The next Generation GMAT

Motivated by ETS's advance into the MBA admissions bazaar with the GRE, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) announced that a fresh GMAT assay will barrage in 2013. Dubbed the "Next Bearing GMAT," the fresh assay will be advised to affected the business academy community's better objections to the accepted exam.

What will the Next Generation GMAT look like? Will it be more difficult? Will there be change in number of questions, perhaps in a different format? Right now, numerous options are being identified, reviewed, and measured—an important and time-consuming activity that is critical before a new test begins to evolve. Developing the best assessment possible hasn’t happened overnight—and GMAC is committed to conducting the thorough review and continual testing at each step along the way to deliver a successful Next Generation GMAT, meeting the needs of business schools and students well into the future

One of those criticisms has been that the current GMAT has a strong bias in favour of Western culture, in part because it is only offered in English. While this does create some built-in unnatural advantages and disadvantages based on a student's native language, one strength of this approach is that it makes it easier to compare GMAT scores of students from anywhere in the world. If, with the new exam, Student A scores a 700 in English and Student B scores a 700 in german, will an MBA admissions officer really be able to treat these two scores as the same? It will be interesting to see how GMAC tackles problems such as these.

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18/12 CR Challenger

The city's center for disease control reports that the rabies epidemic is more serious now than it was two years ago: two years ago less than 25 percent of the local raccoon population was infected, whereas today the infection has spread to more than 50 percent of the raccoon population. However, the newspaper reports that whereas two years ago 32 cases of rabid raccoons were confirmed during a 12-month period in the past 12 months only 18 cases of rabid raccoons were confirmed.


Which one of the following if true, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy between the two reports?

(A) The number of cases of rabies in wild animals other than raccoons has increased in the past 12 months.
(B) A significant proportion of the raccoon population succumbed to rabies in the year before last.
(C) The symptoms of distemper another disease to which raccoons are susceptible are usually identical to those of rabies.
(D) Since the outbreak of the epidemic, raccoons, which are normally nocturnal have increasingly been seen during daylight hours
(E) The number of confirmed cases of rabid raccoons in neighboring cities has also decreased over the past year.
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9/12 CR Challenger

In the year following an eight-cent increase in the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes, sales of cigarettes fell ten percent. In contrast, in the year prior to the tax increase, sales had fallen one percent. The volume of cigarette sales is therefore strongly related to the after-tax price of a pack of cigarettes.

The argument above requires which of the following assumptions?

A. During the year following the tax increase, the pretax price of a pack of cigarettes did not increase by as much as it had during the year prior to the tax increase.

B. The one percent fall in cigarette sales in the year prior to the tax increase was due to a smaller tax increase.

C The pretax price of a pack of cigarettes gradually decreased throughout the year before and after the tax increase

D. For the year following the tax increase, the pretax price of a pack of cigarettes was not eight or more cents lower than it had been in the previous year.
E. As the after-tax price of a pack of cigarettes rises, the pretax price also rises

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