GMAT Pattern


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test administered by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). All over the world several business schools and universities use GMAT score as one of the parameters to select students for MBA and several other courses.

GMAT Test Structure

The GMAT is a three and a half hours computer-adaptive test offered at approved testing centers around the world.

GMAT section No. of questions Timing Question types Score
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 topic 30 minutes Analysis of an Argument 0-6 in half-point intervals
Integrated Reasoning 12 items 30 minutes Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis,Table Analysis 1-8
8 minute break
Quantitative 37 questions 75 minutes Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 0-60
8 minute break
Verbal 41 questions 75 minutes Reading Comprehension,Critical Reasoning,Sentence Correction 0-60
Total 4 sections 3 hours, 30   200-800 (in 10 point)

More about the sections:

The Analytical Writing Assessment or AWA section presents an argument that needs to be critiqued. The AWA section assesses the ability of the test taker to dismantle the argument, debunk the flawed reasoning present and suggest ways to improve the argument. The AWA score is reported in the official Score Report received within 20 calendar days of testing

The Integrated Reasoning Section or IR consists of 12 main items, some with several sub-sets of questions that test the quantitative and critical reasoning skills of the test taker. This section is a good mix of mathematical and reasoning questions presented in a text, tabular or graphic format or a combination of these formats culled from a variety of sources. An on-screen calculator is available in only this section of the GMAT.

The Quantitative Section consists of 37 questions. The level of math tested is not higher than that of the 11th grade exam; however, the reasoning that needs to be employed to tackle the questions is multifaceted. Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions form the core of this section. Scores below 7 and above 50 are rare

The Verbal Reasoning Section consists of 41 questions and is perhaps the bête-noire of many test takers. Strong knowledge of grammar and a flair for inductive reasoning is mandatory for a great score. Scores below 9 and above 44 are rare.

The GMAT is offered on most weekdays throughout the year, as well as on a few Saturdays. Register early if you want to take the test on a Saturday. You can retake the GMAT exam after a 16-day time period but only 5 times in a period of 12 months.

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