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GMAT Integrated Reasoning – The New GMAT Section

Welcome to the new GMAT

Posted on July 16, 2010 by admin

GMAT Integrated Reasoning


When the existence of  “Next Generation GMAT” was announced, the blogosphere lit up.  The rationale  was probably best captured in the following comment to a blog post:

“Thanks for an interesting article. I note the following paragraphs:

“The GMAT was created in 1953 by nine business schools as their personal test to evaluate and admit the best students for their programmes. Five decades of research and continuous improvement have proven the GMAT to be the most reliable indicator of academic success in graduate management education. Today, it is used by almost 5,000 programmes in 1,900 schools.

In 2008, more than 250,000 prospective business students took the GMAT exam in more than 90 countries. The reach and stature of this computer-adaptive exam reflect its ability to help quality schools find the students around the world who are the best match for their programmes and for the demands of the marketplace. The process of continually reviewing and revising the exam is a rigorous one. An international panel thoroughly studies each potential new question before it is pilot tested with candidates who represent the diversity of the GMAT test taking pool. Questions are carefully screened to ensure they are bias-free.” Continue reading

Test Wars – The GMAT vs. GRE – Making Changes For Victory

Test Wars – The GMAT vs. The GRE – Making Changes For  Victory

It’s a great time to be a test taker. The GMAT and GRE are fighting it to be the test of choice for MBA and other graduate programs.

If you don’t know “GMAT” is an acronym for “Graduate Management Admission Test” and “GRE” is an acronym for “Graduate Record Exam”. The GMAT is the admissions test for most MBA programs. The GRE is a required admissions test for many graduate programs. They are both multiple-choice tests which are administered on computer and are computer adaptive.  Up until a few years ago, both tests were developed by “ETS” better known as the “Educational Testing Service”. This changed when “GMAC” (Graduate Management Admission Council – sounds important doesn’t it) fired ETS and transferred responsibility for the design and administration of  the GMAT to Pearson Education.

Because of a common ancestry, the GMAT and GRE had (and continue to have) overlapping question types. In fact, (at least in terms of question format) approximately 50% of the GMAT and GRE overlap. Examples of overlapping question types include: Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension and Analytical Writing. That said, all question types on each of the GMAT and GRE are (whether quantitative or not) designed to test reading and reasoning skills. Continue reading