DATA INTERPRETATION IN GRE

Introduction
The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is of two types, the General Test and the Subject Tests. The Subject Tests of GRE evaluate your knowledge in a particular subject whereas the General Test assesses your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing skills. The scores are accepted by numerous graduate schools across the US, Canada and many other countries as one of the criteria for assessing your suitability for admission to programs of study offered by them. The General Test consists of three scored sections. These are the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and the Analytical Writing sections.

Types of questions
The Quantitative Reasoning section of the test is designed to test your understanding of the fundamentals of Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. You should be thorough with the basics of these subjects in order to score high in this section of the test. In the computer based test, the Quantitative Reasoning section consists of 28 questions that have to be answered in 45 minutes. The paper based test contains two sub sections in the Quantitative Reasoning section with 30 questions in each section and you will have 30 minutes to answer each of these sections. The questions presented in the Quantitative Reasoning section can be broadly classified into data interpretation, comparison and problem solving questions.


GRE Data Interpretation Questions
The data interpretation questions will require you to carry out data analysis. You may be presented with data in the form of a table or graph. This information may be followed by two or more questions that are based on the given data. You will be required to read data from the graphs and tables and then address the data interpretation question that has been presented to you. It will be mentioned that the graphs are not drawn to scale, however they are quite accurate and you may pick up approximate values by studying the graphs carefully.

Prep for GRE Data Interpretation Questions
The official website, www.ets.org , contains links to authentic information on the exam format. You can gain access to a wide range of test preparation materials from the official website. You should ideally initiate your preparation for the test by going through this website. Collect all relevant matter pertaining to the data interpretation questions including sample questions. It is important that you practice solving as many questions as possible so that you are comfortable while solving them on the actual day of the exam.