Test Structure for GMAT


Graduate Management Admissions Test is a computer based test for graduates who are interested in pursuing master level management courses outside the country.  The test is organized by Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and comprises questions on verbal ability, integrated reasoning, quantitative aptitude and analytical writing.

Test Structure for GMAT

There will be 4 main sections for the exam.

  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Verbal Reasoning

Analytical Writing Assessment

Analytical Writing Assessment section is meant to evaluate the critical thinking ability and the communication skill of the candidate. There will be 1 question in this section which needs to be answered in the model of an essay. Question will be in the form of an argument based on any of the topics on public interest or business. Candidate need to answer the question as a critique of the argument after analyzing the arguments thoroughly. In this section the knowledge of the candidate is not evaluated, but their ability to think critically is a matter of concern. Total time allotted for completion is 30 minutes.

Integrated Reasoning

There will be four types of questions in integrated reasoning.

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

In graphical interpretation, candidate needs to answer a given set of questions based on the information provided in a graph. In ‘Two-Part Analysis’ there will be two columns, provided with some data and that can be used for answering the given set of questions. ‘Table Analysis’ as the name implies is the analysis of data given in a table. One set of data is used for answering multiple reasoning questions in Multi-Source Reasoning session.

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative section is intended to evaluate the quantitative reasoning skills and the problem solving ability of the candidate. There will be 37 questions in the section that must be answered within time duration of 75 minutes. Questions will be asked mainly from topics like data sufficiency, graphical data interpretation and problem solving. Knowledge on arithmetic, algebra and geometric concepts are required to answer the section. Problem-Solving questions are designed to measure the mathematical skills and the quantitative reasoning of the candidate. In data sufficiency questions, candidate needs to analyze a quantitative problem, recognize its relevancy and determine whether there is sufficient information to solve the problem.

Verbal Reasoning

In verbal reasoning there will be questions on critical reasoning, sentence correction and reading comprehension. Time allotted for the completion of the section is 75 minutes. The ability of the candidate to understand, analyze and apply given information is basically evaluated via reading comprehension section. Critical reasoning and sentence correction sections are meant to measure the reasoning skills and grammatical skills respectively.



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