GMAT test prep firm Manhattan Prep this week launched a beta version of a new integrated digital learning platform to help students prepare for the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section of the exam. Added in 2012, GMAT’s IR section requires test-takers to analyze complex, real-world data. The video-based GMAT INTERACT for Integrated Reasoning, available for free, features an on-screen tutor engaging students as if they were receiving private tutoring.
“We looked at video courses and other digital-learning technologies and realized that nothing was able to capture the real benefits of the connection between a teacher and a student,” Noah Teitelbaum, Manhattan Prep executive director of academics, said in a statement.
Unlike video tutorials, the INTERACT program receives answers from students and responds to them in real time, in a conversational style mimicking the interaction between a student and teacher. INTERACT is the culmination of two years of collaboration between designers, coders, instructors and videographers, Manhattan Prep reports.
Featuring more than three hours of content, INTERACT is divided into five lessons. The first provides an overview of what students should expect from the new IR section of the exam, introducing students to IR question formats as it conveys information about how many questions the section includes, how it is scored, how much time students should spend on each question and more. The remaining four lessons focus on graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis and multi-source reasoning, respectively.
To access the free, beta version of INTERACT, interested students must complete a brief registration form. A full version of INTERACT is due out in early 2014.