GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section – What is it?


The Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAT is a relatively new section that tests your ability to break complex amounts of information into the most important pieces. Since the questions in this section often require you to look at multiple tabs of an email or to glean data from complex graphs, these types of problems are directly related to the tasks you’re often required to do in the business world.

Unlike the verbal and quantitative sections, the Integrated Reasoning section does not impact your composite GMAT score, which is out of 800 points. It is graded separately on a scale of 1 to 8, and the scores are only given in integer values. As a separately scored section, the Integrated Reasoning section gives school a quick glance at exactly how well you can incorporate multiple data sources to solve problems.

The Integrated Reasoning section follows the Analytical Writing Assessment and is the second section of the GMAT. It is a 30-minute section with 12 questions, but many of the questions are experimental, and they will not contribute to your overall score. However, the experimental problems are not marked and it is difficult to identify them, so do your best on the entire section. Some of the problems on this section will use math skills, such as finding a percent change, but others present themselves as logic problems, and require your critical reasoning abilities to solve them.

If you need help with the Integrated Reasoning section on the GMAT, or any other part of the test, Testmasters is here to get you through this exam with tips and tricks here on our blog and private tutoring and classes with our test preparation professionals.

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