Mathematical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Test Preparation Tips [for 30 Marks]

Reasoning Preparation Tips

  • Reasoning/ logical Reasoning is the common section in almost competition examinations whatever it is NET, Bank, IBPS, Cat, Bitsat Exam/ MAT/ etc. So Reasoning Preparation Tips are essential to crack the exam.
  • The candidates who have practiced for this section also sometimes get a pause on some questions while attempting any problem. So, some Reasoning or LRDI Preparation Tips are framed below on this page, for such candidates who think that this portion is hard to them and also for other students too for scoring a good percentage in total of examination.
  • This section is really very scoring for the non-numeric students. Follow these tricks that will surely help you to complete the Reasoning portion in competitive examination.

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Logical Reasoning comprises 2 out of 4 sections on the scored portion of the LSAT. These 7 tips will help you to master this important section.

1. Use the order of difficulty to your advantage.

Work through the first 10 questions as quickly as possible. They’re the easiest, so don’t double-check and triple-check your answers on them just because you’re a perfectionist. Instead, trust your instincts on these and move on. Build up a “time bank” by tackling these quickly so that you’ll have a few minutes left over at the end of the section to go back to tougher questions that you weren’t 100% sure on.

2. Manage your time wisely.

Because questions 1-10 tend to be easier, try to complete each one in under 1:20. This will give you extra time for the more difficult questions that come later.

3. Thoroughly read the stimulus.

Although passages in Reading Comp talk about concepts and use terminology you won’t need to comprehend fully on an initial read, Logical Reasoning is different. You’ll have to measure every word in both the question stem and the stimulus. In my experience, test-takers often read too quickly and gloss over details, which causes the majority of errors here.

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4. Remember the topic of the stimulus doesn’t matter.

This is especially important to remember when it comes to questions dealing with science and other technical topics (which often puzzle future lawyers who studied the humanities in college). In fact, if you’re able to put aside your dislike and disinterest of the topic, you’ll see that the connections between the premises (evidence) and conclusion in such question are often more straightforward than in other questions.

The best way to deal with tough scientific questions is to ignore the topic itself. Analyze the connection between the evidence and conclusion.

5. Eliminate all words that are irrelevant to the argument.

Even though you need to comprehend all the words in the stimulus, they’re not all important. The only words you’ll need to deal with are the ones that make up the evidence and conclusion.

Take a look at this:

Burritos are generally made with several ingredients including, but not limited to: ground beef, tomatoes, onions, and tortillas. No two burritos are made with exactly the same combination of ingredients. Thus, you can tell any two burritos apart by tasting them.

The opening line of this stimulus wasn’t evidence, and it wasn’t conclusion – it was simply the argument’s introduction,and didn’t play any meaningful role in terms of logic. You don’t need to worry about it once you realize this.

6. Study smarter.

When you’re marking down your answers on practice questions, try to distinguish between questions where you were sure of the answer and those where you were simply guessing. Do this even when you’re “almost certain.” When you’re not 100% sure that your answer is correct, mark it with a “/”. For example, if you narrow down the answer to either “B” or “C” (and you’ve crossed-off “A,” “D,” and “E) mark the answer as “B/C.” You might even put what you consider to be the better of the two down first. If you liked “C” better than “B,” you could mark it on your answer sheet as “C/B.”

This technique will help to track your progress more closely and determine which types of questions to focus on.

7. Try not to diagram Logical Reasoning questions too often.

It’s often a good idea to diagram stimuli involving multiple conditional statements that can be linked in some way. Sufficient Assumption questions, Must Be True questions, and Parallel Reasoning questions often fall into this category. As you become more familiar with Logical Reasoning questions, you won’t feel the need to diagram as often.

Logical reasoning aptitude test example questions:

Question example 1:

Only fish oil contains Omega 3.
Only foods that contain Omega 3 help with brain development.

Which conclusion can be derived from the combination of these two statements?

  1. All fish oils help with brain development.
  2. Only what contains Omega 3 is fish oil.
  3. All that helps with brain development is fish oil.
  4. There are fish oils that help with brain development.

Answer explanation:

Option 3 is the correct answer. From the first statement, we can conclude: fish oil => contains Omega 3. The second statement tells us: that which contains Omega 3 => helps with brain development. If we combine the two statements in reverse, we can see: helps with brain development => contains Omega 3 => fish oil. Thus, helps with brain development => fish oil.

Question example 2:

To every question there is an answer.

From this statement, which of the following is not possible?

  1. There is an answer that does not address any question.
  2. If there is a question, then it has an answer.
  3. Sam answered me, though I didn’t ask a question.
  4. The professor discussed questions that have no answer.

Answer explanation:

Option 4 is the correct answer. If “every question has an answer”, then the statement “the professor discussed questions that have no answer” cannot be true. Therefore, answer D is not possible.

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What to expect in your logical reasoning aptitude test:

  • Logical reasoning aptitude tests are timed. You should allow around 30 seconds for each test question. To master your logical aptitude test, you must be familiar with all the ins and outs of your spatial aptitude test.
  • Typically, you will have easier test questions at the beginning. The level of difficulty of the questions will increase as the test progresses.
  • There is only one correct answer.

It is extremely important to ensure that you practise the right test questions for your spatial aptitude test. As there are several types of spatial aptitude test questions, each designed to match a different level of difficulty and complexity, the right test questions are necessary for an effective practice. Don’t practise the generic spatial tests that are offered free on many websites, as they are likely to waste your time.

Improving your test score on the spatial aptitude test can be achieved through ensuring simple factors, such as using the right techniques and frameworks to solve test problems.

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Tricks to solve Reasoning/ Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI):

  • The answer of any reasoning Question is always hidden inside the ques.
  • It is essential to concentrate on Data/ Diagram given in the question.
  • Increase the ability to solve mathematics calculation that helps in time management.
  • You must have the knowledge of directions that is East, West, North and South.
  • Increase the power of imagination in 3D way that helps you lot in paper folding and Cube/ Dice ques.
  • Competitors should practice about alphabets means to say which alphabet placed at what numerical number.
  • For example (A- 1, B – 2, E – 5 and so on)
  • Never assume anything, just try to understand the meaning of quest.
  • Every ques. has some short trick to solve that you must ware about.
  • To score well in the examinations try some tricks to remember the big formulas with key that recall it easily.
  • Competitors must be perfect in table at least 2 to 20 which helps in solving the problem in a fast way.
  • Time management is necessary to crack the exam.

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There are some reasoning topics that a candidate must view before appearing for exams:
  • Series
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Mirror-Images
  • Water-Images
  • Spotting Out the Embedded Figures
  • Completion Of Incomplete Pattern
  • Figure Matrix
  • Rule Detection
  • Paper Folding
  • Paper Cutting
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Grouping of Identical Figures
  • Dot Situation
  • Construction of Squares and Triangles
  • Figure Formation and Analysis

The above stated topics are the topics from which the questions are mostly asked in the written objective examination. Try to work with a proper scheduled for the preparation and score well. Take some rest time in the schedule too, so your mind will keep fresh, and don’t take much stress while preparations this may affect the health and mind both. Keep the self-confidence, do hard work, keep well time management. By doing this all you will be tough to compete in the examination.

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