*GMAC has introduced a number of exciting changes to the Enhanced Score Report. You can glean much more information from the report than meets the eye. *

Applying for your ESR is a must if you plan to retake the GMAT and want detailed insights into your performance and your “problem areas”.

**Change 1 – Percentage Correct **

This is the most exciting change that GMAC has introduced in the Enhanced Score Reports. This chart helps us glean the number of experimental questions and thus, the questions that actually count towards your score.

We can also glean the distribution of experimental questions in each quarter.

Let us analyze each section –

**Integrated Reasoning **

A sample report –

Let us apply some quant principles here –

56% of questions answered correctly suggests that the denominator must be 9. (Note that 0.56 *9 = 5 – a whole number).

Hence, the IR section has 3 experimental questions and 9 questions that are actually counted towards your IR score.

**Verbal Section **

We know that the Verbal section has 41 questions. The Verbal Section is divided into four quarters.

We can safely assume the distribution of questions in each section as –

Quarter 1 |
10 |

Quarter 2 |
10 |

Quarter 3 |
10 |

Quarter 4 |
11 |

Let us look at a sample report –

Quarter 1 – 25% incorrect suggests that the denominator must be a multiple of 4. (either 4 or 8).

The number of tested questions in the first quarter is 8.

Quarter 2 – 43% incorrect suggests that the denominator must be a multiple of 7. The number of tested questions in the second quarter is 7.

Quarter 3 – 29% incorrect suggests that the denominator must be a multiple of 7. The number of tested question in the third quarter is 7.

Quarter 4 – 12% incorrect suggests that the denominator must be a multiple of 8. The number of tested question in the fourth quarter is 8.

So, here is the breakup –

Quarter |
Experimental Questions |
Tested Questions |
---|

Quarter 1 |
2 |
8 |

Quarter 2 |
3 |
7 |

Quarter 3 |
3 |
7 |

Quarter 4 |
3 |
8 |

**Quantitative Section **

We know that the Verbal section has 41 questions. The Verbal Section is divided into four quarters.

We can safely assume the distribution of questions in each section as –

Quarter 1 |
9 |

Quarter 2 |
9 |

Quarter 3 |
9 |

Quarter 4 |
10 |

Let us look at a sample report –

14%, 29%, 43% incorrect – all these percentages suggest that the denominator must be 7. i.e. the number of tested questions in each quarter of the quantitative section must be 7.

So, here is the breakup –

Quarter |
Experimental Questions |
Tested Questions |

Quarter 1 |
2 |
7 |

Quarter 2 |
2 |
7 |

Quarter 3 |
2 |
7 |

Quarter 4 |
3 |
7 |

**Change 2 – Level of Difficulty **

Let us look at a sample report –

We can see from this report that she has got questions that are easier incorrect. This clearly hurts your overall performance.

**Change 3 – Time Management Section **

Understanding time spent in each quarter helps determine whether you have issues with time management.

Also, this section gives you an idea about the average time spent on questions answered correctly vs. questions not answered correctly.

Let us look at a sample report –

We can clearly that she has spent too much time in the second and third quarters of the Section and rushed through the last section.

Since, she rushed through the last section, she has got many questions in the last quarter incorrect.

This has adversely impacted her GMAT score. If the distribution of incorrect questions had been more uniform, she would have score higher.

Since, the incorrect questions are concentrated in one particular section, her score is much lower than what she should have scored.

CrackVerbal recommends this timing strategy –

**For Verbal **

15 min |
8 questions complete |

30 min |
16 questions complete |

45 min |
24 questions complete |

60 min |
32 questions complete |

75 min |
41 questions complete |

**For Quant **

15 min |
8 questions complete |

30 min |
16 questions complete |

45 min |
23 questions complete |

60 min |
30 questions complete |

75 min |
37 questions complete |

Adios!!

*I hope this article helped you in understanding the chnages in Enhanced Score Report and how to get around them to reach an amazing score. *

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