GMAT Overview

 
 

What the GMAT Measures

The GMAT measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed over a long period of time in your education and work. It does NOT measure:

  • your knowledge of business
  • your job skills
  • specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work
  • your abilities in any other specific subject area
  • subjective qualitiesósuch as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills

Format and Timing

The GMAT consists of three main parts, the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Quantitative section, and the Verbal section.

Analytical Writing Assessment

You begin the GMAT with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks' Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each one.

Quantitative Section

You begin the GMAT with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The AWA consists of two separate writing tasks' Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument. You are allowed 30 minutes to complete each one.

Verbal Section

After a second optional five-minute break, you begin the Verbal Section of the GMAT. This section contains 41 multiple choice questions of three question types' Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. You are allowed a maximum of 75 minutes to complete the entire section.