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# New GMAT ESR released!

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11 Jul 2018, 13:29
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Test takers looking for an analysis of their performance on the GMAT exam have always wanted more granular data from the GMAT Enhanced Score Report. With the latest update to the ESR, the GMAC has taken yet another step towards providing test takers more information to understand what went wrong and what went right on test day.

What has changed?

The GMAT Enhanced Score Report has been updated to include a new “Performance by Fundamental Skills” section. Here is the full list:

Verbal

Critical Reasoning
1. Analysis/Critique
2. Construction/Plan

1. Identify Inferred Idea
2. Identify Stated idea

Sentence Correction
1. Grammar
2. Communication

Quantitative

1. Geometry
2. Rates/Ratio/Percent
3. Value/Order/Factors
4. Equal./Inequal./Alg.
5. Counting/Sets/Series\

Performance is represented by a percentage score and is classified into categories (such as “Above Average”, “Strong”, and “Very Strong”).

The other major change is an increase in price. The ESR used to cost \$24.95, but will now set you back \$30.

Is this the first update to the ESR?

In quite some time, but not the first ever. Here is what the GMAC said about the previous update.

How are they doing this?

Exactly how the GMAC is going about this process is unclear, and we don’t know if or when they will disclose their methodology. At this point, we can only speculate. Given that each question on the GMAT is created to test some very specific skills, maybe all the GMAC did is take all these skills and put them in very broad categories. For example, if an SC question tests skills X, Y, and Z, maybe they said that X and Y come under “Grammar” and Z comes under “Communication”. 2 out of 3 means that this SC question is one that tests “Grammar”.

Now, it would be truly amazing if the GMAC had each and every option classified. That would allow the ESR to show something like this: if in an SC question in which every other incorrect option tests communication, a test taker marks the one incorrect option that tests grammar, then the ESR shows that mistake under “Grammar” and not “Communication”.

Is this a good thing?

I think so, but it really depends on you. The ESR has been getting better over time and now includes some very useful information. It still does not approach the level of detail that practically all good non-official tests include, but then it is really hard to pry anything but very broad conclusions out of what is a pretty small set of questions.

Should I buy the new ESR?

You might not need to! If you have already purchased the ESR, you can request a new link, and you will be able to access the new ESR. If you were thinking about getting the ESR, the new information this update adds can only help. If you weren’t looking to get the ESR before this update, there is nothing so particularly compelling here that you need to change your mind.

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Updated on: 11 Jul 2018, 20:13
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Any new information on the ESRs is welcome information, but I'm not too impressed. These new categories are rather broad/open to interpretation (and are based on a very small sample size of questions), so I'm not sure how much we can learn from them without being able to review the actual questions themselves.

I have also noticed that the new ESRs have not yet been updated to reflect the new 2018 GMAT percentiles.

That being said, I like the new purple color!

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Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 11 Jul 2018, 17:51.
Last edited by mcelroytutoring on 11 Jul 2018, 20:13, edited 3 times in total.
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11 Jul 2018, 18:24
I don't get what the "construction/plan" in CR and "communication" in SC is referring to... anyone have a clue?
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11 Jul 2018, 19:25
I had bought an ESR in June, so they emailed me the link to the updated version free of cost.
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11 Jul 2018, 20:36
mcelroytutoring wrote:
Any new information on the ESRs is welcome information, but I'm not too impressed. These new categories are rather broad/open to interpretation (and are based on a very small sample size of questions), so I'm not sure how much we can learn from them without being able to review the actual questions themselves.

I have also noticed that the new ESRs have not yet been updated to reflect the new 2018 GMAT percentiles.

That being said, I like the new purple color!

I don't get what the "construction/plan" in CR and "communication" in SC is referring to... anyone have a clue?
Construction/plan matches up with what is used in the OG (for example, one of the categories in the OG is "Argument Construction"). As for "Communication", I think they put meaning and style under that (what the sentence is saying and how it is saying it).
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11 Jul 2018, 21:21
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If enough users post screenshots of these new ESR sections, then we can most likely infer the precise number of counted questions of each type on Verbal, using the "denominator method!"

My best guess is 15 PS, 13 DS, 12 CR, 10 SC, and 8 CR. I will crunch the numbers and get back to you with more definitive results.

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26 Jul 2018, 13:12
This looks pretty interesting, would love to see some feedback and thoughts from people who made use of this to improve their score the second go around.
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13 Aug 2018, 09:04
mcelroytutoring wrote:
If enough users post screenshots of these new ESR sections, then we can most likely infer the precise number of counted questions of each type on Verbal, using the "denominator method!"

My best guess is 15 PS, 13 DS, 12 CR, 10 SC, and 8 CR. I will crunch the numbers and get back to you with more definitive results.

-Brian

Dear Brian! Any update on the countable question-split? Waiting for your update.

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27 Aug 2018, 19:52
Hi!

Could you please explain which kind of questions are Identify Stated idea - RC questions?

Thanks!
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27 Aug 2018, 20:51
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Dear Brian! Any update on the countable question-split? Waiting for your update.

No updates yet, my friend. Stay tuned.

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27 Aug 2018, 22:57
Farimana wrote:
Hi!

Could you please explain which kind of questions are Identify Stated idea - RC questions?

Thanks!
These questions ask you to identify content that is explicitly stated in the passage. This could be facts, ideas, or arguments stated in the passage. Off the top of my head, here are some broad indicators (be careful here, as these are not absolute):

1. According to the passage, which of the following...
2. The passage mentions which of the following as...

Such questions will typically avoid words like inferred and suggests.
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