# GMAT Blog

## The GMAT: What is being tested and how is it scored?

The Analysis of an Argument Section tests your ability to evaluate an argument, think critically and communicate your positions.   You will be provided with an argument and given 30 minutes to write an essay on the merits and flaws of that argument.  A sample question can be found here. The Integrated Reasoning Section tests your [...]

## What can you bring into the GMAT?

During the Integrated Reasoning section and ONLY the Integrated Reasoning section, you are provided with a calculator on your test computer.  The calculations you will have to do on the IR section are much more difficult, so make sure to use that calculator! For the rest of the test, you are not able to use [...]

## How to study for a computer adaptive test like the GMAT

This means that the test changes and adapts as you take it.  In a nutshell,  the more questions you get right, the harder the questions become and the more questions you get wrong, the easier the questions get.  It starts off with a medium level question and then if you get that question wrong it tests [...]

## GMAT Timing: what that means for studying

The GMAT is a computer adaptive, four part test with 2 optional breaks. It looks like this: Analysis of an Argument (30 minutes) Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes) Optional Break (8 minutes) Quantitative Section (75 minutes) Optional Break (8 minutes) Verbal Section (75 minutes) It’s a marathon, not a sprint.  If you are aiming for a [...]

## What you need to know about GMAT Sentence Correction

You will receive a series of sentence correction questions that have one sentence with a portion underlined.  The answers listed are to replace the underlined portion.  If the sentence is correct as is, then the correct answer is A.  A is ALWAYS  the underlined section unchanged.  If there is something wrong with the original sentence [...]

## What you need to know about GMAT Data Sufficiency

Data Sufficiency is a little more complicated than problem solving.  In a data sufficiency problem, you are given some information and a question and you have to figure out IF the problem can be solved based on that information. Let’s look at an example with the same problem: Jeb and Carla start at opposite ends [...]

## What you need to know about GMAT Critical Reasoning

You will be given a passage containing an argument and then asked to analyze or complete that argument.  The first step to answering a critical reasoning question on the GMAT is reading the question.  Read the question before reading the passage, so that you know which components of the argument to identify.  The GMAT will ask [...]

## What you need to know about GMAT Problem Solving

Of the total 37 questions on the quant section, you will see two different kinds: problem solving and data sufficiency.  You have probably seen problem solving type problems all throughout studying math in school.  These types of questions simply lay out a problem for you to solve and give you 5 answer choices from which [...]