Yocket Editorial Team
on 30 January, 2011

GMAT Structure and Test Pattern

Structure of the GMAT :

GMAT is a computer-based test, composed of 4 sections in the following order:

  • Verbal Reasoning (English)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
  • Analytical Writing Assessment - AWA (Essays)
  • Integrated Reasoning (IR) - Started from June 2012


Test Pattern :

The total score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections only (performance on the AWA and IR sections do not count towards the total score)




AWA - Argument Essay* - 30 minutes
Quantitative - Data Sufficiency
- Data Interpretation & Statistics
- Problem Solving
- Approx. 35 Questions
- 45 minutes
Verbal - Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Correction
- Critical Reasoning
- Approx. 42 Questions
- 45 minutes
Integrated Reasoning - Table Analysis
- Graphics Interpretation
- Multi-Source Reasoning**
- Two Part Analaysis***

- 12 Questions
- 30 minutes

Test Format - Computer Adaptive Test
- Skipping Questions NOT Permitted
Scoring Scale - 200 to 800 with 10 point increment
- AWA is calculated on the scale of 0 to 6
- Integrated Reasoning is calculated on the scale of 1 to 8
Score reporting to University 5 Years Validity


*Argument Essay does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic will be presented. In this type of essay, you should disagree with the author. As the name suggests, you should argue with the author’s views.

**Multi-Source Reasoning questions are accompanied by two to three sources of information presented on tabbed pages. Test takers click on the tabs and examine all the relevant information, which may be a combination of text, charts, and tables to answer either traditional multiple-choice or opposite-answer (e.g., yes/no, true/false) questions.

***Two-Part Analysis questions involve two components for a solution. Possible answers are given in a table format with a column for each component and rows with possible options. Test takers have to choose one response per column.

NOTE: The sections will appear in the prescribed format mentioned above i.e. AWA - Quants - Verbal - Integrated Reasoning.

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