IR Prep is now GMAT™ Official IR Practice

Do I have to switch to GMAT Official IR Practice if I’m already using the IR Prep software?

If you are already using IR Prep, you do not have to switch to GMAT Official IR Practice. You can continue to use the IR Prep tool, but please keep in mind that our developers will no longer support the existing platform and we will not push any new updates to the IR Prep software.

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Will I lose any of my testing data (responses to practice questions, performance reports, and scoring-related information) if I switch from IR Prep to GMAT™ Official IR Practice?

Yes. Any existing responses, progress reporting, scores, or scoring data that you have on IR Prep will NOT be transferred to the GMAT™ Official Practice platform.

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Will I have to purchase GMAT Official IR Practice if I already purchased IR Prep?

No, GMAC will automatically activate the GMAT Official IR Practice product for your associated mba.com account. In addition to moving these 48 questions from IR Prep tool to the new GMAT Official IR Practice, we have also added 24 additional Integrated Reasoning questions bringing the total to 72.

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How do I access GMAT Official IR Practice?

After you complete your purchase, you will receive instructions via email on how to access your products via the My Account page within mba.com along with instructions on how to activate your new product(s) in the GMAT Official Practice platform.

To access your official practice materials, simply click the “Access GMAT™ Official Prep” button from the product page or from your My Account > My Product Purchases Page.

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How long do I have access to the IR Prep Tool?

Your IR Prep Tool account will be active for six months from the date of activation (note that this is not the same as the date you bought access). After that date, you will no longer have access to the product.

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How do I extend my access for the IR Prep Tool?

With the release of GMAT Official IR Practice extensions will no longer be offered for IR Prep. We plan on retiring this platform in the near future.

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If I update my profile information in IR Prep, will it update my mba.com (GMAC) account?

Updating your profile information in the IR Prep Tool will NOT update your GMAC account profile information; and updating your GMAC (mba.com) profile account information will not update your information in the IR Prep Tool.

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How is my session score calculated?

Scores will be calculated based on a combination of:  difficulty level of question, answer, and time taken to answer correctly (in relation to the median time taken by examinees when the item was in the operational pool). Sessions are scored on a 10 – 100 scale.

If you see a session with a score of 0, this indicates that while you saw some questions, you did not answer any. We’ve given you a score of 0 to differentiate this from sessions where you answered questions.

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Where do you get the benchmarking data?

Benchmarking provides you with a way of comparing your own performance on each question against two groups: everyone using the IR Prep tool and others considering the same program as you. The benchmarking data is based on how people responded to each question the very first time they answered it and the program(s) they indicated they were considering.

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How does the way questions are shown in the IR Prep tool and GMAT Official IR Practice differ from the GMAT exam?

There are some minor differences between how questions are displayed in the IR Prep tool and GMAT Official IR Practice versus the GMAT exam. We’ve described them below and if you want to compare them yourself, take a look at an example of each of the four question types on mba.com or take a practice exam in the GMAT Official Starter Kit + Practice Exams 1 & 2 (Free).

Graphics interpretation: in the IR Prep tool and GMAT Official IR Practice the graphic that you use to answer the question is displayed to the left of the question; in the GMAT exam, the graphic will be displayed above the question.

Multi-source reasoning: in both the IR Prep tool, GMAT Official IR Practice, and the GMAT exam, the information you need to answer the question will be shown on the left hand side of the screen. Click the tabs to reveal their content.

Table analysis: in the IR Prep tool and GMAT Official IR Practice you can sort the contents of the table by clicking the small arrow next to the column heading text; in the exam you use a dropdown above the table to change the sort order.

Two-part analysis: in the IR Prep tool and GMAT Official IR Practice, information required to answer the question is presented on the left of the screen; in the GMAT exam, the information is presented about the question.

 

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Where can I find prep products for other question types?

For more prep materials, including the GMAT Official Starter Kit + Practice Exams 1 & 2 (Free), please visit our store: www.mba.com/store.

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