The analytical reasoning portion of the test is, in part, designed to assess how well a candidate works under pressure, while simultaneously managing a considerable amount of information.
The focus of the analytical reasoning questions is to determine how well you perceive complex relationships between a wide range of variables like objects, places, people or events described in the various situations. The Analytical reasoning section problems may seem intuitive to some candidates, but for most, achieving a high score in this section will require a greater amount of time and repeated practice tests to develop skills to the degree required to solve the questions.
Following are the basic types of questions you normally find on the test. Analytical reasoning questions might fall into more than one of these categories. For example, a particular question might call for you to order (sequence) the subjects in a row and to assign an attribute to each one.
Selection: You select subjects from a pool or roster.
Linear sequencing: You line up the subjects in order (in sequence).
Attribute: You assign characteristics, or attributes, to each subject.
Grouping: You divide the subjects into three or more groups.
Logical: You determine cause-and-effect relationships among the subjects.
Non-linear spatial: You determine how the subjects are arranged in some
sort of two-dimensional space.
Pace yourself accordingly. Through repeated practice and review, serious candidates will recognize the types of problems that pose the greatest difficulties, and those that are more available and familiar. The best strategy here is to complete those problems that are more familiar first, in order to maximize your time.