The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) will be reshaped from June onwards. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive standardized test in mathematics and English language to measure students’ aptitude to enter and succeed in a business school. The test is widely used by business schools for choosing applicants.
From June onwards the new GMAT will no more feature two but only one essay in the analytical writing. There will be a new 30-minute section in integrated reasoning. In an interview David A. Wilson, president and chief executive of Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) – the organisation that governs the test - said that the way B-schools were teaching had changed, and hence there was a need for also changing the GMAT format. GMAC had talked to 740 faculties in the last three to four years around the world to learn how business schools would like the test to be augmented.
In the new integrated reasoning section test takers will need to interpret charts, graphs, and spreadsheets, determine the relationships among data points, and answer interactive questions. These parts will test students’ analytical skills. During parts of the section, students will need to wear headphones, to allow schools to assess students' auditory learning style.