GMAT Exam Format and Timing

You have three and a half hours to complete the four sections of the GMAT exam – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. At the test center, just before your exam begins, you can select the order in which you want to complete the sections.

GMAT Test Section # of Questions Question Types Timing
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of Argument 30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions Multi-Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
30 Minutes
Quantitative 37 Questions Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving
75 Minutes
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes
Total Exam Time

3hrs, 30 minutes

Three options will be available for your exam's section order:

• Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)
• Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
• Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

There is no “correct” or “recommended” section order to select. This choice simply gives you more control and flexibility to take the GMAT exam based on your strengths and testing preferences.

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section

• Sample Analysis India of an Argument Question

See what an AWA question looks like on the GMAT exam, complete with directions, a question, and an actual answer.

• AWA Topics

Most Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Analysis of an Argument topics are available as a downloadable PDF.

• GMAT Write®

Give your writing ability a boost with the Analytical Writing Assessment section of the GMAT exam with the GMAT Write® tool.

• Mastering the Writing Section

On the GMAT exam, you will be expected to successfully analyze issues, comprehend information, and communicate your ideas thorough essays written in English.

Integrated Reasoning Section

• Integrated Reasoning Sample Question Types

Expect four question types during the Integrated Reasoning section: graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning.

Find out more about the Integrated Reasoning Section of the GMAT exam.

• IR Prep Tool

Another official study tool featuring 48 IR items and answer explanations, unlimited practice sessions, customizable question sets, and tools to practice pacing.

• You’re Going to Need it in School, on the Job, and on the GMAT Exam: Integrated Reasoning

Nearly 70 percent of GMAT test takers said Integrated Reasoning skills are relevant to both graduate management education and the corporate environment.

• “Big Data” Defines Next Generation Jobs

The rise of social media and an abundance of information are driving the demand for managers with great data analysis skills.

• Schools Value Integrated Reasoning

Schools are in the business of developing leaders with important skills like the ability to take in large amounts of data and make sound decisions in a rapidly changing environment.
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• Sharpen Your IR Skills and Stand Out From the Crowd

Integrated Reasoning has become an important part of the GMAT exam because it tests the skills you need to succeed in a business school classroom.

Quantitative Section

• NEW! GMAT® Official Guides 2018

Now featuring 1,500+ real GMAT questions and 15% new content.

• Don't Fear the Quantitative Section

Student bloggers Jessica and Finnbar explain that you don't need to be a math person to get the GMAT score you want.
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• Sample Problem Solving Question

Problem solving questions measure your ability to solve numerical problems, interpret graphical data, and evaluate information.

• Sample Data Sufficiency Question

Data sufficiency questions measure your ability to analyze a problem, recognize relevant information, and decide if you have enough information to solve the problem.

• No Need to Fear the Quant Section

The math skills required to answer the questions in the Quantitative section are no greater than what is generally taught in secondary school classes.
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• Tips for Improving your GMAT Score

If you plan to take the GMAT exam again to improve your score, use your knowledge and experience from the previous attempt to focus your attention on the areas that need the most improvement.

• GMAT Study Tips

Data sufficiency questions measure your ability to analyze a problem, recognize relevant information, and decide if you have enough information to solve the problem.
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• GMAT Behind the Scenes: Repeat Testing

If you’re thinking about retaking the GMAT exam, learn more in this Official GMAT blog post about how well you can expect to do, as well as who retakes the GMAT and why.

Verbal Section

The GMAT exam showcases all of your skills – not just math. The Verbal section measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard written English.

Reading comprehension questions measure your ability to understand, analyze, and apply information and concepts presented in written form.

• Sample Critical Reasoning Question

Critical reasoning questions measure the reasoning skills you use when crafting arguments, evaluating arguments, and formulating or evaluating a plan of action.