2018 GMAT Test Exam Changes

2018 GMAT Exam Changes and Updates

Since April 16, 2018, the GMAT Quantitative and Verbal sections have had fewer questions in them and both are a bit shorter. Here’s what you need to know about what changes occurred to the GMAT in 2018, including changes to section timing, number of questions, and pacing.

Changes to the GMAT

Before April 15, 2018

Section# of QuestionsTime
Quantitative3775 Minutes
Verbal4175 Minutes

After April 16, 2018

Section# of QuestionsTime
Quantitative3162 Minutes
Verbal3665 Minutes

Also, the pretest tutorial on how the GMAT works is gone; students should take an online tutorial before the test that is available on GMAC’s website.


The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) and Integrated Reasoning (IR) sections did not change. The testing experience is about 30 minutes shorter than the previous version.

What else?


  • Scoring

    GMAC cut only unscored, experimental questions, so there are the same number of scored questions as the old test. Test takers still get Quantitative and Verbal subscores and a 200–800 overall score.

  • Question Types

    The same question types are tested as before. 

  • Content

    The same skills and knowledge are tested as before.

  • Pacing

    The timing guidelines per question are still the same as you work through the sections.

So it’s the same test, just shorter. You should rest assured that you are prepared for the shorter test.

How Does This Affect Timing on the GMAT?

The per-question goals still apply:

  • Quantitative: 2:00/question
  • Sentence Correction: 1:00/question
  • Critical Reasoning: 2:00/question
  • Reading Comprehension (Reading): 1:00/paragraph
  • Reading Comprehension (Questions): 1:30/question

When taking the shorter test, you’ll need to shift your overall timing benchmarks:

Quantitative Timing Benchmarks

Start Question #Time Remaining
552 minutes
1042 minutes
1532 minutes
2022 minutes
2512 minutes

Verbal Timing Benchmarks

Start Question #Time Remaining
1047 minutes
2029 Minutes
3011 Minutes

Try out our adjusted CAT so you’ll get realistic practice with the shorter format. Want to know more? Here’s the GMAC’s FAQs about the test change.