CAT 2011 update

Indian Institutes of Management announced the highlights of the Common Admission Test 2011 (CAT 2011).

CAT 2011 will have only two sections. The first section will focus on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be for 140 minutes.Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer.once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second and will no longer be able to go back.

A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination.

The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes including the tutorial. A practice test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test will be made available in the coming weeks. Once again candidates are advised to go though them carefully to familiarize themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.

GMAT changing june 2012

GMAT rolling out changes in test pattern by June 2012

The analytical writing segment going to be 30 minutes in length and only include one essay – analysis of an argument.

The new version of the GMAT will include an integrated reasoning section. The integrated reasoning section will include 12-15 questions and will not be computer adaptive like the rest of the test.Question types will include multi-source reasoning, table analysis, two-part analysis, and graphics interpretation
This new section will be 30 minutes in length and will be taken either right before or right after the analytical writing segment.The integrated reasoning section will initially have its own score – the score will NOT be factored into the total score that is comprised of the verbal and quantitative sections.

If you are taking the test before next June, you don’t need to worry about this.


Starting from August 2011, the GRE pattern is changing. While the fundamentals of preparations remain the same to an extent, the question types are undergoing several changes and will be becoming more reasoning based and based upon real life scenarios.

From June 2012, GMAT will also include a new section on Integrated Reasoning, which will test real life business decision making skills.

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While a good score in the test is definitely an advantage, your profile, statement of purposes, application essays, letters of recommendations etc. are other key factors that can help you secure admission to your dream university.

A thorough research about the universities that best fits your requirement and skill set needs to be done while applying to the universities.

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