Although much was made last year of some business school admissions officers’ comments that they were not yet relying on Integrated Reasoning scores when evaluating applicants. As we have written before , this stance was only natural, given that the section was so new (it launched in June, 2012) that MBA admissions officers had not yet developed a sense of what was an okay score vs. a great one. Still, some media outlets and blogger picked up this tidbit, and some applicants came away with the impressions that the Integrated Section was practically dead on arrival. Now, Bloomberg Businessweek reports that business schools are inching their way into using the new section more. As the article points out, since a GMAT score is valid for five years (and since so many applicants rushed to take the GMAT before the new section launched), the majority of GMAT score reports that admissions officers have seen still do not include Integrated Reasoning scores. As time goes on, this will naturally change, and it’s reasonable to expect that an applicant’s IR score will factor into an admissions decision more and more, as admissions officers get more used to it as a gauge of one’s ability. Business Schools Help Validate Integrated Reasoning Some schools are even going so far as to help with the calibration of the new section. GMAC is working with Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management to have 60 second-tear MBA students take the Integrated Reasoning section, and their scores will be compared with their grades in core MBA courses to help GMAC validate the IR section as a means of predicting performance in the classroom. Whether it happens this year or in another two years, clearly your Integrated Reasoning score will matter in MBA admissions. There’s no time like the present to get ready for it! For more advice, take a look at our book, Your MBA Game Plan , now in its 3rd edition. And, be sure to find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! The post Integrated Reasoning Growing in Importance in Business School Admissions appears courtesy of MBA Admissions Blog by MBA Game Plan .
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