The GMAT Business School Admissions Test Gets a Makeover

Students who want to attend business school will be facing an even more challenging GMAT starting next month. The Graduate Management Admissions Test is getting a makeover, which includes the addition of a new section that will evaluate students’ integrated reasoning.

The GMAT was first used in February 1954 at nine business schools in the USA, including Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Pennsylvania. It has undergone several revisions since then, including the additions of a quantitative reasoning section and a reading comprehension section. This newest addition to the exam will test how well students can predict future outcomes based on given data.

“We did a survey of more than 740 faculty from schools all over the world,” Ashok Sarathy, the vice president of Graduate Management Admission Council, told The New York Times. “As a result, we developed a set of questions aimed at testing the ability to synthesize information from multiple sources in order to solve complex problems. They also wanted candidates to be able to indicate what information was relevant, and not relevant, and toe able to evaluate which among a set of possible outcomes were the most likely.”

The GMAT is one of the most widely used standardized tests used for admission to post-graduate programs. Currently, there are more than 5,000 programs that accept GMAT results as an indicator of students’ readiness to attend these programs. The GMAT is different from other post-graduate admissions tests, like the GRE, because it is a computer-adaptive test. This means that – depending on how a student does on the test – the questions become easier or harder as the student progresses. It also does not allow students to skip questions, which the SAT, ACT, and GRE all allow.

Sound like an intimidating test? Maybe, but not to be worried about unless you are applying for admission to a business school, or want to study accounting, business, finance, or management at the graduate level. However, if you do want to pursue a career in these fields, you better start studying for the new and improved GMAT!

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3 Responses to “The GMAT Business School Admissions Test Gets a Makeover”

  1. GMAT Prep says:

    Thanks foor the insightful article. You are absolutely right that people should prepare for the new GMAT. The exam as a whole is extremely difficult and usually takes about 3 months to prepare for the exam.

  2. jon says:

    The Graduate Management Admission Test is a Standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. It is intended to help the graduate schools of business assess the potential of applicants for advanced study in business and management.

    Nearly 900 management institutes all over the world (almost all of them in the US) require GMAT scores from each applicant. The GMAT tests the fundamental skills – Reasoning and Comprehension included – and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study.

    The test is designed in such a way that it would be unlike any other test you would have taken at school or college. First, the test has no question paper or answer sheets, nor does it have the same set of questions for all the examinees. Further, it does not give you the option of not answering a question (unless, of course, you run out of time at the end). All this because the GMAT is now an entirely Computer based test – the keyboard and mouse do the work of a pen or pencil. The test is scored out of 800 (in multiples of 10), and most scores fall in the range of 500-600. However, a score of even 800 is not unheard of!


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