The Next Generation GMAT – coming in 2012

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.