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GMAT Syllabus 2022

Posted in General   LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 9, 2021

Gmat syllabus 2022

The syllabus for GMAT would comprise more than 50 topics from Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Quant, and Analytical Writing Assessment sections. Further, its syllabus is classified into various other sub-sections like Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning in the Verbal Section, and Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving in the Quant Section.

Here, we will look into the syllabus that can be expected on the GMAT exam.

GMAT Syllabus 2022

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, topics from Verbal, Quant, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment are included in the GMAT syllabus.

The total GMAT Syllabus is divided into four sections:

  1. Quantitative: You will get 31 MCQs here on data sufficiency and problem-solving which is to be completed in a total of 75 minutes.
  2. Verbal: You will get 36 MCQs here on critical reasoning, reading comprehension and sentence correction with a duration of 75 minutes to complete it.
  3. Analytical Writing Assessment: Here you will get an essay question with a time limit of 30 minutes. The two types of questions under this section are Argument analysis and communication in the form of critique.
  4. Integrated Reasoning (IR): Here you will get 12 MCQs that can be two-part analysis, Multi-source reasoning, graphic interpretation, and Table analysis type of questions. You will get a time limit of 30 minutes to complete this section.

As you now have an idea about the GMAT sections, let us take a deeper look at each section.

GMAT Syllabus: Quant section

  • The Quant section, according to the GMAT syllabus, has two types of questions -- Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving consisting of 31 questions in total and a total of 75 minutes to complete.
  • The questions on Data Sufficiency have a problem statement which is followed by two factual statements. Here you have to decide if the statement given is sufficient to answer the question in the problem statement. There are approximately 11-13 questions.
  • On the other hand, Problem-solving questions are mainly concerning topics such as arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and more. You will get about 18-20 questions here.
  • Here is the syllabus for the GMAT Quant section:

Arithmetic Algebra Geometry
Multiples and Factors Monomials, polynomials Triangle
Number Properties Functions Lines and angles
Fractions Exponents Quadrilaterals
Decimals Quadratic equations Circles
Percentage Inequalities and basic statistics Rectangular solids and cylinders
Power and Roots Algebraic expressions and equations Coordinate geometry
Average Permutation and combination
Probability Arithmetic and geometric progressions
Set Theory
Mixtures and allegations
Ratio and proportion
Descriptive Statistics
Pipes, cisterns, and work time
Speed, time, distance
Simple and Compounded Interest

Even if the students pursuing GMAT believe the Quant section to be the tough one, the concepts that are included here are not beyond your high-school math.

The Quant section of GMAT is set up to measure your ability to reason mathematically, solve quantitative problems and interpret graphic data.

You might have heard people say that the only way to score high on GMAT Quant is to spend a lot of your time practising problems and tests. Well, this is completely true, practice does make you perfect.

But there is something that many students look past and that is conceptual clarity. To achieve a Q50+ score you need to have a solid foundation and a good grasp of the concepts and their application.

GMAT Syllabus: Verbal section

In the Verbal Section of the GMAT Syllabus, there are three types of questions - Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and sentence correction. You will get 36 MCQs here which you have to complete in 75 minutes. These are the topics that can be expected on the GMAT verbal section:

Sentence Correction Critical Reasoning
Pronoun Assumptions
Subject-Verb Agreement Evaluate
Modifiers Inference
Idioms Bold Face
Parallelism Paradox
Comparison Strengthen and weaken
Verb Tenses
  • The main aim of the GMAT Verbal is to test the ability to comprehend the written material and understand the logical relationship of the candidates.
  • In the Critical Reasoning questions, you are given an argument that you are required to analyze, evaluate, and then formulate or evaluate a plan of action. These are all MCQs.
  • In the Sentence Correction section, you get questions that present a problem with a sentence and you need to trace if there are any grammatical errors and if there are you need to choose from the four alternatives that are given along with the question.
  • In the Reading Comprehension section, you will get short or long passages of around 200-400 words, where you have to understand the passage and answer three or four MCQs relating to it.

GMAT Syllabus: Integrated reasoning section (IR)

The first thing that has to be mentioned about the IR section of the test is that it doesn't get factored into your score, just like the AWA section.

The questions that you get in the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT syllabus consist of a lot of data that is provided in passages, graphs, tables, or a combination of the three. Four different types of questions are asked:

  1. Two-Part analysis – The questions that you get here are in a two-question form that relates to the same information. Following the questions, you get 5 or 6 answer choices, and the answers to each of the two questions may be the same or different.
  2. Multi-Source Reasoning – Here you will get questions having multiple tabs that have inputs in them. You will find these questions to be more like critical questions.
  3. Graphic Interpretation – The information given on a graph or a chart here has to be analyzed and then the following questions have to be solved.
  4. Table Analysis – Here, you are given a sortable table with three questions. Now you have to differentiate between the useful and the non-useful data.

This section will measure your ability to assess the information that has been given to you in multiple formats from different sources. As we live in a world that is driven by data, it is important that you have the skills to interpret data.

GMAT Syllabus: Analytical writing assessment (AWA)

As we have mentioned earlier, just like the IR section, the Analytical Writing Assessment section won't get factored in your score.

Here you will be asked to comprehend information, analyze issues, and communicate your ideas through an essay. This section measures your capacity to think critically and checks your ability to communicate your ideas.

You will be scored on a six-point scale, and the essay will have two independent ratings and an average will be derived from there. The topics could vary from business news to anything in general.

GMAT Syllabus Summary

Here is a summary of all the topics under GMAT syllabus 2022:

GMAT Verbal GMAT Quantitative GMAT IR GMAT AWA
(A wide range of topics)
Pronoun Fractions Arithmetic Annual report
Assumptions Decimals Elementary Algebra Article from a trade magazine
Subject-Verb Agreement Number Properties Geometry Memorandum from the business department like marketing, operations, finance, etc
Modifiers Percentage Statistics Announcements issued by a newspaper or a company
Inference Power and Roots A paragraph from a research paper
Evaluate Average A paragraph from a business plan
Bold Face Probability and more…
Idioms Set Theory
Parallelism Multiples and Factors
Comparison Mixtures and allegations
Verb Tenses Ratio and proportion
Paradox Descriptive Statistics
Strengthen and weaken Pipes, cisterns, and work time
Adjectives Speed, time, distance
Phrases and Clauses Simple and Compounded Interest
Nouns Monomials, polynomials
Idiomatic expressions Functions
Active voice Exponents
Passive voice Triangle
Lines and angles
Rectangular solids and cylinders
Quadratic equations
Inequalities and basic statistics
Algebraic expressions and equations
Permutation and combination
Arithmetic and geometric progressions
Coordinate geometry