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Next Generation GMAT from June 5, 2012

Changes are coming to the GMAT exam. Schools and programs want to know how you'll perform in today's information-rich climate.

From June 5 2012, the GMAT exam will gain a new section designed to measure your ability to evaluate information from multiple sources. Incorporating advances in technology and measurement, the next generation GMAT will include a new 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section that will ask you to interpret data presented graphically, analyze different types of information, and evaluate outcomes.

These skills—according to a survey of 740 business school faculty members worldwide—are necessary to respond to the complex challenges presented in business school programs and in today’s information-rich business environment.

No Change in Duration of the exam
The GMAT Verbal, Quantitative and Total Scores will not change. Test takers will receive a separate score for the essay, as they do now, and for the new Integrated Reasoning section. The overall length of the GMAT exam (three and a half hours) will not change. When the Integrated Reasoning section is added, the Analytical Writing assessment will be streamlined to include only one 30-minute essay prompt instead of two.

New Exam Pattern:
  • Analytical Writing Assessment: One AWA Prompt instead of two - 30 minutes
  • Quantitative: 75 minutes
  • Verbal: 75 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning (new): 30 minutes
The new question types will test a candidate’s ability to assimilate information from different sources, interpret and convert data and evaluate outcomes.

New Questions
Table Analysis:
Test takers will be presented with a sortable table of information, similar to a spreadsheet, which has to be analyzed to find whether answer statements are accurate

Graphics Interpretation: Test takers will be asked to interpret a graph or graphical image, and select the option from a drop-down list to make response statements accurate.

Multi-Source Reasoning: The questions are accompanied by two to three sources of information presented on tabbed pages. Test takers click on the tabs and examine all the relevant information that may be a combination of text, charts, and tables to answer questions.

Two-Part Analysis: A question will involve two components for a solution.
Published date : 24 Nov 2011 06:11PM

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