Important Changes to GMAT Delivery Beginning in 2006

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Not sure whether this has been posted before.. but just saw the princeton website and found this... Important Changes to GMAT Delivery Beginning in 2006 You may have heard that beginning in January 2006, ACT will develop the GMAT and...
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Not sure whether this has been posted before.. but just saw the princeton website and found this...


Important Changes to GMAT Delivery Beginning in 2006

You may have heard that beginning in January 2006, ACT will develop the GMAT and Pearson VUE will administer the exam (currently its developed by ETS and administered by Thomson Prometric). Although no changes to the exams format are currently planned, you should be aware of the upcoming changes.

Test Centers
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) decided to change providers in large part to improve test security and to increase the number of test centers outside the U.S. Pearson VUE will implement new security measures, such as the use of digital fingerprinting. Though the test centers administering the GMAT will change, the number of test centers in the U.S. will remain about the same. The number of centers outside the U.S. will increase. Currently, some overseas test centers deliver paper exams, and starting in 2006, all centers will deliver exams on computer.

The change in test centers will have little impact on students taking the GMAT in the U.S. Provided there are no problems with the international expansion, access to testing for students taking the GMAT outside the U.S. should improve.

Test Registration
After the switch, test takers will still be able to register online at mba.com. Registration by phone and mail will continue to be available, although the phone numbers and addresses will change. Walk-in registration at test centers will no longer be accepted. Registration for 2006 exams will open on October 1, 2005.

Though we urge students to register well in advance of when they plan to take the GMAT, some students wait to register until the last minute. Right now, they are sometimes able to get appointments by calling or stopping by individual test centers. Students wont be able to do this after the end of 2005 when Thomson Prometric centers will be winding down GMAT delivery, and Pearson VUE centers will be gearing up. GMAC is confident the transition will go smoothly, but unexpected difficulties can crop up. We urge everyone planning to test in December 2005 or January 2006 to make their test reservations as far ahead of time as possible.

The Testing Experience
Pearson VUE centers have a standardized design, so the testing experience will be largely the same for everyone. At Thomson Prometric centers, proctors sit outside the testing room and observe examinees via video camera. They occasionally patrol the testing room, a practice many examinees find disconcerting. At Pearson VUE centers, the proctor will sit in a booth at the center of the testing room. Each testing room will have from three to fifteen workstations, and large test centers may have several testing rooms.

Test takers will no longer be given scratch paper and pencils to work out problems. Instead, each test taker will have an erasable tablet - a white board, essentially. The tablets are approximately the size of a sheet of paper. We dont know yet what kind of markers and erasers will be provided, but will keep you informed as soon as we get more information.

Finally, there will be minor upgrades to the test interface and the font will look and feel more contemporary.

Score Reports
Test takers will no longer have to wait two to three weeks to get their official score reports by mail. Theyll be able to access score reports and send reports to schools through a secure online system. Its not yet clear how soon after the exam essay grades and the complete report will be available.

GMAC will offer Paper in a Pinch score reports for those who dont have access to a computer. There will be no fee associated with this score report delivery method.

GMAT scores remain valid for five years, and those who have scores from the past five years will still be able to request reports. Scores between five and ten years old can also be reported, though test takers have to make that request through GMACs call center.

The reports provided to schools will change in one way. Currently, if an examinee has taken the GMAT several times, GMAC reports scores from the three most recent exams. Starting in 2006, GMAC will report all scores from the past five years. Based on the information provided, we believe the online reporting system will be an improvement over the current one.

Beta Testing
GMAC will perform trials on the new delivery system with real GMAT takers between July 15 and August 15 in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Nashville, San Francisco, and some overseas centers. These trials will be open to first-time test takers who submit information for prequalification at mba.com between April 1 and June 27. If selected, examinees will be allowed to register for the exam at the new centers. GMAC will reimburse the $250 registration fee for those who complete the exam and answer an exit survey. Scores from these exams will be official, and test takers will be able to use them to apply to schools. Score reports will be delivered on paper.

Official Guide and GMAC Software
The 11th Edition of The Official Guide for GMAT Review will debut this summer. The 800 questions in the Guide are retired GMAT questions, most of which have not appeared in previous editions. The new guide opens with a diagnostic section, consisting of approximately 50 Math and 50 Verbal questions. You dont get a score after completing the section, but you do find out your level of possible performance (below average, average, above average, etc.) on each question type. GMAC will also be releasing two supplemental texts - The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review and The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review. Each guide will have about 300 questions. The questions in the supplements differ from those in the 11th Edition, though all can be found in the 10th Edition.

