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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Integrated Reasoning’s Misleading Instructions

Hello! GMAT’s newest section, IR, has some confusing (inaccurate?) instructions that you should definitely be aware of. This will help you budget your time much better and give you a sense of what to expect out of this section, so you can focus on doing well and not be distracted by surprises. Let us know […]

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GMAT Integrated Reasoning: Graphic Interpretation Practice Questions

On the GMAT IR, each Graphics Interpretation (GI) page or screen will have two sentences, each with a drop-down menu.  (In rare cases, there may be a single sentence with two drop-down menus.)   Each drop down menu has 3-5 choices.  There is no partial credit on the IR: you must get everything on the screen […]

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GMAT Integrated Reasoning: Two-Part Analysis Practice Questions

Here are six 2PA practice questions.  These questions reflect some of the extraordinary flexibility of this question format.  Solutions will follow at the bottom of the page. 1) Chair P, from Design Solutions, cost $60 per chair.  Chair Q, from Seat Unlimited, costs $90 per chair.  An office manager often has to buy several chairs […]

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GMAT IR: Numerical Algorithm Flowchart Problems

On the GMAT Integrated Reasoning, one of the four types of questions formats is Graphic Interpretation.  One of the many kinds of graphs you could see on this question type is a flowchart.  Many flowcharts will be more verbal in nature, but they GMAT could slip you a flowchart representing a numerical algorithm — that […]

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Multi-Source IR Practice Question: Draw Loss Poker

The following is a set of four GMAT Integrated Reasoning MSR questions.   There are two information cards in this question.  You are allowed to use a calculator.  For the set of four, give yourself 10 minutes.   The cards   The questions 1. Player A initially draws three-of-a-kind and chooses not to discard at all […]

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GMAT Integrated Reasoning: Correlation and Trend Lines in Scatterplots

One reason we graph data in a scatterplot is because we are looking for patterns.  The simplest of all possible patterns to find on a scatterplot is a straight line pattern.   Correlation When the points on a scatterplot lie more or less in a straight-ish line, that is called correlation.  When it’s a straight […]

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GMAT Integrated Reasoning: Scatterplots

One of the most common types of graphs is statistics and in the quantitative sciences is a scatterplot.  A scatterplot is a way of displaying bivariate data: that is, data in which we measure two different variables for each participant.  For example, suppose we ask several people both their age & their weight, or both […]

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The Integrated Reasoning Calculator

On the GMAT Quantitative section, there is no calculator.  On the IR section, there is a built-in calculator.  The calculator that comes with GMAT’s 50 official IR practice question is quite similar, almost identical, to what you will see in the test.  Here is a brief tour of that calculator. The Calculator First of all, […]

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GMAC’s Official IR Practice Questions for the New GMAT

On June 5, 2012, the GMAT launched a new question type, the Integrated Reasoning (IR) question.  The question format is highly dependent on technology, and unlike traditional Verbal and Quantitative questions, it would be too compromised in a print format.  Therefore, instead of putting some compromised practice questions into the OG13, GMAC decided to launch […]

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Tips for GMAT Integrated Reasoning

Here are some quick thoughts about what you need to do to prepare for the GMAT’s newest question.  1) Learn the Question Formats! The Verbal Section is, essentially, an ocean of five-choice multiple choice questions.  Yes, the tasks differ among SC, RC, and CR, but the question format is identical.  One could certainly make the […]

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