GMAT Focus Edition: A Complete Guide

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Jul 2, 2024 22:36 IST

GMAT Focus Edition: With changes in the economic structures, businesses and their operations are also changing. To meet the demands of these changes, B-Schools are also changing and so has the GMAT exam. GMAC came up with a new version of the GMAT exam or the GMAT Focus Edition in 2023. The GMAT Focus Edition is shorter (by about an hour), efficient (only three sections with no AWA), flexible, and more detailed (in terms of performance reports). All aspects of the GMAT Focus Edition have been covered in this article, so check it out.

GMAT Focus Edition

This article will be dynamic as the new GMAT Focus Edition is being conducted across 600 centres in 114 countries. This new version of the GMAT exam is been accepted by over 2,400+ B-schools in the world after it has been introduced. In this article, we will discuss the following points:

  • GMAT Focus Edition vs GMAT Old Edition Pattern
  • GMAT Focus Edition Release Date
  • GMAT Focus Edition Syllabus
  • GMAT Focus Edition Implications of the Reduced Syllabus

Students must note the previous GMAT exam is no longer being tested. Hence, the current and the only GMAT version is Focus Edition. Please note that GMAT Focus registrations opened on August 29, 2023, and testing was first scheduled to begin on November 7, 2023. From January 31, 2024, the applicants could take the old GMAT exam and from February 1, 2024, GMAT Focus Edition is being conducted solely. 

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GMAT Focus Edition Release Date

GMAT Focus Edition release date was back in the year 2023. The following table will provide you with all the details of when the GMAT Focus Edition was released last year:

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GMAT Focus Edition Release Date

Availability of Official Prep

6 June 2023

Opening of Registration

29 August 2023

Start of Testing

7 November 2023

Note: Students who want to register for GMAT should check out the GMAT Exam Dates 2024 for the Focus Edition version.

GMAT Focus Edition Pattern

The GMAT Focus Edition pattern significantly differs from the old GMAT exam pattern. GMAT Focus Edition will last for 2 hours and 15 minutes as compared to the older GMAT exam which lasted for 3 hours and 7 minutes. GMAT Focus Edition will contain 64 questions spread over three sections (QR, VR, and DI). Each section will be of 45 minutes. The following table will provide a comparison between the current GMAT Focus Edition pattern and the old GMAT exam pattern.

Header GMAT Previous Edition GMAT Focus Edition
Total Time 3 hours and 7 minutes 2 hours and 15 minutes
Total Questions
  • QR = 31 Questions (62 Minutes)
  • VR = 36 Questions (65 minutes)
  • IR = 12 Questions (30 Minutes)
  • AWA = 1 Question (30 Minutes)
  • Total = 80 Questions
  • QR = 21 Questions (45 Minutes)
  • VR = 23 Questions (45 Minutes)
  • DI = 20 Questions (45 Minutes)
  • Total = 64 Questions
Breaks 2 optional breaks of 8 minutes each 1 optional break of 10 minutes

To have an in-depth understanding of what was on GMAT previously and what now is on GMAT Focus Edition, applicants must check out GMAT Focus Edition vs GMAT.

GMAT Focus Edition Syllabus

The GMAT Focus Edition syllabus is lesser and different as compared to the previous GMAT syllabus. The removal of AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) and SC (Sentence Correction), and the introduction of Data Insights will change how you prepare for the GMAT exam. The following table will provide the syllabus for the GMAT Focus Edition:

GMAT Focus Edition Sections GMAT Focus Edition Syllabus
Quantitative Reasoning

Algebra, Arithmetic

Verbal Reasoning

Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning 

Data Insights

Data Sufficiency, Multi-source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Two-part Analyses

(Source: GMAT Official Website)

For a detailed GMAT Focus syllabus, check out the GMAT Focus Edition Syllabus and begin your preparation accordingly. 

GMAT Focus Edition Scoring

As the students are aware the GMAT scores for the Focus Edition have changed in comparison to the previous version of the GMAT which ranged from 200 to 800. The following points and table will make it clear how the GMAT scores for the GMAT Focus Edition will be calculated:

  • GMAT Focus Edition Score Range: 205 – 805 (GMAT score values for the GMAT Focus Edition will end in 5)
  • GMAT Focus Edition Score Interval: 10 points
  • GMAT Focus Edition Section-wise Score Range: 60 – 90
  • GMAT Focus Edition Section-wise Score Interval: 1 point
  • If a student is unable to complete any section of the GMAT Focus Edition exam, he/she will be penalized for the same. Hence, the students need to complete the entire exam and not leave any questions.
  • Your unofficial Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Data Insights results as well as your Total Score will be presented right away when you finish the test.

