GMAT™ Focus Edition Stands Alone in Business School Assessment as Previous Version Sunsets

GMAC’s redesigned test continues to win trust from candidates, schools

RESTON, Va., Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After nearly three months of successful delivery of the GMAT™ Focus Edition, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) today confirmed that it has become the only version of the GMAT exam available to prospective test takers around the world. GMAC, a global association representing leading business schools, delivered the updated version of the most widely used business school exam last fall in parallel with the existing GMAT to facilitate candidates’ in-progress preparation and applications for business school.

First launched seven decades ago, the GMAT has been the gold standard by continuously evolving to ensure it maintains its psychometric rigor while remaining a highly relevant indicator of candidate preparedness for graduate business programs. The test was revamped last year with a more efficient test taking experience and flexible new features to better support candidates on their journey of business education and career.

“We have been reassured and encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from many who have taken the latest edition of GMAT and gained newfound confidence to pursue advanced business education,” said Joy Jones, CEO of GMAC. “I believe that we have achieved what we set out to do at the inception of the redesign more than two years ago, allowing business school aspirants to best demonstrate their capabilities in the most relevant and in-demand skillsets like critical thinking and data intelligence. We are confident that business schools will benefit from the uptick of demonstrated interest and commitment from a more expansive and inclusive global applicant pool.”

GMAC revealed the GMAT Focus Edition after extensive research efforts involving hundreds of school professionals and in-depth concept testing with thousands of prospective students globally. With just three 45-minute sections, including the newly developed Data Insights section, it is nearly one hour shorter than the previous version of the GMAT and requires less content to prepare. While the previous version of the GMAT exam is no longer available, its scores continue to be valid for five years. Test takers and schools have been provided with helpful information so that they can readily make use of scores from both exam editions during this period.

“The redesign makes the exam more focused, more accessible, and less daunting. But more focused doesn’t mean easier or less valuable. It just means smarter,” said Rodrigo Malta, managing director of MBA recruitment and admissions at University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.

Sun Long, executive director of international MBA program at China’s Fudan University, noted that his school is amongst the many top business schools around the world with a positive view of the latest iteration of GMAT. “It has helped bring us closer to meeting the needs of MBA program candidates while improving upon business schools’ talent selection in the ever-changing business environment.”

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s platforms, including mba.com, GMAC Tours, and BusinessBecause, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams, and get advice on how to successfully achieve their business education and career goals. GMAC is a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. accroît sa présence mondiale avec le lancement de Sanborn Geophysics, ULC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, 01 févr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. a le plaisir d’annoncer la création de sa filiale canadienne, Sanborn Geophysics, ULC, située à proximité de Toronto. Sanborn Geophysics se spécialisera dans les services d’études géophysiques et les ventes d’équipements, ce qui représente un nouveau marché pour Sanborn.

Dans son engagement pour faire évoluer les capacités dans la collecte des données géospatiales et les levés aériens, Sanborn Geophysics s’appuie sur la solide expertise de Sanborn dans le domaine des données géospatiales. John Copple, PDG de Sanborn, a commenté : « La création de Sanborn Geophysics élargit les capacités déjà étendues de Sanborn en matière de collecte de données géospatiales et de levés aériens. Nous sommes dans une position privilégiée nous permettant non seulement de recueillir des données spécialisées, mais de le faire à l’aide de notre propre équipement à la pointe de la technologie ».

Sanborn Geophysics est le résultat de l’acquisition d’actifs auprès de Nuvia Dynamics, Inc. Sanborn a également été en mesure d’embaucher des employés qui ont fait leurs preuves dans le domaine de la technologie des levés géophysiques afin de doter Sanborn Geophysics d’un personnel compétent. Certains employés de Sanborn Geophysics ont plus de 25 ans d’expérience et ont auparavant travaillé pour Nuvia Dynamics Inc (connue précédemment sous le nom de Pico Envirotec Inc). Les sociétés précédentes présentent toutes deux un bilan remarquable en matière de développement de technologies de levés géophysiques pour la prospection minière/pétrolière et les applications géotechniques. Sanborn a bénéficié du soutien de The Environmental Financial Consulting Group, LLC (EFCG). Les modalités de la transaction n’ont pas été divulguées.

« Sanborn Geophysics créera de nouvelles opportunités pour l’entreprise, tant au niveau national qu’international. Cet investissement permettra de fournir les meilleures solutions géospatiales à nos clients », a ajouté John Copple.

