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What is the test structure of the GMAT?

GMAT Structure


The GMAT exam has the following structure- it consists of four sections – The analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, the quantitative section, and the verbal section. Total testing time for the GMAT is three and a half hours (four hours, with breaks.)

GMAT test structure

Section TimeQuestions
Analytical Writing Assessment30 mins1 Essay
Integrated Reasoning30 mins12 questions
Quantitative75 mins37 questions
Verbal75 mins41 questions

The quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT exam are both multiple-choice and are administered in the computer-adaptive format, adjusting to a test taker’s level of ability. At the start of the quantitative and verbal sections, test takers are presented with a question of average difficulty. As questions are answered correctly, the computer presents the test taker with increasingly difficult questions and as questions are answered incorrectly the computer presents the test taker with questions of decreasing difficulty. This process continues until test takers complete each section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of their ability level in that subject area and come up with a raw GMAT score for each section.


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