GMAT Updated Syllabus And Eligibility Criteria


GMAT or Graduate Management Test is one of the most popular and pre-requisite exams attended by students who aim to get into top MBA colleges around the globe. This test is conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) to assess the candidate’s verbal, analytical, reasoning, and quantitative skills that will help the student secure admission to the top business schools in most of the global ed destinations. This exam also evaluates the student on critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and evaluation of written materials.

This exam is separated into four timed sections, and they are as follows :

  • Analytical writing assessment
  • Integrated reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning section

So in today’s article, let us look at the updated syllabus of the GMAT and the eligibility criteria.

The computer-adaptive standardised test GMAT lasts for approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes if you choose to take the two optional 8-minute breaks. Analysing each section and its question types of GMAT will give the student the required insight into the content and skills tested during the exam.

Analytical writing assessment

Analytical writing assessment has its prime focus on aptitude skills and the ability to communicate ideas through a given argument. You will have to write an argumentative essay or a critique of a general topic or a topic related to business. This part of the test will also examine your ability to organise your thoughts and the way in which you substantiate your arguments in the best possible way. This section will be for a duration of 30 minutes, where you will have to give an analysis of an argument with enough reasoning and also a critical approach.

Integrated reasoning

This section is the newest addition to the GMAT syllabus. The integrated reasoning section will require you to analyse and evaluate information presented in multiple formats. This section will include information in various forms like text, graphics, numbers, and even images, and you will have to evaluate the data and analyse the relation between two or more aspects to find the solution to the problems. This section will focus on both qualitative and verbal skills. There can be table analysis, graphics analysis, multi-source reasoning, and two-part analysis, and this section will have 12 questions.

Quantitative reasoning

This is the section of the GMAT that contains mathematical problems. This section will test your problem-solving skills, mathematical reasoning ability, and also graphical interpretation ability. The Quantitative Aptitude will comprise two sections: Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving. This section will have questions based on probability, arithmetical mean, percentage questions, geometry questions, word problems, distance and time questions, and also inequality questions.

The problem-solving questions will aim at measuring the student’s ability to apply logic and analytical reasoning skills in solving numerical problems, and this will be based on the fundamental mathematical concepts.By applying these concepts, the student should answer the multiple-choice questions. The student will have to find the relevant data to solve the problem in the data sufficiency. There will be a problem comprising of a question and two statements, so the student will have to thoroughly understand the problem and then apply the mathematical concept to solve the problem.

Verbal reasoning section

This section is meant to evaluate the students reading and comprehension abilities through written essays, critical reasoning, and sentence correction questions. The only purpose of this section is to test the student’s English language proficiency. This section consists of 36 multiple choice questions, there are three major topics in this section, and they are as follows:

Reading comprehension, critical reasoning, sentence correction.

The reading comprehension section will ask you to answer the questions based on the 350 words comprehension. The passage may be from a business magazine, or it can be from a business-related field or humanities or physical sciences.

In the critical reasoning section, there will be short passages given where you will have to look at the argument and see its strength and weakness. This section precisely tests your ability to comprehend an argument and formulate an action during different circumstances. There will be argument construction, argument evaluation, and formulation of a plan of action as part of this section.

The next important subsection is sentence correction; this section is purely to test your English language proficiency. You will have to analyse the grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and how meaningful the sentence is by the language ability you have.

Here are the average GMAT scores of some of the world’s leading Business Schools:

QS Ranking University Name Average GMAT score
1 Stanford Graduate School of Business 733
2 Wharton, University of Pennsylvania 732
3 MIT Sloan 720
4 Harvard University 727
5 HEC Paris 690
6 INSEAD 710
7 London Business School 701
8 Columbia University 717
9 IE Business School Spain 677
10 University of California, Berkeley 727

Eligibility Criteria

A bachelor’s degree is the basic required qualification to attend the GMAT examination; retaking the GMAT exam will require you to wait for a minimum of 16 days. A student can take up to 8 attempts in a lifetime and five times in a calendar year. There is no nationality barricade for the GMAT exam; applicants from all over the world are eligible to apply. A candidate must be 18 years and above to apply for the GMAT exam without any consent, and there is no upper limit for attempting the GMAT exam.43

So, if you prepare by taking the updated syllabus into consideration and if you study the previous year’s question papers, and also if you work hard towards clearing this exam by putting in the right amount of effort, the GMAT exam can be a piece of cake for you. Good luck!

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