GMAT 2012 Changes

Graduate Management Admission Test also known as GMAT is organised by US based Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), This organisation instituted in the year 1953 by nine business schools in USA. At present more than 2, 50, 000 students across the world appear for this exam.

New GMAT 2012 June Changes New Integrated Reasoning Section for MBA currently, Graduate Management Admission Council also known as GMAC introduced some changes to GMAT in June of 2012. They are walking on the same path of New GRE Pattern 2011.

The ultimate aim of inculcating changes is to make the test more effective.

GMAT 2012 New Integrated Reasoning Section

From June-December 2016, GMAT exam will consist an Integrated Reasoning section. Questions will be of interactive nature, which will have data from various sources and then its interpretation. But it is encountered and studied similar nature of problems in MBA coursework. The goal for introducing this section is to judge the students capacity and crucial skills to solve complicated business problems with lack of information or by availing it through complex sources.

The Integrated Reasoning i.e.. IR section will aims to examine the candidates by measuring their ability to analyse, synthesise and make conclusions from the numerous data and information sources like graphs, charts and spreadsheets. The IR section comprises of 12 questions which are to be answered in 30 minutes.

Glimpse of Changes for GMAT 2012

  • No changes in the time duration of the test (i.e.. 3.5 hrs)
  • New Integrated Reason section will be of 30 minutes.
  • No changes to Verbal and Quant sections.
  • No Changes to scale hence same as 200 − 800.
  • One of the two essay will be replaced by integrated Reasoning section
  • Candidates will receive separate score for essay and for Integrated reasoning section.

Perspectives on the changes to GMAT 2012

The Changes made in GMAT exam is quite similar to various critical reasoning classes in MBA.

  • It is a learning to have a new section that tests your knowledge and skills you required in future.
  • It may proves quite hard for those students who are possessing less analytical skills.
  • Facing the complicated business issues and then work out the solutions.
  • New test is technology integrated, which makes it a better experience indeed.

GMAT Exam Format

The GMAT exam will be of 3 hours, 30 minutes (i.e.. Four hours with breaks). The Analytical Writing Assessment will be efficient from two 30-minute essays to one Analysis of an Argument essay. Ultimately after the essay question, the Integrated Reasoning section begins. Candidates will get the breaks before and after the Quantitative sections:

Exam Section.

Current GMAT Exam.

Next Generation GMAT Exam.

Analytical Writing Assessment.

60 minutes (2 AWA)

30 minutes (1 AWA)


75 minutes

75 minutes


75 minutes

75 minutes

Integrated Reasoning-


30 Minutes