New GMAT Format Has Implications for Students Wanting to Go to the United States for MBA

The main admissions test required by MBA programs in the United States – the GMAT – is now different. A new section called “Integrated Reasoning” takes the place of one of the two former Analytical Writing Assessments included on the exam. The new section tests skills and knowledge that any student applying to a credible MBA program should already have: the abilities to make decisions, detect patterns, and utilize quantitative and verbal reasoning to solve problems.


The section will last 30 minutes, and will consist of twelve questions of four different types: Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, Table Analysis, and Multi-Source Reasoning. The test remains 3 hours and 30 minutes long. Like the Analytical Writing Assessment, the Integrated Reasoning is scored separately and does not figure into the total score of the exam. Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8.


Belgian students will find that the new Integrated Reasoning section increases the emphasis the test places on analytical skills, such as the ability to comprehend, analyse, and make use of data. Students studying for the GMAT should thus focus not just on their ability to comprehend information, but also their ability to utilize that information in a practical way.


Fulbright will be updating our GMAT preparation materials to stay up-to-date with the new format. These preparation materials, along with information and study guides for other US standardized tests, are available on loan from our offices at the Royal Library in Brussels.


The new format of the test launched in June 2012. For more information, please consult the official website of the GMAT here:

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