The GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

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

The GMAT Integrated Reasoning section is one of the four sections you will have to complete during the exam. It is the newest part of the GMAT as it was introduced in the summer of 2012 when it replaced one of the two essays. This section was created by GMAT at the request of leading business schools. Although it used to come second in the structure of the test, test takers no longer need to confine to a strict section order. As of 2017, everyone who sits the exam can choose the order of the sections within the GMAT.

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 of test takers.

The Integrated Reasoning section consists of four types of questions:

– 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)

Analyzing 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 get more information on the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT in the video. However, do not forget to consult the official website of the exam to make sure you get the most updated information.

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.

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