The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a standardized assessment used by more than 1500 universities and organizations to select students for admission into their business and management programs.

It is administrated by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) which operates secure test sites worldwide.

Different sections in the GMAT

The GMAT consists of four main sections:
  • Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative
  • Verbal

GMAT Test Section No. of Questions No. of Questions Timing
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Topic Analysis of an Argument 30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions Graphics Interpretation, Tables, Reasoning 30 Minutes
Quantitative 37 Questions Problem Solving Data Sufficiency 75 Minutes
Verbal 41 Questions Reading Comprehension Critical Reasoning Sentence Correction 75 Minutes
Total Exam Time 3 hours, 30 min

Plan for a total time of about four hours to include optional breaks.


The Quantitative section is comprised of fundamental mathematics based on high school difficulty levels. Problems originate from various topics such as Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Probability, and Word Problems. The questions are largely skewed toward real-world application.

The Verbal section of the GMAT exam measures your ability to read and comprehend written material, reason and evaluate arguments, and correct written material to conform to standard written English. This section includes questions on Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction.

The Analytical Writing Assessment section will ask you to analyze an argument. The argument may be based on a variety of topics. You do not need specific subject knowledge, just the ability to think and write logically.

The new Integrated Reasoning section will measure your ability to utilize information presented in graphics, text, and numbers.

How is the GMAT score determined?

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test that adjusts to your skill level. As you answer each question, the computer scores your answer and uses it—as well as your responses to any preceding questions—to determine which question to present next. Correct responses typically prompt questions of increased difficulty. Incorrect responses generally result in questions of lesser difficulty.

Your score is determined by:
  • The number of questions you answer
  • Whether you answer the questions correctly or incorrectly
  • The level of difficulty and other statistical characteristics of each question.
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.

The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. Both scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations. The Verbal and Quantitative scores measure different constructs and cannot be compared to each other.

How will the GMAT score be used?

GMAC has published guidelines for the use of GMAT scores. The guidelines are provided to all graduate management schools that use GMAT scores. The test alone does not measure all the characteristics related to success in graduate school. Admissions committees may also consider an applicant’s undergraduate record and other information obtained from applications, interviews, and letters of recommendation.