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Business Schools Reluctant to Embrace New GMAT Section



By Catherine Groux
Posted October 29, 2012 11:00 AM

Many business school officials are reluctant to accept Integrated Reasoning scores.
Many business school officials are reluctant to accept Integrated Reasoning scores.
On June 5, 2012, the Graduate Management Admission Council added the Integrated Reasoning section to its Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in the hopes of giving graduate admissions officers a better look at how prospective students integrate data to solve problems.

In a 2012 Kaplan Test Prep survey, many admissions officers were optimistic about this new section, as 41% said the Integrated Reasoning portion makes the GMAT more reflective of the holistic business school experience.

Still as this section is still so new, it has been met with greater uncertainty than approval. A new survey by Kaplan shows that 54% of business school admissions officers do not know if the Integrated Reasoning portion is more reflective of the work students will encounter during and after graduate school. Additionally, more than half of Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are unsure of how important students' Integrated Reasoning scores will be during the application process.

"Schools generally prefer to gather performance data on a new test or test section before fully incorporating it into their evaluation process," said Andrew Mitchell, director of pre-business programs for Kaplan Test Prep. "Not all applicants in 2012 will submit GMAT scores with an [Integrated Reasoning] component. We can expect that, as more data is available, schools will determine clear policies, in which Integrated Reasoning may play a key role. In the meantime, GMAT test takers should not take GMAT Integrated Reasoning any less seriously than the Quantitative or Verbal sections."

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