- The Structure of GMAT CAT
- Section 1 - Analysis of an Argument (30 min)
- Section 2 - Integrated Reasoning (30 min)
- Section 3 - Quantitative Section (75 min) - 37 questions
- Section 4 - Verbal Section (75 min) - 41 questions
- What is Analytical Writing Assessment or GMAT AWA?
- Understanding and Interpreting GMAT Scores
- Scores on the Objective Sections - Verbal, Quantitative and Total
The GMAT Computer Adaptive Test or the GMAT CAT comprises three sections. Each of the three sections is separately timed.
The first section of the GMAT test is an essay writing section and is known as the Analytical Writing Assessment Section (GMAT AWA Section). The next section is the Integrated Reasoning Section. The next two sections in the GMAT test are objective type multiple choice sections, one of which is the Quantitative section and the other is the Verbal section.
On the GMAT Score Card you will find four scores — Verbal, Quantitative, Total, and Analytically Writing Assessment. The scores under each of these heads is reported on a fixed scale and will appear on the official GMAT score reports. The score report includes not only your current test scores but also that of your previous two most recent scores from tests you have taken in the last five years.
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. According to the official GMAT site, two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.
In addition to providing the overall scores ranging between 200 and 800, the GMAT score report also includes your Verbal and Quantitative scores in a range of 0 to 60. According to the official GMAT site, scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Both scores are on a fixed scale.
Against each of these scores - Verbal, Quantitative and Total, the report also mentions a percentile value. For example, if your percentile in the Quantitative section is mentioned as 93 it means that 93% of the test takers who have taken GMAT have a score below yours in the quantitative section.