NEW DELHI : The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), accepted as an admission criteria by more than 2,300 business schools around the world, will now include the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section, which was previously omitted from the online review.
The move is part of some improvements introduced by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the administrator of GMAT, in the online exam that provides additional flexibility for applicants and creates greater parity with the exam experience. from the test center.
According to GMAC officials, in response to rapidly changing marketing dynamics, some GMAT features were omitted from the initial launch of the GMAT online exam, including the AWA section.
However, the AWA section has remained an integral part of the GMAT exam, providing business schools with important information and candidates the opportunity to think critically and communicate ideas, they said.
The GMAT online exam has evolved since the onset of COVID-19 from an interim solution to a permanent solution, allowing for a consistent assessment of talent in an ever-changing virtual environment. In less than a year, GMAC released several enhancements to the GMAT online exam experience, including the use of physical and online whiteboards, disabled accommodations, and the ability to retake the exam. online from GMAT.
“We strive to provide the flexibility and support necessary to meet the long-term needs of schools and applicants. As we continue to adapt to the uncertainties of the new standard, our online exams are becoming a vital standard option, giving candidates around the world the confidence to perform tests in a test center or online to meet their needs. when it comes to applying to business schools, ”said Joy Jones, GMAC chief product officer and general manager of reviews.
“Schools were keen to include AWA online and we worked to make this happen to support the seasonality of the application cycle. We will continue to make investments to support our schools and candidates with improved and comparable exam experiences online and in testing centers, ”he added.
Since the launch of the GMAT online exam, more than 45,000 exams have been administered in more than 150 countries, territories and special administrative regions.
“The GMAT exam is a powerful tool for business school applicants and admissions professionals to help make ‘well-suited’ decisions for MBA and Masters of Business programs, which see record numbers of applicants.” , Jones said.
“We believe that candidates around the world should be given the opportunity to choose how they test to achieve their best on exam day in pursuit of their goals. Our continuous improvements to the online GMAT exam help ensure consistency of options and continue to meet the evolving needs of applicants and business schools, ”he added.
The GMAT exam is mandatory for admissions to business schools and is designed to highlight the skills most relevant to the world’s leading business graduate programs. Nine of the 10 new MBA registrations worldwide are completed using a GMAT score.
GMAC is a global non-profit association of 223 business schools. It owns and administers the GMAT exam, used by over 7,000 graduate programs around the world.