Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has reduced the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam duration by 30 minutes.
The new changes in exam will be applicable from April 16 onwards.
A senior official at the GMAC announced the changes and said that the decision has been taken to reduce the duration of exam by half-hour. The exam, from now on, will be three and a half hour duration instead of 4 hours duration, however; no changes have been made to the quality and scoring algorithm of the exam.
“We believe candidates will have less anxiety and feel better prepared, which can contribute to a better reflection of their true performance on the exam,” Vineet Chhabra, senior director of product management for GMAC, said.
“Through our ongoing market feedback and operational reviews, we were able to identify this opportunity to shorten the exam, without changing its reliability,” he added.
The exam duration is shortened by streamlining the quantitative and verbal reasoning sections, which are the longest sections of the exam.
“Several tutorial and instruction screens that test-takers see at the test center have also been simplified. There are no changes to the exam's analytical writing or integrated reasoning sections. The way the GMAT exam is scored, the content of the exam, the question types and the average time per question are not changing. This change will not affect GMAT exam scoring as the number of scored questions will not change,” Chhabra said.
“The scoring algorithm will be the same, the total score and individual quant and verbal section scores will be comparable to the exams taken prior to this change,” he added.