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The GMAT score is the most important factor among the numerous admission criteria the MBA and business gradschool applicants have to meet.


A standardized test, the Graduate Management Admissions Test , measures the Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical skills. The test primarily intends to aid graduate schools of business assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study in business and management. Nearly 1000 management institutes all over the world require GMAT®scores from the applicants.

The GMAT is different from most other customary examinations. The examination is entirely computer-based, and no two students get identical sets of questions. Also, students cannot skip questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 800. The GMAT® Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school. The test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a Business School he/she desires.

The GMAT has four sections – Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment .
The following is the GMAT test structure.

  • The US-based "Pearson VUE”, which is under the directions of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) develops and administers the GMAT. Pearson VUE is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee.

What is the IR section?

The Integrated Reasoning (IR) section became a part of the GMAT since June 05, 2012.
The IR section:

  1. Replaced the AWA issue task
  2. Consist of 12 questions (some with sub parts), to be done over 30 minutes
  3. Is not be adaptive
  4. Is scored separately

The IR section tests your ability to read, understand, and interpret the information presented to you. The questions are provided in four different formats viz: table analysis, graphics interpretation, two-part analysis and multi-source reasoning. It will test basic data interpretation based on mathematical/ verbal concepts, and you will have access to a calculator during the IR section.

What is the role of IR section section score in university admissions process? GMAC changed the GMAT exam and added the IR section at the request of the admissions committees of numerous B schools. So, obviously, B schools will give importance to the IR section score. However, it is difficult to guess exactly how much importance is given to sectional scores of GMAT since B schools do not release that data in the public domain.

What is the scoring scale for the Next Generation GMAT?
AWA section grades are from 0-6 in 0.5 increments. IR section is scored on a scale of 1-8 in 1 point increment. Quantitative score from 0 to 60 (known as scaled score). However, 51 is 98 percentile. Verbal score from 0 to 60 (scaled score). However, above 45 is 99 percentile on verbal. Total Score from 200-800 in 10 point increments.