The GMAT changed on April 16, 2018. The Quantitative Reasoning Section dropped from 37 questions in 75 minutes to 31 questions in 62 minutes. The Verbal Reasoning Section dropped from 41 questions in 75 minutes to 36 questions in 65 minutes. GMAC has elected to reduce overall exam time from 4 hours to 3.5 hours (including breaks and instructions) by reducing the number of unscored questions used for research on the exam.

The GMAT exam includes the following sections: Math, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and the Essay. 

GMAT Format

  • 31 multiple–choice questions
  • 62 minutes
  • Tests general knowledge in arithmetic, basic algebra and basic geometry
  • No calculators allowed
  • 36 multiple-choice questions
  • 65 minutes
  • Tests grammar, logic skills, and your ability to answer questions about a reading passage
Integrated Reasoning
  • 12 multiple-choice questions (most require multiple responses)
  • 30 minutes
  • Tests your ability to make inferences based on data presented in various charts, graphs, and tables
  • Calculator provided
Analytical Writing Assessment
  • 1 essay topic
  • 30 minutes
  • An analysis of an argument on business or a topic of general interest

The GMAT is offered only on computer. The 3.5 hour test is administered at a secure computer terminal at an approved testing center. You enter your multiple-choice answers on the screen with a mouse, and you must compose your essay for the Analytical Writing Assessment section on the computer as well.

Test-takers can choose their GMAT section order when they take the exam. Learn more.