Sneak Peek at Next-Gen GMAT Questions

Planning on taking the GMAT between November 19-24? Then this information is especially key for you. MBA hopefuls taking the exam during that period will answer 12-15 extra questions presented in new formats in an additional 30-minute research section, but unlike the regular exam, the 30-minute section will not be scored, and results will not be shared with schools.

Ten new question formats─asking test takers to use different types of data or information from different sources to solve problems─are being studied this month for possible inclusion in the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT exam, according to the November issue of Graduate Management News.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) says this new 30-minute section, a centerpiece of the Next Generation GMAT, will launch in June 2012.

“Our survey of 740 faculty members around the world informed us that the management education program today requires students to assimilate different types of information, to interpret different types of graphically presented information, and to evaluate tradeoffs,” says Ashok Sarathy, GMAC vice president, GMAT Program.

“We are researching new question formats, that take advantage of the innovations in technology and measurement, to measure these skills.”

New question format examples have been made available to participants, as well as a video summarizing how the new question formats will be displayed and answered:


In addition to new question formats,  GMAC says the use of an online calculator with simple functions is being tested for consideration for use in the Integrated Reasoning section only. It will not be used in the Quantitative section, which will not change.

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