What Purpose Does the Test Serve?
- MBA programs and graduate management programs in general look upon the GMAT scores as a reliable predictor of academic success;
- Business schools rely on the GMAT scores to assess the qualifications of applicants to MBA programs or other advanced business programs;
- Any significant career in business will build on the GMAT scores as more than 5,400 graduate business and management programs at over 1,900 schools around the world require the GMAT scores for admission.
With all its marked relevance to careers in business, you can score high with no particular knowledge of business: the GMAT Handbook (formerly the GMAT Information Bulletin) available here mentions that the test does not require a business background or any specific knowledge.
What Does the Test Look Like?
According to the GMAT Handbook and official website, the GMAT includes the following four sections:
- Analytical Writing Assessment: a 30-minute writing task measuring the test taker’s ability to think critically and communicate ideas;
- Integrated Reasoning: 12 questions and 30 minutes to solve them. Question types range from multi-source reasoning, graphics interpretation, two-part analysis and table analysis.
- Quantitative: basic mathematical skills together with understanding of elementary concepts, alongside the ability to solve quantitative problems and interpret graphic data. 75 minutes to solve 37 multiple-choice questions;
- Verbal: questions assessing reading comprehension, sentence correction, and critical reasoning. 75 minutes to solve 41 multiple-choice questions.
The testing time is 3.5 hrs. Overall, the test may last around 4 hrs on account of optional breaks and check in time.
Just like the GRE General, the GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT). What does this mean for you? You will take the test at an authorized test center and the computer will adjust the complexity of the questions to your ability level. Each multiple-choice section of the exam will open with a question of medium difficulty. If you answer it correctly, the computer will select a slightly more difficult question for you. Your correct responses will prompt questions with a higher difficulty index and a higher score, while incorrect responses will generate questions of lesser difficulty, with lower scores, too.
The computer will continue this approach throughout the section, at the end of which will provide an accurate assessment of your ability level in that specific subject area. Since each question gets scored before the computer selects the next one, the test will not allow you to skip a question, return to, or change your responses to previous questions.
When & Where Can I Take the GMAT in Romania?
The official website mentions that in Romania the GMAT is administered only in Bucharest by ComputerLand Romania, Monday through Friday. ComputerLand Romania is located at nr. 15 Fabrica de Glucoza St., sector 2. For further information on the testing center and on the test dates available, please visit their official website or call 021 204 6766, 021 204 6750, or 0744 501 444.
How Much Does the Test Cost?
The GMAT fee in Romania is $250 plus $60 (Romanian VAT of 24%), according to the GMAT website.
The test fee gives you one online official score report and maximum five reports that the GMAT Program agrees to send directly to the institutions you designate on the test day, before you begin the exam. In case you want your test scores sent to more than 5 institutions, you will have to pay a $28 fee for each institution.
How to Register for the Test?
You can register in a number of ways, depending on the payment method you prefer: credit/debit card or bank check. If you have access to a credit/debit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or JCB), you can register:
- Online on the official website www.mba.com: after you log in, you need to create an account and follow the instructions on the homepage. This is the fastest way to have your registration confirmed;
- By Phone: you need to call the Regional GMAT Customer Service in charge of the test center of your choice at least three business days before your intended test date. The information on page 1 in the Handbook indicates that Romania is included in the Europe/MiddleEast/Africa service area and the contact information is: e-mail (click); phone +44 (0) 161 855 7219, 9 am to 6 pm GMT; fax +44 (0) 161 855 7301). By the end of the test registration call, you will have your confirmation number, the appointment time and the address of the test center you have selected.
- For registration by fax and payment by bank check, please check the official website. Or contact EDMERICA for guidance and best practices inspired by our 17-year long experience.
IMPORTANT: EDMERICA has no involvement whatsoever in the administration of the GMAT test. As such, please contact Pearson VUE – the company that administers the test globally – for any questions or remarks you may have concerning test registration, confirmation, and the like.
The GMAT Handbook provides all the contact information and telephone numbers you may need. You can download it from the official website, here.
How to Test Smoothly? Test Day Tips
What ID forms are requested?… What to bring to the test center? … What is prohibited in the testing area? … .
The GMAT Handbook will provide answers to these questions and more. And so will EDMERICA.
This video regarding testing facilities may also prove useful.
For information on test procedures and regulations applicable to GMAT testing in Romania please contact the testing center ComputerLand Romania.
At the end of the exam, you will have two minutes to decide if you accept the scores or you want to cancel them. If you choose to cancel your scores, you will not be able to view them. If you do not make a decision by the end of the two minutes, the system will cancel scores automatically.
If you accept scores, you will see the unofficial scores from the Verbal and Quantitative multiple-choice sections, as well as the Total score. The Unofficial Score Report will include also an authorization number that you will need in order to access your Official Score Report.
When Do the Official Scores Become Available? How to Request Additional Score Reports?
The official website and the GMAT Handbook state that the official score report becomes available online to you and the institutions you picked as score report recipients about three weeks after the test date. You may also request to have a printed copy of your scores mailed to you. Mail delivery may take around 4 weeks.
Total scores range from 200 to 800 and are valid for 5 years. The scores are based both on the difficulty level of the questions answered correctly and on the total number of questions answered. The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. The Analytical Writing scores range from 0 to 6 and are computed separately from the scores of the multiple-choice sections.
The Official Score Report includes the scores for the Analytical Writing section and for Integrated Reasoning, in addition to the Verbal, Quantitative and Total scores that you were able to view on the test day. In addition, the Official Score Report will include all the scores of the GMAT exams you have taken within the past 5 years.
Additional score reports
If on the day of your exam you did not designate any GMAT programs to receive your scores, or if you would like to send your scores to more than the five programs you selected on the test day, you may order Additional Score Reports online, by phone, by fax, or by mail and pay a $28 fee for each additional score report to be sent to universities. More details on the official website.
How to Prepare for the Test? Comprehensive Resources through EDMERICA
The EDMERICA Center stocks some current test preparation materials. GMAT prep software can be downloaded for free from the official website, here. It includes practice questions with answers and explanations, a comprehensive math review, plus two full-length tests.
The full list of the questions used for the Analytical Writing Assessment is available here. The sample analysis of an Argument Question can be downloaded here.
Also, the links below offer GMAT online preparation, some free, some for a fee:
- http://www.testprepreview.com/gmat_practice.htm (some free practice questions for self-assessment);
- http://www.questionbank.4gmat.com/ (free sample questions, answers and explanations);
- http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=31 (free practice math and verbal questions);
- http://www.kaptest.com/GMAT/About-the-GMAT/gmat-practice-test.html (live online tests that require registration).
Enjoy the above selection and remember that EDMERICA has way more to offer for GMAT preparation and for admission to graduate programs in the USA.