GMAT Quant Syllabus


The GMAT is a three and a half hour test carrying a maximum score of 800 points. The Quant section tests your data analysis and quantitative reasoning skills. The GMAT exam is a computer adaptive test and not a computer based test, which means that the candidate will get one question at a time and depending on the accuracy of the previous answer, the difficulty level of the next question will be ascertained. It tests a candidate's understanding of elementary concepts in mathematics learnt at school and the ability to reason quantitatively. Advanced topics such as trigonometry and calculus are not tested on the GMAT. Candidates often worry about the extent of Math they need to know. Don’t worry! The Math you need is what you learned in high school!

In this section, candidates are provided with 37 quant questions which is needed to be solved in 75 minutes. The score is ranged from 0 to 60, while the total score is marked on a scale from 200-800. Question types are based on:

·         Problem solving (PS):  Questions given, for which you need to calculate the answer. Basically, problem solving questions are standard (5-choice) multiple choice questions.
·         Data Sufficiency (DS): Data sufficiency questions consist of a question followed by two statements. You need to interpret whether the given data is enough to solve a particular question. These questions require much less calculation than standard problem solving.

Concepts in GMAT

Arithmetic
You must be strong in your Arithmetic fundamentals. The topics include:
·         Number Systems and Number Theory
·         Multiples and factors
·         Fractions
·         Decimals
·         Percentages
·         Averages
·         Powers and roots
·         Profit and Loss
·         Simple and Compound Interest
·         Speed, Time, and Distance
·         Pipes, Cisterns, and Work Time
·         Ratio and Proportion
·         Mixtures
·         Statistics
·         Sets

Probability
Definition of Probability, Basic Examples like Flipping a coin, Tossing a die, Drawing a card from a deck, Drawing marbles from a bowl, Drawing marbles from a bowl (second drawing). Probability Rules – Disjoint or Mutually Exclusive Events

Algebra
Brush up on your high school Algebra concepts. The topics include:
·         Permutation and Combination
·         Monomials and polynomials
·         Algebraic expressions and equations
·         Functions
·         Exponents
·         Arithmetic and Geometric Progression
·         Quadratic Equations
·         Inequalities and Basic statistics

Geometry
The Geometry concepts covered in the GMAT include:
·         Lines and angles- Parallel and Intersecting Lines, Types of angles and rules for lines and angles.
·         Triangles- Properties and Types of Triangles, Special Right Triangles– Pythagorean Theorem and Pythagorean Triplets.
·         Quadrilaterals- Square, Rectangle, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Trapezium, Isosceles Trapezium, Kite.
·         Circles- Circumference, Area, Tangent, Chord and arc of a circle.
·         Rectangular solids and Cylinders
·         Polygons – Angle Rules, Regular Polygons and Types of Polygons: Regular, Irregular, Concave, Convex, Quadrilateral, Pentagon Polygon.
·         Coordinate geometry- Cartesian coordinate system, Ordered Pair, x-intercept, y-intercept, Slope, Quadrants and Distance Formula.

Word Problems
·         Time, Speed and Distance Problems
·         Work Problems
·         Mixture Problems
·         Interest Problems
·         Discount
·         Profit
·         Sets and Venn Diagrams
·         Geometry Problems
·         Measurement Problems
·         Data Interpretation

NOTE
To score well in Quant section, you only need to be familiar with school-level arithmetic, geometry, probability, algebra and word problems.

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