GMAT Syllabus, New Format & Pattern 2017-2018 (Part-I)

GMAC (1)Understanding the GMAT Syllabus for Official Guide 2017

The GMAT is a computer adaptive test that assesses an applicant’s potential by testing various parameters to determine their expertise in various areas by means of four sections in the new exam pattern:

•    Analytical Writing Assessment
•    Integrated Reasoning Section
•    Quantitative Section
•    Verbal Section

Official Guide 2017:  Practice what you’ve learned by working real GMAT problems. The first section is a diagnostic test, and the rest of the guide is divided into sections by question type.

Special Note about Integrated Reasoning Questions: The Official Guide includes access to a companion website with 50 Integrated Reasoning questions. You’ll need to register with the website Wiley at using the unique code found in the plastic pocket on the inside back cover of your Official Guide.

Section Problems start on page Answer Key is on page
Diagnostic Test  20  45
Problem Solving 150 185
Data Sufficiency 274 292
Reading Comprehension 368 425
Critical Reasoning 510 548
Sentence Correction 682 711
Integrated Reasoning Companion Website Companion Website


Candidates are given three and a half hours to complete these four sections. The total score out of 800 is only for the verbal and quantitative sections. The remaining two sections receive their independent scores.

Section 1: Analytical Writing Assessment

This section has a 30-minute essay which includes:

Analysis of an Argument

Here you’re expected to-

  • Examine and analyse the given argument
  • Figure out the reasoning behind an argument and write a critique of the same
  • Work out a methodical approach to present your answer
  • Consider various viewpoints
  • Support your answer with appropriate examples and explanation
  • Be sure of the right grammar usage while presenting your answer

The scores on this section are measured on a six point scale, calculating the average on the basis of the two independent ratings given on the essay.

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Section 2: Integrated Reasoning (IR)

GMAT-ScoresIntroduced in June 2012, this new section on the GMAT gives you thirty minutes to answer all the 12 questions. One of the AWA essays have been replaced on this section and the score is measured on a scale of 1 to 8. In the each question asked on the test, you are expected to provide multiple answers from the given options. This section has four different question types:

  • Table Analysis: In this, you are provided with loads of information in a table format. The question asked expects you to pick answers from yes/no, true/false with multiple statements to answer under each question.
  • Graphics Interpretation: In this type, you are given a graph or a graphical image. You’re expected to interpret the graph and complete the statements given by choosing one of the options from the pull-down menu.
  • Multi-Source Reasoning: Here you have to gather information by clicking on the various tabs (2-3) provided. The data available may be presented either as text or in the form of charts, tables. The answers may be in the yes/no, true/false format or as multiple choice options.
  • Two-Part Analysis: You have a question and multiple choices provided. The answers in a table form have the two components occupying the first two columns and the answer options in the third column. Of all the options provided, you have to choose only one option under each component to complete one answer.

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