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People Who Use Integrated Reasoning Skills Often Report Higher Salaries

The vast majority of graduate business school alumni use Integrated Reasoning skills on the job, and the more they use these skills, the more likely they are to be ahead of or exactly where they expected to be in their career — and the higher their median salary is, according to findings from GMAC's 2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey.

The worldwide survey of more than 4,000 alumni of MBA and other graduate business programs were asked how often their jobs demand them to use skills measured in the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT exam: to integrate data from multiple sources to make sound judgments; to synthesize data presented in graphics, texts, and numbers; to organize data to see relationships to solve interrelated problems; and to combine and manipulate data to solve complex problems.

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IR was built in direct response to feedback from faculty and employers. They noted the critical importance of the graduate to integrate, organize, combine and synthesize data from multiple sources.

Nearly 2,000 open-ended comments indicated these skills are routinely used by business school graduates in all sorts of careers, from a US Army company commander to a project manager who leads multidisciplinary teams on multi-million dollar projects. One consultant commented: “In consulting, this is all I do! I get a ton of information from the client about a problem that he can't solve. I solve the problem and present it back in a way that is logical and easy to understand.”

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The survey also found striking differences in median salaries of those who use Integrated Reasoning skills on the job. Among business school alumni from the classes of 2003-2008, there was and average difference of US$19,232 between median salaries of those who use the IR skills all or most of the time and those who used the skills some of the time to never.

"No one should be surprised at the results of this survey,” said GMAC President and CEO Dave Wilson. “IR was built in direct response to feedback from faculty and employers. They all noted the critical importance of the graduate to integrate, organize, combine and synthesize data from multiple sources. This survey validates the value IR brings in a most tangible way: the bottom line."

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