Two-Part Analysis

In Two-Part Analysis, a task is presented that involves two components for solution. This question type throws out the traditional conventions of standardized test questions. In Two-Part Analysis each question is more than one question. Based on a passage, you are asked to evaluate two things; they may be definitions of two terms, or two completely separate issues. It is not tricky; it just requires a bit more work as you are asked to answer more than one question.

As the name implies, Two-Part Analysis questions will always contain two parts. The two parts may be dependent upon each other or may be determined independently. Either way, you have to answer both halves correctly in order to get any credit. On the more “critical-reasoning-like” questions, the details are going to matter. Preview the question stem so that you have a good idea of what you will be asked to do. That will help you to read the paragraph and take notes with a purpose, focusing on the ideas and details that are most applicable to the specific question being asked. Get used to working with tables, graphs, and information presented in multiple formats.

Answers can be in multiple forms. You may be asked to fill in a blank using a pull-down menu that offers multiple-choice options, or to answer a traditional multiple-choice question. You may also be asked to select certain options in a table, or to answer four statements on a yes/no or true/false basis.

The real danger is letting the time pressure cause you to make mistakes. By gaining practice with the new format you will be better equipped to complete these problems in a more methodical and less stressful way. Integrated Reasoning is full of numbers so do not hesitate to use the on-screen calculator. When given large tables, first you should look at the whole table to get the bigger picture and then sort and sift to the numbers you need. Most importantly, don’t let Integrated Reasoning stress you out. The Quantitative and Verbal material in this section is the same as the rest of the test, so you just have to familiarize yourself with the new format.

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