GMAT Focus Edition Syllabus PDF for 2024
In this article we have provided GMAT Focus Edition Syllabus PDF 2024. GMAT has unveiled its another variant on November 7th, 2023. We advise you to go through the article thoroughly to get a fair understanding of the new exam.
This exam has created a buzz across the student community after the latest update. There are partial changes in exam pattern, topics weightage and test taking approach.
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What is The Format of GMAT Focus Edition?
There are three main sections in GMAT Focus Edition. They are: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Data Insights. Also, note that there is an optional break of 10 minutes in between the sections.
Sections  Duration  Number of Questions 
Verbal Reasoning  45 minutes  23 
Quantitative Reasoning  45 minutes  21 
Data Insights  45 minutes  20 
Total  135 minutes (2 hrs 15 minutes)  64 questions 
Verbal Reasoning
Under this section, 23 questions are asked. They are of the multiplechoice types.
Quantitative Reasoning
21 multiplechoice questions are asked under this section. Questions from Geometry are not asked. Questions are asked from Arithmetic and Algebra alone.
 This section no longer contains Data Sufficiency Questions.
Data Insights
This is the newly introduced section with the latest Focus Edition update. 20 questions are asked under this section. Under 45 minutes, you should be able to solve the given 20 questions.
What is The Syllabus of GMAT Focus Edition 2024?
Sections  Types of Questions 
Quantitative Reasoning  Algebra, Arithmetic 
Verbal Reasoning  Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension 
Data Insights  Data Sufficiency, Table Analysis, Multisource Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, TwoPart Analysis 
Syllabus for Quantitative Reasoning
GMAT Focus Edition only asks questions from Arithmetic and Algebra alone. Questions from Geometry are excluded in the latest GMAT version. The Topics for Arithmetic are mentioned below.
Arithmetic 
1. Properties Of Integers 
2. Fractions 
3. Decimals 
4. Real Numbers 
5. Ratio and Proportions 
6. Percentages 
7. Powers and Roots of Numbers 
8. Descriptive Statistics 
9. Counting Methods 
10.Discrete Probability 
11. Sets 
12. Profit and Loss, Discount 
Chapters that are part of Algebra are mentioned below. All the below mentioned topics are important for the Focus Edition.
Algebra 
1. Simplifying of Algebraic Expressions 
2. Equations 
3. Solving Linear Equations With One Unknown 
4. Solving Two Linear Equations With Two Unknowns 
5. Solving Equations by Factoring 
6. Solving Quadratic Equations 
7. Exponents 
8. Inequalities 
9. Absolute Value 
10. Functions 
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Syllabus for Verbal Reasoning
The GMAT Focus Edition no longer includes the Sentence Correction section. Instead, the exam focuses solely on the following topics.
Critical Reasoning  A short paragraph, less than 100 words, is followed by questions about strengthening or weakening arguments, identifying flaws, and supporting or undermining statements. 
Reading Comprehension  A reading comprehension (RC) is provided, followed by questions on drawing inferences, understanding the logical relations between main points, identifying supporting ideas, and analysing the logical structure. 
Syllabus for Data Insights
This is a newly introduced section of Data Interpretation section of GMAT.
Multisource Reasoning  Analysis of data from various sources such as tables, text, graphics + Inference + Relevant Data Determination + Discrepancy Recognition 
Table Analysis  You should be able to sort, analyse and extract data from the table or spreadsheet. 
Graphics Interpretation  Extraction of information from Graphics such as Scatter Plot, X/Y Graph, Bar Chart, Pie Chart or Statistical Curve Distribution. 
Twopart Analyses  Combination of Quant or Verbal or Anyone Alone + Solving Simultaneous Equation + Finding Relationships 
What Does GMAT Focus Edition Test?
Verbal Reasoning
 This section assesses candidates’ comprehension skills.
It evaluates the ability to read, understand, evaluate, and derive meaning from passages.
 Critical reasoning skills are also tested, demanding the construction and analysis of arguments and leading to effective conclusions.
Critical Reasoning requires the candidate to construct and analyse arguments. From the argument, you should be able to conclude.
Candidates must choose statements that strengthen, weaken, or evaluate arguments based on a given paragraph.
Data Insights
This section tests the candidate’s problemsolving skills. Logical skills are required more than quantitative skills to ace this section.
 Tests logical, numerical, and reasoning skills.
This section requires candidates to interpret and apply data to real case scenarios. You will be presented with different sources of information and should be able to extract information.
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Quantitative Reasoning
This section requires basic arithmetic and algebraic skills. Foundational knowledge is needed.
 Logic and analytical skills are vital for quantitative problems.
What is the difference between the GMAT and GMAT Focus Edition?
The difference between GMAT and GMAT Focus Edition is given below. The major difference is in the duration and the number of questions for each section. Some sections like AWA are removed for the latest variant.
Exam Format  GMAT  GMAT Focus Edition 
Quantitative Reasoning  31 Questions – 62 minutes  21 Questions – 45 minutes 
Verbal Reasoning  36 Questions – 65 minutes  23 Questions – 45 minutes 
Integrated Reasoning  12 Questions – 30 minutes

20 Questions – 45 minutes
Changed into Data Insights 
Analytical Writing Assessment 
1 Question – 30 minutes

– No – 
Breaks  Two Breaks – 8 minutes each  One Break – 10 minutes 
FAQs
Is ISB Accepting GMAT Focus Editon?
Yes, ISB is accepting Focus Edition Scores for their admission in the 202425 batch. However, the admissions for ISB through the latest version become open from Round 2 only.
Is Harvard Accepting GMAT Focus Edition Score?
Yes, Harvard accepts Focus Edition Scores for Admission. But, only from April 2024 for 2+2 Admissions.
What is the GMAT Focus Edition?
The GMAT Focus Edition is a shorter, more efficient version of GMAT. There are also new changes in sections such as removal of AWA section. Another new section “Data Inisights” is introduced newly. The latest edition is 1 hr shorter than the original one.
Is GMAT Focus Harder Than GMAT?
No, it is almost the same. In the verbal section, sentence correction, and in the quant section, geometry portions are removed for Focus Edition. And this might add a slight advantage for the candidates struggling with the above mentioned portions.
What is the Lifetime Limit for GMAT Focus Edition?
GMAT Focus Edition can be taken by a candidate 5 times at a maximum in a year. Also, any candidate can take the GMAT for times, the lifetime limit set by the GMAT.
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