Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55
Harvard | Mr. Smart Operations
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Darden | Mr. Strategy Manager
GRE 321, GPA 3.5
Ross | Mr. Airline Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.73
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corporate VC Hustler
GMAT 780, GPA 3.17
Wharton | Mr. Marketing Director
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Ms. Healthcare Startup
GRE 321, GPA 3.51
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1

You Can Now Re-Order GMAT Exam Sections

With the GMAT continuing to lose marketshare to the rival GRE exam, the Graduate Management Admission Council today (June 15) launched a new feature that allows test takers to re-order the four sections of the exam. Dubbed “Select Section Order,” the new option will be available on all tests worldwide beginning July 11th.

From then on, test takers will select their desired section order at the test center on exam date, immediately prior to the start of the exam. Test takers will be able to choose from three options:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order);
  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment; or
  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment.

“The idea of being allowed to choose the section order had been commonly requested by test takers,” said Ashok Sarathy, vice president of product management for GMAC, in a statement. “We conducted a pilot in 2016 to test this feature and received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with 85% of participants surveyed expressing that this new feature boosted their confidence prior to even taking the exam. Our pilot findings also concluded that taking the exam in different section orders continues to maintain the quality and integrity of the GMAT scores.”

IT’S THE LATEST IN A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO MAKE THE GMAT MORE USER FRIENDLY

Ashok Sarathy, vice president of product management at GMAC

The change comes as more business schools admit an increasing number of applicants who have submitted rival GRE score reports instead of the GMAT. At Yale’s School of Management last year 22% of the incoming class had taken the GRE. At MIT Sloan, the the total was 18%, while at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Dartmouth Tuck School of Business 13% of the class was enrolled with a GRE score (see Average GRE Scores At Leading Business Schools).

At some business schools, the increases in GRE test takers in the past year have been substantial, more than doubling at Texas A&M (15% to 39%), Southern Methodist University (12% to 35%), and Arizona State University (14% to 30%). The GMAT, however, maintains dominant marketshare among business school students and GMAC claims that nine out of 10 new MBA enrollments at the top 50 U.S. full-time MBA programs are made using a GMAT score.

This latest test option is just the latest in a continuation of the steps GMAC has implemented in recent years to enhance the test takers’ GMAT experience, including:

  • the ability to cancel scores online after leaving the test center and the enhanced score reinstatement policies (March 2016),
  • removing cancelled scores from school score reports; allowing candidates to retake the GMAT exam after a 16-day time period rather than the previous 31-day retake period; and enabling test takers to access their Official Score Report online using their date of birth instead of an authentication code (July 2015),
  • introduction of the GMAT Enhanced Score Report, which provides test takers access to an in-depth analysis of their overall GMAT performance (January 2015), and
  • introduction of GMAT Score Preview, enabling test takers to preview their unofficial scores before deciding whether to report or cancel them (July 2014).

“The GMAT exam shows business schools that the test taker is serious about earning a graduate business degree and demonstrates the individual’s commitment and readiness for the rigors of a graduate business program,” said Sarathy.

DON’T MISS: AVERAGE GMAT SCORES AT THE LEADING BUSINESS SCHOOLS

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.