GMAT will become 30 minutes shorter from 16th April, 2018

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has announced changes in Verbal and Quantitative Aptitude sections. Read on to find more.

Beginning April 16th, 2018, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) will be shortened by 30 minutes to a 3.5 hour exam, including the breaks and test instructions.


This includes a 23-minute reduction in the exam sections, as well as additional time and content reduction across several non-exam screens at the test center (e.g. tutorial, section instructions).  The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections of the GMAT exam will be shorter by 13 minutes and 10 minutes, respectively. 


The new GMAT sectional structure is as follows:



Old Structure

New Structure (after April 16th, 2018)


# of Questions

Section Time

# of Questions

Section Time

Quantitative Reasoning


75 minutes


62 minutes

Verbal Reasoning


75 minutes


65 minutes


The duration of the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) and Integrated Reasoning (IR) sections of the exam, optional break times, and the Score Preview time will remain unchanged.


In addition, the information presented in the Tutorial Screens at the test center is available online via for all candidates to access and review prior to their GMAT exam. You can view the tutorial at your convenience, and review it as many times as you like to further familiarize yourself with what you can expect at the test center.


Why this change?


GMAC, the organization owns the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), intends to help test takers build confidence and control, reduce anxiety, and streamline the test center experience in a way that continues to maintain the quality and integrity of the GMAT exam.  The organization found that test-takers felt rushed through the tutorial screens at the test center prior to starting their GMAT exam, and they reviewed and simplified much of the content on several non-exam screens, and have made the tutorial available in advance. Also, based on their operational reviews, GMAC identified an opportunity to shorten the GMAT exam without impacting the way it is scored.


Will there be any impact on scores and scoring?


There won't be any impact as the number of scored questions in each section, the average time per question, and the scoring algorithm will remain completely unchanged. It is worth noting here that the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections are being shortened by only reducing the number of unscored questions. Unscored questions (also referred to as “research or pre-test questions”) are used by GMAC as part of the question development process before they become scored GMAT questions. A number of unscored questions will still remain in each section so that we can continue to research and pre-test our exam questions and ensure their quality before counting them as scored questions.


Are test takers required to reschedule GMAT, if they have already scheduled it?


The decision to reschedule is up to you. All GMAT exams delivered on and after April 16th, 2018, will be in the new, shortened format.


If you have the GMAT exam on or prior to May 6th, 2018, and if you want to reschedule it as a result of this change, you can reschedule your exam. The reschedule fee (depends on early or late reschedule) will be waived if your request is received on or prior to April 11th, 2018, and your exam is scheduled for on or prior to May 06, 2018.  You must indicate that you are rescheduling as a result of the new shorter GMAT exam. The test takers can reschedule it only once for this reason.


Exams scheduled after May 6th, 2018, and requests received after April 11th, 2018, will not be eligible for the reschedule fee waiver. If you do not qualify for the fee waiver, you may reschedule your GMAT exam online for the standard reschedule fee. Note that in all instances, GMAT exams cannot be cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the appointment time.


Do you need to modify your test preparation for the new format GMAT?

There are no changes to the questions formats or the content on the GMAT. Only the number of questions and section time has been reduced proportionally, so the average time per question in each section has not changed. Thus, test takers can expect minimal changes to their GMAT exam preparation as exam content, average time per question, and scoring methodology remains unchanged.


Will this change impact your Enhanced Score Report (ESR)?

GMAC will introduce a few minor updates to the Enhanced Score Report in support of the shortened sections. However, these changes will be cosmetic updates that include text changes (removal of references to any specific number of questions in each section).