The GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

This week, we suggest that you get to know the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section in an official GMAC video.

If you missed the video for the first section of the GMAT – the Analytical Writing Assessment – you can find it here.

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning section is the second section during the actual exam. It is the newest part of the GMAT. It was introduced in the summer of 2012 and replaces one of the two ‘essays’. This section was created by GMAT at the request of leading business schools.

The Integrated Reasoning section tests your real-world reasoning skills. It provides business schools with another data point to differentiate candidates’ abilities to manage large amounts of data, discern the relative importance of information, and make sound decisions supported by data.

The ability to evaluate information presented in different formats from multiple sources is crucial in order to succeed in this technologically advanced, data-driven world. The emphasis of the Integrated Reasoning section is both on the verbal reasoning and quantitative skills.

The Integrated Reasoning section consists of four types of questions format:

– graphics interpretation (diagrams, charts, curves and graphic plots with sub-questions)

– two-part analysis (verbal or qualitative reasoning)

– table analysis

– multi-source reasoning (with three sources of information)

Analysing large amounts of data will become the key basis for competition by improving productivity and generating consumer value. This offers us the ability to make smarter decisions, but also presents some interesting challenges.

says Ashok Sarathy, who is a Vice President of GMAT Program.

Find out what these challenges are and more information on the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT in the video.

If you have any additional questions concerning Integrated Reasoning, or any other section of the GMAT, do not hesitate to ask our experts and your peers on the PrepAdviser Forum or below GMAT – related articles in the Blog.

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