GMAT™ Focus Edition Is Unique in Business School Assessment Like Previous Version Sunset

GMAT™ Focus Edition Is Unique in Business School Assessment Like Previous Version Sunset

Board of Graduate Management Admissions

Board of Graduate Management Admissions

GMAC’s revised test continues to gain the trust of candidates, schools

RESTON, Wash., Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After nearly three months of successful delivery of the GMAT™ Focus Edition, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) today confirmed that it is the only version of the GMAT exam. available to potential examinees worldwide. GMAC, the global association representing leading business schools, released an updated version of the most widely used business school exam last fall alongside the existing GMAT to facilitate candidates’ business school preparation and applications.

First introduced seven decades ago, the GMAT has become the gold standard, continuously evolving to maintain its psychometric rigor while remaining a highly relevant indicator of candidate preparation for graduate business programs. The test was redesigned last year with a more efficient test-taking experience and flexible new features to better support candidates in their business education and career journey.

GMAC CEO Joy Jones said: “We are reassured and encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from so many people who have taken the latest edition of the GMAT and gained new confidence in pursuing an advanced business education. “I believe we have accomplished what we set out to do at the start of the redesign more than two years ago, enabling business school candidates to best demonstrate their skills in the most relevant and in-demand skill sets, such as critical thinking and data intelligence. We are confident that business schools will benefit from increased interest and commitment from a broader and more inclusive global applicant pool.”

GMAC revealed the GMAT Focus Edition after extensive research efforts involving hundreds of school professionals and in-depth concept testing with thousands of prospective students globally. With just three 45-minute sections, including the newly designed Data Insights section, it’s about an hour shorter than the previous version of the GMAT and requires less content to prepare for. Although the previous version of the GMAT exam is no longer available, its scores remain valid for five years. Test takers and schools have been provided with useful information so that they can easily use the scores from both exams during this period.

“The redesign makes the exam more focused, more accessible and less intimidating. But more attention doesn’t mean easier or less valuable. It just means smarter,” said Rodrigo Malta, managing director of MBA recruiting and admissions at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

Sun Long, executive director of the international MBA program at China’s Fudan University, noted that his school was among many top business schools around the world that viewed the latest iteration of the GMAT favorably. “This has helped bring us closer to meeting the needs of MBA program candidates while improving the talent pool of business schools in an ever-changing business environment.”

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of the world’s leading graduate business schools. GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruitment tools and assessments for the graduate management education industry, as well as resources, events and services to help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million students a year rely on GMAC platforms, including, GMAC Tours and Business, to learn about MBA and business graduate programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare for exams and get advice on how to register and pass. successfully achieving business education and career goals. GMAC is a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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