GMAT Syllabus 2017: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) designs the GMAT 2017 syllabus which consists of a wide range of topics covered under four sections. The four sections of GMAT are: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The GMAT exam duration is three and half hours. The candidates are also given two breaks of 10 minutes each between the exams. Candidates are scored on a scale of 200–800 in GMAT 2017 exam. However, 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 2017 and Integrated reasoning is scaled on a range of 1–8. If you are appearing for the GMAT 2017, it is imperative for you to first know about the GMAT syllabus 2017 and exam pattern. Following are the details of GMAT 2017 Exam pattern.
GMAT 2017 Exam Pattern
GMAT Test Section  Number of Questions  Question Types  Timing 
Analytical Writing Assessment  1 Topic  Analysis of Argument  30 Minutes 
Integrated Reasoning  12 Questions  MultiSource Reasoning  30 Minutes 
Quantitative  37 Questions  Data Sufficiency  75 Minutes 
Verbal  41 Questions  Reading Comprehension  75 Minutes 
Total Exam Time 

 3hrs, 30 minutes 
The GMAT syllabus 2017 has the following four sections discussed in detail:
Analytical Writing Assessment: According to the GMAT 2017 syllabus, the Analytical Writing Assessment measures a candidate’s ability to think critically. During the assessment test, the candidate has to analyse the reason behind a given argument and write a critique. This section has no set topics.
Integrated Reasoning: The Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT syllabus 2017 measures the aspirants ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – the skills required to succeed in a technologically advanced, datadriven world. There are four types of Integrated Reasoning questions which measure how well the candidates integrate data to solve complex problems. These include:
Graphics Interpretation
This section of GMAT 2017 requires the candidate to interpret a graph and select correct answer option from a dropdown list.
TwoPart Analysis
Candidates have to select one answer from each column to solve a problem with a twopart solution. Possible answers will be presented on a table with a column for each part.
Table Analysis
In this question, examinees have to sort the table to organise the data to determine whether certain conditions are met. Each question will have statements with opposing answers (e.g. yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable); aspirants have to select one answer for each statement.
MultiSource Reasoning
These type of questions require the candidates to discern which data they need to answer the question.
Quantitative: The Quantitative section measures the aspirant’s ability to analyse data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. The mathematics needed to understand and solve the questions in this section of GMAT is similar to what is taught in secondary school classes. The Quantitative section contains two types of questions: Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency. The main topics of this section are as follows:
Arithmetic
Geometry
Elementary Algebra
As per the GMAT syllabus 2017, some of the subtopics include the following but are not limited to this list:
Sets
Statistics
Fraction
Decimals
Ratio & Proportion
Percentage
Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations
Functions
Coordinate Geometry
Polygons
Permutation & Combination
Numbers
Integers
Average
Angles
Verbal: The Verbal section measures the candidate’s ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments and to correct written material to comply with standard English. This section tests the candidate's comprehending skills, grammatical skills and reasoning skills. The question types are as follows:
Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
According to the GMAT syllabus 2017, the sub topics are:
Sentence Correction
Critical Reasoning
SynonymsAntonyms
Idioms
More than 2000 institutes across 100 countries use GMAT 2017 score as a selection criteria for more than 6000 programmes. The most sought after programmes are MBA, Master of Accountancy and Master of Finance. There is no specific eligibility criteria for GMAT 2017. However, the candidate has to comply with the eligibility criterion of the institute he/she applies to. There are no specific test dates for GMAT 2017. Candidates unsatisfied with their results may opt for a GMAT 2017 after 16 days from their last test. However, students cannot take GMAT more than 5 times in a 12month period.
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