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GMAT Syllabus & Preparation

Updated: Feb 10

GMAT, Graduate Management Admission Test is a test designed to predict and check the reasoning, analytical skills and critical thinking of the students who are going to enroll themselves in Masters in Business Administration program. GMAT is an important part for getting admission in a business school. GMAT exam is the prerequisite for a graduate level student to get admission in top notch business schools for Master’s program in business. GMAT is a computer adaptive test, acronym CAT, which is intended to certain skills like analytical skills, writing skills, quantitative, verbal, reading, critical thinking and reasoning of an individual. GMAT is a registered trademark of GMAC, Graduate Management Admission Council which monitors GMAT examinations.

GMAT is the output of a candidate which acts as the input in the world’s prominent business schools.

It evaluates the following skills in the candidate-

  • Lateral thinking

  • Reasoning

  • Problem Solving

  • Analysing

  • Clear and effective writing

If you have decided and are serious about taking an admission into a top notch Business School then you should definitely take the GMAT exam which is the foundation stone to get yourself admitted into a leading Business School. For giving an exam you should be aware of GMAT syllabus and GMAT exam.

Before starting into the GMAT preparation you should be known with the basics of GMAT examination.

The mode of examination is computer based with duration of 3 hours and 7 minutes and 91 questions in a queue.

There are four sections in GMAT examination there are multiple choice options what are very important to gain scores. The four sections of GMAT is scold as set of two separate sections. They are also combined to generate the composite score.

Four main sections of GMAT examination are-

  • Analytical writing assessment

  • Integrated reasoning

  • Quantitative reasoning

  • Verbal reasoning

The total composition of questions in GMAT examination is 80 which need to be attempted within 3 hours and 7 minutes. There is no such defined syllabus for the questions to be asked but they are based on testing your analytical and reasoning skills. The score range of GMAT is 200 to 800. GMAT exam opens a gateway to MBA course. The syllabus of MBA includes the skills which GMAT exam tests.

Let’s see what these assessments contains-

Analytical Writing Assessment

It contains one question of essay writing.

It revolves around analyzing the given argument.

In this the focus is to check the critical ability and ability to communicate to ideas of a candidate.

The argument analyses include the in-depth analyses, considering various viewpoints with explanation and examples.

The scores calculated in this section are on a six point scale. The essay is given two independent ratings after which the average score is given. The automated essay scoring engine gives an automated raring to the analyses given by the candidate.

Integrated Reasoning

This section contains questions which require more than one response.

The integrated reasoning focuses on how one can handle large data and can integrate it.

It has four categories of questions – 

Multi-Source Reasoning: It examines data given in the form of tables, text, graphics or it can be a combination of all three. This is a mix and complex set of questions containing data in the form of charts, graphs or tables. It requires true or false.

Table Analysis: In this loads of information is catered on tables, spreadsheets and you have to answer in true or false.

Graphics Interpretation: This aims at interpreting the given graphs.

Two-Part Analysis: It includes complex set of questions regarding quantitative or verbal questions.

Quantitative Reasoning

This section is the third section of GMAT exam which contains 31 questions.

The time allotted is 62 minutes.

Two types of questions are asked in quantitative reasoning –

Problem Solving: This part analyses your logical and analytical skills. It aims at checking your quantitative knowledge.

Data Sufficiency: This section focuses the candidate’s ability to solve the problems using the mathematical concepts.

Verbal Reasoning

This is the last section of GMAT exam. Time allotted to the candidate for this 65 minutes where the candidate has to answer 36 multiple choice questions.

It has three types of questions –

Reading Comprehension: In this part, you should be aware about what the paragraph is talking about. You should understand the concept and grasp the idea, and then you are able to crack comprehension section.

Critical Reasoning: This section includes in-depth analyses of the 14 given questions. You need to read them carefully so as to have the answers.

Sentence Correction: This consists of sentence corrections. For this one should know to the basic grammar and rules.

What GMAT Quantitative section includes-

maths formulas list, integer, decimals, fractions, number properties, order of operations, percentage, ratio and proportion, profit and loss, simple and compound interest, speed, distance and time, permutation & combination, linear equations, quadratic equations, statistics: average, median, mode, range, standard deviation etc.

The Grammar Syllabus of GMAT includes-

Basic Sentence structure: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives

Verb Tense

Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Subject Verb Agreement

In a nutshell GMAT is an important step in your admission in masters programs. If you are an MBA aspirant than you should take GMAT exam and should have good GMAT score.

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