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A new era of the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) has come in the form of the GMAT Focus Edition (started from November 7, 2023). This new update has piqued the interest of many MBA candidates, raising many questions about the specifics of the test dates, changes, registration, and more. Let’s dive into what we know so far.

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## The GMAT Focus Edition: What’s Changing?

The GMAT Focus Edition is a computer-adaptive test like the current GMAT. It is designed to evaluate applicants’ skills for MBA and other business school programs. However, there are some significant changes in the new edition.

The Focus Edition emphasizes critical thinking, analytical, and data literacy skills necessary for success in today’s business world. As a result, the new GMAT syllabus excludes the Sentence Correction section from the Verbal segment and removes the Analytical Writing Assessment altogether.

Moreover, the Integrated Reasoning section transforms into the Data Insights section, introducing Data Sufficiency questions from the current Quantitative segment. The Focus Edition thus consists of only three sections, each taking up 45 minutes, making it an hour shorter than the current GMAT. Each section contributes equally to the GMAT Focus Total Score.

One of the most significant changes is in the scoring architecture. The GMAT Focus introduces a unique scoring structure, including a 100-percentile score. In particular, the Quantitative scoring structure has been completely revamped. For more detailed information on this, refer to GMAT Focus Scoring and Percentiles. Each section in the GMAT Focus contributes equally to your total GMAT Focus score, and the scoring pattern for the Focus Edition looks different.

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### What is not changing?

Despite these changes, several aspects remain the same. The GMAT score validity period is still five years, the retake policy and exam fees persist, and any GMAT voucher or fee waiver for the current version can be used for the GMAT Focus Edition.

## When Are the test dates for the GMAT Focus Edition in 2024?

The GMAT Focus has started testing from November 7, 2023.

Here are the essential GMAT Focus Edition Dates :

• June 6, 2023: Release of official GMAT prep resources for the Focus Edition.
• August 29, 2023: GMAT Focus Edition registration started.
• November 7, 2023: GMAT Focus Edition testing begins.
• February 1,2024: The Classic GMAT retired. The only available version of GMAT is the GMAT Focus Edition.

## GMAT Focus Registration dates

Registration for the Focus Edition have been started from August 29, 2023.

## When will the Classic GMAT be retired?

• The Classic GMAT exam, at both online test centers, will not be available after January 31, 2024.

• Starting February 1, 2024, only the GMAT Focus Edition will be available.

## How to Register for the GMAT Focus Edition

The list below provides a high-level overview of the steps

2) From the dashboard’s top menu, click on the CTA labeled “Register for the GMAT“.

3) You will be presented with a pop-up screen where you can select either ‘GMAT‘ or ‘GMAT Focus Edition’.

4) Complete your Profile Provide the personal information and other details necessary for registration.

5) Schedule Exam – Pick your test center (if applicable), appointment date, and time. Submit payment.

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### Will we have an Online GMAT Focus Edition

The Focus Edition offers the flexibility of either online testing or in-person exams at test centers. The Exam-day procedures will remain consistent with the current GMAT, including check-in processes and ID requirements.

### GMAT Accommodations for the Focus Edition

GMAC  will continue to accommodate test-takers who require additional testing time, breaks, or the use of medical devices in the testing room. The process for applying for these accommodations remains the same.

### Rescheduling or Canceling GMAT Focus Dates

The rescheduling and cancellation processes should remain the same regardless of whether you’re taking the current GMAT or the Focus Edition. However, it’s unclear whether a test-taker can reschedule a current GMAT to take a GMAT Focus instead. These details will likely become clear once registration for the Focus Edition opens.

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## GMAT Focus Preparation Materials

Official GMAT prep resources, including the Official Guide for GMAT Focus (Official Guide 2023) and full-length practice tests, became available on mba.com on June 6, 2023. In addition, every e-GMATer will get access to an industry-leading GMAT Focus Course with 1000+ questions and 5 mock tests free of charge.

