Has the structure or nature of GMAT changed in recent history?
In 1987 ETS implemented dramatic changes in the format and structure of the GMAT. The GMAT remained unchanged until the fall of 1997, when the paper-based GMAT was supplanted by the GMAT CAT (Computer Adaptive Test). The GMAT CAT is briefer than the paper-based GMAT in total number of both Quantitative and Verbal questions. Also, the GMAT CAT includes two AWA (essay) sections, which were not formerly included in the paper-based GMAT. GMAT CAT scores are based on the same scale as paper-based GMAT scores. Thus GMAT CAT scores can be compared directly to older, paper-based GMAT scores.
Is the GMAT likely to change in the future?
GMAC is currently considering a variety of refinements in the GMAT CAT, including the following (the first is most likely to occur in the near future):
- incorporating questions that measure additional cognitive abilities
- incorporating innovations for assessing leadership
- accounting for the growing diversity of cultures and languages represented among the GMAT test-taking population (perhaps by culture-specific versions for different countries or regions)
Of course, GMAC will pre-disclose any changes well in advance of incorporating them into the GMAT CAT.