Survey Confirms that IR is Low Priority (This Year)

Stacey Koprince —  October 24, 2012 — 7 Comments

manhattan gmat irAs we discussed a few months ago, most schools are still determining how to use IR during the admissions process. A recent US News article reports on a new survey just released by Kaplan; the survey lends broader support to the anecdotal reports that we’ve been hearing from individual schools.

Kaplan surveyed 265 business schools, including 17 of the top 25, to find out how they’ve been using IR so far. A little over half are still figuring out what to do with the score, while roughly ¼ of the respondents indicated that they already consider IR important. Even in that last category, though, the schools are still determining how much emphasis to place on IR. US News spoke with Dawna Clarke, Director of Admissions at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and while she does consider IR important, she also indicated that they’re still figuring out exactly how to use the scores in the absence of well-established historical data. In a nutshell: people aren’t quite sure yet what the data means or how much of an impact it should have on admissions.

Expect all of this to begin changing next year. Assuming that the data eventually establishes that the IR section does actually identify strong business school candidates, the schools will likely begin using IR more seriously during the 2013 admissions season (for those who are hoping to enter a program beginning in 2014). How heavily will IR weigh in the admissions decision? We won’t know that until we start to have better analyses of how useful the score is; if it turns out to be a strong predictor of b-school success, then IR is rapidly going to become a very important part of the GMAT.

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Stacey Koprince is an Instructor and Trainer as well as the Director of Online Community for Manhattan Prep. She also co-manages the company's GMAT curriculum and product line. She has been teaching various standardized tests for more than fifteen years and her entire teaching philosophy can be summed up in five words: teaching students how to think.

7 responses to Survey Confirms that IR is Low Priority (This Year)

  1. Great article! I really liked this

  2. This reminds me of something I saw a while back. Good stuff!

  3. Hi Stacey,
    Can you give me some advice? I took the GMAT a few weeks ago and got a 760 (47V, 47Q), 6 essay and 6 IR. I plan to apply to schools next year, and plan to go in Fall 2014. I’m hoping to go to a top 5 school. In your Analysis of Percentile Rankings article, you said to aim for a 5 or better for applications for this year and again said above that IR scores don’t matter that much this year. Since I am planning to apply next year, should I plan to retake the GMAT to improve my IR score? On one hand, I feel silly even considering retaking the test since I got such a great overall score, but on the other hand, I don’t want to reduce my chances with such a low IR score. Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Did you ask on the forums as well? I feel like I just answered this question someplace else. Maybe someone else has the same situation as you. :)

      Great work on the test and, no, I wouldn’t be thinking about taking it again. That said, you should ask an admissions consultant (since I’m not an admissions expert!). I do expect things to change somewhat next fall, but I still don’t expect the schools to place too much emphasis on IR even then.

  4. Great news I recently find your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave a comment.

  5. You are a incredibly intelligent person!

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