### GMAT Focus prep resources offered by e-GMAT:

Here is the overview of the GMAT prep material offered by e-GMAT:

1. Comprehensive GMAT Focus Materials: We’ve updated our courses with GMAT Focus Edition content, allowing existing students to access these new resources without extra costs, ensuring continuity in quality education and support.
2. Data Insights (Scholaranium) : In our continuous effort to provide you with unparalleled preparation material, DI Scholaranium brings to you a whopping 350 questions, each meticulously crafted and paired with solutions, dedicated to data insights. This is in addition to the existing 500 questions available in the DI course, summing up to a total of 850 original questions.
3. GMAT Focus Mocks : We at e-GMAT are immensely proud to announce a groundbreaking advancement in GMAT preparation with the launch of our GMAT Focus Edition mocks., developed from extensive research and simulations, these mocks promise to deliver a test experience that closely mirrors the actual exam.
4. Personalized Study Planner : We have created the data-driven Personalized Study Planner for the GMAT Focus Edition, offering customized study schedules, performance forecasts, and trackable goals to effectively navigate the updated exam demands.

## How Long Should I Study for the GMAT Focus Edition?

There’s a natural curiosity among many GMAT students: does a more concise GMAT, such as the Focus Edition, mean a reduced study schedule? Initially, it may seem easier to prepare for the Focus Edition, given the removal of Geometry and Sentence Correction, parts of the test preparation process often deemed tedious by many students. The absence of the Analytical Writing Assessment is another section that students will no longer need to allocate time in their preparation.

However, this shouldn’t be misconstrued as a reason to reduce your study hours. The redesign of the GMAT places a greater emphasis on the Data Insights section. This new section will require a more in-depth understanding and, therefore, more time to study, mainly focusing on Graphical Interpretation, Table Analysis, Two-Part Analysis, and Multi-Source Reasoning. Essentially, the time you save on Sentence Correction and Geometry will likely need to be reinvested into mastering the Data Insights section.

Moreover, it’s worth noting that there’s a potential for the GMAT Focus to be more challenging in certain respects than the current GMAT, as discussed in this article on GMAT Focus percentile rankings. If you’re aiming for a high score for your preferred MBA programs, an abbreviated study schedule may not be the wisest strategy.

Remember, the Focus Edition, like the traditional GMAT, remains a rigorous, standardized test used for business school admissions. For some GMAT students, their test preparation may take roughly the same amount of time and effort, whether they’re studying for the current GMAT or the Focus Edition. The difference will be how they allocate that study time.

For guidance on how to determine the time required to prepare for the GMAT, refer to our article on Creating a realistic study timeline.

## Key Takeaways

Here are the important GMAT Focus Edition Dates :

• June 6, 2023: Release of official GMAT prep resources for the Focus Edition.
• August 29, 2023: GMAT Focus Edition registration started.
• November 7, 2023: GMAT Focus Edition testing begins.
• February 1, 2024: The Classic GMAT will be retired. The only available version of GMAT will be the GMAT Focus Edition.

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## FAQs

When can I register for the GMAT Focus Edition?

Registration for the GMAT Focus Edition is now open. (Started on August 29, 2023) – Registration link

When will the GMAT Focus Edition be available for testing?

The GMAT Focus Edition has started testing from November 7, 2023.

Can I reschedule or cancel GMAT test dates?

Yes, the rescheduling and cancellation processes remain the same for both the current GMAT and the Focus Edition.

What accommodations are available for the GMAT Focus Edition?

GMAC will continue to provide accommodations for test-takers who require additional testing time, breaks, or medical device use in the testing room.

Can I use my GMAT voucher or fee waiver for the current version on the GMAT Focus Edition?

Yes, any GMAT voucher or fee waiver for the current version can be used for the GMAT Focus Edition.

When will the Current/classic GMAT be retired?

The Classic GMAT will not be available after January 31, 2024Starting from February 1, 2024 the only version of GMAT available will be GMAT Focus Edition.

What if I already have an appointment for the previous version of the GMAT™ Exam scheduled at a test center after January 31, 2024?

If you have a GMAT™ Exam appointment scheduled for February 1, 2024 or later, you will be able to reschedule your appointment or transfer your current appointment to the GMAT Focus Edition.