What does the GMAT test?

Last updated: 13 Oct 2008

The GMAT is split into three sections, quantitative, verbal and an analytical writing assessment.

The quantitative area tests your ability in basic high school mathematics.

The verbal area focuses on your English grammar, reading comprehension and understanding of written arguments.

Finally the essay writing section examines your basic writing skills.

We will look at each of these sections in more detail later in this tutorial.

Format of the GMAT

The test always begins with the two analytical writing sections, followed by an optional 5 minute break and the the quantitative and verbal sections.

Section Questions Timing

Analytical Writing

  • Analysis of an Issue
  • Analysis of an Argument


30 mins
30 mins
Optional break - 5 mins


  • Problem solving
  • Data sufficiency
37 75 mins
Optional break - 5 mins


  • Reading comprehension
  • Critical reasoning
  • Sentence correction
41 75 mins

Next page: Analytical writing assessment

Comments (2):

  1. Donno whether given timings are sufficient to test my aptitude... but 5 mins... Haha... Fine for a smoke :-P

    sai999 on 28 Sep 2010 (permalink)
  2. ......,,,,,,,,,,.,

    preeti123 on 16 Apr 2012 (permalink)

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