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