GMAT Syllabus

Updated by: Cyril Zachariah on March 30, 2022, 11:12 a.m.

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GMAT Syllabus 2022

The GMAT 2022 syllabus comprises four sections, which are quite similar to that of any other management entrance examinations. Each section has its essential elements that candidates must understand before they start preparing for the GMAT examination. These elements showcase the pointers that help in a better understanding of the subject matter and also help candidates to score more. The different sections and pointers related to them are given below:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment: The section requires a candidate to write an essay in English on one of the given topics within 30 minutes. As part of this writing task, candidates have to do an analysis of the reason behind a given argument and provide a critique of that argument. Candidates are assessed based on their ability to think critically and how well they communicate their thoughts in an essay format.

  • Integrated Reasoning Section: The questions in this section are mainly focused on testing candidates' ability to comprehend and evaluate the provided data. The sub-sections of Integrated Reasoning include Two-Part Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Multi-Source Reasoning and Table Analysis. All the four sub-sections sums up 12 easy and tricky questions of IR.

  • Quantitative Section: The section, which comprises of sub-sections like Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, is a subject-matter that focuses on the mathematical understanding of the candidates. The 31 questions in this section must be solved within 62 minutes. The topics covered under these two sub-sections are Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and Geometry.

  • Verbal Section: This section is meant to understand the candidates’ comprehension and command over the English language. The grammatical understanding and reasoning skills are tested in each question of this section. A total of 36 questions are to be answered in 65 minutes for this section of GMAT paper. The sub-sections include Sentence Correction, Rhetorical construction of Sentences, Parallelism, Synonyms-Antonyms, Critical Reasoning Reading Unseen Passages, Idioms and Subject-Verb Agreement.

Keeping a good grasp over the syllabus for GMAT 2022 is the most important step in conquering the test and securing the best GMAT scores possible. On this page you will all the necessary information regarding GMAT 2022 syllabus, including the different topics per section as well as the different types of questions you can expect for this year's test.

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GMAT Verbal Reasoning Syllabus

In this section, GMAC assesses the verbal ability skills of the candidate. Questions are mostly based on Reading, Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Comprehension. Listed below are some of the topics that you are likely to see in the GMAT Verbal Reasoning section:

  • Assumption

  • Boldface

  • Comparison

  • Evaluate

  • Idioms

  • Inference

  • Modifiers

  • Paradox

  • Parallelism

  • Pronouns

  • Strengthen and Weaken

  • Subject-Verb Agreement

  • Verb Tense

The table below outlines the type of questions you will see in a GMAT exam and the relevant details regarding the different types of questions in GMAT 2022.

Type of Questions

Details

Reading Comprehension

The focus of Reading Comprehension in the GMAT exam will be more on subjects related to business.

The Reading Comprehension questions will cover less than one-third of the Verbal section of the exam.

Critical Reasoning

These type of questions are a major part of the GMAT exam as they test your reasoning as well as analytical skills.

Questions such as Assumptions, Evaluation, Bold Face, Inference, etc can be asked under this type.

Sentence Completion/ Correction

GMAT comprises 14 to 15 sentence correction questions where your grammar and syntax knowledge of the language will be tested.

Questions such as Pronouns, Verb Tenses, Idioms, Subject-Verb Agreement, Comparison, etc., can be asked under this type of question.

Importance of Vocabulary

Vocabulary is not given too much importance in the GMAT. It is more focused on testing candidates' Verbal Reasoning skills.

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GMAT Quantitative Reasoning Syllabus

This section measures candidates’ ability to reason, analyse the data and draw conclusions from the same. Candidates' basic mathematical skills are also tested in this section. Data Sufficiency and Problem-Solving questions are asked in this particular section.

