GMAT Exam Format and Timing

On test day, you have three and a half hours to complete the four sections of the GMAT exam – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal.

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
Verbal 41 Questions Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes
Total Exam Time

3hrs, 30 minutes
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) measures your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. During the AWA, you are asked to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument.

  • Sample AWA Question

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

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

The Integrated Reasoning section measures your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills you need to succeed in our technologically advanced, data-driven world.

  • 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.
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Quantitative Section

The Quantitative section measures your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. The mathematics needed to understand and solve the questions in this section of the GMAT exam is no greater than what is generally taught in secondary school classes.

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  • Sample Problem Solving Question

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

  • Sample Reading Comprehension Question

    Reading comprehension questions measure your ability to understand, analyze, and apply information and concepts presented in written form.
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  • 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.
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  • Sample Sentence Correction Question

    Sentence correction questions test your English language proficiency and ability to express an idea clearly, concisely, and grammatically correct.
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