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GMAT Test is changing on April 16, 2018 - it will be shortened by 30 minutes




  • Number of questions on the test will be reduced:
    • The number of Quant questions will be reduced by 6: from 37 to 31
    • The number of Verbal questions will be reduced by 5: from 41 to 36

    Update: distribution of questions in GMAT Prep will be:
    (thanks AjiteshArun for sharing this)

    (a) RC: 13-14 (4 passages)
    (b) SC: 12-13
    (c) CR: 9-10
    (d) PS: 17-18
    (e) DS: 13-14

    GMAC is being careful not to say that this is the distribution for the GMAT itself as exam requirements could change over time (that is, the distribution of experimental questions can change).

    List of Tests that have been updated for the new format:


    1. Veritas Prep CAT's - as of April 12th - You get 1 free CAT; 7 total
    2. GMAT Club CAT's - as of April 13th - You get 1 free CAT; 20+ total
    3. MGMAT CAT's - as of April 16th - You get 1 free CAT; 6 total






  • This includes a 23-minute reduction in the exam sections, as well as 7 minute reduction across several non-exam screens at the test center (e.g. Tutorial, Section Instructions).
  • The time per question will be approximately the same. While GMAC says it will remain unchanged, we have calculated it to be 1.62 seconds shorter for quant and 1.42 seconds shorter for verbal:

    Quant
    earlier 75x60/37 = 121.62
    now 61x60/32 = 120 seconds

    Verbal
    earlier 75/41 = 109.75 seconds
    now 65x60/36 = 108.33 seconds

    so 1.42 seconds less per question in verbal
  • The reduction in questions comes from reduction of experimental questions.
  • No Changes to IR or AWA section
  • There are some changes to the on-screen instructions that further reduce time used for the test
  • Reschedule exception for 1 week: If you already have scheduled your tests, you can reschedule an appointment but only if it is before May 6th. You have to do it by April 11th. Not sure why limitations but I guess better than nothing
  • GMAT Prep software should be released by April 30th (along with updated Exam Packs)
  • More FAQ's are here: https://www.mba.com/global/frequently-asked-questions/shorter-gmat-exam.aspx


The Big Unknowns:


  • Date of GMAT Prep release - sounds like it is only by April 30th, but hopefully sooner so we can practice
  • Question structure of the RC's. We don't know if we will be losing one passage, or if passages will have fewer questions.

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Update: there will be a new (unique) set of 12 IR questions for (GMATPrep) practice test 2.

Exam Pack products will be (a) eligible for activation for 12 months from purchase and (b) accessible for 12 months after activation.
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Update: distribution of questions in GMATPrep

(a) RC: 13-14 (4 passages)
(b) SC: 8-9
(c) CR: 13-14
(d) PS: 17-18
(e) DS: 13-14

They're being careful not to say that this is the distribution for the GMAT itself as exam requirements could change over time (that is, the distribution of experimental questions can change).
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Did you receive update for new gmatprep software?
The GMAC is running an information session for this right now.
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How about implementing this timing?

Quant

Mins Qs
17 - 7
15 - 8
15 - 8
15 - 8


Verbal

Mins Qs
17 - 9
16 - 9
16 - 9
16 - 9


Yep, great thanks. Will do. Looks more straight forward.
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Update: distribution of questions in GMATPrep

(a) RC: 13-14 (4 passages)
(b) SC: 8-9
(c) CR: 13-14
(d) PS: 17-18
(e) DS: 13-14

They're being careful not to say that this is the distribution for the GMAT itself as exam requirements could change over time (that is, the distribution of experimental questions can change).
They're saying that this is what the psychometrics team has sent them. I've asked them to confirm, as SC 8-9 is very, very different from the current distribution. I hope it's just that they've mixed up SC and CR.
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On a webinar with GMAC.

The news is that the GMAT is likely to have...

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On a webinar with GMAC.

The news is that the GMAT is likely to have...

13-14 RC Questions (4 RCs)
8-9 SCs (Shocker!)
13-14 CR Questions
17-18 PS Questions
13-14 DS Questions



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I hope this ain't true :(
I wish there were fewer cr questions and more SC qs

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On a webinar with GMAC.

The news is that the GMAT is likely to have...

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8-9 SCs (Shocker!)
13-14 CR Questions
17-18 PS Questions
13-14 DS Questions



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If this is the case for SC, my boat is drowned. And overall percentiles will certainly drop. SC is the greatest time saver and easy to improve. Fingers crossed.
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Update: there will be a new (unique) set of 12 IR questions for (GMATPrep) practice test 2.

Exam Pack products will be (a) eligible for activation for 12 months from purchase and (b) accessible for 12 months after activation.



