Charts and Graphs

 Words of “Wiz-dom”-The test writer wants to know if you can read simple data displayed in a chart, graph, or table. The numbers themselves won’t be difficult. You’ll just need to use a little common sense, and take your time. Most of the time when students miss these questions, they simply make a silly mistake because they were in a hurry and the question seemed simple. Be sure you are focusing on what the question asks and not what you think it ought to ask (Pillar IV).

Let’s do a little review:

Over a long period of time, the Orange Team played the Garnet Team in a series of sporting events. The table lists the number of victories for each.

Event

Orange Team

Garnet Team

Total

Football

5

5

10

Basketball

7

16

Hockey

6

8

Swimming

8

20

TOTALS

Complete the chart by filling in the missing data.

What percent of the football games did the Orange Team win? Answer #1

How many basketball games did the Garnet Team lose? Answer #2

What fraction of the hockey games did the Orange Team win? Answer #3

What was the ratio of swimming victories between the Orange and Garnet Teams? Answer #4

What percent of the swimming matches did the Orange team win? Answer #5

What percent of the events did the Garnet team win? Answer #6

Sample Questions

10.  In the Ag Valley of Wiz-dom, farms raised a total of 500 million pounds of the above four agricultural products in 1998. How many millions of pounds were lemons?

(A) 15
(B) 25
(C) 30
(D) 50
(E) 75

Answer to Question #10

NOTE: The next three questions must be answered using the following graph:

7.  The chart represents a traveling salesman’s travel expenses, in hundreds of dollars. In June, how many more dollars did he spend on motels than on gas?

(A) 5
(B) 50
(C) 500
(D) 2000
(E) 5000

Answer to Question #7

12.  How many dollars did the salesman spend on travel expenses in April?

Answer to Question #12

8.  During this time, what was the number of dollars spent on motels?

Answer to Question #8

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