About Integrated Reasoning

Learn how Integrated Reasoning helps candidates prepare for business school and a career.

Information is more accessible than ever before. The GMAT exam, with Integrated Reasoning, gives schools another data point to differentiate among candidates while providing continuity with previous GMAT scores.

The Integrated Reasoning section consists of 12 questions covering four question types: Multi-Source Reasoning, Graphics Interpretation, Two-Part Analysis, and Table Analysis, to be completed in 30 minutes. This section tests skills that a survey of 740 management faculty worldwide identified as important for incoming management students:

  • Synthesizing data presented in graphics, text, and numbers
  • Evaluating relevant data from different sources
  • Organizing data to see relationships and to solve multiple, interrelated problems
  • Combining and manipulating data to solve complex problems that depend on information from one or more sources

Test Section

Time Limit / Number of Questions

Question Types

Score Range

Analytical Writing Assessment

30 minutes
1 question

Analysis of an Argument

(in 0.5-point increments)

Integrated Reasoning

30 minutes
12 questions

Graphics Interpretation, Table Analysis, Multi-source Reasoning, Two-part Analysis

(in 1-point increments)

Quantitative Reasoning

62 minutes
31 questions

Data Sufficiency, Problem Solving

(in 1-point increments)

Verbal Reasoning

65 minutes
36 questions

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction

(in 1-point increments)


Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1-8, in single-digit intervals. The Integrated Reasoning score offers a new data point for schools to consider applicants to their programs and does not affect the Quantitative, Verbal, Total, and Analytic Writing Assessment scores.

The IR score will be scored separately and is included on the unofficial score reports provided to test takers immediately after the exam.

Official Score Reports include an Integrated Reasoning score percentile, which is the proportion of scores below the given score. As the section is introduced, the Integrated Reasoning score percentile on Additional Score Reports (requested later) and on the GMAT score reporting website accessible to schools may change slightly as more test takers sit for the exam. GMAT score percentiles for the Analytical Writing Assessment, Verbal, Quantitative, and Total scores are all based on three years’ worth of score data.  IR percentile scores will be updated monthly through 2012 and then updated yearly on the same schedule as the other GMAT percentiles.

Integrated Reasoning
"We are seeing in the recruitment process of many companies, a similar component to the integrated reasoning test which has already been introduced into their assessment centers or recruiting process. Integrated reasoning gives us an idea of how our students might perform in this kind of process. "

Phan Yang
Associate Director
IESE Business School