As called by many the IR was introduced in the GMAT syllabus in the year 2012. So, it has just 4 years since then. The Integrated Reasoning part basically substituted a 30 minutes essay question. The motive of the Integrated Reasoning section is to test how you can compete, judge, evaluate things in real life. It tests your ability and skills that you would have to perform or undergo during our B-School days or life after your B-School, i.e., the workplace.
The Integrated Reasoning section tests your ability to judge, analyze, rectify the given information. The questions are presented in different forms so that you can be tested from every respect. The questions are asked in the form of graphs, tables, pie charts, words so that each section is judged. So, know your syllabus and tricks before you start being judged. 😛
So, the Integrated Reasoning section can be mastered easily, but yes! it needs practice and dedication. The questions of this section can be approached in many ways. The tricks need to be mastered and then you expect to gain a good score in this section. You also need to get used to every type of question, that is expected to come in your GMAT examination, for seeing a totally new pattern of the question in the examination will not only get you low scores but also waste a lot of time.
The questions in the Integrated Reasoning section have multiple choice questions or a drop down options. So there are mainly four types of questions that the Integrated Reasoning section has-
1. Two-Part Analysis
The Two-Part Analysis is presented with a short paragraph of information. The choices to your answer will be shown in rows and columns. This type of question tests your ability to solve composite problems. This question requires the candidate to select two correct elements of the answer. The question is given in the form of the following figure along with a description of the same:
2. Multi-source reasoning
The question or the information is presented in different tabs. The questions are mainly of the critical reasoning genre. Each tab has a relevant information and the candidates must use all the provided information to conclude to an answer. The question is given in the following form:
The candidates are provided with a table of data and are required to figure out the relevancy of 3 or 4 statements. You basically have to differentiate between the useful and non-useful data.The question is presented in the following format in the examination:
4. Graphic Representation
You would be required to read and understand a graph or a chart. And then you would be asked to respond to a couple of questions. The answers are presented in a drop down manner, with a minimum of three options. The graph or chart is represented in the following manner:
The Integrated Reasoning would not require much of your time if you are familiar with the question pattern and the way you need to answer the questions. It rather becomes interesting if you have mastered your ways. Share your views on how one can ace the Integrated Reasoning section of GMAT.