GMAT to be Shortened, Made More Flexible

New GMAT Focus Edition eliminates essay to focus on critical reasoning and data literacy

Changes are coming to the GMAT exam required for admission to many top business schools. Announced earlier this month, the revamped GMAT Focus Edition will be rolled out over the course of 2023, with the current GMAT version to be phased out by the start of 2024.

The new GMAT Focus Edition will comprise three 45-minute sections and eliminate the essay component, resulting in an exam that is nearly one hour shorter. The three sections, which hone in on applicants’ critical reasoning and data literacy skills, may be completed in any order.

According to the test administrator, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), these changes to the standardized exam are designed to better assess the skills “relevant and applicable in the business environment of tomorrow.”

In another notable change to the current GMAT, future test takers will also be able to change up to three answers in each section, as well as bookmark and review questions during the exam.

For more information about the upcoming GMAT Focus Edition, click here.


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