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How is the GMAT IR Section Scored?

If you are an MBA aspirant, chances are you must have heard about and understand the significance of the GMAT and its Quantitative and Verbal sections. In 2012, the GMAC – based on discussions with business schools, employers and other partners introduced a new section into the mix. This section is called the Integrated Reasoning section. It aims to assess skills which both business schools and employers are looking for in candidates and provide an additional data point for students to distinguish themselves from other GMAT test takers. A lot of test takers worry about this section and its importance, therefore, in this article, we explore how the GMAT IR score is calculated?

GMAT IR Score - How is the GMAT IR Section Scored

Some other important questions and points we cover in the article are:

How is the GMAT IR score reported?Integrated Reasoning scoring - GMAT IR score

The Integrated Reasoning section is scored between 1-8 in 1-point intervals. The score is reported separately and is not a part of 200 – 800 score. The score is reported separately, similar to the AWA section. It consists of 12 questions of 4 different types. Some questions in this section may have multiple sub-questions. To score full credit for such questions, you need to answer all sub-questions correctly. No partial credit is awarded for questions containing multiple sub-questions if you answer any of the sub-question incorrectly.

Following is what the GMAC has to say about the scoring system of the GMAT IR section:

Most Integrated Reasoning questions require more than one response. Because the questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, you must answer all responses to a question correctly to receive credit; no partial credit is given.


Key Takeaways:

  • The GMAT IR score is reported separately from scaled Quant and Verbal scores. Thus, your GMAT IR score does not affect your overall score out of 800.
  • GMAT IR Score range is between 1 – 8 (In 1-point increments)
  • The section consists of 12 question of 4 different types
  • Concepts tested in IR are covered adequately in Quant and Verbal section.

Is the GMAT IR section computer adaptive?GMAT Integrated Reasoning - GMAT IR score

The GMAT IR section is not computer adaptive like the Quantitative and Verbal sections. The group of 12 questions is selected randomly from a pool of questions at the beginning of the section. These 12 questions are of different difficulty levels. However, there is not enough information available to know if difficult questions are rewarded differently compared to easier ones. Thus, it is safe to assume all questions have the same point value. Out of these 12 questions, some are experimental questions which are unscored. These experimental questions do not contribute to your final score.


Key Takeaways:

  • The GMAT IR Section is not Question Adaptive like the Quantitative and Verbal Sections.
  • Test takers are presented with a random selection of 12 questions of different difficulty levels.
  • All questions carry the same point value.
  • Some questions are experimental, and these are unscored.
  • Final score depends on questions answered correctly excluding the experimental questions.

How is your GMAT IR Score calculated?GMAT IR Scaled to Percentile Score Conversion

Your GMAT IR raw score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly excluding the experimental questions. This raw score is scaled to a score out of 8. The scaled score reflects the difficulty level of the questions; however, it is difficult to quantify the influence. In addition to your Raw score, a percentile score is also reported. Similar to percentile score reported for Quant and Verbal sections, the percentile score reflects your performance in comparison to other GMAT test takers. Following is the score chart for converting scaled final scores to percentile scores:


Key Takeaways:

  • The raw score is based on a number of questions answered correctly excluding experimental questions.
  • This raw score is scaled to a final score out of 8.
  • Influence of difficulty level of questions on scaled score difficult to quantify.
  • The raw score can be converted to the corresponding percentile score using the chart above. Your percentile score can change as the chart is based on GMAT tests taken in the previous 3
  • Percentile scores represent your performance relative to other GMAT test takers.

Final takeaways about GMAT IR Score:

  • GMAT IR Score is reported separately and does not affect your overall score out of 800.
  • The GMAT IR section is not Computer adaptive, and hence questions of varying difficulty levels can appear at any point in the test.
  • Scaled scores for GMAT IR range from 1 – 8 (reported in 1-point intervals).
  • Only correct answers to non-experimental questions contribute towards the scaled score.
  • The influence of difficulty level of questions on scaled scores cannot be quantified.
  • All questions asked in the GMAT IR section, carry the same point value excluding experimental questions.
  • Percentile score relative to scaled score can be calculated using the conversion chart above.
  • Percentile score represents your GMAT IR section performance with respect to other GMAT test takers.

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