Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Tuck | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
GMAT 700, GPA 4
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
HEC Paris | Mr. Business Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.89
Harvard | Mr. Football Author
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Admission
GRE 329, GPA 3.99
Chicago Booth | Mr. Plantain & Salami
GMAT 580, GPA 4.0
Tuck | Mr. Running To The Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Filling In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Tuck | Mr. Tech PM
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Tech Impact
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Chicago Booth | Mr. Community Uplift
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Simple Manufacturer
GRE 320, GPA 3.95
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
Ross | Ms. Business Development
GMAT Targetting 740, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Triathlete
GMAT 720, GPA 2.8
Columbia | Mr. Oil & Gas
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Chicago Booth | Ms. IB Hopeful
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Kellogg | Mr. Digital Finance Strategy
GRE 327, GPA 3.47
Wharton | Mr. Market Analyst
GMAT 770, GPA 7.2/10
Harvard | Mr. Banking & Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.8

A Critical Reasoning of GMAT IR News

After all, most of these schools that have mentioned that the IR score won’t be a primary factor in this fall’s applications have left the door open for “next year.”  So even if you can conclude that “IR won’t affect my 2013 intake application to Stanford,” you can’t really conclude that “IR won’t affect my chances of getting into Stanford.”

The lesson here?

First, be careful in drawing conclusions.  The GMAT tests Critical Reasoning in large part because it can be so easy – and costly – to make poor decisions by allowing yourself to be baited into logical leaps that aren’t directly supported.  In this particular case, be wary of letting the facts here lead you to the conclusion that you can simply ignore or blow off Integrated Reasoning.  That may well be true, but it’s not logically certain, so if you draw that conclusion you’re taking on some risk.  In a Critical Reasoning context, this is a learning opportunity.  If you scan GMAT/MBA-related blogs and forums, you can probably find several cases of people drawing conclusions that aren’t entirely supported by the facts.  And if you can train yourself to notice those things in day-to-day life, you’ll be that much more attuned to it on test day.

Will Integrated Reasoning affect your chances of getting into business school?  For most of you, it’s not likely.  But for at least some of you reading this, Integrated Reasoning could be a factor, so you’ll want to assess your own risk/reward situation when determining how much time to invest studying for IR (probably not much for most of you) and taking it on test day (here’s where it probably makes sense to at least give it a reasonable effort).  And there’s a payoff – as you’ve seen here, Integrated Reasoning is an opportunity to exercise your mind in ways that will pay off on the rest of the exam.  So a low-stakes warmup on test day, before you get into the higher-stakes quant and verbal sections, may be just the perfect way to get your mind right for when it counts.

How will Integrated Reasoning impact your MBA admissions prospects?  It all depends on which conclusion you’re trying to draw.

Brian Galvin is Director of Academic Programs at Veritas Prep,a GMAT prep and graduate school admissions consulting provider. Galvin writes a monthly column for Poets&Quants, offering typically contrarian advice for GMAT test takers. 

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