Sections In GMAT

Reading Comprehension

The Verbal section containes 3 or 4 Reading Comprehension passages, each approximately has 200-300 words and followed by 3 to 4 questions. The passages are written in difficult prose, often of technical nature, and are adopted from books and journals in the broad areas of business, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and humanities. Reading Comprehension questions are designed to see whether you can get the gist of the prose--its underlying purpose and principal ideas--quickly and accurately.

You will see about 14 Sentence Corrections on a GMAT verbal section, so these questions will account for about a third of your verbal score. Sentence Corrections test your knowledge of "standard written English," i.e formal language used in textbooks and scholarly periodicals. In addition, these questions check whether you can produce simplicity and clarity or redundancy and ambiguity in a sentence.

Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning tests your ability to evaluate the merits of an argument or opinion. You'll see approximately 14 Critical Reasoning questions in your Verbal section, each based on a short argument. Most commonly, you'll be tested on your ability to strengthen or weaken a given argument or to identify an author's major assumption. Success in Critical Reasoning hinges on developing a systematic approach to analyzing the logic of arguments.

Data Sufficiency

There are about 14 Data Sufficiency questions on the Quantitative section of the GMAT, which account for about one-third of your quantitative score. Data Sufficiency questions are a little different from most of the math questions you have probably seen. Though they might seem more confusing, they are faster to complete than the regular math questions. You rarely need to do a great deal of calculation on a Data Sufficiency question. You need only to do enough work to establish whether you could answer the stated question. Once you have established this there is no need to find any actual numerical values.

The mathematical abilities tested on Data Sufficiency questions are the same as those tested on Problem Solving questions: junior high-school level arithmetic, algebra and geometry. Because of their unusual format, it is very important that you become comfortable with the format of Data Sufficiency questions. Before the test, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the questioning pattern and learn exactly what each answer choice means. You are given a question (or problem) followed by two numbered statements, which provide you with additional data. From this, you need to decide whether you can answer the question asked using the information provided in the numbered statements. Each statement might provide enough information by itself or , you may need to use them together. The given statements might not provide enough information at all in certain questions.

Problem Solving

Problem Solving questions are the classic mathmatical problems you will find in many standardized tests. Problem Solving questions consist of a question followed by 5 answer choices, one of which is correct. They constitute the most important part, taking up about two-thirds of the Quantitative section of the GMAT. This mathmatical sums tested by the GMAT are mainly sourced from Junior-High-School level arithmetic, algebra and geometry.

The AWA-Analysis of an Issue

In Analytical Writing Assessment, you'll write two essays, and you'll get 30 minutes for each. They'll be timed separately. They will not require any highly technical or specialized knowledge The first essay, Analysis of an Issue, requires you to present your point of view on a particular issue. Topics may relate to business, as well as to a range of other issues of general interest. The topic given in 'Analysis of an Issue' tests your ability to analyze a general topic, take an informed position, and write a well-organized, persuasive essay. A strong essay always includes certain elements. Familiarity with these elements can help raise your score.