The GMAT mainly consists of four sections, namely the analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal sections. Students have the time slot of four hours for the GMAT inclusive of optional breaks.
Basically, the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) gives out one topic where the students are expected to do analysis of an argument. The time slot for this is 30 minutes. It measures the ability of students’ critical thinking skills and how they communicate their ideas. This thirty minute essay usually covers topics about business or such related topics.
Students will be asked to analyze and reason with the argument they present and write their critique of it. They must keep in mind that they are not going to be presenting their own views. Students are not expected to have knowledge on the topic of the AWA and only the critique holds importance and is analysed.
Integrated Reasoning Section
The Integrated Reasoning section has 12 questions that require students to do multi-source reasoning, graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, and table analysis. The time slot given for this section is 30 minutes.
This section has four types of questions that require analyzing and synthesizing of data in various formats and from numerous sources. Most of its question formats have multiple answers and all parts of a question must be answered accurately.
The quantitative section has 37 questions that require students to solve problems and know about data sufficiency. The time slot for this is 75 minutes. This section has two types of questions that are in the form of multiple choice, which are data sufficiency and problem solving. To solve these problems, students must have knowledge of elementary algebra, arithmetic, and common geometry concepts.
The verbal section has 41 questions that cover reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction. The time slot for this is also 75 minutes. The verbal section measures students' abilities in understanding written materials, evaluation and reasoning of arguments, and the standard of their written English.
This is GMAT in a nutshell. It goes without saying that studying hard alone won’t suffice but studying smartly will help students ace through all four sections for great scores!
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