GMAT exam duration has been reduced by 30 minutes. Instead of four hours, the exam will be conducted in 3 and half hours from April 16, 2018.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) duration has been reduced by 30 minutes. The decision was taken by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and the changes made in the exam duration will be applicable from April 16, 2018 onwards. With this development in place, candidates will be able to take a shorter exam from now.
In a briefing, one of the senior GMAC officials announced the changes and stated that the decision to reduce the exam duration from four hours to three and half hour has been taken without disturbing the quality and scoring algorithm whatsoever.
The exam duration has been shortened while streamlining two otherwise longer sections of the GMAT, verbal and quantitative reasoning that are. This will reduce the number of unscored, research questions in these two sections. No changes have been made to the exam’s analytical writing or integrated reasoning sections.
Besides this, the way GMAT exam is scored; the types of questions, the content of the exam and the average time per question are not changing either. In a nutshell, the changes will have no effect on GMAT exam scoring for the number of scored questions will not change at all. The biggest factor, as stated above, is there will be no changes in the scoring algorithm, the total score, individual quant as well as verbal section scores will be comparable to the exams taken in the years gone by.