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IR Prep Tool

Getting Started

Designed by the people behind the GMAT exam, the IR Prep tool has been developed to help you learn more about, and practice, Integrated Reasoning questions.

By taking full advantage of the IR Prep tool, you can:
  • Become comfortable with the format of Integrated Reasoning questions
  • Learn from the answer explanation supplied for each question
  • Get actionable tips and strategies for each of the four different types of Integrated Reasoning questions
  • Benchmark your performance against other IR Prep tool users and those considering the same program
  • Use your session scores to track progress over time
  • Review pacing using the time management 

So let’s get started!

Read through the following in turn, or jump straight to it:

Answering questions


There are a couple of different ways you can choose the IR questions you want to answer. 

QUICK START
Using the options displayed under the Practice column of the IR Prep tool home page, select your questions and hit [Start]
1. Question set:  this determines which questions you will draw from – all of them, those you haven’t answered before, or those you’ve answered but not managed to get all parts correct
2. Type:  there are four different IR question types , choose All or one specific type
3. Difficulty level:  questions have been classified as being Easy, Medium, or Hard; alternatively select All to get a mix.  Once you’ve selected a type, you will see how many questions meet your criteria
4. How many questions:  use the [+] and [-] buttons to specify how many questions you want to answer; we’ll estimate the maximum time it should take to answer them if you match the required pace for the IR section of the exam: 2 minutes and 30 seconds per IR question
5. Question order: you can answer questions in sequence (by increasing difficulty); or randomly
6. Practice mode:  choose Exam mode to see one question after another and only find out how you did at the end; or Study mode to score each question immediately after you’ve answered it and have the opportunity of reading the answer explanation

SELECT EACH QUESTION INDIVIDUALLY
If you click the ‘See all questions’ link at the bottom of the Practice column of the IR Prep tool home page, a list of all 48 will display.  Create your own set of questions by checking the box next to each.

To help you find the questions you want, click the column headers to sort by ID number, question type, difficulty, if you’ve already answered it (correctly or incorrectly), how long you took, the last time you viewed the question, and if you have it bookmarked or not.  Filters are also available to help you narrow down the list.
 

Session results

After answering a set of questions, the results screen will display your results.  There are two parts to this screen.

SUMMARY
The top part of the screen shows a summary of your practice session.  This includes descriptive statistics – average time to answer and question difficulties – and a session score.

Your session score is determined by the following factors:
  • The number of questions you answered
  • The number you got correct
  • How difficult the questions were
  • How long it took you to answer each question

The score is measured on a scale of 10 to 100.  In the Evaluate section you can see a graph of your session scores.  A trend line illustrates your overall progression.

QUESTION LIST
The list of questions you saw during your practice session is shown, alongside information about the question characteristics – type, difficulty – and how you answered it.

Use the checkboxes to select which questions, if any, you would like to try again or review.

Reporting


In order to evaluate how your prep is progressing, the IR Prep tool includes two reports of particular interest:
  • How you managed your time
  • Session history

HOW YOU MANAGED YOUR TIME
The time management graph shows you three pieces of information about the time you took to answer all, and each type, of IR question: your average time to answer is shown as a bold, green, horizontal bar; while the range (minimum and maximum) of times is shown in a lighter shade.

In order to complete IR section of the GMAT exam within the allotted time, each of the 12 questions should take you, on average, no more than 2 minutes 30 seconds.

SESSION HISTORY
The session history graph plots the session score for each of the sets of questions you have answered.  It does not take into account how many times you have seen a particular question.

The session score is determined by a combination of the following factors:
  • The number of questions you answered
  • The number you got correct
  • How difficult the questions were
  • How long it took you to answer each question

A trend line illustrates your overall progression.

Note:  the session score is measured on a scale of 10 to 100.  

Benchmarking


Two types of question-level benchmarking data are available:
  • Comparing your response to all other IR Prep tool users
  • Comparing your response to those considering the same program you are interested in

Statistical data on the percentage of GMAT examinees at each IR score band that got the question correct is also available.