Guidelines for Answering GMAT Integrated Reasoning Questions

By Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch

Part of GMAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The GMAT integrated reasoning questions test how well you apply logical reasoning to real-life situations. Here are some tips to guide you through this unusual section of questions:

  • Practice wise time management to make sure you make it through all the questions and their sub-questions.

  • Keep track of the volumes of information in multi-source reasoning by scribbling summaries of each tab on your noteboard.

  • Jump to the question immediately for table analysis questions because most everything you need comes from the table and not the introductory paragraph.

  • Read the details in the introductory paragraph of two-part analysis questions very carefully.

  • Peruse the answer options in the drop-down menu for graphics interpretation questions before you analyze the question.

  • Clarify the value of each increment on the axes of bar and line graphs so you calculate accurately.

  • Prepare yourself for the unwieldy online calculator by playing with the simple calculator that comes standard with most computer operating systems.