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Integrated Reasoning Skills in Demand by the Corporate World

The skills being measured on the upcoming GMAT Integrated Reasoning section are important not only to management education faculty but also to hiring managers looking for business and management school graduates.

Early findings from GMAC’s 2012 Corporate Recruiters Survey of 636 global employers who plan to hire new MBAs and other master’s business degree graduates reveal large majorities find the four specific Integrated Reasoning skills that the GMAT exam will measure as “very important,” and almost all find them very or somewhat important for new business degree hires to have.

Importance of Integrated Reasoning Skills in New Hires

The skills being tested in a 30-minute section of the GMAT exam launching June 5 were identified as important for incoming students to have by a 2009 survey of 740 management faculty worldwide. Today’s managers are called upon to analyze more and more sophisticated streams of data, and management programs are responding by preparing their students to solve more complex problems.

“This has been called the era of big data, and it is increasingly evident that the future will be claimed by those able to see the critical patterns among overwhelming complexity,” said Christine Poon, dean of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and former vice chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s board of directors and worldwide chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Group.  “It is no surprise that GMAT would be the test to respond to the need of business schools and management programs to identify students with these skills.  They have been the gold standard for as long as I can remember, and they continue to innovate and reset the bar for everyone else.”

The addition of Integrated Reasoning is part of an ongoing evolution of the GMAT exam as it reflects the evolving needs of graduate management programs.

“The GMAT is a test for business schools that is designed by business schools,” said David Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council. “As we spoke with faculty and business school deans around the world, their message was clear.  ‘Businesses have changed, and management program curricula and pedagogy have changed.  The GMAT is still the best measure we have, but what we now need is something that captures a student’s ability to integrate information from multiple sources, to analyze it, to integrate it, and to reach a well-reasoned conclusion.’  The Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT has been designed in direct response to schools’ expressed needs.”

For videos and more information about the GMAT exam with Integrated Reasoning, visit the Next Generation GMAT Information Center at gmac.com/nextgen. The 2012 Corporate Recruiters Survey will be available on May 22 on gmac.com. An hourlong webinar on 2012 hiring trends and recruiting, with data from the Corporate Recruiters and Global Management Education Graduate surveys, will be held at 11:30 am EDT/4:30 pm BST on May 24. The webinar is open to school professionals, and registration is free.

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