does not require making assumptions that violate common sense standards by being implausible, redundant, irrelevant, or inconsistent.

To learn how to improve your score significantly in the Critical Reasoning section of the GMAT please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or online via Skype.

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Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension questions test the ability of the examinee to understand the substance and logical structure of a written passage.

  • The GMAT uses reading passages of approximately 200 to 350 words, covering topics from social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, and business.
  • Each passage has three or more questions based on its content.
  • The questions ask about the main point of the passage, about what the author specifically states, about what can be logically inferred from the passage, and about the author's attitude.

To learn how to improve your score significantly in the Reading Comprehension section of the GMAT please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or online via Skype.

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ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT

The Analytical Writing Assessment section of the test consists of one essay:

  • Analysis of an argument

This essay must be written within 30 minutes and is scored on a scale of 0-6. Note that the essay score does not count towards the "Total GMAT Score".

The essay is read by two readers:

  • A human reader, who evaluates the quality of the examinee's ideas and his or her ability to organize, develop, and express ideas with relevant support.
  • A computer program IntelliMetric, which analyzes creative writing and syntax.

While mastery of the conventions of written English factor into scoring, minor errors are expected, and evaluators are trained to be sensitive to examinees whose first language is not English.

To learn how to improve your score significantly in the Analytical Writing Assessment section of the GMAT please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or via Skype.

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INTEGRATED REASONING (IR)
Six Things to Know About IR Questions: 
  1. You must answer all parts of a single question correctly to receive credit. No partial credit is given. 
  2. All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen.
  3. You must submit responses to all parts of the question before moving on to a new question on another screen.
  4. Once you answer a question, you may not go back and change the answer.
  5. Answer options for one question will not help you solve other questions.
  6. You may see several questions for one set of data. If you answer one question incorrectly, your incorrect answer will not necessarily affect how you answer another question based on the same data.

There are four types of Integrated Reasoning (IR) questions that measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems and test the following skills:

Graphics Interpretation

Interpret the graph or graphical image and select the option from a drop-down list to make the answer statements accurate.

Two-Part Analysis

Select one answer from each column to solve a problem with a two-part solution. Possible answers will be presented in a table with a column for each part.

Table Analysis

Sort the table to organize the data so you can determine whether certain conditions are met. Each question will have statements with opposing answers (e.g., yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable); select one answer for each statement.

Multi-Source-Reasoning

Click on the page to reveal different data and discern which data you need to answer the question.

To significantly improve your score in the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT please contact Dr. Donnelly today at (917) 568 2473 to arrange private tutoring here in Manhattan or online via Skype.

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