Overview about the GMAT Syllabus

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Overview about the GMAT Syllabus

The Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT is a computer adaptive test taken by aspirants who dream of pursuing their MBA in their favorite B schools. This test is an entrance criterion with acceptability in over 2300 colleges and 7000 programs across the world.

It is a three-and-a-half-hour test with a maximum score of 800 points. It includes both subjective and objective questions. The GMAT syllabus is divided into 4 sections namely:

  •         Analytical Writing Assessment
  •         Integrated Reasoning
  •         Quantitative Aptitude section
  •         Verbal Reasoning Section
  1. Analytical Writing Assessment

The GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment section will have topics on which you will have to analyze issues and communicate your ideas through an essay. This section analyses your communication skills and critical reasoning skills.

The main idea of this test is to focus on the structure of your answer. Therefore, it is advised to focus on your writing style rather than stating your opinion.

Argument essay

In the argument essay, you will have to evaluate the reasoning and based on that present your argument. You will be judged on your reasoning skills. Make sure you present logical and rational answers supported by substantial examples. Also, give importance to grammar and vocabulary.

Issue essay

In the Issue essay section, you have to write an essay on the issue given to you. The essay should have around 600 words and the opinion can be supportive of the given statement or candidates can give their own opinion.

2) Integrated Reasoning

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning section tests your ability to assess the data presented either in graphical or tabular format. There are a total of 12 questions in this section with a duration of 30 minutes. It is designed to assess an applicant’s data analysis and problem-solving skills – two skill sets that are important to many employers of MBA graduates.

The GMAT syllabus for the integrated reasoning section has the following topics included in it:

GMAT Table Analysis measures your ability to sort and analyze a table consisting of data, like a spreadsheet and find out the significant information

GMAT Two-Part Analysis will measure your skill to solve complex problems like verbal, quantitative, or a combination of both. The two-part analysis measures your ability to solve simultaneous equations, evaluate trade-offs and distinguish relationships between two entities

GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning will ask you to synthesize, compare and interpret information. The questions will range from graphical to text passages and multi-source tables

GMAT Graphics Interpretation requires you to interpret the information presented in a graph or graphical image on the basis of bar chart, graph, pie chart, or statistical curve distribution

3) Quantitative Section

The Quantitative Section comprises two sections, namely Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. Both the Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency will have 18 questions. The questions will be objective type and will have multiple choice answers.

 In this section the questions can be expected from the following math syllabus:

Problem Solving

50% of the total questions in the GMAT Quantitative section comprise Problem Solving. It measures the candidates’ skills to use logic and analytical reasoning for solving quantitative problems.

Data Sufficiency

It measures the candidates’ ability to examine a quantitative problem and identify which data is important. The topic in this section also covers arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

4) Verbal Reasoning 

The GMAT Verbal Reasoning measures your understanding of the reading and written material, reasoning, and evaluating arguments. This section has 36 multiple-choice questions.

This section is divided into Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Correction.

  • Critical Reasoning

It has tricky questions and measures your skills to make arguments, evaluate arguments and formulate or evaluate a plan of action.

  • Reading Comprehension

You will be expected to read a passage and answer questions based on it.  You will be evaluated on points like drawing inferences, understanding logical relationships between significant points, understanding words and statements.

  • Sentence Correction

You will be assessed on your understanding of questions based on critical reasoning, grammar, etc…

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