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GMAT is a 3.5 hrs exam with a maximum score of 800 points. The entire GMAT Exam syllabus divided into four sections.

GMAT Exam syllabus divided into four sections:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude Section
  • Verbal Reasoning Section

GMAT Exam Pattern

The GMAT exam pattern is divided into 4 sections Writing, Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative skills. Additionally , the GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test of 3 hours 30 minutes and contains of both objective and subjective questions. There are a total of 91 questions.


Number of Questions

Score Range

Analytical Writing Assessment (30 minutes)

1 Topic (Essay)


Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes)

12 questions


Quantitative (62 minutes)

31 questions


Verbal (65 minutes)

36 questions


Total Exam Time (3 hours 7 minutes)



GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment Syllabus

The Analytical Writing module will have topics on which the student will have to write, or a passage may be given on which questions will be asked. , the candidate will have to answer, on the basis of the passage. The syllabus for this module is vast and varied as the topic of the passage could be any topic of interest. The basic idea is to concentrate on the structure of the answer and not the arguments presented. Remember, it is not a test of your opinion but your writing style, so it is better to stick to a neutral opinion.

  • Argument essay

    In this section, you have to analyse the reasons and then present your argument. Note that,you will be judged on how well reasoned you find a given argument.

  • Issue essay

    In this part, you have to write an essay on the issue offered to you. The student has to give an opinion in around 600 words. The opinion can be supportive of the given statement or students can give their own opinion. But do make sure to give your opinion in a properly structured manner as you will be judged on the basis of the same. 

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Syllabus

The Integrated Reasoning section is the newest addition to the GMAT Test syllabus. This section tests the Student's ability to assess the data presented in graph or table format. This section has 12 questions of the following type:

  • Table Analysis:

    This part of the exam measures student’s ability to sort and analyze a table comprising data, like a spreadsheet, to determine the important information or the one that meets certain conditions.

  • Two-Part Analysis:

    In this part of the exam the student’s skills to solve complex problems. The problems can be verbal, quantitative, or a combination of both. The format is adaptable and covers a broad range of content. The student's ability to solve simultaneous equations, evaluate trade-offs, and discern relationships between two entities is measured.

  • Multi-Source Reasoning:

    It measures student’s skills to examine data from multiple sources tables, graphics, text passages, or a mixed of all the three and inspect each source of data carefully for answering multiple questions. The students will be asked to draw conclusion and others may require you to determine whether data is important. In a few questions, student will have to recognize discrepancies among different sources of data.

  • Graphics Interpretation:

    It measures Stuednts’ ability to clarify the information gicen in a graph or graphical image (scatter plot, x/y graph, bar chart, pie chart, or statistical curve distribution) to find out relationships, and make inferences.

GMAT Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Section includes of 2 sections, namely Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. In the Data Sufficiency section, there will be 18 questions and in the Problem Solving section, there will be 18 questions. The questions will be objective type and will have multiple choice answers. In this section the questions can be expected from the following math syllabus:

  • Problem Solving

    It judges the students ’ skills to use logic and analytical reasoning for solving quantitative problems.
  • Data Sufficiency

    It judges the candidates’ ability to examine a quantitative problem, identify which data is important, and determine at what point there are enough data to solve the problem.

The topics are further divided into the following categories:

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

GMAT Verbal Reasoning Syllabus

This Verbal Skills section will have 36 multiple-choice questions. This part is divided into Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction. This module tests the student's  ability to understand the written material, read and understand the logical relationship between the points mentioned in the passage and concepts.

  • Critical Reasoning

    It measures the students’ skills to make arguments, evaluate arguments, and formulate or evaluate a plan of action.

  • Reading Comprehension

    It judges the students’ skill to draw inferences, understand logical relationships between significant points, understand words and statements, and follow the development of quantitative concepts. Apart from this, the students’ will be tested on the following reading skills: inference, application, main idea, supporting the idea, logical structure, and style.

  • Sentence Correction

    This part of the test measures two broad aspects of the candidates’ language proficiency. The first part is to correct expression while referring to sentences that are grammatically and structurally sound. The second part is an effective expression while referring to sentences that effectively express an idea or relationship clearly, concisely, and grammatically.

Below are the topics which will be covered in this Verbal Reasoning section:

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

GMAT Syllabus FAQs

Q. What is GMAT Math Syllabus?

A. GMAT Quant or Quantitative Aptitude module includes Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. This Part is designed to test the students experties in solving problems with a mathematical approach.

Q. What is the difference between the CAT and GMAT syllabus?

A. CAT syllabus includes modules like Quantitative, Logical and Verbal Reasoning, under the sections - Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC).

GMAT syllabus includes of modules like Quantitative, Logical and Verbal Reasoning under sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Integrated Reasoning.

GMAT exam also includes the Analytical Writing Assessment section which is not presented in CAT Exam. Also, there is no descriptive question in the CAT exam.

Q. Is the GMAT exam tough?

A. GMAT exam tests different skill sets like the experties to think critically, ability to analyse data, and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. According to an estimate, only 5-6% of candidates are able to score more than 720+. So, one needs to develop these skills to get a decent score in order to get admission to their dream Business-school.

Q. Is 650 a good GMAT score?

A. As per the experts 650 - 690 is a good score, however, if you score above 700 then it is great and it also enhances your chances of confirming an admit to a top B-school.

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