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Great Overall But Screwed Up Integrated Reasoning, Does IR Matter Now?

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Hi all, thanks so much for offering to help. I know this question has been asked a number of times on this forum, but I wanted to make sure I had the most up-to-date perspective on how much the Integrated Reasoning score matters for M7 admissions. Here's my situation: I took the GMAT for the first time in the past week, and exceeded my expectations overall with a 760 (50 M and 87%, 44 V and 98%) and an AWA essay that I feel fairly confident will be a 5.5 or a 6.0.

But I somehow managed to tank the IR section with a 4.0 (40%), even though I had consistently been scoring 7's and 8's in my practice CATs. Not sure what happened there -- I didn't feel nervous or anything, so it may have just been bad luck and silly mistakes...

In any case, I'm applying to schools at the top of the top -- my top choices are HBS, GSB and Sloan. The rest of my profile is quirky but pretty solid: top Ivy League undergrad with a 3.9+ GPA in a social science, then 3 years working in corporate development for a tech company, then a year of entrepreneurial experience.

My big question is this: given that the rest of my profile is strong academically, how much does this crappy IR score matter? Previous forum responses from the past few years have varied, but now that schools have had five years of data, I'm worried that they will consider the IR score more heavily. I have a busy summer ahead and am hoping to apply Round 1 -- just trying to figure out whether changing adcom attitudes toward the IR section mean that it makes sense for me to retake for the IR score.

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Hi,
IR score doesnot match that much yar.. No need to get worried..

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New post 18 Jun 2017, 15:31
You have an amazing profile and a top flight score on the GMAT. Your IR score will be the least of their worries given you scored a 760. I would not worry about this and instead just focus on putting together a great application
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Really appreciate that feedback VeritasPrepDozie! Helps put my mind at ease. I don't think I'll retake, then, unless any of the other experts have any intel to the contrary from any adcoms...

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You should be ok - a 760 is a great score to have. Besides, your undergrad GPA, nature of work, and performance at work will ensure that you have an overall strong application.
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Hi all, thanks so much for offering to help. I know this question has been asked a number of times on this forum, but I wanted to make sure I had the most up-to-date perspective on how much the Integrated Reasoning score matters for M7 admissions. Here's my situation: I took the GMAT for the first time in the past week, and exceeded my expectations overall with a 760 (50 M and 87%, 44 V and 98%) and an AWA essay that I feel fairly confident will be a 5.5 or a 6.0.

But I somehow managed to tank the IR section with a 4.0 (40%), even though I had consistently been scoring 7's and 8's in my practice CATs. Not sure what happened there -- I didn't feel nervous or anything, so it may have just been bad luck and silly mistakes...

In any case, I'm applying to schools at the top of the top -- my top choices are HBS, GSB and Sloan. The rest of my profile is quirky but pretty solid: top Ivy League undergrad with a 3.9+ GPA in a social science, then 3 years working in corporate development for a tech company, then a year of entrepreneurial experience.

My big question is this: given that the rest of my profile is strong academically, how much does this crappy IR score matter? Previous forum responses from the past few years have varied, but now that schools have had five years of data, I'm worried that they will consider the IR score more heavily. I have a busy summer ahead and am hoping to apply Round 1 -- just trying to figure out whether changing adcom attitudes toward the IR section mean that it makes sense for me to retake for the IR score.

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cogitoergosum1 wrote:
Hi all, thanks so much for offering to help. I know this question has been asked a number of times on this forum, but I wanted to make sure I had the most up-to-date perspective on how much the Integrated Reasoning score matters for M7 admissions. Here's my situation: I took the GMAT for the first time in the past week, and exceeded my expectations overall with a 760 (50 M and 87%, 44 V and 98%) and an AWA essay that I feel fairly confident will be a 5.5 or a 6.0.

But I somehow managed to tank the IR section with a 4.0 (40%), even though I had consistently been scoring 7's and 8's in my practice CATs. Not sure what happened there -- I didn't feel nervous or anything, so it may have just been bad luck and silly mistakes...

In any case, I'm applying to schools at the top of the top -- my top choices are HBS, GSB and Sloan. The rest of my profile is quirky but pretty solid: top Ivy League undergrad with a 3.9+ GPA in a social science, then 3 years working in corporate development for a tech company, then a year of entrepreneurial experience.

My big question is this: given that the rest of my profile is strong academically, how much does this crappy IR score matter? Previous forum responses from the past few years have varied, but now that schools have had five years of data, I'm worried that they will consider the IR score more heavily. I have a busy summer ahead and am hoping to apply Round 1 -- just trying to figure out whether changing adcom attitudes toward the IR section mean that it makes sense for me to retake for the IR score.


I scored 720 (Q49 75%, V40 97%) and an IR score of 2.0. I was at a loss after seeing my IR score, because I had been scoring decently in my mocks. I plan to apply to the top schools, especially to quant heavy programs like those of Sloan. Should I work on IR and quant a bit more and retake the test to apply in round 2?

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New post 23 Nov 2017, 19:13
Hey reshmapalackan honestly that will depend on your profile. You are targeting a school like Sloan and if you look at their avg GMAT score you are already below that, now your IR score is not the most important of the scores but couple a low IR with a below avg GMAT then things start piling up for you. But again a final answer would really depend on the rest of your profile
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cogitoergosum1 wrote:
Hi all, thanks so much for offering to help. I know this question has been asked a number of times on this forum, but I wanted to make sure I had the most up-to-date perspective on how much the Integrated Reasoning score matters for M7 admissions. Here's my situation: I took the GMAT for the first time in the past week, and exceeded my expectations overall with a 760 (50 M and 87%, 44 V and 98%) and an AWA essay that I feel fairly confident will be a 5.5 or a 6.0.

But I somehow managed to tank the IR section with a 4.0 (40%), even though I had consistently been scoring 7's and 8's in my practice CATs. Not sure what happened there -- I didn't feel nervous or anything, so it may have just been bad luck and silly mistakes...

In any case, I'm applying to schools at the top of the top -- my top choices are HBS, GSB and Sloan. The rest of my profile is quirky but pretty solid: top Ivy League undergrad with a 3.9+ GPA in a social science, then 3 years working in corporate development for a tech company, then a year of entrepreneurial experience.

My big question is this: given that the rest of my profile is strong academically, how much does this crappy IR score matter? Previous forum responses from the past few years have varied, but now that schools have had five years of data, I'm worried that they will consider the IR score more heavily. I have a busy summer ahead and am hoping to apply Round 1 -- just trying to figure out whether changing adcom attitudes toward the IR section mean that it makes sense for me to retake for the IR score.


Not at all. A 760 is great. And you didn't get a 1 or a 2. You're good to go.
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