GMAT Syllabus 2018
Updated on May 2, 2018 - 10:28 a.m. IST by Ranjini Basu

GMAT Syllabus 2018 – GMAC® (Graduate Management Admission Council) prepares the GMAT 2018 syllabus consisting of four broad sections, namely Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning(IR), Quantitative and Verbal. The revised duration of GMAT exam is three and 7 minutes (excluding the breaks/tutorials); three hours and thirty minutes including the two breaks. Candidates are allowed two breaks of 10 minutes each between the examination. The overall marks are scored on a scale of 200–800 but only Verbal and Quantitative GMAT scores impact the total score of 200–800. For the Analytical Writing section, test takers are scaled on a 0–6 range as per the GMAT score 2018 and Integrated Reasoning is scaled on a range between 1–8. If a GMAT aspirant is appearing for the computer-adaptive qualifying exam, it is imperative for him/her to be thorough about both the GMAT syllabus 2018 and exam pattern of GMAT 2018. In this article, Careers360 imparts information related to the syllabus of GMAT 2018 including the test pattern, section-wise syllabus etc.


Quick Glance: GMAT Pattern 2018

Following are the details of GMAT 2018 exam pattern-

GMAT Test Section

Number of Questions

Question Types


Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

One Topic

Analysis of Argument

30 Minutes

Integrated Reasoning (IR)

12 Questions

Multi-Source Reasoning

Graphics Interpretation

Two-Two Part Analysis

Table Analysis

30 Minutes


31 Questions

Data Sufficiency

Problem Solving

62 Minutes


36 Questions

Reading Comprehension

Critical Reasoning

Sentence Correction

65 Minutes

Total Exam Time (excluding breaks or tutorials)



Three hours, seven minutes (3 hrs, 7 mins)

GMAT Syllabus 2018: Order of Sections

Officially, three options are available for the section order of GMAT 2018:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)

  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT 2018 Syllabus: Discussion on all the four sections of GMAT

GMAT Syllabus 2018 for Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) – As per the GMAT 2018 syllabus, the Analytical Writing Assessment evaluates a candidate’s ability to think logically, yet critically. During the test, candidates have to analyse the reason behind a given argument and then write a critique using relevant examples. This section does not involve any set topics however, test takers are asked to write on one topic only.


GMAT Syllabus 2018 for Integrated Reasoning (IR) – The Integrated Reasoning section pertaining to GMAT syllabus 2018 evaluates the aspirants’ ability to comprehend and evaluate data provided in multiple formats from several sources. There are 12 questions framed from the four categories of Integrated Reasoning section and it measures how well the GMAT aspirants consolidate information to solve complex problems. These categories include:

  • Graphics Interpretation

This section of GMAT 2018 requires the candidate to interpret a graphic representation and select correct answer option from a drop-down list.

  • Two-Part Analysis

Candidates have to select a single answer from each column to solve a problem with a two-part solution. Possible answers will be presented on a table with a column for each part.

  • Table Analysis

In this part, test takers need to sort the table to organise the data to determine whether certain conditions are met. Each question will have statements with opposing response options (e.g. yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable); aspirants have to select one answer for each statement.

  • Multi-Source Reasoning

These type of questions require the examinees to discern which data they need to answer the question.


GMAT Syllabus 2018 for Quantitative Section – The Quantitative section assesses the aspirants’ ability to analyse data and draw conclusions using their reasoning skills. The mathematics required to comprehend and solve the questions in this section of GMAT is similar to what is taught in secondary school classes/grades. The Quantitative section contains two different types of questions, namely Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. The main topics covered in this section are-

  • Arithmetic

  • Geometry

  • Elementary Algebra

According to the syllabus of GMAT 2018, some of the sub-topics include the following but are not limited to this list:



Ratio & Proportion

Linear Equations








Quadratic Equations

Coordinate Geometry

Permutation & Combination



GMAT Syllabus 2018 for Verbal Section– The Verbal section evaluates the candidates’ ability to read and comprehend written material, evaluate arguments and to rectify written material to comply with standard English. This section assesses the candidates’ understanding skills, grammatical skills and reasoning skills. The question types related to the Verbal section are as stated below-

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Sentence Correction

As per the GMAT syllabus 2018, the subtopics of this section are-

  • Sentence Correction

  • Parallelism

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Rhetorical construction of Sentences

  • Synonyms-Antonyms

  • Idioms

  • Subject-Verb Agreement

  • Reading unseen Passages

GMAT 2018 score acts as a selection criterion for more than 7000 academic programmes. More than 2,300 institutes across 114 countries utilise the score to select students for MBA, Master of Accountancy and Master of Finance. GMAC does not specify any GMAT test dates 2018. Aspiring candidates are allowed to appear for GMAT exam five times in a 12-month period. Test takers who have previously scored a perfect score of 800 need to wait for five years before they a take a retest.


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