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The Wall Street Journal
Jitters Over New GMAT
By Melissa Korn
How significant of an impact will the GMAT changes have on aspiring MBAs and the admissions process? So important that the country's most widely read daily newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, just ran an article on the topic, featuring expertise provided by Andrew Mitchell, Kaplan Test Prep's director of pre-business programs. Andrew is also a veteran GMAT instructor and presenter at business school admissions events.
Emphasizing the unprecedented nature of the question types test takers will find on the GMAT's new Integrated Reasoning section come June 2012 and why the exam changes are being made, Andrew says:
"You're much more likely to have to analyze an integrated set of data than you are to do a geometry problem." Geometry will still be covered within the GMAT's existing quantitative section.
As of June 5, 2012, the GMAT has been revamped with the inclusion of the new Integrated Reasoning (IR) section. This version of the GMAT will require more study time and familiarity with new question types to achieve a high score. Kaplan courses include a dedicated session on Integrated Reasoning, and all 9 CATs included in the Kaplan GMAT program—including the Official Test Day Experience—contain a full-length, scored IR section.
The Integrated Reasoning section contains four new, multi-step question types to master on top the five existing types in the Quant and Verbal sections. Integrated Reasoning also carries an additional score on which schools will evaluate candidates.
For all test takers, the addition of Integrated Reasoning means more hours of studying for an already rigorous test. Prior to the test change, top-scoring GMAT takers had to put in an average of 100 hours of prep time, making 120 hours the best practice for planning. With the new section, however, that number has increased to 150 hours of preparation.
This page—created in consultation with GMAC, the test maker—is your definitive source on how to boost your score on the all-new GMAT. With Kaplan's help, you'll be ready to stay ahead of the competition on Test Day.
Free Resources for the New Test
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Is the New GMAT Harder?
Is the new GMAT Harder? The Quant and Verbal sections aren't changing, but the new GMAT in June is "harder" in the sense that there will be substantially more to prepare for on the test, and quality preparation is a key component of doing well on the test.
The average number of hours of preparation (including class time, for those who take a course) that it takes to score 600+ or 700+ on the GMAT is 100 hours, according to the test maker (2010). Integrated Reasoning only adds to that number and in no way subtracts. Imagine that two equally skilled test takers have 100 hours to spare to prepare for the GMAT. Test Taker A takes the test before June 5, 2012, and Test Taker B takes the test after that date. Test Taker A will get a higher Total Score on the test, and since scores are valid for 5 years, Test Taker A will have an advantage. In other words, the new test presents test takers with an arbitrage situation.
For more information on the "arbitrage situation" presented by the test change, see the video at the right or our free white paper available above for download. To capitalize on the situation, check out the Kaplan GMAT program, available On Site, in our Classroom Anywhere environment, or On Demand.