Wondering what is the format of the GMAT? Well here are some rough-and-ready facts about the format of the GMAT. The current incarnation of the GMAT has four sections, given in this order:
Section #2 = Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes) — 12 multi-part problems on data interpretation and combined Verbal/Math reasoning.
Section #3 = Quantitative (75 minutes) — 37 questions, either standard five-choice multiple choice or Data Sufficiency.
Fact: these four sections, including the two allowable breaks, as well as the whole pre-exam security procedure will run over four hours.
Fact: the whole GMAT is taken at a computer, a computer at the Pearson VUE testing center.
Fact: both the Quantitative and Verbal sections employ Computer Adaptive Testing. As you move through each of those sections, the test adjusts to how you are doing. If you are doing well, on average you get more challenging question. If you are having trouble, on average you will get easier questions. Only the final two sections employ the CAT. On the Integrated Reasoning section, you just get a batch of 12 questions, and those are the ones you do.
Fact: on no part of the GMAT can you go back to a question once you are done with it. Among other things, this is an unavoidable feature of the CAT. Once you submit your answer, that question is gone forever. Because of this, and because of the time constraints, it’s important to understand when to guess and when to skip questions.
Fact: your GMAT Score (200 – 800) is determined only by the Quant & Verbal sections. Your full score has several components, but the BIG one depends only on these two sections.
Fact: with good resources, you can learn both the content and strategies you need, and improve your performance on the GMAT.
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