MBA News: Kaplan Survey Implies That Importance of GMAT’s IR Section Still Unclear

A recent Kaplan survey suggests that the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section of the GMAT exam still has only a limited—if any—influence on B-school application decisions.

According to an October 9 press release, Kaplan Test Prep surveyed more than 200 U.S. graduate program admissions officers between August and September of 2014. A sizeable 60% of those surveyed (including respondents from 11 of U.S. News & World Report’s top 30 MBA programs) claim that an applicant’s IR score is not an important part of their prospect evaluation process.

The IR section was introduced in 2009, which means MBA candidates who applied in 2014 or earlier years may have submitted GMAT scores without IR results (scores are valid for up to five years). With little data to compare, admissions representatives hesitate to base major acceptance decisions on this criteria.

While numerous admissions representatives may say they place minimal significance on applicants’ IR results at this point, our friends at Kaplan (and we here at mbaMission) encourage all MBA hopefuls to thoroughly prepare for and strive to do their best on every portion of the GMAT. Comprehensive test scores and proven reasoning skills can only help your chances!

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