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GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section

The Integrated Reasoning Section was added on June 5, 2012. There are 12 questions with 30 minutes time to answer. In this section, the way a candidate analyzes the data and interprets the information is given more importance as in today’s world, business revolves around text, numbers or graphics. questions given in the paper are various data collected from different sources.

A GMAT test taker should have the following capabilities to solve the IR section with ease:

a) Derive substantial information from graphics, texts and numbers.
b) Evaluating the same information from different sources
c) Arrange information to derive conclusive solutions to given problems
d) Combining and permuting provided data/information to solve problems

Total time for IR:  30 minutes

Total number of questions in IR: 12

The IR section of GMAT exam contains four kinds of questions:

a)  Table Analysis
b)  Graphics Interpretation
c)  Multi-Source reasoning
d)  Two parts Analysis

Table Analysis

After cautiously studying a table presented in the form of a spreadsheet, students have to answer Yes/No or True/False to a given set of statements. For those appearing for the computerized GMAT exam, the provided data/spreadsheet can be resorted for easy access of the test taker.

Sample question for Table Analysis of GMAT exam:

The table above shows sales statistics and description of 20 bathroom cleaners of U.S. for the year 2010. Based on it, test takers are to answer the following set of questions.

Consider each of the following statements about these sales figures. For each statement, indicated whether the statement is true or false, based on the information provided in the table.

State True or False:

1.  The product with the highest unit sales is 2010 also had the highest dollar increase in price since 2009.
2.  Every orange scented product experienced growth in unit sales from 2009 to 2010.
3.  No product experienced growth in dollar sales but a decline in unit sales from 2009 to 2010.
4.  The highest-priced product in 2010 was also the highest-priced product in 2009.

Answers to the above table analysis question:

1. False
2. True
3. False
4. True

Here, a graph or a graphical image is given to the candidates along with a drop-down menu. They are expected to complete the statements by choosing one of the options from the given menu.

## Sample question for Graphics Interpretation of GMAT exam:

Based on the above graphical image, students are expected to answer the following:

1.  If a city had no more than 20 auto thefts per 1,000 people it had no population of more than __________people.

a) 60,000
b) 80, 000
c) 1000,000

2.  The dashed line has a slope that is ___________ the slope of the regression line.

a) Less than
b) Equal to
c) Greater than

3.  According to this chart, a city with more than 10 auto thefts per 1000 people is ________ to have a population of at least 6000,000 people.

a) less likely
b) more likely
c) Equally likely

The right answer to the above graphics interpretation is c,c and b.

Answer to the above graphical representation question is:

1.  c) 10,00,000
2.  c) Greater Than
3.  b) more likely

Importance of Integrated Reasoning

• During the inception of the IR section in 2012, this was one of the innovative sections added in entrance exam syllabus. All GMAT exams conducted post-2012 mandatorily includes IR section with 12 questions and stipulated 30 minutes time duration.
• Research conducted by Kaplan Test Prep derives 41% of admission officers consider IR section score separately during the MBA admission procedure.
• As IR is a computer adaptive section, hence, its believed to truly analyse the potential capability of a GMAT test taker.
• The availability and permit of using the onscreen calculator make IR section scoring for GMAT test takers.

Books for IR section of GMAT

• GMAT Integrated Reasoning and Essay (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides)
• GMAT Premier 2017 with 6 Practice Tests: Online + Book + Videos + Mobile (Kaplan Test Prep)
• GMAT Integrated Reasoning Practice Questions: Volume 1 (Test Prep)Integrated Reasoning and Essay GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition (Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides)
• McGraw-Hills Conquering the GMAT Math and Integrated Reasoning

### Tips to crack Integrated Reasoning Section

• The entire IR part of GMAT exam is presented through various screens. Before switching between screens, make sure you answer all parts of the question on your screen and then move forward. GMAT does not allow you to go back on the computer.
• Make complete use of the drop-down calculator provided especially for quant-based IR questions.
• While solving graphics interpretation, make sure to click on the drop-down arrow to see all the probable provided answers.
• Integrated Reasoning questions can be practised from online resources, study materials and books also.

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