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Yeah, I know there is nothing I can do about it. Just curious to know how GMAT test makers make it.

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I will be interested in the Official GMAT reply!!

I have to agree with you. I am stronger in verbal and I am sure glad to have that as the last part of the test. By then I have the quantitative section over, which is always a relief.

I agree with you that being tired can make it more difficult for you continue to concentrate and that it is probably more difficult for a person to do their weaker section last.

But look at it this way, something has to be last! And whatever is last has to be someone's weaker area.

With that said I am interested in learning from GMAC if there is an official reason why Verbal is last.

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Rebecca,
I am eagerly waiting for your response on this question. I guess David too.
Thank You!!

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Great discussion, all!

When the GMAT exam was administered via paper test, the questions were interspersed throughout the exam. The structure of the test changed in 1997 when the GMAT transitioned from a paper and pencil test to a computer adaptive test. The computer adaptive nature of the test allowed us to reduce the number of questions on the test (which was beneficial to test takers) while preserving, even enhancing the score precision. This change also allowed us to divide the test into the subsections you see today.

When we launched the new version of the test this past June, we preserved the structure by adding a new IR section in the place of one of the AWA essays.

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