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MBA admission special - Sort out your new GMAT

From August onwards the MBA admissions deadline circus starts and depending on your schools’ deadlines you need to sort out your GMAT exam (Graduate Management Admission Test) beforehand. Official Score Reports are usually available within 20 days after the test date, but it is wise to take the exam well ahead of your deadline (just in case you need a second attempt, which is no shame!). Preparing for the GMAT usually takes at least three months. You can achieve between 200 and 800 points in the test. Everything from 600 points upwards increases your chances of a successful application at a top school. The GMAT tests your verbal, mathematical, statistical and logical abilities and since the beginning of June the exam also includes a special section relevant to today’s business world called Integrated Reasoning.

What’s new?

Overall, the Quantitative and Verbal sections as well as the total scores and the test length of 3 and a half hours are still the same. The Analytical Writing Assessment, however, now includes only one 30-minute essay instead of two. Like the Writing Assessment, the new Integrated Reasoning is scored separately and does not figure into the total score. The Integrated Reasoning is a 30-minute section of 12 questions that test students’ data-handling skills. As the Integrated Reasoning section is timed, pacing is important. Students cannot skip questions or go back and change answers once they’ve submitted them. The new section consists of four different question types:

Graphics interpretation: these questions afford applicants to interpret graphs and/or graphical information. Students will need to select the correct multiple-choice statement to the graph.

Two part analysis: students will be presented with one or more statements, and a table with multiple-choice selections. Candidates should select one answer from each column in order to solve a problem with a two-part solution. 

Table analysis: students have to work with information displayed in a table. Questions are presented with an introductory explanation, a table of information which can sometimes be sorted, and a series of opposing statements (yes/no, true/false, etc…). 

Multi-source reasoning: candidates will be given a series of sources accompanied by statements for which they must select the one(s) that are proven correct by one or more of the sources.

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