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# General Tipps for IR

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Hi everyone.
I have my GMAT appointment on wednesday and I read through some IR strategies.
I hated this part in my practice test, because I always had trouble with the time and had a lot of questions wrong.
My Preptests showed me very low scores. I know that IR is not that important but a decent score should be achievable.

How do you keep up with the timing? Might it be a good idea to skip the Multi-Reasoning questions because those consume the highest amount of time?
As soon as I am through the IR strategies I'll post what i wrote down.
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27 Jan 2014, 06:18
I agree timing is hard on IR. I personally skipped one long, complicated question on my actual exam. However, I wouldn't skip the Multi-Source Reasoning because there are usually 3 questions tied to one Multi-Source Reasoning - so it's worth a quarter of the IR.

Also keep in mind that within each problem, there are multiple questions - and you must get them all correct to get full credit. Get one wrong, and you get the entire question wrong.

I would advise that you just keep practicing - do a lot of IR problems. Once you have more experience with IR questions, you will figure out when you're taking too long on a problem for the actual exam.
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27 Jan 2014, 06:54
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I have made up some strategies which structure my work and make IR a routine and thus hopefully faster.

Table Analysis
• Check what is compared (most times the first column)

Graphics Interpretation
• Take a short look at the bar chart's axes
• Read the text right to the bars, if the bar is not clear, and check for further informations
• Read the question and check the drop-down options
• Don't calculate and just use your eye. Differences should be easy to spot.

Two-Part Analysis
• Read the question information and check what options can be marked.
• Create an easy equation and solve for one variable
• Plug-In the possible numbers

Multi-Sourcing Reasoning
• Take your time to understand the link among the different tabs
• Attack the questions

IR sounds easy in theory
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23 Feb 2014, 12:30
These steps will certainly help me a lot! THanks christianbze!!
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26 Feb 2014, 11:24
With IR - getting practice with this new type of question is important. We put together a collection of high quality questions along with video explanations showcasing various strategies for IR. IR questions tend to have a lot of moving parts -- the key is to figure out which parts are important and which ones are not.

www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/gma ... reasoning/
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