From June 2012 (June 5), the GMAT exam will gain a new section designed to measure the ability to evaluate information from multiple sources. Incorporating advances in technology and measurement, the next generation GMAT will include a new 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section that will ask to interpret data presented graphically, analyze different types of information, and evaluate outcomes.
These skills, according to a survey of 740 business school faculty members worldwide, are necessary to respond to the complex challenges presented in business school programs and in today’s information-rich business environment.
The GMAT Verbal, Quantitative and Total Scores will not change. Test takers will receive a separate score for the essay, as they do now, and for the new Integrated Reasoning section. The overall length of the GMAT exam (three and a half hours) will not change. When the Integrated Reasoning section is added, the Analytical Writing assessment will be streamlined to include only one 30-minute essay prompt instead of two.
|Exam Section||Current GMAT||New Generation GMAT|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||60 minutes; Two AWA Prompts||30 minutes; One AWA Prompt|
|Quantitative||75 minutes||75 minutes|
|Verbal||75 minutes||75 minutes|
|Integrated Reasoning||30 minutes|
|Total Exam Time||3 hours, 30 minutes||3 hours, 30 minutes|