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# Skipping Multi-Source Reasoning?

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Updated on: 03 Oct 2019, 22:03
Hello,

I have run into incredible timing issues on IR and have considerable difficulty with Multi-Source reasoning in particular. For some reason, I just get stuck in 5+ minute holes trying to simply get the gist of the issue, and it kills my timing for the entire section.

In all of the IR sections that I have taken, I have never got more than 6 of 12 correct, and generally have to guess on the last 4-6 questions due to completely running out of time. My accuracy on non MSR questions is extremely high, and I have no timing issues on these whatsoever. Confusing MSR questions are taking me in the realm of 12 or more minutes to complete the 3 question set. I have gone through probably 6 or 7 of these so far and just cannot get in the swing of efficiently answering them.

Given that I am currently getting 6/12 correct anyway, is there any good reason not to skip MSR questions? On the official test, I had a particularly confusing MSR that ate up way way too much of my time and sunk my entire IR section. I do not know the weighting of these questions off-hand, but for me, it seems that an 8/12 or 9/12 with MSR skipped is far better than a 6/12 with some MSR correct.

The only problem that I can see with this approach off-hand is the possibility of getting two 3 part MSRs in a single test, which would absolutely kill me. I suppose that by the second one, I could safely spend the time to understand it, given that I have opted to skip the other.

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. My most recent test scores have all been between 720 and 760, but the IR section has been quite vexing to me.

Originally posted by erahn1 on 10 Aug 2014, 16:27.
Last edited by SajjadAhmad on 03 Oct 2019, 22:03, edited 1 time in total.
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13 Aug 2017, 08:34
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I am also in the same boat as erahn1
I can't handle MSR and spend too much time solving them and that too incorrectly.
I am thinking to skip the first MSR passage ( 3 questions ) to spend considerable amount of time on other questions that I can get right. But I just hope I do not get 2 MSR passage ( 6 questions ).
Anyone faced 2 MSR based passages in IR in official GMAT. I got it while GMAT Prep but not sure of official exam.
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27 Aug 2017, 17:33
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prachi18oct wrote:
I am also in the same boat as erahn1
I can't handle MSR and spend too much time solving them and that too incorrectly.
I am thinking to skip the first MSR passage ( 3 questions ) to spend considerable amount of time on other questions that I can get right. But I just hope I do not get 2 MSR passage ( 6 questions ).
Anyone faced 2 MSR based passages in IR in official GMAT. I got it while GMAT Prep but not sure of official exam.

I'm in the same boat and wondered about whether skipping the first MSR might be the right strategy. Anyone have any thoughts?
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27 Nov 2017, 21:20
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As far as I know you should not get more than 3 MSR (3 of each question type).

Most GMAT prep companies suggest you skip 2 to 4 questions in IR, depending on the score you wish to achieve, to give yourself more time per question, i.e. increasing your allotted time to 3 minutes (skip 2) / 4 minutes (skip 4).

It is typically suggested to skip either MSR or Two-Part Analysis, although this is just a general suggestion. You should really focus on answering the question types you are the most comfortable with. The idea is to make sure you get the questions you choose to answer right!
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28 Nov 2017, 05:33
alainca wrote:
prachi18oct wrote:
I am also in the same boat as erahn1
I can't handle MSR and spend too much time solving them and that too incorrectly.
I am thinking to skip the first MSR passage ( 3 questions ) to spend considerable amount of time on other questions that I can get right. But I just hope I do not get 2 MSR passage ( 6 questions ).
Anyone faced 2 MSR based passages in IR in official GMAT. I got it while GMAT Prep but not sure of official exam.

I'm in the same boat and wondered about whether skipping the first MSR might be the right strategy. Anyone have any thoughts?

Update: Once I relaxed I was able to get through all the questions and score a perfect 8 on the real test. Sure, the first MSR might take more time to take in the entire situation, but follow-up questions take less, averaging it out.
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28 Nov 2017, 19:20
Hi All,

I'm in the same boat as well with respect to timing on the IR. However, not just with the MSR questions, although they definitely take my the longest and eat away a lot of my time.

I'm always rushing at the end and have to guess blindly on a solid 4 questions at the end. I've only done two practice IR sections so far and my highest score was a 3.1 Now without the time factor, I understand and can answer most of the questions correctly so I'm really struggling with how to effectively manage the time and answer the questions efficiently.

How many questions should I consider skipping in total to give myself more time? How much would that hurt/help the score?

Would appreciate any suggestions!

Thanks.
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02 Dec 2017, 23:08
erahn1 wrote:
Hello,

Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. My most recent test scores have all been between 720 and 760, but the IR section has been quite vexing to me.

Hi Erahn!
With this perfect overall score, why would you even need to worry about IR?
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02 Dec 2017, 23:10
As far as I know you should not get more than 3 MSR (3 of each question type).

Most GMAT prep companies suggest you skip 2 to 4 questions in IR, depending on the score you wish to achieve, to give yourself more time per question, i.e. increasing your allotted time to 3 minutes (skip 2) / 4 minutes (skip 4).

It is typically suggested to skip either MSR or Two-Part Analysis, although this is just a general suggestion. You should really focus on answering the question types you are the most comfortable with. The idea is to make sure you get the questions you choose to answer right!

While, it may work for GMAT, where the overall score matters, provided that you do not really fail/score too low on IR, I doubt it is a valid strategy for EA test as IR counts toward the overall score
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17 Dec 2017, 13:51
Which one has more impact on the score?
1. Skipping the question, or
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22 Dec 2017, 08:19
rememberme wrote:
Which one has more impact on the score?
1. Skipping the question, or

As far as Integrated Reasoning is concerned, answering incorrectly is considered worse than skipping a question.

IR can very much be a game of choosing to answer the questions you think you can get right and skipping those you are uncomfortable with.

Generally speaking with GMAT, and that's true for Quant and Verbal too, you want to be ready to skip a question if you feel you won't be able to get to an answer in a reasonable amount of time. Of course, you make an educated guess when skipping, but most importantly you skip in the first 15-30 seconds, so you now have more time for the remainder of the test.
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28 Mar 2019, 10:30
On an "Official" preptest, I got an MSR-type prompt with only one question attached. I definitely would have skipped it if I had known that there was only one question. Has anyone else ever heard of one question MSRs?
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27 Apr 2019, 11:16
ChiefsFan wrote:
On an "Official" preptest, I got an MSR-type prompt with only one question attached. I definitely would have skipped it if I had known that there was only one question. Has anyone else ever heard of one question MSRs?

This happened again with another preptest. Could someone refer me to an GMAC rep who might know the answer to this question?
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