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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. Vertias 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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Hello bb,

Is there a set date already until the gmatclub quant tests are available in the new format?

Thank you.

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GC Quant and Verbal tests will be out soon. Stay tuned! :)


thanks. I hope that the tests will be out before the end of april so that we can practice in the new format before giving the main exam.


Our tests are almost ready and undergoing the testing and calibration stage at this time. They will be deployed by April 15th, in time for the switch.

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I wouldn't change verbal study habits until any of this is confirmed. No one has taken the new test yet, and even with the India webinar, this is speculation at best.

Study concepts as normal until you are able to take an updated GMATPrep exam.

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Hi,

Can someone please quote the official source for the break up of questions:
(a) RC: 13-14 (4 passages)
(b) SC: 8-9
(c) CR: 13-14
(d) PS: 17-18
(e) DS: 13-14

I do not find this information on the official website.

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Hi rahulchougule,

It's not completely official yet, but the source of information appears to be legit. That being said, the results are very surprising (SC is going from the most common question type to the least common question type??), so I have asked GMAC to confirm to make sure no mistakes were made. I believe that the original source is a GMAC webinar for India attended by AjiteshArun.

These numbers obviously conflict with the reassurances we were given by GMAC that the overall balance of questions on the GMAT has not changed, so something has got to give.

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I have not seen a US webinar not have I received an invitation to it. I also have not seen announcements from MGMAT or Kaplan or Veritas Prep about the test structure which makes me believe there was not one yet for the US. Which is weird. (Of course i may not have been invited to one... you know invitation lost in the mail ;-))

So the best info we have is what was shared in the webinar that Arjesh Arun attended.
Now that the weekend is (almost) over, I think we can expect more information from the GMAC.

They were answering all the other questions, but I had to ask about the number of SC questions four times to get a response, or even an acknowledgement that such a question had been raised. Oddly enough, only one other instructor seemed to be concerned about this (no one else was asking).

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I'll repeat a few points that I think might have been lost in all the conversation:

1. This is the distribution of questions in the GMATPrep, not the actual GMAT. Depending on what they need from a question development perspective, the distribution could change as a result of the distribution of experimental questions.

2. They were just relaying information the psychometrics team had sent them. They said they'd confirm that data and get back to us.

3. At the beginning, they had said that they'd tried to keep the "proportion" (not the word they used) roughly the same, which leads to me believe that they could have mixed up SC and CR.

4. This was a GMAC webinar, not a GMAC India webinar :-)
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4. This was a GMAC webinar, not a GMAC India webinar :-)


Your updates came at 3:58 and 4:02 AM Pacific Time so I assumed that GMAC would not hold a webinar at such exotic time and it was a webinar for a non-US audience. Usually I also get invites to these events but not this one. I may have assumed wrong.

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4. This was a GMAC webinar, not a GMAC India webinar :-)


Your updates came at 3:58 and 4:02 AM Pacific Time so I assumed that GMAC would not hold a webinar at such exotic time and it was a webinar for a non-US audience. Usually I also get invites to these events but not this one. I may have assumed wrong.

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well, It also sounds astonishing to me that BB havent been invited to such a event. But I am still curious about the exact number of SC in the real exam. Since in the past record, it seems that test-takers will actually get more SC when they score 700 and higher, and less SC questions when they score below 700. Is that past record true?
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Your updates came at 3:58 and 4:02 AM Pacific Time so I assumed that GMAC would not hold a webinar at such exotic time and it was a webinar for a non-US audience. Usually I also get invites to these events but not this one. I may have assumed wrong.
This was for other comments in the thread, not yours. You were absolutely right that the webinar was only for India (and maybe some other countries in the region).

I'm just addressing some of the concerns in the thread that perhaps this information is not directly from the GMAC.
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well, It also sounds astonishing to me that BB havent been invited to such a event. But I am still curious about the exact number of SC in the real exam. Since in the past record, it seems that test-takers will actually get more SC when they score 700 and higher, and less SC questions when they score below 700. Is that past record true?
No, the exam cannot change the "ratio" on the basis of a test taker's performance. The exam would not be fair, and anyone who is very quick (at doing SC questions) would have a big advantage.

In other words, the GMAT algorithm takes care of content balancing. You don't have to worry about getting a significantly different distribution of questions.
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Just in: Confirmed that the two (SC and CR) had been mixed up. Some other changes:

RC: 13-14
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Your updates came at 3:58 and 4:02 AM Pacific Time so I assumed that GMAC would not hold a webinar at such exotic time and it was a webinar for a non-US audience. Usually I also get invites to these events but not this one. I may have assumed wrong.
This was for other comments in the thread, not yours. You were absolutely right that the webinar was only for India (and maybe some other countries in the region).

I'm just addressing some of the concerns in the thread that perhaps this information is not directly from the GMAC.


Thank you for clarifying and making me feel better about not being invited ;-)

At the same time, are they planning a US webinar? I have not heard any indication of that. From the the outside, seems a very haphazard approach to the whole thing...

PS. No, I don’t doubt the info. I am certain it is from GMAC (and we have another source confirming it too - experts global)

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Just in: Confirmed that the two (SC and CR) had been mixed up. Some other changes:

RC: 13-14
SC: 12-13
CR: 9-10
PS: 17-18
DS: 13-14



REALLY? GMAC? REALLY???

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HI mcelroytutoring , AjiteshArun , bb ,

Is GMAT change in pattern an advantage or disadvantage?

I'm very much confused :-(

I agree there were 11 experimental questions, which didn't count in actual test but reduction of question also reduces the time.
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I'm just thinking we should probably not discuss our fears about test format changes on the forum...the gmac may read it and use it to make the test even more challenging. Not that I'm afraid ( secretly am)

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Is GMAT change in pattern an advantage or disadvantage?

I'm very much confused :-(

I agree there were 11 experimental questions, which didn't count in actual test but reduction of question also reduces the time.
I think it's a good move. They're cutting only the experimental questions, so the reliability of the test remains the same. You have to spend less time overall, so that's also good.
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Hi bb, hazelnut,

I have rescheduled the exam from 20th April to July 27th, on 6th April, because of new change.. I have been charged $60. According to above discussions, Can i get that amount i paid to reschedule back ?. If I can, Can you please tell me what is the process to get the amount back.

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Hi bb, hazelnut,

I have rescheduled the exam from 20th April to July 27th, on 6th April, because of new change.. I have been charged $60. According to above discussions, Can i get that amount i paid to reschedule back ?. If I can, Can you please tell me what is the process to get the amount back.

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You had to mention the free reschedule to get a free reschedule. I don’t think you will get a refund now but you can always try. Look at the FAQ first though.

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