The GMAT Is a Living Organism
(This is one of a series of GMAT tips that we offer on our blog.)
The GMAT has evolved since Veritas Prep launched in 2002. Actually, the test is constantly evolving (even if the changes are subtle), which is why we constantly monitor the exam and update our own GMAT prep materials multiple times per year. The key for you is to make sure that you understand what the test creators are looking for in test takers now, not what they were looking for five years ago.
Increasingly, the quantitative section of the GMAT requires you to think critically and make decisions, not just solve formulas. A few years ago we saw a spike in advanced probability problems, like permutations. Currently, number theory questions have emerged as popular high difficulty-level problems. The test-makers at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) favor logic, pattern-recognition, and efficiency over rote memorization and solving time-consuming calculations. For the verbal section of the test, GMAC rewards critical thinking and does not expect a student to know obscure idioms and technical jargon.
These are the kinds of nuances of the GMAT that we at Veritas Prep obsess over, so that you don’t have to! For more GMAT preparation help, take a look at what courses and materials Veritas Prep offers.