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1. Which number represents the largest amount?
The quick way to solve the question:
Multiply every option by 10 and pick the highest number. This can easily be done by moving the decimal point one position to the left.
171, 170.455, 170.99, 178, 177.68
The correct answer is D
💡 This type of question is a Decimal \ Fraction Value question. Fractions and decimals are all ways to express the same value. A Decimal means “based on 10”. Every fraction can be portrayed as a decimal in addition to the standard fraction form.
2. Arrange the following words into a complete sentence. What will be the last word of this sentence?
The correct way to organize the sentence is: "The earth orbits around the sun". Therefore, the last word is "sun".
Approach the problem strategically. Every sentence has one main verb and unless your sentence is imperative (formed as a command) your sentence will include one main subject.
In this example question, the verb is ‘orbits’. We also know that a word that starts with a capital letter (The) will appear at the beginning of the sentence and the word ‘around’ is descriptive so it will not be the last word in this sentence.
So we've got two words to choose from: earth and sun and the correct answer is of course - sun.
The correct answer is D
💡 Sentence Structure is the grammatical order of a sentence. Most sentences in the English language are organized in the SVO structure (subject-verb-object) which is most likely the type of structure you’ll encounter on the test.
3. A wire is to electricity as _____ is to water.
It is important to understand the relationship between X and Y (wire and electricity) to answer this question correctly.
Creating a sentence with the first pair of words and applying it to the second pair is an excellent method for solving this type of question efficiently.
Thus, we should phrase a sentence to define what X is to Y.
"Electricity flows through a wire."
Now, we can try to apply this relation to water:
• Water flows through a cloud.
• Water flows through a lake.
• Water flows through a boiler.
• Water flows through a faucet.
• Water flows through a pipe.
A wire transfers electricity just as a pipe transfers water.
Therefore, the correct answer is E.
💡 In most Analogy Questions, you're asked to identify a relationship between a pair of words, and then identify a similar relationship among another pair of words.
4. If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?
• Most snakes are green.
• Most snakes are quick.
At least one snake is both green and quick.
The way to solve this type of question is to examine the ratios and see if there could be an overlap between the two groups - if most of the snakes are green and most of the snakes are quick, we can deduce that there has to be at least one green snake that is also quick.
This happens because the subgroups of "green" and "quick" each constitute more than 50% of the entire snake population ('most of the snakes' means 'more than 50%') and consequently must overlap.
The correct answer is A
💡 Deductive Reasoning questions measure your ability to analyze sentences and reach a logical conclusion. Some of the questions are numerical, and some are verbal, and the conclusion is generally reached by applying general rules.
5. The numbers in the figures below have the same mathematical relationship to one another.
What number should replace the question mark in the figure below?
When solving this type of question it is important to understand the pattern that the three circles exhibit and the numerical relationship between them.
Focus on the quarter that the question mark appears in and check to see if there is a common relationship that repeats itself between that quarter and the other quarters of each of the circles.
In this example, the circles share the following pattern: (Top cell) minus (Diagonal-bottom-cell) = 1.
e.g. left circle: 6 (top-left) – 5 (bottom-right) = 1, 9 (top-right) – 8 (bottom-left) = 1; right circle: 0 (top-left) – (-1) (bottom-right) = 1.
According to the reasoning above the (top-left) cell – (bottom-right) cell = 1. Therefore, the (bottom-right) cell = 2.
The correct answer is A
💡 Spatial Reasoning tests your ability to visualize, understand patterns and predict the movement of 2D and 3D objects.
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6. ROBUST - BURLY
The meanings of these words are:
Robust means strong, healthy, and vigorous.
Burly means large and strong; heavily built.
The conclusion is that both ROBUST and BURLY are used to describe someone strong. Therefore the words are similar in meaning.
The correct answer is A
💡 Vocabulary-type questions are made to check either your understanding of the English language or your familiarity with the different terms used in your professional field and pertain to the position you are applying for.
7. If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?
• Dr. Frantz is the boss of Mr. Abelard.
• Mr. Abelard's position is under that of Professor Glickman.
Professor Glickman is the boss of Dr. Frantz.
Focus on the person mentioned in the first two statements - Mr. Abelard. According to the information, both Dr. Frantz’s position and Professor Glickman’s position are above Mr. Abelard’s position.
Nevertheless, we do not have enough information about Dr. Frantz and Professor Glickman.
Dr. Frantz’s position may be above both Mr. Abelard’s position and Professor Glickman’s position or Professor Glickman’s position may be above both Mr. Abelard’s position and Dr. Frantz’s position.
Therefore, the correct answer is C
Note: If when dealing with a similar question you find yourself unable to reach a clear conclusion, then it could be helpful to create a hierarchy scale and rank the different statements by order of importance.
💡 Deductive Reasoning involves drawing conclusions from premises that have been assumed to be true and these conclusions are usually made in a top-down manner. If something is assumed to be true and the other statement relates to the original one then it must also be true.
8. Of the following set of words, which word is different from the others?
An organ refers to an internal or external grouping of tissues (which serves a distinct function). All of the other answers are examples of different organs or body parts.
Useful methods to solve these types of questions are using elimination to remove the least relevant answers, incorporating the word into a sentence, and searching for words that sound alike but do not have the same meaning.
In this question, option B is closely related but does not have the same meaning as the other alternatives - organ is the category, while the other words are examples of the category.
The correct answer is B
💡 Synonyms & Antonyms are verbal exercises designed to either test your understanding of the English language or sometimes used by companies to check your expertise in the vocabulary of the specific positions you’re applying for.
