Updated on - January 17th 2020 by Piyush Bhartiya


GMAT Syllabus 2019

The duration of GMAT is 3 hour 7 minutes.

The maximum score points are 800.

The test includes four sections – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Verbal Reasoning.

The quantitative section deals with mathematical solving abilities.

The remaining three sections test logical and interpretation skills.

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

In the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment, candidates will be given a topic or a question to write about. An essay has to be structured with a systematic and logical approach to the topic given. The writing style needs to be precise and well-formed. The exam requires that you examine a reason behind the statement. This section consists of a 30-minute writing task on Analysis of an argument.

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Quantitative section consists of 2 parts – Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. It includes 31 multiple-choice questions on the following topics :

  • Geometry
  • Linear Equations
  • Percent
  • Ratio
  • Fractions
  • Integers
  • Word Problems
  • Powers and Roots
  • Statistic
  • Functions and Sequences


GMAT Verbal Syllabus

GMAT Verbal section consists of 41 multiple-choice questions to identify grammatical errors and to understand and evaluate comprehensive arguments.

  • Sentence correction
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
  • Parts of Speech
  • Idiomatic Expressions
  • Sentence
  • Subject and Verb Agreement
  • Pronouns


GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Integrated Reasoning consists of 12 questions according to four categories. This section evaluates the candidate's ability to discern and evaluate the given data.

  • Multi-source reasoning
  • Graphics interpretation
  • Two – two Part Analysis
  • Table analysis.


GMAT Exam Pattern – Key Points

Number of Sections



3 hours 7 minutes

Number of Questions


Score Range

400 - 800



Mode of Marking


Negative Marking



Exam Pattern

GMAT consists of 80 questions that need to be completed within a time limit of 3 hours and 7 minutes.

  • There is no definitive syllabus to abide by.
  • Questions are structured in a manner that can analyze the candidate's skills of reasoning and evaluation.
  • Candidates can opt to take the test in any of 3 patterns for the 4 sections.
  • No changes can be made after the question or section has been attempted.
  • A score of 760 and more awards the candidate above 99 percentile.


GMAT Quantitative/Math

The Quantitative section covers the following topics :

  • Sets
  • Fraction
  • Ratio
  • Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Functions
  • Percentage
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Statistics
  • Decimals
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Polygons
  • Numbers
  • Permutation
  • Combination
  • Integers
  • Average
  • Angles
  • Circles
  • Lines
  • Triangles
  • Rectangular solids
  • Cylinders
  • Convex Polygons
  • Discrete Probability
  • Roots and squares


GMAT Verbal/Grammar

The Verbal section comprises the following topics :

  • Sentence correction
  • Parallelism
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Construction of Sentences
  • Antonyms and Synonyms
  • Unseen passages
  • Idioms



1. What is the GMAT syllabus?

The GMAT Syllabus comprises four sections to be attempted – Analytical Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.


2. Can I skip any GMAT section?

You cannot skip any of the sections.


3. Do I get a break between the sections?

You can take an 8 – minutes break scheduled according to the order of your sections. If not, you can skip and move on to the next section.


4. What skills does the Quantitative section analyze?

The Quantitative section measures your reasoning and evaluation abilities.


5. Does the verbal section only analyze my grammatical skills?

The Verbal test measures your comprehensive and understanding skills of the language.


6. Are all GMAT questions scored?

Not all, but around 25% of the questions are experimental in the Quantitative and verbal section.


7. Can I cancel my GMAT score?

Yes, you can cancel your GMAT score that will require a charge of $10.


8. Who can access my scores?

Only the registered candidate can have access to their GMAT scores.


9. Which section can I  request for a re-score?

The Analytical Writing Assessment can be re-scored with the request.


10. How much does the GMAT test cost?

GMAT costs $250 for a test.


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