Sharpen Your Integrated Reasoning Skills

7 Feb

Exactly one year ago, Integrated Reasoning (IR) became an official part of the GMAT exam. Since its official launch on June 5, 2012, more than 200,000 test takers have sent their IR scores to graduate business schools around the world, where admissions committees have begun to incorporate these scores in their acceptance decisions.

Simply put, the IR section tests you on the skills you use every day to analyze information. You use IR skills, for example, when you conduct an Internet search to find an affordable apartment within walking distance of a subway station; or plan an itinerary for a two-week trip to Barcelona, Madrid, and Casablanca; or schedule your course load for the coming two semesters—or do all three tasks at once.

To mark IR’s one-year anniversary, we offer you an informal quiz to test your awareness of the significance of the new test section for your academic and career success. [Hint: Use the graphs and table below to inform your answers.]

True or false?

  • People who graduated from IR intensive programs seem to find a job more easily and earn more when they use IR skills in their work.
  • The more often graduate business school alumni use IR skills on the job the more likely they are to be ahead of or on track with their career plans.

IR Salary

IR Skills

IR Jobs

IR Skills Are Already in Your Grasp

Pat yourself on the back if you answered “true” to both statements. You successfully demonstrated your “integrated reasoning” skills by synthesizing, organizing, evaluating, and manipulating data in graphical and text formats to arrive at solutions that may have depended on information from one or more sources.

The Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT exam tests skills that management faculty and employers worldwide identified as important for your success in the classroom, such as your ability to analyze data presented in a case study, and in the workplace, where you will need to sort through reams of data, determine what is relevant, and incorporate it into a strategic solution for a client.

via Sharpen Your Integrated Reasoning Skills on the GMAT Exam.

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