The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) consists of two multiple-choice sections (Quantitative and Verbal) and an essay section called the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).

Test Section:QuantitativeVerbalAnalytical Writing AssessementIntegrated Reasoning
Number of Questions3136112
Types of QuestionsProblem Solving (21)

Data Sufficiency (10)

Critical Reasoning (12)

Sentence Correction (12)

Reading Comprehension (12)

Analysis of Argument Essay (1)Data Analysis
Time Allowed62 minutes65 minutes30 minutes30 minutes
Score Range0 – 510 – 510 – 6
Score Distribution10% get over 481% get over 440-61 – 8

(*Note: Analysis of Issue was discontinued in June 2012 and replaced with Integrated Reasoning.)

Essay Questions (Analytical Writing Assessment):

The GMAT begins with the two AWA questions. For each of these questions, you have 30 minutes to type an essay into the computer using a simple word-processing program. The essay questions are administered first, but the Quantitative and Verbal multiple-choice sections can appear in any order. If you want to practice these essays, we have 5 timed practice GMAT essay questions that you can send in for grading.

What Skills Does the GMAT Test?

The GMAT primarily tests four skills:

1. Endurance and ability to focus

You’ll have to stare at a screen intensely and focus for nearly four hours. Keep this in mind when taking practice tests. Get used to working for many hours on end. Learn how to relax. The physical and mental exhaustion is part of the test’s challenge. That’s why we offer GMAT CAT practice tests. You should take as many practice CATs as possible to learn the test and to get used to the grueling experience.

2. Basic knowledge of grammar, math, reasoning, and argument formation

The second skill,–a basic knowledge of grammar, math, reasoning, and argument formation– is covered in the later chapters of this online prep guide. No calculators are allowed on test day, so you need to practice doing basic math calculations.

3. Test-taking skills: ability to guess, work at an appropriate pace, and make decisions under pressure

These skills are covered in this chapter and throughout the online guide. Timing is a major part of test-taking skill, particularly for the GMAT CAT. Our Test Pacer system will teach you the pacing interactively.

4. Problem-solving abilities

To improve your problem-solving abilities, the fourth skill, we have extensive information on reasoning techniques and math concepts throughout this online guide. When you get a question wrong, make sure to review our explanations so that you understand the conceptual error that you made in the question. You do not want to repeat the error.

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