GMAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 25 Sep, 2018 17:06 IST

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GMAT Exam Pattern

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) prescribes the GMAT Exam Pattern. The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test conducted by GMAC for candidates seeking admission in top notch B-Schools in India as well as abroad. GMAT is a gateway for candidates to study different management courses like MBA, PGP and PGDM in various disciplines, from the best of business schools around the world. This is an examination that allows candidates to select a date and time to give the test as per their convenience and choice.

The GMAT exam pattern is the format in which the question paper will be set for the candidates to answer. It defines the type of questions, number of questions, marks per question, total marks and marking scheme of the paper. As per the GMAT exam pattern, the questions in the exam will be both objective and subjective in nature. A total of 80 questions are asked in the exam and they are divided into four sections, including Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.

Candidates must know about the detailed syllabus of GMAT 2018 once they are aware of the exam pattern. An important thing for students to note is that while attempting a section, they must complete all the questions in that section first and later move to another section. Every section has to be completed in the allotted time. Candidates must also know that there are three sets of order for the question paper specified by the examination conducting authority. The officially released sets are:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal.

  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment.

  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment.

What's New in GMAT Exam: 

  • The duration of the GMAT exam has been reduced by 30 minutes by streamlining two longer sections of the exam including Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections.
  Old Structure (Reference) New Structure (After April 16)
Section # of Questions Section Time Avg. Time per Question # of Questions Section Time Time Reduction Avg. Time per Question
Quantitative Reasoning 37 75 mins 2.0 min 31 62 mins 13 mins 2.0 min
Verbal Reasoning 34 75 mins 1.8 min 36 65 mins 10 mins 1.8 min
  • GMAC has reduced the number of research and less scored questions in these two sections.
  • Similarly, various tutorials and instruction screens that test-takers witness at the test centre have also been simplified.
  • Along with these changes, GMAC is offering a new online tutorial that mimics the screens at the exam centre on the exam day. This process will further enhance and streamline the test-taking experience.
  • No changes have been introduced in the Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections of the GMAT.
  • Type of questions, the content of the exam and average time per question will remain the same.

Know More About the Revised Exam Pattern of GMAT!

Revised GMAT Exam Pattern:

GMAT Test Section

Number of Questions Question Types Time

Analytical Writing Assessment

1 Topic Analysis of Argument 30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning 12 Questions

Multi-Source Reasoning

Graphics Interpretation

Two-Part Analysis

Table Analysis

30 Minutes


31 Questions

Data Sufficiency

Problem Solving

62 Minutes
Verbal 36 Questions

Rhetorical Construction of Sentences

Critical Reasoning

Sentence Correction



Subject-Verb Agreement


Reading Unseen Passages

65 Minutes

Total Exam Time

    3 hours 7 minutes

To help MBA aspirants become familiar with the changes in GMAT exam, GMAC will soon launch new GMAT Official Prep Tools, which will be on the lines of the shortened exam structure.

GMAT Marking System:

  • The total number of objective type questions is 79 and subjective type question is 1.

  • Each section has a particular duration.

Here are the minimum and maximum score range of each section, along with a mean average:


Score Range Mean Scores*

Analytical Writing Assessment

0-6 4.48

Integrated Reasoning

1-8 4.29


6-51 27.04


6-51 39.93


200-800 561.27

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