Did you know that almost 60 years ago nine business schools came together to develop a standardized test to help them find suitable students for their ranks?
Today this test is internationally accepted as a proven measure of how successful MBA students will be during their courses. The test – called the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) – is a computer-based, three and a half hours assessment that is administered in test centers in more than 110 countries around the world. The GMAT exam consists of four main parts:
- the quantitative section
- the verbal section
- the analytical writing assessment
- and since June 5th 2012 the integrated reasoning section
The new section is supposed to measure someone’s ability to evaluate data presented in different formats.
A question from the GMAT can look anything like this for example:
The rate of violent crime in this state is up 30 per cent from last year. The fault lies entirely in our court system: Recently our judges' sentences have been so lenient that criminals can now do almost anything without fear of a long prison term.
The argument above would be weakened if it were true that
(A) 85 percent of the other states in the nation have lower crime rates than does this state.
(B) White collar crime in this state has also increased by over 25 per cent in the last year.
(C) 35 per cent of the police in this state have been laid off in the last year due to budget cuts.
(D) Polls show that 65 percent of the population in this state oppose capital punishment.
(E) The state has hired 25 new judges in the last year to compensate for deaths and retirements.