GMAC Unveils Sample Questions For New GMAT

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on November 3, 2010

Anybody who will be taking the GMAT in the near future might want to sit up and pay attention to this. As many of you already know, the Graduate Management Admission Council has announced plans to overhaul the GMAT, adding a new “integrated reasoning” section to the business school admissions test in 2012.

Test-takers who will be taking the GMAT from Nov. 19 to 24 will get a sneak peak at some of the new question formats that future generations of b-school wannabes will have to contend with. The new section, which will come at the end of the test, will not count toward your final score. It’s for research purposes only. GMAC will be using the results of this trial run to develop actual questions for the new test.

You don’t have to take the test to get an early look at the new question types. GMAT has posted ten sample questions online.

I have never taken the GMAT, so I’m in no position to say how the new question types compare with those already on the test, but let’s just say they’re no walk in the park. One question lays out an issue (the danger of driving while talking on a cell phone), proposes two solutions, and asks test takers to evaluate a series of statements to determine if they support the likely success of either solution. And that was the easy one. Others involve regression equations, scatter plots, pie charts, even a series of emails. All of them require the test taker to combine different types of data (hence the “integrated” in integrated reasoning).

If you’re in no mood for a test, you can always watch the video, which walks you through the new question formats in a less headache-inducing way.

GMAC wants feedback on the new question formats. So go, take the new questions for a test drive, then let us know what you think.

Reader Comments


November 4, 2010 2:39 PM

The Questions are challenging and apparently depicts real world problems. It looks like GMAC is trying to test decision making and data interpretation skills as well.


November 6, 2010 2:19 PM

I went over some of the questions. Almost like the kind of problems I work on daily in my office. I support this new format although it can be more time consuming than the current one.

Majdi Suleiman

November 11, 2010 5:32 AM

Unfortunately, the GMAC did not take in consideration what was the purpose of GMAT for Business schools. It was just to assess if you have the required competitive level of math and English.

Yet, they decided to make it more retarded.

I am going with the GRE


November 11, 2010 8:23 PM

My immediate apprehension is that terrorists are now intergrated into GMAT operations.


November 12, 2010 9:18 AM

I am scheduled to take the GMAT in 10 days and am lucky enough to have to sit for the experimental section. I just did the 10 Q's and had a pretty good feel for about 6 of the questions. 4 of them seemed out of place and odd. Regardless, it will take some time before admissions offices take kindly to the changes.
If the new questions count as an additional score Admissions offices can choose to disregard, but if they factor into the 800 score it will be very important that prospective applicants figure out how to do well on these new question types.


November 13, 2010 11:31 AM

The GMAC had no choice but to change the format into one that is harder to cheat on.The rampant cheating by oriental Asians has skewed the score curve to where one has to get nearly all quant questions correct to get a 700 score. No more high scoring Oriental asians showing up in class without the requisite skill sets to participate.

Merry O

May 6, 2011 3:58 PM

I think this is important in business schools,if you have any question about the new GMAT you can find the answer in this blog.

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