The GMAT recently got revised as we mentioned in our last post. A new section called the Integrated Reasoning is now part of the GMAT.
With the revised version of the test still in its infancy, the number of graduate business school applicants who have seen the Integrated Reasoning section is very small. Here are some tips that will help you cope up with the changes.
1. Practice pacing
It is highly recommended that you practice a few computer-based tests so that you get an idea about how to pace the test. It is important to understand the tempo which will give a fair idea about how you are going to manage your time during the real test.
The Integrated Reasoning section in the GMAT has lots of charts and graphs, so applicants studying for the test should be able to interpret those types of data, within the smallest possible time-frame.
This new section is not really scary or hard; the major issue is that it is time-consuming. Therefore, it is important to develop the ability to read and analyze charts and graphs.
2. Allow enough study time
It is extremely necessary to allow enough time for practice. The IR section is not something very hard. It needs a fair amount of practice so that you can improve your data analysis skills.
Apart from the IR section, sufficient practice is required, so that you can be familiar with the exam material and question types. This will in turn boost your confidence when you actually write the GMAT.
3. Eliminate irregularities
It is true that you can’t really study for the GMAT. It is a skill you need to develop. The more you practice, the more you will familiarize yourself with the test style.
4. Learn to navigate among content types
Applicants who took the revised test claimed that the real IR section was much easier than expected.
They believe the most difficult part was digesting large amount of data and navigating back and forth among different text, tables, and graphs.
An effective strategy is to quickly scan the data first, then read the questions carefully, and then go back to the data and carefully analyze the relevant section.
5. Practice at your ability level
You should always practice questions according to your ability level. If you are scoring 550 on practice exams, doing 700+ level questions isn’t going to help you, because you’ll never see those questions on test day. It is important that you master the 500- and 600-level questions first.
Also, when you are preparing for the test, always check solutions to both correctly and incorrectly attempted questions. This will give you a better understanding why a solution was correct and why the other was wrong. This may not help much for the quantitative section but it will definitely help a lot in the verbal section.
Hope you keep these tips in mind and prepare well for the GMAT.