How to Solve Analytical Reasoning Questions


Congratulations! You have completed a college degree and are preparing for the next step in your academic career -- graduate school. Most graduate schools want Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, test scores to aid them in making admission decisions. The GRE has three components: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical. You will want to achieve as high a score in each area as you are able. By practicing techniques to answer analytical reasoning questions, you'll be taking strides toward achieving a high score in the analytical component of this standardized test.

  • Find sample analytical reasoning questions online. Make sure to use websites that specifically deal with the GRE. The official GRE website offers many free resources and practice questions.

  • Read the question carefully and mark all pertinent information. Make a simple chart or a diagram of the problem you're being asked to solve. For instance, if you have to create a seating chart, but Mr. X must sit next to Mrs. Y, but not next to Mrs. X, and the table is round, draw out the seating arrangement to help you analyze how to arrive at the desired outcome.

  • Draw the table and the number of seats given in the problem. Work out who will sit where in your drawing by following the stipulations given. By making a physical drawing or chart of your analytical question, you'll be able to clearly see the elements of the problem and the solution. Practice gaining speed and competency diagramming and answering these questions so that when you take the actual test, you can move through this section swiftly and accurately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Approach analytical reasoning questions in the same spirit with which you would approach a puzzle. Know that they can actually be fun. Enjoy achieving a high score on this section of your GRE test.


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