IE University's admission test is a paper based independent screening tool used to screen applicants who are in the process of applying to academic programs. Although it can replace the GMAT, test results for those who are applying for the University's business school, it is different with respect to its content.
While the GMAT requires preliminary knowledge in specific mathematical fields - algebra, geometry, probability, and more - IE's test does not require these requisites but rather the basic arithmetic concepts including the four operations, percentages, and ratios. It highly resembles the aptitude tests used by employers, with slight changes in content and context. Therefore, you are likely to encounter similar tasks that are given at assessment centres and online screening tests, i.e. numerical critical reasoning, verbal critical reasoning and logical reasoning.
The IE admissions test is designed to determine your ability to make management-style decisions under pressure. There are three types of question on the ieGAT: verbal, numerical and diagrammatical. There is no set order to the test, with all three types of question mixed together, and the first two types frequently mixed together within the same set of questions. The test lasts for 80 minutes, and becomes progressively harder throughout the test. The questions are characterised in three ways:
These are verbal reasoning questions. The test contains a passage for you to read and understand before answering two questions on the text. These questions determine your comprehension of written professional English. The content of these texts can often be on economic topics such as unemployment or GDP. Questions are multiple choice, and for some questions you may be asked to provide more than one answer from the list.
These questions are numerical reasoning questions. Information is presented in graphs and data analysis. You need to understand information presented in this format, think quickly, process information and make quick calculations. This section does not measure your mathematical ability. The questions are based on the data sets in the question, and the most common types of questions are based on percentages and ratios.
This test is a Diagrammatical, Abstract or Logical Reasoning test where you are given a series of shapes and a symbol representing an operation. Based on the shape before the symbol and after the symbol, your task is to identify the role of the symbol. To do this successfully, you need to have strong visualisation skills, and be able to think of multiple shapes at one time. You must also be able to follow the instructions set to come to the right answer.
IE advise that there is no need to prepare for this test as the exam is looking at your ability to process information and think strategically. However, studies have shown that preparing for these tests provides benefits when it comes to taking the exam, including increased confidence, the ability to answer questions quicker and more accurately, and ultimately a higher result on the test.
If you are looking for practice materials for IE's admission test, you've reached the right place. JobTestPrep's practice packs can help you sharpen your reasoning skills, with timed tests in a variety of cognitive fields, as they appear on the test: numerical, verbal, and non verbal reasoning tests.