The GMAT changed on April 16, 2018. The Quantitative Reasoning Section dropped from 37 questions in 75 minutes to 31 questions in 62 minutes. The Verbal Reasoning Section dropped from 41 questions in 75 minutes to 36 questions in 65 minutes. GMAC has elected to reduce overall exam time from 4 hours to 3.5 hours (including breaks and instructions) by reducing the number of unscored questions used for research on the exam.

The GMAT is not a test of how smart you are. Nor is it a test of your business acumen or even a predictor of your grades in business school. It’s simply a test of how good you are at taking the GMAT. These simple GMAT tips and tricks will help you improve your score.

## 1. Understand What "Computer-Adaptive" Means

The GMAT is a Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT), meaning it keeps a running tally of your score as it goes, based on the number of questions you get correct and their levels of difficulty. The computer-adaptive sections always begin by giving you a medium question. If you get it correct, the computer gives you a slightly harder question. If you get it wrong, the computer gives you a slightly easier question, and so on.

## 2. Don't Skip Around

Beware! Because the test is taken on a computer, you must answer each question to get to the next one. You can’t count on skipping a question to come back to later as a part of your test-taking strategy. However, as of July 11, 2017, you CAN choose your test section order.

## 3. Pace Yourself

There are two important factors that can affect your score on the computer-adaptive sections of the test:

• Questions that appear earlier on the test count more than questions that appear later on the test.

At the beginning of the test, your score moves up or down in larger increments as the computer hones in on your skill level—and what will turn out to be your final score. If you make a mistake early on, the computer will choose a much easier question, and it will take you a while to work up to the level you started from. That’s why you should make sure that you get those early questions correct by starting slowly, checking your work on early problems, and then gradually picking up the pace so that you finish all the problems in the section.

If you’re stuck on a question, be a smart guesser and use process of elimination to get rid of some of the wrong answers. Wrong answers are often easier to spot than correct answers. Sometimes they just sound weird. Other times they’re logically impossible. While it is rare to be able to eliminate all four of the incorrect answer choices on the GMAT, you will almost always be able to eliminate at least one of them. You’ll have a better chance of selecting the right one.