GMAT Test Structure

The GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT). It is so called because the test adapts itself to the test takers intelligence. This is accomplishes by a simple and practical method. The format is such that the first question is always the easiest of all. Depending on the answer chosen by the student, i.e.; whether he chooses the correct or the wrong answer, the next question gets chosen. If the student chooses the correct answer then the level of difficulty of the next question increases. If the answer chosen by the student is the wrong answer, the level of difficulty of the next question decreases. This adaptive format is helpful in determining the competence of the student. Depending on the student's ability to choose the right answer the score gets calculate.

The three major GMAT CAT sections are

  • GMAT Essay
  • GMAT Math
  • GMAT Verbal


GMAT Essay Section - Analytical

In the Analytical Section of the GMAT CAT, the student has to choose to write two essays within the time span of 60 minute. That is, 30 minutes per essay. Two types of essay questions are asked in GMAT Essay section

  • Analysis of an Issue
  • Analysis of an Argument

The student is allowed an optional rest break of 5 minutes after each section.

GMAT Math Section

The GMAT Quantitative section or GMAT Math section has a total number of 37 questions which have to be answered with in the time span of 75 minutes. The questions are all Mathematical by nature. This GMAT CAT section determines the student's

  • Problem solving
  • Data Sufficiency skills

GMAT Verbal Section

The GMAT Verbal Section has a total of 41 questions that needs to be answered in 75 minutes.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Correction

skills of the student are measured in this section.

In total, 78 multiple choice question and 2 essays are to be answered by the student within the 31/2 hour (210 minutes) duration period provided.

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