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Graphics Interpretation

In Graphics Interpretation questions you will be asked to interpret a graph or graphical image and select options to make response statements accurate. 

What the test gives you


» A graph or other graphical image, such as a scatter plot, x/y graph, bar chart, pie chart, or statistical curve distribution
» In some cases, brief text that explains the graphic or image or provides additional data
» Statements that have blanks to be filled in.

Directions


Interpret the graphic and complete the statements with the most accurate word, number, or phrase from an embedded drop-down menu.

Strategies


MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PROBLEM IS ASKING YOU TO DO.
 
Graphics Interpretation problems involve interpreting and integrating data, discerning relationships, and making inferences from a set of data. You may have to do some quantitative analysis, such as calculating change in a given value over time or comparing different rates of growth.

READ THE GRAPHIC CAREFULLY.

Familiarize yourself with the data presented in the graphic. If there are scales on the axes, make note of the marked values. If there are labels, be sure to note any discrepancy between the units in the graph and the units discussed in the text.

READ ANY ACCOMPANYING TEXT CAREFULLY.

If there is accompanying text, it may clarify the meaning of the graphic. Text might also present data that isn’t contained in the graphic but that you need to answer the question.

READ ALL THE CHOICES IN THE DROP-DOWN MENU.

Some statements could be completed equally well using very general responses or very specific responses. By checking the menu options, you get additional information about the task involved. 

CHOOSE THE OPTION THAT BEST COMPLETES THE STATEMENT.

More than one option in the drop-down menu may seem plausible; choose the one that makes the statement most accurate or logical. If the drop-down menu is preceded by a phrase such as nearest to or closest to, choose the option that is closest to the exact answer you compute. You might find it helpful to read the statement again with your answer choice in place.