All About the 2018 GMAT Pattern Change from 16th April 2018

All About the 2018 GMAT Pattern Change from 16th April 2018

Well, in case you haven’t heard of it already, Well let me tell you, GMAT today that is 3rd
April has sent in an e-mail, where it is announced some major changes to the test timing and
to the number of questions you’re going to be having in both Quant and Verbal. Well if your a person who is thinking of the
GMAT or you have already started your prep or maybe you have booked your date in the
month of April. Well, there is some update. Please stay with me until the end of the video not only will I be telling you what the changes
are but also be telling some strategies to help you effectively handle the new change
in the test. First thing is not everything has changed. Let me just put it very simply Section Selection order remains the same You’re still going to get one section in Quant,
one section in Verbal, one IR and one AWA IR and AWA has not changed Quant & verbal has changed. and the total test now is 3.5-hour test. So let us get a little bit into the details firstly Quant has been now reduced to 31 questions Well if you know the earlier format of the
GMAT we had 37 questions which we had to answer
in 75 minutes Now we have 31 questions and you have 62 minutes. Well the math is very easy you have 2 minutes per question is it a good thing? well we will look at it a little bit more
into the timing strategy What about verbal? Verbal also has a reduction in the number
of questions and the time available In verbal we are going to have 36 questions
and a total 65 minutes. In terms of the timing, you still have the
same 108 seconds per question. Which is been there are in the earlier format,
when we had 41 questions and 75 minutes So what has happened is that a total number
of question in Verbal and Quant have gone down. And so have the time for each of the section So now if you think about it, it is 62 minutes
and 65 minutes. Totally put together you have barely 127 minutes
for both Quant and Verbal section Breaks between the sections will also remain
the same Now what could reduce
students are asking if that you have reduced the total number of question does that mean
fewer problem solving fewer data sufficiency Well here is the estimate, we feel that the total number of questions
would be reduced which means the ratio of problem-solving and
data sufficiency would probably still be equal In case of verbal, we are assuming there is
going to be a split of 12 questions in sentence correction, 12 in critical reasoning and 12
in reading comprehension Perhaps you one fewer RC passage to read about. instead of conventional 4 RC passages, the
chances are the total number of questions have reduced, you’re probably going to get
three reading comprehension passages. Now, what is the time strategy we prescribe? Well for Quant this is the time strategy we
prescribe Instead if trying to manage the whole 62 minutes, let’s try to break it into 4 parts So the first part takes 17 minutes and subsequently
15 minutes for the next 3 parts So basically take 17, 15, 15 and 15 you should be looking at solving 7 questions
in the first 17 minutes and solve 8 questions in the subsequently 15 minutes chunk Now for verbal, they way we suggest you split
is 17 minutes for the first quarter, 16 minutes for the second, 16 minutes for the third and
16 minutes for the fourth In the each of these quarters we recommend
you solve at least nine questions each. So 9 +9 + 9 + 9=36 questions your done in
Verbal. So this is what we would suggest If you see the recommendation is based on
you spending slightly more time in the first quarter. just because we feel that you’re going to
start of your test There is a little bit of inertia so that basically will help you give that
extra one or two minutes as opposed to the second, third and fourth quarter Now, why has GMAT really done this? Well very honestly there are a couple of reasons
why they could have done it First reason why they could have done it perhaps if you know that in the last GMAT
out of 41 questions in GMAT, 11 questions were experimental Out of 37 questions in Quant, 9 questions
were experimental perhaps the total number of questions that
are counted towards the GMAT score remain the same perhaps what really has reduced is the experimental
questions We don’t know it yet but this one of the hypothesis
we have that the overall experimental questions would have gone down. The second thing that we see, GMAT has been
the test where a lot of people find it very hard to keep the attention span. With falling attention span these days, 75 minutes, even if a guy is very smart, at
some point he is going to get a little fatigue I think that was playing into aptitude though I could be smart just because the test
is so long, I am not really able to do my best. So I think in today world Shrinking the test, shrinking the number of
minutes available, shrinking the number of question available is something that is probably
a demand in the test. Especially if you compare it with something
like the GRE Where in the GRE you have the section for
30-35 minutes In terms of the total time available, you’re
actually going to do something very similar to GRE The third hypothesis we have is GMAT has been
conducting the test for many years now So many re-takers, so many data points that
they have Probably they don’t need 78 questions to assess
where you stand They are able to do that today with far fewer
questions So the calibration of the Algorithm has also
gotten smarter. That could be another reason why GMAT is reducing
the number of questions But you know what? All of this hypothesis it doesn’t matter if you were to ask me, this is great news This is great news because now you don’t need
to spend 75 minutes in verbal and 75 minutes in Quant There is a reduction Even a reduction of 10-15 minute Anyone who has taken the full-length test
will know that your actual concentration starts dropping somewhere after the first hour So if the test itself is going to be of one
hour. Then you don’t really have to be worried about
that part. So that’s what I would suggest as a strategy If you ask me it’s a great news! In case you’re still worried In case you’re still confused Don’t worry Go ahead and drop me an e-mail Drop us a line over here and we would be more than glad to answer your
queries I hope you loved this video in case you feel that there is any other question
for me to answer Please go ahead and let me know in the comment
section You can always share this video with your
friends who are taking the GMAT and hopefully it helps them too. Thank you


