New GMAT Exam Pattern 2018- All you need to know!

GMAT EXAM PATTERN 2018From April 16, 2018, GMAC has reframed the GMAT Exam Pattern 2018. The new GMAT pattern exam will be shortened by 30 minutes to 3.5 hours long test duration including breaks and test instructions.

Along with shortening of the time, the number of questions from the sections viz., Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Reasoning have been reduced.      

  • The number of Quant questions will be cut-down by 6: from 37 to 31
  • The number of Verbal questions will be cut-down by 5: from 41 to 36

Overall there is 23-minutes reduction in the GMAT exam sections, as well as 7 minutes reduction across several non-exam screens at the test center (e.g. Tutorial, Section Instructions). Briefly, the time slot for  Quantitative Aptitude will be shorter by 13 minutes and Verbal Reasoning by 10 minutes respectively.


Section No. of Questions Section Time No. of Questions Section Time
Quantitative Reasoning 37 75 minutes 31 62 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 41 75 minutes 36 65 minutes

However, the other sections: Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning remain unchanged. Read more: Old GMAT Exam Pattern.

New Changes and GMAT Exam Rescheduling

The new changes will be applicable to the GMAT test from April 16, 2018, onwards (local time). The rescheduling decision is up to your decision or choice. In case, recently you have a scheduled GMAT test date on or before to May 6, 2018, and you wish to reschedule GMAT exam as a result of this change, you can contact GMAC Customer Service for assistance. If your request is received on or prior to April 11, 2018, and your exam is scheduled for on or prior to May 06, 2018 then both the reschedule fee (based on early or late reschedule) and phone fee ($10) will be waived off.

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