GMAT structure

*You are now free to decide on the order in which the sections are to be presented.
Section Description Number of Questions / Time
  Analytical Writing Assessment
Analytical Writing Assessment An essay, in which you have to
analyze logical fallacies in the author's
1 essay / 30 minutes
  Integrated reasoning
Integrated reasoning Question types:
a) Table analysis
b) Two-part analysis
c) Graphics interpretation
d) Multi-source reasoning
12 problems / 30 minutes
BREAK 8 minutes
Quantitative Question types:
a) Problem solving
b) Data sufficiency
31 questions / 62 minutes
BREAK 8 minutes
Verbal Question types:
a) Reading comprehension
b) Critical reasoning
c) Sentence correction
36 questions / 65 minutes

Analytical Writing Assessment

AWA assesses your ability to think critically and to convey ideas properly. In this section, your task will be to analyze the author's reasoning and to criticize the argument.

Analytical Writing Assessment

Integrated Reasoning

IR assesses your ability to perceive information in a variety of formats, a skill required in a technologically advanced world of information.

Integrated Reasoning


The Quantitative Section evaluates the ability to analyze data and draw inferences by using logical conclusions. The scope of mathematical problems in this section is comparable to that you encountered during your first ten years of school. Moreover, you will not deal with trigonometry and logarithms.

Quantitative GMAT


The Verbal Section is aimed at assessing your ability to read and understand written language, analyze logical cases and correct grammatical mistakes within sentences in full accordance with academic English.

Verbal GMAT


The difficulty of the next task depends on whether you have answered the previous question correctly or not: every correct answer raises the level of difficulty. The difficulty level, in turn, is strongly connected with percentile.

Адаптивность GMAT


Percentile is an indicator that shows the proportion of people who had passed the test worse than you did. In other words, if you get 65% for a section, then you turn out to have passed this section better than 65% of all the test takers in the last three years. The higher the percentile, the more unique you are.

Персентиль в GMAT


GMAT sections are
valued as follows:
AWA: 0 to 6
IR: 0 to 8
Quantitative & Verbal: 0 to 51 each
You will also receive a percentile
for each section. Interestingly,
the first two sections do not
contribute to the final score.

Баллы в GMAT

Useful to know:

  • You can take the GMAT exam once every 16 days and no more than 5 times in a 12-month period;
  • Total number of tries is 8 (lifetime limit);
  • In order to get a better score, you need to equalize Verbal Section and Quantitative Section;
  • Because of the adaptivity, you are recommended to start both Verbal and Quantitative sections with a row of correctly answered questions;
  • In the test center, you will be provided with a draft, two markers and ear plugs;
  • You will know the preliminary test result after you finish the last task. The official result differs from the preliminary report in that it includes the score for AWA Section;
  • You find out the result of the test right after you do the last task. The official result differs in that it includes the score for AWA;
  • Despite the fact that GMAT and GRE are often regarded as two alternatives, they differ significantly.

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