GMAT Pattern

The GMAT Test Pattern is decided & structured by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which is also the administrating body of the exams.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer adaptive test that spread across 3 hours and 30 minutes. As far as the patter goes, the GMAT Test is a mix of objective and subjective questions.

The GMAT test comprises of 90 questions in total which are further categorized into four sections (Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment, and Verbal Reasoning).

Candidates appearing for GMAT are assigned a fixed time to complete individual sections of the paper.

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GMAT Exam pattern Details


Section No. of questionsQuestion type Duration
Analytical Writing Assessment1 TopicAnalysis of an Argument30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning12 questionsMulti-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis30 minutes
Quantitative31 questionsData Sufficiency, Problem Solving62 minutes
Verbal36 questionsReading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction65 minutes
Total Exam Duration—–—–3 hours 7 minutes


Interestingly, a candidate can opt for two small breaks of 8 minutes while writing their GMAT exams, which is a unique thing – most exams are a test of skills as well as raw stamina. We are glad someone is taking a more evolved approach to testing!

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You may also require patterns for other standardized tests as part of your MBA application process. Check out ILETS Exam Pattern, TOEFL Exam Pattern, PTE Exam Pattern, GRE Exam Pattern.

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In its most recent updates, GMAC introduced Select Section Order in July of 2017. As per this new rule, students are allowed to customize their GMAT exam experience by deciding a customized flow of attending the four sections as per their convenience.

Candidates can now opt for any of the three suggested flows for their GMAT exam:

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

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This choice unlocks a customized experience for candidates and allows them to attempt the exam at their own preference. For instance, a candidate who is weak at math can decide to take the Quant section first to attempt this challenging section with a fresh state of mind.

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