The scoring patterns of GMAT


Are you preparing for GMAT? If the answer to such a question is yes, you need to figure out the calculation of scores in these tests.  Adaptive scoring is a method that would have been easy to understand. In a GMAT exam syllabus this scoring pattern is vital. It means you would be answering questions based on the level of difficulty. The verbal and the numerical ability section you have to be equally adept. In the quants section, there are  31 questions you need to answer and in the verbal section, it is 36 questions. The questions from the different sections would have varying difficulty levels.

Every question would be based on the difficulty of the previous level question. At an initial stage, the questions are going to be a moderate level of difficulty, and based on the levels of it you may have to step up or step down in such an exam. It relies on the use of a GMAC software that is going to understand the difficulty levels and hence adeptness. No point in guesswork and answering a question as the key is to answer a question properly. If you are overthinking on how to answer the question it is going to take away the level of difficulty. Just simply focus on answering the question in a proper way.

Things not to be done

  • No point in leaving many questions unanswered. GMAT is of the assumption that it hates non-attempts. Take note of the fact you are analysis for your managerial abilities as well. If you are leaving a question it indicates you are avoiding responsibility. You would be penalized if you leave answers and more so if the answer is an incorrect one.
  • Cluster randomness- it points to the fact you have not understood or learned a given pattern of questions. There is no point in clicking random questions to answers. It is going to have a major impact on the final score as it is going to be deduct by 30 to 60 points. The cluster errors are view in a negative manner as compared to scattered errors.

Things  to be done

  • Time management- this works out to be the key differentiator and this might be the difference between someone who scores 700 and 780. Any student who scores above 740 is able to answer questions properly. Have a plan ready and stick to it. Be aware that you do not need to answer every question correctly to avail 90 percentile. It is more of a game, the more you play better you will become on the same.
  • Quadrant management- the first or the last quadrants happen to be important. It is not going to indicate that the other ones are not important. Do not go slow or over speed in any of the quadrants.

This pretty much sums about GMAT and the scoring patterns. There is a need to educate yourself more and understand the details about an MBA course.


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