The Next Generation GMAT – coming soon!

I just returned from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference where I had the chance to network with my peers from other business schools and learn about new products and services from GMAC, the creators and owners of the GMAT exam.  As you may know, a new version of the GMAT will debut in June 2012.  Here is what you need to know:

  • The new version of the GMAT will include an integrated reasoning section
  • This section will be 30 minutes in length and will be taken either right before or right after the analytical writing segment
  • The analytical writing segment will be 30 minutes in length and only include one essay – analysis of an argument
  • The integrated reasoning section will initially have its own score – the score will NOT be factored into the total score that is comprised of the verbal and quantitative sections
  • The integrated reasoning section will include 12-15 questions and will not be computer adaptive like the rest of the test
  • Question types will include multi-source reasoning, table analysis, two-part analysis, and graphics interpretation

If you are taking the test before next June, you don’t need to worry about any of this.  For those of you that are planning way ahead – keep this in mind as you prepare!  Study guides for the Next Generation GMAT will be available in April 2012.

4 Responses to “The Next Generation GMAT – coming soon!”

  1. 1 Alisha July 9, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I have to appear for the GMAT this year. The Integrated Reasoning sounds interesting to me. Do we have any books coming up for the new pattern? Is this just an addition in the new pattern? or is it going to have an effect on the old pattern as well?

  2. 2 Alison July 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Alisha! GMAC has indicated that the new study guides will be available in April 2012 with the integrated reasoning prep questions. Until then, you can use any existing guides as the rest of the test content will remain the same.

  3. 3 Krishna July 22, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Is it possible that schools explicitly ask for this new format scores once the exam is introduced? In admissions, do the test takers of old format have same preference as the takers of new format? If the schools insist on having Integrated Reasoning scores, then all the test takes of old format have difficulty in getting the admission. Is it the case?

    Thanks and Regards,

  4. 4 Alison August 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Krishna,
    I will do my best to answer your question. The test format will essentially remain the same, except that you will only have to write one analytical writing response and that you will have this additional section. There will not be a choice for schools, as we will receive only the new format once it has been officially rolled out. When the new section is introduced, the Integrated Reasoning section will have its own score, separate from the verbal/quant score (800 scale) and separate from the AWA score (6 point scale). If someone applies with a version of the GMAT that does not include the Integrated Reasoning section, that applicant would not be at a disadvantage relative to others. It will take schools a bit of time to understand how to most effectively use the new section to predict an applicant’s ability to be successful in the MBA program as it is.
    Hope this helps!

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