The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an essential component of the business school admissions process. It is a standardized examination that assesses your analytical, written, mathematical, and verbal abilities. The GMAT is taken by thousands of students each year and is an important element in admissions to major business schools throughout the world.

The GMAC has announced substantial modifications to the GMAT test, including the release of a new edition called the “GMAT Focus Edition.” According to GMAC, the redesigned GMAT “focuses on higher-order critical thinking and data literacy abilities that are highly relevant and useful in the corporate climate of tomorrow.”

When Will the Focus Edition Be Released?

Although the exact launch date of the new version is not yet known, the changes are expected to be implemented later this year. 

Key Changes 

Format Changes

A. Testing time

The GMAT Focus Edition is only 2 hours and 15 minutes long (not including breaks), whereas the current GMAT is 3 hours and 7 minutes long (again, not including breaks). 

So, the GMAT Focus Edition is about 1 hour shorter than the current GMAT.

B. Section order selection

 Whereas on the current GMAT, you have 3 options for your selection order, on the new version of the GMAT, you will be able to complete the 3 sections in any order you choose. 

So, instead of having just 3 section order options, you’ll have 6:

  • Data Insights → Quant → Verbal
  • Data Insights → Verbal → Quant
  • Quant → Verbal → Data Insights 
  • Quant → Data Insights → Verbal 
  • Verbal → Data Insights → Quant
  • Verbal → Quant → Data Insights 

C. Adaptivity

The big change in the adaptive nature of the exam is that all 3 sections of the Focus Edition are adaptive. So, the Data Insights section (Integrated Reasoning on the old version) will be adaptive, just as the Verbal and Quantitative sections are.

D. Question Review & Edit 

An exciting new feature of the GMAT Focus Edition is the option to review the questions and edit the answers in each section before the section time runs out. It allows test-takers to edit answers to up to 3 questions per section and bookmark and return to questions for review.

E. Scoring

GMAT Focus Edition scores also look different.  All 3 sections of the GMAT Focus Edition are scored on a scale of 60-90 and contribute equally to your GMAT Total Score.

F. Score Reporting

For the GMAT Focus Edition, test-takers can see their GMAT scores on test day before they select score recipients, rather than after. Furthermore, any Official Score Report you send will contain only 1 GMAT score, rather than your entire GMAT score history. 

G. Enhanced score report

The Enhanced Score Report is included for free with registration for the GMAT Focus Edition.

Content Changes

A. AWA

There is no essay section on the GMAT Focus Edition. So, unlike on the current GMAT, all of the questions on the new version of the GMAT are multiple-choice.

B. Quant

a major change to the Quant section is that the GMAT Focus Edition Quant section will not include Data Sufficiency questions. Data Sufficiency is getting moved to the Data Insights section.

The Quant section of the GMAT Focus Edition appears to cover the same math topics as the current GMAT, with the exception of Geometry.

C. Verbal

On the GMAT Focus Edition, the Verbal section will include only Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning questions. The Verbal section of the GMAT Focus Edition will not include Sentence Correction questions.

D. Integrated Reasoning

The Data Insights section of the GMAT Focus Edition includes all the question types in the Integrated Reasoning section of the current GMAT, plus Data Sufficiency.

The GMAT Focus Edition aims to streamline the exam, making it shorter and more focused, allowing test-takers to showcase their skills in a more efficient manner. The changes in the exam structure and content aim to align it better with business school curricula, allowing for a more relevant and meaningful assessment of the test-takers’ abilities.