They say money can’t buy you happiness, but it can certainly buy you things that bring a smile to your faces. Similarly, getting into top management institutes cannot guarantee you success but will definitely create a sound platform to help you attempt for one. But for that to happen you need to do well in your GMAT, which is not as challenging as you might think. The key lies in preparing well for each section including GMAT Reasoning smartly and figuring out strategies that will help you score well.
Integrated GMAT Reasoning and everything you need to know about it
This section that was introduced in 2012 tests you on four broad areas – Multi-source reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-part Analysis and Table Analysis. You will come across 12 questions in the section where you have 30 minutes to answer them.
Your IR scores range from 1 to 8 with single digit intervals. The questions in the section are meant to measure how you integrate data to answer complex problems. Most IR questions will have more than one response and you have to answer them all correctly to get credit.
Tips to score well in IR
- Thing to note is that this section will present you large doses of data in the form of tables, graphs etc. Going through this data without knowing what you are looking for is a waste of time. Hence the first rule of IR is to look at questions before you go through the data.
- You will have a single function calculator in the section and it’s not very efficient because it can’t tell the order of operations. Proofreading your calculations can get very tedious, so use the calculator as sparingly as possible.
- Graphics interpretation is integral to the test and you can prepare for it by paying close attention to bar, line, pie and other common types of graphs that you come across in newspapers, magazines, etc.
- Two part analysis questions can be solved smartly if you take your cue from the answer choices. You will have to pick an option from column A and another from column B, so it’s best that you start looking for answers in pairs.
- Sorting the data table is crucial to not only answering the questions correctly but in time as well. Focus on the questions and indentify the best way to group data. Make your own tables to get to the answers.
It’s true that your IR score doesn’t affect your total score, but admission officers admit that they pay due attention to it. Doing well in the section will help you impress the powers that be.