Getting to know the GMAT

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Getting to know the GMAT

If people of faith plan on continuing their business education at the graduate level, they may consider applying to master of business administration (MBA) degree programs offered through Christian colleges and universities. Should they take this route, there is a good chance they will have to submit their scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Of course, if MBA degree seekers have never been very good at taking standardized tests, they can certainly find Christian universities and colleges that do not require prospective students to submit their scores. For instance, Minnesota’s Crown College states on its website that individuals do not need to include their GMAT results with their application materials.

However, if individuals have their sights set on the MBA program offered by Illinois’ North Park University, they will need to submit their official score report from the GMAT, according to the school’s website. If prospective graduate students are unfamiliar with this test, then here are a few GMAT basics.

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What is it?

The GMAT is designed by the Graduate Management Admission Council and used by business schools to assess candidates’ readiness for advanced programs. The test consists of three parts – an analytical writing assessment, a quantitative section and a verbal section, according to MBA.com.

What is the GMAT’s format?

Test takers do not have to show up for the GMAT with a sharpened No. 2 pencil, as the assessment is administered entirely using a computer. This allows the GMAT to adjust to an individual’s ability level. It also means that if test takers are correctly answering questions with ease, the queries that follow will become increasingly difficult.

The GMAT is changing

If prospective students plan on taking the GMAT any time after June 5, 2012, they should know that it will not be the same test that is currently available. The Next Generation GMAT will feature an additional section featuring questions related to integrated reasoning.

How long does it take?

Both the current and Next Generation GMAT take three hours and 30 minutes to complete. Those sitting for the assessment are given the option of taking breaks before and after they tackle its quantitative section.

Is it the only option?

No, not all MBA degree seekers have to take the GMAT. In fact, many advanced business programs now accept the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the place of the GMAT, according to the Educational Testing Service website. North Park University is just one Christian university that offers applicants this option.

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