The Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test which assesses certain analytical, writing, quantitative and verbal skills for students applying for advanced studies in management schools. The GMAT exam assesses analytical writing and problem-solving abilities, while also addressing data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills that it believes to be vital to real-world business and management success.

GMAT is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council. More than 5,900 programs offered by more than 2,100 universities and institutions use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs. 

Test Format

The GMAT exam consists of four sections: an analytical writing assessment, an integrated reasoning section, a quantitative section, and a verbal section.



No of questions

Types of Questions


Analytical Writing Assessment


Analysis of an argument

30 minutes

Integrated Reasoning


graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning

30 minutes

Quantitative Section


problem-solving and data sufficiency

75 minutes

Verbal Section


reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction

75 minutes


The quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT exam are both multiple-choice and are administered in the computer-adaptive format, adjusting to a test taker’s level of ability. At the start of the quantitative and verbal sections, test takers are presented with a question of average difficulty. As questions are answered correctly, the computer presents the test taker with increasingly difficult questions and as questions are answered incorrectly the computer presents the test taker with questions of decreasing difficulty. This process continues until test takers complete each section, at which point the computer will have an accurate assessment of their ability level in that subject area and come up with a raw score for each section.


  • The GMAT AWA section is scored on a scale of 0 to 6 and is not included in the composite score.
  • The IR Section is scored on a scale of 1 to 8 and is not included in the composite score.
  • The total GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 and measures performance on the quantitative and verbal sections together (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 (e.g. 540, 550, 560, 570, etc.).

Test Scheduling

The GMAT test is offered on most working days in and on some Saturdays. The GMAT may not be taken more than once within 16 days, even if the scores are cancelled. The test takers can retake the test 5 times in a 12-month period although.