Welcome to our GMAT Sample Questions practice test, complete with answer key and answer explanations. Remember that the real GMAT lets you choose the order of your test sections, so feel free to start with the Quant or Verbal section.
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Table of Contents
- Free GMAT Sample Questions
- GMAT Practice Test Answers and Explanations
- Difference Between These GMAT Sample questions and the Real Exam
- How to Get a Rough Estimate of Your Score
- What to Expect from This GMAT Practice Exam
- Official GMAT Practice Tests: Another Important Resource
- Planning the Rest of Your GMAT Prep
Free GMAT Sample Questions by Magoosh
GMAT Practice Test Answers and Explanations
After you finish each section of this GMAT practice test, you’ll see the answers and explanations. The correct answer choices will appear right on screen in this post, and there will be a clickable link to an answer explanation page for each question. And after you’ve taken the test, this thorough answer key will still be available for review. It will be one click away, on our GMAT practice test answer page.
And I have some especially good news about these answer explanations: you get a text explanation and a video explanation for every question! Reviewing both explanations is particularly useful because the text and video explanations often explain the test in two different ways. It’s a great way to explore and discover your own best learning style.
Adaptivity: A Key Difference Between This GMAT Practice Test and the Real Exam
In this Magoosh sample GMAT, the GMAT example questions you see are not adaptive. But on the real test, they are.
What is an adaptive GMAT Test?
In a nutshell, the real GMAT test is adaptive. What does this mean? Well, on the actual exam, there is not a fixed, predetermined set of questions. Instead, you get a computer adaptive test, in which the GMAT questions that pop up on your test screen will have a different difficulty level, based on how you did on the previous questions.
So if you do well on several consecutive questions, the real GMAT will then start making your question level more difficult. But if you do poorly on several questions in a row on test day, the exam will adapt and give you easier questions.
Why We Made this Test Non-Adaptive
Having a fixed set of questions allows us to give you a mix of questions that reflects the mix of topics the average GMAT test-taker sees on the real exam. In an adaptive GMAT practice test, you might get a disproportionate amount of easier topics, especially if you’re just beginning your GMAT studies.
How to Take an Adaptive GMAT Practice Test from Magoosh
The disadvantage, of course, is that this GMAT test sample cannot help you predict your GMAT score with pinpoint accuracy. Actual GMAT scoring is based on adaptive testing, with more points for harder questions and fewer points for easier ones. As you get further into your test prep and build more skills, you’ll want to start taking adaptive GMAT practice tests.
A Magoosh GMAT plan lets you choose between a live cohorted classes with an instructor (which includes all our lessons and practice questions) or access to the self-study option with the same high-quality lesson videos and questions. You can sign up today, or sample what we offer with a free 1-week trial.
When you do take an adaptive GMAT test (either the practice test or the real thing), use these pacing tips to help manage your time:
How to Get a Rough Estimate of Your Score Based on this Non-Adaptive GMAT Exam
A real GMAT score report considers the percentage of questions you got right, and then slightly adjusts the point value of each individual question based on its difficulty. “Point weight” can have a very significant impact on your score. But you can get a very rough approximate score by calculating the percentage on your own.
Both the Quant and Verbal sections have their own individual subscores. These subscores have a scaled score range of 0 to 60. So if you get, say, 70% of your Quant questions right on this test, your very rough estimated subscore for Quant would be 70% of the 60 point range (0.7*60 = 42).
Using your Verbal and Quantitative percentages, you can also make this kind of imperfect-but-helpful estimate for your whole composite score on this GMAT practice test. How, you may ask? Well, Magoosh actually has a chart for this! Check out the GMAT score chart in Sharat’s blog post “How to Calculate GMAT Scores.”
What to Expect from This GMAT Practice Exam
This GMAT practice test consists of the main portion of the GMAT exam: the Quantitative and Verbal sections. To help you learn more about how these sections are marked and how they contribute to your overall score, see our article “What’s a Good GMAT Score?”
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Quant and Verbal sections of the GMAT.
The Quant Portion of the GMAT Test
The GMAT’s Quantitative Reasoning practice section has two multiple-choice question formats:
- Data Sufficiency (DS)
- Problem Solving (PS)
Read more about the GMAT Quant section
DS questions give you a math problem and two statements that give extra information. From there, you need to figure out if one or both statements offer sufficient data for you to solve the problem. But interestingly, you don’t necessarily need to actually calculate the solution. Problem Solving questions on the other hand do require you to solve the math problem at hand (hence, the name!). PS questions vary greatly, from geometry figures, to word problems, to algebraic equations and more.