À propos de The Sanborn Map Company :
Dès 1866, Sanborn s’est forgée une position de leader dans la création de données spatiales de qualité. Aujourd’hui, l’entreprise est à la pointe de la collecte de données spatiales et de l’innovation technologique et s’engage à offrir à ses clients les solutions géospatiales les plus complètes et les plus modernes, adaptées à leur situation. Sanborn est l’un des plus grands fournisseurs de produits et de services SIG de bout en bout aux États-Unis. Son offre comprend : l’imagerie oblique, l’imagerie ortho, les données lidar, sonar, géophysiques et hyperspectrales et la cartographie, le stockage sécurisé des données et le streaming à partir de notre propre centre de données, l’analyse spatiale, le développement d’applications personnalisées, la planification stratégique et le conseil technique en SIG-TI, les données commerciales et les plateformes cloud, les solutions géospatiales SAAS de Sanborn, le renforcement du personnel et les services gérés des programmes SIG. Grâce à Sanborn, les clients peuvent identifier les données et la technologie adéquates, et bénéficient de solutions qui correspondent à leurs besoins, à leur budget, et à la configuration du système requise. La certification ISO 9001:2015 de Sanborn constitue une nouvelle preuve de son engagement envers la qualité.

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Sanborn Map Company, Inc. Expande Presença Global Com o Lançamento da Sanborn Geophysics, ULC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Feb. 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Sanborn Map Company, Inc. tem o prazer de anunciar o estabelecimento da sua subsidiária canadense, a Sanborn Geophysics, ULC, localizada nos arredores de Toronto. A Sanborn Geophysics se concentrará nos serviços de levantamento geofísico e vendas de equipamentos, abrindo um novo mercado para a Sanborn.

Com o compromisso de avançar a coleta de dados geoespaciais e a capacidade de levantamento aéreo, a Sanborn Geophysics baseia-se na extensa experiência com dados geoespaciais da Sanborn. John Copple, CEO da Sanborn, comentou: “A criação da Sanborn Geophysics expande a já extensa coleta de dados geoespaciais e a capacidade de levantamento aéreo da Sanborn. Estamos posicionados de forma única não apenas para coletar dados especializados, mas para fazer isso com o nosso próprio equipamento de última geração.”

A Sanborn Geophysics foi habilitada pela compra de ativos da Nuvia Dynamics, Inc. A Sanborn também conseguiu contratar funcionários com um histórico comprovado na área de tecnologia de pesquisa geofísica para a equipe da Sanborn Geophysics. Alguns dos funcionários da Sanborn Geophysics têm mais de 25 anos de experiência e já trabalharam na Nuvia Dynamics Inc (ex-Pico Envirotec Inc). Ambas as empresas anteriores têm um histórico de destaque de realizações no desenvolvimento de tecnologias de pesquisa geofísica para exploração mineral/petrolífera e aplicações geotécnicas. A Sanborn foi apoiada pelo The Environmental Financial Consulting Group, LLC (EFCG). Os termos da transação não foram divulgados.

“A Sanborn Geophysics criará novas oportunidades para a empresa, tanto nacional como internacionalmente. Com esse investimento poderemos oferecer as melhores soluções geoespaciais para os nossos clientes”, disse Copple.

Sobre a Sanborn Map Company:
A liderança da Sanborn na criação de dados espaciais de alta qualidade teve início em 1866. A Sanborn está na vanguarda da coleta de dados espaciais e da inovação tecnológica e tem o compromisso de oferecer aos clientes o melhor em soluções geoespaciais abrangentes da última geração adaptadas à sua situação. Como um dos maiores fornecedores de produtos e serviços completos de GIS nos EUA, as ofertas da Sanborn incluem: imagens oblíquas, imagens orto, lidar, sonar, dados geofísicos, hiperespectrais e mapeamento, armazenamento seguro de dados e streaming do nosso próprio data center, análise espacial, desenvolvimento de aplicativos personalizados, planejamento estratégico e consultoria técnica GIS-IT, dados comerciais e plataformas em nuvem, soluções geoespaciais Sanborn SAAS, aumento de pessoal e serviços gerenciados por programas GIS. O ponto forte da Sanborn é a ajuda que ela proporciona aos clientes para a identificação de dados e tecnologia corretos, e a criação de soluções que atendam às suas necessidades, orçamento e requisitos do sistema. A certificação ISO 9001:2015 da Sanborn é mais um exemplo do seu compromisso com a qualidade.

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TUC to protest on February 13 to demand termination of tax on electricity


The Ghana Trade Union Congress (TUC) will embark on a demonstration on Tuesday, February 13 to demand the termination of tax on the consumption of electricity imposed by government.

The Union gave a one-week ultimatum of January 31st to terminate the tax imposition on electricity which elapsed on Wednesday. However, government has not issued any official communication of withdrawal to the Union

Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, the Secretary General of TUC, speaking at a press conference in Accra, said the Union would embark on a massive demonstration across the sixteen regions of the country on Tuesday, 13th February.