  • Ranganathan T R says:

    Hello Arun. Pardon me if it is already in the Video, but do we still have the freedom to select the sections as per our liking? Thank You.

  • Akshita Ahuja says:

    Hi Arun

    Thanks for the prompt update! Was very happy to have found this video at the right time! 🙂

    I gave my first attempt on 2nd April (even I'm amused at the irony), but well my score wasn't at par. Accordingly, I'd planned to schedule another attempt by the end of the month.

    However, today I checked the website and saw an update regarding the GMAT Prep App with the mock tests. It said that the app would be updated 'latest by 30th April'. Do you suggest I wait for the update, practice and then give the test or should I just go for it?

  • Mrinal Rastogi says:

    Hey Arun, from where can I practice mock tests with updated format?

  • Aleksandr Egoshin says:

    * Quant and Verbal HAVE changed

  • shivani muthappa says:

    Hi Arun. Can you please make a Video regarding the break down of the number of questions for quant and verbal. I mean how does the number of SC , CR and RC questions change. Thank you

  • Pavan says:

    Sir how one should prepare english section for bank exams ??

  • Shruti says:

    I am pretty dumb in quant, tbh (so out of practice for 12 years). So, personally, I am happy there are fewer questions to deal with.

    The attention-span thing is true, so even that works in my favor. I am pretty happy with the change.

    But that's not the reason I am commenting. I really liked your video and strategies. It is encouraging and there's a certain optimism that it gives to a nervous aspirant like me. Thank you, Arun!

  • Siddharth Satapathy says:

    Do you guys provide any online program for preparation???

  • Aditya Muley says:

    Well Well Well…

  • naga srt says:

    If the questions are reduced, doesn't it mean that the new format questions would be a bit tougher in comparision with old format? can we consider this possibility? BTW I love crackverbal videos, more power to u, keep the awesomeness growing 🙂

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  • Varun Raj says:

    Hi Arun,

    Now that the pattern is out and there isn't guessing involved- do you have any preferences or pointers as to which order we need to select the sections to maximize efficiency? Thanks!

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  • V Swaminathan says:

    I scored an overall 77%ile in CAT 2017. ( 88%ile in quants, 88%ile in LRDI, 55%ile in verbal). What would be my approx. GMAT score? Please help!

  • UTSAV MITTAL says:

    Hi Arun,
    Can you give provide explanation on what experimental questions are and what is their significance?

  • Am Nair says:

    Will this change in the GMAT format continue in the following years?

  • Shubham Paliwal says:

    Kindly tell the sequence!!!
    I mean can we take initial quant then verbal and final ir,awa.
    Or the sequence is static??

  • Aman Murarka says:

    Due to the changes made in the Quant and Verbal sections, how has it affected the percentile scoring and which percentile should we aim for a 700+ in GMAT?

  • Stallion says:

    Does GMAT have negative marking?

  • Sudip Chakravarty says:

    Can you suggest the best way to approach GRE? Do you have tutorials?

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  • Yasir Zaya says:

    Hi Sir,
    Nice informative video, make a video for cracking verbal part, specially sentence correction and critical reasoning.
    And also how to take up rc, how much time one need to spend on passage reading before trying to attempt the questions.
    Most obliged.

  • Rakesh Jayekar says:

    How much time does it for GMAT exam?

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