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Business Schools Explore How to Use Integrated Reasoning in the Admissions Process

March 14, 2013 by

Last summer, the GMAT made the most major change to its format in 15 years by replacing one of the essays with the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section.  Since then, GMAT test-takers have been wondering how IR impacts their b-school applications.  As it turns out, business schools are wondering exactly the same thing.

In the IR section of the GMAT, test-takers evaluate data in graphs, spreadsheets, and charts, similar to the materials they will eventually see in business school.  In theory, IR can better assess students’ ability to perform the tasks expected of them in business school and the work world.  Nearly a year after the inclusion of IR, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), who administers the GMAT, and business schools nationwide are taking the first steps to determine what role IR should play in the admissions process.

Bloomberg Businessweek recently reported that business schools across the country are actively … Read full post

GMAT Product Update: Kaplan’s New GMAT Course

July 2, 2012 by

Being the best means never letting up—always moving forward and always striving to be even better.  It is with great excitement that we officially launch our new and improved GMAT prep course offerings.

As always, you can choose to study with Kaplan GMAT On Site, Classroom Anywhere, On Demand, or GMAT One-On-One – and we have revamped all of these GMAT prep course packages. From the textbook to the number of class sessions, our students get more and better of everything.  Let’s take a look at some of the features and details of the new course:

  • 11 class sessions: We have added 2 sessions.  Our new GMAT course is now comprised of  11 class sessions. If you’re in an instructor-led course (On Site or Classroom Anywhere), your session structure will include Fixed and Flex sessions to heighten personalization, convenience, and in-depth, structured training (more on this in a moment).
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Kaplan’s GMAT Course Undergoes Continuous Improvement

June 16, 2012 by

One thing I like about Google is that they are constantly churning out both new products and improvements to additional products.  Google knows that in order to stay relevant and lead the market, innovation is fundamental.  Kaplan does, too.

For more than 70 years, Kaplan has been training ambitious individuals to reach and exceed their goals on standardized tests so they can reach and exceed their goals professionally.  We have been teaching the GMAT to prospective business students almost since its inception in 1954.  In short, Kaplan Test Prep is a product leader and, like Google, we have multiple teams devoted to continuous product improvement and innovation.

Instead of letting all this hard work and commitment go unnoticed, I want our students to know what is going on behind the scenes.  Not only do the smart people behind these projects deserve some recognition, but it is also important that … Read full post

The New GMAT Begins Today

June 5, 2012 by


The GMAT has changed this morning–and Kaplan is here to make sure you’re ready to take on the new test. To make sure the changes don’t provide any bumps on the road to crushing your b school applications, here are a few points to keep in mind:

  • From today forward, the new GMAT will include an Integrated Reasoning section. It will take place after the Argument Essay, in lieu of the Issue Essay. Since it will last 30 minutes, the overall time to sit for the test will remain the same. The IR section is scored on a scale of 1-8, while the AWA score of 1-6 will now be based on the Argument Essay alone.
  • There are 4 question types on Integrated Reasoning. To see samples of those questions, and for the latest on the new test, visit our GMAT Test Change information center,
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Taking the GMAT before the test change: What if something goes wrong?

May 26, 2012 by

A lot of people are taking the GMAT this month.  June 2nd is that last day to take the test in its current form, and after a two day blackout the New GMAT goes live on June 5th.  The only real change will be the addition of a new 30 minute, 12 question section called Integrated Reasoning (IR), which will take the place of the Issue essay.  [To learn more about the test change and how to prepare for it, visit]  The savvy aspirant graduate student has made the strategic decision to avoid the Integrated Reasoning section and take the GMAT before that section launches.

The decision is a sound one, but these test prep strategists find themselves in a stressful situation.  No one wants to take the GMAT more than once, but we all know that is a very real possibility if test day does not yield … Read full post

GMAT Studying: How to Stay Motivated

April 23, 2012 by

I’ve been studying for the GMAT for some time now, and I’m fighting an uphill battle.  My score increases a little bit each week, but I’m still not hitting my goal.  Recently, I started to feel defeated, so I decided to take a break.  I closed my books and took some time to rest my mind.  As a result, I had to change my test date to the end of May.  I also decided that if I don’t get the score I want, I will go ahead and study the new Integrative Reasoning section of the test and retake the GMAT again in August.  I was so gung-ho in the beginning, I think I may have psyched myself out.  I’m sure many test-takers have had this happen.  I am writing this to let you know, you’re not alone.

My hiatus has allowed me to re-charge and re-focus.  I’m getting back … Read full post

The GMAT: Demystified and Digestible

March 28, 2012 by has always been one of my favorite websites for all things MBA/business school/GMAT.  Tons of excellent information and always done well.  They recognize a good thing when they see it over there and Kaplan has put together an infographic that ties up the GMAT’s history and current state into a nice neat little package for all to see.

Interestingly, the infographic follows along a recently posted YouTube video Kaplan tossed out into the ether.  Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already done so, and carefully comb through our New GMAT dedicated website www.testchange.comRead full post

The GMAT: Where It’s Been, Where It’s Going, and Why It Matters

March 25, 2012 by

If you have 1 minute 13 seconds to spare, then watch this.  Kaplan has put together a killer video that will bring you from the launch of the GMAT way back in 1954 up to the launch of the New GMAT on June 5th of this year.  Production quality rocks, information is packed in, and we’ve made it so you can learn more and make good decisions.

The video will direct you there, but please visit to learn even more about the new test section known as Integrated Reasoning.  Also, have a look at our infographic called The GMAT: Demystified & Digestible featured on  The name says it all!

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GMAT Blackout

March 18, 2012 by

GMAC has posted a FAQ page on their website regarding the upcoming Next Generation GMAT (which basically means the same ol’ GMAT with one less essay and one more section in its place).  For those who have no idea what I’m going on about, have a look at and my blog thread for a lot more info.

Among the list of Qs and As, one exchange reads thusly:

Q)    When is the last day I can take the current version of the GMAT exam?
A)    June 2. The GMAT exam will not be offered June 3 and 4 while test centers prepare to administer the new exam.

That’s right, there’s gonna be a blackout!  As you may know, the Next GMAT Generation is going to be born on June 5th.  However, please be sure your birth plan includes June 2nd as the last possible Test Day, not June … Read full post

Learning Integrated Reasoning—Kaplan launches the first GMAT IR curriculum

March 17, 2012 by

Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions is the first test prep company to launch a comprehensive curriculum for the new Integrated Reasoning (IR) section, which is being added to the GMAT on June 5, 2012.  In addition to in-class, online, and lesson on-demand training, Kaplan has robust, detailed, and accurate practice problems for test takers who are planning to tackle the GMAT after June 5th.

For those who have been following the developments during the run-up to the New GMAT, you know Kaplan is committed to the type of product leadership that translates into our students’ success.  At—Kaplan’s dedicated GMAT test change website created in consultation with GMAC—everyone can learn about the new IR section and what the score means to aspirant graduate management students.  The idea is that no matter what, we are ready so you’ll be ready.

Finally, Kaplan is offering up to $150 offRead full post

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