GMAT: Exam Pattern, Syllabus

GMAT: Exam Pattern, Syllabus

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The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is an important part of the business school application process. The GMAT is a multiple-choice, computer-based and computer-adaptive standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate business programs (MBA) globally.

The GMAT is developed and administered by testmaker GMAC to provide business schools with common measures of applicants’ preparedness for graduate-level academic work. Business school admission committees look at your GMAT score, along with work experience, academic record, and supporting materials, to assess your readiness for the rigors of an MBA program.

What’s the takeaway? A high score on the GMAT will have a direct, positive impact on your business school application.


This exam has a total of 80 questions which checks your proficiency in 4 sections such as Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. Students should manage their time wisely according to the number of questions in each section.

  • GMAT is a computer adaptive test.
  • There are a total of 80 questions.
  • There are 4 sections in GMAT such as Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal Section.
  • From Analytical Writing Assessment section, there will be only 1 question and candidates will have 30 minutes to solve it. This section is designed to judge test takers ability to analyze and predict reasons behind a given argument.
  • In Integrated Reasoning, 12 questions will be asked and 30 minutes will be given to solve it.
  • From Quantitative section, 31 questions will be asked and 62 minutes will be given to solve this section. Questions asked in this section belong to 12th class standard.
  • The last section is of Verbal, consisting of 36 questions that are to be attempted in 65 minutes.


On Test Day, you can expect to sit for the exam just over 3.5 hours, including test-taking time and optional breaks. Note that this time does not include your check-in time at the testing center. It is recommended that you arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your exam.

GMAT Section Time
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes
Quantitative 62 minutes
Verbal 65 minutes
Optional Breaks (Total) 16 minutes
Total Approximate Time 3 hours, 23 minutes


  • Analytical Writing Assessment evaluates the ability of a candidate on how he/she is able to interpret a specific argument through the perspective of an author and how well you offer a critique of the author’s approach.
  • Integrated Reasoning examines your skill of extracting information presented from multiple sources in different formats.
  • Quantitative section measures your data sufficiency and problem solving skills giving you basic algebra, arithmetic and geometry questions.
  • Verbal section checks on whether you are having command on standard writing and reading skills presenting you questions on critical reasoning and reading comprehension.
Test Section GMAT Syllabus
Analytical Writing Assessment Analysis of Argument
Integrated Reasoning Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-part Analysis, Table Analysis
Quantitative Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving 
Verbal Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction


We hope this will clear all your doubts about what is GMAT, it’s exam structure and syllabus. Soon, we will make you abreast regarding the GMAT Preparation Strategy along with the institutes accepting GMAT score in India as well as abroad for MBA. Stay tuned.


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