GMAT Syllabus

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) that assesses an applicant’s potential by testing them on various parameters to determine their expertise in various areas by means of four sections in the new exam pattern:

**1) Analytical Writing Assessment -** 1 Topic (Analysis of Argument): 30 Minutes

**2) Integrated Reasoning -** 12 Questions : 30 Minutes

**3) Quantitative - **31 Questions : 62 Minutes

**4) Verbal -** 36 Questions : 65 Minutes

**Total Exam Time (not including breaks or tutorials): 3 hours and 7 minutes**

The total score out of 800 is only for the verbal and quantitative sections. The remaining two sections receive individual independent scores each.

**Section 1: AWA- Analytical Writing Assessment**

Student will write a 30-minute essay which includes:

Analysis of an Argument

The scores for this section are on a six point scale. Your essay is given two independent ratings and then an average is considered.

One of these scores is done by an automated essay-scoring engine. If the difference between both the ratings is more than one point, a third rating would be provided by an expert reader which would then be the final score.

**Section 2: Integrated Reasoning (IR)**

Integrated Reasoning (IR) is a section introduced in June 2012 and is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to analyse and evaluate data presented in multiple formats. Performance on the IR and AWA sections do not contribute to the total GMAT score.

This section tests how well you can make use of your analytical skills to solve a complicated problem when the data may not be in simple numbers but has to be decoded from charts or other forms. This section has four different question types:

Table Analysis

Graphics Interpretation

Multi-Source

Two-Part Analysis

**Section 3: Quantitative Section**

The questions are designed to put your math skills to test. They revolve around basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry. This section has multiple choice questions that fall in the following two categories:

**Problem Solving**

This section tests your ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, interpret graphic data, and analyze and use information given in a problem. Questions require knowledge of certain algebra, geometry, and arithmetic.

**Data sufficiency questions**

This section is intended to test your ability to analyse and assess the given data or set of conditions systematically. You will be given a question followed by two statements and five answer choices. The sequence of answer choices usually remain the same. Here it is more about checking the data sufficiency as the name suggests rather than finding an absolute answer to the question.

**Section 4: Verbal Section
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This section has questions that fall in one of the following category:

**A. Reading Comprehension**

In this section you are given passages (250-450 words) on various topics and multiple choice questions based on the same.

• You need not have an in-depth knowledge of the topic. Rather you should be able to understand the purpose, theme, tone and underlying assumptions and concept of the passage

• Notice the difference between inference questions and logical conclusion ones

• Grasp the central idea, central character and the relationship between the various entities and ideas involved

**B. Critical Reasoning**

There are about 12 critical reasoning questions in the GMAT verbal section. The passage is in the form of an argument or conversation between two people, with five answer choices. You should be able to

• Spot the argument

• Understand the question properly

• Identify the underlying assumptions, facts and other key points that influence, strengthen or weaken the given argument

• Find contradictions to each options provided and see if any can be eliminated

**C. Sentence Correction**

You are given a sentence having an underlined portion and five answer choices.

• If the underlined part is grammatically correct, option A will be the answer. If not, check the rest.

• Understand that written English and spoken English have a lot of difference. Here the context and references have to be absolutely clear.

• Always look for another option which may closely resemble your chosen option and decrypt the difference to select the better one.

**GMAT Quantitative / Maths Syllabus**

Following are some of the topics you can expect in the quantitative section:

Integers

Decimals

Fractions

Number properties

Order of operations

Percentage

Ratio and proportion

Profit and loss

Simple and compound interest

Speed, distance and time

Permutation & combination

Linear equations

Quadratic equations

Sets Theory

Statistics: Average, Median, Mode, Range, Standard deviation

Powers and roots

Probability

Pipes, cisterns, work, time

Lines and angles

Triangles

Polygon

Quadrilateral

Circles

Co-ordinate geometry

Volume and surface area