The GMAT is a computer adaptive entrance test which is taken up by prospective management aspirants for MBA admission to B-schools across the globe. The GMAT exam is a standardized test that evaluates a candidate’s potential and determines his/her expertise in various areas and showcases his/her verbal ability, analytical reasoning, quantitative knowledge and reading skills in the English language. As per the new exam pattern, the GMAT syllabus 2019 is divided into four sections:
- Quantitative Aptitude Section
- Integrated Reasoning Section
- Verbal Ability Section
- Analytical Writing Assessment Section
The GMAT score ranges from 200-800. Candidates have the flexibility to choose the order in which they wish to take up the exam. There are multiple-choice options available for the verbal and quantitative sections of the GMAT exam. Given below is the GMAT exam pattern 2019:
|Name of the Section||Time Limit||Number of questions||Score Range|
|Quantitative Aptitude||1 hour, 2 minutes||31 questions||6-51|
|Integrated Reasoning||½ an hour||12 questions||1-8|
|Verbal Ability||1 hour, 5 minutes||36 questions||6-51|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||½ an hour||01 (essay)||0-6|
Let’s take a closer look at each of the four sections of the syllabus for GMAT 2019:
Section I: Quantitative Reasoning
As per the GMAT Quant syllabus, the questions are grouped into two types:
- Data Sufficiency
- Problem Solving
The topics are further segregated as given below:
|Arithmetic||Real numbers, square root, decimals, fractions, percentages, discrete probability etc.|
|Algebra||Linear equations, exponents and functions, absolute value etc.|
|Geometry||Angles, circles, coordinate geometry, polygons etc.|
|Word problems||Simple and compound interest, data interpretation and measurement problems, profit and loss, discounts etc.|
Section II: Integrated Reasoning (IR)
This section was a new addition to the GMAT syllabus in June 2012 as a replacement of one of the Analytical Writing Assessment(AWA) essays. This section tests the analytical skills of how well GMAT candidates can solve a complex problem. The GMAT IR syllabus primarily has four different types of questions:
- Graphics Interpretation: In this type, candidates are given a graphical image or graph and are asked to interpret it and answer certain questions with statements given in a drop-down menu.
- Multi-Source Reasoning: In this subsection, candidates need to gather information from different tabs and the data may be presented either in tables, charts etc. The answers are given in multiple choice format.
- Table Analysis: There are loads of information which are given in a table format in this subsection and candidates are asked to pick answers from true/false along with multiple statements to answer each question.
- Two-Part Analysis: Under this, candidates are asked to answer a question and provided with multiple choices. In this subsection, the answers are given in a tabular format with components in the first two columns and the answer options are updated in the third column. Candidates need to choose one option under each component to complete an answer.
Section III: Verbal Ability
As per the GMAT Verbal syllabus, it is divided into three categories:
- Reading Comprehension: In this section, candidates are given a passage of 300-350 words (approx.) on a particular topic and answer multiple choice questions based on it.
- Critical Reasoning: In this category, there are some critical reasoning questions that candidates need to answer. Questions are given in the form of an argument with multiple choices. Candidates need to analyse the useful information and identify the key points that strengthen, influence or weaken the given argument and choose the best possible answer to the question.
- Sentence Correction: In this section, candidates are given a sentence with an underlined portion and multiple choices to answer. To crack this question, candidates have to be familiar with English grammar and choose the best possible answer to a question which is in compliance with standard written English and see the sentence construction is accurate.
Section IV: Analytical Writing Assessment
This section particularly assesses the candidates’ writing style. They are asked to write an essay or may be asked to analyse an argument. They need to closely examine the argument, try to figure out the reasoning behind the argument and come up with a methodical approach to answer the question. One important point to remember here is that candidates have to be extra cautious about the proper grammar usage while presenting the answer.
You can also download the GMAT syllabus in PDF format from the below links:
- GMAT Quantitative Syllabus
- GMAT Integrated Reasoning
- GMAT Verbal Syllabus
- GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GMAT Syllabus FAQs:
Here are a few GMAT Syllabus FAQs for your ready reference:
Q1. What is the total duration of GMAT?
Ans: The total duration of the test is 3 hours and 7 minutes which is divided into four sections:
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Integrated Reasoning
- Verbal Ability
- Analytical Writing Assessment
Q2. Can I skip any of the sections?
Ans: No, you CANNOT. You have to answer every question to complete each section.
Q3. Are there any breaks during the test?
Ans: Although breaks are optional. You can either skip it or take a break if you want. You are eligible for two 8-minute breaks which are scheduled as per the GMAT section order that you have chosen.
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