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Has anyone not heard yet that the GMAT is changing on June 5th? If you’re sure you won’t need to take the new test, you don’t need to read this article. If you are planning to take the new test, though, or if you think you might have to, then read on.

### Scoring

Over the past week, GMAC has released some additional information about the new Integrated Reasoning (IR) section – in particular, some very key details on how the scoring is going to work.

When GMATPrep 2.0® launched a few weeks ago, it became apparent that the scoring scale would be from a low of 1 to a high of 8, and GMAC has since confirmed that the scores will be given in integer increments – no 6.5 or 7.5 scores.

More importantly, we now know that the IR section scoring will be based on percentage correct, unlike the quant and verbal portions of the test, and there will be no penalty for incorrect answers. Integrated Reasoning is not an adaptive test, so the primary determinant of our score really is just how many we get right. (Note: although the test is not adaptive, we still can’t go back to questions we’ve already finished. Once you confirm an answer, that question is gone for good.) Further, the different question types will all be weighted the same – so it’s not the case that, say, Graphics Interpretation questions will be any more or less important than Table Analysis questions. Continue Reading…

Then this article’s for you. Everyone I’ve talked to recently falls into one of two camps:

• I need to take the test before it changes and I’m running out of time! Help!
• I need to take the new GMAT with IR and I don’t know what to do! Help!

If you’re in the latter category, read last week’s article and check back again next week, when I’ll have an article for you regarding how to study for IR. This week, we’re going to talk about what to do for those who are still trying to get the test done before it changes on June 5th.

### How far are you from your goal?

Have you taken a practice test recently – under official testing conditions? “Official conditions” means you did the essays, you stuck to roughly 8 minute breaks, you didn’t pause the test and come back to it later… basically, you did what you’re going to have to do on the real test. Also, you hadn’t already seen the questions before, right? One or two might still be okay, but if you recognized more than that, or if you deviated significantly from official test conditions, take another test.

You’re doing this to get a good idea of your current scoring level. Compare that to your desired score on the real test. How far apart are the two scores? Continue Reading…

The 13th Edition of the Official Guide for GMAT Review (the Official Guide 13 or OG 13) has finally been released publicly. Here at Manhattan GMAT, we’ve done an initial analysis of the OG13 book.

### 1. The Official Guide 13 Is Not Radically Different

OG13 contains 907 practice problems for the “main” part of the GMAT (Quant & Verbal). Of those 907 problems, only 17% are new. Since you know your fraction equivalents, we don’t have to tell you that 17% is about 1 out of 6.

Out of 907 problems, 749 are repeats (yes, that’s 5 out of 6). If you already have the 12th Edition, a good way to look at the 13th Edition is as a source of 158 great new practice problems. We’ve listed them by number at the end of this post. Continue Reading…

I don’t even need to say what the myth is! Everyone already knows – that’s how pervasive it is. Ever since the GMAT and GRE CATs launched in the 1990s people have believed that the earlier questions are worth more, that if we could get the first 7 (or 5, or 10) questions in a row right, we’d be guaranteed a really high score.

And you’ve likely also heard that this is a myth – from me, from other teachers, from Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Rudner, Chief Psychometrician of GMAC (the organization that makes the GMAT). And yet so many people still talk about it and believe it – so who should we believe?

This is probably the shortest – and most important – article I’ve written in a year. It’s just a little story, but it’s the story of a crucial epiphany one of my students (and I) just had.

Last night, at the end of a class I was teaching, one of my students began asking questions about timing and guessing on the GMAT. He’s really struggling with the idea that he has to let some questions go and that he’s going to get a decent number of questions wrong. I told him he’s not alone; most students have significant difficulty accepting this idea – and those who can’t accept it almost never reach their goal scores.

As we discussed the boring details of how the GMAT works, he acknowledged that he knew he had to do what I said (because I’m the expert =) ), but he was having a tough time because, normally, he’s “in it to win it.”

(For those who aren’t familiar with that expression, it means that, if you’re playing a game, you’re always going for it and trying to win.)

When he said that, a light bulb went off in my head, and I then said something to him that made a light bulb go off in his head. I said:

“Yes, but are you playing the right game?”

Note: This is an updated version of an article posted last year.

As GMAC gears up to release the Next Generation GMAT in June of 2012, we’ve been taking a look at the four sample questions posted on the mba.com website.

Let’s look at the hardest one of these questions in more detail! I can’t reproduce the problem here for reasons that will be obvious once you actually start to tackle it yourself. I also can’t tell you how much time to give yourself because GMAC hasn’t given us any timing guidelines. Just take whatever time you need. (Note: all excerpts or quotes from the problem are copyright GMAC.)

Several weeks ago, GMAC (the people who make the test) held its biennial Test Prep Summit, and we’ve all been writing articles about it ever since.  I have more for you today – and enough for several more articles after that, including another idioms article that I had hoped to have for you today, but the research isn’t done yet. Instead, today I’m going to share with you some very useful knowledge that has been published by Lawrence M. Rudner, Chief Psychometrician of GMAC, in his Demystifying the GMAT article series.