GMAT Practice Questions

Two-Part Analysis

This will be the most popular type of integrated reasoning question you'll see. In fact, you'll see roughly 4 out of the 12 integrated reasoning questions in this format.  At 2 minutes and 30 seconds per question, you should budget 10 minutes (out of the 30 total minutes for Integrated Reasoning) for two-part analysis questions.

Two-Part analysis can be either quant or verbal oriented. You'll be presented with two columns (2 parts) and you have to choose an answer choice to correspond with each of the two columns. Some two-part combinations include: Yes/No, True/False, Assumption/Conclusion, Positive/Negative, Prime/Non-Prime, or any other kind of custom-created column combination. 

Remember, you'll need to get both parts of the two-part analysis section to get credit for the entire question. There will be a total of 12 integrated reasoning questions. About a third will be two-part analysis questions.

  Favorite Question Type Views % who got
it correct
GMAT Practice Set # 1  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 1: Number of Computer Science Teachers
  Matching Units 23793 47% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 2: Disappearing Bees
  Infer 15440 67% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 3: Google and Facebook Developers
  Constraints, Imaginary 3rd Column 23897 46% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 2  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 4: Racecar Gasoline Consumption Rate
  Matching Units 10438 71% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 5: Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament
  Process 8142 72% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 6: MangoBerry and PeachPlay Cause & Effect
  Cause and Effect 8166 68% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 3  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 7: Function with Two Variables
  Algebra 7770 47% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 8: Fabric Manufacturers and Material Ratio
  Assumption 8843 30% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 9: Employee Titles & Hierarchy
  Process 9312 32% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 4  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 10: Cardiac Surgeon & Lifestyle
  Cause and Effect 6174 47% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 11: Cookie Jar Math
  Jointly Consistent, Algebra 8497 71% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 12: Plane Takeoff Velocity
  Jointly Consistent, Algebra 8363 44% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 5  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 13: Number Sequences in Algebraic Terms
  Jointly Consistent, Algebra 4262 66% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 14: Table Tennis Tournament
  Process 5088 57% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 15: Coral Organisms
  Process 3960 66% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 6  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 16: Porcelain History
  Assumption 3688 51% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 17: Custom Basketball Rules
  Process 4503 80% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 18: MeTube Video Productions
  Process 3651 49% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 7  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 19: Credit Default Swap Dilemma
  Assumption 3857 33% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 20: Beverage Store Testing
  Assumption 3832 31% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 21: Child Isolationism
  Assumption 3812 40% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 8  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 22: Loan Mixtures
  Algebra; Mixtures 5462 65% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 23: Quasi JX
  Matching Units 3179 78% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 24: Morefa
  Must Happen, Must Not Happen 3931 44% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 9  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 25: Faculty and Students
  Matching Units 2707 68% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 26: Literature Speakers
  Constraints, Imaginary 3rd Column 3102 67% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 27: Rock Varnish
  Most Strongly Suggests is True (imply) 3536 23% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 10  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 28: Phytoplankton
  Cause and Effect 2526 76% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 29: Function of A
  Algebra, Jointly Consistent 2527 59% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 30: Porcelain Production
  Assumption 2383 71% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 11  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 31: Pottery Characteristics
  Cause and Effect 2833 40% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 32: Right Circular Cylinder
  Jointly Consistent 2736 70% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 33: Professor Think Tank
  Viewpoint 2759 35% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 12  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 34: Car Velocity
  Algebra, Jointly Consistent 2428 81% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 35: Volcanic Emissions
  Cause and Effect 2910 22% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 36: Geometric Knowledge in Children
  Strengthen/Weaken 2576 71% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 13  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 37: Absent Employee
  Constraints 2858 35% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 38: Metro Ballet
  Process 2702 69% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 39: Consultant's Claim
  Assumption 27247 71% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 14  
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 40: Faculty and Students
  Algebra 2906 74% View Show
GMAT Two-Part Analysis # 41: Quasi JX Car Model
  3824 79% View Show

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Each practice set is divided into sets of 3 questions so you can study in small chunks. After each practice set, you will be redirected back to this page where you can review your performance and find other questions to attempt.

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.



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