GMAT® Structure of Test

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Question: What is the structure of the GMAT Exam? What is the duration of each section? What is the total duration of the test? How is each section scored? How is the GMAT total score computed?

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What is the structure of the GMAT Exam?

What does the GMAT exam consist of? How many questions are there in the GMAT? How long is the test? What percentile is a 700 or 740 on the GMAT? What is GMAT syllabus? How much time do you need to prepare for GMAT? Answers to all these questions and more are given below.

What are the Sections in the GMAT Exam?

Section Number of Questions Duration Score Range
GMAT AWA - Essay 1 essay. Analysis of an argument 30 minutes 0 to 6 in increments of 0.5
GMAT Integrated Reasoning 12 Multiple choice questions 30 minutes 1 to 8 in increments of 1
GMAT Quantitative Reasoning 31 Multiple choice questions 62 minutes 0 to 60 in increments of 1
GMAT Verbal Reasoning 36 Multiple choice questions 65 minutes 0 to 60 in increments of 1

What is GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)?

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is a section in the GMAT exam. It is also called the essay section of the GMAT. The test taker will have to write an essay, usually 300 to 350 words long, that critiques an argument.

Duration: 30 minutes

Score: 0 to 6 in increments of 0.5

You will be presented with an argument, usually 40 to 50 words in length. Your task is to identify the fallacy(ies) in the argument and type your response in an editor akin to notepad.

What is a good score in GMAT AWA?

A score of 5 or more is considered good.

How long should I prepare to get a good score in GMAT AWA?

A typical student will require 15 hours of preparation to get a score of 5 or more in this section.

Where can I find sample GMAT AWA arguments?

The official GMAT website has a document that contains all Analysis of Argument Questions used in the GMAT exam. You can download the document by clicking here.

What is tested in GMAT Integrated Reasoning (IR)?

Four types of questions appear in the GMAT IR section.

  1. Graphic Interpretation
  2. Table Analysis
  3. Two Part Analysis
  4. Multi Source Reasoning

Duration: 30 minutes

Number of questions: 12 multiple choice questions

Score: 1 to 8 in increments of 1.

What is a good score in GMAT IR?

A score of 6 or more is considered good.

How long should I prepare to get a good score in GMAT IR?

A typical student will require 25 hours of preparation to get a score of 6 or more in this section.

What is tested in the GMAT Quantitative Reasoning Section?

Syllabus: High school math. Includes arithmetic (about 40% of the questions), algebra (about 40% of the questions) and geometry (about 20% of the questions. Word problems in arithmetic and algebra are a part of the GMAT quant section.

Duration: 62 minutes

Number of questions: 31 multiple choice questions

Score: 0 to 60 in increments of 1. Maximum possible score: 51

What type of questions appear in the GMAT Quantitative Reasoning Section?

2 types of questions: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.

About 55% to 60% of the questions are problem solving questions and the remaining are data sufficiency questions.

What is a Computer Adaptive Test? Is GMAT a computer adaptive test?

Computer Adaptive Test is one in which your response to a question determines the level of difficulty of the next question. For illustrative purpose, here is a simplified version of the computer adaptive algorithm: if you get question 1 correct, the next question shown to you will be more difficult. Conversely, if your response to question 1 is incorrect, the next question will be an easier one. The catch: getting tougher questions right fetches more points.

The quantiative reasoning section of the GMAT exam is a computer adaptive section

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What is a good score in the GMAT Quant Section?

Any score upward of 49 is considered good. A score of 50 or 51 is what you should strive for.

How long should I prepare to get a good score in the GMAT Quant Section?

A typical student will require 100 to 125 hours of dedicated preparation to get a score of 49 or more in this section.

How can I Prepare for GMAT Quant?

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What is tested in the GMAT Verbal Reasoning section?

The GMAT Verbal Reasoning Section comprises 3 types of questions: Sentence Correction (about 12 to 14 questions), Reading Comprehension (about 12 to 14 questions), and Critical Reasoning (about 9 or 10 questions).

Duration: 65 minutes.

Number of questions: 36 multiple choice questions

Score: 0 to 60 in increments of 1. Maximum possible score: 51

Is the GMAT Verbal section a computer adaptive test?

The GMAT verbal section is also a computer adaptive section.

What is a good score in the GMAT Quant Section?

Any score upward of 38 is considered good. A score of 40 and above is what you should strive for.

How long should I prepare to get a good score in the GMAT Verbal Section?

A typical student (non native speaker) will require 150 to 175 hours of dedicated preparation to get a score of 40 or more in this section. Familiarity with American usage will be a plus.

How can I Prepare for GMAT Verbal?

Free GMAT Verbal Preparation Resources

Sentence Correction: Wizako's Free Practice Questions for Sentence Correction. 15 questions with detailed explanation. Access GMAT SC practice questions here.

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What is the Total Score in the GMAT? What constitutes the overall GMAT score?

The total GMAT score includes what you have scored in the GMAT Quant section and the GMAT Verbal section.

Are GMAT IR and GMAT AWA part of the GMAT Total Score?

No. IR and AWA scores are not considered while computing the total score. They are standalone scores on a scale of 1 to 8 and 0 to 6. Though they are not a part of total score, the scores in these section will also get reported to B schools along with your overall GMAT score.

What is the total GMAT Score Range?

The total GMAT score is computed on a scale of 200 to 800 in increments of 10 points.

What is a Competitive GMAT score and what is a Great GMAT score?

For most Indian / Asian test takers a score of 680 or more is competitive.

A score upward of 740 is a GREAT SCORE. If the rest of your resume meets the hygiene criteria, you are likely to get some form of tuition fee waivers / scholarship with that score from quite a few B Schools in the USA.

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