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GMAT Will Also Include Integrated Reasoning Section From June 2012

From June 2012 onwards the GMAT test takers will have to appear for the new ‘Next Generation GMAT’; where in a 30 minute long ‘Integrated Reasoning Section‘ will be attached to the existing GMAT format.

Integrated Reasoning Section is designed to measure applicant’s ability to evaluate information from multiple sources. The section will be concentrated on data interpretation and analysis of information to evaluate possible outcomes.

However the overall length of the GMAT exam (i.e three and a half hours) will not change. The Integrated Reasoning section will be added and the Analytical Writing assessment will be streamlined to include only one 30-minute essay prompt instead of two.

The table below illustrates the comparison of the existing GMAT & Next Generation GMAT

GMAT Section Current GMAT format Next Generation GMAT
Analytical Writing Assessment 60 minutes 2 AWA prompts 30 minutes – Only one AWA prompt (change)
Quantitative 75 minutes 75 minutes
Verbal 75 minutes 75 minutes
Integrated Reasoning NA 30 minutes (new)
GMAT Duration 3 hours, 30 minutes 3 hours, 30 minutes

You can view the below video to learn more

For FAQs on Next Generation GMAT, refer here.


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  1. Gmat Syllabus

    Newly added Integrated Reasoning Section for GMAT exam will help students to make sound decisions by understanding and evaluating data. Even it will help student to interpret accurately tabular data representations and determining statistics. Also will be helpful to analyse student’s ability to solve complex problems.

  2. jon

    The Graduate Management Admission Test is a Standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. It is intended to help the graduate schools of business assess the potential of applicants for advanced study in business and management.
    Nearly 900 management institutes all over the world (almost all of them in the US) require GMAT scores from each applicant. The GMAT tests the fundamental skills – Reasoning and Comprehension included – and does not require any subject-specific theoretical study.
    The test is designed in such a way that it would be unlike any other test you would have taken at school or college. First, the test has no question paper or answer sheets, nor does it have the same set of questions for all the examinees. Further, it does not give you the option of not answering a question (unless, of course, you run out of time at the end). All this because the GMAT is now an entirely Computer based test – the keyboard and mouse do the work of a pen or pencil. The test is scored out of 800 (in multiples of 10), and most scores fall in the range of 500-600. However, a score of even 800 is not unheard of!


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