GMAT Pill releases Integrated Reasoning Part 1: Two-Part Analysis

A whole new set of questions is launching with the new GMAT Exam – the most popular one you’ll see is the two-part analysis question type. And after much demand from our students who have enjoyed the SC Pill, CR Pill, RC Pill, DS Pill, and PS Pill, we are rolling out the IR Pill (Integrated Reasoning). As always, we stress our focus on attack strategy, building crushing confidence, thinking process, efficiency and minimizing the amount of time required to prepare. The GMAT is a tough exam but there is no need to spend an eternity preparing for it. With the right thinking process communicated to you through video tutoring, you can conquer it too.

The first section we have released is Two-Part Analysis

  • Verbal-based Two-Part Analysis: 100 Minutes
  • Quant-based Two-Part Analysis: 51 Minutes
  • IR Frameworks 42 Minutes

An Intro to Integrated Reasoning: Two Part Analysis

The release schedule for the other parts are:

Part 2: Graphics Interpretation (May 25, 2012)

Preview of Integrated Reasoning Part 2: Graphics Interpretation

Part 3: Table Analysis Questions (June 5, 2012) Update: Launched!
Part 4: Multi-source Reasoning Questions (June 15, 2012) Update: Launched!
Part 5: Table Analysis videos (June 23, 2012) Update: Launched!
Part 6: Multi-source Reasoning Videos (before July 1) Update: Launched!

With IR Two-Part Analysis, your chances of getting a question by randomly guessing are no longer 1 out of 5 like it is for multiple choice. You now have to get 2 subparts correct for this type of question in order to get credit for the whole question.

That’s right. No partial credit. More parts to a question. And more complex.

That means 1/5 * 1/5 = 4% chance of getting the question correct when guessing randomly versus 20% with simple one-answer multiple choice. Remember, both sides must be correct so the probability of correctly guessing is no more than 4%.

On the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT Exam, you will find approximately 4 out of the 12 integrated reasoning questions to be two-part analysis.

What does that mean? Two-Part Analysis?

Well, the answer format looks like the following:

And before these answer choices, you’ll see a long passage that can be verbal based (CR + a lot of reading) OR it can be quant based (problem solving / data sufficiency + lots of words). It can be overwhelming and getting lost while answering these questions can be a problem for many test takers.

Well, for this section of the exam, GMATPill has developed frameworks and a video-based approach to communicating strategy and thought process to break these questions down. Whether you have a complex verbal-based or quant-based two-part analysis question, we help you break down the process. Through visualization, frameworks, challenge questions, we step through all parts of a question with you.

Why is this important for the IR questions? Well, because these questions are complicated. Rather than having under 2 minutes per question, for IR questions you are allocated 2 minutes and 30 seconds for each question. Each question is longer to read, takes longer to comprehend, and also takes longer to set up frameworks to attack. As a result, some hand holding is going to be helpful.

Sample Two-Part Analysis Question – Verbal-focused:

Sample Two-Part Analysis Question – Quant-focused:

With the RC Pill, we showed you what to read and what not read and why cutting the fluff was important. But with IR questions, you’re going to want to read everything and comprehend everything – paying attention to details rather than skipping around paragraphs is going to be the best approach. There’s going to be a lot of information, and it’s your job when you answer the question to sift through what’s important and what’s not. There will be a lot of extraneous information. But there is no way to skip it like you can with RC.

For the quant-based two-part analysis questions, we also see a lot more complexity. We recommend connecting the puzzle pieces in order to quickly picture what information you DO know and what information you DON’T know. If you have a connecting relationship between something you DO know and eventually to something you DON’T know, then there is a possible way to figure out what that question mark is.

Two-part analysis is going to be the most common type of IR question. It’s absolutely crucial to get both columns correct in order to get credit for the question so familiarize yourself with the question type. Develop some kind of approach or strategy. And then go ahead and destroy it when you take the new GMAT exam. Make sure you go through plenty of GMAT practice test questions during your GMAT studying process.

Good luck!

– Zeke Lee
The GMATPill Study Method

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