How the GMAT CAT Works
The GMAT is a computerized test that adapts to your performance. This format is called a CAT (computer-adaptive test). As you take the test, the computer selects questions based on your performance. If you get a question correct, the test selects a more difficult one next. If you get a question wrong, the computer selects an easier one next. Thus, the test adapts to your performance.


This CAT format offers many benefits.

  1. The test focuses on your score range and creates a more accurate score.
  2. You have the option of canceling the score immediately after the test (before you see your score). If you accept your score, you will have immediate access to your math and verbal scores.
  3. You take the test in a private cubicle instead of in a classroom.
  4. You can schedule the test at your convenience, instead of taking it on set days.


The most significant negative factors to the CAT revolve around the added difficulty of the format. The CAT is much more difficult than the paper test. Here is why:

  1. You have to stare at a screen for several hours.
  2. Your timing has to be much more precise.
  3. You can't skip questions.
  4. You can't write directly on the test booklet; instead, you have to re-copy questions onto scrap paper.

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