# Integrated Reasoning Question Types

The integrated reasoning is a relativelyÂ new section on the GMAT (introduced from 5th June, 2012). One of the essays is replaced by the integrated reasoning section. As the name suggests, it involves some type of reasoning to answer the question. It includes analysis of some data which will be given in the question.

The IR section presents you withÂ 12 questions, one question at a time, and you haveÂ 30 minutesÂ to answer them.Â To get credit for answeringÂ a question correctly, you have to answer all its parts correctly. You donâ€™t receive partialÂ credit for getting one part of the question correct. Unlike the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections, the IR section isnâ€™t computer adaptive.

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

 Multi-Source Reasoning Table Analysis Graphics Interpretation Two Part Analysis

### 1. Table Analysis

Test takers will be presented with a sortable table of information, similar to a spreadsheet, which has to be analyzed to find whether answer statements are accurate.Â This is a three-part IR question, where you use the data toÂ make judgments about three pieces of information; each of your judgments has to beÂ correct to get credit for the question. Some strategies to follow in this section are listed below :

Read the question to understand and determine the data analysis which is required so that you know the option which you have to select. Evaluate each answer on a careful basis according to the conditions specified. Ensure to check if the condition has been satisfied. Closely examine the information given on the table to understand the same.

### 2. Graphics Interpretation

Test takers will be asked to interpret a graph or graphical images, and select an option from a drop-down list to make response statements accurate. Graphs can be bar graphs, pie charts or venn diagrams.

You will have to be familiar with the data presented in the graphical images, understand the scales of the axis given, labels, marked values etc. If there are any discrepancies between the information given on text and units of the graph, make a note of the same. If there is any accompanying text ensure to read the same in a careful manner. Read through all the choices in the drop down menu. When you check the menu options, you may get more information regarding your assigned task. Choose the option which best completes the statement, which appears most appropriate and logical.

### 3. Multi Source Reasoning

The questions are accompanied by two to three sources of information presented on tabbed pages. Test takers click on the tabs and examine all the relevant information, which may be a combination of text, charts, and tables, to answer questions. These tabbed pages will appear on the left side of your screen and the questions will appear on the right side.

You will have to analyse each source of data in a careful manner, since it requires a detailed understanding. The passages often add information to the main idea of the passage, so pay attention to each sequence carefully. The Graphics will be represented in many forms such as – Graphs, Diagrams, Charts, Tables etc.

### 4. Two Part Analysis

A question will involve two components for a solution.Â Based on a short written explanation of a phenomenon, situation, orÂ mathematical problem, you come up with the proper assertions or mathematicalÂ expressions that meet the two interrelated criteria presented in the question.