The GMAT test is now offered ONLY on computer, which means that you will no longer use a pencil and paper to answer test questions. Instead, you will sit in front of a computer screen at an official testing center and take the GMAT test in its CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) form. The basic features of the CAT format are as follows:

You will see only one question on the screen at a time. Therefore, you may not skip around in a section and answer questions in the order that you please. If you skip a question you will not be allowed to return to it.

The GMAT test is designed to adapt to your personal ability by giving you questions that reflect how well you have answered previous questions. Test questions are not pre-set in advance. Instead, as you take the test, new questions are generated for you based on how well you are doing. The test begins with a question of medium difficulty. If you answer this first question correctly, you will receive a slightly harder second question. If you do not, you will receive a slightly easier second question. Your third question, in turn, will be based on both your response to the second question and its difficulty level. In this way, the computer seeks to zero in on your ability level and assign you a corresponding score.

Due to the GMAT Test's computer adaptive format, scores are not determined solely by the number of correct answers. Correct responses to difficult questions are worth more than correct responses to easy questions. Therefore, in order to score well you must be able to answer the more difficult questions correctly. No matter your ability level, the CAT is designed to present you with a fair mix of questions for the content areas within a given section. For example, in the math section, all test-takers will receive roughly the same mix of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry questions.

Prior to the GMAT exam, there will be a computer tutorial designed to help you become familiar with computerized testing. You will be allowed as much time as you need to review the computerized format and practice entering in answers.

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