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Topics Tested - Frequency

by sjaswa Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:46 pm

Hi Stacey,

Hope you are doing good.

Actually, I was reading the post (How to Review) http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... ew-part-2/, which mentions about the frequency of topics tested on the GMAT.

It would be great to get a sense on that.

Thanks,

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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by StaceyKoprince Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:27 am

Good question! I'll list the most frequently tested topics. Obviously, other topics are also tested.

Accurate as of 12 Oct 2021
(And this is accurate for all forms of the exam—testing center or online. There's no difference in content between the two.)

Quant:
Exponents, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities
Fractions, percents, ratios
General story / translation problems (that involve algebra, profits, etc.—basically translating a "normal" story and solving)
Statistics (mean, median)
Divisibility and prime, pos and neg, some odd and even
Triangles, polygons (but less frequent than the others)

It also seems that functions / formulas / sequences have kicked up a bit in frequency, though this may only be at higher difficulty levels.

Verbal:
SC: Sentence Structure (including subject-verb agreement), Meaning, Modifiers, Parallelism
CR: Find the Assumption, Strengthen, Weaken
RC: Specific Detail / Lookup, Inference, some Main Idea
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by sjaswa Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:32 am

Stacey,
Thanks for the response
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by StaceyKoprince Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:06 pm

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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by BernardK777 Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:01 am

Stacey, is the list you posted on October 24th, 2013 still current? If not, can you please post an updated list? Thank you!
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by StaceyKoprince Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:48 pm

I'd add ratios to fractions and percents.

Also, CR Evaluate questions.

Nothing to remove.

Thanks for checking!
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by ManishH404 Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:17 am

Thanks Stacey - this is really useful.

Building on this, is there an order of frequency in which these topics are tested? I did a search on the forum but couldn't find anything specific. If there is one, can you point me to the post?

Reason I ask is because I am not 100% confident in certain topics (permutations - combinations, sequences and progressions), so trying to quantify the risk of moving away from weaknesses and instead focusing on strengths.

TIA
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by StaceyKoprince Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:29 pm

There is no particular order, no, but the topics you listed are at the very low end of the range - ie, you might see 1 permutation / combination question and 1 sequence / progression problem (possibly 0). So definitely not worth a great deal of study time!
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by ManishH404 Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:12 am

Thanks for clarifying that for me, Stacey! :)
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by StaceyKoprince Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:04 am

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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by lindsay.e.rader Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:34 pm

Hello,

Has there been an update on the most frequently tested topics? I see it has been a while since the last post. Just want to double check to make sure the info was still accurate.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by StaceyKoprince Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:37 am

Thanks for asking! I've just edited my original post so that it includes what I said in some later posts, but nothing much has changed since then. You're good to go!
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by Black5879 Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:54 pm

Thanks Stacey for the very useful list. Are there any changes from 2016 onwards?
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by StaceyKoprince Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:35 pm

I just re-read the list - no updates at this point. I added a note that the last is still accurate as of today's date. Thanks for asking!
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Re: Topics Tested - Frequency

by LiC22 Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:35 am

Hello Stacey,

I appreciate your detailed answer.

Just wondering if the information can still be applied to the current situation as the post shows that it's available only before 16, Jan.

If not, Would you be so kind to tell us what may have changed during this period of time?

Thank you so much

Li