What is the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section?:
The IR section is non-adaptive, 30 minutes long and contains 12 questions. The top score is an eight, and this score is separate from the AWA score as well as the general GMAT score, which is out of 800 points.
The IR section is meant to test real world skills that both business schools and the modern workplace seek. The section analyzes your ability to critically interpret and synthesize information presented in various forms and in different steps. You will be asked to analyze data in the form of words, charts, graphs and tables in order to develop key insights.
When you study for the GMAT Quant and Verbal sections, you are learning the basic academic knowledge needed to do well on the IR section. To master the IR section, you will have to get used to new question formats and learn how to sift through information you need versus information you do not.
In the IR section, the answer choices are presented differently than they are on the Verbal and Quant sections. The answer choices in IR can involve multiple answers or drop down menus.
There are four Integrated Reasoning questions types:
1. Two-Part Analysis
The question prompt may be quite wordy and has a small table attached to it. The question asks you to choose two answers out of five or six.
2. Multi-Source Reasoning
The information is presented in multiple tabs (three tabs you can navigate among, individually) and usually revolves around Critical Reasoning type questions, although quant may also be involved.
3. Graphic Interpretation
A graph or chart is presented and you must analyze the information presented. There are two questions and the answer choices are presented in drop down menu fashion, each with a minimum of three answer choices.
4. Table Analysis
A sortable table is presented along with three questions, each with two answer choices. You must be able to differentiate between useful and non useful data.
The IR section should not cause too much concern:
- It is based on what you will have learned in the Quant and Verbal sections.
- You need to get used to the visual nature of the question types and to the different types of multiple choice questions presented.
- An on-screen calculator is provided (in the Quant section, it is not!).
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