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GMAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The GMAT exam pattern consists of mainly four sections which will test the candidate's abilities on various parameters. These are – Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills. The GMAT exam will be conducted in a time span of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Here is the GMAT paper pattern -


No. of questions

      Question Type


Analytical Writing Assessment        

1 Topic

Analysis of an Argument

30 minutes

Integrated Reasoning

12 questions

Multi Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation,

Two Part Analysis, Table Analysis

30 minutes


37 questions

Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving

75 minutes


41 questions

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction

75 minutes

Total Exam Duration



3 hours 30 minutes

Test duration- 3.30 Hours

Marking System – The total number of objective type questions is 90 and subjective type question is 1. Each section has particular duration.

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy
 Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 210 Minutes

Important Instructions

a) Understand the minimum requirements for scheduling the exam: b) You must be at least 18 years old. If you are between 13 and 17 years old, you mustget permission from a parent or legal guardian. If you do need permission, you must provide written proof of your guardian’s consent prior to scheduling the exam. c) You may take the exam no more than five times within a 12 month period. d) You must wait at least 16 days after you take the exam before you can take it again. e) You must wait at least five years to test again if you have previously achieved a perfect Total score of 800. f) You must follow all of the registration and testing rules. g) Research schools and check application deadlines for programs that interest you. h)Check our “Country Specific Regulations” for any guidelines that may apply to you. i) Request reasonable testing accommodations if you have a disability. j) You must be approved for any accommodations before you schedule your exam, and you must follow any special registration instructions you receive.