GMAC Announces GMAT Test Change: Here’s What You Need to Know
The GMAT is changing! As of July 11, 2017, GMAT test takers will be able to choose the order in which they take GMAT test sections.
After this GMAT test change, you will choose your section order at the test center on GMAT Test Day, following the computer tutorial and just before you begin your test. There are three orders you will be able to choose from:
What the GMAT test change means for you
So how will the GMAT test change, which is called Select Section Order, affect you while preparing for the GMAT?
First, it’s important to understand that the testmaker, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), is implementing this feature for two reasons, based on a 2016 pilot study:
Will this affect your GMAT score report?
No. The business schools that receive your score report won’t see the section order you selected on the GMAT. Therefore, if you feel more comfortable taking the test sections in one order rather than another, you should certainly feel free to do so. Take the opportunity to feel your best so you can do your best.
Here are some questions to think about when planning for this GMAT test change:
Are Test Day breaks affected?
Two optional eight-minute breaks will still be offered after each major section of the test (after AWA, after Verbal, after Quant), and we still recommend that you take these breaks.
Should you adjust your GMAT study plan?
To determine which order works best for you, start taking practice tests in different orders as you prepare for the GMAT. Once you’ve decided on your ideal test section order, take a couple more practice tests in that order to simulate the thought process you’ll experience on Test Day as closely as possible.
Over the coming weeks, Kaplan will incorporate this new Select Section Order feature into our full-length practice tests, allowing students to try out this feature so they can choose their test section order with confidence on Test Day.
Changes to profile update option
GMAC has announced another GMAT test change as well: Effective July 11, the profile update questions that have appeared on the computer screen after the test will no longer appear. If you need to update your profile, you will still be able to do via mba.com after the test. GMAC has removed these questions so you can see your unofficial scores more quickly and spend less time at the test center.
What if you’ve already scheduled your GMAT?
If you have scheduled to take your exam before July 11 and would like to take it after that date to use the Select Section Order feature, you may reschedule by phone before June 22 at no charge. Call GMAC Customer Service at +1 (800) 717-GMAT (4628) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. You must call by June 22 to have the usual rescheduling fee waived.
No matter what order you choose for the sections on the GMAT, start preparing for them with a free GMAT practice test.
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