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any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2011, 03:10
i just heard from a friend that the new kaplan book she bought says change in GMAT pattern?
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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2011, 21:42
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Hi,

Your friend is right. GMAT exam pattern is going to change. GMAT 2012 has been scheduled to launch in June 2012. The registrations for GMAT will be open from December 2011.

The new pattern will consist of four sections comprising Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. Apart from these, Analytical Writing Assessment will now comprise only one essay i.e., Analysis of Argument instead of two.

Although, total time for the exam has remained unchanged but division of time among the sections have some alterations. The former two sections will be of 30 minutes each whereas verbal and quantitative will be of 75 min each.

The Integrated reasoning will add new dimension of judging management skills. This new section will consist of 12 questions comprising of graphs and tables. Thus, to get the results one will have to assimilate, integrate, interpret, recognize and evaluate the problem. The test takers will be given 2 or 3 sources of information to evaluate the results.

Further, the scores of the integrated reasoning section will be separately given and will not be counted in total scores. Apart from this, criteria of other sections have remained unchanged. However the changed pattern has certainly assured the high standards of screening managerial skills of the test takers.

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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 01:02
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It is a relatively minor change.
It is still not very clear how this score will compare; what the percentile is, and how it will stick. However, if you do well on other sections of the GMAT, you should do well here too.
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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 03:01
oh! so what about the availability of new sources of preparatioon, new list of books.
the older ones wont do?
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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 08:37
Does this mean that past practice tests won't be a good predictor of what my score will likely be on this newly formatted test?

Would it be possible to take the GMAT before the format change/will schools still accept the score?
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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 08:56
As far as I have read - Quant and Verbal will stay exactly the same and as those two components form the final GMAT score it will remain the same. The same goes for all preparation books, which will still be useful for the Quant and Verbal preparation. Nevertheless, all main publishing companies have announced new book editions to come out, most of them in April/Mai 2012, as you can see from Ama*on.

The old GMAT will be available until June 2012 and will still be accepted by business schools until its expiring date, I suppose. If it will be weighted equally as the older one by BS's is another questions, whose answer would be very interesting;)

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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 09:01
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As far as I have read - Quant and Verbal will stay exactly the same and as those two components form the final GMAT score it will remain the same. The same goes for all preparation books, which will still be useful for the Quant and Verbal preparation. Nevertheless, all main publishing companies have announced new book editions to come out, most of them in April/Mai 2012, as you can see from Ama*on.

The old GMAT will be available until June 2012 and will still be accepted by business schools until its expiring date, I suppose. If it will be weighted equally as the older one by BS's is another questions, whose answer would be very interesting;)

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That's very helpful. Thank you.

So I'm currently debating whether or not to apply for B-school this cycle (I'll be starting law school May 2012 and have been considering the possibility of a JD/MBA). Would you suggest that I wait until after the change and apply next cycle (the school I'm considering allows us to apply during the first year of law school) or would it make more sense to crank out the GMAT now and try to get in before round 2/round 3 deadline. Is there a huge disadvantage to applying at the round 3 deadline other than scholarship awards?
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You should take it when you can get the best score. I would not be too concerned about the new section - your quant and verbal score are what will be scrutinized the most.
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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 16:20
Quick question. If the changes come to affect starting June 2012, if I take my GMAT(say in May), the format will be same as the old one, right!?!?
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Re: any change in GMAT ? [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 16:23
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Quick question. If the changes come to affect starting June 2012, if I take my GMAT(say in May), the format will be same as the old one, right!?!?


Yes.
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