GMAT 2020 NEWS
Graduate Management Aptitude Test is considered to be one of the most sought after examinations to get admission in B-Schools across the world. This makes it one of the favorite children of competition. It goes without saying that in order to score well in GMAT, each and every section plays a very important role. The Integrated Reasoning section of GMAT is just an extension of the Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability Sections. This is because the questions in the Integrated Reasoning demand the integration and application of Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Skills to analyze the data in order to solve complex problems. The GMAT score is calculated only on the basis of the Quantitative Aptitude and the Verbal Ability sections. However, the candidate should also do well in the Integrated Reasoning Section as it can prove to be a key data point for a competitive candidate.
In GMAT every section has a significant role in deciding the candidate’s fate. The GMAT Integrated Reasoning is no less and in fact, the importance of this section to admission into the top B- Schools are increasing with time. This can be understood through a 2015 survey, in which more than 200 admission officers from the B-Schools of the United Kingdom and the United States of America were asked about the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Score. The survey revealed that more than 59% of the admission officers consider this section as an important part of evaluating the candidate. The same survey was done in 2014, where the Integrated Reasoning Section was an essential part of the evaluation for just 41% admission offices. The same was 22% in 2012 when it introduced for the first time by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Every B-School has a variation in emphasizing the importance of the GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section, but it is for sure an important part today than it was in 2012 when it was introduced or even 2015.
The Integrated Reasoning section lasts for 30 minutes and consists of 12 questions. These questions are selected randomly from a pool of questions. These questions are of four types:
While this is a separate section in itself, it is denoted as a combination of the GMAT Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability Sections. The questions will involve these two sections either together or individually. It is also important to highlight that some questions have multiple sub-questions. The candidates are also provided with a basic online calculator only for the Integrated Reasoning Section.
The requirement of a new section came when the B-Schools were finding it difficult to differentiate between the best performers just on the basis of the GMAT Score and the work experience. With several discussions between the Graduate Management Admission Council, top B-Schools and various Recruiters, the decision was made to add the integrated reasoning section individually which will not impact the GMAT Score but would be scored and a percentile would also be reported. The importance given to the score of this section depends on the B-School or the Recruiter. While some B-Schools or recruiters will use it actively whereas some would not consider it essential.
The GMAT Integrated Reasoning Section is all about solving complex problems that require good reasoning skills. The candidate will be presented with lots of data, which is to be analyzed. The data presented in the questions could be in multiple formats, for example, tables, charts, and graphs. Thus, the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section requires the integration of the Quantitative ability as well as the reasoning ability of the candidate.
Even though the Integrated Reasoning Section in GMAT is an integration of the Quantitative Aptitude and GMAT Verbal Ability Sections, there are still a few differences:
In graphics interpretation type of questions, the candidate will be shown data in form of charts and graphs. The candidates need to interpret this data and then answer the questions. A question might have multiple sub-questions and in order to get the full credits, attempting each sub-question correctly is important. However, these types of questions take a lot of time, candidate’s can follow the below GMAT Preparation Tips for such questions:
For those from the data analytics field, this is a cakewalk as here the data is presented in the form of a spreadsheet-like table. This table is sorted by the leftmost column in the table. The questions will have two options like yes/no, true/false, supported/not supported. Candidates can follow the following Preparation Tips for the Table Analysis type of questions:
These types of questions have two tasks and these tasks have the same answer choices having 5-6 answer choices. This type of question can be subdivided into three different types including Quant questions, Critical Reasoning questions and Follow the Rules Type of questions. Listed below are few preparation tips and a few pointers which will help in solving such questions:
Here, the data is presented in the form of 2-3 tabbed pages where the information provided can include text, tables or graphics, along with the corresponding tasks which are presented in the other half of the computer screen. The candidates can follow the below Preparation tips to attempt the multi-source reasoning questions:
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