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

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26 Jun 2018, 02:08
The verbal section questions have not become difficult. But, the timing per question we have in hand has definitely reduced, leading to a huge rush. On the other hand, the quant section I feel has become trickier, with the questions becoming more wordy and time taking.

This was my experience from my first attempt. I believe the questions we solve in the GMAT mocks are still the same. The question bank has not changed, but the original exam has become tough. Thus, it is no more as easy as it was to complete the exam in time and solve all questions with equal time and dedication. I can bet that one has to mark guess on atleast 2 or 3 questions in verbal to avoid missing completing the section, as leaving questions unattempted leads to even higher penalty.

No doubt, the new GMAT sucks !!

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26 Jun 2018, 07:20
IMO the shorter timing per question in the verbal section is negligible. I took the longer exam version before April 16 and finished verbal "too quickly" with about 10-12 minutes remaining, from my recollection.
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26 Jun 2018, 23:48
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I gave the test in new format today my score improved from 640 to 710.

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27 Jun 2018, 21:11
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IMO the shorter timing per question in the verbal section is negligible. I took the longer exam version before April 16 and finished verbal "too quickly" with about 10-12 minutes remaining, from my recollection.
It depends from person to person. Most people just finish on time and some even rush a bit to finish. So, for them, it is a disadvantage, no doubt.

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06 Jul 2018, 00:34
Hi
Has anyone, who purchased their exam pack 1 ad 2 before nov 2017 been able to access the online shorter version of the test? I tried activating packs 1 and 2 using the activation code but it keeps displaying 'invalid activation code'. IS there any way i can still practice these tests in the shorter format?
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06 Jul 2018, 13:50
I would like to ask :
Did any one find a significant difference between scores of the official practice exams and the new real GMAT ?
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06 Jul 2018, 15:45
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Has anyone, who purchased their exam pack 1 ad 2 before nov 2017 been able to access the online shorter version of the test? I tried activating packs 1 and 2 using the activation code but it keeps displaying 'invalid activation code'. IS there any way i can still practice these tests in the shorter format?

I believe GMAC offered new activation codes on request for any purchases made Oct 2017 onwards. But that was like 2 months back. You need to contact GMAC and see if they can still do that for you.
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06 Jul 2018, 22:29
pantera07 wrote:
RashmiT wrote:
Hi
Has anyone, who purchased their exam pack 1 ad 2 before nov 2017 been able to access the online shorter version of the test? I tried activating packs 1 and 2 using the activation code but it keeps displaying 'invalid activation code'. IS there any way i can still practice these tests in the shorter format?

I believe GMAC offered new activation codes on request for any purchases made Oct 2017 onwards. But that was like 2 months back. You need to contact GMAC and see if they can still do that for you.

Thank you for your input.. i will do so now.
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05 Aug 2018, 02:31
Dear All,

I am about to take the GMAT on 11-Aug-2018. While browsing through some of the articles I noticed that some people claims that these days GMAT is not asking Sentence correction in conventional manner i.e. standard approach, which you will find in any GMAT material.

I would request any one of you (who has recently appeared in the exam) to help me out on this.

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05 Aug 2018, 03:22
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Dear All,

I am about to take the GMAT on 11-Aug-2018. While browsing through some of the articles I noticed that some people claims that these days GMAT is not asking Sentence correction in conventional manner i.e. standard approach, which you will find in any GMAT material.

I would request any one of you (who has recently appeared in the exam) to help me out on this.

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That's not true. It remains a good idea to prepare for the GMAT and to use high quality prep material to do so.
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Updated on: 27 Aug 2018, 20:56
Just took the GMAT for the fourth time and found the new format to be much more challenging, unfortunately. I received three massive, convoluted RC passages and one shorter passage. SC used to allow me to make-up time, but now that there are fewer it is much harder to do so.

Quant seemed to be more wordy than normal. A lot of long word problems.

Overall, I found the test to be quite challenging, but I may have just been fatigued.

Originally posted by wanderingmba on 27 Aug 2018, 17:55.
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27 Aug 2018, 19:55
I have older versions of GMAT prep EP1 & 2 and i gave my practice tests on those..scored 690 & 710.. can the scores be considered accurate? I mean to what extent is the shorter version and older version different? Are they good for practice?
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27 Aug 2018, 20:58
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I have older versions of GMAT prep EP1 & 2 and i gave my practice tests on those..scored 690 & 710.. can the scores be considered accurate? I mean to what extent is the shorter version and older version different? Are they good for practice?