Thanks for keeping us posted. I am glad GMAC India is more forthcoming with information.
The Exam Pack 12-month restriction is something they have contemplated for a long time and frankly, I think it is annoying and will cause problems now that they are doing it. It is basically now a 12-month subscription for 2 tests @ $49.95. Ouch.
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AjiteshArun wrote:
Update: there will be a new (unique) set of 12 IR questions for (GMATPrep) practice test 2.

Exam Pack products will be (a) eligible for activation for 12 months from purchase and (b) accessible for 12 months after activation.



Thanks for keeping us posted. I am glad GMAC India is more forthcoming with information.
The Exam Pack 12-month restriction is something they have contemplated for a long time and frankly, I think it is annoying and will cause problems now that they are doing it. It is basically now a 12-month subscription for 2 tests @ $49.95. Ouch.


Hello,

Most of the members were from the US team. Probably it's just that we are in a time zone that is ~10 hours ahead :-)

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On a webinar with GMAC.

The news is that the GMAT is likely to have...

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13-14 CR Questions
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13-14 DS Questions



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If this is the case for SC, my boat is drowned. And overall percentiles will certainly drop. SC is the greatest time saver and easy to improve. Fingers crossed.


Agree. This was my strategy. Use 45 secs per SC, 1 min per CR, and the rest on RC.
Now that there are fewer questions, unless the RC's are shortened, and changed, the new GMAT scores won't be apples to apples. Also, reduction of SC's (the previously most populous question type - used to be approx 12 RC, 11 CR, and 13 SC), is a big issue.....
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Agree. This was my strategy. Use 45 secs per SC, 1 min per CR, and the rest on RC.
Now that there are fewer questions, unless the RC's are shortened, and changed, the new GMAT scores won't be apples to apples. Also, reduction of SC's (the previously most populous question type - used to be approx 12 RC, 11 CR, and 13 SC), is a big issue.....
They said that they're not touching the content. So the passages will be the same in terms of topic, word count etc. after the change also. I still hope that it's just a mix up between SC and CR.

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What about those who have already purchased both of the Exam Packs? Can they still keep them for life? Or will the upcoming software update render them into a 1-year subscription as well? Does this also apply to Question Pack 1? And does this apply to the desktop-based GMATPrep software, or the cloud-based online GMATPrep platform that GMAC keeps talking about, but hasn't rolled out yet?

This is a cheap move on the people at GMAC's part--as I'm sure they know, many of us prepare for the GMAT over the course of years, not just months. Now that means possibly having to buy the same Exam Pack more than once. Of course, the ETS is going for the same kind of money-grab with the GRE (90-day subscription / you are only allowed to take each test once) with the paid PowerPrep Plus Online tests, but I expected better of GMAC.

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Perhaps there will be 4 questions in 3 passages making 12? Or am I too hopeful??
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Should those of us who have taken the GMAT already but plan to apply next year be concerned?

It seems like the GMAT has become easier. Does that water down my score considering that when I apply next year most of my competition will have taken the updated (easier) GMAT?

I took the GMAT a year early because I had a bit of a lull in my work schedule. Now that seems like a big disadvantage.
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Agree. This was my strategy. Use 45 secs per SC, 1 min per CR, and the rest on RC.
Now that there are fewer questions, unless the RC's are shortened, and changed, the new GMAT scores won't be apples to apples. Also, reduction of SC's (the previously most populous question type - used to be approx 12 RC, 11 CR, and 13 SC), is a big issue.....
They said that they're not touching the content. So the passages will be the same in terms of topic, word count etc. after the change also. I still hope that it's just a mix up between SC and CR.

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Hi,

I am from India, and my GMAT is scheduled for the 14th of April. I am confused if I should go ahead and take advantage of this feature and re-schedule my exam. Also, will my re-schedule fee be waived, even though it is scheduled before April 16th, and with less than one week to go? The helpline is currently closed and I am so confused. Appreciate some insight and help here.

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Hi,

I am from India, and my GMAT is scheduled for the 14th of April. I am confused if I should go ahead and take advantage of this feature and re-schedule my exam. Also, will my re-schedule fee be waived, even though it is scheduled before April 16th, and with less than one week to go? The helpline is currently closed and I am so confused. Appreciate some insight and help here.

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Should those of us who have taken the GMAT already but plan to apply next year be concerned?

It seems like the GMAT has become easier. Does that water down my score considering that when I apply next year most of my competition will have taken the updated (easier) GMAT?

I took the GMAT a year early because I had a bit of a lull in my work schedule. Now that seems like a big disadvantage.
This question was raised. Their response was that they don't expect this change to impact scoring, so there is no need to view old/new scores differently.
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