Integrated Reasoning is the newest section of the GMAT, having been introduced in 2012. This was the biggest change to the Graduate Management Admission Test in quite some time, and came about due to popular demand from business schools and industry leaders. During surveys and consultations, they told GMAC that a section like this would be very helpful in measuring the skills that are used every day in the classrooms of MBA programs. It is 30 minutes long and contains 12 multi-part questions. Unlike Verbal and Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning is not computer-adaptive, but you must still answer each question before proceeding to the next one, and you won’t have the ability to go back to previous questions and make changes. This section is scored in whole numbers from 1 to 8, and is not a component of the Total score on the GMAT. Although test-takers are not permitted to bring calculators, a basic on-screen calculator is provided during this portion of the exam.
Questions on this section fall into four main categories:
- Table Analysis: you will answer a set of True or False questions based on the information presented in a small data table
- Graphics Interpretation: you will be shown a chart or other graphic containing information and then you’ll answer several questions about it
- Multi-Source Reasoning: these questions will include several types of information, such as text, charts, tables, etc., and will be followed by questions which require a broad understand of all the data
- Two-Part Analysis: you will have two sets of data to use for answering several questions
On the Integrated Reasoning exam, you’re being tested in several areas. You will need to be able to quickly size up which information, from several sources, is important. You’ll need to be able to quickly see how it relates to other important information, and you must be able to organize and manipulate the data from different sources to solve difficult problems.