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1. What is the structure of the gmat exam? GMAT FAQ

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the GMAT exam - presented by 4GMAT.
What is the structure of the GMAT exam?
How are the different sections in the exam scored?
What should be the preparation outlook for each section?
What is a competitive score in each of the sections?
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1. What is the structure of the gmat exam? GMAT FAQ

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  4. 4. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 4GMAT What is the structure of the GMAT exam?
  5. 5. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 4GMAT What is the structure of the GMAT exam? 1. What are the sections in the GMAT exam? 2. What is the duration of the exam? 3. What is the duration of each section of the exam?
  6. 6. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes, 6 What are the sections of the GMAT exam?
  7. 7. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes, 7 What are the sections of the GMAT exam? Start 30 min AWA Analytical Writing Assessment is the first section of the GMAT test.
  8. 8. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes, 8 What are the sections of the GMAT exam? Start 30 min AWA Integrated Reasoning Analytical Writing Assessment is the first section of the GMAT test. 30 min
  9. 9. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes, 9 What are the sections of the GMAT exam? Start 30 min AWA Integrated Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Analytical Writing Assessment is the first section of the GMAT test. 30 min Optional Break 75 min
  10. 10. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes, 10 What are the sections of the GMAT exam? Start 30 min AWA EndIntegrated Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Verbal Reasoning Analytical Writing Assessment is the first section of the GMAT test. 30 min Optional Break 75 min Optional Break 75 min
  11. 11. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes, 11 What are the sections of the GMAT exam? Start 30 min AWA EndIntegrated Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Verbal Reasoning Analytical Writing Assessment is the first section of the GMAT test. 30 min Optional Break 75 min Optional Break 75 min 4 3.5 Sections Hours total duration. Excluding optional breaks of 8 minutes each
  12. 12. Analytical Writing Assessment Duration: 30 minutes. Scoring Range: 0 to 6 in intervals of 0.5
  13. 13. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 13 1. Analytical Writing Assessment – A snapshot AWA – Analysis of an Argument
  14. 14. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 14 1. Analytical Writing Assessment – A snapshot AWA – Analysis of an Argument ? What is the AWA section all about? You will have to write an essay – Analysis of an argument. Your essay should critique an argument presented to you.
  15. 15. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 15 1. Analytical Writing Assessment – A snapshot AWA – Analysis of an Argument ? What is the AWA section all about? You will have to write an essay – Analysis of an argument. Your essay should critique an argument presented to you. What is tested? 1. Your ability to identify the main fallacy(ies) in reasoning found in the argument. 2. Your ability to write effectively adhering to standard rules of written English.
  16. 16. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 16 1. Analytical Writing Assessment – A snapshot AWA – Analysis of an Argument ? What is the AWA section all about? You will have to write an essay – Analysis of an argument. Your essay should critique an argument presented to you. What is tested? 1. Your ability to identify the main fallacy(ies) in reasoning found in the argument. 2. Your ability to write effectively adhering to standard rules of written English. How is the section scored? Scoring Range: 0 to 6 in intervals of 0.5 Competitive Score: 5 and above.
  17. 17. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 17 1. Analytical Writing Assessment – A snapshot AWA – Analysis of an Argument ? What is the AWA section all about? You will have to write an essay – Analysis of an argument. Your essay should critique an argument presented to you. What is tested? 1. Your ability to identify the main fallacy(ies) in reasoning found in the argument. 2. Your ability to write effectively adhering to standard rules of written English. How is the section scored? Scoring Range: 0 to 6 in intervals of 0.5 Competitive Score: 5 and above. Preparation Outlook • Visit http://www.mba.com for a list of topics that appear in the AWA section of the GMAT test. • List down points identifying fallacies in reasoning for each of these arguments. • Write essays for at least 5 to 10 of the topics and get it evaluated by a tutor.
