Practice the Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness (TMA) & Master the Test

The Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness (TMA) is a pre-employment assessment that evaluates your general mental ability and capability to learn new information and acquire new skills through **126 numerical and verbal questions**.

The TMA is part of the hiring process for many jobs, in fields such as sales, bank teller, and managerial positions.

**The TMA can be quite challenging because you must quickly shift between your verbal and numerical abilities in a limited time of 20 minutes. **

Therefore, passing the test and receiving a high score requires proper preparation, including practicing all the test’s elements and difficulties.

On this page, you will find everything you need about the Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness, including sample questions, detailed answers, and preparation tips. In addition, you will find a preparation pack that covers **all of the unique topics found on the Thurstone test** – word problems, number series, synonyms and antonyms, and definitions.

Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness

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**Practice for ALL topics of the TMA Test**

- 7 word problem practice tests
- 9 number series practice tests
- 6 synonyms and antonyms practice tests
- 3 definitions practice tests

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The Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness comprises of **126 questions** to answer in **20 minutes** – less than 10 seconds for each question.

These mental tasks assess four main capabilities –

- Thinking flexibly
- Learning new information and skills
- Adjusting to situations
- Understanding relationships

There are two types of questions that vary in difficulty and complexity –

**Numerical**–arithmetic (word problems) and number series (logic)**Verbal**– definitions and same-opposite (synonyms or antonyms)

All these question types are provided in this PrepPack™. We have split them into different sections to increase your skill level linearly.

Each simulation focuses on enhancing your skills so you can succeed on the test:

**Arithmetic (word problems)**: 7 tests that take you from the basic to the advanced level.**Number series (logic)**: 9 tests that range in difficulty from basic to advanced.**Same-opposite (synonyms or antonyms)**: 6 practice tests practicing both your synonyms & antonyms as well as synonyms in context.**Definitions**: 3 full-length Thurstone definitions practice tests

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**Jack and Jill have 44 cookies together. Jack has three times more cookies than Jill, how many cookies does he have?**

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If Jack has 3 times more cookies than Jill, we can build the following equation letting Jill be X and Jack be 3X:

3X + X = 44

4X = 44

X = 11

3X = **33**

/ combine like terms

/ divide both sides by 4

/ multiply by 3

**Therefore, Jack has 33 cookies.**

**TIP: **Look for the words that provide hints as to how to set up your equation –

**Addition**: add, increase, total, sum, more than, etc.

**Subtraction**: decrease, less than, difference, etc.

**Division**: per, ratio, out of, etc.

**Multiplication**: times, multiply, double, etc.

Which number can replace the question mark?

**36 | 30 | 28 | 20 | 10 | ?**

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The differences between the terms in this series follow the Fibonacci sequence principle: the difference between two terms equals the sum of the two previous differences.

Following this rule, the difference between 10 and the term we're looking for should be 18, which is the sum of 10 (20-10) and 8 (28-20).

10 - 18 = -8

**Therefore, the answer is -8.**

**TIP:** Master your basic arithmetics to identify the pattern of the series quickly.

**SPITE | RESPITE****The meanings of these words are**

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Spite is a word used to describe a malicious feeling, while respite is a word used to describe a short interval of rest.

**Therefore, the words are neither similar nor contradictory.**

**TIP:** Divide the word into prefixes and suffixes to see its root. Once you know the root, it will be easy to determine its meaning.

**Choose the first letter of the word that is defined below.**

*A sweet confection made out of crushed almonds, often used as decoration on cakes*

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The word that matched the above definition is “marzipan.”

**Therefore, the answer is M**

**TIP:** Break the description into different parts and rebuild it visually. Pay attention to every detail to get the full picture of the definition.

Your Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness result depends on how many items you answer correctly and is scored using a percentile bell curve.

This means that only a few points may measure the difference between an average score and a great score. For example, a score of 80 translates to the 74th percentile, while a score of 90 is in the 90th percentile—a huge difference when choosing whom to hire.

Therefore, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the test’ time-limited format and questions and have the upper hand over the other candidates.

Louis Leon Thurstone was an American psychologist who, in 1957, introduced the idea of standardizing the mean and deviation of IQ scores, as used today.

According to Thurstone’s theory, seven primary mental abilities comprise intelligence –

**Verbal comprehension**– the ability to understand verbal analogies, ideas, and concepts and comprehend reading passages**Word fluency**– the ability to use and manipulate words and vocabulary quickly and fluently.**Numerical Ability**– the ability to solve arithmetic word problems.**Spatial visualization**– the ability to visualize forms and figures.**Associate memory**– the ability to recall information and the relationships between unrelated words and objects.**Perceptual speed**– the ability to quickly recognize similarities and differences between numerical or textual data.**Indictive Reasoning**– the ability to reach conclusions out of rules and principles.

The best way to prepare for the Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness is by completing as many practice tests as possible, and thus be acquainted with the test’s type of questions and be ready for the limited real-time test.

To help you with that, we created the TMA PrepPack™, which includes the following:

**7 word problem practice tests****9 number series practice tests****6 synonyms and antonyms practice tests****3 definitions practice tests**

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