New GMAT Feature Offers Test-Taking Personalization
There will be significant changes for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), from July 11, 2017.
Until now the GMAT had a set order:
1] Analytical Writing Assessment
2] Integrated Reasoning
3] Quantitative, and
4] Verbal section.
The amendment made by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) offers considerably greater flexibility, giving test-takers some choice in the order in which they complete these tasks.
The new GMAT feature, officially titled the Select Section Order, was implemented based on research from GMAC.
Along with the aforementioned traditional GMAT order, those taking the exam have the option to complete it in the following additional orders:
• Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
• Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
GMAC also laid out what the test could look like on its website, with the included optional eight minute breaks:
GMAC will also refresh its test materials and website, which also includes a major change to profile pages that not only reduces the amount of time it takes to complete the exam, but gives test-takers a chance to know their scores immediately after completion.
The modifications to the exam may be a direct result of increased competition from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In recent years, more and more business schools have begun accepting GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT, with 92 percent of MBA programs now accepting GRE.
Practice examinations available from GMAC will not be available until the end of July. However, those who do purchase a full-length exam from mba.com in the meantime “will be eligible for a complimentary upgrade of GMAT Prep or Exam Pack,” according to GMAC.
For more information please see GMAC.