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Post Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:53 pm
What do you guys consider as the best source for IR prep ? I am giving myself around 10-12 days to prep for IR, and intend on using the OG13 questions paired with the MGMAT IR book. Do you guys think it is enough time (total of around 20-25 hours of prep) .

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Post Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:52 pm
vomhorizon wrote:
What do you guys consider as the best source for IR prep ? I am giving myself around 10-12 days to prep for IR, and intend on using the OG13 questions paired with the MGMAT IR book. Do you guys think it is enough time (total of around 20-25 hours of prep) .
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:35 pm
vomhorizon wrote:
What do you guys consider as the best source for IR prep ? I am giving myself around 10-12 days to prep for IR, and intend on using the OG13 questions paired with the MGMAT IR book. Do you guys think it is enough time (total of around 20-25 hours of prep) .
Can I ask you a somewhat leading question? Are you scoring 800 regularly on your quant/verbal section of the exam? I ask that simply because, knowing the realities of most students, if I had a free 25 hours to invest in studying, I don't know that I'd put them into the IR section. Just my $0.02 -- more than happy to chat more there.

In the meantime, take a look at attached -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/05/15/getting-ready-for-integrated-reasoning/ -- gives some great overview/tips about how to think about attacking the IR section.

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Post Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:46 am
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vomhorizon wrote:
What do you guys consider as the best source for IR prep ? I am giving myself around 10-12 days to prep for IR, and intend on using the OG13 questions paired with the MGMAT IR book. Do you guys think it is enough time (total of around 20-25 hours of prep) .
Can I ask you a somewhat leading question? Are you scoring 800 regularly on your quant/verbal section of the exam? I ask that simply because, knowing the realities of most students, if I had a free 25 hours to invest in studying, I don't know that I'd put them into the IR section. Just my $0.02 -- more than happy to chat more there.

In the meantime, take a look at attached -- http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/05/15/getting-ready-for-integrated-reasoning/ -- gives some great overview/tips about how to think about attacking the IR section.

Best of luck!

-Brian
Thanks for your response... When i charted down my prep for the GMAT (months ago when i started my prep) I had given myself 25 hours over the last 10-12 days for the IR .. Back then IR was very new and i had not received either the OG 13 or the MGMAT IR Guide... The reason I am asking now is that i am currently looking for a better estimate on what should be an adequate time allocation towards IR given a) The fact that its importance in overall admission is still not that clear b) not a whole lot of prep material or reviews are available... I get from your reply that i should look to cut down the time that i had planned by a considerable ammount??

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Post Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:05 pm
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Thanks for your response... When i charted down my prep for the GMAT (months ago when i started my prep) I had given myself 25 hours over the last 10-12 days for the IR .. Back then IR was very new and i had not received either the OG 13 or the MGMAT IR Guide... The reason I am asking now is that i am currently looking for a better estimate on what should be an adequate time allocation towards IR given a) The fact that its importance in overall admission is still not that clear b) not a whole lot of prep material or reviews are available... I get from your reply that i should look to cut down the time that i had planned by a considerable ammount??
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I think you are on the right track there. I'd encourage you to be comfortable with the section, know the question formats, and have some practice under your belt. Ultimately though, your goal should be maximizing score on quant/verbal and not worry as much about IR. Don't neglect it, but consider a reallocation of resources.
Make sense?
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Post Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:29 pm
Thanks .. I will be cutting down my prep time considerably. I'll first finish the MGMAT strategy guide (should take me a few hours as it is not all that big) and then answer a few questions to see where i stand. If i am fairly confident i'll go ahead and spend a few hours to do the free questions from the OG13 and that would be it. Should take no more then 6-8 hours total .

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Post Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:58 pm
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Thanks .. I will be cutting down my prep time considerably. I'll first finish the MGMAT strategy guide (should take me a few hours as it is not all that big) and then answer a few questions to see where i stand. If i am fairly confident i'll go ahead and spend a few hours to do the free questions from the OG13 and that would be it. Should take no more then 6-8 hours total .
Great Vom -- Let me know how that nets out and send me a note back here after you spend that 6-8 hours and let me know how it goes.
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Post Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:03 pm
Brian, How much time do you recommend per prompt for IR? I am working on IR questions from Question Pack 1 (Working the easier ones first and then moving on to the medium - hard difficulty level). For the easy questions i usually take anywhere from 1.5-3 minutes per prompt depending upon the no. of questions as well as the reading and calculations required, but for some of the medium difficulty questions i really need 4-5 minutes per prompt. I have been advised by those that have taken the IR section to focus 100% on around 8-9 of the prompts (allot around 25 minutes to 8 prompts) and work very very fast on the the remaining 3-4 ... Basically picking up the types where you are reasonably confident that you can get 100% accuracy if you take your time..Is this a decent strategy or should i focus on answering 100% of the prompts with equal time allocation??

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Brian, How much time do you recommend per prompt for IR? I am working on IR questions from Question Pack 1 (Working the easier ones first and then moving on to the medium - hard difficulty level). For the easy questions i usually take anywhere from 1.5-3 minutes per prompt depending upon the no. of questions as well as the reading and calculations required, but for some of the medium difficulty questions i really need 4-5 minutes per prompt. I have been advised by those that have taken the IR section to focus 100% on around 8-9 of the prompts (allot around 25 minutes to 8 prompts) and work very very fast on the the remaining 3-4 ... Basically picking up the types where you are reasonably confident that you can get 100% accuracy if you take your time..Is this a decent strategy or should i focus on answering 100% of the prompts with equal time allocation??
Not to over-simplify, but I'd think about it more as a target of 2:30/question, rather than trying to come up with a time per prompt. You should be able to get that done. Aim to get at least 9-10 right... then you should be good.

Let me know if that helps.

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Post Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:45 pm
Thanks brian. So you would agree that we should aim at getting 9-10 prompts right? I have heard that that those that do well in around 8 prompts are good enough for a 7, i am aiming for a score above 5 (to be safe) but do not want to rush through each prompt thereby psyching myself out before the big QUANT section that is my weak area.

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Post Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:10 pm
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Thanks brian. So you would agree that we should aim at getting 9-10 prompts right? I have heard that that those that do well in around 8 prompts are good enough for a 7, i am aiming for a score above 5 (to be safe) but do not want to rush through each prompt thereby psyching myself out before the big QUANT section that is my weak area.
This might sound obvious to say, but I think you should aim to get them ALL right. Focus on getting as many right as you can, but, just as on the more important part of the test... don't spend too long on a problem that you don't feel confident about getting correct.

Thoughts?

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Post Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:43 pm
Thanks , I will do my best. Although early in my IR prep, i have taken 2 full lenght CAT's with IR (One by Kaplan and other by Veritas Prep) I found pressed for time in the Kaplan but part of it had to do with the interface etc . I scored a 2 on Kaplan and 6 on Veritas Prep so i have some time to go before i can get consistent with my score.

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Post Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:29 pm
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Thanks , I will do my best. Although early in my IR prep, i have taken 2 full lenght CAT's with IR (One by Kaplan and other by Veritas Prep) I found pressed for time in the Kaplan but part of it had to do with the interface etc . I scored a 2 on Kaplan and 6 on Veritas Prep so i have some time to go before i can get consistent with my score.
Vom,
Grand scheme of things -- still many other more important parts of the exam, and of course, your total application package. Just keep that in mind. Essentially, there are PLENTY of other places to stress out before you invest crazy amounts of time here.
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