This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
For several weeks now, our Foreign Student Series has dealt with college
admissions tests. We have talked about the SAT, ACT, GRE and the MAT. We have
also discussed the English tests known as the TOEFL and the IELTS.
Now, a listener from Thailand has asked about a test used to get into
graduate programs in business and management. Varongsri Saengbanchong asks about
the Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT.
The Graduate Management Admission Council is the non-profit organization
responsible for the GMAT. The council describes the exam as a test of general
skills and abilities gained over time. The test is designed to show how well a
student will do in programs leading to a master's of business administration and
But the council also says the test is not the only tool that should be used
to measure future success in business school. Admissions officers also may
consider college grades and other information, like work experience.
The GMAT tests skills including reading, mathematics and writing. It does not
measure knowledge of business or what a person learned in college.
The test is divided into three main parts. The first is the writing test. You
have to write two essays. In one, you take a position on an issue and support
your position with arguments. In the other, you consider the reasoning behind a
given argument and write about the strengths and weaknesses.
Test-takers have 30 minutes to write each essay.
The math part of the test takes 75 minutes. There are 37 questions
involving data and problem solving.
The third part of the GMAT is also 75 minutes long. It measures
understanding of written passages and the relationships among ideas. You have to
show reasoning skills and the ability to follow the development of ideas. There
are 41 questions to answer.
Graduate schools in the United States generally require some kind of
admissions test. Medical schools, for example, require the MCAT -- the Medical
College Admission Test. And law schools require the Law School Admission Test,
known as the LSAT.
Links to the Web sites of all the tests we have discussed in our Foreign
Student Series can be found at voaspecialenglish.com. And that's the VOA Special
English Education Report, written by Nancy Steinbach. I'm Doug