GMAT Test Format
The GMAT consists of four sections:
- AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment)
- Integrated Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Verbal Reasoning
Structure of the GMAT
|Test Section||Analytical Writing Assessment||Integrated Reasoning||Quantitative||Verbal|
|Total Number of Questions||1||12||31||36|
|Types of Questions||Analysis of an Argument||Table Analysis, Graphic||Problem Solving Data Sufficiency||Critical Reasoning Reading|
Interpretation, Multi-source reasoning, Two-part Analysis
|Comprehension Sentence Correction|
|Time Allowed||30 mins||30 mins||62 mins||65 mins|
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:
- As the student progresses with the exam, the difficulty of questions alters in accordance with the number of correct or incorrect answers given.
- The GMAT scores rely on the number of questions answered correctly and the difficulty level of those questions.
- 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.
- The student cannot skip or return to a previous question, or change an answer.
- The student must finish the entire section and a strong penalty is imposed for leaving the test incomplete.
- The first few questions have a bigger impact on the score range than the last few.
- The performance in one section is isolated from the other.
- There are approximately 20 experimental questions in the test.
- Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning and Total scores will appear immediately after taking the test.
- The official report is received within two weeks (with essay grades).