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# need some clarification on IR question pattern and markings

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Hi Folks,
I'd request you to share your thoughts (especially if you've taken your GMAT) on the couple of things on IR -

1. There are 12 questions. So, for example say, there's a section of 'Table Analysis' under which there are 3-4 questions against the given table. So, are these three 3-4 qs considered as a whole to be one question among the total 12 questions or each of these 3-4 qs is considered individually as a single question ?

2.As there is no partial credit hence, if I get ONLY 1 of these 3-4 questions wrong and then will the whole 'Table Analysis' section be considered incorrect or only that particular one question which I got wrong, will be considered incorrect ?

Experts - I'd also request you to shed some light on this.
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Hi Folks,
I'd request you to share your thoughts (especially if you've taken your GMAT) on the couple of things on IR -

1. There are 12 questions. So, for example say, there's a section of 'Table Analysis' under which there are 3-4 questions against the given table. So, are these three 3-4 qs considered as a whole to be one question among the total 12 questions or each of these 3-4 qs is considered individually as a single question ?

2.As there is no partial credit hence, if I get ONLY 1 of these 3-4 questions wrong and then will the whole 'Table Analysis' section be considered incorrect or only that particular one question which I got wrong, will be considered incorrect ?

Experts - I'd also request you to shed some light on this.

Dear Bagdbmba,
I'm happy to help with this.

Folks typically say there are 12 "questions" on the IR, but I think this terminology is misleading. I would say --- there are 12 pages on the IR. There may be, and usually are, multiple questions on a page. There is no partial credit on a page. If several questions appear on the same page, on the same screen, then you must get everything on the page correct to get any credit.

A single MSR page may be
(a) a single five-choice multiple choice question
(b) a chart with three dichotomous choice questions
Notice that scenario (a) on MSR is the only case in which a single page has only one question. In the case of the chart, you must get every statement on the chart correct to get any credit on the page.

A single TA page typically has a table of three, maybe four, dichotomous choice questions. One must get all questions correct to get any credit on that page.

A single GI page has two sentences with drop-down menus. One must select the correct choice on both drop-down menu to get any credit on the page.

A single 2PA page has a single big two-column chart, and one must make exactly one selection in each column. Both selections must be correct to get any credit on the page.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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24 Sep 2013, 17:19
Thanks Mike for clarifying this *tough* information indeed...!
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25 Sep 2013, 00:34
bagdbmba wrote:
Hi Folks,
I'd request you to share your thoughts (especially if you've taken your GMAT) on the couple of things on IR -

1. There are 12 questions. So, for example say, there's a section of 'Table Analysis' under which there are 3-4 questions against the given table. So, are these three 3-4 qs considered as a whole to be one question among the total 12 questions or each of these 3-4 qs is considered individually as a single question ?

2.As there is no partial credit hence, if I get ONLY 1 of these 3-4 questions wrong and then will the whole 'Table Analysis' section be considered incorrect or only that particular one question which I got wrong, will be considered incorrect ?

Experts - I'd also request you to shed some light on this.

Q: Some of the Integrated Reasoning questions require multiple responses. Is there partial credit if I get some but not all of the parts correct?
A: You must get all parts of the question correct to receive credit. The questions are designed to measure your Integrated Reasoning skills, and the responses to a single question are interrelated so that answering them all correctly demonstrates your ability to integrate data to solve complex problems. Additionally, the IR score scale has been designed to reward a candidate’s ability to synthesize multiple streams of information and evaluate possible outcomes as opposed to randomly guessing an answer.

From mba.com http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/nex-gen/ans ... tions.aspx

Hope it helps.
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25 Sep 2013, 01:15
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bagdbmba wrote:
Hi Folks,
I'd request you to share your thoughts (especially if you've taken your GMAT) on the couple of things on IR -

1. There are 12 questions. So, for example say, there's a section of 'Table Analysis' under which there are 3-4 questions against the given table. So, are these three 3-4 qs considered as a whole to be one question among the total 12 questions or each of these 3-4 qs is considered individually as a single question ?

2.As there is no partial credit hence, if I get ONLY 1 of these 3-4 questions wrong and then will the whole 'Table Analysis' section be considered incorrect or only that particular one question which I got wrong, will be considered incorrect ?

Experts - I'd also request you to shed some light on this.

Q: Some of the Integrated Reasoning questions require multiple responses. Is there partial credit if I get some but not all of the parts correct?
A: You must get all parts of the question correct to receive credit. The questions are designed to measure your Integrated Reasoning skills, and the responses to a single question are interrelated so that answering them all correctly demonstrates your ability to integrate data to solve complex problems. Additionally, the IR score scale has been designed to reward a candidate’s ability to synthesize multiple streams of information and evaluate possible outcomes as opposed to randomly guessing an answer.

From mba.com http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/nex-gen/ans ... tions.aspx

Hope it helps.

Thank you Bunuel...!

Do we have bunch of reliable(re close match to the official IR qs) IR questions to practice apart from those in the IR thread you created?
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25 Sep 2013, 12:42
bagdbmba wrote:
Do we have bunch of reliable(re close match to the official IR qs) IR questions to practice apart from those in the IR thread you created?

Dear bagdbmba,
Here's a blog with six practice 2PA questions.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-integ ... questions/
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Re: need some clarification on IR question pattern and markings [#permalink]

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12 Jul 2014, 06:02
Folks,

I have been taking the Manhattan GMAT mock tests and I have seen a pattern with the IR section.

The 3-4 questions tend to contain multi-question question/pages. These are usually the most time consuming ones as well. This is followed by a set of ~5 'normal' questions. The last couple of questions are again multi-question format.

Is that a trend that's true of the GMAT exam? If yes, I would rather skip (by quick estimates on the first few questions) to the normal questions quickly just to increase my odds.

Can anyone who has taken the GMAT confirm if this is true? Do KAPLAN or other mock tests reveal a similar pattern?
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