GMAT Data Insights

GMAT Data Insights syllabus: data analysis abilities (data from figures, graphs, tables, charts, etc.), logical reasoning and data sufficiency.

The Data Insights section has 20 questions that need to be answered in 45 minutes. However, most of the questions have many parts and require multiple responses, so the actual time per question is less. The DI section tests your ability to evaluate information from multiple sources which are presented in multiple formats (such as a graph, chart, table, text, etc). The DI section tests both quantitative and verbal skills – this section can be seen as a test of data interpretation and logical reasoning skills.

The Data Insights section is scored on a range from 60 to 90. The score is calculated based on the number of questions you answer correctly and is reported with 1 point intervals. But, many of the questions in the DI section have multiple parts, and all the parts of the question must be answered correctly to get the mark for that question. There is no partial credit for the responses.

Different Sections on the Data Insights

The Five Types of Questions in the Data Insights section are:

Multi-Source Reasoning

Requires you to analyze data presented across multiple tabs in the form of tables, texts or graphics. You will then need to answer multiple questions based on the entire data. For example, you may be asked to identify the discrepancies between the sources or draw inferences from the sources.

Table Analysis

Data is presented in the form of a table (similar to a spreadsheet) and you can choose to sort the information by columns. You may be asked multiple questions, based on the information presented in the table. For example, you may be asked to determine which data meets certain conditions.

Graphics Interpretation

Requires you to interpret data that is presented in the form of a graph, pie chart, bar diagram, scatter plot, etc. For example, you may be asked to make inferences or identify relationships.

Two-Part Analysis

Requires you to solve complex problems that require 2 main responses. The questions can require quantitative skills, verbal skills, or both. For example, you may be asked to solve complex mathematical problems or evaluate trade-offs in decisions.

Data Sufficiency:

This question type measures the ability of the student to analyze a problem and deduce the point at which the statement(s) provide enough data to answer the question. Each Data Sufficiency problem has a question stem followed by two statements and the job of the test-taker is to use his knowledge of mathematical concepts to figure out if the statement(s) is sufficient to answer the question or not.

These questions can be really tricky as most of the test-takers have never witnessed this question type before and thus, understanding this problem type may take a lot of time.

The answer choices are fixed for Data Sufficiency questions. Learning and applying the strategies specifically created for DS questions is vital. Don’t rush. Slow down on DS questions. They may look easy but they can be really knavish. Be organized and use scratch paper wisely.

GMAT Data Insights Scoring Pattern

Section Number of Questions Duration Question Types Score Range
Data Insights 20 questions 45 minutes Multi-Source Reasoning

Graphics Interpretation

Two-Part Analysis

Table Analysis

Data Sufficiency


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Integrated Reasoning Comparison

Table Analysis Question GMAT MCQ-1
Graphics Interpretation Question GMAT MCQ-2
Multi-Source Reasoning Question GMAT MCQ-3
Two-Part Analysis Question GMAT MCQ-4

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About the GMAT Exam


What is the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT?

The Integrated Reasoning (IR) section tests your ability to integrate data to solve complex problems using both math and verbal skills.

How important is Integrated Reasoning in GMAT?

The Integrated Reasoning (IR) section tests your ability to integrate data to solve complex problems using both math and verbal skills. Though the IR section doesn’t contribute to the 200-800 score, the skills are essential for modern day managers and an important part of your application process.

How do I prepare for GMAT Integrated Reasoning?

The Integrated Reasoning (IR) section tests your ability to integrate data to solve complex problems using both math and verbal skills.
The Manya GMAT Prep courses have tips and techniques that can help you answer Integrated Reasoning (IR) questions quickly and correctly. You can practice IR questions when you take one of the 10 full length practice tests. The full length tests have detailed analysis for the IR section that can help you understand and improve your IR score. In addition to the tests, you also have 10 full section IR practice drills.

How long is the Integrated Reasoning section?

The Integrated Reasoning section consists of 12 questions which need to be answered in 30 minutes. Most questions require multiple responses.

Can I use a calculator on the Integrated Reasoning section?

You cannot use your own calculator on the GMAT. However, you will be able to use an online calculator with basic functions for questions that involve calculations.

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