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What is the GMAT?

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized entrance exam used for admission to graduate business schools conferring the degree of an MBA (a few law schools now also accept the GMAT in lieu of the LSAT). You can take the GMAT on computers at test centers as well as the GMAT Online remotely proctored at home. The GMAT consists of the following sections:

  • Quantitative Reasoning: 31 questions, including both problem solving and data sufficiency questions on topics drawn primarily from arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.
  • Verbal Reasoning: 36 questions, including passage-based reading comprehension questions, sentence correction questions testing grammar, usage, and syntax, and critical reasoning questions testing the evaluation of arguments.
  • Integrated Reasoning (IR): 12 questions, including multi-source reasoning, graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, and table analysis.
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): One essay response—an Analysis of an Argument. Until at least April 20, 2021, the GMAT Online does not include this section.

The GMAT is scored as follows:

  • Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning: The results from the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections combine to form one Total score on a scale of 200 to 800.
  • Integrated Reasoning: The IR section is scored on a scale of 1 to 8 in one-point increments.
  • Analytical Writing Assessment: The AWA section is scored on a scale of 1 to 6 in half-point increments. Each essay is given two scores (one of which may be from a computerized scoring system), and the two scores are averaged for the final score. Until at least April 20, 2021, the GMAT Online does not include this score.

You can select in what order the sections will appear on official in-person GMAT administrations from one of three options:

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

Until at least April 20, 2021, the order of the GMAT Online is fixed: Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning. Starting sometime after April 20, students taking the GMAT Online will have the same section order options that they have on the in-person GMAT.

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