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Frequently Asked Questions: We answer the FAQs you have about the GMAT and the new updates to the GMAT scheduled for June 2012.

When Do I Take the GMAT?

Taking the GMAT exam is one of the most important decisions you can make, after deciding to go to business school. The timing of the exam should fit into your application process, which should in turn depend on when your … Continue reading

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What is a CAT exam?

One of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of the computerized GMAT exam is its adaptive questioning and scoring system, known as CAT. Short for Computerized Adaptive Testing, CAT is a system designed to continually assess the test-taker’s aptitude and adjust … Continue reading

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Will my Integrated Reasoning score be on my unofficial GMAT score report?

No, the Integrated Reasoning score will not appear on the unofficial score report you see immediately after taking the GMAT.  That unofficial score report will still include the scores from the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections ONLY.  You will not … Continue reading

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GMAT vs GRE: If business schools accept both tests, should I take the GRE or the GMAT?

The short answer is that you should take the test you will score better on.  You can take a free GRE practice test and a free GMAT practice test online to see which test gives you a higher score.  The … Continue reading

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How is the new GMAT scored?

Old GMAT (prior to June 2012) The old GMAT was scored on a scale of 200 – 800.  This score was a combination of examinees’ Verbal and Quantitative scores.  The old GMAT also had a separate Analytical Writing score graded … Continue reading

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GMAT vs GRE: Is the GRE easier than the GMAT?

Neither test is necessarily easier or harder than the other; the GMAT and the GRE are just very different tests that assess very different sets of abilities.  The most striking differences can be found in the verbal sections of both … Continue reading

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What are the advantages and disadvantages to CAT tests?

Advantages: Since each question adapts based on the test-taker’s previous responses to questions, the computer requires less time to calculate your score, resulting in a shorter test.  This can reduce test-taker fatigue, which can significantly lower an examinee’s test results.  … Continue reading

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GMAT vs GRE: What is the difference between the GMAT and GRE?

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) has historically been used for admissions to doctoral and masters programs, but, in recent years, a growing number of business schools have started accepting GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores.  The GMAT is used … Continue reading

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Why is GMAC changing the GMAT? What is their goal?

GMAC is changing the GMAT with the goal of making the test better meet the needs expressed by business schools around the globe.  In 2009, GMAC surveyed 740 business school faculty worldwide to ask them what test skills would be … Continue reading

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When will universities only accept new GMAT scores? How long will old GMAT scores be accepted?

Currently, GMAT scores are valid for five years.  Most schools accept all  valid GMAT scores from the past five years, however, schools that want to see scores on the Integrated Reasoning section may require applicants to take the new GMAT.  … Continue reading

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