GMAT Test Structure

Format and Timing

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA.

You have three and a half hours in which to take the GMAT exam, but plan for a total time of approximately four hours because there are optional breaks after Analytical Writing Assessment section and after the Quantitative section.


GMAT Sample Test


Analytical Writing Assessment

The GMAT exam begins with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks—Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument.


-Analysis of an Argument (30minutes)

-Analysis of an Issue (30 minutes)


Quantitative Section

Following an optional break, you then begin with the Quantitative Section of the GMAT exam. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of two question types—Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.


-Problem Solving (23 to 24 questions)

-Data Sufficiency (13 to 14 questions)


Verbal Section

After completion of the Quantitative Section (following an optional break), you begin the Verbal Section of the GMAT exam. This section contains 41 multiple choice questions of three question types—Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.


-Critical Reasoning (14 to 15 questions)

-Reading Comprehension (4 passages with 12 to 14 questions)

-Sentence Correction (14 to 15 questions)


The GMAT exam is delivered via computer in individualized workstations. Being computer adaptive (rather than computer based) allows the GMAT exam to determine a test taker's true ability by selecting questions based on previous answers and the test design.


GMAT Exam Format & Length
Test Section Number of Questions Timing
Section 1 Analytical Writing Assessment


-Analysis of an Issue

1 Topic

75 Minutes
-Analysis of an Argument 1 Topic 75 Minutes
-Optional Break: 8 Minutes
Section 2
Quantitative Section
37 Questions
75 Minutes
-Problem Solving    
-Data Sufficiency    
-Optional Break: 8 Minutes
Section 3 Verbal Section
41 Questions
75 Minutes
-Reading Comprehension    
-Critical Reasoning    
-Sentence Correction