GMAT Sample Questions

GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is a computer-based exam and is known as GMAT CAT (computer adaptive test). It is a mandatory exam for getting admission in US schools of MBA programs. The test is a standardized exam in English to assess students’ performances academically for the MBA programs. The format of the test is such that the questions in the computer adaptive test adapt their difficulty levels according to the answers given by the candidate. Questions in the analytical writing section test how well you can present your views on a given topic and how well you can analyze an argument. Questions in the quantitative section judge your ability in mathematics and are based on algebra, arithmetic, geometry and data analysis. Questions in the verbal section judge how well you can comprehend written material in English and test your knowledge on grammar, reasoning and interpretation skills in English. It takes three and a half hours to complete the test. For all of the above sections, a thorough preparation in all the subjects is required.

The best way to check your will make you familiar with the paper format of level of preparation is by attempting the questions, which are available in preparation books and online on the internet. Attempting these problemsthe test and help you to raise your confidence level. Solving questions in advance gives you a tremendous advantage over your lesser-prepared counterparts. Therefore, it is very important to include actual test papers in your preparation schedule. You can download these sample questions from the net along with their answers, to check your answers. Solving questions in the scheduled time will give you the true picture of your weak points, where you need to concentrate more, as well as your time management for the actual exam.

GMAT sample questions

In the succeeding paragraphs, a sample question for each of the sections is given. The candidates can have a look at these questions to understand the types of questions asked in the exam.

Analytical Writing Assessment

This section has two sub sections i.e. the analysis of an issue and the analysis of an argument. The candidate has to understand the topic well and give reasoning in support of the issue as well as the argument in a logical manner. A representative question for both the subsections is given in the succeeding paragraphs.

Analysis of an Issue

Read the statement and the instructions that follow it and then make notes that will help you plan your response.

Our senses enable us to perceive and understand the world. It is through our senses that we experience the world. One should take care of his sense organs.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the opinion. Support your views with reasons and examples.

Analysis of an Argument

Read the statement and discuss how well reasoned you find this argument. Be sure to analyze the reasoning.

Money vs Happiness. Happiness is the state of mind, which is not dependent on money. In a way, money makes the world go round, but money cannot buy happiness. It depends only on the individual how he keeps himself happy.

Quantitative Section For this section you need to be well prepared in algebra, arithmetic, geometry, number systems, percentages, permutation, combination and probability. This section has questions divided into two sub sections namely problem solving and data sufficiency. For better understanding, GMAT sample question for each sub section are given below.

Problem Solving In this subsection you have to solve the problem and give the best choice out the number of choices given.

Data sufficiency The problems in this sub section consist of a question and two statements, labeled (1) and (2), in which certain data are given. You have to decide whether the data given in the statements are sufficient for answering the question. Using the data given in the statements and with your knowledge of mathematics, you have to indicate the correct choice.

Q1. If A has the value 45, find the value of B.

(1) The average of A and B is 80.

(2) The value of A is greater than B.

  • First statement ALONE is enough, but the second statement is not.
  • Second statement ALONE is enough, but the first statement is not
  • The statements TOGETHER are enough, but NEITHER is enough alone
  • EACH statement is enough alone
  • Both the statements are NOT enough