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Next-gen GMAT to include integrated reasoning

GMAT is all set to include the nuances of contemporary business in its ambit, with a new format being implemented from June 5.

delhi Updated: May 24, 2012 23:13 IST
Vanita Srivastava

GMAT is all set to include the nuances of contemporary business in its ambit, with a new format being implemented from June 5. This has resulted in a surge in the number of candidates, with many wanting to take the exam before the change comes through.

The Next-Gen GMAT, as it is called, will include a section on integrated reasoning.

“With so much data coming to us and the nature of business changing with each turn, what we teach in the classroom is changing. Consequently, the test for management schools will have to change too. The new section will reflect the realities of today’s global market, and the way we use multiple sources of data to make sound business decisions,” said an official spokesperson of GMAT.

“The number of students who want to appear for GMAT has increased because they are apprehensive of the change,” says Shyam Bahadur, director of a GMAT Coaching Centre.

The new section is the result of a survey conducted on more than 740 management faculty members, who identified emerging data analytic skills as a very important aspect of business. These skills include the ability to assimilate and evaluate information available in different forms and formats, such as graphs, charts, tables and spreadsheets, to solve complex problems.

There will be 12 questions in the Integrated Reasoning section. They will be of four types, including graphics interpretation, table analysis, multi-source reasoning and two-part analysis.

One of the two essays in the Analytical Writing Assessment section will be dropped. Candidates will receive a score based on their performance on the verbal and quantitative sections as they do now, besides the total score derived from their performance on verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections on the 800-point scale.