New And Improved Features Added To GMAT Enhanced Score Report To Better Help Exam Takers Assess Their Results
RESTON, Va. (October 18, 2016) – The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner and publisher of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam, today announced the addition of new features to its GMAT Enhanced Score Report (ESR), an online tool first launched in January 2015. The ESR now helps test takers better understand how they earned their section scores by providing a progressive view into their performance on both the Quantitative and Verbal sections.
“Our customers have found the ESR to be a valuable instrument,” said Ashok Sarathy, vice president of Product Management at GMAC. “We worked directly with them to gain insight on how best to improve upon this product and determine which additions are most critical to test takers to aid their preparation.”
The ESR is an add-on product that GMAT test takers can purchase before or after they sit for the exam. This tool is available to those who have taken the exam after Oct. 1, 2013, and can be accessed for five years following the test taker’s exam date, which is the length of time a GMAT score remains valid. The ESR is not to be mistaken for an official score report that test takers send to business schools.
The ESR updates include three new charts on the Verbal and Quantitative sections that detail test taker performance:
The first new chart is designed to help the test taker understand the proportion of questions answered correctly and incorrectly. The Percent Correct chart, along with the Average Difficulty chart, shows whether a test taker’s performance was impacted by the difficulty of the questions presented. In addition, the Percent Correct chart combined with the Time Management chart shows whether a test taker’s performance was affected by how well they managed their time during the test administration.
Level of Difficulty
The second new chart provides the test taker with the average level of difficulty for questions answered. This information illustrates how well the test taker performed on more difficult questions, and whether or not they earned the opportunity to see highly difficult questions at any point during the exam.
The third new chart displays the average length of time the test taker took to answer questions. Understanding how much time was spent on questions aids test takers in determining whether they adhered to their time management plan. In addition, the time format in the Time Management section has been changed to display minutes and seconds for easier readability.
The new ESR Guide section has detailed information about how to read each tab and the new FAQ tab is ever changing with the questions received by customer service and through frequent surveys.
“The GMAT ESR is one part of a series of products GMAC has developed to help students strengthen their performance and be better prepared for the process of applying to business school,” noted Sarathy. “We will continue to look at ways to advance the ESR and our other offerings to support test taker confidence and control.”
The price for the newly improved ESR remains unchanged at US$24.95. The product is available in both English and Simplified Chinese, with plans for Korean and Japanese languages to be added in 2017. The new features of the ESR are available at no additional cost to anyone who purchased the ESR since its launch in January 2015.
To view a demonstration of the ESR, visit: mba.com/ESR-live-demo
To download additional information about the GMAT® Enhanced Score Report, visit: mba.com/esr
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About GMAC: The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) is a nonprofit organization of 216 leading graduate business schools from around the world actively committed to advancing the art and science of admissions. The Council provides the solutions necessary for business schools and candidates to discover and evaluate one another to ensure that talent never goes undiscovered. GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), used by more than 6,100 graduate programs worldwide, as well as the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, used for entrance into graduate management programs in India. The Council is based in Reston, Va., with offices in London, New Delhi and Hong Kong. Additional information about the GMAT exam is posted on mba.com. For more information about GMAC, visit gmac.com.