Data Interpretation Questions And Tricks To Solve Them!

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Data Interpretation

Considered as one of the complicated portions of any exam, the GMAT Data Interpretation section is especially a tough nut to crack. Not only does it twist concepts and turn simple questions into headbangers, but it also requires quite a lot of practice to get into the hang of solving tough questions. Exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, etc also have a this section albeit in slight variations. This blog lists the examples of questions you can expect in a typical in this section of the GMAT. 

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Data Interpretation Questions 

From pie charts, bar and line graphs to probability questions, percentage questions and simple word problems, the data interpretation section includes a wide array of different topics from mathematics and statistics. Given below are some questions which you can practice to get a good grip on the concepts. 

1. There is a group of 900 individuals in a free health check-up camp. 12% are diagnosed with pneumonia, 25% have a cold and 15% have pneumonia and cold. On the selection of a random individual, calculate the probability of a person with a cold but not pneumonia.


Individuals with cold: 25% of 900=225

Individuals with cold and pneumonia: 15% of 900= 135. 

Thus, Individuals with cold but not pneumonia=90. 

So probability becomes=90/900 or 1/10 which is Answer C.

Thus, the correct answer is C. 1/10

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2. On rolling a dice twice, calculate the probability of when it will land on either 4 or an odd number both of the times?

Correct Answer: A. 4/9

3. The probability of rolling on a dice an even number is:

Correct Answer: B. ½

4. Answer the questions based on the following table:

Football Basketball Total
Amateurs 40 46 86
Professionals 52 60 112
Total 92 106 198
  • Calculate the fraction of amateurs who play basketball amongst the total players?
  1. 0.132
  2. 0.333
  3. 0.213
  4. 0.202
  5. 0.102

Correct Answer: D. 0.202

  • Calculate the ratio of professional football players who are professionals to the total number of players?
  1. 26/99
  2. 15/78
  3. 13/31
  4. 24/55
  5. 27/88

Correct Answer: A

  • If there are x percent more amateurs players than are professionals, what is x?
  1. 0.218
  2. 0.356
  3. 0.123
  4. 0.302
  5. 0.234

Correct Answer: 0.302

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Tips and Tricks

Owing to inherent trickiness GMAC employs while setting up questions in the GMAT Data Interpretation section, this portion seems a great deal more difficult than it actually is. Therefore, it is important for students to become comfortable with the pattern of the common questions asked as well as keeping composure for tackling the odd knotty one. Here are a few tips you must keep in mind while trying to solve this section:

  • Read the Questions and Instructions Thoroughly 

The instructions for solving the Data Interpretation question are of utmost importance as they contain crucial direction and information on what it wants you to find out. Many times, candidates go straight to the answer choices after only giving a half-read to the instructions and this may lead to wrong guesses. Prioritize accuracy and read the whole question once before solving the question. 

  • Be Familiar with the Symbols and Units

The standard units like a meter per square, centimeter, seconds, minutes, hours, etc may change the whole nature of the question. Especially with data interpretation, question-setters like to play with units in order to confuse students. Get comfortable with common symbols, units, conversion measures, and formulae and practice as much as you can.

  • Use Different Techniques to find Answers!

Solving answers through reverse answering or elimination methods is an important tool in your arsenal. When you come across a seemingly difficult or unprecedented Data Interpretation question, you use such techniques to get the correct answer. The majority of the quantitative aptitude questions in all significant national competitive tests revolve upon data interpretation. In government exams like SSC, Bank, RRB, Insurance exams, etc., there are usually 10 to 15 questions based on data interpretation. One topic in which questions from many concepts are covered is this one.


What do you mean by data interpretation skills?

The skill of correctly extracting and analysing pertinent information or data from a variety of data sources, including graphs, tables, and charts, is known as data interpretation. It requires a number of phases, including the need for data, gathering data, processing data, and analysing data.

What makes interpretation crucial?

Effective communication between people all around the world is made possible via interpretation. They protect cultural traditions, spread knowledge, and promote improved commercial communication on a worldwide scale.

How many different ways are there to interpret data?

The quantitative method and the qualitative method are the two ways to understand data. Bar graphs, line graphs, histograms, heat maps, tables, scatter plots, and pie charts are some examples of data interpretation types.

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If you are struggling in the data interpretation section or any other portion of the aptitude test then you can consider enrolling in GMAT Coaching in Delhi or in other places like Rohini, Noida, Bangalore, etc. You can also consult the experts at Leverage Edu who can guide you from creating a personalized study plan to crucial exam day tips so that you can sail through the exam with flying colors.

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