GMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Get complete details on GMAT 2018 Exam Pattern such as its syllabus, question type, number of questions and GMAT paper pattern. The GMAT or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test is an international aptitude test and the exam pattern for the same is quite different from the popular MBA entrance exams of India like CAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT as it’s a Computer Adaptive Test and not computer based test. In the Computer Adaptive Test format, you will get one section at a time. The difficulty level will depend on the accuracy of your first answer. If you answer the first question correctly, the next question will be of higher difficulty level. If you answer the initial question incorrectly, the next question will be of easier difficulty level.

GMAT 2018 Exam Pattern – Duration

Do note that the duration of GMAT exam is 3 hours 30 minutes. However there will be some scheduled breaks as well.

GMAT 2018 Exam Pattern – Sections

There are 4 sections in the GMAT exam namely Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal.

GMAT Exam Pattern – Structure

The detailed GMAT Exam Pattern is explained in the given table

SectionNo. of questionsQuestion TypeDuration
Analytical Writing Assessment1 topicAnalysis of an argument30 minutes
Integrated reasoning12 questionsMultisource reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, two part analysis, Table Analysis30 minutes
Quantitative37 questionsData Sufficiency, Problem Solving75 minutes
Verbal41 questionsReading Comprehension, critical reasoning, sentence correction.75 minutes
Total Exam Duration3 hours 30 minutes

GMAT 2018 Exam Pattern – Scores:

The scores are awarded in increments of 10 (e.g. 540, 550, 560, 570, etc.). According to GMAC, the average score is 540. The higher your score is, the higher your level of ability was on the GMAT. The section wise range of scores is as follows:

Quantitative: The scores of this section range from 0 to 60. The range of scores reported is 11 to 51.

Verbal: The scores range from 0 to 60. However, the range scores reported is 11 to 51.

Integrated Reasoning: Integrated reasoning scores range from 1 to 8.

Analytical Writing Assessment: The written piece will be assessed on a scale of 1 to 6, 1 being minimum score and 6 being maximum.

  1. An essay that is deficient.
  2. An essay that is flawed.
  3. An essay that is limited.
  4. An essay that is adequate.
  5. An essay that is strong.
  6. An essay that is outstanding.

The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together. The performance on the AWA and IR sections do not count toward the total score, those sections are scored separately. Scores are given in increments of 10.


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