What is GMAT Focus

Understanding the GMAT Focus

Enhanced through collaboration with top-tier business schools and aspiring candidates, the GMAT has undergone a transformation to mirror the dynamic shifts in the business landscape. The GMAT Focus Edition persists in its tradition as the exclusive graduate business entrance exam that identifies driven and capable candidates destined for success in both academic settings and real-world applications. This is achieved by:

1. Offering a markedly more accurate forecast of a candidate’s potential for success in the business school classroom compared to the GRE General Test.
2. Evaluating pertinent skillsets, including the growing demand for data analytics, crucial in today’s ever-evolving business environment.

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GMAT Focus Exam Structure

Quantitative Reasoning: 45 minutes, 21 questions, assesses problem solving skills

Verbal Reasoning: 45 minutes, 23 questions, assesses critical reasoning and reading comprehension skills

Data Insights: 45 minutes, 20 questions, assesses data literacy skills

Discover the GMAT™ Focus Edition’s three sections, designed to address contemporary business challenges and opportunities, equipping you for success in graduate business school and beyond. Explore this page to understand:

1. The skills assessed in each exam section.
2. The types of questions encountered in each section.
3. Additional insights on Data Insights.

The Quantitative session:

GMAT™ Focus Edition’s updated Quantitative Reasoning section! In this edition, Data Sufficiency questions have been replaced. This section evaluates your proficiency in algebraic and arithmetic fundamentals, assessing your ability to apply this knowledge in problem-solving scenarios. Consisting of 21 Problem Solving questions, these inquiries demand a grasp of arithmetic and elementary algebra. Success in answering them hinges on logical and analytical skills rather than mere mathematical proficiency, and it’s important to note that no calculators are allowed during this section.

The Verbal session:

The GMAT™ Focus Edition Verbal Reasoning section has undergone a transformation, no longer featuring Sentence Correction questions. This segment assesses your skills in reading, comprehending written material, and evaluating arguments. Consisting of 23 questions, it includes both Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning components.

In the Reading Comprehension segment, your abilities in understanding words and statements, recognizing logical relationships between key points, drawing inferences, and tracking the development of quantitative concepts will be evaluated. Specific reading skills such as identifying the main idea, supporting ideas, making inferences, applying concepts, understanding logical structures, and recognizing style will be tested.

The Critical Reasoning segment assesses your proficiency in constructing and assessing arguments, as well as formulating or evaluating plans of action. These questions are centered around short reading passages, typically containing fewer than 100 words. Each passage is accompanied by a question that prompts you to identify which of the five answer options strengthens or weakens an argument, explains the flaws in the argument, or strongly supports or undermines it. Importantly, specialized knowledge of the subject matter is not required to answer these questions.

The Data Insights session:

The Data Insights section of the GMAT™ Focus Edition evaluates candidates’ proficiency in analyzing and interpreting data, applying it to real-world business scenarios. This updated test design incorporates Integrated Reasoning and Data Sufficiency question types, assessing a newly calibrated digital and data literacy dimension—an essential skillset in today’s business landscape.

Comprising 20 questions, this section challenges you to assess how various sources and types of information, including graphic, numeric, and verbal data, interrelate and can be utilized for informed decision-making. Questions may involve mathematical calculations, data analysis, verbal reasoning, or a combination of these skills. An on-screen calculator is available for use during this section.

Key question types in the Data Insights section include:

1. Data Sufficiency: Measures your ability to analyze a quantitative problem, identify relevant data, and determine the point at which there is enough information to solve the problem.

2. Multi-Source Reasoning: Evaluates your skill in examining data from multiple sources, such as text passages, tables, and graphics, to answer questions. This may involve recognizing discrepancies, drawing inferences, or determining the relevance of data.

3. Table Analysis: Assesses your capacity to sort and analyze data presented in a table format, similar to a spreadsheet, to identify relevant information or meet specified conditions.

4. Graphics Interpretation: Measures your ability to interpret information presented in graphical forms, such as scatter plots, x/y graphs, bar charts, pie charts, or statistical curve distributions, to discern relationships and make inferences.

5. Two-Part Analysis: Tests your capability to solve complex problems—whether quantitative, verbal, or a combination of both. The versatile format intentionally covers a broad range of content, evaluating your ability to assess trade-offs, solve simultaneous equations, and recognize relationships between two entities.

