Select Section Order

Select the section order of your GMAT exam and do your best!

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The Select Section Order feature was designed to allow GMAT test-takers to put their best foot forward and take the GMAT exam in a way that helps builds comfort and confidence on exam day.

You will be able to select from three section orders at the test center, immediately prior to starting your GMAT exam. Your options will be:

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

Not sure which section order is best for you?

There is no “correct” or “recommended” section order to select. This choice simply gives you more control and flexibility to take the exam based on your strengths and testing preferences. Here are some examples of how test-takers are selecting the section order that’s best for them:

Emma has been taking practice GMAT exams and knows that she struggles with the Verbal section. Jiao has been doing several problem sets, and the Critical Reasoning questions in the Verbal section still make her nervous. Arnav has been studying for the GMAT for over 2 months and feels fairly confident about the exam.
She decides that she wants to take the Verbal section of the GMAT first, so that she can tackle her toughest section while her mind is fresh going into the exam. She doesn’t want a tough Critical Reasoning question to throw her off her game, and prefers to “warm up” on the sections she is more comfortable with, so she decides to start with the Quantitative section first. He has done several full length practice exams in the original order, and he is not sure which section order to choose. He decides to take the exam in the original section order that matches the way he prepared for the exam.

Helpful Tips

  • Practice with all question types and full-length practice exams to identify your individual strengths and weaknesses. You can download free GMATPrep® software with access to full-length practice exams at the mba.com store.
  • Think through the section orders and decide on an option prior to exam day, so you’re not stressed about which section order to choose at the test center.

Did You Know?

Approximately 70% of GMAT test-takers have selected one of the new section orders since the feature launched in July 2017. For additional information on Select Section Order on the GMAT exam please visit the FAQ page.

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