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Multi-Source Reasoning

GMAT Practice Set # 1: Assessing Product Launch  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 1: Inferring Company Actions
 
  This/That, Inference 7428 54% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 2: Qoop Strategies
 
  This/That, Inference 6178 30% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 3: Infer the view of Qoop Developers
  Multiple Choice; Infer 6155 50% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 2: Online Video Websites  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 4: Infer the view of Online Video Websites
  Multiple Choice; Infer 4052 72% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 5: Online Video Pirating (A)
  This/That, Inference 4163 32% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 6: Online Video Pirating (B)
  This/That, Inference 4259 36% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 3: Getting an Investment Banking Job  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 7: Job Eligibility
  This/That; Constraints 3759 32% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 8: Eligibility for Applying for the Job
  This/That; Constraints 2911 68% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 9: Climbing the Corporate Ladder
  Multiple Choice; Constraints 3210 35% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 4: Suspicious Insider Trading  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 10: Markets and Acquisition Activity
  This/That, Support 3388 38% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 11: Inferable Acquisition Activity
  This/That, Inference 4901 57% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 12: Securities Trading Commission
  Multiple Choice; Meaning 2924 69% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 5: Weekend Conference  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 13: Discount on Registration Fee
  This/That, Situation, Inflection Point 1475 49% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 14: Favor a Strategy
  This/That, Options 1316 54% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 15: Attendee's Choice
  This/That, Situations 1172 35% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 16: Lose Room Revenue
  This/That, Situation 1093 36% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 17: Alternative Strategy
  This/That, Options 837 46% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 18: Earn Less Money
  This/That, Situations 581 75% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 6: Baby Packs  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 19: Baby Packs
  This/That; Calculations 2593 43% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 20: Cost for Baby Food
  Multiple Choice; Calculation 2440 90% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 21: Baby Product Promotions
  This/That; Calculations 2591 19% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 7: Boy Height and Weight  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 22: Median Boy
  Multiple Choice; Constraints 3337 59% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 23: Random Boy
  This/That; Constraints 3077 23% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 24: Boy at the 97th Percentile
  Multiple Choice; Constraints 3154 73% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 25: Sample Boy
  This/That; Constraints 2707 43% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 26: Boy Facts for Certain Profile
  This/That; Constraints 2773 30% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 27: Random Boy 2
  This/That; Constraints 2188 31% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 8: Acquisition of Internet Business  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 28: Gains and Concessions
  This/That 2349 50% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 29: Deal Structure
  Multiple Choice 2623 64% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 30: Definitely True and Possibly True
  This/That 2464 37% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 31: Acquisition of Internet Company
  This/That, Inference 2282 39% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 32: Transaction in cash only
  Multiple Choice; Meaning 2208 45% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 33: Valuation too low or too high
  This/That 2101 46% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 9: Island Museum  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 34: Kaxna Evidence
  Multiple Choice; Support 986 56% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 35: Kaxna Test Application
  Multiple Choice; Infer 554 78% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 36: Kaxna Range of Dates
  This/That, Situations 619 67% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 37: Kaxna Confirm Creation
  This/That, Support 756 40% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 38: Kaxna Combinations
  This/That, Situations 567 64% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 39: Kaxna Combinations 2
  This/That, Situations 524 59% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 10: Sports and News Reporting  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 40: Viewpoint of News Organizations
  Multiple Choice; Infer 1771 75% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 41: Agreement on Views
  This/That, Viewpoints 1970 50% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 42: Disagree on Views
  This/That, Viewpoints 1677 43% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 11: Skincare Options  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 43: Laser Acne Treatments
  This/That 2000 43% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 44: Acne Inferences
  Infer 1570 58% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 45: SunnySpa Dermatology
  This/That 2560 59% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 12: Spring Break Destinations  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 46: Best Destination for ROB Strategy
  Multiple Choice 1676 43% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 47: Spring Break Destinations
  This/That, Options 3122 24% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 48: Reserving Beach House Strategies
  Multiple Choice 1902 49% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 49: Spring Break Destinations - Breakeven
  This/That; Calculations 1909 35% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 50: Just Enough Discount
  Multiple Choice 1734 34% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 51: Percentage Discount
  This/That; Calculations 1629 54% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 52: Spring Break Destinations - Cheaper Option
  This/That, Options 1624 46% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 53: Spring Break Destinations - Beneficiaries
  This/That, Situations 1641 59% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 54: Spring Break Destinations - Front Row Beach House
  This/That; Calculations 1544 22% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 13: Student Kilometer Run  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 55: Boy at the Median
  Multiple Choice; Constraints 1564 52% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 56: Student Kilometer Run Time
  This/That; Constraints 1455 35% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 57: Difference in Percentiles
  Multiple Choice 1351 28% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 58: Boy Selected at Random
  This/That; Constraints 1335 26% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 59: True Statistics
  This/That; Constraints 2036 33% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 60: Grade 4 Joshua - running time and height
  This/That; Constraints 1213 39% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 14: Kenyan IPO  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 61: Board Prestige
  Multiple Choice; Infer 1801 67% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 62: NSE IPOs
  Infer 2068 34% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 63: NSE IPOs 2
  This/That, Support 1643 29% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 15: Facebook User Numbers  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 64: IPO Raised Funds
  Multiple Choice; Calculation 1664 64% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 65: Selling stockholders, users, and CAGR
  This/That, Inference 2508 46% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 66: Facebook Data
  Algebra 1793 57% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 16: Type 2 Diabetes  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 67: Type 2 Diabetes in Publications
  This/That, Inference 1832 52% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 68: Type 2 Diabetes Physician Characteristics
  Multiple Choice; Except 1881 22% View Show
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 69: Diabetes Inferences
  This/That, Inference 1507 35% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 17: Research Staff Email Exchange  
GMAT Multi-Source Reasoning # 70: Research Staff Email Exchange
  1666 36% View Show

