The GMAT is a computer-based exam, which you take at one of the registered test centres around the world.
It lasts for 3 hours and 30 minutes (excluding breaks) and is split into four sections. This is an overview of each section.
1. Analytical Assessment: 30 minutes.
This section consists of one writing task. It is essentially a short essay, where the candidate analyses and critiques an argument. It is marked by two sources:
· A computer programme, which analyses it for structure, syntax and other linguistic features of an effective, developed argument, and,
· By a human marker form the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). If the two marks differ by more than one point, it is sent to a second human marker for moderation.
It is marked on a scale of 1 to 6, with 1 meaning ‘deficient’ and 6 being ‘outstanding’.
2. Integrated Reasoning: 30 minutes.
This section consists of twelve questions across four question types. Candidates are asked to synthesise data presented in graphical, numerical and text format; evaluate data from different sources; organise data; combine and manipulate data to solve problems.
It is marked on a scale from 1 to 8
3. Quantitative: 75 minutes.
This section consists of 37 quick questions and tests for data sufficiency and problem solving. The candidate needs to interpret graphical data, understand problems involving arithmetic, basic algebra and geometry.
It is marked on a scale from 1 to 60.
4. Verbal: 75 minutes
This section uses three types of multiple-choice question (reading comprehension, critical reasoning, sentence correction) to test for the candidate’s ability to read and understand written material, reason and evaluate arguments, correct written material to good standards of written English.
It is marked on a scale from 1 to 51.
The total score is given between 200 and 800, in increments of 10. It is comprised of the scores from the quantitative and verbal sections (the scores for the analytical assessment and integrated reasoning sections are given separately as a supplemental measure).
The final score is not just a total of the scores on the sections: they are generated by an algorithm and given weighting depending on your answers.