  18. 18. Duration: 30 minutes. Scoring Range: 1 to 8 in intervals of 1 Integrated Reasoning
  19. 19. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 19 2. Integrated Reasoning – A Snapshot 4 variants of questions appear in this section. Total of 12 multiple choice questions. You will not be able to skip any question nor will you be able to go back to a question after you have confirmed your response to the question. Multi Source Reasoning
  20. 20. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 20 2. Integrated Reasoning – A Snapshot 4 variants of questions appear in this section. Total of 12 objective type questions. You will not be able to skip any question nor will you be able to go back to a question after you have confirmed the answer to the question. Data is presented in the form of a pie chart or a line diagram or a bar chart or a scatter diagram. One to two questions per graph. Graphic Interpretation
  21. 21. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 21 2. Integrated Reasoning – A Snapshot 4 variants of questions appear in this section. Total of 12 objective type questions. You will not be able to skip any question nor will you be able to go back to a question after you have confirmed the answer to the question. Data is presented in the form of a pie chart or a line diagram or a bar chart or a scatter diagram. One to two questions per graph. Graphic Interpretation Data is presented in tabular form. One or two questions per table. Table Analysis
  22. 22. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 22 2. Integrated Reasoning – A Snapshot 4 variants of questions appear in this section. Total of 12 objective type questions. You will not be able to skip any question nor will you be able to go back to a question after you have confirmed the answer to the question. Data is presented in the form of a pie chart or a line diagram or a bar chart or a scatter diagram. One to two questions per graph. Graphic Interpretation Data is presented in tabular form. One or two questions per table. Table Analysis Data from 2 or 3 sources. A graph, a table and a paragraph or any combination. 1 to 3 questions. Multi Source Reasoning
  23. 23. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 23 2. Integrated Reasoning – A Snapshot 4 variants of questions appear in this section. Total of 12 objective type questions. You will not be able to skip any question nor will you be able to go back to a question after you have confirmed the answer to the question. Data is presented in the form of a pie chart or a line diagram or a bar chart or a scatter diagram. One to two questions per graph. Graphic Interpretation Data is presented in tabular form. One or two questions per table. Table Analysis Data from 2 or 3 sources. A graph, a table and a paragraph or any combination. 1 to 3 questions. Multi Source Reasoning A question has two parts. You response to both parts should be correct. No partial credit for getting only one of the two parts right. Two Part Analysis
  24. 24. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 24 2. Integrated Reasoning – A Snapshot Scoring Range Scoring Range: 1 to 8 points in intervals of 1 Competitive Score: A score of 5 to 8 points is competitive B School evaluation criteria The integrated reasoning section was introduced in the GMAT since July 2012. B schools use this score in conjunction with your scores in the quant and in the verbal sections. While an 8 on 8 may not be reason enough for a school to give you an admit, a 3 on 8 could be a strong reason to deny you an admit.
  25. 25. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 25 2. Integrated Reasoning – A Snapshot Scoring Range Preparation Outlook Scoring Range: 1 to 8 points in intervals of 1 Competitive Score: A score of 5 to 8 points is competitive B School evaluation criteria The integrated reasoning section was introduced in the GMAT since July 2012. B schools use this score in conjunction with your scores in the quant and in the verbal sections. While an 8 on 8 may not be reason enough for a school to give you an admit, a 3 on 8 could be a strong reason to deny you an admit. The Official Guide to the GMAT has a companion website that provides 50 questions from across the 4 variants. Solve all of these questions and familiarize yourself with the different question types. Invest adequate time in this section to score over 5. However, do not spend disproportionately high amount of time to max your scores in this section. There may not be too much of a difference a B school may perceive between a 6 and an 8 in this section.
  26. 26. are NOT computer adaptive sections The AWA and the IR sections
  27. 27. You have the option to take a break before proceeding to the next section. It might be a good idea to take the break to sip water, use the rest room and stretch a bit and come back rejuvenated. Optional Break (8 minutes)
  28. 28. 📅 Duration: 75 minutes. Scoring Range: 0 to 60. Quantitative Reasoning
  29. 29. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – A Snapshot 37 Questions Multiple Choice Questions 75 Minutes ℹ
  30. 30. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – A Snapshot 37 Questions Multiple Choice Questions 75 Minutes ℹAbout 2/3rd of the questions Problem Solving 5 choices per question Only 1 choice is correct
  31. 31. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – A Snapshot 37 Questions Multiple Choice Questions 75 Minutes ℹAbout 2/3rd of the questions Problem Solving 5 choices per question Only 1 choice is correct Remaining 1/3rd of the questions Data Sufficiency Question followed by 2 statements
  32. 32. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – A Snapshot 37 Questions Multiple Choice Questions 75 Minutes ℹAbout 2/3rd of the questions Problem Solving 5 choices per question Only 1 choice is correct Remaining 1/3rd of the questions Data Sufficiency Question followed by 2 statements This one is a Computer Adaptive Section The level of difficulty of each question shown to you is determined by your response to the preceding question. A correct response could result in a tougher question; an incorrect one an easier question.
