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Two-Part Analysis

In Two-part Analysis question you will be presented with a task that involves two components for solution. 

What the test gives you


  • A brief written scenario or problem for which you’re asked to make two choices related to the data. The choices are connected to each other in some way; for example, they might be two steps involved in solving a problem or two components required to complete a task. 
  • Possible answers are presented in a table format with a column for each component and rows with possible options.

Directions


Mark the best answer for the first part of the question in the first column of the response table, and mark the best answer for the second part of the question in the second column. The answer choices appear in the third column.

Strategies


READ THE DATA CAREFULLY.

Two-Part Analysis questions, which measure your ability to solve complex problems, cover a wide range of content and could be quantitative, verbal, or some combination of both. The versatility of the format lends itself to a wide range of content and skills measured, including the ability to evaluate trade-offs, solve simultaneous equations, and discern relationships between two entities.

All the material presented is designed to be challenging. If you happen to be familiar with the subject matter, don’t let this knowledge influence your choice. Answer the question only on the basis of what is given.

DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING.

Don’t assume that the headings in the two response columns are complete descriptions of the tasks to be performed. Pay close attention to how the question describes the tasks. Often the headings in the two response columns are shorthand references to the tasks and may lack details that could help you better understand what you’re supposed to do.

REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE ONLY SUPPOSED TO MAKE TWO CHOICES.

Select one answer in each of the first two columns of the response table. You don’t need to make a choice for each row of the table. The third column contains possible answers to the two questions.

REVIEW ALL AVAILABLE ANSWERS BEFORE MAKING A FINAL CHOICE. 

Don’t assume you’ve chosen the best answers in the two columns without reading all the options.

DETERMINE WHETHER TASKS ARE DEPENDENT OR INDEPENDENT.

Some Two-Part Analysis questions pose two tasks that can be carried out individually. Others pose one task with two dependent parts, each of which you must carry out correctly to create a single correct response. With dependent questions, you cannot answer the question coherently without making both choices. So be sure to examine your answers in relation to one another.

KEEP IN MIND THAT THE SAME ANSWER CHOICE MIGHT BE THE CORRECT RESPONSE FOR BOTH COLUMNS.

If the tasks associated with the two response columns are not mutually exclusive, it is possible that one answer option satisfies the conditions of both response columns.