GMAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Exam Date : January 1, 2020 To November 23, 2020

GMAT Entrance Exam has a different exam pattern to analyze a candidate's abilities. They set examination question paper in such a way that the candidate's answer can be judged. A candidate can check out the GMAT Entrance exam syllabus as well.

This exam pattern analyses the logical, verbal, analytical and numerical ability of a candidate. This basic test decides whether a candidate can perform in an MBA course or not. That's why the authority has given four major topics on which a candidate can work. They provide sufficient time for the examination with short breaks to make a candidate feel fresh.

GMAT Entrance Exam Pattern

Before preparing for the GMAT exam, an aspirant has to to be aware of GMAT 2020 exam pattern. This knowledge helps one to build strategies to score high.

GMAT Entrance Exam Pattern - Explained

GMAT exam question paper has 4 major sections and they are Analysis of Argument (Analytic Writing Assessment),  Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Reasoning, and Integrated Reasoning.

The entire duration of the GMAT exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes (inclusive of break duration). Students can prepare by writing mock tests to get acquainted with this timing.

GMAT Exam Features

  • Pre-built clock: GMAT exam has a pre-built clock that cannot be stopped either can it be reset.
  • On-Screen Calculator: Candidates can use an on-screen calculator, that appears on a test window to solve the quantitative questions and minute calculations at the time of examination.

GMAT Entrance 2020 Exam Paper

  • Question pattern: GMAT is a computer adaptive test, hence the level of each question is based on the answer given by a candidate to the previous question. There is no negative marking scheme in GMAT 2020 exam.
  • Algorithm: When a candidate answers a question correctly, the algorithm used in the GMAT examination makes subsequent questions to become tougher and tougher. Likewise, when a candidate answers a question incorrectly, the subsequent question is made easier.
  • Level of difficulty: Candidates are not evaluated by a sheer number of questions they got right, but for the level of difficulty they face during GMAT examination.

GMAT Entrance Exam Format

The GMAT examination pattern is as follows:

GMAT Exam Pattern explained in tabular form
 Section Total Time(mins) Total no. of Ques. Question Type Scoring Range
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 1 Analysis of a given argument 0 – 6
Integrated Reasoning 30 12 Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis 1 – 8
Optional 8 Minutes Break
Quantitative 75 37 Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 0 – 60
Optional 8 Minutes Break
Verbal 75 41 Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 0 – 60

GMAT 2020 Scoring

  • Generally, overall GMAT scores range from around 200 to 800 for most candidates. This score includes the performance of a candidate on all 4 sections combinedly.
  • Candidate's performance on the Analytical Writing Assessment and the Integrated Reasoning sections are calculated separately by the GMAT algorithm.
  • A GMAT score of Verbal and Quantitative ranges from 0 to 60.
  • An average candidate's GMAT score lies between 9 to 45 in verbal and 7 to 50 for quantitative.
  • Verbal and Quantitative scores cannot be compared to each other.
  • GMAT 2020 exam is a computer adaptive test, which means if a candidate answers a question correctly, the next question will be more difficult than the last one and vice versa for a candidate who answers wrongly.
  • A candidate is ranked as per the numbers of answers he/she gets right, as well as GMAT 2020 exam's difficulty level, and the time taken on each GMAT exam section.
  • If a candidate answers several questions incorrectly in a row, then his or her GMAT score has a significant chance of facing a slump.
  • There is a complicated, patented algorithm in place to assign the GMAT scores, that nobody knows.
  • GMAT score will also decrease notably with every unanswered question.
  • The intended purpose of the GMAT exam is to predict student's performance in graduate business programs.  

Officially, few options are available for GMAT exam pattern. A candidate can choose the order of sections when he/she attempts the GMAT exam.

  • Analytics Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, verbal (Original order).
  • Verbal, Quantitative Aptitude, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment.

Points to Remember

  • Students must answer all parts of a single question accurately to receive credit.
  • Candidates will not get any partial credit.
  • Candidates must submit responses to all parts of the question before moving on to a new question on other screens.
  • Answer option for one question cannot be used in solving other questions.

GMAT Online Exam Pattern

The GMAT Online exam consists of 3 sections only i.e; Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning. The Analytical Writing Assessment section is cancelled for the GMAT Online. All the sections will contain the same number of questions and will have the same time limit to solve. They are as follows:

  • Quantitative Aptitude: 31 questions in 62 minutes
  • Verbal: 36 questions in 65 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning: 12 questions in 30 minutes

Note: There will be a 5 minute before you begin the Integrated Reasoning Section and the order of the sections is fixed as shown above. The total exam time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes with an additional 15 to 20 minutes for the proctor check-in.

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Discussion Forum

GMAT 2017 Time limit for Verbal section

What is the time limit for the Verbal section in the GMAT exam?

Asked By: Yohan D\'cunha,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The time limit for the Verbal section in the GMAT exam is 75 minutes.

GMAT 2017 Number of sections

How many sections does the GMAT exam have?

Asked By: Geeta Nayak,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The GMAT exam consists of four sections which are as follows:-

  • Analysis of Argument (Analytic Writing Assessment)
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Verbal Reasoning and
  • Integrated Reasoning. 

Questions under Analytical Writing Assessment?

what kind of questions to expect in Analytical Writing Assessment?

Asked By: Chetan Kumar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

This is the first section of the GMAT Exam.

This section includes one of the following essays:

Argument essay:

  • This essay will include a paragraph on a given subject, and the candidate will be responsible to find out the fallacies, inconsistencies, and contradictions in the essay. The estimated word count should be around 350 words.

Issue essay:

  • In this section, the candidate would have to write a 600-word essay on a given issue.
    The topic will be summed up in a couple of lines, and the candidate will have to write for or against the claim.

Duration of GMAT

What is the duration of the GMAT exam?

Asked By: Babloo Baid,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • The GMAT exam is for 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • This duration is excluding the 8 minutes break which the candidate can take during the exam.

Paper Pattern

What is the exam pattern for GMAT?

Asked By: Cherian QW,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Exam pattern of GMAT Exam is given below:-

A total of 91 questions will be there.

The exam will be held in Online Mode.

There will be a time limit of 31/2 hours (210 minutes) to attempt the paper.

The paper will include a total of 4 sections namely Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative & the last Verbal. 

Same Questions

Are the questions same for everyone?

Asked By: Prithvi Nair,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The questions vary for the candidates and this solely depends on the computer. The quantitative and verbal sections start with moderately easy questions and the more number of correct answers you give, the more difficult the test gets. If a candidate gives incorrect answers, the next question is likely to be easy. Hence, the candidates get different questions.

Vein pattern

What can I expect at the Examination Center, and how will my vein pattern be used?

Asked By: Swapnil Mittal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • You will have your palm vein patterns recorded when you arrive at the testing center to enroll for your exam. Your pattern will be matched when you return to the testing room after a break. Your palm vein patterns will also be compared with those of other test takers to allow Pearson VUE to find people who may have tested under multiple names or identities.

Re-appearing in GMAT

I’m not happy with my GMAT score – how soon can I retake the test?

Asked By: Harpreet Singh Deol,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • You can take the GMAT exam once every 16 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period and no more than eight times total (lifetime limit). See the GMAT Exam Pattern for detailed information.

Cancellation of the test

Can I cancel or reschedule a GMAT test?

Asked By: Pankhuri Rana,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • You have the option of rescheduling and canceling a GMAT exam at a fair price. Check GMAT Exam Pattern for more information.