GMAT 2020 GMAT GRAPHIC INTEGRATION SOLUTIONS
GMAT exam is one of the most popular exams given in the country. It is a computer- adaptive test where the syllabus assesses candidates reading, verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills. This test is given to get admissions into graduate management exams and is considered globally as a standard examination in top B-Schools. Around 2,00,000 candidates take the GMAT exam every year and 9 out of 10 MBA enrolments are through GMAT test.
Exam Pattern of GMAT consists of four main sections. These are a Verbal Section, a Quantitative Section, an Analytical Writing Assessment Section, and an Integrated Reasoning Section. The Verbal and Quantitative Sections are separately graded. The score ranges from 0 to 60 for each section. Getting a score below 8 and above 51 in these sections is rare. The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) sections are graded on a scale of 0-6. This is evaluated by one human and one computer reader. GMAC does the average of the two grades for the essay and rounds to the nearest 0.5 points. The AWA GMAT score is not included in the overall GMAT score. The Integrated Reasoning section is scored from 1 to 8 and has 1 point increment. There are multiple parts present and you must answer each part correctly to get full credit for the asked question. The Integrated Reasoning score is also not included in the overall GMAT score.
One of the most vital parts of the GMAT Integrated Reasoning (GMAT IR) section is the Graphics interpretation section. In this section, you are required to interpret line graphs, bar charts, pie charts, scatter plots, segmentation charts, Venn diagrams, and other kinds of custom graphs. There will be around 3 out of 12 integrated reasoning questions of this type in the GMAT exam. Roughly 2 minutes and 30 seconds should be devoted to each question and hence a total of 7 minutes and 30 seconds are required for this section. GMAT IR section, in general, is a mix of quant and logical reasoning questions. You will also need to apply your critical reasoning and reading comprehension skills in this section.
The GMAT IR section tests some of the important skills like the ability to analyze the data for case studies. All the employers, worldwide, appreciate the people who can sort through realms of data, fetch relevant information, and incorporate into strategic decision making.
The real challenge of this section does not lie in reading the graph. It comes in the analysis part. It involves working with numbers in different units. Certain numbers might be in billions and others in thousands. It is a challenge to combine multiple numbers in different units. And what happens when you divide that number by .5%?
Initially this section might seem fun – and it is actually. There will be two parts in the graphic interpretation section. You will have to answer both parts to get credit for each of the three questions present in this section. This scoring pattern makes it more difficult to get the right answer by “luck”. Having said that, there are three answer options for each blank, rather than five answer choices in other typical MCQs.
The questions in this section will involve both verbal reasoning and quantitative ability, either separately or a combination of both. Some of the questions may require more than one response.
Now, let us understand the 5 basic steps for Graphic Interpretation Questions in GMAT exam:
It is important to categorize the presented graphic. Suppose a graph may show the change in the cost of textiles per yard over the course of 10 years) Do not randomly skip the graph and go to two statements. This will decrease the accuracy significantly as you must spend the majority of the time understanding and focusing the graph thoroughly in order to interpret it later. All the information or data present in the graph like titles, labels of x and y axes, column names, footnotes and other tiny pieces of writing are crucial for the understanding of the data. Make sure you scroll left-right and up-down and get a catch of everything.
Once you are through the bigger picture, it is vital to take special care of the units used in the graphs (cm, mph, m/sec,m2, etc). The conversion of these units into correct forms and then using them for calculation is the best practice to adopt. This reduces the chances of calculation errors. Are we dealing with hours, minutes, or seconds? Does one graph represent the entire year while the other represents only the month of October? Sometimes, some symbols present in the graphs play an important role. The application of these symbols becomes critical in solving the questions taking these symbols into consideration and applying them correctly.
It is important to take note of small words which we tend to miss out on. Words like “equates to” or “less than” or “almost” can make a huge difference in understanding and solving the questions. What keywords are present in statements that are also present in graphs? Go through each statement carefully.
Make a quick note of any relationship given between the variables in the graph. For Venn diagrams, ask yourself where the highest and least percentages lie. Do any or all variables have direct or indirect correlation? Find out the points in the graphs where the data seem to spike or significantly decrease. It will help you understand the overall picture of the graphic visual and will make it easier to interpret the graph.
Try to come up with your own choice of answer before clicking on the options in the drop-down menu. If you can’t find your answer in the present options, you have likely made a mistake in any of the following: I) Understanding the information- the way it is present, or II) understanding of the specific phrasing of a particular statement. Don’t stress if the predictions are incorrect. Graphic interpretation questions are a bit tricky and sometimes difficult to understand. Read the statement once again and analyze the graph.3
For each graphical interpretation question, you will be provided with the data or the graphic visual and some additional information supporting the visual. You will have to then complete statements with the most accurate value from the drop-down menu
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