GMAT Focus Scoring Pointers

Here are a few additional points that the students must be aware of:

  • GMAT Focus Edition Percentile: Students will receive their total score and their section-wise scores along with their GMAT percentile. If your GMAT percentile is 80%, it means that you scored above 80% of other test takers.
  • Enhanced Score Report: Candidates will receive an Enhanced Score Report (ESR), which will include details of a candidate’s performance in each section of the GMAT exam vis-à-vis question type, skill, content domain, and time management (response time and review time).
  • GMAT Focus Edition Score Sending: Students can send their official GMAT Focus Edition score to up to 5 B-Schools (for no additional cost) within 48 hours of receiving their score on mba.com.

Latest Changes on GMAT Focus Edition Review and Edit

GMAT Focus Edition has provided the flexibility for Review and edit. The following points will describe the Review & Edit feature of the GMAT Focus Edition:

  • Students will be allowed to Bookmark and review as many questions as they want to during the GMAT Focus Edition test.
  • Students will be allowed to Edit a maximum of 3 answers in each section of the GMAT Focus Edition test.

Here is how it will work: While appearing for the GMAT Focus Edition, students can bookmark and review their questions. Once they have answered all the questions of a section, they will be taken to a Question Review & Edit Screen for that section. From this screen, they can visit the questions they have marked by clicking on particular question numbers. However, students must note that they will be taken to this “Question Review & Edit Screen” only if there is some time left in the completion of that section. This means that you need to complete the section in less than 45 minutes if you wish to visit the Question Review & Edit Screen. If a student is not able to complete his/her section in less than 45 minutes, he/she will be taken either to the optional break screen or the next section.

GMAT Focus Edition Syllabus Implications

Change in the GMAT Focus Edition syllabus from the old GMAT syllabus might translate to a relatively easier preparation as there are fewer topics to cover. 

Removal of AWA will not make much difference as far as admissions to MBA colleges are concerned. Removal of Sentence Correction (SC) from Verbal Reasoning might be good news for those who did not enjoy grammar rules. On the flip side, those who did not find mathematics enjoyable might have to put extra effort into the Data Insights section. In addition to this, the GMAT Focus Edition will still be Computer Adaptive. Hence, test-taking strategies might not differ much.

Now that you are aware of the new GMAT Focus Edition, it is advised to go for GMAT preparation based on the latest pattern and syllabus. After you appear for the GMAT Focus you will then be able to also prepare for your SOP, admission essays and LORs.

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GMAT Focus Edition FAQs

Q. What is the GMAT Focus Edition?

A. The GMAT Focus Edition is a shorter, more efficient, flexible, and more detailed (with respect to score report) GMAT exam format that has been introduced in 2023, keeping in mind the changing nature of the business world and B-school admissions. The GMAT Focus Edition will be about an hour shorter than the current version of the GMAT exam. Moreover, the GMAT Focus Edition will have a new section called Data Insights (DI); however, it will not have AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) and SC (Sentence Correction).

Q. What is the GMAT Focus Edition release date?

A. The following points will provide details of the GMAT Focus Edition release date:

  • Availability of Official Test Prep: 6 June 2023
  • Opening of Registration: 29 August 2023
  • Start of Testing: 7 November 2023

Students must note that the current version of the GMAT exam will be available until at least early 2024. Hence, students will have the option to register for both versions of the GMAT exam from 29 August 2023 onwards.

Q. What is the GMAT Focus Edition pattern?

A. The GMAT Focus Edition pattern can be noted from the points mentioned below:

  • Quantitative Reasoning: 21 Questions in 45 Minutes
  • Verbal Reasoning: 23 Questions in 45 Minutes
  • Data Insights: 20 Questions in 45 Minutes
  • Total: 64 Questions in 2 Hours and 15 Minutes
  • Break: 1 Option Break of 10 Minutes

Q. How many sections does the GMAT Focus Edition have?

A. GMAT EFocus Edition consists of Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Verbal Reasoning (VR), and Data Insights (DI) sections. It does not contain Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) and Sentence Correction (SC). Moreover, Data Sufficiency will be a part of the Data Insights section. The score range for each section will be from 60 to 90 (with a score interval of 1 point) and the overall score will range from 205 to 805 (with a score interval of 10 points).

Q. What are some details of the score validity, score reporting, and the number of attempts with respect to the GMAT Focus Edition?

A. The following points will provide clarity about various aspects of the GMAT Focus Edition:

  • Score Validity: 5 years
  • Score Reporting: Report 5 GMAT Focus Edition scores for no additional cost within 48 hours of receiving the Official Score Report
  • Number of Attempts: 8 attempts in a lifetime and 5 attempts in a 12-month period.
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