GMAT Exam Pattern

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Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), organized by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)- the internal level entrance exam conducted throughout the year.

However, the GMAT test is primarily considered to get admission to MBA programs. Moreover, it is for individuals who want to do Masters in Finance related courses.

The GMAT examination is held all over the world in 112 countries. Moreover, it is the gateway to get admission in foreign countries. 

What is the exam pattern of GMAT?

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test and longs for 3 hours 30 minutes with 91 questions. Further, it comprises of subjective and objectives.

The GMAT exam pattern is divided into four sections:
  1. Analytical Writing Assessment
  2. Integrated Reasoning
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Verbal Reasoning

The skills and knowledge of the aspirants are calculated.  The GMAT scores are given with a 10-point increment.

Test Section
Test LimitNumber of QuestionsQuestion TypesScore Range
Analytical Writing Assessment
30 minutes1 questionArgument Analysis0-6 (in 0.5-point increments)
Integrated Reasoning
30 minutes12 questionsTable Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis1-8 (in 1-point increments)
Quantitative Aptitude
62 minutes31 questionsData Sufficiency, Problem Solving6-51 (in 1-point increments)
Verbal Reasoning65 minutes36 questionsReading Comprehension6-51 (in 1-point increments)
Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction
Total187 minutes80200-800

Analytical Writing Assessment

This section has a 30-minute essay which includes:

 This GMAT exam section lasts for 30 minutes and includes the analysis of an argument.

  • Examine the given argument and analyze it
  • Figure out the argument’s reasoning and its critique
  • Work out a methodical approach and present your answer
  • Consider distinct viewpoints
  • Support your answer with proper explanation and appropriate examples
  • Do not forget to use the right grammar while presenting your answer

The scores are calculated on a six-point scale for this section. Your essay will be given with two independent ratings. Finally, the average of these ratings is considered.

The automated essay-scoring engine will possess one of these scores. If the difference between the ratings is more than one point. However, a third rating will be provided by an expert reading. Hence, this will be the final score.

 Integrated Reasoning

This section is the newest addition in the GMAT Exam syllabus. It tests the student’s ability to evaluate the data presented in table or graph format.

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning consists of the following question types:

Table Analysis

This measures the student’s ability to sort and analyze a table comprising data including a spreadsheet. Thereafter, determine the crucial information or the one which meets certain terms and conditions.

Two-Part Analysis

This section measures the student’s ability to solve complex problems. These problems include quantitative, verbal, or combination of both. This is a versatile format that covers a distinct content range.

Moreover, it also involves assessing the student’s ability in the following areas:

  • To solve evaluate trade-offs
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Discern relationships between the given two entities
Multi-Source Reasoning

This section measures the student’s ability to examine the data from distinct sources. It includes tables, graphics, and text passages. It even consists of the combination of all the three and analyze each data source carefully for answering multiple questions.

Moreover, the students were asked to draw inferences and others that may require you to determine the important data. Furthermore, the students should recognize discrepancies among distinct data sources.

Graphics Interpretation

This section assesses the student’s ability to interpret the information presented in a graph or a graphical imagery.

It includes x/y graph, scatter plot, statistical curve or pie chart distribution. Even it helps you to find out the association and make inferences.

Quantitative Reasoning

The quantitative reasoning section consists of 31 questions from mathematics.

Types of questions

Problem Solving: It includes general mathematics questions and picks the answer from the given five options.

Data Sufficiency: It analyzes the quantitative problem, using the data given in the form of two statements to deduce the accurate answer.

The topics are further divided into the following categories:

  • Geometry
  • Arithmetic
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Properties of Integers
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Linear equations
  • Ratio Proportions
  • Exponents and roots, etc.
Verbal Reasoning

The GMAT verbal skills section consists of 36 multiple-choice questions. This section is classified into three types including:

  • Critical Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Correction

This section assesses the student’s ability to comprehend the following mentioned in the concepts and passage.

  • written material
  • read the logical relationship
  • understand the logical relationship
Critical Reasoning

It assesses the student’s ability to make and evaluate arguments, and evaluate and format their plan of action

Reading Comprehension

It assesses the student’s ability to draw interference, understand the logical association between significant points, understand statements and words, and follow the development of quantitative concepts.

Additionally, it tests the student’s ability in the following reading skills: application, interference, main idea, supporting the idea, logical structure and style.

Sentence Correction

This section assesses the student’s language proficiency in two broad aspects. The first aspect is correcting expressions. Refer to sentences which are grammatically and structurally sound.

Moreover, the other aspect is an effective expression that refers to the sentences, effectively express an idea or a relationship concisely, grammatically, and clearly.

The Verbal Reasoning section covers:

  • Critical reasoning
  • Sentence correction related to finding error or omission
  • The rhetorical construction of the sentences
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Reading unseen passages
  • Countable Vs Uncountable
  • Misplaced modifiers
  • Parallelism

However, right answers to difficult questions will result in obtaining higher scores. Furthermore, while the correct response to easier questions that will result in getting lower scores.

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