Exam Pattern, Syllabus of GMAT 2017 | Way2college.com


  • The paper consists of four sections which are writing, reasoning, verbal and quantitative.
  • The total time for the paper is three and half hours.
  • The first two sections are of 30 minutes each while the latter two are of 75 minutes each.
  • One need to attempt every question of respective section within the time limit.


  • Analytical section

  1. It generally is an essay writing with a motive to measure critical thinking and expressing views.
  2. The scoring is on the scale of 0-6 with difference of half point.
  3. There are two scores and an average of this two is taken.
  4. One of the score is given by the reader while other is provided by a self-generating machine.
  5. If the difference between them is more than a point, the essay is reviewed by an expert.


  • Integrated Reasoning:

  1. This section has 12 question which needs to be completed in 30 minutes.
  2. The section checks ability to evaluate the data to solve a complicated problem.
  3. It has four sub-sections, viz. tabular, graphical, multi-score analysis and two-part analysis.
  4. Table analysis has loads of information in a table and the question is to be answered regarding the table.
  5. Graphical interpretation deals with interpreting the given graph and completing the given questions.
  6. Multi-score analysis has various tabs and each tab is to be analysed and questions are to be answered based on analysis.
  7. Each question is independent and may have two or more related questions.
  8. The marking is on the scale of 1-8 with gap of 1 marks.
  • Quantitative Section:

  1. This section has 37 questions to be attempted within 75 minutes.
  2. The quantitative section deals with analysing data and drawing conclusion testing mathematical skills.
  3. It has two sub-sections, viz. Data sufficiency and problem solving.
  4. Data sufficiency consists of 15 questions where one need to check what data is sufficient to find the answer rather than calculating the answer.
  5. Problem solving consists of 22 question which has sets of numerical which are to be solved using mathematical concepts.
  • Verbal Reasoning:

  1. This section has 75 questions to be attempted within 75 minutes
  2. This section measures ability to read and understand written material, evaluate arguments and correct written data in standard English.
  3. It has three sub-sections, viz. reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction.
  4. In comprehension, a passage is given which is to be read and related questions are to be answered.
  5. In critical reasoning, there are 14 questions which are to be read, analysed and decide the best possible answer for the question.
  6. The last section needs knowledge about rules of English grammar. The sentences are to be checked for correct English, rules followed and original meaning is not tampered.

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