All you business school hopefuls have heard by now that the GMAT has changed. Since we were updating our oh-so-useful GMAT Strategy Notes for our students, we decided to update our blog readers (and future students) as well. Here's all you need to know:
What has changed on the GMAT?
The makers of the GMAT have dropped one of the essays (sadly, the easier one) and added an Integrated Reasoning section.
What hasn't changed on the GMAT?
Every other section is still the same. NONE of the quantitative or verbal section has changed. There are no new questions types or revisions to these sections. The Analysis of an Argument essay has not changed either.
So what's the new test format?
What types of questions will I see?
There are four types of Integrated Reasoning questions:
You can practice with these question types on the GMAC Next Generation GMAT website.
Will I be able to use a calculator for the Integrated Reasoning section?
Yes, there is a basic calculator available ONLY for the IR section (You can't use a calculator on the rest of the test). Click the 'Calculator' button on the left top corner and it will pop up as shown below:
Why was the GMAT changed?
The makers of the GMAT felt the new section would be more relent to business school skills and provide useful information to business school. However, since the GMAT has almost nothing to do with business school other than the application process, we'll assume they felt it was time for a test format change.
Are there any practice sections available?
You can practice the new Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAC Next Generation GMAT website. Don't worry about buying a new Official Guide just to practice this section because nothing else about the test has changed.
Check out this video on the new Integrated Reasoning section.
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