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Survey shows GMAT sections hold different weight

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Aspiring MBA students typically do a great deal of prep work when studying for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). They may meet with tutors, take practice exams and attend study groups every week to ensure their highest possible grade on the verbal reasoning, analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and integrated reasoning sections of the test. However, a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep showed that students' scores on the different parts of the exam are not considered equal in the eyes of admissions officers from more than 200 business schools in the U.S.

According to the survey, 60 percent of admissions officers don't view the integrated reasoning section to be an important part of a student's GMAT score. The section was rolled out in June 2012 and, as the Graduate Management Admission Council explained, is meant to test a student's ability to interpret and use data to solve complex problems. This section is scored separately with a range from 1 to 8.

The Kaplan survey found that 50 percent of admissions officers consider a poor overall GMAT score to be "the biggest application killer" for those aspiring to get accepted into MBA programs. However, a good score on the integrated reasoning section could make an applicant stand out. Therefore, it's important for students to put their best effort into all sections of the exam.

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