The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is about to undergo its biggest makeover in more than a decade, and test prep companies are gearing up to help students get ready to take the radically redesigned exam.
Starting in 2012, aspiring business school applicants will take the Next Generation GMAT, which will include a new section on integrated reasoning, in which test takers will analyze data from multiple sources to draw conclusions, says Ashok Sarathy, vice-president for the GMAT program at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the Reston (Va.) nonprofit that administers the test.
This is the 10th version of the GMAT, the MBA admissions exam, and it is the result of a survey of faculty members from business schools around the world, who reported that they wanted to measure a candidate's ability to integrate data from multiple sources to solve complex problems, Sarathy says. "These skills are necessary for success at business school," he says, "and also in the corporate world."
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