  33. 33. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – Topics Tested
  34. 34. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – Topics Tested Arithmetic Number Properties & Theory, Descriptive Statistics, Sets, Counting Methods, Probability
  35. 35. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – Topics Tested Arithmetic Number Properties & Theory, Descriptive Statistics, Sets, Counting Methods, Probability Algebra Linear & Quadratic equation, Inequalities, Functions, Absolute value, Exponents
  36. 36. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – Topics Tested Arithmetic Number Properties & Theory, Descriptive Statistics, Sets, Counting Methods, Probability Algebra Linear & Quadratic equation, Inequalities, Functions, Absolute value, Exponents Geometry Triangles, Circles, Quadrilaterals, Coordinate Goemetry, Solids – Volume, Area
  37. 37. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – Topics Tested Arithmetic Number Properties & Theory, Descriptive Statistics, Sets, Counting Methods, Probability Algebra Linear & Quadratic equation, Inequalities, Functions, Absolute value, Exponents Geometry Triangles, Circles, Quadrilaterals, Coordinate Goemetry, Solids – Volume, Area Word Problems Rate Problems, Work Problems, Sets, Mixtures, Interest, Data Interpretation
  38. 38. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – A Snapshot Scoring Range Scoring Range: 0 to 60 points in intervals of 1 Maximum Possible: A score of 51 is the maximum Competitive Score: A score of 50 is competitive for Asian test takers. Settle for nothing less than 49 points (79th percentile in TY2015). B-School evaluation criteria A good number of B-Schools expect a student to exhibit a balanced performance in the quant and in the verbal section. While the higher ranked B-schools might expect a 90th percentile in both sections, many good schools will expect their students to have over 80 percentile in each section.
  39. 39. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 3. Quantitative Reasoning – A Snapshot Scoring Range Preparation Outlook Scoring Range: 0 to 60 points in intervals of 1 Maximum Possible: A score of 51 is the maximum Competitive Score: A score of 50 is competitive for Asian test takers. Settle for nothing less than 49 points (79th percentile in TY2015). B-School evaluation criteria A good number of B-Schools expect a student to exhibit a balanced performance in the quant and in the verbal section. While higher ranked B-schools might expect a 90th percentile in both sections, many good schools will expect their students to have over 80 percentile in each section. It is relatively easier to get a higher score in the quant section of the GMAT than the verbal section. The flip side to the argument is that it therefore, becomes imperative to have a high score in the quant section. If you are one of the students who fares better in the quant section compared to the verbal section, invest adequate effort to maximize your quant score and keep your head above water in the verbal section. Many test takers invest disproportionately high fraction of time in improving their verbal scores and ignore the quant section (which is their strong area). Do not let that happen to you if you are better at quant than at the verbal.
  40. 40. You have the option to take a break before proceeding to the next section. It might be a good idea to take the break to sip water, use the rest room and stretch a bit and come back rejuvenated. Optional Break (8 minutes)
  41. 41. Duration: 75 minutes. Scoring Range: 0 to 60. Verbal Reasoning
  42. 42. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 4. Verbal Reasoning – A Snapshot Number of Questions o 41 questions o Multiple choice questions with 5 choices each
  43. 43. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 4. Verbal Reasoning – A Snapshot Number of Questions Time Duration o 41 questions o Multiple choice questions with 5 choices each o 75 minutes
  44. 44. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 4. Verbal Reasoning – A Snapshot This one is also a Computer Adaptive Section: The level of difficulty of each question shown to you is determined by your response to the preceding question. A correct response could result in a tougher question; an incorrect one an easier question. Number of Questions Time Duration o 41 questions o Multiple choice questions with 5 choices each o 75 minutes
  45. 45. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 45 4. Verbal Reasoning – Types of Questions
  46. 46. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 46 4. Verbal Reasoning – Types of Questions 01 About a third of the questions are of this type. Sentence Correction A part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined. You need to select from the 5 choices the one that best fits the underlined part of the sentence.
