The Next Generation GMAT was released in the summer of 2012. The new GMAT exam format is very similar to the previous format. The Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GMAT did not change. The biggest change to the exam is the addition of a new section, called Integrated Reasoning. The Integrated Reasoning section replaces one of the Analytical Writing Assessment prompts on the exam. Additionally, the GMAT eliminated one essay prompt so that the Integrated Reasoning section could be added without lengthening the exam.
The Integrated Reasoning section requires information analysis, data interpretation and outcome evaluation. The section will provide test takers with data in a variety of formats, including graphs, charts, tables, and text.
The Integrated Reasoning section will receive a separate score, similar to the Analytical Writing section of the GMAT. Verbal, Quantitative, and Total Scores will not change. Learn more about the Integrated Reasoning section on our Next Generation GMAT FAQ page.
Information is presented in table format and test takers are asked to determine the accuracy of statements made about the data. Test takers are able to interact with the table in ways similar to a spreadsheet.
Test takers are provided with data in graph format and are asked to accurately complete statements by selecting responses from a drop-down list.
Information is provided in two or three sources using text, tables, and charts. Test takers are asked to determine which information is relevant and asked to answer questions based on the multiple sources.
Test takers will be provided with data about two related items and will be asked to answer two components of a question about the related items.