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GMAT FORMAT IS CHANGING APRIL 16, 2018 - it will be 30 minutes shorter

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I can share my experience. I took the new shorter version of the test last week. Result: 740 (Q48, V44).

Here is what I feel:

Verbal:
I felt the verbal was the same level as before. (This was my second attempt, and previous attempt was with the longer version). There were 4 RC passages and only one of them was excessively long. The RC questions were not any different in their difficulty level than the previous test or the GMAT Prep tests.

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I felt Quant was harder. Most of my preparation time for this attempt was spent on Quant and I was consistently scoring a Q50 in my GMAT Prep practice tests. On the actual test, I can’t recall one question in Quant that wasn’t wordy and confusing. I also had 2-3 combination/probability questions.

I am happy to answer more questions. Hope this helps someone!

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I can share my experience. I took the new shorter version of the test last week. Result: 740 (Q48, V44).

Here is what I feel:

Verbal:
I felt the verbal was the same level as before. (This was my second attempt, and previous attempt was with the longer version). There were 4 RC passages and only one of them was excessively long. The RC questions were not any different in their difficulty level than the previous test or the GMAT Prep tests.

Quant:
I felt Quant was harder. Most of my preparation time for this attempt was spent on Quant and I was consistently scoring a Q50 in my GMAT Prep practice tests. On the actual test, I can’t recall one question in Quant that wasn’t wordy and confusing. I also had 2-3 combination/probability questions.

I am happy to answer more questions. Hope this helps someone!

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Could you explain how much time you planned for the first 10 questions in Q and V? or your overall timing strategy?
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New post 27 May 2018, 10:09
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abstruze wrote:
I can share my experience. I took the new shorter version of the test last week. Result: 740 (Q48, V44).

Here is what I feel:

Verbal:
I felt the verbal was the same level as before. (This was my second attempt, and previous attempt was with the longer version). There were 4 RC passages and only one of them was excessively long. The RC questions were not any different in their difficulty level than the previous test or the GMAT Prep tests.

Quant:
I felt Quant was harder. Most of my preparation time for this attempt was spent on Quant and I was consistently scoring a Q50 in my GMAT Prep practice tests. On the actual test, I can’t recall one question in Quant that wasn’t wordy and confusing. I also had 2-3 combination/probability questions.

I am happy to answer more questions. Hope this helps someone!

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Could you explain how much time you planned for the first 10 questions in Q and V? or your overall timing strategy?


Frankly, the reason I did not score a 760+ (despite consistently scoring in that range in my GMAT Prep tests) is that I did not have a smart timing strategy to rely on under pressure. I tried to be mindful of the time by glancing at the time remaining every now and then. This was a horrible idea. And, in hindsight, I really should've had a better timing strategy. I never utilized a timing strategy during my practice tests either, but I think I felt stressed about time a LOT more intensely in the actual test as opposed to in the practice tests (it probably had to do with the realization that it was the ACTUAL test).

I looked at my ESR and realized the following:
For Verbal, in the first set I spent an average of 2:43 minutes on each incorrect answer, in the second set I spend an average of 3:41 minutes on each incorrect answer, in the third set I spent an average of 1:43 minutes on each incorrect answer and in the final set of questions I spent only 1:31 minute on each incorrect answer. If I had planned my timing better, I wouldn't be rushed to select answers in the final section of questions.
For Quant, I spent an average of 2:43 minutes on each incorrect answer in the third set and I could only manage spending an average of 50 seconds on each incorrect answer in the final set. I rushed through the last two sets of questions in Quant and I performed poorly in those sections.

What I am trying to say is that I am probably the worst person to advice you on timing strategy. There are several great posts here about managing time on the GMAT. I also really like Manhattan's time management strategy (updated for the new shorter version): https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... nt-part-3/ and would likely utilize it if I decide on a retake.

Sorry, I couldn't be of much help.
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Hello all,
Are the questions new(New set of questions) in the GMAT PREP Tests Exam 3,4,5 & 6(available online)? I wrote the 1st free GMAT PREP Test today and most of the questions were repeated from last GMAT PREP software. So I had to cancel my test in between, because I was knowing many answers. I've my test on June 10th. Experts please reply ASAP. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Hello all,
Are the questions new(New set of questions) in the GMAT PREP Tests Exam 3,4,5 & 6(available online)? I wrote the 1st free GMAT PREP Test today and most of the questions were repeated from last GMAT PREP software. So I had to cancel my test in between, because I was knowing many answers. I've my test on June 10th. Experts please reply ASAP. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


Hey chandra004 ,

I believe the answer is NO. GMAC has changed the test format from system application to online version but they haven't changed the Question pool. So, you will see all the same questions which you used to see earlier.

I hope that helps!
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So, is it better to take GMAT PREP Tests for practice or MGMAT CATs(I heard it's of good quality)? Keeping this fact in mind that I knew answers to some questions that came in Free GMAT PREP Test 1.
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So, is it better to take GMAT PREP Tests for practice or MGMAT CATs(I heard it's of good quality)? Keeping this fact in mind that I knew answers to some questions that came in Free GMAT PREP Test 1.
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Hey chandra004 ,

If you have already taken all the GMAT Preps before, you can go for MGMATs. But if you haven't taken GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 or 2 before, you won’t find questions from Free preps in Exam Packs.

