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New GMAT Exam Changes from July 11, 2017 to Reorder sections

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GMAC made an annoucement today on its news center that from July 11, 2017 onwards it will allow students to choose section of order, a feature to provide students the flexibility to customize their GMAT experience by choosing the order in which they feel most conformtable taking the exam. 

GMAC began testing this feature of select of students last year and now its being incorporated formally. 


“The idea of being allowed to choose the section order had been commonly requested by test takers,” said Ashok Sarathy, vice president, Product Management, GMAC. “We conducted a pilot in 2016 to test this feature and received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with 85 percent of participants surveyed expressing that this new feature boosted their confidence prior to even taking the exam. Our pilot findings also concluded that taking the exam in different section orders continues to maintain the quality and integrity of the GMAT scores.”

So what is that you will be required to do?
The GMAT has currently 4 sections, and from July 11 onwards, you will be able to select the desired section order to at the test center on exam date, immediately prior to the start of the exam. Students will have the choice to choose from the three options. 

Original Order 
Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal 

New Order to Choose from
- Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment; or
- Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment.

The changes are in continuation of steps from GMAC to enhance the user experience including ability to cancel the score and ability to retake the exam within 16 days instead of 31 days. 

Link to the official annoucement

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