GMAT Exam Pattern

GMAT Exam Pattern

GMAT exam pattern is computer adaptive in nature. The GMAT exam format follows a distinct algorithm based upon which the difficulty level of the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning test sections increases. The other two sections:  Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR) are freed from the computer-adaptive module. GMAT offers three and a half hours to complete the four sections of the test.

With the effect from April 2018, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has introduced the new feature of Select Section Order. It means a candidate has to select any one order before the test starts. The available three options are:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quantitative, Verbal (original order);
  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA); or
  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning (IR), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

The GMAT exam consists of four separately timed sections. Let’s take a look at these

Section Number of Questions Duration
Analytical Writing Analysis of Argument 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning Section 12 Questions 30 minutes
Optional Break 10 minutes
Quantitative Section 31 Multiple Choice 62 minutes
 -Data Sufficiency
 -Problem Solving
Optional Break 10 minutes
Verbal Section 36 Multiple Choice 65 minutes
 -Critical Reasoning
 -Reading Comprehension
 -Sentence Correction
187 minutes (without breaks)

Quantitative Ability:  The section has two types of multiple choice questions based on  Problem-solving and GMAT Data Sufficiency. In 62 minutes the candidate needs to solve 31 questions. This section will be measured on a scale 200-800 with one point increment. Usage of the calculator is prohibited.

Verbal Ability: This section evaluates your reading and writing skills in the English language. You will encounter three types of multiple-choice questions here: Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.

Integrated Reasoning

The Integrated Reasoning section is a 30-minute section in the GMAT test that measures candidate’s ability to understand and evaluate multiple types of information – graphics, numeric, and verbal. This section has four types of questions: Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation and Two-Part Analysis.

For the IR section, you will have access to an online calculator with basic functions. The score of IR is gauged on a scale of 1 and 8. This will be reported separately and will not have any impact on the overall GMAT score.

Analytical Writing Assessment

The AWA section is also of 30 minutes duration and scored from 0 to 6. The Analytical Writing section asks to write one essay: the Argument. This particular section checks your capability to think critically and communicate your thoughts with logic. The main aim of this is to analyze the reasoning behind the argument.

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