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GMAT Exam Pattern

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GMAT Exam Pattern

shape Introduction

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-based test conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (also referred as GMAC). It intends to assess certain skills of a candidate, including; analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning ability, quantitative, and verbal ability. The assessment so made is used for admission to graduate programs around the world and the most popular among them is Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Students from different background aspire to get admission in top business schools of the world. GMAT is the first step on the way. Best applicants are chosen on the basis of their scores. Therefore, the system for selection of students is made in a transparent manner. This article describes in detail about the GMAT exam pattern.



shape Pattern

The GMAT exam pattern is as follows: 4 sections – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. At the test center, just before the exam begins, candidates can select the order in which they want to complete the sections. Candidates can check different segments along with some example questions and important subjects in this article. Below provided is the GMAT Exam Pattern in detail.

Section Name Number Of Questions Types Of Questions Asked Time Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 topic Analysis of Argument 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 questions Multi Source Reasoning Graphics Interpretation Two part Analysis Table Analysis 30 minutes
Quantitative 31 questions Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
62 minutes
Verbal 36 questions Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
65 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 7 minutes


shape Syllabus

There are 4 segments in GMAT – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal Section. From Analytical Writing Assessment section there will be just 1 question and test takers will have 30 minutes to solve it. In Integrated Reasoning 12 questions will be asked and 30 minutes will be given to solve it. From Quantitative segment 31 questions will be asked and 62 minutes will be given to solve this section. Last section is of verbal consisting of 36 questions to be attempted in 65 minutes. The most important topics from this segment is Sentence Correction.

Analytical Writing Assessment Section-
This section deals with how efficiently test takers can think, analyses and communicate with their own ideas. Questions will be given, Candidates have to the write the argument and compose the judgment.

Integrated Reasoning Section-
This section is made to check of the test taker evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources. This section judges how efficiently the candidate after becoming manager understands multiple streams of data in this data driven world. The skills required are:-
Make Judgments- How someone interprets the given information and make the judgment from multiple sources.
Organize- How to organize hierarchy of relationships combined for multiple sources
Combine- How to combine information from different sources for an output.
Synthesize- How to present information in graphics, texts and number
Here are the six points you should keep in while attempting Integrated Reasoning

  • If you want to score full points then attempt all the parts of the question, there is no option of getting partial points.
  • All the options related to the question will be represented on the same screen.
  • To move to another question, you would need to first attempt all the parts of previous question before moving ahead to next part.
  • If you have marked an answer for a question you cannot change it. There is no option of going back to the question and reattempt it.
  • All the questions are independent of each other. Answering one question will not help you in solving the next one and so on.
  • For One set of information there might be a few questions. In case you have answered one question incorrect, it won’t influence your response to another question from similar information.

GMAT Quantitative Section-
37 questions are asked from Quantitative section. It includes mathematics questions up to class 12th. In data sufficiency part there will be 2 statements. Candidates have to identify if they are informative enough to answer the question or not. You have to mark that.

GMAT Verbal Section-
For this section 41 questions will be asked. This section is divided into 3 parts- Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Formation. Candidates are generally stressed about the sentence correction part. This is created to check candidate’s skills grammar.