Integrated Reasoning Skills in the Workplace

Managers need to analyze multiple streams of data in our data-driven world. The Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT exam shines a spotlight on the skills that matter most to today’s employers.

Importance of Integrated Reasoning Skills in New HiresIntegrated Reasoning Skills Are Important to Global Employers 

Findings from GMAC’s 2012 Corporate Recruiters Survey of 636 global employers who plan to hire new MBAs and other master’s business degree graduates reveal large majorities find the four specific Integrated Reasoning skills that the GMAT exam will measure as “very important,” and almost all find them very or somewhat important for new business degree hires to have. 

Today’s managers are called upon to analyze more and more sophisticated streams of data, and management programs are responding by preparing their students to solve more complex problems. The skills being tested in the 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT exam were identified as important for incoming students to have by a 2009 survey of 740 management faculty worldwide. 

What Schools Are Saying About Integrated Reasoning 

“This has been called the era of big data, and it is increasingly evident that the future will be claimed by those able to see the critical patterns among overwhelming complexity,” said Christine Poon, dean of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and former vice chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s board of directors and worldwide chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Group. “It is no surprise that GMAT would be the test to respond to the need of business schools and management programs to identify students with these skills. They have been the gold standard for as long as I can remember, and they continue to innovate and reset the bar for everyone else.”

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