GMAC: New Changes To GMAT SC
So GMAC is the organization that administers the GMAT exam.
A few days ago they announced a few changes to the Sentence Correction portion of the GMAT exam.
1) More questions will have multiple answer choices that are gramatically correct—but ONLY one maintains the meaning of the original question.
2) Idioms will be phased out.
So what does this mean?
It means SC will be less about spotting ERRORS and more about phrasing things correctly. In a way, it’s a bit more realistic in the context of editing writing. When you edit writing—a sentence with an intended meaning is already there. Your job is to word it in a professional, error-free way. Your job is NOT to rewrite the sentence with a whole new meaning–even if it is grammatically correct.
So welcome to this new approach. Keep an eye out for these kinds of questions. Don’t simply look for errors and automatically pick an answer just because you see no errors. Yes, actually have to think a little bit.
But this doesn’t change things too much. Because the approach we teach at GMATPill already encompasses this meaning portion. The 2 big areas we always focus on are:
2) MEANINGSo it’s not anything new really. Just a greater emphasis on the MEANING portion. Rest assured–this doesn’t affect GMATPill students too much.
As you may have already heard, this transition in SC coincides with a bigger change in that the GMAT will be removing the 2nd essay analysis question and replacing it with an Integrated Reasoning.
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Ah, good to know, Zeke. We are grateful you have us prepared for the new IR exam. Your quality in the other sections is stellar so I'm sure your IR will knock it out of the park as well. Thanks!