Algebraic Equations and Expressions

Arithmetic and Geometric Progression

Averages

Circles

Coordinate Geometry

Decimals

Descriptive Statistics

Exponents

Fractions

Functions

Inequalities and Basic Statistics

Lines and Angles

Mixtures and Alligations

Monomials and Polynomials

Multiples and Factors

Number Properties

Percentages

Permutation and Combinations

Pipes, Cisterns and Work Time

Powers and Roots

Probability

Profit and Loss

Quadratic Equations

Quadrilaterals

Ration and Proportion

Rectangular Solids and Cylinders

Set Theory

Simple and Compound Interest

Speed, Time and Distance

Triangles; and more

Listed in the table below are some of the different types of questions you can expect in the GMAT 2022 Quantitative section.  

Name of the Section

Type of Questions

Quantitative Reasoning

Data Sufficiency: These questions will comprise information in the form of two sentences and a

question will be asked. Candidates will be required to answer whether the information in the statements is sufficient to answer the question or not.

Problem Solving: These questions will usually involve topics such as arithmetic, geometry, algebra, etc and would require you to provide your workings towards an answer.

Multiple Choice Questions: These will be asked in the usual 'question and four option' format from various

topics of the mathematics section.

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GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment Syllabus

In this section, candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their ability to think logically, yet critically. Candidates are required to analyse the reason behind a given argument and then provide a critique in a written format using relevant examples.

Type of Essays

In the examination, you will get argumentative topics and you will have to put forth your views regarding the topic 

A domain of Topics

The questions come from topics related to the field of business and management. Candidates must keep track of global business news as examples are necessary.

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Syllabus

This section tests the analytical, verbal and logical skills of the candidates at the same time. The questions asked will comprise daily, true-to-life problems. The candidates will have to analyze the problem and provide logical solutions to the problem. The time given for this section is 30 minutes. Four types of questions are asked in this section:

  • Table Analysis: As the name suggests, you will be presented with a table with information that can be sorted. Your duty is to distinguish between useful and non-useful information.

  • Graphics Interpretation: A chart or graph will be presented in the form of a question. Your duty is to interpret the graphical information provided and use that information to solve the questions provided subsequently.

  • Multi-Source Reasoning: Here, there will be multiple tabs with information or inputs relevant to the questions given. The questions here will be of the same nature as Critical Reasoning.

  • Two-Part Analysis: The question type will include two questions that relate to the same information. Here, you will receive 5-6 answer choices for the questions and your duty is to select the right option. It should be noted, the answers to the questions can be the same or different.

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FAQs on GMAT 2022 Syllabus

Has the GMAT syllabus been changed in recent years?

There have not been any changes in the GMAT syllabus in the recent years.

Is GMAT Online available in India?

Yes, the GMAT online exam is available in India.

What are the main topics for GMAT Quantitative Section?

To prepare for the Quantitative section of the GMAT, you should focus on fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Plus, you need to prepare for word problems.

Is GMAT easier than CAT?

Overall, the difficulty level of CAT is higher than the GMAT. On the other hand, GMAT has the IR section, which is much easier than LRDI in CAT. Also, the Quantitative Aptitude section of GMAT is slightly easier than CAT.

Is GMAT's syllabus similar to that of CAT exam?

GMAT syllabus includes Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Integrated Reasoning and the Analytical Writing Assessment, while CAT syllabus includes topics from Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC).

How long does it take to cover the GMAT syllabus?

It will vary from candidate to candidate. However, a minimum of three months is required to complete the syllabus.

Who prescribes the GMAT syllabus?

GMAT syllabus is prescribed by GMAC.

What is the syllabus of GMAT Integrated Reasoning?

The syllabus of GMAT Integrated Reasoning section includes multi-source reasoning, table analysis, graphics interpretation and two-part analysis.

What is the syllabus of GMAT's Quantitative Reasoning?

The syllabus of GMAT's Quantitative Reasoning section includes Data Sufficiency and problem-solving

What is the syllabus of Verbal Reasoning in GMAT?

The important topics for GMAT's Verbal Reasoning are Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, the importance of vocabulary and sentence completion/correction.

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