GMAT Integrated Reasoning (IR) Syllabus

 

Integrated Reasoning (IR) is the latest test section included in the GMAT from 2012 onwards. This section comprises 12 questions are required to be attempted within 30 minutes. The IR score is measured on a separate scale of 1-8. The aim of the test is to evaluate student’s ability to synthesize information, solve and conclude a correct answer. The questions come in two formats either it involves mathematical and verbal reasoning separately or the combination of both.

MAT-Integrated-Reasoning-(IR)-Syllabus

GMAT IR Syllabus

The detailed IR syllabus is mentioned below.

Integrated Reasoning Question Types

Four types of questions are used in the Integrated Reasoning section:

  1. GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning

In this, you have to gather information that is presented in multiple tabs. It includes questions related to Critical Reasoning and Quant. The information given may be presented in text or in charts form.

A. Multi-source reasoning –

In this, you have to gather information that is presented in multiple tabs. It includes questions related to Critical Reasoning and Quant. The information given may be presented in text or in charts form.

Example –

Email from  administrator  to research staff

January 15, 10:46 a.m.

Yesterday was the deadline for our receipt of completed surveys from doctors who were invited to participate in the Medical Practice Priorities Survey. Did we get enough returns from this original group of invitees to get reliable statistics? Do we need to invite additional participants?

Email from  project coordinator  in response to the administrator’s January 15, 10:46 a.m. message

January 15, 11:12 a.m.

All together we got exactly 350 actual survey completions. We need at least 700 and we’re hoping for even more, so we plan to invite the second group to participate. Both the results from this first group and other research indicates that with this type of survey and this type of participants there is about a 40 percent probability that any given invitee will submit the completed survey in the time we’ll allow. (Obviously, that doesn’t mean that if we invited 1,000 we’d necessarily get at least 400, so we need to think in terms of the risks of getting too few returns or exceeding the budget.) All of the participants who submitted their surveys by the deadline will get the $50 payment we promised. What is our total budget for compensation to participants?

Email from  administrator  to project coordinator in response to the project coordinator’s January 15, 11:12 a.m. message

January 15, 1:54 p.m.

The budget we allocated for compensation to those who complete and submit the Medical Practice Priorities Survey is $45,000. We will honour our commitment to pay $50 to each participant—in the second group as well as the first—who completes the survey and submits it by the deadline we specify when we invite them to participate. However, we will need to try not to exceed the total amount that is budgeted for this purpose.

Consider each of the following statements. Does the information in the three emails support the inference as stated?

The administrator is unwilling to invite as many participants in the second group as were invited in the first group.

The project coordinator does not expect to be able to meet the goal for numbers of completed surveys received.

The administrator is willing to accept some risk of exceeding the budget for compensating participants.

  1. GMAT Table Analysis

You will be given a sortable table along with three different questions, each with two answer choices. Identify the useful and non-useful data to answer the questions based on it.

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Table analysis –

You will be given a sortable table along with three different questions, each with 2 answer choices. Differentiate between useful and non-useful data to answer the questions based on it.

Example –

 

For each of the following questions, select Yes if the statement can be shown to be true based on the information in the table. Otherwise, select No.

Yes   No

Finland has 30.5% of 20+ years olds in tertiary education.

 

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  1. GMAT Graphics Interpretation

Test takers are provided with a graph or chart to analyze the information.There are two questions for which you have to interpret the graph and complete the statements by choosing the appropriate answer from the drop down menu.

Graphics interpretation

Test takers are provided with a graph or chart to analyze the information.There are two questions for which you have to interpret the graph and complete the statements by choosing the appropriate answer from the drop down menu.

Example –
1) The graph below shows the different commuting options chosen by commuters in the Fairview City metropolitan region in 1995 and in 2005.

Q. the commuting mode increased by approximately 29% from 1995 to 2005 is __________________.

a. bike

b. subway & bus

c. commuter trains

d. car

  1. GMAT Two Part Analysis

TPA (Two-Part Analysis) questions include a short paragraph with information. Multiple Answer choices are presented in different columns and rows where each column stands for a component and is a part of the solution. You will have to select one answer from each column.

Two-part analysis

TPA(Two-Part Analysis) questions include a short paragraph with information. Multiple Answer choices are presented in different columns and rows where each column stands for a component and is a part of the solution. You will have to select one answer from each column.

Example –
The area of a triangle, in square meters, is 7/3 times the height in meters, and it is also 13/5 times the base, in meters.

In the table below, select a value for the height and value for the base, where both are measured in meters, so that the two values are jointly consistent with the information provided. Make only two selections, one in each column.

Note –

  • You need to answer all the parts of a question consisting multiple parts to get credit. Partial answers are unacceptable
  • You need to finish answering all the parts of the displayed questions to move to the next one. Once answered, you cannot go back and rectify or change it.

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