I know, I know - the thought of taking a standardized test after years of being away from the classroom can certainly be daunting. One of the responsibilities of the admissions team is to evaluate whether a candidate (YOU) has the academic aptitude that is required to complete the rigorous coursework in the MBA program. Many times an undergraduate academic record is not the best indicator or predictor of success in the MBA classroom - you may have graduated college without ever taking a math class, for example. Or, perhaps your grades in quantitative courses were sub-par because you were working to pay for school and couldn't put in as much studying time as you would have liked OR you were a college athlete OR you were just less motivated and mature than you are today (we have never heard anyone claim that one :) ). That is where the GMAT or the GRE can come to the rescue.
If you are thinking about applying to MBA programs this fall, you probably are aware that the GMAT is changing next month - June 5, 2012 to be exact! The Graduate Management Admissions Council is introducing a new Integrated Reasoning (IR)section into the Next Generation GMAT. The IR section will include texts, charts and/or tables; mult-source reasoning; graphics interpretation and two-part analysis. You get to use an on-screen calculator with this section - exciting!
The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) is hosting a free virtual event THIS WEEK (April 17-19) to introduce you to the new integrated reasoning section of the GMAT.