GMAT™ Focus Official Prep: Elevating Your Exam Readiness

Unlock a new era of preparation with our revamped GMAT™ Focus Official Prep resources tailored for success on the GMAT™ Focus Edition. Available now on mba.com, these resources empower candidates to prep smarter, not harder.

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1. GMAT™ Focus 6-Week Study Planner

Setting the right pace for exam preparation is crucial. The GMAT™ Focus Official 6-Week Study Planner by MBA HOUSE takes the guesswork out of planning. This comprehensive planner guides candidates step-by-step, ensuring adherence to a personalized schedule, informed study activities, and effective progress tracking.

2. GMAT™ Focus Official Starter Kit

Establish a performance baseline with this starter kit, featuring 70 real GMAT questions, a guided study plan, and two full-length practice exams (GMAT Focus Practice Exam 1 & 2).

3. GMAT™ Official Guide Series 2023-2024

The ultimate prep collection equips candidates with essential tools for success. Each physical or digital book includes an Online Question Bank.

4. GMAT™ Focus Official Practice Questions

Access section-specific question collections for targeted studying, providing candidates with instant access to hundreds of additional questions.

5. GMAT™ Focus Official Practice Exams

Six full-length practice exams, including those in the GMAT Focus Official Starter Kit, replicate the real exam’s algorithm, scoring, and timing to ensure optimal readiness.

Already Started Preparing for the GMAT Exam?

Candidates who have commenced their preparation are still on the right track. The question types on the GMAT Focus Edition remain consistent with their prior studies. Follow these two simple steps:

1. If confident with practiced question types, take a practice exam to familiarize yourself with the new format and timing.

2. If additional practice is needed, utilize GMAT Focus Official Practice Questions to refine performance in specific sections.

Exam Scores Update for GMAT Focus Edition

The GMAT™ Focus Edition introduces a revised scoring system, emphasizing percentile rankings. Here’s a breakdown of the key changes:

GMAT™ Focus Edition Scores Overview:
The Total Score for the GMAT™ Focus Edition now ranges from 205 to 805, with all Total Scores ending in a 5.

Comparison with GMAT™ Exam Scores:
– GMAT™ Focus Edition: 205–805
– GMAT™ Exam: 200–800

Notable Changes:

1. Total Score Composition:
– GMAT™ Focus Edition Total Score is now based on all three sections: Quantitative, Verbal, and Data Insights.
– Section scores range from 60 to 90, with equal weight towards the Total Score.

2. Evolution of the Score Scale:
– Adjustments to the score scale reflect changes in the test-taking population, addressing increased diversity and global participation.
– Scores have been recalibrated to ensure a more even distribution, facilitating better differentiation of candidate performance.

3. Key Distinctions of GMAT™ Focus Edition:
– Total Score comprises all three section scores.
– Refined content areas focus on data literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
– Updated scoring algorithm.
– Introduction of the Question Review & Edit feature, impacting testing behavior.

These updates aim to align the scoring system with the evolving landscape of test-takers and provide a clearer distinction between the GMAT™ Focus Edition and GMAT™ Exam scores.

Understanding GMAT™ Focus Edition Scores

Upon receiving your GMAT™ Focus Edition Official Score Report, you may wonder how to assess the competitiveness of a candidate with a GMAT™ Focus score compared to someone with a score from the previous version of the GMAT™ Exam.
Due to changes in score scales and distribution, directly comparing total scores or section scores between the two versions may not yield a meaningful comparison of performance.

Instead, a more effective approach is to utilize percentile information for linking and comparison. Let’s delve into how to interpret percentile information.

Percentile Rankings
Percentile rankings reveal the percentage of test takers that a candidate outperformed. For instance, a percentile ranking of 75% indicates that a candidate performed better than 75% of other test takers.

To comprehend a candidate’s relative competitiveness, refer to the percentile below, illustrating score distributions between the two versions of the exam based on percentiles.

Score         Percentile

755                100%
705                99%
655                93%
605                75%
555                 53%
505                 31%
455                  17%
405                  8%
355                   3%
305                   1%
255                   0%
205                   0%

Sample Size: 866,640
Standard Deviation: 89.08
Data Period: 2017-2022

Overall Score
Structure: The Total Score for GMAT™ Focus Edition comprises the Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Data Insights sections of the examination. The scoring of each section equally contributes to the overall Total Score.

Assessment: The GMAT™ Focus Edition evaluates advanced reasoning and data literacy skills essential for the success of graduate business management students in a technologically advanced and data-rich environment.

Scoring Range: GMAT™ Focus Edition Total Scores vary between 205 and 805.

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