# 3 Tips for GMAT Integrated Reasoning

by on September 28th, 2017

When the Graduate Management Admission Council introduced the Integrated Reasoning section a few years ago, it was in response to considerable business school feedback around evolving technology, changing student skill-sets and the need to continue adapting. Now with a few years of data available, schools are starting to determine how to best utilize this score data, so while the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section doesn’t fall nicely and neatly into the Quant or Verbal bucket, let’s break down IR since this section doesn’t look quite like the others.

## 2. Pacing is key!

This might sound familiar since pacing is so important for success on Quant and Verbal, and on the surface 30 minutes for 12 questions doesn’t  sound too terrible (after all, you have 75 minutes for 37 and 41 questions on Quant and Verbal, respectively).  However, each IR question has multiple parts, and in order to receive full credit, you need to answer each part correctly.  As you start preparing, take stock of how much time you spend on each question type and get a sense of which question types are your strengths and weaknesses. This will be important for the next tip.

## 3. Know when to walk away.

Unlike Quant and Verbal, IR is NOT computer-adaptive which means a few things. If you get a question that feels harder or easier, don’t overthink. Questions are pre-set which means unlike Quant and Verbal, your performance on the previous question does not dictate the next question you see. So don’t get hung up on analyzing the difficulty and second guessing the question you just answered, but rather focus on answering the question in front of you.  What this also means is that if you’re faced with a question type that you know is a weakness and one that you’re  less comfortable with (e.g. two part analysis), make a conscious decision to skip it and invest that time in another question type that’s a strength (e.g. graphics interpretation).

While there isn’t as much information available on Integrated Reasoning compared to Quant and Verbal, much of what  you’ll see in IR is rooted in skills you already use in your professional life as well as leverage for Quant and Verbal. Taking some time to better understand the section and how to prioritize will ensure a better test day—on all sections!

The above article comes from Veritas Prep. Since its founding in 2002, Veritas Prep has helped more than 100,000 students prepare for the GMAT and offers the most highly rated GMAT Prep course in the industry.

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