Thursday, August 30, 2007

GMAT test structure

Questions are chosen from a very large pool of test questions categorized by content and difficulty. Only one question at a time is presented to you on the screen. The first question is always of middle difficulty. The selection of each question thereafter is determined by your responses to all previous questions. In other words, the adaptive test adjusts to your ability level-you will get few questions that are too easy or too difficult for you.

You must answer each question and may not return to or change your answer to any previous question. If you answer a question incorrectly by mistake-or correctly by lucky guess-you answer to subsequent questions will lead you back to questions that are at the appropriate level of difficulty for you.

Analytical Writing Assessment
The GMAT with the Analytical Writing Assessment, consists of two essays topics selected by the computer.30 min are allowed to respond to each topic. One task is to analyze an issue; the other is to analyze an argument.

This section tests elementary mathematical skills. This section contains 37 multiple-choice questions of either two question types, Data Sufficiency or Problem Solving. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the section.

This section contains 41 multiple-choice questions on Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. The duration is 75 min.

Analytical Writing Assessment
Analysis of an Issue 1 topic 30 minutes 0 to 6
Analysis of an Argument 1 topic 30 minutes

Optional Rest Break 5 minutes

GMAT Quantitative
Problem Solving(*24 Questions)
Data Sufficiency(*13 Questions) 37 questions 75 minutes 0 to 60

Optional Rest Break 5 minutes

GMAT Verbal

Reading Comprehension(*13 Questions)
Critical Reasoning(*14 Questions)
Sentence Correction(*15 Questions) 41 questions 75 minutes 0 to 60

GMAT Total
200 to 800

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