I hope that helps. :)
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Yes, me.
Page is just loading. no error no nothing.
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Ha! We've all been there.

A radical suggestion: use the old desktop version of GMAT prep until the new one works out the bugs. Who cares that the sections are a bit longer? At least it works!

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I just tried and it is working fine. Clear your cache and try again. :-)
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Hey pikolo2510 ,

I just tried and it is working fine. Clear your cache and try again. :-)


hey abhimahna

I am talking about this link

https://gmatofficialprep.mba.com/SarasExamPrep#/login

Are you able to login successfully? Forgot Password also doesn't work. I land back on the same page

Tried the above after clearing history,cache and in Incognito mode.

Doesn't work. Really annoying from GMAC!!!
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hey abhimahna

I am talking about this link

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Are you able to login successfully? Forgot Password also doesn't work. I land back on the same page

Tried the above after clearing history,cache and in Incognito mode.

Doesn't work. Really annoying from GMAC!!!


Hey pikolo2510 ,

Yes, It is working for me but via a different route.

Login to http://www.mba.com and then choose GMAT Products from left panel and then select Give Practice exams. It will redirect you to the same portal in logged in state.

Let me know if that doesn't work.

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Hey pikolo2510 ,

I just tried and it is working fine. Clear your cache and try again. :-)


hey abhimahna

I am talking about this link

https://gmatofficialprep.mba.com/SarasExamPrep#/login

Are you able to login successfully? Forgot Password also doesn't work. I land back on the same page

Tried the above after clearing history,cache and in Incognito mode.

Doesn't work. Really annoying from GMAC!!!



Hey there,
the trick is simple. Dont login from that link, but login on: https://www.mba.com/global/store/store- ... -free.aspx

Once you are logged in, again go back to https://www.mba.com/global/store/store- ... -free.aspx

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I read this thread and found it to be extremely informative for those planning to give GMAT in the new shorter format. The overwhelming view is that the Quants test remains almost the same while the Verbal test has become more dependent on RC. I was just pondering on the changes delineated by the GMAC, which said that the only change is that they have reduced 'unscored questions' . So is there a possibility that most of the unscored questions that are being removed were of SC and after removing them the proportion of SC questions automatically went down. I am not sure but I think GMAC has not been open about the experimental questions and their distribution. Such a possibility would mean that the distribution of actual questions remains the same as earlier.

So if the approx. distribution earlier was V41 (SC 16/17, RC 13/14, CR 10/11) then after removing five unscored questions (SC 4/5, CR 0/1, RC 0), we get the new approx. distribution V36 (SC 12/13, RC 13/14, CR 9/10). This assumption will be strengthened if it can be confirmed that a majority of unscored questions in the previous format was SC. In such a case it actually makes sense to reduce the inordinately high number of unscored SC questions while retaining the number of unscored RC and CR questions. Thus in effect, it would not affect your performance on the scored questions at all.

Nevertheless, a higher ratio of RC while keeping the average time per question almost same does mean that the time being given has reduced. :sad:
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I am sure experimental RC questions were and are included in GMAT. What I meant was that maybe a majority of experimental questions were SC and GMAC might have decided to reduce their number and bring them on par with the RC and CR ones. I know its a wild guess but cant think of other reasons for drastically reducing the number of SC questions and that too when only experimental ones have been reduced.
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I am sure experimental RC questions were and are included in GMAT. What I meant was that maybe a majority of experimental questions were SC and GMAC might have decided to reduce their number and bring them on par with the RC and CR ones. I know its a wild guess but cant think of other reasons for drastically reducing the number of SC questions and that too when only experimental ones have been reduced.
You're right. The GMAC said (in a discussion about the changes in the exam) that the scored portion of the GMAT exam is exactly the same as it was earlier. That means that the change in distribution is entirely attributable to experimental questions.
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Since there are simply fewer questions, did the GMAT get easier?
Whoever took both the old and new exam formats please comment.
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Whoever took both the old and new exam formats please comment.

I took both . Maybe my opinion is not accurate ,it is not supported by any evidence , but i noticed that verbal got easier as a result of fewer questions . 6 questions is big difference in terms of time management .the level of questions stayed the same ,but the distribution is harder than before with 4 RC passages . Overall , I had better experience with the new verbal version .

But that was not the case with my Quant experience , maybe questions level was harder and trickier . i can be sure that the level is above the Practice Exams ! Overall , my Quant experience was worse .
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Since there are simply fewer questions, did the GMAT get easier?
Whoever took both the old and new exam formats please comment.


Hi,

In Jan 2017 I scored a v34 on the gmat(old format)
recently took the test and had prepped well for the verbal section(imo) scored a v28, the verbal section is harder now I think.
Quant is the same, cause my quant scores didn't change.
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