9. If there are 32 students in the classroom and 12.5% of them own at least one pet, how many students do not own any pets?
It helps to memorize the most common fractions that represent each type of percentages / decimals.
For example:
1\4 = 0.25 = 25%
1\8 = 0.125 = 12.5%
If there are 32 students in the class and only 12.5% of them own at least one pet then all that is left is to divide 32\8 to know that 4 students own a pet and 28 do not.
The correct answer is D
💡 Percentage problems can take the form of word problems and are usually structured in the following way: "(this) is (a percentage) of (that)", which translates to = (to a decimal) × (that)".
10. A man walked at a pace of 5 mph for 3 hours and then ran at a pace of 8 mph for half that time.
What was the total distance in miles that he covered?
First, identify the missing piece of the puzzle. In this example, it is how far the man ran. Keep the distance formula in mind:
Velocity * Time = Distance.
Then, use a pen and paper to calculate: First part of the trip:
5 * 3 = 15 miles.
The second part of the trip:
time = 3/2=1.5h ; 8 * 1.5 = 12 miles.
Total distance:
12 + 15 = 27 miles.
An even faster way is to use the process of elimination to reduce the number of calculations you need to make to solve the question from three to only two.
The formula is Time * Distance = Road - 5*3 = 15 which means answers A and B are irrelevant.
The second calculation is the time he spent running: We know his speed was 8mph.
That means answer C can be crossed out as well and that our total is 23 with half an hour left on the clock.
It is guaranteed the answer will be higher than 24 leaving us with only one option, answer E - 27.
The correct answer is E
💡 A Word Problem is a mathematical exercise that uses a hypothetical real-world example you can connect and relate to. The most common use of word problems is in math books for children; it helps them connect to math exercises through these types of scenarios.
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11. Complete the last two terms of the number series:
4 , 4 , 6 , 4 , 8 , 4 , ? , ?
This series advances according to two rules:
(1) Odd terms - increase by +2: 4, 6, 8, 10
(2) Even terms are a constant 4: 4, 4, 4, 4
4 , 4 , 6 , 4 , 8 , 4 , 10 , 4
The answer is: 10, 4
12. Diversity → Alike : Harmony → ?
To solve this, we will use the same technique as the previous analogies question: writing a sentence that describes the relationships between the words in the first coupling, and seeing which of the possible answers can be inserted into the sentence, along with the word 'harmony' without it losing its meaning.
When there is diversity in a group, its elements are not alike.
This can be repeated with 'harmony' and 'conflicted' to form an intelligible sentence:
When there is harmony in a group, its elements are not conflicted (at odds with each other).
'Disagreement' is not a correct answer because it is the opposite of harmony and does not describe the state of the elements in the group.
The correct answer is D
13. Clout most closely means:
The word 'clout' has two meanings: (1) A heavy blow, especially with the hand, and (2) The power to influence, usually regarding politics or business.
'Prestige' is close in meaning to the second definition of clout and is therefore right.
The correct answer is C
14. If the first two statements are true, is the final statement true?
• Asian cows produce more milk than American cows.
• European cows produce more milk than American cows.
American cows produce the smallest amount of milk among all other cows.
It was mentioned in the first two claims that American cows produce less milk than Asian cows and European cows. However, it was not mentioned that these are the only three cow species in the world. As far as we know, we could encounter a new cow of different origins who produces an even smaller amount of milk than an American cow does.
The correct answer is C
15. Three business partners agree to divide their profits equally. X invests $6,000, Y invests $2,000, and Z invests $12,000. If the profits are $3600, how much less money than the actual profits money, would X receive if the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested?
When the profits are divided equally between three partners, each partner receives $3600/3 = $1200.
In order to find out how much X would have received in case the profits were divided in proportion to the amount invested, we first find X's proportional part, by dividing his investment by the total investment:
6000/20000 = 6/20 = 3/10
Next, we find out how much 3/10 of 3600 is:
3/10*3600 = $1080
Therefore, if the profits were divided proportionally, X would have received $1080, which is $120 less than $1080.
The correct answer is B
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16. Which continent is the largest in area?
Asia is the largest continent in terms of area.
The correct answer is B
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17. Which word does not belong on the list?
Archaic is a word used to describe something that belongs to an earlier period of time, while all the other words are used to describe sad and gloomy states of mind, atmospheres, or facial expressions.
The correct answer is C
18. Shelley has 7 dresses, 8 pairs of shoes and 7 necklaces. If she wears one combination of clothes per day. How many days can she go without wearing the same outfit?
This is a classic combinations question. In order to solve the problem, you must figure out the correct number of choices in each category.
We have 3 categories:
Dresses - a choice between 7 options.
Shoes - a choice between 8 options.
Necklaces - a choice between 7 options.
The overall number of combinations is equal to the product of the number of options within each category: 7 * 7 * 8 = 392
The correct answer is E
19. IMPERIOUS is the opposite of:
Imperious means "domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing," so the antonym is 'subservient'. Arrogant is a similar word but not a synonym. Quiet, stormy, and gloomy are not related.
Therefore, the correct answer is B
20. Which number comes next in this series:
14 | 15 | 17 | 14 | 10 | 15 | 21 | ?
There are two rules to the sequence in this question:
(1) In each step the difference increases by |1|; i.e. 1, 2, |3| etc.
(2) The sign allocated to the difference between the steps alternates every two steps: +, +, -, - and so forth.
The correct answer is B
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