GMAT Sections Prep: Integrated Reasoning

The Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT has 12 questions divided into four sub-sections namely: Multi- Source reasoning; Graphic Interpretation; Two- Part Analysis; Table Analysis.

Multi-source Reasoning

These questions will remind you of RC with an addition of quant concepts too. These are usually information paragraphs spread over two or three tabs and you have to wade through it and then answer two or three questions (usually three). There can be three yes/no statements or a traditional five-choice multiple-choice question. The same data set can be used for several questions.

What are they testing?

Multi-source reasoning questions are testing your comprehension and your ability to interpret data correctly.

How can you prepare for them?

  • A lot of your skills from RC practise must help you in dealing with multi-source reasoning questions too.
  • While practising questions, learn how to cull the most important information.
  • A practise of skimming will be very handy during the test.
  • Get as many questions as you can from the standard GMAT books and master the section.

Graphic Interpretation

You are given a graph or chart of some kind and have to figure out what it means in order to answer some questions.

What are they testing?

Graphic Interpretation is clearly testing your ability to interpret a bunch of mathematical/statistical data.

How can you prepare for them?

  • Catch hold of Finance and Economy related newspapers and magazines for a great practise of graph interpretations. The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Economic Times etc are full with graphical data.
  • Practise interpretation of these graphs in the given context. Compare your interpretations with those given in the news reports. If you are able to interpret exactly as them, you will have mastered this section.
  • Don’t forget to test your skills through a thorough practise of actual GI questions

Two-part questions

These aren’t that different from the standard multiple choice given in quant and verbal, except that we have to answer two questions, not just one.

What are they testing?

These questions test your ability to choose the most relevant argument in problem solving.

How can you prepare for them?

  • The key to mastering two-part questions is to follow a systematic approach: understanding the passage, pre-thinking the answer choices and eliminating the incorrect options.
  • Get plenty of such questions as they are unique to management entrance exams and hence you may not get a lot of real-time practice.
  • While practising, make sure you don’t start solving the question based on the answer choices. Learn to solve first and then choose the options.
  • These questions will require your ability to think in two different directions objectively.

Table Analysis

You are given a table with lots of data to interpret.

What are they testing?

These questions test your analytical skills and your ability to eliminate irrelevant data.

How can you prepare for them?

  • Half of the trick in tables is to know what you can ignore!
  • Practise from statisitical tables from books of Economics or finance related newspapers and magazines such as The Economic Times or The Wall Street Journal.
  • Remove the bias against these questions, as once you are able to solve the table, you will be extremely certain of the right answer.
  • Practise as many tables as possible to create your own strategies of solving.

The best thing about IR is quite a lot of your skills from Quant and Verbal section will come in handy. So prepare for the first two sections first, and you will know exactly how to prepare for this one.

GMAT Sections Prep: Integrated Reasoning
GMAT Sections Prep: Integrated Reasoning - By : | Date Published : 28-01-2015 | Category : Foreign Education |
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The Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT has 12 questions divided into four sub-s