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GMAT Integrated Reasoning


GMAT Integrated Reasoning
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GMAT Integrated Reasoning

The Next Generation GMAT is upon us and has been since June 5, 2012. If you're wondering what the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section is all about, then take a peek at the information below.

Old GMAT vs. Next Generation GMAT

The Integrated Reasoning section tests you on your ability to synthesize materials, analyze several facets to form an answer, and solve complex multi-dimensional problems. In other words, you're tested on more "real-world" scenarios – stuff you might actually see in your future workspace.

2013 GMAT Registration Details

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Basics

  • 30 minutes
  • 12 questions
  • 4 new question formats
  • Score not used to influence overall GMAT score; a separate score will be outlined on your score report.
  • This section is not computer adaptive, so question types will not change based on the way you've answered the questions.
  • Testers cannot return to questions to change answers or review once you've switched screens.

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Questions

As I stated before, there are four new question types being introduced by the Next Generation GMAT exam. They are intended to test the skills that were identified in a survey of 740 management faculty worldwide as important for today’s graduate students. Think the test-makers got it right? Well, find out below!

  • Graphics Interpretation: Interpret the graph or graphical image and choose the most accurate option from a drop-down list.
    Example: Viewing a Venn diagram and selecting a ratio of people that does not meet the conditions specified by the diagram.
  • Two-Part Analysis: Select one answer from each column to solve a problem with a two-part solution. Possible answers will be presented in a table with a column for each part.
    Example: Viewing statistics about a new car and determining the liters of fuel used both when the car drives for an hour and also when it drives 60 km.
  • Table Analysis: Sort the table to organize the data so you can determine whether certain conditions are met. Each question will have statements with opposing answers (e.g., yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable); select one answer for each statement.
    Example: Viewing a table of Brazilian exports and selecting Yes if one of three statements can be shown to be true based on the information in the table, or No if it cannot.
  • Multi-Source Reasoning: Click on the page to reveal different data and discern which data you need to answer the question.
    Example: Reading a series of three emails and determining if three different inferences could be made from those emails
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