The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an international level test exam required for an MBA. It is intended to assess analytical, quantitative writing, reading, and verbal skills.   The exam is computer adaptive meaning it is a tailored test that is designed to adjust the level of difficulty of the test-taker depending on the responses provided. So if you answer correctly, a more difficult question will be presented to you. But if your answer is incorrect, then the follow-up question will be easier. Taking a GMAT is important as it means if you score high scores then you’ll have access to the top business schools, better MBA opportunities that might end up to you having higher salaries and better careers.

Exam Pattern

Section 1 – Analytical writing assessment

Your writing skills are tested through this section. The writing assessment will measure your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas.

Number of questions Number of minutes Score range
One writing task for an analysis of an argument 30 Mins 0 to 6


Section 2 – Integrated Reasoning

The section measures the candidate’s ability to evaluate information and analyze data presented in various formats.

Questions Number of minutes to complete the IR Score range
Multi-source reasoning questions  


30 Mins



1 to 8

Graphics Interpretation
Two-part analysis questions
Table Analysis Questions
TOTAL 12 questions


Section 3 – Quantitative abilities

The section is to test your analytical knowledge of basic concepts of Math. That includes Geometry, Algebra, number properties, and arithmetic. The quantitative section consists of two sections:

  • Data sufficiency – The idea here is to determine whether the statements provided, provides sufficient data for the correct answer to the question.
  • Problem Solving – your critical thinking skills are tested by algebra and geometry. A question consists of five multiple choices.
Number of questions Duration to complete Quant Score range
15 data sufficiency questions  

62 Minutes


0 to 60

16 – 19 Problem Solving Questions
Total Questions is 31


Section 4 – Verbal

The section is meant to test your command to written English and your ability to read correctly and critically. It is divided into three parts:

  • Critical reasoning – these questions test the skills involved in evaluating arguments and forming a plan for them. A set of questions are provided to the candidate and they get to critically analyze it. As a candidate, you’ll be presented with a series of statements or a short argument and a question relating to them.
  • Sentence Correction – Long questions with multiple choices are provided. You are required to choose one or more answers. The sentence might be containing no errors, one, two or more errors.
  • Reading comprehension – It tests your critical reading ability. You’ll be presented with a passage relating to business, biological science, physical science or social science, and then asked 3-4 questions on the topic. So, you are required to understand the comprehension and deduce the attitude of the topic.
Questions Minutes to complete Score Range
Reading comprehension  


65 minutes



0 – 60

Critical Reasoning questions
Sentence Correction Questions
Total is 36 questions



Age limit

  • There is no age limit for taking a GMAT.
  • A candidate between the age 13 and 17 years must get an authorization from a parent or a legal guardian in order to take GMAT.
  • Candidates from any country can take the GMAT.
  • A requirement of identity proof is required. A valid passport is accepted as proof of identity.

Educational Qualifications

No educational qualification is required for taking the GMAT test. But if you want are willing to enroll for an MBA programme, then you should have a graduate degree from a recognized university.

Course Syllabus

  • Quantitative Syllabus

    The following are topics to expect in the quantitative section:

    • Math formulas list
    • Order of operations
    • Percentage
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Profit and loss
    • Speed, distance and time
    • Simple and compound interest
    • Integers
    • Linear equations
    • Quadratic equations
    • Probability
    • Shapes
    • Volume of surface area
    • Statistics
    • Sets theory
    • Lines and angles
    • Number properties
    • Powers and roots
    • Co-ordinate geometry
    • Work/time
  • Grammar Syllabus
    • Verb Tense
    • Pronoun agreement
    • Subject-verb agreement
    • Modifiers
    • Parallelism
    • Idioms and Idiomatic expressions
    • Nouns, adjectives, and pronouns