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Introduction to Integrated Reasoning

Today’s business world is rich in data. To succeed, you’ll need to analyze information from a variety of sources, and develop strategies and make decisions based on that information. Integrated reasoning is designed to measure your ability to evaluate information presented in multiple formats from multiple sources – skills you already use, and skills you need to succeed in our data-rich world.

The Integrated Reasoning section consists of four question types, which require you to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources.

  • Almost all question formats require multiple responses. Questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, so you must answer all parts of a single question correctly to receive credit.
  • All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen. You must submit responses to all parts of the question before moving on to a new question on another screen. Once you answer a question, you may not go back and change the answer.
  • Data presented in text are approximately 300 words or fewer.
  • Answer options don’t provide information or clues that will help you solve other questions.
  • One set of data is used for several Multi-Source Reasoning questions, but the questions are independent of one another—you won’t have to answer one question correctly to be able to answer another.

What the Integrated Reasoning section measures:
The 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section tests skills identified by management faculty worldwide as important for you, as a prospective incoming graduate management student, to know, including:
  • Synthesizing information presented in graphics, text, and numbers 
  • Evaluating relevant information from different sources 
  • Organizing information to see relationships and to solve multiple, interrelated problems 
  • Combining and manipulating information to solve complex problems that depend on information from one or more sources

What it consists of:
12 questions, of four different types, and most require more than one response.  The questions involve both mathematical and verbal reasoning, either separately or in combination. 
  • Questions with a mathematical component require a basic knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra, and commonly known concepts of geometry and statistics. 
  • Questions with a verbal component require the ability to understand written material and to reason and evaluate arguments.

Time allowed:
30 minutes 

Special features:
  • The Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT exam is computerized but is not adaptive. If there are multiple responses required on a single screen, you can change answers on the page you’re working on before you click “Next” to go to the next question. However, once you move to a new screen, you can’t go back. 
  • The Integrated Reasoning section may contain quantitative elements but is not a test of quantitative skills. An online calculator with basic functions will be available for this section only but is optional rather than necessary.

The four question types are: 
  • Graphics Interpretation
  • Multi-Source Reasoning
  • Table Analysis
  • Two-Part Analysis

GRAPHICS INTERPRETATION


Interpret the graph or graphical image and select the option from a drop-down list to make the answer statements accurate.

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MULTI-SOURCE REASONING


Click on the page to reveal different data and discern which data you need to answer the question.

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TABLE ANALYSIS


Sort the table to organize the data so you can determine whether certain conditions are met. Each question will have statements with opposing answers (e.g., yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable); select one answer for each statement.

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TWO-PART ANALYSIS


Select one answer from each column to solve a problem with a two-part solution. Possible answers will be presented in a table with a column for each part.

Read more  about Two-Part Analysis questions and strategies.