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The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a 3½-hour (4 hours with breaks) standardized exam designed to predict how test takers will perform academically in graduate management programs such as MBA programs. GMAT scores are used by graduate business schools to make admission decisions. The GMAT exam has four sections– Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. The maximum scaled score for the test is 800: verbal and quantitative sections are each worth 800 points. The final score is an average of these two scores.

Format and Timing

The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section. Total testing time is three and a half hours, but test takers should plan for a total time of approximately four hours, with breaks. Test takers have 30 minutes for the analytical writing assessment and another 30 minutes to work through 12 questions, which often have multiple parts, on the integrated reasoning section and are given 75 minutes to work through 37 questions in the quantitative section and another 75 minutes to get through 41 questions in the verbal section.

Section Duration in minutes Number of questions
Analytical writing assessment 30 1 essay
Integrated reasoning 30 12
Quantitative 75 37
Verbal 75 41