Poets and Quants, a favorite B-School-related blog, recently broke down the news that some schools aren’t strongly considering the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT…yet. Their post did this using techniques from the GMAT’s Critical Reasoning (which makes up a third of the verbal section).

Brian Galvin held this issue up to the Critical Reasoning precision-in-language standard to see which conclusions we can legitimately draw.

Generalization – this [news] is attributable directly to Stanford GSB, and a few other quotes have emerged with similar language from admissions officers at Harvard, Wharton, and INSEAD.  But this doesn’t necessarily mean that all other top schools will feel the same way.  On a Critical Reasoning question, the conclusion “Integrated Reasoning does not matter for the 2013 business school intake” isn’t fully supported, as there are plenty of top business schools and the current evidence doesn’t apply to all of them.  In more colloquial GMAT speak, we know “some,” but a lot of the conclusions being drawn these days suggest “all.”  Be careful with generalization.

Read the full post at Poets and Quants.

I’d say here at UST it’s safe to conclude that you shouldn’t put too much stress or emphasis on Integrated Reasoning if you’re applying for 2013 admission, but we will be looking at those scores in overall decision making, as we consider each applicant’s ability to succeed in the program for which he or she has applied.

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  1. Elaine Conces

    We are an established GMAT prep firm in Austin, Texas, and we have yet a third view. We believe that the widely circulated belief that business schools are not looking at GMAT IR will cause candidates not to prepare, causing scores to fall, causing b-schools to ignore the scores as not valuable … a vicious circle.

    It’s too bad, because we also believe that GMAT IR is one of the more innovative ways that a standardized test has attempted to identify really qualified candidates. We are hoping that it does not fail because of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Here’s our blog post, if you’re interested: