We’ve been telling you for some time now that admissions officers have been indicating that Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores won’t factor much into admissions decisions this year. Now, Stanford has gone on the record on its own blog.
Stanford GSB Associate Director of MBA Admission Allison Davis confirms that the school “will focus on the verbal, quantitative, AWA, and total scores” this year and that they will use this year to “determine how to evaluate them in our process for next year.”
Note, though, that Stanford is figuring out how to bring IR into the admissions process starting next year – so if you are taking the GMAT now but might want to use the score next year (or later), then you will likely need to prep more for the IR section than will this year’s candidates. While there may be a bit of leeway next year as well, it sounds like the IR score will be a factor – assuming, of course, that GMAC has done its job and the IR section is a valid indicator of b-school success.
I see no reason to think that the IR section will turn out not to be valid, so I do expect this score to become an important part of the admission process longer term – but if you’re applying this year, take Stanford’s announcement as one more strong piece of evidence that you don’t need to worry about IR for now!