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GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2012, 21:18
I'm thinking the GMAT is a good option for my career choices down the road - whatever they may be. I hear the exam is changing in June - should I take it before or after? I've never taken the GMAT but I want to do well - 700+.
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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2012, 21:27
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That depends on a number of things - the key thing to know is that the IR score is separate and your 800 score on GMAT is still unaffected. It's going to be quant and verbal - same as it is now. THe only difference is that there is a 30 minute integrated reasoning section - which replaces the old 30 minute analysis of an issue essay.

You'll do 30 min analysis of argument essay, followed by 30 minute integrated reasoning, followed by the verbal and quant ~3 hrs.

As for exams after June 5 --
Do you have the time capacity to study for an extra integrated reasoning section? Between now and June 5 is a little more than a month, just enough time to take the older version of the GMAT before it changes. If you feel this is enough time for you to score well on the GMAT, then just take it now.

If on the other hand you feel there is a lot of competition out there (which there is especially with the increasing number of students scoring 700+), you can get a good score on the IR section as an additional datapoint to help you out in admissions - assuming you think you can outsmart all the new guinea pigs taking the new test.

Try some of the IR questions - see if they are "easy" for you
http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-prep-about ... reasoning/

You can also try some from the GMATPrep software and see if it is a breeze for you. I caution though that there are 4 various types of questions - so at least in that regard, it's additional preparation on your part to get to know how the question is structured and how to respond. There is no partial credit on the IR section.
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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 06:49
You want to take the exam when you're at your strongest in terms of what you score. There are ways you can measure you ability to score well like the prep CAT exams. If you're not maximizing the ability to do well, it doesn't make a difference whether you take it before or after. I have read that with the new IR section, you can expect to add roughly 20 hours to your prep time (please correct me if this is incorrect and hearsay). If you're able to add that 20 hours and be more prepared, I say wait and give yourself a chance to score well.
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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 08:08
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I'm thinking the GMAT is a good option for my career choices down the road - whatever they may be. I hear the exam is changing in June - should I take it before or after? I've never taken the GMAT but I want to do well - 700+.


Two things:

1. Will you be well prepared in a month's time? If yes, take it. If no, wait. I am assuming you haven't given much thought to the exam yet. Take a GMAT prep test. If you score 700+ in that, chances are that a month is enough. If you get less than 600, you will probably need to put in more than a month.

2. The exam is changing - but is the change good for you or bad? Don't assume it is bad for you. Would you prefer to work on 'Analysis of an Issue' or 'Integrated Reasoning'? It's for you to find out. You might find you like the IR section better. If you do, that could be another reason to wait.
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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 10:27
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I'm thinking the GMAT is a good option for my career choices down the road - whatever they may be. I hear the exam is changing in June - should I take it before or after? I've never taken the GMAT but I want to do well - 700+.


You've gotten some good advice on this page already, but I'll add my 2 cents as well. :)

As it happens, I've already written a blog addressing this very question:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/should-i-t ... t-changes/

I hope you find that helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 19:27
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mikeynyc wrote:
I'm thinking the GMAT is a good option for my career choices down the road - whatever they may be. I hear the exam is changing in June - should I take it before or after? I've never taken the GMAT but I want to do well - 700+.


Also, to know more about the Integrated Reasoning Section, you can register for the free integrated reasoning seminar Brian is conducting on

Thursday, April 26, 6pm Pacific
Saturday, May 12, 8am Pacific

Register here: http://www.veritasprep.com/integrated-r ... g-seminar/
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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2012, 00:05
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mikeynyc wrote:
I'm thinking the GMAT is a good option for my career choices down the road - whatever they may be. I hear the exam is changing in June - should I take it before or after? I've never taken the GMAT but I want to do well - 700+.


Also, to know more about the Integrated Reasoning Section, you can register for the free integrated reasoning seminar Brian is conducting on

Thursday, April 26, 6pm Pacific
Saturday, May 12, 8am Pacific

Register here: http://www.veritasprep.com/integrated-r ... g-seminar/


Karishma, does Veritas Prep have any published material for the Integrated Reasoning Section? I am just a little curious on this.
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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 10:38
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Karishma, does Veritas Prep have any published material for the Integrated Reasoning Section? I am just a little curious on this.


We will have an IR section in our new books (which will hit the markets in July). Right now, we teach Integrated Reasoning in the classroom (and give out handouts of the relevant material to our students).
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Re: GMAT before or after june [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 19:31
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I'll chime in as well. In short, if you are smart enough to get a 700+ and you don't have a strict timeline, you should not fear the IR section.

Lot's of students are trying to decide if they should be taking the test before the big change in June. As has been mentioned, the big change of Integrated Reasoning really isn't that big. Sure they swap out an essay for more "real" test, but the rest of the GMAT is unchanged! The IR section is scored completely separately (1-6) from your 200-800 score. At some point, the IR section score will become relevant to admissions offices, but it will be a while before enough data exists to correlate IR performance with Business School Performance.

So the impact of the IR to you is the additional study time required to prepare for IR and the increased mental fatigue you'll experience before the Quant section (let's admit that the essays are warm-ups at best). You won't have to dedicate vast amounts of study time to IR (20 hours isn't a bad estimate) because you'll use the same quant/verbal concepts for IR as you will during the "main event". You'll spend most of your time dealing with the new tools and question types (yes you get a calculator!). As far as stamina, you'll want to be running through practice exams with IR sections (GMAT 2.0 is loaded with IR and our CATs now have IR) and be sure to take advantage of the break before the quant section (recharge your brain).

So don't fear IR! Take the GMAT when you will maximize your 200-800 score. If you want a deep dive on IR, go to the MGMAT site and check out the free IR video (on the home page).
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