Comparison between the Traditional GMAT and the GMAT Focus Edition

What has changed in the GMAT Focus Edition?

The exam consists of only three sections and at two hours and 15 minutes it is almost an hour shorter than the previous exam. Includes a Data Insights section covering data sufficiency and integrated reasoning questions. It is designed to measure your ability to analyze different types of data from multiple sources – graphical, numerical and verbal – to make informed decisions.

The GMAT Focus Edition, of course, has some other important differences from the previous version.

  1. Sentence correction has been removed from the Verbal section.
  2. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) has been removed.
  3. A new section (Data Insights) has been created that is the sum of the previous Integrated Reasoning + the Data Sufficiency questions of the Quantitative section.
  4. The Data Insights section counts towards the total score, so now the total score comes from all three sections of the exam: Quantitative + Verbal + Data Insights.

And what about the preparation for the GMAT that I am already doing or am going to start now? Is the preparation now different?
Absolutely. The types of questions are the same ones you're already preparing for, so if you've already started preparing, you don't have to worry.

What if there is content in the GMAT Focus Edition that I have not prepared for?
There is nothing new in the exam, so you don't need to prepare for any surprises when you take the official exam.

I have planned my approach to the GMAT exam, should I change it?
No. You can continue to practice with the traditional exam material, just remember not to do any AWA and Sentence correction as they have been removed.

Characteristics GMAT Focused Edition GMAT exam
Structure Three sections: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Data Insights. Four sections: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Assessment.
total questions 64 80
exam duration 2 hours, 15 minutes 3 hours, 7 minutes
Total score scale 205-805 200-800
order of sections Sections can be completed in any order you choose. Three section order options to choose from.
Review and edit questions At the end of each section, you can review as many questions as you like, and you can edit up to three answers. Not available.
score reports A score report with detailed performance insights is included in the exam fee. A basic score report is included in the exam fee. An enhanced score report is available for an additional fee.
Attempts Five attempts in a rotating 12-month period and eight attempts in a lifetime. Not specified.
Test availability Testing begins in the fourth quarter of 2023. Available now! Tests are available up to 7 days a week (or 24 hours if taken online) and can be scheduled up to 6 months in advance.