# What is the GMAT Test and How to Prepare for it?

The GMAT exam is one of the most challenging competitive exams attempted by individuals to gain admissions in the top B-schools in the world. If you have decided to pursue an MBA overseas then you will have to write the GMAT exam and be well prepared for the same. Firstly you must be aware of what topics the exam consists of which are listed as follows –

1) Quantitative Aptitude – Analyzes your ability to interpret data and carry out computations within the given time.

2) Verbal Reasoning – Evaluates your verbal skills, to read and comprehend passages to answer the questions that follow it.

3) Analytical Writing – It tests your capability to think and elaborate your ideas based on the question given. It also checks your aptitude to follow the given instructions and write passages.

4) Integrated Reasoning – Measures your abilities to analyze data and come to conclusions based on the questions given in the section.

The syllabus for the GMAT exam comprises of basic fundamental high school and middle school math, verbal and reasoning concepts. Although this doesnâ€™t mean you should take the task of preparing for the exam lightly. The structure of the exam, the scoring range and the time allocated for each section is as given below.

 Test Section Time Limit / Number of Questions Question Types Score Range Quantitative Reasoning 62 minutes 31 questions Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 6-51 (in 1-point increments) Verbal Reasoning 65 minutes 36 questions Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction 6-51 (in 1-point increments) Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes 1 question Analysis of an Argument 0-6 (in 0.5-point increments) Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes 12 questions Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis 1-8 (in 1-point increments)