Integrated Reasoning Section: Multi-Source Reasoning

April 5, 2012 in New GMAT

What the questions look like?

You will see two or three tabbed pages of data on the left side of the computer screen.  The data on these tabbed pages may include some combination of the following:

  • Text passages
  • Tables
  • Graphics

Your questions will be one of the following two types:

  • Multiple choice (select the best answer given)
  • A set of statements with two opposing answer choices (true/false, yes/no, etc.)


N.B.
You will use the same data set for more than one Multi-Source Reasoning question.  In other words, you will use the same data set to answer at least two pages of Multi-Source Reasoning questions.  Do not be surprised when you click next question and the data on the left-hand side of the screen stays the same!

Strategies

Your first step should always be to read the question carefully. Make sure you understand what the question is asking you to do.  You have very limited amounts of time to answer each question, so make sure you read the question so you do not waste your time trying to analyze irrelevant data.

Analyze the data quickly, but carefully. If you’re given a text passage, look for how the information presented relates to each other and functions as a whole.  If you’re given information graphically, always take note of the scales, values and labels associated with the information.

Base your answers only on the information provided. Stick to the information provided when answering the questions. Do not make assumptions!

 

Ready to try it on your own? Click here for sample questions and solutions to multi-source reasoning problems.

 

Looking for Integrated Reasoning practice? Check out the links below!

Table Analysis Example Problem #1

Table Analysis Example Problem #2

Table Analysis Example Problem #3

Multi-Source Reasoning Example Problem #1

Multi-Source Reasoning Example Problem #2

Two-Part Analysis Example Problem #1

Two-Part Analysis Example Problem #2

Two-Part Analysis Example Problem #3

Graphics Interpretation Example Problem #1