He said the union had taken the decision firmly and had appointed a committee to plan it, adding that the only reason to prevent the demonstration would be government’s decision to terminate the intended tax on consumption of electricity.

He said ‘we are not in any position to have any discussion or anything’. ‘If government doesn’t want us to demonstrate they should withdraw’.

He said government shou
ld write to the union officially to stop the union from the protest.

He said if the government did not withdraw, all formal and informal workers, public and private would on Tuesday, February 13 embark on a demonstration.

‘We are going to demonstrate for government to know that we can never be taken for granted, ‘ he added.

He entreated all employers to allow their employees to partake in the demonstration because it was a national assignment.

‘This is not for only workers but for our children, families and the entire population of the country, ‘he added.

He said, ‘if we do not fight this now, it would be a menace for the future.’

He said on Monday, February 12, all formal and informal workers must put on a red attire to work to show how ready the union was.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Open your doors to all political parties for engagement – GUTA tells members


The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has asked it members to open their doors to all political parties for engagement ahead of the 2024 elections.

A press statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by the President, Dr Joseph Obeng, said the Association was ready to facilitate constructive engagements with all political parties and urged its members to welcome all.

It said that platform would enable the political parties to share their visions with the Association as well as ascertain the needs of the trading community and factor them into their policies.

The engagement with the political parties, the statement noted, would be beneficial to the trading and business community in making informed decision in the upcoming General Election.

As Ghana goes to the polls on December 7, 2024, key among the issues is trade facilitation and growth, which the Association said was critical in harnessing the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The trading community is expec
ting the manifestoes of the parties to have a true reflection of their needs amid the implementation of an International Monetary Fund (IMF)-loan support programme.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adolescent health, nutrition conference held in Tamale


A conference on Adolescent Health and Nutrition has been held to discuss major factors influencing this group and other youth-friendly health services in the Northern Region.

It would further discuss the lessons regarding access and utilisation of these services, identify and agree on key interventions for implementation at the facility, sub-district, district, and regional levels.

This is to improve adolescent and youth-friendly services as well as stimulate action and engagement of adolescents and young people at the regional and local levels to shape the agenda for action for adolescents.

The two-day conference was organised by the Northern Regional Health Directorate with support from Norsaac, Savana Signatures, United Nations Children Fund amongst other partners, and attended by various stakeholders in the health sector including some adolescents in the region.

It was on the theme: ‘Bridging the Care Gap in Adolescent Service Delivery: The Role of Communities and Service Providers’.

Dr Abdulai Abuk
ari, the Northern Regional Director of Health, said even though there had been a slight improvement in nutrition indicators, Ghana still faced a triple burden of malnutrition, which are the co-existence of wasting (too thin for age), stunting (too short for age), overweight, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies.

He said women and adolescents faced all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and a care gap of lack of access to comprehensive and uninterrupted health care services, resulting in high rates of school dropout, increasing unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and child marriages.

Dr Abukari, said this underscored why the Ghana Health Service, was proud and happy to organise the conference to project adolescent health and nutrition interventions in the region and to solicit the support of all stakeholders for the wellbeing of adolescents.

He said there was the need to formulate goals for the healthy development of adolescents linked to the sexual and reproductive health, communicable and no
n-communicable disease agenda, adding that effective preventive interventions and access to treatment and care services was needed for scaled up.

He said the Regional Health Directorate had made adolescent health one of its flagship programmes to foster the implementation of evidence-based interventions to guide, and support districts to deliver interventions for a greater number of adolescents.

He said key among the interventions included the adolescent SafetyNet programme, Iron Folic Acid Supplementation, Nutrition-Friendly School Initiative (fruits and vegetable day, egg day, the smart school) among others.

Dr Abukari entreated stakeholders to continue their support for the Region’s adolescents targeted health programmes, ‘So that together, we can empower our youth, equip them with the knowledge and resilience needed to make positive choices, and inspire them to actively shape their own destinies.’

Mr Mohammed Awal Alhassan, the Executive Director, Norsaac, who co-chaired the conference, called on all
stakeholders to ensure the creation of safe spaces where young people could freely access the health care they deserved.

Mr Alhassan said ‘Norsaac addresses this through the Promotion of Adolescent Safe Spaces and Power to Choose projects across nine districts in the Northern, North East, Upper East and Savannah Regions.

The Adolescent Safe Spaces initiative has demonstrated that when young people, specifically teenagers, are given the chance, they open and discuss issues concerning their social, mental, and sexual growth.’

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, the Northern Regional Minister, whose speech was read on his behalf, said it was a collective and shared responsibility on the part of all stakeholders to ensure that they gave adolescents the support, guidance and care they required to successfully navigate the crucial phase of adolescence.

Source: Ghana News Agency