The GMAC announced earlier today that effective April 16, test takers will be able to finish the GMAT in 3.5 hours instead of 4 hours. The test and scoring themselves are not technically changing and the ‘new test’ scores will be directly comparable to the ‘old test’ scores.
Essentially, the GMAC is reducing the number of unscored research questions in the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections. They also claim to be simplifying the tutorial and instruction screens.
One change we’re definitely behind is a new, online tutorial available at mba.com that test takers can review ahead of time. Assuming the new tutorial is effective — and we have no reason to assume it won’t be — we encourage all of our readers to become familiar with it before test day.