Changes in GMAT 11th July’17 onwards

After the recent announcement by GMAC over the changes in the exam pattern, there has been an air of confusion among the test takers. Firstly, 11th July 2017 onwards, GMAT Test takers will be able to choose the specific order to attempt the GMAT exam. The following three options will be available at the test centres:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

It is worth mentioning that no changes have been incorporated in the content of GMAT exam. So the update should not affect the way one is preparing for GMAT. You still have to attempt all the questions, breaks are still optional, and you still cannot skip any section. All test takers who have scheduled their exam post 12 noon 11th July, 2017 have the option of selecting the order as mentioned above. There is no recommended order for the test; it depends on your strong and weak areas. Some candidates prefer to finish the difficult section first while others prefer to start with the warm up section. Attempting IR and AWA sections at the end of the exam will advantage the test takers by reducing fatigue and increasing focus towards the Quantitative and Verbal sections. Though, GMAC’s FAQ section specifically mentions that the overall scores will not be affected and the pilot demonstrates that the changes of sequence facilitate handiness rather than serving as an advantage. But one can definitely use the selection order to one’s benefit based upon his/her comfort with different sections.

Expert’s Advice: If you are not sure about right order for yourself, move on with the original order.

Secondly, it will not be mandatory to fill up all the profile details on GMAT test day. Student will have the option to complete the profile page on mba.com any time prior to or after the exam. Removal of profile screening at the test centre does not affect test takers and will only help in reducing the overall time at the test center.

 

Chinu Vasudeva

Head, Academics

chinu@leverageedu.com

 

After the recent announcement by GMAC over the changes in the exam pattern, there has been an air of confusion among the test takers. Firstly, 11th July 2017 onwards, GMAT Test takers will be able to choose the specific order to attempt the GMAT exam. The following three options will be available at the test centres:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)
  2. Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  3. Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

It is worth mentioning that no changes have been incorporated in the content of GMAT exam. So the update should not affect the way one is preparing for GMAT. You still have to attempt all the questions, breaks are still optional, and you still cannot skip any section. All test takers who have scheduled their exam post 12 noon 11th July, 2017 have the option of selecting the order as mentioned above. There is no recommended order for the test; it depends on your strong and weak areas. Some candidates prefer to finish the difficult section first while others prefer to start with the warm up section. Attempting IR and AWA sections at the end of the exam will advantage the test takers by reducing fatigue and increasing focus towards the Quantitative and Verbal sections. Though, GMAC’s FAQ section specifically mentions that the overall scores will not be affected and the pilot demonstrates that the changes of sequence facilitate handiness rather than serving as an advantage. But one can definitely use the selection order to one’s benefit based upon his/her comfort with different sections.

Expert’s Advice: If you are not sure about right order for yourself, move on with the original order.

Secondly, it will not be mandatory to fill up all the profile details on GMAT test day. Student will have the option to complete the profile page on mba.com any time prior to or after the exam. Removal of profile screening at the test centre does not affect test takers and will only help in reducing the overall time at the test center.

 

Chinu Vasudeva

Head, Academics

chinu@leverageedu.com

 

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