GMAT Exam Pattern 2022: Section Wise (AWA, IR, QR & VR) Format, Questions, Time Limit & Score Range

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Updated on Nov 9, 2022 18:09 IST

Those looking to know the GMAT Exam Pattern should learn that the GMAT has four sections. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test with a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes. The GMAT Exam Structure is decided by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which is the official exam administrating body. The GMAT 2022 Pattern comprises both objective and subjective questions.

In this article, we will discuss everything about the GMAT exam pattern. Overall the GMAT has 80 questions which are divided into four sections namely Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning. Further, candidates are given a specific time to complete every section of the exam.

GMAT Exam Pattern

The GMAT exam takes under 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test including two optional breaks. The medium of the GMAT is English and the mode is computer-based. The score range of the GMAT is between 200-800. If a candidate scores more than 760 that means a 99 percentile in comparison. Each of the GMAT sections has a time limit and it varies according to the sections. Apart from this, candidates are can control their test-taking experience and have the option of choosing amongst the three combinations in the order to attempt the exam.

The Integrated Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections are computer adaptive, so, you cannot skip the question and move to the next one. Also, you cannot return to the previous question and the answers once marked cannot be changed. Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections include multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The GMAT format is given below:

Exam Section

No. of questions/ Time limit

Question Type

Score Range

Analytical Writing Assessment

1 Topic (30 minutes)

Analysis of an Argument

0-6 (0.5-point increments)

Integrated Reasoning

12 questions (30 minutes)

Multi-Source Reasoning,

Graphics Interpretation,

Two-Part Analysis,

Table Analysis

1-8 (1-point increments)

Quantitative

31 questions (62 minutes)

Data Sufficiency,

Problem Solving

6-51 (1-point increments)

Verbal

36 questions (65 minutes)

Reading Comprehension,

Critical Reasoning,

Sentence Correction

6-51 (1-point increments)

Total 

80 questions (3 hours 7 minutes)  

200 - 800

A candidate has the option to take two ‘8-minute breaks’ during the exam.

The GMAT format has four sections, we have discussed the GMAT Paper Pattern above. The GMAT exam format is designed to evaluate certain skillsets of aspirants. read below about each of the GMAT paper pattern 2022.

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Analytical Writing Assessment

This section assesses the candidate's ability to think critically and communicate their ideas. The candidate is required to analyse a given argument and write a critique on it. The topics are usually of general interest. This section checks the candidate's ability to organize his/her thoughts and use of given evidence to support their viewpoint.

Integrated Reasoning

This section requires candidates to analyse and evaluate information presented in different formats. The questions in this section will test your quantitative and verbal skills.

  • Multi-source reasoning: in these questions, you have to compare, interpret or apply the information presented in tables, graphs, diagrams, written passages, and other types of visual representation
  • Table analysis: in these questions, a candidate has to determine statistics, ratios, probabilities or proportions, etc. from a given spreadsheet-like table
  • Graphics interpretation: there will be fill-in-the-blanks type questions to be answered on the basis of given bar graphs, bubble graphs, and line graphs
  • Two-part analysis: in these questions, a candidate has to determine trade-offs, calculate proportion, etc. and choose answers that will be given in the tabular format

Quantitative Reasoning

It measures the candidates' ability to analyse data and give conclusions using reasoning skills.

  • Algebra: inequalities, equations, functions, exponents, and absolute value
  • Geometry: circles, lines and angles, solids, coordinate geometry, and polygons
  • Arithmetic: ratio and proportion, fractions, decimals, percentages, discrete probability counting methods, and sets
  • Word problems: time and work, rate, simple and compound interest, discounts, profit and loss, data interpretation, measurement problems, and geometry questions

Verbal Reasoning

This section measures candidates' ability to understand the written matter, evaluate arguments, and correct written matter to make it to standard English.

  • Reading comprehension: in these questions, you have to refer to a passage of up to 350 words and answer questions based on the main idea, supporting ideas, context, style, and tone, etc.
  • Critical reasoning: these questions check a candidate on argument evaluation and formulating/evaluating a plan of action
  • Sentence correction: these questions are characterized into an agreement, grammatical construction, logical predication, parallelism, idiom, verb form, and rhetorical construction

The GMAT Test is Computer Adaptive

After discussing the GMAT pattern, we will explain how the GMAT test is Computer Adaptive. Out of the four sections of the GMAT format, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections of the GMAT are computer-adaptive. It means that the difficulty level of the test modifies according to the test taker's ability. This feature allows the test to assess the candidate's ability with utmost precision. This is the reason that business schools trust the GMAT test scores to give admission to the aspirants.

The first question that comes either in the Quantitative or in Verbal Sections is of medium difficulty level. As the test taker proceeds with the test, the computer scores the answers and uses them and your responses for the next question. If your first answer is incorrect then the next question will be less hard. If you answer the second question correctly then the next question will be harder. This process continues until the end and it accurately assesses the candidate's ability of that particular subject.

The test-takers are not allowed to return to change their answers because the computer uses your answers to select the next question. So, it is important to give answers carefully, as you will not be able to change them later.

GMAT Section Order

In July 2017, GMAC introduced Select Section Order that allows students to customize their GMAT exam experience by giving them the freedom to choose the section order they want to adopt during the exam. So, you can control your test taking experience.

Now candidates have the opportunity to choose from three options for the exam’s section order:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

This choice gives candidates the freedom to take the GMAT Exam as per their own preference. So test-takers can select the section order from the GMAT exam strcuture as per their convenience.

