Next Generation GMAT: Integrated Reasoning Question Testing

Nov 5, 2010
Tags: GMAT Prep, Integrated Reasoning, Official GMAT, Prepare for the GMAT

This month, from November 19 to 24, about 5,000 GMAT test takers around the world will get a sneak peek at the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT  exam that will launch in June 2012. We’re rolling out some potential question types to see how well they measure the reasoning skills b-school requires.

We’ve made a tutorial available online, to demonstrate how to navigate and respond to sample questions. We do hope those participating in this research will give their best—their experience is critical to our evaluation of these preliminary question types.

The Integrated Reasoning questions being researched won’t count toward test takers’ official GMAT scores or be sent to schools. Because it won’t affect scores, we don’t expect test takers who see these questions to study for this section. Test takers who’ll get a glimpse of possible Integrated Reasoning questions will spend an extra 30 minutes at the testing center. For their time, their reasonable effort at completing these sample questions, and their feedback, we’ll refund $25 of their GMAT fee.

Although the question types we’re testing during this five-day period are complete and designed to test Integrated Reasoning, we do want to emphasize that they are all still under consideration. They may be approved, altered, or discarded entirely if our research shows that they are less effective than expected. As always, the primary goal of the GMAT is to measure the skills most likely to predict success in graduate management education—we’ll adjust the question types as needed to meet the needs articulated by the faculty who helped define this section.

We’ve got a lot of work ahead to get this exciting new section ready for GMAT exam—stay tuned!

 — Ashok Sarathy, Vice President, GMAT Program