What is the GMAT Exam Pattern?

GMAT is a standardized test which is internationally recognized for getting admission to management programs like an MBA or any finance-related post graduation degree. The test is of computer-adaptive nature which comprises of a total of 80 questions timed at 3 hours and 7 minutes without any optional breaks.

The GMAT exam consists of four sections – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning. The verbal and quantitative sections of the test consist of multiple-choice questions along with choose and select answer options.

Check out the original GMAT exam pattern below for reference. There are two more GMAT structures where you have the option to select the section order of the GMAT exam. Depending upon your preference, you can opt to take these sections in different orders.

Section Name Duration No. of Questions Score Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes 01 (essay) 0-6
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes 12 questions 1-8
8-minute break(optional)
Quantitative Aptitude 62 minutes 31 questions 6-51
8-minute break(optional)
Verbal Ability 65 minutes 36 questions 6-51

Here’s a brief breakdown of each of the GMAT sections:

1. Analytical Writing Assessment(AWA)

This section comprises of an analysis of an argument/writing an essay on a given topic.

2. Integrated Reasoning(IR)

This section consists of 12 questions on the below-mentioned types of questions:

  • Multi-Source Reasoning
  • Graphical Interpretation
  • Two-Part Analysis
  • Table Analysis

3. Quantitative Reasoning(QR)

This section consists of 31 questions on the following topics:

  • Problem Solving (PS)
  • Data Sufficiency (DS)

4. Verbal Reasoning(VR)

This section consists of 36 Questions from the following types of questions:

  • Reading Comprehension (RC)
  • Critical Reasoning (CR)
  • Sentence Correction (SC)

As a matter of fact, breaks are a great way to replenish and restore the mental strain between the sections of the GMAT exam. You can also opt to take two 8-minute long breaks during the test and your total test time might escalate to 3 hours and 23 minutes.

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