** GMAT Syllabus**

The GMAT is a **three and a half hour** test carrying a maximum score of 800 points. The entire GMAT syllabus is divided into four broad sections:

1. AWA

2. IR

3. Quant

4. Verbal

**Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)**

This is the first section of the GMAT and test takers need to finish this section in **30 minutes**. This is an essay section where the test taker needs to write an analysis of the presented argument.

In the AWA section, the GMAT looks for

- Your writing skills and abilities
- Clarity and logic in your argument
- Overall relevance of your essay with respect to the given topic

AWA is not counted towards the overall 200–800 score. Instead, the score range for AWA ranges from **0–6**, with increments of 0.5.

**Integrated Reasoning**

Test takers will be given **30 minutes** to finish the IR section on the GMAT. This section was added to the GMAT in June 2012. It requires a combination of both Verbal and Quant skills and is similar to the Data Interpretation (DI) section on the CAT.

The IR section consists of 12 questions of 4 types:

- Multi source reasoning
- Graphics interpretation
- Table analysis
- Two-part analysis

In the IR section, the GMAT looks for skills related to the following:

- Deciphering relevant information presented in text, numbers, and graphics
- Assessing appropriate information from different sources
- Combining and arranging information to observe relationships among them and solving complex problems to arrive at a correct interpretation

Just like AWA, even IR is not counted towards the overall 200–800 score and is evaluated on the range of **1–8**.

****In fact, neither AWA nor IR will make a big impact in your overall application and our advice is not to worry too much about these sections *

**Quant**

In this section, you will be provided with **37 quant questions** which need to be solved in **75 minutes.**

Question types will be based on—

**Problem solving**(PS): Questions given, and you need to calculate the answer.

**Data Sufficiency**(DS): You need to interpret whether the given data is enough to solve a particular question.

The Quantitative section of the GMAT evaluates your fundamental mathematical skills and your caliber to reason quantitatively.

The various topics under Quant are as follows:

#### Arithmetic

- Number Systems & Number Theory
- Multiples and factors
- Fractions
- Decimals
- Percentages
- Averages
- Powers and roots
- Profit & Loss
- Simple & Compound Interest
- Speed, Time, & Distance
- Pipes, Cisterns, & Work Time
- Ratio and Proportion
- Mixtures & Alligation
- Descriptive statistics
- Sets
- Probability

#### Algebra

- Permutation & Combination
- Monomials, polynomials
- Algebraic expressions and equations
- Functions
- Exponents
- Arithmetic & Geometric Progression
- Quadratic Equations
- Inequalities and Basic statistics

#### Geometry

- Lines and angles
- Triangles
- Quadrilaterals
- Circles
- Rectangular solids and Cylinders
- Coordinate geometry

**Verbal**

This is the third section on the GMAT. The test takers will be provided with **41 verbal questions** which need to be solved in **75 minutes**.

In the Verbal section of the GMAT, the test takers are assessed for—

- Reading and understanding the written material
- Reasoning out and appraising the arguments
- Rectifying the written material in accordance with standard written English

Question types will be based on—

**Reading Comprehension**(RC): You will be given a passage and you need to answer questions related to it.

**Critical Reasoning**(CR): A short passage would be given. You need to find the premise, conclusion, assumption, etc.

**Sentence Correction**(SC): A part of the sentence would be underlined and five options would be provided. You need to spot the error and mark the right option.