Tips to do well with the data interpretation task in GRE General Test

Three of the 20 questions in each quantitative section of the GRE test are data interpretation questions. As their name suggests, these questions are always based on the information that is presented in some form of a graph or a chart. Occasionally the data are presented in a chart or table, but most often, they are presented graphically.

The most common types of graphs are line graphs, bar graphs and circle graphs. In each section, the data interpretation questions are three consecutive questions, say questions 14, 15 and 16, all of which refer to the same set of graphs and charts.

Infrequently, an easy data interpretation questions will require only that you read the graph and find a numerical fact that is displayed. Usually, however, you will have to do some calculation on the data that you are analysing. In harder questions, you may be given hypothetical situations and asked to make inferences based in the information provided in the given graphs.

Most dat interpretation questions are multiple-choice questions, but some could be multiple-answer or numeric entry questions. They are never quantitative comparisons. 

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