The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test designed to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to graduate management programs, such as MBA (Master of Business Administration) programs. The GMAT is widely used by business schools around the world as a criterion for admission to graduate-level management programs.

Here are some key features and components of the GMAT:

1. **Sections:**
– **Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA):** This section evaluates the test-taker’s ability to analyze an argument and communicate ideas in a coherent and effective manner. Test-takers are required to write an essay in response to an argument presented.

– **Integrated Reasoning (IR):** This section assesses the ability to analyze and synthesize data from multiple sources, including graphics, charts, and text, to solve complex problems.

– **Quantitative Section:** This section measures the test-taker’s ability to understand, interpret, and analyze quantitative information. It includes both data sufficiency and problem-solving questions.

– **Verbal Section:** This section evaluates the test-taker’s ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English. It includes reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction questions.

2. **Scoring:**
– The total GMAT score is reported on a scale of 200 to 800.
– The AWA section is scored separately on a scale of 0 to 6.
– The Integrated Reasoning section is scored on a scale of 1 to 8.
– The Quantitative and Verbal sections contribute to the total score and are scored on a scale of 0 to 60.

3. **Test Format:**
– The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), meaning that the difficulty level of the questions adapts to the test-taker’s performance. The computer selects each question based on the test-taker’s responses to previous questions.

4. **Test Duration:**
– The GMAT takes approximately 3 hours and 7 minutes to complete, excluding breaks.

5. **Test Registration:**
– Test-takers can register for the GMAT online and schedule a test appointment at a designated testing center.

The GMAT is considered an important factor in the admissions process for many business schools, and a strong performance can enhance a candidate’s competitiveness. However, it is usually just one part of a comprehensive application that includes other elements such as academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal statements. Test-takers often prepare for the GMAT by using study materials, taking practice exams, and participating in preparatory courses.