On May 7, 2012, the Graduate Management Admissions Council organized a live Twitter chat with admissions officers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School. During the chat, the two schools fielded questions about the integrated reasoning section and how it would factor into business school admissions.
Over the course of the conversation, an interesting point was raised: the integrated reasoning section will not be given any specific weight at either school; however both schools believe that the integrated reasoning section tests concepts and strategies that are highly relevant to business school. Although both schools assured applicants that the integrated reasoning section would not be more important than any other part of the application, they said they will consider the integrated reasoning score as part of the application. They also added that they felt the integrated reasoning section tested concepts that were highly relevant to business school. Both said the business school curriculum requires integrating multiple sources of data to draw conclusions.
What does this mean for you? If you’re planning on taking the new GMAT, do not forget to study for the integrated reasoning section! Business schools will be looking at it as part of the application process. If you do badly on it, this could reflect poorly, in the same way that a low score on an essay or a lackluster recommendation could hurt your chances of admission. So take the section seriously and do everything you can to prepare for the section before you take the test!
Want to learn more? You can read the full chat here.
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