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Two Part Analysis Pros
The two part analysis presents an opportunity for you to show off your critical reasoning skills. Granted the questions are not necessarily easier than the critical reasoning section itself, if logic is an area that you do well in, this section should be a little bit more beneficial for yourself and relatively less beneficial for everyone else you are competing with.
This question type is not limited to quant or verbal. You can see this question type in both forms.
Two Part Analysis Cons
Some of the verbal focused two part analysis questions can be quite thought-intensive. Thankfully, some of the frameworks GMAT Pill has designed help to minimize the shock of seeing such a complicated question. On average, you should budget 2 minutes and 30 seconds for each of these questions.
The question type is a bit awkward for most people as you are presented with two columns. For each question, the columns can mean different things. Sometimes the two columns are completely independent and other times they are dependent. As an example, you might have two variables that both produce a favorable outcome. There are multiple possible answers for such a scenario. A two part analysis question can present answer choices such that your job is to pick the pair of numbers corresponding to each column that serve as one potential solution to the math problem presented. This is an example where the two columns are dependent upon one another.
In other cases, the columns may be independent of each other.
The types of columns may also be different. In one question, you might have one column indicating that something happened while the other column indicates something did not happen. In another question, one column is True and the other column is False. Because of such variation, we recommend looking carefully at exactly what is being asked for these questions as what they are asking may not be as intuitive as it should be.
What It Means For You
Practice those reasoning skills as this section gives the GMAC folks more of an opportunity to test you on reasoning. If you have really good memory and you rely on memorizing formulas in math, or memorizing sentence structures - you're going to need to learn how to think differently. The GMAT is a reasoning test - not a memorization test. So make sure you are actually developing and honing in on your reasoning skills.
Get used to this question type and practice with it. Note you will have two answer responses for two part analysis question type.
What does Two Part Analysis Test You On?
Two part analysis can test you on a variety of topics - it is not singled out to focus on any one particular area. For example, you can see both quant and verbal questions. The verbal ones will be heavily influenced by the logic elements you will see in the critical reasoning. Except in two part analysis, you're almost answering two questions in a row about the same topic. Each column must be matched with one of the 5 or 6 rows presented. Many of the rows will just be miscellaneous answers or consist of information this is not relevant to the question and would therefore not be marked as a potential answer for either column.
Besides critical reasoning questions on steroids, you will also see quant questions here. These are variations of problem-solving type questions that can range anywhere from algebra, to number properties, to word problems. So make sure you are able to change your thinking caps very quickly as one question you may see a verbal question and the next one may very well be a quant. And then the questions can switch back on the next one. On this section, it's all about staying nimble on your toes, but you also need to have the psychological stamina to muster through this section before you get to the main quant and verbal show.
How much time should I dedicate to Two Part Analysis?
As mentioned in the 1 Month GMAT Study Plan, You should allocate at least 2 full days to the integrated reasoning section after you've finished all your other sections. We recommend doing this because the other sections all count towards your 800 score but this section does not. It's still important, but you want to first focus on the main verbal and quant show. Having said that, the integrated reasoning section will continue to have more and more importance as each year passes. With 2 full days, you'll have the opportunity to budget 3 sessions each day for a total of 6 sessions.
Remember, you should be breaking each full day into a morning, afternoon, and evening session -- each 2-3 hours long with breaks for lunch and dinner. Within integrated reasoning, we would recommend starting off with two part analysis because it is one of the more difficult sections and it involves a question type you may not be used to.
Will my first integrated reasoning question be a two part analysis question?
Not necessarily. Keep in mind that the order of the types of questions you will see for integrated reasoning are completely random. One person might start off with two part analysis while another starts off with multi source reasoning (MSR).
Whatever the case may be, know that by the end of the 30 minutes, you will have had the opportunity to go through each of the four question types in the proportions mentioned on this site (most likely 3 or 4 two art analysis). Also keep in mind that there will be experimental questions that do not affect your score. You will never know which type of question these experimental questions will appear as and you will not be able to tell that the experimental question is indeed an experimental question.