GMAC has made an effort to improve the explanations in all of its guides and claims they will be much clearer in the new books. Two practice exams will be available via download and CD, just as they are now, but the software will be new. It will go under the name GMATPrep, rather than the current PowerPrep name. The questions on PowerPrep software largely overlap with the 10th Edition of the Official Guide. GMAC says that the new tests will have no overlap with the questions in the new guides.

The new guides and software are very welcome - its been a while since GMAC has released any new questions. The Princeton Review will provide the 11th Edition and both supplements as part of our GMAT courses.
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Hi Friends
Is there any one who can elaborate on whether there exists any diff. between test center experience in India and in US.
I have given my GMAT once in the Prometric Environment .. seems it has changed ... now im planning for another stint in US..
Just wanted 2 know whether there's any diff ... in terms of the TEST CENTER Experience ...
My apolologies if this post does not fall in line :-(
Thx
M2k


Hi M2XX,

Only people who have taken GMAT at both locations can answer your question correctly, also factor in prometric >> P-Vue change as well as India >> USA change, so you ve gotta gr8 GMAT-kinda problem. Solutions anyone?

When and where in USA are u taking Gmat?

I am taking it on july 15 @Chicago.
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Hi,

I wanted to know

1> Do the schools take a note of the number of times we have taken GMAT ???

2> Does taking GMAT many times ,(to improve on the score) hamper our chances in any way ??? [ except the money part of cource ]

Regards,
AMIT MEHRA :

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Hi Kunal!
I m from India. what formalities we have complete at the test centre before and after/end of the test. what documents we have to carry there. as i have to go to another city and if i forget anything it will be a @#$%&*..... for me. Will be greatful if get some guidence regarding AWA and essay part.

Nabs


Hey nabs

1) take a passport - nothing else will do as an identity doc
2) not many formailities - 1 digital sign, 1 digital snap and a fingerprint. no sweat.
3) that is pretty much it....

all the best

Kunal
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Hi Kunal!
I m from India. what formalities we have complete at the test centre before and after/end of the test. what documents we have to carry there. as i have to go to another city and if i forget anything it will be a @#$%&*..... for me. Will be greatful if get some guidence regarding AWA and essay part.

Nabs

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Hi Friends

Is there any one who can elaborate on whether there exists any diff. between test center experience in India and in US.

I have given my GMAT once in the Prometric Environment .. seems it has changed ... now im planning for another stint in US..

Just wanted 2 know whether there's any diff ... in terms of the TEST CENTER Experience ...

My apolologies if this post does not fall in line :-(

Thx
M2k
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Hey Kunal,i will be taking GMAT on 25.6.06.The last date for submiting the application is 30 .6.06.Is it ok with regards the score to reach the respective institute as they are being done online and we longer have to wait 2-3 weeks.Can you pls confirm if possible.
thanx....


Hi JM

My official score card mentioned that it takes 20 days to send the reports to the various schools. I am thinking they meant the detailed reports.
The score itself should be transmitted to them instantly. atleast that is what makes sense too

Kunal
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Hey Kunal,i will be taking GMAT on 25.6.06.The last date for submiting the application is 30 .6.06.Is it ok with regards the score to reach the respective institute as they are being done online and we longer have to wait 2-3 weeks.Can you pls confirm if possible.
thanx....
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Can any GMAT-2006 test taker describe about the scratch pad available for GMAT? Abt the markers? Thin or thick nibbed like the ones we use on non-dust boards in meetings?
Does it smell bad? If so, hasnt anyone sued Pearsons or GMAC for intoxicating odour?
Basically, I want to know more about the stationery on offer. I hope it doesnt take much of our time in getting accustomed to it. I m a GMAT june-2006 aspirant.


The scratch pad is actually a plastic sheet pad in which you get plastic sheets with a grid pattern. The markers are fine point types (unlike the thick ones used in presentations etc. ) no intoxicating smells either ;-)

the nib is actually quite similar to good quality sketch pens

Hope it helps

ATB

Kunal
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Can any GMAT-2006 test taker describe about the scratch pad available for GMAT? Abt the markers? Thin or thick nibbed like the ones we use on non-dust boards in meetings?

Does it smell bad? If so, hasnt anyone sued Pearsons or GMAC for intoxicating odour?

Basically, I want to know more about the stationery on offer. I hope it doesnt take much of our time in getting accustomed to it. I m a GMAT june-2006 aspirant.
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