Quantitative Ability Syllabus
GAT's Quantitative Ability section comprises of two parts:
- Problem Solving
- Quantitative Comparison
Problem Solving Pattern
GAT problem solving questions are designed more to test your understanding of underlying mathematical concepts than to test your ability to actually carry out quantitative procedures accurately.
Fortunately for many test takers, advanced quantitative topics, such as trigonometry and calculus, are not tested on the GMAT. To score well, you only need to be familiar with basic arithmetic, geometry, and algebra, as taught at the high school level.
Quantitative Comparison Questions don't ask you to solve for a particular value. Instead they ask you to compare two quantities and determine which, if either, is larger. Because of their unusual format, QCs can seem daunting at first, but once you become familiar with this question type, you'll actually find them easier and faster to do than regular Problem Solving questions. Each QC will show you two quantities or mathematical expressions—one in Column A and one in Column B. Sometimes additional information will be provided about one or both quantities. This information will be centered between the two columns, and is essential to answering the question.
Verbal Abilities Pattern
GAT's Quantitative Ability section comprises of four parts:
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Completion
Reading comprehension questions are meant to test your understanding of the implications, meanings, and structures presented in the passages.
Sentence completion questions measure your ability to use a variety of cues provided by syntax and grammar to recognize the overall meaning of a sentence. In deciding which of five words or sets of words can best be substituted for blank spaces in an incomplete sentence, you must analyze the relationships among the component parts of the sentence. Consider each answer choice carefully and decide which completes the sentence in a way that gives the sentence a logically satisfying meaning and allows it to be read as a stylistically integrated whole.
Analogy questions test your ability to find the relationship between the words in a word pair and to recognize when two word pairs cast parallel relationships.
Antonym questions test knowledge of vocabulary more directly than do any of the other verbal question types, measuring the strength of your vocabulary and your ability to reason from a given concept to its opposite.
This section of the GAT includes two parts:
- Analytical Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
Analytical Reasoning of section of the test measures your ability to analyze and to draw result from a complex situation.
Logical Reasoning of section of the test measures your ability to analyze and to draw result from a complex situation.