The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized assessment that helps business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. Schools use the test as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA program or in other graduate management programs.

What does the GMAT Measure?


The GMAT exam 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, or
-Subjective qualities such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

The purpose of the GMAT is to measure one’s ability to think systematically and to employ the verbal and mathematical skills that one has acquired throughout his/her years of schooling.The test does not aim to measure the knowledge of specific business or academic subjects. One is assumed to know basic algebra (but not calculus), geometry and arithmetic, to know the basic conventions of standard written English, and to be able to write an analytical essay.

GMAT Test Format and Timing


The GMAT Test is Computer based Adaptive Test. GMAT exam consists of four majors parts:
i) Analytical Writing Assessment
ii) Integrated Reasoning
iii) Quantitative Section
iv ) Verbal Section.

GMAT SectionsNumber of QuestionsQuestions TypeTiming
Total Exam Time
(Excluding Break Time)
3 hours 30 min(Excluding Breaks)
Analytical Writing Assessment12 QuestionsMulti Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
30 minutes
Break8 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning37 QuestionsProblem Solving
Data Sufficiency
75 minutes
Break8 minutes

Verbal Reasoning41 QuestionsReading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 minutes
Test-taking Strategies for GMAT


– Spend more time with the initial questions than the later questions.
– Answer as many questions as possible.
– Do an educated guess, if not sure with the answer.
– Pace him well and should be aware of remaining time.
– Confirm the answer only when he/she is confident about the selected option.

Be careful about section exit and test quit commands, as one cannot go back to the previous section.