|Quoting ACB777 (Thread starter):|
Has anyone here written the GMAT exam? What was it like? Was it difficult? Whats the hardest part?
Took it twice...it's computerized, now. More than anything, it's a test of stamina, i.e. how long you can stay focused on a variety of verbal and quantitative subjects. And yes, the ability to do so is key to sucess in B-school. I'm halfway through it now.
As mentioned, the first question in each section is of medium difficulty..half will get it right, half will get it wrong. If you get it right, the questions become more difficult, until you get one wrong, then it gets a little easier. So, if you get the first 10-15 questions right on each section, you can plan on getting a good score.
I took a prep. class, then took the test and got a 370. Took off 8 months to regroup and basically changed the way I studied. I realized the best way was just to become very comfortable and alert for a 3.5 hour test (4 once you add in breaks, etc.) by taking many, many, many full-length sample tests could handle. I then took it again, and got a 460. Usually a 90 point positive swing is very rare, it's usually 30. Anyway, the essays were the easiest...got a 5.5 on those. Verbal is more my thing, and I ended up getting right at the average (mean) for that section. I scored in the 20th percentile for math. I was admitted on probation to the school of my choice, and once I showed I had a 3.0 or better for the first 9 credits, that was removed, and I've never looked back. I have about a 3.55 now...I take a quantitative and a qualitative class each quarter. If I can get an A in the verbal/written class and a B in the quantitative, that gives me a 3.5. Based on my overall GPA, it's a strategy that's clearly working for me.
The biggest problem is that you have to understand how the test takers write the questions. It's basically high school english and math, but the way it's asked (i.e. data sufficiency, sentence correction, logic, etc.) is what is the most challenging.
Your overall raw score for each section is compared against the overall mean on each section, and those two scores helps to determine your final number, i.e. 500, etc. I think the national mean is around a 527. Most b-schools who require the GMAT want you to have a 500 minimum GMAT, and the nationally ranked schools like Harvard, Stanford, N'Western, etc. want a 700+ though they don't come out and say that specifically.
|Quoting Kay (Reply 2):|
The grade is directly proportional to where you stand compared to the thousands of students that took the same exam the same day in your time zone.
That's news to me, but I'm sure they do look at how students do on a regional basis, and depending on test date. I'll take your word for it!
Back to studying for my Finance final...