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General Information

  • It’s a 4-hour Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) that can be taken at any one of many test centers around the world 5 or 6 days a week.
  • You may take the GMAT only once every 31 days and no more than five times within any 12-month period.
  • This policy applies even if you cancel your score within that time period, and all of your scores and cancellations within the last five years will be reported to the institutions you designate as score recipients.
Analytical Writing Assessment
  •  It’s made up of three sections, the first being the Analytical Writing Assessment, or AWA.
  • The good news is that there are only two questions in this section, the bad news is that they’re both essays.
  • One question asks you to analyze an issue, the other asks that you analyze an argument.
  • You are given thirty minutes to answer each question.
  • Your score on this question will range anywhere from a 0 to 6 (in increments of .5), and this section won’t have any affect on any other GMAT score.
Math Section
  • After finishing the AWA, the next section you’ll encounter will be the Math section.
  • There are 37 questions in this section, and about four of them will be trial questions which won’t count towards your actual score.
  • You’ll have seventy-five minutes to answer an assortment of Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency questions.
  • Your score will range anywhere from 0-60, with a mean score of 35/45th percentile.
Verbal Section
  • When you’re done with the Math section, you’re going to move into the last section: Verbal.
  • There are 41 questions in this section, and just like with the Math section, you’ll be given 75 minutes to answer all of them and four questions will be trial questions that won’t be counted towards your actual score.
  • There are three different kinds of question in this section: Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, and Reading Comprehension.
  • Your possible score will range anywhere from 0-60, with a mean score of about 27.3/46%.
  • In total, you’ll be given four hours to complete the GMAT and your overall score will range anywhere from 200-800.

Posted on September 29, 2011 by Manhattan Review

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