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What is the IR (Integrated Reasoning) section in GMAT?

On June 5, 2012, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) introduced an integrated reasoning section to the exam that is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in new formats and multiple sources. Integrated Reasoning consists of four question types, which require you to analyze and synthesize data in different formats and from multiple sources. Almost all question formats require multiple responses. IR questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, so you must answer all parts of a single question correctly to receive credit. All answer choices for a single question are presented on the same screen. You must submit responses to all parts of the Integrated Reasoning question before moving on to a new question on another screen. Once you answer an Integrated Reasoning question, you may not go back and change the answer. Data presented in text are approximately 300 words or fewer. In the IR section answer options don’t provide information or clues that will help you solve other questions. One set of data is used for several Multi-Source Reasoning questions, but the IR questions are independent of one another—you won’t have to answer one IR question correctly to be able to answer another IR question.