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GMAT select section order

GMAC has just annouced that from July 11, a new option will be added to the GMAT. Indeed, test takers will be able to select the order in which they want to attempt the GMAT sections: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quant, and Verbal.

New GMAT Feature: Select Section Order

Until July 10, 2017 included, all GMAT test takers have to follow the given order:
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning (IR), Quant, and, finally, Verbal.

  • As of July 11, 2017, test takers will be given two other possible orders:
  • Verbal, Quant, IR, AWA
  • Quant, Verbal, IR, AWA
  • How will GMAT upgrading affect candidates?

    Test takers will have to select their preferred order at the test center itself, on test day, just before starting the exam. There will still be two optional 8-minute breaks after each main part of the GMAT: AWA, IR, Quant, and Verbal.

    The order in which you decide to take the test will not show on the score report sent to the schools and MBA programs you are applying to. In fact, studies undertaken last year by the test maker, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), demonstrate that the order in which you take the test sections has no impact whatsoever on your score or your percentile. But then why are test takers given this new option?

    Why does the GMAT need a change?

    According to GMAC, as many as 85% of respondents to a survey declared being able to choose the order of the sections would help them. GMAC then tested this option on some second-time test takers before making it available to all.

    When prepping your GMAT, don’t forget to practice the sections in different orders, so that you know which format makes you more confident!

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