GMAT Practice Questions

Graphics Interpretation

The graphics interpretation section is the most visual part of the integrated reasoning section. You're asked to interpret bar charts, line graphs, scatterplots, segmentation charts, pie charts, venn diagram, and all kinds of custom graphs. 3 of the 12 integrated reasoning questions will be of this type. At 2 minutes and 30 seconds per question, you should budget a total of 7 minutes and 30 seconds for this section.

The difficulty in this section is not necessarily reading the graph. It's what comes after it. For example, you might work with numbers in different units/metrics. One number might be in billions and another number might be in units of ten-thousand. How do you combine multiple numbers in different units? And what happens when you divide that number by .9% ?

So at first glance, this section might seem fun - and it is. But remember, there will be two parts to these graphics interpretation questions. You'll need to answer BOTH parts to get credit for each of the 3 questions you'll see in this section. This scoring algorithm makes it that much more difficult to "accidentally" get the right answer. Having said that, there are usually only 3 answer choices for each fill-in-the-blank dropdown, rather than 5 answer choices in your typical multiple choice question.

  Favorite Question Type Views % who got
it correct
Your
Answer
Correct
Answer
GMAT Practice Set # 1  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 1: Behavior of Day 1 Shoppers
 
  Percent Segmentation Graph 8448 30% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 2: Cultivated Land Use
 
  Segmented Blowup Chart 6437 49% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 3: Apple Stock Chart
 
  Stock Chart 10341 19% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 2  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 4: Ballroom Height & Tiles (Custom Scatterplot)
  Double Axis Scatterplot 5293 46% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 5: GDP per capita
  Clustered Bar Chart 5396 63% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 6: Income VS Years of Education
  Scatterplot 4629 65% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 3  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 7: Widgets Sold
  Multiple Line Graph 3942 46% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 8: Company Sales & Traffic
  Double Axis Bar Chart 5705 37% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 9: Percentile Wealth Distribution in America
  Pie Chart 5143 57% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 4  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 10: GDP Per Region 1969-2011
  Multi-Line Graph 3066 29% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 11: Hot Internet Startup Growth
  Clustered Bar Chart 2995 44% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 12: TV Watch Time
  Histogram 3137 19% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 5  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 13: Plastic Surgery in 2010
  Segmentation Bar Chart by Number 2440 56% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 14: Enterprise Value & Multiples
  Scatterplot with Regression Line 2826 51% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 15: Street Smart Employees
  Venn Diagram 2233 52% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 6  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 16: Private Jets
  Bubble Chart 3159 13% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 17: Private Jets 2
 
  Bubble Chart 2577 21% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 18: Street Smart Employees 2
  Venn Diagram 2800 59% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 7  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 19: Student Organized Events
  Scatterplot with Regression 2033 66% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 20: Facebook Shareholders at IPO
  Bar Chart 2286 34% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 21: Raising Capital for Facebook
  Bar Chart 2399 41% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 8  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 22: Facebook Revenue Growth
  Double Axis Bar Chart 3104 42% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 23: Facebook 5 Year Revenue
  Bar Chart 3484 23% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 24: Facebook User Analytics
  Geographic Bubble Chart 3267 54% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 9  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 25: Facebook User Growth
  Scatterplot with Regression Line 2726 28% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 26: Smartphone Marketshare
  Line Graph 2452 53% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 27: Ranking Facebook
  Bar Chart 3582 38% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 10  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 28: Asian Perspective on US Lifestyle
  Segmented Bar Chart By Percentage 1725 32% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 29: Venn Diagram - HS Students
  Venn Diagram 2187 46% View Show
GMAT Practice Set # 11  
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 30: Student Organized Events 2
  Scatterplot 2039 71% View Show
GMAT Graphics Interpretation # 31: Plastic Surgery 2
  Segmented Bar Graph 1755 38% View Show

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GMAT Graphics Interpretation Pros:

These questions are very practical for your future business career. Understanding how to interpret graphs is very important for your own good. The graphs themselves are usually not too difficult to interpret. Some of them may be types of graphs that you haven't seen before so you'll need to get used to them. More challenging will be the types of questions and calculations you'll need to make to answer the question.

GMAT Graphics Interpretation Cons:

You'll only see ~2-3 of these questions on your exam. Each question has two drop downs with a few answer choices each. Some of them may involve working with big numbers or percentages that you may not be used to working with. You'll need to develop good judgment about when and how to use the calculator. In some cases, it may not make sense to type into the onscreen calculator 3,200,000 divided by 8.75%. Find ways to make your calculations a bit simpler without opening the doors for potential calculation errors.

What It Means For You

Graphics interpretation questions are one of four question types you will see in the GMAT integrated reasoning section, which will take place during the first half of your GMAT exam. You will first start off with an essay on the analysis of an argument for 30 minutes. Then you will proceed with the integrated reasoning section, which will include four question types - of which one of them will be graphics interpretation. These visually appealing questions may be of various difficulty. Unlike the quant/verbal section, this section is not adaptive based on your performance on the previous question.

Remember, the quant/verbal section is still the main show. You want to do well with IR, but you don't want to get so caught up with it that it psychologically affects your performance on what really counts towards your 800 score - and taht is the quant and verbal sections.

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