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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).



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    April 30th Update:
    GMAT Prep Downloadable Software is NOT being updated to the latest format. Instead, it is being discontinued
    EP1, EP2, and QP1 are not being updated to the latest format. Instead, GMAC is exchange them for online licenses through May 11th



    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 62x60/31 = 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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Originally posted by hazelnut on 02 Apr 2018, 21:56.
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lets hope that this makes a difference for the better ! cant wait to see new data and experiences about it
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Besides, the much more relevant issue is the number of counted questions per test. My best guess is 12 RC (4 passages), 10 SC, 8 CR, 15 PS and 13 DS.
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Do you think the number of counted questions has changed from the previous test? For example do you think the GMAC used to count 12 SC versus 10 SC? Or do you think that is static
Hi wildhorn,

Since the number of RCs on the GMAT now exceeds the number of SCs, I think it's a reasonable assumption that the balance of counted questions on Verbal has shifted somewhat, whereas on Quant it has stayed the same. Of course there is no way to know for sure, because the old GMAT Verbal section had a whopping 11 experimentals, as opposed to only 6 on the updated exam.

Edit to your previously quoted text: I meant 13 DS (also edited in original post).

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4 RCs,less of CRs..quant was not difficult I'd say,though verbal was.

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Did you notice a more difficult SC part of overall in the verbal it seemed harder?
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Just gave a Manhattan CAT with the new shorter version.
Q45 (Manhattan quant is so tough, oh man! But really good for practice.)
V45 (not pumped to see this score as I had seen few CR questions before on this forum).

For pacing issues, I think fewer CR questions should compensate for more RC questions. I finished Verbal with 1 minute to go.

Verbal breakdown was 12 RC (4 passages), 14 SC and 10 CR. I believe RC and SC would vary between 12-14. Can't wait for the new GMAT prep exam roll-out next week. Good luck to all test takers next week.
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what do you mean by exams ? CAT tests ? check Manhattan prep and Veritas free CATS
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What about the exam packs that people had bought before the announcement of this change: will they be given free upgrade by GMAC? Is there any relevant communication?

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Hi bb, souvik101990,

What about the exam packs that people had bought before the announcement of this change: will they be given free upgrade by GMAC? Is there any relevant communication?

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The exam packs are just databases of questions, so I don't think anything special will be needed there. I guess we'll find out very soon though.
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Hi bb, souvik101990,

What about the exam packs that people had bought before the announcement of this change: will they be given free upgrade by GMAC? Is there any relevant communication?

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The exam packs are just databases of questions, so I don't think anything special will be needed there. I guess we'll find out very soon though.


Yes, but the practise matters. Let's see how GMAC handles the situation.
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So.... is the gmat prep is also getting updated for this new format? Anyone downloaded the new version yet? Is it even available?

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GMAT Official Practice Exams reflecting the shortened Quantitative and Verbal section lengths will be released no later than April 30, 2018. Additional details and FAQs for the same will be provided prior to the release.


It seems very sudden this change. Not that I want more questions but still, would make sense to know in advance.

Also, what about the number of RCs - we get only 3 now? We don't know really and won't know until the new GMAT prep is out...

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Does anyone know how the gmat score table will look with this change?
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Yes, but the practise matters. Let's see how GMAC handles the situation.
I meant that the actual practice test is delivered by the GMATPrep software itself. The exam packs just provide additional databases which the GMATPrep can use. However, when the platform itself changes, you can get new codes if you ask for them. More details here.
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Does anyone know how the gmat score table will look with this change?
The percentile tables will not change at all for the next 2 months. After that, the percentiles will be updated on the basis of the performance of test takers over the last 3 years. This 36 month period includes only 2.5 months of the new format, so even if the new format makes the exam easier/tougher, that impact will not show up in the percentile tables. It'll be at least another 14 months before we see percentile tables based on a significant number of "new" tests. That said, I don't think you should expect any major changes. I do think, though, that we could see another fall in quant percentiles :-)
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I know there are no definitive answers but can anyone shed some light on the 4 RC passages on the updated exam?

Regarding reduced experimental questions, would you surmise that 1 out of the 4 RC passages (including all 3-5 questions pertaining to it) are experimental? (With the other 3 RC passages and all associated questions counting toward your score?)

Or does GMAT try out one experimental question in each or some of the 4 RC Passage/question sets???

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I know there are no definitive answers but can anyone shed some light on the 4 RC passages on the updated exam?

Regarding reduced experimental questions, would you surmise that 1 out of the 4 RC passages (including all 3-5 questions pertaining to it) are experimental? (With the other 3 RC passages and all associated questions counting toward your score?)

Or does GMAT try out one experimental question in each or some of the 4 RC Passage/question sets???

Thanks for the insight.

Hi coolo,

There is no way to know for sure, since the GMAC will never divulge that information, but I would guess that 2 or 3 of the 4 Reading Comprehension (RC) passages have one question that is unscored/pretest/experimental--in other words, the experimental questions are most likely spread out evenly. To put them all in one passage would unfairly benefit someone who happened to guess his/her way through that particular passage.

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I know there are no definitive answers but can anyone shed some light on the 4 RC passages on the updated exam?

Regarding reduced experimental questions, would you surmise that 1 out of the 4 RC passages (including all 3-5 questions pertaining to it) are experimental? (With the other 3 RC passages and all associated questions counting toward your score?)

Or does GMAT try out one experimental question in each or some of the 4 RC Passage/question sets???

Thanks for the insight.


It depends on the question bank. A RC passage could contain up to 3 or 4 experimental questions. The problem is that test takers don't know which one is experimental. Thus, this information doesn't bring any benefit at all.
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Any debriefs available now for the shorter version of the exams?


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Hello, please help me. I am considering retake the gmat b/c of my low score 600 (Q50, V21, IR8, AWA 5.5)
However, gmat now changes the time.
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2/ Does the GMAT change anything else besides the time and numbers of questions?
3/ what is the new strategy now? Any thoughts from bb, or the Vietnamese mod?

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