As rightly said that it is important to understand the monster before even thinking of taming it,
so all those aspirants who have decided to write THE GMAT, it is imperative to know the the GMAT
syllabus before starting with its preparation.
THE GMAT is a 3½-hour standardized exam designed to gauge the academic suitability of prospective
candidates who wish to enroll in MBA (Masters in Business Administration) programs.
GMAT scores are used by graduate business schools to make admission decisions.
THE GMAT has been divided into four sections –
Number of questions
Analytical Writing Assessment
It’s a Computer Adaptive Test(CAT) working of GMAC’s own proprietary algorithm which may only be guessed at as
GMAC has never officially divulged the variables used by its algorithm .The primary intent of the exam is to test
the knowledge, aptitude, language skills and temperament of the students appearing for THE GMAT.
The GMAT verbal section follows a fairly fixed pattern. So, let’s take a closer look at a detailed outline of the entire
THE GMAT Verbal Ability syllabus.
This section is designed to test a test takers ability to comprehend both syntax(Standard English Grammar) and
semantics(Meaning and Comprehension) of the English language. A candidate faces approximately 36-39 questions
on the verbal section while the time allowed to answer the entire section s set at 65 Minutes. The entire
verbal THE GMAT syllabus can be divided into the following sections
Questions in each Section
3-4 RC Passages With 3-4 questions each for a total of 14-16 questions.
Comprehension of the text presented.
- MCQs (one answer)
- MCQs (one or more answers)
Grammar and standard expressions.
- Multiple Choice
Ability to evaluate and draw conclusions based on logical arguments.
- Multiple Choice
1. Reading Comprehension
Here passages from diverse fields like Economics, Politics, Sociology , Science and Technology,
Geography, Environment, Sports, Literature and Arts, History etc are presented and a candidate is
required to solve questions which in many different ways, deal with the subject matter of those passages.
The questions might be direct, inference based, organization/structure based, or application based.
From the previous trends, there are three passages comprising of six questions each while two passages
with three questions each. So, out of 34 problems, 24 questions come directly from Reading Comprehension.
If one is able to interpret the passage accurately and with a good speed, then this section alone fetches
an aspirant a phenomenal percentile in the verbal section.
THE GMAT tests the high school level grammar of aspirants and how well one is versed in the rules of the language.
The following topics come under the grammar section:
I. Determiners and Quantifiers.
II. Pronoun Errors- Precedence, Agreement, Ambiguity, and Comparison
III. Verb Errors- Tenses and Subject Verb Agreement
IV. Modifiers- Misplaced, Squinting, and Dangling; Participle Phrases
The questions in this section are called the sentence correction questions
where one needs to spot the error in a statement based on sound knowledge
of the grammar rules
3. Critical reasoning
The different models of questions that can be asked in THE GMAT are aimed at accurately
determining assumptions, inferences, conclusions, strengthening and weakening of arguments
presented, and the correlation between two sentences in the context of a given passage.
The last Type is called the ‘Boldface. The format used include logic based caselets usually
in the form of a short paragraph of text followed by a single question.
Here a paragraph from which the last statement is missing is presented. Based on the flow and context
of the paragraph, one has to find the most suitable statement from the options given that logically
completes the paragraph.
A caselet is presented, often in the form of a recommended course of
action/solution to a problem outlined in the text. The aspirants are asked to then submit an essay within
30 minutes while, often, evaluating the proffered solution. This section can be scheduled to best suit a
Integrated reasoning section covers question, where data will be given in the form of passage,
graph, table. It has 12 questions with thirty minutes.
This section has four different question types
1. Table analysis
2. Graphical representation
3. Multisource reasoning
4. Two part analysis
The QUANT Section on the GMAT has 31 questions to be answered in 62 minutes.
This part is designed to test your quantitative, logical, analytical skills and
your ability to solve a problem. It covers two types of questions:
1. Problem solving
• Ratio, Proportion, Variation
• Percentages, Profit and Loss
• Time, speed & Distance,
• Time & Work
• Simple Interest and Compound Interest
• Linear Equations
• Quadratic equation
• Functions & Graphs, Absolute Value
• Permutation and combination
• Sets & Venn Diagrams