The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) made a major announcement this week. The organization will be replacing the traditional GMAT exam with the new GMAT Focus Edition.
GMAC has not yet announced when this new GMAT Focus Edition will first be available but has confirmed that the current GMAT exam will be available until early 2024. Developed in collaboration with business schools, GMAC has stated that GMAT Focus Edition is:
“…a more focused test-taking experience that homes in on the higher-order critical reasoning and data literacy skills that are more relevant and applicable in the business environment of tomorrow.”
The GMAT Focus Edition will include three 45-minute sections and the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section will be removed. Candidates also will be allowed to select their section order. Further, GMAC has promised improved score reporting with “detailed performance insights.”
Given the increasing popularity of the 90-minute Executive Assessment (EA) exam and debates on more traditional standardized tests, Personal MBA Coach is not surprised by these changes.
This announcement should come as welcome news to MBA candidates, easing one of the barriers to applying to business school.
While business school applications in the US have been down in recent years, increasing layoffs are likely to drive application volume up. This simpler test is also likely to encourage more applicants to apply to business school.
Personal MBA Coach will be monitoring changes in the GMAT exam very closely and updating our personalized tutoring accordingly. We will continue to offer tutoring support for the GMAT, GRE and EA exam and will add GMAT Focused Edition tutoring services as soon as preparation materials are available.
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