Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Here is what you can expect to see when you take the test.

The Introductory Computer Tutorial (untimed – you go through it at your own pace)
Analytical Writing Assessment (60 minutes)
Analysis of an Argument (30 minutes)
Analysis of an Issue (30 minutes)
Optional 5 Minute Break
Quantitative Section (75 minutes)
Problem Solving (23 to 24 questions)
Data Sufficiency (13 to 14 questions)
Optional 5 Minute Break
Verbal Section (75 minutes)
Critical Reasoning (14 to 15 questions)
Reading Comprehension (4 passages with 12 to 14 questions)
Sentence Correction (14 to 15 questions)
The total maximum testing time allowed for the GMAT is 3 hours and 40 minutes.

The two Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) analyses are presented to test takers in random order. You might see either the analysis of an argument or the analysis of an issue question first.

As we mentioned above, you can also expect the types of questions asked in the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT test to show up in a random order. That said, these questions do tend to appear on the exams in short bunches – you are not likely to find yourself bounced back and forth between them. Reading comprehension questions in particular will be grouped together, in bunches immediately following the relevant passages.

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