In both PS and DS, expect to use fairly similar skills and knowledge. Since GMAT Quant is a no-calculator test, you’ll want to build strong skills in mental math shortcuts and estimation. Beyond that, you’ll need to be familiar with all of the most common math topics in the Quantitative Reasoning section: word problems, integer properties & arithmetic, algebra, percents/ratios/fractions, and geometry, and others. I discuss these topics in greater detail in my breakdown of GMAT Quant concepts by frequency. As you prepare, remember that Data Sufficiency is quite unique and has its own set of strategies; see Mike’s GMAT Data Sufficiency tips.
In terms of structure, the GMAT Quant section has 31 questions. Roughly 13 of these will be Data Sufficiency, and the rest will be Problem Solving. You are given 62 minutes to complete the test,or a maximum average of two minutes per question. Because you can’t go back and review questions you’ve already completed, it makes sense to use as much of the time limit as you need.
The Verbal Portion the GMAT Test
There are three general question types in GMAT Verbal:
Read more about the GMAT Verbal section
Typically, RC passages are 2-4 paragraphs long, but sometimes they may consist of one large paragraph. After each passage, you will answer 3-4 questions about the passage. You’ll need to correctly identify facts from the passage, make inferences, understand the author’s intent or attitude, and so on. CR readings are much shorter. Most CR passages 100 words or less; all are logical arguments followed by a single question that asks you about the logic. Last, but certainly not least, SC questions will show you several different versions of a long, academic sentence and ask you to pick the version that has the best grammar and writing style.
The skills tested in GMAT Verbal are varied and nuanced. For GMAT Reading Comprehension, you’ll need to be adept in active reading skills, and you’ll also need to be good at mental paraphrasing, making inferences, and thinking like a writer as you gauge an author’s attitude and intent. Critical Reasoning, on the other hand, practically requires you to think like a lawyer, carefully picking apart logical arguments to find flaws or hidden reasoning. SC, like RC, and CR is multiple choice, but is focused on writing skills rather than reading ability. To prepare for SC, develop a keen sense of formal written grammar and cultivate a good mental “ear” for which turns of phrase sound the best in your mind.
Finally, let’s look at the structure of the GMAT Verbal section. In terms of breakdown, there are 36 questions total, all multiple choice. About 11 of them will be Critical Reasoning, roughly 13 will be Sentence Correction, and the rest will be Reading Comprehension. The time limit for this section is 65 minutes. This means a maximum average of 1 minute and 48 seconds per question. As with Quant, it’s good to take as much of that maximum average as you need, since you can’t go back to review earlier questions. For Verbal in particular, average time per question will vary a lot by question type. Be sure to read Pete’s breakdown of pacing for RC vs. CR vs. SC.
Where to Find GMAT Sample Questions for IR and AWA
The GMAT IR and GMAT AWA sections are not included in this test, because these parts of the GMAT, which are scored separately from the rest of the exam, are typically not as important on your business school application.
If you would like some GMAT sample questions for IR, you can check out our GMAT Integrated Reasoning practice post. And for AWA practice I recommend going straight to “the source.” The official makers of the test offer a PDF of every GMAT AWA question you might see on test day.
Official GMAT Practice Tests: Another Important Resource
I’m on the team that writes the Magoosh GMAT practice questions, and I can tell you that a lot of research goes into making sure they resemble the real thing as closely as possible. But in terms of quality, do you know what’s even better than a carefully researched imitation of the real thing? The actual real thing! Because of this, I always encourage students to use official GMAT practice tests alongside their Magoosh materials. In terms of quality, official GMAT prep is simply the best place to take a full length practice test.
The GMAT prep at the MBA.com store includes the most authentic adaptive GMAT practice tests you can take! And their offerings include two complete downloadable free GMAT practice tests, as well as four additional official practice tests that cost money. All of these official mock tests are full tests that include IR and AWA sections.
In addition to the free older-version tests, the makers of the real GMAT exam offer a few other nice free resources. I’ve already told you about their complete collection of GMAT AWA questions. But did you know they also have an 8 question GMAT mini-quiz? This quiz is a powerful “quick hit” study aid as you start your GMAT prep, since it covers all the basic question types in just 8 questions.
If you need even more resources, we’ve got you covered. Magoosh students get 40% off of official GMAT practice exams here.
Planning the Rest of Your GMAT Prep
To start your GMAT journey, we recommend taking the free GMAT Diagnostic Test to determine your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re looking to add a little more to your daily prep, check out our GMAT Question of the Day, featuring a new Quant or Verbal question for each day of the month!
Of course, there’s much more to preparing for test day then just going through GMAT practice sets or taking a GMAT practice test. You’ll also want a good road map to your prep activities.
Magoosh outlines quite a few different GMAT study timelines. We have study plans of different lengths that emphasize different learning needs, so there’s really something for everyone! Our study plans are designed to be adjustable and changeable, so you could treat them simply as an example of how you might build your own study schedule. But if you want to follow them closely, you should use the Magoosh lessons and questions we recommend.