GMAT Section Order

Order 1

Order 2

Order 3

Analytical Writing Assessment

Verbal Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Integrated Reasoning

 

 

8-min break (optional)

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

8-min break (optional)

Verbal Reasoning

Integrated Reasoning

Integrated Reasoning

 

Analytical Writing Assessment

Analytical Writing Assessment

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GMAT Exam Pattern FAQs

Q. Is the format for GMAT and GMAT online exam the same?

A. Yes, the format for the GMAT and GMAT online exam is the same.

Q. Are calculators allowed in the GMAT exam?

A. Candidates are not allowed to bring their calculators, however, they are provided calculators with basic functionality for the Integrated section.

Q. What all the GMAT 2022 syllabus includes?

A. The GMAT exam syllabus includes Quantitative, Verbal, Analytical Writing Assessment, and Integrated Reasoning. It analyses the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of the test takers.

Q. When the Analytical Writing section will be added to the online GMAT exam?

A. The Analytical Writing assessment section will be added on 8th-April-2022 in the GMAT online exam.

Q. How many times candidates are allowed to take the GMAT online exam?

A. GMAC has announced that from September 223, 2020 candidates can take the GMAT online exam twice in a 12-month rolling period. Also, the GMAT online exam taken before 23rd-Sep-2020 will not be counted in the lifetime limit cap.

Q. How much it cost to reschedule the GMAT online exam?

A. The GMAT online exam reschedule fee is US$25.

Q. What is the GMAT online exam cancellation fee?

A. The GMAT online exam cancellation fee is US$100.

Q. What is the minimum and maximum score range of each section in the GMAT exam 2022? What is the mean average of each section?

A. Below provided is the score range for each section of the GMAT exam along with their mean scores.
Sections Score Range Mean Scores
Analytical Writing Assessment 0-6 4.48
Integrated Reasoning 1-8 4.29
Quantitative 6-51 39.93
Verbal 6-51 27.04
Total score 200-800 561.27

Q. Who is eligible to take GMAT online test?

A. Anyone who is eligible to appear for the GMAT test can give the GMAT online exam.

Q. Are there any changes in the GMAT 2022 exam pattern?

A. The exam structure for the GMAT 2022 exam is the same as the exam structure for the GMAT 2020.

Q. Is there any negative marking in GMAT?

A. No, there is no negative marking in the GMAT test.

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Sadaf Hussaini

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

3 weeks ago

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Samiksha Bhandari

2 months ago

Hello
I have completed my 12 with pcm now doing Bacherlors of arts and want to pursue MBA in finance can I do gmat?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

2 months ago

Hi Samiksha, check the requirements of the university where you are planning to apply and then go for GMAT.

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Parmod kumar

3 months ago

i have 15+ exp. in Design & Development ..
1. shall i plan to go with MBA abroad and which Subject for Specialization..
2. How much Good GMAT Score required for Selection @ Abroad university..
3. Is any Scholarship sponsor by University & how Much..

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Aprant Agarwal

3 months ago

Hi. The choice of your B-School major will depend on your interest, academic background, and intended career path. As for the GMAT score, the better the score, the better are the chances of selected. You should aim for at least 650+. You can check this link for scholarships: https://studyabroad.s...Hi. The choice of your B-School major will depend on your interest, academic background, and intended career path. As for the GMAT score, the better the score, the better are the chances of selected. You should aim for at least 650+. You can check this link for scholarships: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/scholarships/usa-cp

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shinigami

3 months ago

Hello!I pursued engineering as my graduation but enrolled in banking services later and worked for 6 years before quitting due to personal reasons. Now I'm close to 2.5 years of a career break. I want to go abroad for MBA in finance for better career progression, but I'm a little overwhelmed. How...Hello!
I pursued engineering as my graduation but enrolled in banking services later and worked for 6 years before quitting due to personal reasons. Now I'm close to 2.5 years of a career break. I want to go abroad for MBA in finance for better career progression, but I'm a little overwhelmed. How much will the academic record and not relevant work experience, if compared to the graduation, affect my record?

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Aprant Agarwal

3 months ago

Hello. Please note that your selection is based on multiple factors such as GMAT score, work experience, your extra-curricular achievement, etc. B-Schools usually consider your holistic profile. The selection depends on the selection committee. However, many students pursue MBA after engineering,...Hello. Please note that your selection is based on multiple factors such as GMAT score, work experience, your extra-curricular achievement, etc. B-Schools usually consider your holistic profile. The selection depends on the selection committee. However, many students pursue MBA after engineering, and B-School students usually have an average work-experience of 5-6 years.

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Badal Narula

4 months ago

I am banker having 8 years of work exp in state owned government bank. I wish to do Masters in Banking/ Finance. I specifically want to study in Germany. I am qualified CAIIB(Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers) certificate holder by IIBF(Indian Institute of Banking & Finance)....I am banker having 8 years of work exp in state owned government bank. I wish to do Masters in Banking/ Finance.
I specifically want to study in Germany. I am qualified CAIIB(Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers) certificate holder by IIBF(Indian Institute of Banking & Finance). In order to get good university or business school is it mandatory for have GMAT? or i could directly apply as me having good work exp and decent certifications.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hi Badal, not all the universities stress on having a GMAT score for an MBA, some may ask for work experience instead. However, it completely depends on the entry requirements of the university. Please go through the below URL and check out the entry requirements of the universities offering MBA ...Hi Badal, not all the universities stress on having a GMAT score for an MBA, some may ask for work experience instead. However, it completely depends on the entry requirements of the university. Please go through the below URL and check out the entry requirements of the universities offering MBA in Germany and move ahead accordingly:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/germany/mba-colleges-dc

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