The GMAT exam is attempted by many candidates who would like to pursue their MBA overseas. It is one of the most competitive exams and requires a lot of preparation efforts by the students to be able to gain admissions in the universities of their preference. The admissions committee of these top B-schools also use the GMAT scores as a measure to judge the candidate’s competence and whether he is capable of adapting to the demanding and challenging schedules of an MBA program.
The GMAT exam is composed of 4 main sections but there are several other aspects which one has to keep in mind before attempting the exam. Below are the 5 elements which candidates are not usually aware about the GMAT :
The Adaptive Testing pattern of the exam and no pass score for the exam –
The adaptive testing technology which is used in the exam is one of the most unique features of this testing methodology. This is the reason why many candidates still struggle with the GMAT exam in spite of being well versed with all the sections in the exam. The adaptive testing technology is the process by which the computer increases or decreases the difficulty level of the questions based on your performance on your previous attempts. This pattern of the exam is certainly beneficial since it provides the same kind of testing environment for all candidates irrespective of their calibre. The Computer Adaptive Test selects the most relevant items for the aspirants attempting the exam when compared to the traditional non adaptive methods like paper and pencil based test, computer based test etc. Such methods increase the accuracy of the test results and provide more uniform scores. CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) must usually meet certain content specifications so that there are no ambiguities while the candidates attempt the exam.
Canceling scores and Reinstating them –
GMAC has given the option of canceling scores if an individual wishes to do so in the event that they are unsatisfied with their GMAT results. You can choose to either accept your scores or cancel them on the test date. Since you will be provided with only 2 minutes before deciding on whether to keep or reject your scores, it is best to have a fair idea about which score range you would want before you attempt the exam. However in case you have already accepted your scores and later change your mind then GMAC provides you with the opportunity of doing so within 72 hours of taking the test. However you will be charged a small fee of $25 for the same. Similarly in a situation where you have already cancelled your scores on the date of the exam but later would like to reinstate them, then GMAC provides you with this feasibility as well. The time limit for the same is 4 years and 11 months from the date of the exam. These options act as a boon to students who might be in a dilemma on whether to accept scores or cancel them. They will not be under pressure to make a decision which can’t be reversed. The decision of cancelling or reinstating the scores is influenced majorly by the cut off limit which is set by the universities you are applying to for admissions. Therefore take into consideration all of the above factors before you make an informed decision.
Retaking exam and what happens when you don’t finish the exam on time –
There are many candidates who would like to retake the GMAT exam a second time since they were unhappy with their results on the first attempt. GMAT provides the candidates with the choice of attempting the GMAT exam upto 5 times in a calendar year with a 16 day gap between each attempt. The time gap between each attempt will certainly prove beneficial since you will have adequate time to make a note of the mistakes that you have made in your first attempt of the exam and accordingly correct them. You will be able to improve your performance and boost your GMAT score while attempting the exam a second time. The admissions committee of various universities you are applying to will be able to view all the previous scores and attempts you have made with the GMAT exam. Therefore it is necessary to not give them a negative image by appearing for the exam multiple times. Instead complete a detailed self analysis so that you are able to reach your target score the second time you retake the exam itself. The GMAT exam is a very lengthy one and it takes about 3 and half hours totally. Each section of the exam is allocated with a specific time limit. However if you don’t pace yourself you may not be able to complete the exam on time within the time limit. This will have a negative impact on your overall GMAT score. Hence do ensure that you don’t spend too much time on a single question and miss out on answering the remaining questions on your exam.
Authentication code –
There is an authentication code which you will need to access your official score report of the exam. While previously you were provided with a separate code for this purpose, now you can access the same using your date of birth as an authentication code.
AWA re-evaluation service –
Once you complete your exam you will receive a raw score or unofficial score report which consists of your Quant and Verbal scores alone. Your scores in the AWA section are provided along with your official score report a few weeks later. In the event that you are not happy with your AWA scores then you can request for a reevaluation for this section alone for a fee of 45$. You will be able to request for the rescoring only within 6 months of your exam date. Do remember that the results which you receive after rescoring will be final.
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