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New GMAT Format – with Integrated Reasoning

If you’re planning to take the GMAT after June 5, 2012, make sure you’re ready for the new GMAT format — what the GMAC is calling the “Next Generation GMAT with Integrated Reasoning.”

How will it be different from the current version? What should you be doing to prepare? Check out this short video where I explain everything you need to know:

You can also click here to learn more. Additionally, below is a full transcript of this video for your convenience.

“Hello. This is Brett Ethridge, Founder of Dominate the GMAT,  and I would like to talk to you for
a few seconds about some changes that are coming to the GMAT and we want to make sure
you are prepared. If you are planning on taking the GMAT after June 5th make sure you prepare
yourself for what they are calling The “Next Generation” GMAT with integrated Reasoning.
Now what is going to be different about the new version of the GMAT? The good news is
not much. Two major changes are coming down the road. Number one, there is only going
to be one essay now instead of two and which essay is it? It is the Analysis of an Argument
essay so you are still going to have to write one essay in 30 minutes and then there is
going to be a new section that is going to replace that second Essay. So for the 30 minutes
that you would have spent writing a second essay you are now going to do this new section
that they are calling “Integrated Reasoning.”It is going to consist of 12 questions, you are
going to have that 30 minutes within which to complete those 12 questions and Integrated
Reasoning questions basically test your ability to interpret data, to look at charts and graphs,
and figures and answer questions about that information. The GMAT test makers think that
that is something that you are going to have to do a lot of in business school and they
now want to test that on the GMAT. You are going to receive a separate Integrated Reasoning
score, by the way. Let’s take a closer look at what these questions might look like. Here
you see on your screen a sample integrated reasoning question and you will notice there
is a big chart over on the left, right, a table, lots of information and there is an
information about that table below it and so you are going to have to take some time.
You are going to have to read the information explaining what the different columns that
rose mean and then over on the right you are going to see the question itself and the different
types of questions.You notice there are actually four questions all true-false questions about
this one table. You now notice a few other things as well. Number one in the upper left,
you will actually have the ability of clicking using a calculator. The math isn’t difficult
as you will see if you actually press pause and try to work somebody’s problems, but nevertheless
that it may be easier if you have a calculator handy and secondly you can actually sort the
data like you might have to in an excel spreadsheet for example.
If you are not used to that you will certainly want to practice. But when you click on a
little drop down arrow you will be able to sort the different columns to be able to isolat
the information that the different questions aren’t asking about. So that is the type of
question we are talking about when we are talking about integrated reasoning. So, despite
those changes what is going to be the same on the GMAT? Well the good news for you is
just about everything so if you have already started studying for the GMAT you already
are in great place because the quantitative section is going to be the same. The verbal
section is going to be the same. You are still going to get that same 200 to 800 point GMAT
score then you are oh so familiar with and that business schools are looking for the
verbal and quantitative section. Your essay scores can be the same as well on the scale
from 0 to 6 even those with only one essay and the total amount of time within which
you are asked to take the GMAT remains the same at 3 hours and 30 minutes. So if you
want to start preparing for the new integrated reasoning session what should you do? Well
number one I would suggest you get the new version the 13th edition of the GMAT review
official guide. It is the first companion that really has lots of practice questions
on this new integrated reasoning section. Definitely check that out and also come back
regularly to our blog DominateTheGMAT.com/blog for more tips and advice in articles about
the new version of the GMAT as June 5th draws closer and of course our GMAT prep courses
are going to start to incorporate this material as well. So with that don’t fret, don’t los
any sleep over it, make sure you do study now an and are prepared for these change
and then I wish you all the best in dominating the GMAT.”