GMAT Syllabus

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Before you decide to appear for any exam, it is essential to understand the area of subjects and what they cover. Therefore GMAT Syllabus is what you should be most aware of if you are looking forward to applying for a business and management university abroad. GMAT is one of the most widely taken exams by the graduates. It stands for Graduate Management Aptitude Test. Many of the Top B-Schools in the world have GMAT Scores as their eligibility criteria. Here we are talking about things included in the GMAT Syllabus. Before that, here are some of the useful links:

GMAT Exam  GMAT Exam Pattern
GMAT Preparation GMAT Scores


GMAT Analytical Writing

This section will have topics, on which the candidate will have to write, or a passage may be given and the candidates have to answer the questions based on it. The syllabus for this section is huge and varied as the topic of the passage could be any topic of general interest. You should focus on the structure of the answer and not the arguments presented.

What to Expect?

Analytical writing is an assessment of English language abilities and how one can analytically think over an argument or statement provided to them. It is important to put your ideas into words and communicate clearly. Keep in mind you do not have to put your views on the test, but the best analytical argument and counter-argument in this section.

You will have a time of 30 minutes for this section. (Detailed information at GMAT Exam Pattern) You can take the first few minutes for thinking and roughly understanding how you will be structuring your essay. Use your time optimally, as you will also need to time re-read and correct the essay in the end.

For practice: GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment Sample Questions

How will it be evaluated?

There are two ways analytical writing is assessed by GMAT. An Electronic system will evaluate the structure and language of the essay. It also evaluates the relevance to the topic in your writing piece. Then there is a group of trained evaluators who assess the section, keeping these factors in mind: important features of the argument, how one has organised and developed the ideas, and if the candidate has used logical reasoning and examples to prove their point or not.

GMAT Quantitative Section

The GMAT Quant syllabus comprises the math of high-school level. GMAT maths syllabus comprises of the following topics:

  • Exponents and roots
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Properties of Integers
  • Geometry
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Ratio Proportions
  • Arithmetic
  • Linear equations etc.

What to Expect?

According to GMAT Syllabus, there are two types of questions asked in Quantitative Aptitude. Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. Both the questions can be solved using the topics given above paired with some analytical skills and reasoning skills. However, those parts are minor and Mathematical skills are emphasised.

For practice

How will it be evaluated?

There will be five options given for each answer and the grades will be rewarded for the right answer. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to use the calculator in this section.

Verbal Skills

The GMAT verbal syllabus comprises of the following topics:

  • Rhetorical construction of the sentences
  • Critical reasoning
  • Reading unseen passages
  • Sentence correction related to finding error or omission
  • Misplace modifiers
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Countable Vs Uncountable
  • Parallelism

What to Expect?

There are three types of questions in Verbal. Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. Reading comprehension has passages from physical and biological sciences, social sciences and humanities, business-related fields. The goal is to interpret the text given and answer the questions that follow that. In Critical reasoning, a short passage is given to the candidate and one has to choose an answer from the options given below. In sentence correction, there are many types of questions. The emphasize in sentence correction would be on the Grammar.

For practice:

GMAT Reading Comprehension Sample Questions
GMAT Critical Reasoning Sample Questions
GMAT Sentence Correction Sample Questions
GMAT Critical Reasoning Sample Questions

Integrated Reasoning Section

This is the newest addition to the GMAT Syllabus. This section will have questions of the following types:

  • Multi-source reasoning
  • Table analysis
  • Two-part analysis
  • Graphics interpretation

What to Expect?

Integrated reasoning is one’s ability to take in the large amounts of data and interpret them to reach the decision best for a hypothetical outcome. In Multiple Source reasoning, the data to interpret would be from tables, graphics, diagrams and text and answer. The question can be a combination of all three, therefore the type: Multi-Source. Table Analysis and Graphical Interpretation are on the same lines. Table Analysis has data in the excel sheet form, while in Graphical interpretation, there may be charts, graphs, bars and other visual representations of Data. Two-Part Analysis covers a wide range of topics. It has problems combining subjects like verbal and quantitative

For practice: GMAT Integrated Reasoning Sample Questions

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