EXPLAINED: 10. Which graph below best contrasts the number of acquisitions each company made over this period?
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10. In a 3-year period, the revenues of A Corp. (in millions) were 42, 27, and 19; and for B Corp. (in millions): 27, 42 and 16. Which graph below best contrasts the number of acquisitions each company made over this period?
Quick line graph review:
Line Graphs: Line graphs are typically utilized to show a change in value over time. You read a line graph from left to right.
How to approach line graph questions on the Wonderlic
There are a couple of variations of line graph questions you may see on the Wonderlic. We cover each of them in our Wonderlic Personnel Test Study Guide.
Let's quickly review how to attack the type of graph we saw on the Free Wonderlic Practice Test:
Here is how to approach graph questions with multiple data sets on the Wonderlic:
Compare trajectories of the two graphs (trajectory scribble). Read the first data set and draw what a graph of this may look like, or simply think about how it would look. We like to keep it simple by saying something like “the first line starts up, then goes down and then up”. Draw that on scrap paper.
Once you have that down for the first data set, repeat this step with the second set of data. Then look for the graph that looks most like the graph you scribbled on your scrap paper.
Let's try this with Question 10 from the Free Wonderlic Practice Test:
In a 3-year period, the revenues of A Corp. (in millions) were 42, 27, and 19; and for B Corp. (in millions): 27, 42 and 16. Which graph below best contrasts the number of acquisitions each company made over this period?
1. Scribble trajectories of the data sets.
My first data set should start up (42) and then down (27) and then go down more (19).
My second data set should start down (27) then go up (42) and then go back down (16).
We can eliminate C and E.
2. Matching numbers. I know that the first plot should be 42 and 27 and then the second should be the reverse of that. I need to look for the remaining graph where the first plot of one graph matches the second plot of the other.
Now You Try!
Let's try another one using the strategy outlined above. You've got this! ;)
In a 3-month period, the average number of points Player 1 scored were 40, 50, and 30; and for Player 2, it was 30, 40 and 15. Which graph below best contrasts the number of points scored by each player over this period?
1. Scribble trajectories of the data sets. My first data set should go up and then down. My second data set should also go up and down. We can eliminate A, C, D, and E.
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