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Table Analysis

For Table Analysis questions you will be presented with a sortable table of data, similar to a spreadsheet, which you must analyze to determine whether answer statements are accurate given the data presented. 

What the test gives you


  • A sortable table of data, similar to a spreadsheet, with columns you can arrange in alphabetical or numeric order
  • In some cases, brief text that explains the table or provides additional data

Directions


You’ll be presented with a set of answer statements, each of which has two opposing answer options (for example, yes/no, true/false, inferable/not inferable).  Use the drop-down menu to sort the data in the table and then indicate which of the opposing answers is accurate for each statement. 

Strategies


EXAMINE THE TABLE AND ACCOMPANYING TEXT TO DETERMINE THE TYPE OF DATA PROVIDED.

Orienting yourself to the data at the start will make it easier to locate what you need.

READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY.

The question will contain the condition that each phrase, statement, numerical value, or algebraic expression does or does not meet. If you clearly understand the condition (such as is consistent with the information provided or can be inferred from the information provided), you’ll find it easier to understand what choice you need to make. Some questions involve quantitative skills, but others involve subsets, conditions, or consistency of data, which aren’t necessarily mathematical.

READ EACH PHRASE, STATEMENT, NUMERICAL VALUE, OR ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSION CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE THE DATA ANALYSIS REQUIRED.

Often, the phrase, statement, numerical value, or algebraic expression indicates a relationship that you can clarify if you sort the table on one or more of its columns. Careful reading can help you work more efficiently because you’ll see how to use table sorts strategically to identify data of interest.

JUDGE EACH PHRASE, STATEMENT, NUMERICAL VALUE, OR ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSION CAREFULLY ON THE BASIS OF THE CONDITION SPECIFIED.

For each, the two answer choices (such as yes or no, true or false, consistent or inconsistent) are mutually exclusive. So you can focus your attention on whether the given condition has been met.