We'll admit it; we're more than just a little obsessed with all things about the GMAT, which is why we make it our business to know everything about the Graduate Management Admissions Test and preparing for it. Once in a while, though, it's nice to put business aside and take a look back at where it all began and how the GMAT first got its start. Who were the minds behind the making of this feared test, and what did they set out to accomplish? How has the GMAT changed over the years and why? It's a fascinating ride that might help you understand what this whole GMAT craze is really all about.
Those of you who have already attempted the GMAT know that upon completion of the test you are given the chance to cancel your scores. Your decision, however, has to be a blind one; you need to make up your mind whether to report your results without knowing what they actually are. No matter how tempting it might be to press the "cancel" button after a rough test, your best bet will always be to submit your scores.
If you are planning to take the GMAT Exam soon, you probably already know that significant changes are awaiting test-takers starting in June 2012. Namely, one of the two Analytical Writing Assessment tasks will be removed, and the spare 30 minutes will be allotted for Integrated Reasoning, a completely new GMAT section. GMAT creators believe that the new section will better detect whether prospective MBA students possess the skills essential to future success in managerial roles, especially the ability to work with data presented in tables, graphs, spreadsheets, and similar forms. They call the renewed version of the test Next Generation GMAT.
Beginning in June 2012, the GMAT will have a new format. Currently the GMAT test includes two 30-minute Analytical Writing Assessments. The new format will substitute a 12-question Integrated Reasoning section for one of the two writing assessments.
The overall length and difficulty of the test are not expected to change. However, test scores often drop following a significant change in format. Here’s what you need to know to do your best on the GMAT.
The computer version of the GMAT is in the CAT (computer adaptive test) format. GMAT CAT format means that the difficulty of the next question depends on whether you have correctly answered the previous one. Each section of the GMAT exam starts with a medium question and, depending on whether you answer it correctly or not, you will get a harder or an easier question. This repeats after the second and the third question and so on until the end of the section.