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GMAT Problem Solving Questions — Features, Skills Tested and Directions

This page lists the key features of the GMAT Problem Solving format — one of two basic formats for GMAT Quantitative (math) questions. It also provides the directions for answering questions in this format.

Key Features of GMAT Problem Solving

Here are some key facts about the GMAT Problem Solving format:

How many: 23-24 questions

Where: In the 75-minute Quantitative section, mixed with Data Sufficiency questions

Format: Multiple-choice (you select one of five choices by clicking on an oval)

Skills tested: Your ability to reason quantitatively in solving arithmetic, algebra, and geometry problems, and your ability to interpret and analyze data presented graphically

Directions for Answering Problem Solving Questions

The following directions will appear on your screen just before your first Problem Solving question (and you can access them while tackling any Problem Solving question by clicking on the HELP button):

Directions: Solve each problem and indicate the best of the answer choices given.

Numbers: All numbers used are real numbers.

Figures: A figure accompanying a Problem Solving question is intended to provide information useful in solving the problem. Figures are drawn as accurately as possible EXCEPT when it is stated in a specific problem that its figure is not drawn to scale. Straight lines may sometimes appear jagged. All figures lie on a plane unless otherwise indicated.

To review these directions for subsequent questions of this type, click on HELP.

Note that in the Problem Solving format figures (visuals) are drawn to scale unless the question at hand indicates otherwise.