Understanding the GMAT Syllabus for Official Guide 2017
The third section on the GMAT is the Quantitative section comprising of the 37 questions where you have only 75 minutes to complete this section. These questions test your math skills and are usually based on arithmetic, algebra and geometry.
Data sufficiency questions
This section is intended to test your ability to assess the given data systematically. The questions asked on the test are usually followed by two statements and five answer choices. As these answer choices always remain the same, therefore it is good to memorise them all including their order. To answer such questions you need to use your logical and analytical skills combined with quantitative knowledge to check what data is required to find the answer. Here it’s more about checking the data sufficiency as the name suggests rather than finding the answer.
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Problem solving questions
This part tests your quantitative skills and your ability to solve a problem using the various mathematical concepts. Usually, greater in number these questions appears randomly throughout the section.
The GMAT Verbal Section is the last section on the GMAT having 41 multiple choice questions which you need to answer in 75 minutes. Such questions fall under the Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction categories.
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A. Reading Comprehension
In the reading comprehension you need to answer the multiple choice questions based on the given passage which is approximately of 350 words. To answer such questions right, you really don’t need to have an in-depth knowledge of the topic; however, you should be able to:
- Understand the underlying concept of the passage
- Grasp the key idea and the relationship between the various entities involved
B. Critical Reasoning
The GMAT Verbal Section has around 14 critical reasoning questions where the passage is in the form of an argument having five answer choices. To ace the verbal section on the GMAT you need to do the following:
- Sort out the useful information from the irrelevant matter
- Identify the key points that influence, strengthen or weaken the given argument
- You need to carefully go through the argument to logically analyse it, read through the options carefully to be able to decide which option would be the best possible answer.
C. Sentence Correction
In the Sentence Correction section you are given a sentence having an underlined portion with five answer choices. In order to give right answers you need to follow:
- If the sentence sounds correct as it is, option 1 is the answer
- You have to be familiar with the rules of English grammar and choose the answer which seems the best in compliance with standard written English.
- Once done, read it over again to check if the sentence construction looks correct and if the original meaning of the statement has been retained.
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