  47. 47. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 47 4. Verbal Reasoning – Types of Questions 01 About a third of the questions are of this type. 02 About another third of the questions are of this type. Passages from a wide spectrum of topics Sentence Correction A part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined. You need to select from the 5 choices the one that best fits the underlined part of the sentence. Reading Comprehension Passages not exceeding 350 words. 2 to 4 questions per passage. Answer the questions solely based on what is given in the passage.
  48. 48. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 48 4. Verbal Reasoning – Types of Questions 03 Another third of the questions are of this type. Based on logically valid arguments. 01 About a third of the questions are of this type. 02 About another third of the questions are of this type. Passages from a wide spectrum of topics Sentence Correction A part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined. You need to select from the 5 choices the one that best fits the underlined part of the sentence. Reading Comprehension Passages not exceeding 350 words. 2 to 4 questions per passage. Answer the questions solely based on what is given in the passage. Critical Reasoning Short arguments of about 80 to 100 words. Strengthen / weaken an argument type of questions.
  49. 49. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 4. Verbal Reasoning – A Snapshot Scoring Range Scoring Range: 0 to 60 points in intervals of 1 Maximum Possible: A score of 51 is the maximum Competitive Score: A score of 40 (91st percentile in TY2015) in the verbal section is competitive. Settle for nothing less than 36 points in this section. B-School evaluation criteria A good number of B-Schools expect a student to exhibit a balanced performance in the quant and in the verbal section. While the higher ranked B-schools might expect a 90th percentile in both sections, many good schools will expect their students to have over 80 percentile in each section.
  50. 50. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes 4. Verbal Reasoning – A Snapshot Scoring Range Preparation Outlook Scoring Range: 0 to 60 points in intervals of 1 Maximum Possible: A score of 51 is the maximum Competitive Score: A score of 40 (91st percentile in TY2015) in the verbal section is competitive. Settle for nothing less than 36 points in this section. B-School evaluation criteria A good number of B-Schools expect a student to exhibit a balanced performance in the quant and in the verbal section. While the higher ranked B-schools might expect a 90th percentile in both sections, many good schools will expect their students to have over 80 percentile in each section. It is relatively tougher to get a high score in the verbal section of the GMAT than the quant section. The brighter side to the scenario is that even a score of 36 is competitive in the verbal section. Of the three types of questions that appear in the GMAT verbal section, preparing for the Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning is more structured than the preparation for Reading Comprehension. Widen your reading habit. Invest in a subscription to an online magazine such as Scientific American and or the Economist and read at least three articles from each every day to crack the RC in the GMAT.
  51. 51. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes What counts towards your 800 in the GMAT?
  52. 52. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes What counts towards your 800 in the GMAT? Quant Score Your score in the quant section counts to the computation of your GMAT score out of 800
  53. 53. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes What counts towards your 800 in the GMAT? Quant Score Your score in the quant section counts to the computation of your GMAT score out of 800 Verbal Score Your score in the verbal section counts to the computation of your GMAT score out of 800
  54. 54. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes What counts towards your 800 in the GMAT? Scoring Range 200 to 800 in intervals of 10 700+ is a competitive score. Quant Score Your score in the quant section counts to the computation of your GMAT score out of 800 Verbal Score Your score in the verbal section counts to the computation of your GMAT score out of 800
  55. 55. www.4gmat.com GMAT Classes, Math Books, Online Classes What counts towards your 800 in the GMAT? AWA score and Integrated Reasoning sections do not contribute to the computation of your GMAT score as reported on the scale of 200 to 800. The scores in AWA and IR are reported as stand alone scores. Scoring Range 200 to 800 in intervals of 10 700+ is a competitive score. Quant Score Your score in the quant section counts to the computation of your GMAT score out of 800 Verbal Score Your score in the verbal section counts to the computation of your GMAT score out of 800
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