The Integrated Reasoning site from GMAC is getting a face lift and some new functionality. So of course we here at Bell Curves couldn’t wait to start playing around with it! (We love test prep with a passion. Don’t hate!) Read on to see all of the options on the new site.
The site looks really clean and intuitive. Right away you see it is split into three sections: Practice, Review, and Evaluate. However, there is a fourth piece to the site that you might easily miss. Do you see that little help sign up at the top right corner? CLICK IT! It has a bunch of information that could help you with integrated reasoning test prep. It is easy to miss the useful information hidden behind that innocuous little word “Help.”
The Practice mode pulls from a question bank of 48 questions. You are able to create practice sets from this question bank based on the type of question, difficulty level, and number of questions you want to answer. There are 12 easy difficulty questions, 19 medium, and 17 hard. Once you have created the parameters for the set, you choose if you wish to take the set questions in order of difficulty from easy to hard or in a random order. The final option for your practice set is whether to take it in exam mode or study mode. The only difference between the two is in study mode you see answer explanations immediately after each question. Exam mode requires you to first complete the set before you can review and see explanations.
This section is split into four subsections. You can try to answer incorrect questions again, review the answer explanations for questions you got incorrect, look at any questions you may have bookmarked for future review, and review entire sessions you took previously. The first three sections are straightforward, but the session review is where things get different from the standard question review. Sessions are scored on a scale of 10-100, the higher the better. This score is based on a combination of difficulty level, number correct, and the time taken to answer. Sadly, there isn’t a way to get a feel for what this session score means in terms of an actual IR score. If you wish to save a copy, you can also download this information to your computer.
The new site is easy to use, and is a great tool for working on integrated reasoning. The variety of ways to review and analyze your results should lead to better targeted preparation. While it would be nice to get some more practice that results in a 1-8 score, this tool is great to use to improve your skills. You can always check your 1-8 score on the GMAT Prep practice exam. At a cost of $19.95 (at the time of this review), it’s a little pricy relative to the number of questions you have access to, but it’s a great resource nonetheless.
Good luck preparing for the GMAT and if you have feedback on any aspect of the IR Prep Tool we invite you to share you experience with us.