You start your GMAT with an essay and then tackle the IR section which has 4 question types. One of them is the IR Graphic Interpretation. Unlike the quant/verbal part, the IR section is not adaptive based on your performance with the previous question. With the IR in place for a few years now, it is still the quant/verbal section that matters when it comes to scores. So, while you do want to do well with IR, don’t focus too much on it that it affects your verbal/quant score. Work towards your perfect 800 score. That matters more than anything else. The IR is seen as a supporting statement on your GMAT score. AWA score is slightly more important than IR scores are, when you write the GMAT and apply to B Schools.
GMAT Integrated Reasoning includes Graphic Interpretation. This is the most visual part of the IR section and here, you are asked to study and interpret bar charts, line graphs, scatterplots, segmentation charts, pie charts, Venn diagram, and all kinds of custom graphs. One fourth of the 12 IR questions in GMAT will be of the Graphic Interpretation question type. That’s 3 questions. Roughly, it takes 2.5 minutes to do one such question. So, budget 7.5 minutes for this section.
It’s not all that difficult to read the graph. But the questions that follow the data might be difficult. And there might also be a mismatch in units and metrics. So, combining the data in a single unit system is of paramount importance.
There will be two parts graphics interpretation questions. And you need to answer both parts in each of these 3 questions. And it is very tough to get both answers right ‘accidentally’. There are 3 answer choices for each dropdown question, opposed to the 5 answer choices in your typical multiple choice question.
These questions are very practical for a future in business careers. Interpreting graphs is a very important task in the business world. While there are easy questions, there are also tougher ones that require you to do a slightly more complex calculation.
You will only have 2-3 of these questions in GMAT. And every question has two drop downs with a few answer choices each. You need good judgment about when to use a calculator. For example, it makes no sense to type into the onscreen calculator when you can guess.
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