The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) had nearly 8,000 test-takers take experimental Integrated Reasoning sections at the end of the regular GMAT exam from January 3-12, 2012. Over 1,200 of these test-takers answered a short survey about the section. Here is what the test-takers said:
Integrated Reasoning is extremely relevant. The survey asked whether the skills measured in the Integrated Reasoning section were relevant to graduate management education (possible responses ranged from very irrelevant to very relevant). Nearly ⅔ of all respondents agreed that the Integrated Reasoning section was relevant or very relevant to both graduate management education and their postgraduate employment.
Integrated Reasoning measures skills used daily in the business world. Furthermore, more than half of survey respondents agreed that they used the skills measured by multi-source reasoning, graphics interpretation and table analysis regularly or all the time in their current job or undergraduate studies. More than 60 percent of all applicants said that they tackled multi-source reasoning type problems regularly or all the time at their job.
What does this mean for test-takers like you? If this survey is any indication, it serves as further proof that the Integrated Reasoning section is likely to become an important part of business school admissions. In a couple of years, the Integrated Reasoning section could be a very important part of the business school application. Several business schools, including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, have already said that the skills tested in the Integrated Reasoning section are very similar to the skills required by the business school curriculum. If test-takers agree that these are skills they are using in the business world, then it is likely business schools will begin to take the section more seriously.
The good news? Test-takers agreed that the section did not take any more preparation than the quantitative and verbal sections. Most importantly, most business schools are still figuring out how to weight the Integrated Reasoning section, so we do not anticipate it will play too major a role in business school admissions this year.
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