Multi Source Reasoning Pros

The good thing about multi source reasoning is that the question process is interactive. It's a bit more real-world to shuffle between sets of information in order to answer a question. The interactivity of the question makes it a lot more up-to-date and modern with today's technology stsandards.

Multi Source Reasoning Cons

The bad thing about multi source reasoning is that the question type itself requires more managing on the part of the user. How do you know which question references which tab of information? Well, that's part of your task - to figure out which piece of information to look at. Sometimes it can be as straightforward as looking at the first part of the question and referencing the first piece of information. Then look at the second part of the question, which references the second piece of information, and so on. But this is not always the case. Sometimes a question may ask you to reference multiple pieces of information in order to come to the correct conclusion.

What It Means For You

Be prepared. Get practice with this question type. And note that even within Multi Source Reasoning questions, there are two types of questions you may see. One type is your typical multiple choice question where you are presented with a question and 5 answer choices to choose from.

Another type of question MSR question you'll see is a "This/That" question where you are presented with two columns and three rows. Each of the rows fits into one of the two columns. You will need to present 3 correct responses in a row to get credit for this entire MSR question. So it's important to know that if you are really stuck on two of the three parts, it may make sense just to skip the question altogether and focus your energy on other questions that you may be borderline getting correct.

FAQs

Q: What does Multi Source Reasoning (MSR) test you on?

The MSR section tests you on your ability to integrate information for multiple sources. In a way, this is representative of how a business leader may interact with data in the real world. Not all the data that someone looks at will be actually used for one's decision making. A business leader will be presented with multiple sources of data - much more than the 2 or 3 tabs of information presented in this question type. And from there, the business leader must make sense of these data points and be able to understand what is going on.

In this MSR question type, you'll be presented with 3 tabs of windows. In each tab window, you may get text data or you can get table/graph information.

Structurally, these questions are most similar to the reading comprehension questions you see in the GMAT verbal section. In reading comprehension, you are presented with a passage of data consisting of usually multiple paragraphs. Then the passage is followed with a series of questions about the passage.

In multi source reasoning, you are presented with a shorter passage, but there are more passages. You may have two or three passages. While some questions only require you to reference on of the passage tabs, other questions may require you to draw conclusions by referencing more than one of the tabs. So figuring out which passage you should be looking at is an additional step that is required here in MSR that was not required in reading comprehension questions that involved only one passage.

On top of this logistical addition of figuring out which tab to look at, you'll also be presented with multiple parts to the question - usually 3 parts. You need to answer all three parts of the question that reference the 2 or 3 tabs of information in order to get credit for that question.

Q: How many multi source reasoning questions will be on my GMAT test?

You'll likely see ~2-3 MSR questions on the test. During the integrated reasoning test, you'll get a few experimental questions and it is possible that one of the experimental questions will be an MSR question. However, it will be impossible for you to know if a question you get is experimental. There will likely be a base of 2 MSR questions and maybe 1 or 2 additional ones depending on what the computer generates for you.

Remember that your first question could be MSR but it also very well could be any of the other 3 question types. It is impossible to tell so it's best not to worry about which question type you will get first.

Q: How much time should I dedicate to multi source?

Please reference our 1 Month GMAT Study Plan for more tips on scheduling and studying. Integrated reasoning is important, but not as important as your quant and verbal scores. So before you dive into IR questions, solidify your quant and verbal GMAT strategy.

In general, you should spend at least two SOLID FULL days on integrated reasoning and nothing else. That means at least half a day focused only on multi source and nothing else. Once you've focused on this, you'll need to spend some time each day thereafter to attempt and review additional IR questions while mixing in other types of questions.

Q: Is Multi Source the most difficult integrated reasoning section?

Possibly. For the reasons listed above that include figuring out which tab of information you need to reference for a particular question, answering 3 questions instead of just 1, and managing these logistical issues--MSR can arguably be the most difficult section. However, there are many two part analysis questions that can exceed MSR in terms of difficulty.

So MSR as a question type is overall difficult, but two part analysis questions can either be of medium difficulty or very difficult. So there's a bit more variation in two part analysis in terms of difficulty.

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Q: Is Multi Source Reasoning included in GMAT Pill's Integrated Reasoning Pill?

Yes! The Integrated Reasoning Pill includes dozens and dozens of questions focused only on multi source reasoning. You'll see thought process videos created by Zeke Lee on how to think through these questions in an efficient and effective manner. Each part of each question is analyzed and detailed in these video explanations.

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