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AMIT KUMAR CHANDA
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Ask Rajat Kumar that what went into the preparation of
Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), and he said: "Quantitative and verbal section being of class XII standard, the focus should be entirely on why you went wrong and then to figure out what is needed to correct the situation. For essay writing, you need to structure your thinking and find out ways to implement your thoughts and ideas into actual practice."
Kumar, an alumnus of the Hindu College, Delhi University scored a perfect 800/800 in GMAT in 2004. He is, currently, pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School of Business, US.
A computer adaptive test, the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is used by aspirants to seek admissions in B-schools across the world. The EAS officer at the United States Educational Foundation in India, Vijaya Khandavilli, "The test neither measures knowledge in any subject nor subjective quality like how can you handle stress, team work, motivation or stress management of a test taker. It measures basic verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills that an aspirant has developed over a period of time. The test basically tests logical and analytical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, communication and facility of expression, analytical and persuasive skills in a most effective manner."
The GMAT format
The GMAT test consists of three sections which include analytical writing assessment, quantitative and verbal. The analytical writing assessment, as according to Khandavilli, "Like GRE, this section comprises of 'Analysis of an Issue'. Students, here, have to take a position of a given issue and explain his or her point of view. In 'Analysis of an Argument', students have to give reasons and critically analyse the given argument."
Coming to the 'Quantitative' section, "The problem solving and data sufficiency questions are intermingled in this section. An aspirant needs to have adequate knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra and commonly known concepts of geometry," added Khandavilli.
The 'Verbal' section comprises of three parts, which include Reading Comprehension or RC, Critical Reasoning or CR, and Sentence Correction. The RC will require students to understand words and statements in the given passage. "Once you have understood the words, you need to derive a logical relationship between concepts and passage. Once you have established a relationship, you have to draw inference from facts and statements," remarked Khandavilli. In CR, the questions will test skills in making and evaluating arguments and formulating or evoluting a plan of action.
The SC tests the language proficiency of the test taker. "An aspirant should know conventional styles of English language and grammatical rules of standard written English, and, thus will be tested on correct and effective expression of language," added Khandavilli.
According to Khandavilli, "Before you start preparation for the GMAT, it's always advisable that an aspirant should appear for mock tests under simulated condition. This will help him or her to know about strength and weak areas. An aspirant can, gradually, built upon that to prepare for GMAT before he or she finally appears for the test."
Kumar said: "An aspirant always starts with a certain base. Depending upon the background, an aspirant may be good, either in quantitative or verbal or analytical writing. For example, students who are coming from a humanities' background might have to put in extra effort for the quantitative section."
How far is it true that a good score cannot guarantee admission to a top B-school in the US? Kumar elaborated, "Premier B-schools do not consider marks after a certain point. They know that a student who has 650 plus marks in GMAT will be able to stand the academic rigour of their course. Admission committees are more interested in an aspirant's long-term goals and how an MBA degree is going to help him or her achieve goals."
Adding to Kumar's views, Khandavilli remarked, "A good GMAT score, UG marks, well-written B-school essay, good recommendation letter and progressive employment history, all these contribute together for admission to an MBA programme in a top-notch B-school."
The following is the list of GMAT preparation material available in the USEFI library.
List of books:
Peterson's Master the GMAT
Peterson's Master the Miller Analogies Test
ARCO GMAT CAT Answers Real Essay Questions
The official Guide for GMAT Review
Peterson's Writing Skills for GRE/GMAT Mark Alan Stewart
ARCO Master the GMAT CAT
GRE & GMAT Exam Math Workbook
Peterson's GMAT CAT Success
The GMAT Advantage with Professor Dave
The Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT
Peterson's Math Review GRE, GMAT & MCAT
List of test preparation CDs:
Higher Score on the GMAT
Thomson ARCO- Master the GMAT CAT
Nova Press GMAT - Test Prep Course
The Princeton Review
GMAT Test Prep ETS Powerprep
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