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Keys to Dominating GMAT Integrated Reasoning

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Sample GMAT Integrated Reasoning Question. Click the photo to see how to solve one of the questions.

My dad used to tell me that if you’re going to bother to do something, you might as well do it right.

That advice certainly applies to the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT. We all know that this section of the GMAT doesn’t carry quite as much weight as your all-important 200-800 point Quant/Verbal score. Things may change in the future, but as of now, business school admissions offices simply aren’t giving all that much attention to your IR score.

But you have to actually complete the Integrated Reasoning section to get to the rest of the GMAT, so why not do as well as possible on it, right? (And if you’re a perfectionist like me, it probably drives you crazy to have an IR score that lags behind the rest of your GMAT).

So what’s the best way to tackle this occasionally tricky section? I published an article on the Accepted.com blog this week on exactly that topic: “3 Keys to Dominating GMAT Integrated Reasoning.” I’ve summarized the three major points below, but click here to read the full article complete with examples and video explanations.

Three Tips for Improving your GMAT IR Score:

  1. Focus on the Quant and Verbal Sections: The majority of the core math and verbal concepts you’ll see on the Integrated Reasoning section are tested elsewhere on the GMAT, so focus your time and attention where it belongs and you’ll essentially “double dip” by preparing for IR questions at the same time.
  2. Know When to Cut Your Losses: Time management is crucial for a good IR score. You don’t have to get every question right to get a high score, so spend less time on the more difficult question formats and more time on the ones you’re most likely to get right.
  3. Reading Comprehension is Key: The actual math and verbal concepts tested on IR questions aren’t that hard. What’s hard is interpreting exactly what the question is asking and how the information is being presented. So apply the same mindsets you take to GMAT Reading Comprehension questions and you’ll get more right answers.

For a full, more in-depth look at the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section, check out our a-la-carte video lesson here.