Dear SWAT09,

According to me, the old format won't do you much good as your fatigue levels may vary due to the shortened length and as the number of RCs has not decreased, management of time on Verbal will be different for the old and the new format.

I suggest you get your codes changed.

You can send an official mail to GMAC requesting to change the old codes into new ones and apologize as you have missed the deadline.
I did the same and got my old codes changed.

Just follow the steps to change old codes mentioned on mba.com.

All the best!
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27 Aug 2018, 22:55
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SWAT09 wrote:
I have older versions of GMAT prep EP1 & 2 and i gave my practice tests on those..scored 690 & 710.. can the scores be considered accurate? I mean to what extent is the shorter version and older version different? Are they good for practice?

Dear SWAT09,

According to me, the old format won't do you much good as your fatigue levels may vary due to the shortened length and as the number of RCs has not decreased, management of time on Verbal will be different for the old and the new format.

I suggest you get your codes changed.

You can send an official mail to GMAC requesting to change the old codes into new ones and apologize as you have missed the deadline.
I did the same and got my old codes changed.

Just follow the steps to change old codes mentioned on mba.com.

All the best!

thanks j.shivank that was some valuable information.
Sent a mail to mba.com as u said.. lets see.
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07 Sep 2018, 05:02
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SWAT09 wrote:
I have older versions of GMAT prep EP1 & 2 and i gave my practice tests on those..scored 690 & 710.. can the scores be considered accurate? I mean to what extent is the shorter version and older version different? Are they good for practice?

Dear SWAT09,

According to me, the old format won't do you much good as your fatigue levels may vary due to the shortened length and as the number of RCs has not decreased, management of time on Verbal will be different for the old and the new format.

I suggest you get your codes changed.

You can send an official mail to GMAC requesting to change the old codes into new ones and apologize as you have missed the deadline.
I did the same and got my old codes changed.

Just follow the steps to change old codes mentioned on mba.com.

All the best!

Thank you j.shivank ..it worked..though they took a weeks time to reply, the official people provided me with new codes to activate & migrate to shorter version.
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28 Oct 2018, 22:07

Is it OK to practice Mock with GMATPrep desktop Software?
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29 Oct 2018, 07:19
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Is it OK to practice Mock with GMATPrep desktop Software?

You should get the same score so as long as you don't mind taking a few more questions per section and spending a bit more time, it is fine.

There is an issue with installing the old software however, as after installation it requires activation (logging into your mba.com account) and it has been giving an error message for the last 2 months now and it requires a much older GMAT prep version which bypasses activation but that's a diff story but the main question is - WHY take the offline software? Is the online one not working?

If you start taking GMAT Prep tests on the computer, you will be stuck taking them that way for both of the tests as there is no connection in offline/online software to mark questions that have already been attempted. Thus my suggestion is that unless you have some issues with loading/using the online software, I would use the online version.
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29 Oct 2018, 18:43
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Is it OK to practice Mock with GMATPrep desktop Software?
As bb mentioned, it should be fine, but online is recommended. Have you faced any issues with the online version?
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29 Oct 2018, 18:54
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NandishSS wrote:

Is it OK to practice Mock with GMATPrep desktop Software?
As bb mentioned, it should be fine, but online is recommended. Have you faced any issues with the online version?

HI AjiteshArun bb ,

I didn't face any issue while giving online. But Mental Fatigue making me numb. Just to make myself comfortable thought of giving Offline, as I've EP1 & 2 Offline.

Any Thoughts , Suggestions always welcome
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29 Oct 2018, 19:02
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HI AjiteshArun bb ,

I didn't face any issue while giving online. But Mental Fatigue making me numb. Just to make myself comfortable thought of giving Offline, as I've EP1 & 2 Offline.

Any Thoughts , Suggestions always welcome
I totally agree with the "mental fatigue" bit... the GMAT tends to have that effect

If the online version is working well for you, I suggest you continue with it, as it'll give you a better idea of what you'll face on the actual test. As for EP1 and EP2, you could request replacement codes (the deadline has passed, but they still seem to be open to providing replacement codes).

Also, are you currently logged in to your GMATPrep desktop app? If not, you might not be able to log in anymore.
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