Next Generation GMAT: Testing Window – Nov 19 through 24

As we tweeted last week, GMAC finally released the exact dates for the first full-scale testing of potential question types for the Next Generation GMAT. Along with info on the upcoming testing period, they also released a list of FAQs and provided a first look at interesting new question types they’ll be testing.

Here’s a quick rundown of the vitals you need to know if you’re planning to take the test during the testing period:

  • Where to find all the info (besides here, of course) – any available official info can be found at the website. Click here for the exact page.
  • The test will include only 1 AWA Essay. In lieu of the other you’ll need to complete a 30 minute “Research Section,” called Integrated Reasoning, to be done at the end of the test.
  • The research section will NOT be computer adaptive, nor will it be factored into your GMAT score.
  • The new section will NOT be preceded by a break.
  • Best of all, if you complete the section and make an “honest effort” complete the survey emailed to you the day after, you’ll get a $25 refund credited to credit card.
  • Check out the GMAT Next Generation FAQ page here for more info.

Let’s take a look at some of the question types you might see on the test (note: to see the questions via the links, you’ll need to have Adobe Flash Player):

  1. Problems and Solutions – these are similar to Critical Reasoning questions in that they require you to “strengthen” or “weaken” a proposed solution to an issue.
  2. Managing Chart/Table/Graph Data – require you to assess data in chart, table and/or graph form. (A / B / C)
  3. Fill in the Blanks – also ask you to assess graphical data, but require you to select correct answers to a series of questions by selecting the right answer from drop down menus or dragging answers from a list into the blanks. (Drop-Down / Click-n-Drag)
  4. Audio Arguments – questions involve listening to what amounts to audio versions of Critical Reasoning arguments to determine an answer.
  5. Text to Numbers – require you to make mathematical deductions from textual information.
  6. Multiple Data-One Argument – seem to require collecting information from different sources to answer Critical Reasoning-style questions.
  7. Textual Data & Chart/Graph/Table – these combine textual data with visual data to form the basis of your answers.

On the whole, the questions seem (in our estimation) like good clean fun…or at least, a departure from the static question types we’ve been staring at for years. These questions are much more obviously connected to the skills that most people associate with business. Regardless of type, all the new questions require you to manage information presented in multiple modes or mediums and determine/select answers in unique formats.

The bottom line for the testing window is don’t worry about the research section. Take your test as you’ve been planning to, and have some fun on the new questions. Then collect your $25 refund.

Stay tuned for more info. Good luck on your upcoming GMAT.

-The BC Team

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