“10th Generation GMAT” on the Horizon

The “10th Generation GMAT” exam is coming together with some heavy lifting from business faculty from around the world, says the latest issue of Graduate Management News.

Approximately 750 faculty respondents participated in a survey reviewing and rating specific academic skills that 21st century students will need to succeed in business studies; their answers will help to guide the next major redesign of the GMAT exam, expected to be operational by 2013.


“I have been impressed by the efforts of GMAC to listen to the opinions of business school faculty members when it comes to what skills are most important and useful to test on the GMAT,” Peter Klibanoff, associate professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at the Kellogg School of Management, says in the piece.

Continuously revised and updated since its first administration in 1954, the 10th Generation GMAT aims to build on the exam’s existing strengths while taking advantage of advances in technology and graduate business education.

The 10th version will introduce new ways of presenting questions and responding, with more emphasis on having test takers generate solutions rather than simply recognize answers. New question types are being considered in preparation for pilot testing and operational readiness.

“The survey response from faculty at graduate management programs around the world has been overwhelming,” says Ashok Sarathy, GMAC vice president, GMAT Program. “This survey helps us refine the measurement of skills on the GMAT and continue to make the exam entirely relevant for business school admissions.”

(graphic courtesy of GMAC)

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