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Low IR score - Will it impact?

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Post Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:38 am
Hey there!
Well a 700 is still a 700. The Ir is not yet thaaaat important. So if you are happy with a 700 then you don't need to retake,
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Post Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:10 am
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I'm new to the forum hence I'm sorry if I'm posting in the incorrect thread. I will get more conversant with the site as I navigate more. I appeared for my first GMAT yesterday and scored 720 (Q50, V37) with a 4 (40 %) in IR. I struggled in the IR section since I had to spend too much time on the 2 Multi source reasoning questions. I am worried about my low IR score (4) and am wondering if I should retake the exam. Would that be the correct thing to do? Given that it has been a few years since the IR section was introduced, has the IR score gained more importance now?

I am not sure if I'll be able to improve my Quant+Verbal score significantly. Any advice would be immensely helpful.
Alas, I don't think anyone can answer this question with certainty. On the one hand, the IR score still doesn't seem to be nearly as important as your quant/verbal scores, both in terms of what we see anecdotally from applicants, and in terms of how schools are ranked. (In fact, it seems to have nothing to do with rankings.) On the other hand, when you ask admissions people if schools consider the IR score, they invariably say 'yes.' So the big question is, what does that mean?

So given that there's a certain amount of ambiguity here, if there's chance that a lower IR score could hurt you, why not retake and see if you can get the best of both worlds? If the next exam works out, great. If it doesn't, or if your IR score is up, and your composite score is down, simply cancel the exam. Seems like a low-risk proposition to me.

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Post Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:38 pm
Thank you so much for your quick response. This gives me some clarity!

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kkcricket wrote:
I'm new to the forum hence I'm sorry if I'm posting in the incorrect thread. I will get more conversant with the site as I navigate more. I appeared for my first GMAT yesterday and scored 720 (Q50, V37) with a 4 (40 %) in IR. I struggled in the IR section since I had to spend too much time on the 2 Multi source reasoning questions. I am worried about my low IR score (4) and am wondering if I should retake the exam. Would that be the correct thing to do? Given that it has been a few years since the IR section was introduced, has the IR score gained more importance now?

I am not sure if I'll be able to improve my Quant+Verbal score significantly. Any advice would be immensely helpful.
Alas, I don't think anyone can answer this question with certainty. On the one hand, the IR score still doesn't seem to be nearly as important as your quant/verbal scores, both in terms of what we see anecdotally from applicants, and in terms of how schools are ranked. (In fact, it seems to have nothing to do with rankings.) On the other hand, when you ask admissions people if schools consider the IR score, they invariably say 'yes.' So the big question is, what does that mean?

So given that there's a certain amount of ambiguity here, if there's chance that a lower IR score could hurt you, why not retake and see if you can get the best of both worlds? If the next exam works out, great. If it doesn't, or if your IR score is up, and your composite score is down, simply cancel the exam. Seems like a low-risk proposition to me.

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Post Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:38 pm
Thank you so much for your quick response. This gives me some clarity!

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Post Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:35 pm
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HI Jon,

I took my GMAT Yesterday and I got a score of 700. But the issue is that I have got a very low score of 2 in IR. I'm not sure how I got such a low score.
Can you please let me know if this would affect my overall application.

I have about 5 years of experience, 3 years as a mobile application developer and 2 years as a Product Owner/Business analyst.


Thank you very much for your advice.
Well it's better to have a higher IR score, but it's still not as important as your overall score. So if you are planning to apply this year, I would suggest to run with it. You don't really have time for a retake, unless you are actually considering applying next year.

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Post Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:39 am
I'm new to the forum hence I'm sorry if I'm posting in the incorrect thread. I will get more conversant with the site as I navigate more. I appeared for my first GMAT yesterday and scored 720 (Q50, V37) with a 4 (40 %) in IR. I struggled in the IR section since I had to spend too much time on the 2 Multi source reasoning questions. I am worried about my low IR score (4) and am wondering if I should retake the exam. Would that be the correct thing to do? Given that it has been a few years since the IR section was introduced, has the IR score gained more importance now?

I am not sure if I'll be able to improve my Quant+Verbal score significantly. Any advice would be immensely helpful.

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Post Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:00 pm
They are still not that important and won't be until they are made to be a basis for the ranking of the schools.

At the same time a very low score is still not good.

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Post Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:25 am
Hi everyone,

Since the IR has been in place for a few years now, is there an update of how important those scores are?

For reference here are my scores from Manhattan Prep practice exams:
Test No Overall Score IR score Source
2 620 3.03 Manhattan
3 640 2.47 Manhattan

Is 8 still the maximum one can score in IR?

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