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New GMAT Bulletin is Available! [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 22:58
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GMAC has just published an updated version of the GMAT Bulletin - download your copy now



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Note: Although GMAC has published a 20-day score report turnaround time for many years, Official Score Reports often have been released more quickly to test takers and programs. With the launch of the Integrated Reasoning section in June 2012, GMAC will attempt to publish Official Score Reports as quickly as possible, but it will take close to 20 days before Official Score Reports are available


You may take the GMAT exam more than once. However, unless your scores seem unusually low compared to other aspects of your application, or unless there are other reasons to believe that you did not do your best on the test, taking the GMAT exam again may not be helpful. Most score an average of 30 points higher when they retake the test, but a quarter of people actually score lower than they did the first time


Items at the Test Center
For safety reasons and to prevent anyone from accessing study aids during the test or recording test content, there are strict limitations on what can be brought to the test
center and taken into the testing room. „ You may not bring any personal items, including wallets, purses, bags, hats and other head coverings, large jewelry or hair clips, into the testing room. Limited storage space is available. „

You may wear a light, unhooded sweater or jacket in the testing room. You may not bring or wear a heavy sweater, jacket, coat, or any hooded item of clothing into the testing room. The test administrator has the discretion to decide what is considered heavy or light.

„ You may not bring your own personal care items, such as lip balm, lotion, earplugs, or facial tissues, into the testing room. Items such as these may be available at the testing center by request. If you will need these types of items, contact GMAT Customer Service at least 24 hours in advance to inquire about their availability.


The digital photograph of you taken at the test center and your Analytical Writing Assessment essay(s) are provided to schools if requested by the schools


Integrated Reasoning

The 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section is new to the GMAT exam as of June 2012. It consists of four question formats: Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, and Two-Part Analysis. The Integrated Reasoning section will consist of 12 questions, most of which will involve more than one response. It is not computer adaptive. You cannot go back and change answers on a previous screen. [highlight]An online calculator with basic functions will be available for the Integrated Reasoning section only[/highlight]. „„

Multi-Source Reasoning questions present data on two or three tabbed pages on the left side of the computer screen. You click on the tabs to examine the information and decide what data you need to answer the questions, which are presented on the right side of the screen. The data presented on the tabbed pages may be text, tables, graphics, or some combination. They may relate to each other, but each tabbed page will offer some different data. The questions may be multiple choice or offer opposing answers (e.g., yes/no, true/false), each with just one correct answer. Multi-Source Reasoning tests your ability to assimilate data from different sources, and combine different kinds of information, to solve problems. You have to discern what data are relevant to solve problems or determine whether certain
conditions are met. Multi-Source Reasoning questions can require verbal or quantitative reasoning skills, or both.

„„ Table Analysis questions include a sortable table of information, similar to a spreadsheet, which you analyze to find whether answer statements are true or false. The question may also include short text explaining the data table. You will be able to sort the table by columns to put them in numeric or alphabetical order. Each Table Analysis question will include several answer statements with opposing responses (e.g., yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable), each with one correct response. Table Analysis questions measure your ability to decide how to organize data to solve problems efficiently. Sortable tables will typically include columns of numbers, and Table Analysis will often measure quantitative skills. But some columns may be sorted in alphabetical order, and questions may involve subsets, conditions, or consistency of data, which are not necessarily mathematical.

Graphics Interpretation questions will feature a graph or graphical image, such as a scatter plot, x/y graph, bar chart, pie chart, or statistical curve distribution. Questions may also have some text explanation. Each question will have answer statements, each with a fill-in-the-blank drop-down menu. You will be asked to interpret the graphic to choose the word, number, or phrase from the menu that will make each answer statement correct. Graphics Interpretation problems will incorporate data interpretation and integration, discerning relationships among data, and making inferences from a set of data. You may have to do some quantitative analysis, such as calculating change in a given value over time or comparing different rates of growth.

Two-Part Analysis questions include text and solutions that have two components. Possible answers will be presented in a table format with a column for each component and rows with possible options; you will have to choose one correct answer for each column. The solution components may or
may not be related: They may be combined to provide a solution, they could be two variables in a system of simultaneous equations, or they could be different rates of change or two different quantities in a constant ratio. Two-Part Analysis questions cover a wide range of content and could be quantitative, verbal, or some combination of both. Two-Part Analysis measures your ability to solve complex problems. The versatility of the format lends itself to a wide range of content and skills measured, including the ability to evaluate trade-offs, solve simultaneous equations, and discern relationships between two entities.


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Re: New GMAT Bulletin is Available! [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 13:23
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Also, looks like the new integrated reasoning questions have been released: integrated-reasoning-sample-questions-from-gmac-124047.html
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Re: New GMAT Bulletin is Available! [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 18:49
Bb , in your opinion will this make the exam harder than it is right now ? I mean considering this is an additional thing to prepare for and also unlike the essay , you'll actually have to sit and logically analyze for all this ?

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Re: New GMAT Bulletin is Available! [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 20:33
It is obvious that number of hours required for preparation will increase.
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