Apparently, officials at many business schools realized that, for quite a few candidates, there was a significant difference between the language level of a candidate's Statement of Purpose and the language level of the same candidate's submitted work during the MBA course. And so, the business schools requested that the GMAC have an essay section on the GMAT and also requested that a copy of the essay written by a candidate should be sent to each school that the candidate applies to. This would enable business school officials to cross-check the candidate's language skills as seen in the admissions interview against the skills displayed in the essay.
You have to write one essay of a type called "Analysis of an Argument". It should be written in 30 minutes.
The GMAT included this section from June 5, 2012 onwards. You have to answer the questions in this section using both verbal and quantitative skills. In each question, the information is presented in multiple formats and in multiple parts. In order to answer each question, you have to pick out and process the relevant information. There are four types of questions: Multi-source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-part Analysis, and Table Analysis.
You have to finish the 12 questions in this section in 30 minutes.
This section tests knowledge in Algebra, Arithmetic, and Geometry using two types of questions: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency.
There are 37 questions which should be solved in 75 minutes.
This is perhaps the most challenging section for non-native speakers of English. There are three types of questions: Sentence Correction, which tests your ability to identify correct sentences; Critical Reasoning, which tests your ability to analyze arguments, and Reading Comprehension, which tests your ability to read, understand, and extract relevant information from lengthy passages.?
There are 41 questions in total which you should answer in 75 minutes.