GMAT Makeover – Integrated Reasoning

Published: July 22, 2011


Anyone contemplating business school wants to know whether to take the GMAT now or wait until next June, when the integrated reasoning section is introduced. First, ask yourself this: Does an Excel file give you pause? The new section is what came of a 2009 survey of 740 faculty members, who were asked what the GMAT should measure that it didn’t. The section will replace one of two essays, and is heavy on data interpretation. “As the business environment changes, the business curriculum changes,” explains Ashok Sarathy, vice president for the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the test. What doesn’t change: total test time (at three and a half hours) and the verbal and quantitative sections. Try your hand at this preview, which GMAC created for Education Life. There are four new question types: multi-source reasoning, graphics interpretation, two-part analysis and sorting tables. Continue reading

MBA Canada – GRE or GMAT?

Should you take the GMAT or GRE for admission to business school?

The GRE has slowly been becoming a substitute for the GMAT in MBA admissions. The reasons are well canvassed at:

Here is a complete list (from GRE) of programs that will accept the GRE.

The following Canadian schools, including Queen’s are included:

  • Canada
  • Lakehead University
  • Queen’s School of Business
  • St. Mary’s University
  • University of Calgary
  • Univ of New Brunswick – Saint John

A special comment with respect to Queen’s. Queen’s also accepts the QMAT for admission to their executive MBA programs.

GMAT: Paying for Points

Test-prep services can be a big help as applicants prepare for the B-school admissions exam. Here, a rundown of some well-known players

By Francesca Di Meglio

If you’re thinking of applying to B-school, then you’re likely also wondering how to conquer the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)—and whether a commercial test-preparation service, which can cost upwards of $1,000, is right for you. Continue reading

Graduate Admissions Exams To Get A Makeover

We posted the following comment on a US News and World Report article called:  Graduate Admissions Exams To Get A Makeover


“GRE vs. GMAT competition leads to innovation

All of the graduate admissions tests – GRE, GMAT and LSAT – are for the purpose of testing reading and reasoning skills. The “Revised GRE” will be a big improvement over the current version.

Success on the current GRE verbal section is dependent on knowledge of vocabulary. The inclusion of less difficult vocabulary (on the Revised GRE) will contribute to making the GRE more of a “reasoning” test. At the present time, we have students coming to our GRE classes, who have been memorizing lists of words. An improved vocabulary is an asset it life. That said, a GRE score should not depend on what words one knows.

It is a mistake to remove the analogies from the verbal section of the current GRE. Analogies are a good test of reasoning skills. Analogies with less difficult vocabulary could and should be retained.

The new GMAT Integrated Reasoning section may have its roots in an old “Data Interpretation” section that was on the GMAT (and the LSAT) during the 1970s. During this era both tests included questions that were based on graphs and charts. The questions required one to integrate information from more than one chart. (But, let’s see how GMAT Integrated Reasoning develops.)

Finally, let’s not forget what is really going on here. The GMAT and GRE now compete against each other to be used as part of the MBA admissions process. I suspect that some of these changes are designed to compete better in the marketplace. The 2011 changes are the third time that GRE has attempted to change the format of the GRE. Of course the first two times – GRE was not competing directly against GMAT. It’s amazing how competition encourages innovation.

The American Bar Association is currently reviewing whether the LSAT should continue to be mandatory for law school admission. Perhaps, the GRE could also be used as an alternative to the LSAT.

John Richardson – Richardson GMAT LSAT GRE Preparation Centre – Toronto, Canada”


Read the complete article Graduate Admissions Exams To Get Makeover here.

Business school test-prep: hard on your brain and wallet

Report on Business Education, Spring 2011
Globe and Mail Update
Published Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011 12:00AM EDT

“Everybody looks for instructors who have a good GMAT score, but that’s just one part of it,” she says. “Find out what type of teaching experience the instructor has had and how good he is with explaining information to adult learners. Continue reading

Next Generation GMAT® – Coming June 2012


Changes are coming to the GMAT exam. Schools and programs want to know how you’ll perform in today’s information-rich climate.

On June 4, 2012, the GMAT exam will gain a new section designed to measure your ability to evaluate information from multiple sources. Incorporating advances in technology and measurement, the next generation GMAT will include a new 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section that will ask you to interpret data presented graphically, analyze different types of information, and evaluate outcomes. Continue reading

Road-Tested GMAT Bus …

Have a look at this. Could this be a response to the GMAT vs. GRE wars?

The GMAT bus delivers the test to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions

Continuing its journey to increase access to graduate management education, the Mobile GMAT Test Center will launch a cross-country tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. The eight-month tour will begin October 21, 2009, at Humphreys College in Stockton, California. Continue reading