Before you start panicking about the integrated reasoning section, remember this important fact: the integrated reasoning section does not require you to learn any new skills. It tests you on the same quantitative concepts covered in the math section and the same verbal skills found in the verbal reasoning section. The only thing that’s different? It tests you on this information in new ways.
Before test day, familiarize yourself with the four different types of questions in the integrated reasoning section. Some, like graphics interpretation, test quantitative concepts whereas others, such as multi-source reasoning, test verbal concepts like critical reasoning and logic. As long as you are comfortable with the way that these questions are structured, they should not be any more challenging than the problems in the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT.
On test day, you will have 30 minutes to answer 12 questions. Although this may seem like a lot of time for 12 questions, remember that each question has multiple parts. Taking this into account, you have about 1-1.5 minutes to answer each part of each question. This is not a lot of time to answer such complex questions, so the next major thing the integrated reasoning section is testing is time management. You must be able to assess a large amount of data quickly, determine which parts are relevant to answer specific questions, and then answer those questions, paying careful attention to the phrasing of the question.
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