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GMAT Overhaul

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If you are planning to take the  GMAT or graduate management aptitude test to get into a good American business school, put away the English language book and get started on your Excel spreadsheets instead. Starting next month, GMAT will no longer test verbal, mathematical and analytical writing; most of that last section will be replaced by a new section called Integrated Reasoning. Research for the new test format began in 2009, and took inputs from more than 700 management school faculty members. The idea is to introduce real life business situations in the tests; there will be sortable tables, or even the odd chart and questions that would test the test takers' ability to analyse the data in them. Some questions would involve multi-source reasoning, wherein there will be multiple tabs — text (a note from the boss), charts and tables: stuff you see in the financial services industry. So along with the spreadsheets, you will need to pick up the balance sheets too.

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 04-06-2012)