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Introduction to the GMAT: The Quantitative Section

The Quantitative Section of the GMAT focuses on evaluating critical thinking through mathematical problems, comprising two distinct question types: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.
  • The Quantitative Section allocates 62 minutes for 31 questions, emphasizing a brisk pace in solving math problems.
  • Problem Solving questions are traditional multiple-choice, while Data Sufficiency questions require determining if provided statements offer enough information to answer a query.
  • Approximately 11 to 13 questions are Data Sufficiency and 18 to 20 are Problem Solving, with no calculator allowed for computations.
  • The section tests basic math skills, including geometry, algebra, and a bit of probability, excluding more advanced topics like trigonometry and calculus.
  • Critical thinking and the ability to analyze information are the core skills assessed, rather than just mathematical knowledge.
Understanding the Quantitative Section
Problem Solving vs. Data Sufficiency
No Calculator Allowed
Math Content and Skills Tested

The GMAT in its current form will be offered through early 2024. Starting on November 7, 2023, a new, shorter version of the exam called the GMAT Focus can be taken. Please see the lesson "New GMAT Focus Edition Can be Taken Starting November 7, 2023" for more details about the GMAT Focus edition.

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