A shorter GMAT
The GMAC is reducing the number of "pretest" or "experimental" questions on both the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT exam. Going forward, the quantitative section will have 31 questions (down from 37), and the verbal section will have 36 questions (down from 41). This change will be applicable to all GMAT appointments from April 16, 2018.
Quantitative: 31 questions, 62 minutes
Verbal: 36 questions, 65 minutes
Total time reduction across the quantitative and verbal sections is 23 minutes (out of a total reduction of 30 minutes).
The number of scored questions remains exactly the same.
The algorithm remains exactly the same.
The length of the breaks is not being changed.
GMATPrep will be updated to reflect these changes before April 30, 2018.
Some of the content and time reduction is coming from changes to the tutorial screens, which will be made available on at mba.com/tutorial so that test takers can familiarize themselves with the content of the tutorial screens before the exam. The total time reduction is 30 minutes.
Exams scheduled on or before May 6, 2018 can be rescheduled for free if the reschedule request is received on or before April 11. Any other reschedule requests will be subject to the standard GMAT reschedule policy and fee.
This is a good move. Keep in mind that though average time per question remains mostly unchanged (2 minutes for the quantitative section and around 1 minutes 48 seconds for the verbal section), you will need a new timing strategy for the exam!