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GMAT Test Format

The GMAT consists of four sections:

  1. AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment)
  2. Integrated Reasoning
  3. Quantitative Reasoning
  4. Verbal Reasoning

Structure of the GMAT 

Test SectionAnalytical Writing AssessmentIntegrated ReasoningQuantitativeVerbal
Total Number of Questions1123741
Types of QuestionsAnalysis of an ArgumentTable Analysis, GraphicProblem Solving Data SufficiencyCritical Reasoning Reading

Interpretation, Multi-source reasoning, Two-part Analysis

 Comprehension Sentence Correction
Time Allowed30 mins30 mins75 mins75 mins
Score Range0-61-80–600-60

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers scores between 400 and 600. Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 9 and above 46 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 51 for the Quantitative section are rare.

The GMAT can be taken in 94 countries across the world. Appointments are available six days a week all year round. Students can appear for the GMAT once every 16 days and a maximum of five times in one calendar year with scores being valid for up to five years. If a student is fortunate enough to score a perfect 800 in the GMAT he/she cannot take the GMAT again for five years (until after their score expires).

Further details about the GMAT are available on the official website: www.mba.com

The Chopras 10 key insights into the GMAT:

  1. As the student progresses with the exam, the difficulty of questions alters in accordance with the number of correct or incorrect answers given.
  2. The GMAT scores rely on the number of questions answered correctly and the difficulty level of those questions.
  3. The first question in the multiple-choice section has an 'average level'. If a student answers it correctly, the subsequent ones become more difficult. On the contrary, if the question is answered incorrectly, subsequent questions will become easier. The trend will follow until a question is answered correctly.
  4. The student cannot skip or return to a previous question, or change an answer.
  5. The student must finish the entire section and a strong penalty is imposed for leaving the test incomplete.
  6. The first few questions have a bigger impact on the score range than the last few.
  7. The performance in one section is isolated from the other.
  8. There are approximately 20 experimental questions in the test.
  9. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores will appear immediately after taking the test.
  10. The official report is received within two weeks (with essay grades).
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