The GMAT introduced a new section, called Integrated Reasoning. In addition, the Next Generation GMAT® will now only have one Analytical Writing prompt.
The Next Generation GMAT was released on June 5, 2012.
The introduction of the new Integrated Reasoning section does not significantly impact overall test scoring. The Verbal, Quantitative, and Total Scores have not changed. GMAT test takers will now receive a single score on the Analytical Writing section. The Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing scores will not be provided on the unofficial score report that test takers receive on test day. Test takers will receive their official score, including the Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment score approximately 20 days after their test date.
The Integrated Reasoning Section is scored on a scale from 1 to 8.
The Integrated Reasoning was developed to test one's ability to analyze data for a variety of sources. Four new question formats have been developed for the test: Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Multi-Source Reasoning, and Two-Part Analysis.
No. The Next Generation GMAT is the same length as the old GMAT exam. The GMAT is still a 3 hour and 30 minute exam. 30 minutes will be allotted to complete the Integrated Reasoning section. The Analytical Writing Assessment section has been reduced from 60 minutes to 30 to accommodate the new Integrated Reasoning section.
The Next Generation GMAT is not harder or easier than the old exam, just different. The Quantitative and Verbal sections of the exam are not changing. The types of prompts for the Analytical Writing section will also remain the same. Some people may find the Integrated Reasoning section to be intimidating or challenging; but it doesn't need to be. With proper preparation and practice, the skills needed to perform well on the Integrated Reasoning section can be developed.