In our last analysis post, we gave you our analysis of the question types and format on the Integrated Reasoning section. Now, we continue our analysis with information about the section format and scoring.
Based on the two practice tests released by GMAC with integrated reasoning questions, it appears that there will be the same number of each of the four types of questions per test:
- 2 table analysis
- 4 two-part analysis
- 3 graphics interpretation
- 3 multi-source reasoning
The questions will come in any order, but the multi-source reasoning problems will all appear together, since they will all be based on the same set of tabbed pages of data. Some of these questions will also be experimental, meaning not all of them will count towards your score. Just as in the quantitative and verbal sections, though, the experimental questions are sprinkled in with the real questions, so you have no way of knowing which questions on the test are experimental and which ones will actually count.
The integrated reasoning section contains a couple features not found on the rest of the test. You will have access to a basic, four-function calculator. (N.B. This calculator will not be available during the quantitative reasoning section.) Unlike the other sections, this part of the test is not adaptive, meaning the difficulty of the question type will not change depending on how well you are doing on the section. There will be some easy, some medium, and some very hard questions sprinkled throughout the section.
Finally, scoring will be a little different from the rest of the test. You will not be penalized for wrong answers, so it does not hurt to guess an answer for questions about which you are unsure. For questions with multiple parts, though, you must get all parts of the question correct in order to receive credit for the answer. No partial credit is given. Your final score will be an integer from 1 to 8. This number will be converted from your raw score–the number of questions you got right–and will be accompanied by a percentile to show how well you did compared to your fellow test-takers.
Looking for Integrated Reasoning practice? Check out the links below!