Analytical Writing Assessment Instructions
Analysis of an Argument EssayDirections
For the Analysis of an Argument Essay, you will read a short written passage and then write your own analysis of the argument presented. You are not being asked to give your own views on the subject, and you do not need any prior knowledge of the subject matter discussed in the argument.
Writing Your Response
You have 30 minutes to complete this section, regardless of when you start typing your response. You may find it helpful to first take a few minutes to read the argument and plan out your response before you begin writing. You may use all of the 30 minutes if you wish, or you may choose to submit your answer early if you need less than 30 minutes. You will enter your answer into a text box that will save your response after you click “Next” and confirm that you are finished.
On the official GMAT, your response is evaluated by both a human grader and a computer, with each one grading your response on a scale from 0 to 6. If the human and the grader assign grades that are within one point of each other, the two scores are averaged together. If the two grades differ by more than a point, then the essay is sent to a second human grader, who will then determine the final score.
Integrated Reasoning InstructionsDirections
The Integrated Reasoning section contains four different question types, involving information presented in the form of graphics, tables, and text material. The questions also use various response formats.
The four question types in the Integrated Reasoning section are:
Table analysis questions present test takers with a table of data, and ask them to determine the accuracy of 4-5 statements. The data table is sortable, and requires decisive analysis techniques to make the most of the information presented.
Graphics Interpretation questions require test takers to read and interpret a graph or other image, and then complete a handful of response statements using drop-down menus.
Multi-Source Reasoning problems present test takers with a set of tabbed pages, each with relevant information. Test takers must utilize all of the provided sources to determine the accuracy of the given statements.
Two-Part Analysis problems require the test taker to determine the two correct components of the answer. Answer choices are presented in a table, and all provided options must be considered.
Integrated Reasoning questions present different pieces of information, in the form of text, graphs, or tables. For most questions, you will be asked to submit more than one response. For a given question, every one of your responses must be correct for the question to be considered correct – i.e., there is no partial credit given.
Throughout the Integrated Reasoning section you will see a calculator available at the top of the screen. You can click on this to access the calculator at any time during this section.
There are two types of questions in the Quantitative section:
Problem Solving tests your ability to solve quantitative problems using basic principles of math and geometry.
Data Sufficiency measures your ability to analyze a problem and determine whether you have enough information to answer the question given. Data Sufficiency questions are unique in that the five multiple-choice answers are always the same on each problem:
Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) is not sufficient.
Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) is not sufficient.
BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.
Once you complete a Quantitative question, you may not return to it later.
Other important information
Numbers: All numbers used in this exam are real numbers.
All figures are drawn as accurately as possible, unless otherwise noted.
For Data Sufficiency questions, figures conform to the information given in the question stem, but will not necessarily conform to the information given in statements (1) and (2).
All lines are straight, even if they appear to be jagged on screen.
All points, angles, regions, etc., exist in the order shown.
All angle measures are greater than zero.
All figures lie in a plane unless otherwise noted.
The Verbal section contains three types of questions:
Sentence Correction measures your ability to identify how to best express an idea in English, and how to spot logic errors in sentence construction. Success on this section requires comfort with standard written English, although these questions measure logical thinking more than they measure knowledge of specific rules of English grammar.
Critical Reasoning tests your ability to evaluate how a given argument (normally several sentences long) is constructed, and to identify how to best strengthen or weaken the argument given the information at hand. No prior knowledge of the question’s subject matter is required.
Reading Comprehension evaluates your ability to evaluate and apply information that is presented in written form. Several Reading Comprehension questions will accompany one passage, and each question will ask you to understand the author’s intent, identify logical relationships in the passage, or draw inferences from the information given. No prior knowledge of the passage’s subject matter is needed.
Once you complete a Verbal question, you may not return to it later.