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Numerical reasoning test

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In this practice test, you’ll need to use the facts and figures presented in tables and graphs to answer the questions. In each question, you’re given five options from which to choose from. Only one of these options is the right answer.

Feel free to use a calculator and keep some rough paper by you to help with your working out.

Numerical reasoning: Question 1 of 12

Which mine costs the most to run per year?

Mine Location Annual production in tonnes Production cost per tonne
A Tanzania 30,000 £75.23
B Kenya 12,000 £29.99
C Tanzania 47,000 £66.01
D Kenya 6,000 £49.34
E South Africa 20,000 £52.84
 
A
B
C
D
E

Numerical reasoning: Question 2 of 12

If Mine B has 54,000 tonnes remaining, how many more years could mining continue for?

Mine Location Annual production in tonnes Production cost per tonne
A Tanzania 30,000 £75.23
B Kenya 12,000 £29.99
C Tanzania 47,000 £66.01
D Kenya 6,000 £49.34
E South Africa 20,000 £52.84
 
A 1
B 1.5
C 3.5
D 4.5
E 11

Numerical reasoning: Question 3 of 12

What proportion of all mining production comes from Tanzania?

Mine Location Annual production in tonnes Production cost per tonne
A Tanzania 30,000 £75.23
B Kenya 12,000 £29.99
C Tanzania 47,000 £66.01
D Kenya 6,000 £49.34
E South Africa 20,000 £52.84
 
A 49%
B 67%
C 73%
D 81%
E Cannot say

Numerical reasoning: Question 4 of 12

What is the average production cost per tonne difference between Tanzania and Kenya?

Mine Location Annual production in tonnes Production cost per tonne
A Tanzania 30,000 £75.23
B Kenya 12,000 £29.99
C Tanzania 47,000 £66.01
D Kenya 6,000 £49.34
E South Africa 20,000 £52.84
 
A £30.96
B £39.67
C £45.24
D £70.62
E £86.56

Numerical reasoning: Question 5 of 12

Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

Graph:Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

Which year had the highest minimum temperature?

 
A 2004
B 2006
C 2010
D 2011
E 2014

Numerical reasoning: Question 6 of 12

Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

Graph:Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

Which year has the greatest difference between maximum and minimum temperature?

 
A 2005
B 2009
C 2011
D 2012
E 2014

Numerical reasoning: Question 7 of 12

Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

Graph:Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

For the coldest year, what is the ratio of maximum to minimum temperature?

 
A 1.96 : 1
B 2.04 : 1
C 2.15 : 1
D 2.29 : 1
E 2.34 : 1

Numerical reasoning: Question 8 of 12

Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

Graph:Average Temperature at Heathrow, London, UK

If the 2007 temperatures are overestimated by 8.2% due to fossil fuels associated with Heathrow airport, what are the corrected maximum and minimum temperatures in 2007?

 
A 14.5 & 7.0
B 14.5 & 7.4
C 14.5 & 7.8
D 14.8 & 7.4
E 14.8 & 7.8

Numerical reasoning: Question 9 of 12

Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

Graph:Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

Which Operating System had the most usage growth from 2013 to 2014?

 
A Android
B Java ME
C Symbian
D Windows phone
E Other

Numerical reasoning: Question 10 of 12

Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

Graph:Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

In 2014, what percent of the market use an operating system that is not Android or iOS?

 
A 9.27
B 9.91
C 10.64
D 12.39
E 14.25

Numerical reasoning: Question 11 of 12

Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

Graph:Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

If 4.3 billion people use mobile phones in 2014, approximately how many of them use the Java ME operating system?

 
A 117 million
B 119 million
C 162 million
D 169 million
E Cannot say

Numerical reasoning: Question 12 of 12

Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

Graph:Mobile Phone Operating System Usage

If the operating system provider receives an average revenue of £6.23 per year per phone and there are 82.7 million mobile phone contracts in the UK, what was the approximate change in revenue for BlackBerry in the UK in 2014?

 
A 0.721 million
B 1.236 million
C 12.36 million
D 14.22 million
E 123.6 million

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Verbal reasoning test

Verbal reasoning icon

In this practice test, you’re given three passages, each of which is followed by four statements.

You’ll need to evaluate the statements, drawing on the information or opinions contained in the passage and select your answer according to the rules given below.

Select TRUE if the statement is true based on the information in the passage.

Select FALSE if the statement is definitely false given the information in the passage.

Select CANNOT SAY if you cannot say if the statement is true or false without further information.

Verbal reasoning: Question 1 of 12

Could the key to turning around struggling cafés be tracking everything from the price charged for coffee to daily sales fluctuations, to customers’ drink preferences? Understanding pricing and the mix of drinks is key as there is considerable opportunity to increase profit margins through more detailed understanding of consumer spending patterns. Using touchscreen registers that link to a centralised database, allows sales tracking on every item, which in turn is used to project potential sales and earnings. Over the past decade, Britain’s £70 billion café industry has struggled. About 10,000 outlets have closed since 2004, due to impacts from the recession and the availability of cheaper tea and coffee in supermarkets. Britain’s 50,000 cafés fall into three categories: those owned and managed by companies; tenanted cafés leased by individuals who pay rent to the café’s corporate owners; and independently owned establishments.

Using insights from sales data could lead to increased profits for cafés

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 2 of 12

Could the key to turning around struggling cafés be tracking everything from the price charged for coffee to daily sales fluctuations, to customers’ drink preferences? Understanding pricing and the mix of drinks is key as there is considerable opportunity to increase profit margins through more detailed understanding of consumer spending patterns. Using touchscreen registers that link to a centralised database, allows sales tracking on every item, which in turn is used to project potential sales and earnings. Over the past decade, Britain’s £70 billion café industry has struggled. About 10,000 outlets have closed since 2004, due to impacts from the recession and the availability of cheaper tea and coffee in supermarkets. Britain’s 50,000 cafés fall into three categories: those owned and managed by companies; tenanted cafés leased by individuals who pay rent to the café’s corporate owners; and independently owned establishments.

Since 2007, the café industry has seen some positive sales growth

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 3 of 12

Could the key to turning around struggling cafés be tracking everything from the price charged for coffee to daily sales fluctuations, to customers’ drink preferences? Understanding pricing and the mix of drinks is key as there is considerable opportunity to increase profit margins through more detailed understanding of consumer spending patterns. Using touchscreen registers that link to a centralised database, allows sales tracking on every item, which in turn is used to project potential sales and earnings. Over the past decade, Britain’s £70 billion café industry has struggled. About 10,000 outlets have closed since 2004, due to impacts from the recession and the availability of cheaper tea and coffee in supermarkets. Britain’s 50,000 cafés fall into three categories: those owned and managed by companies; tenanted cafés leased by individuals who pay rent to the café’s corporate owners; and independently owned establishments.

Supermarkets providing competitive pricing on tea and coffee had the largest impact on sales within the café industry

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 4 of 12

Could the key to turning around struggling cafés be tracking everything from the price charged for coffee to daily sales fluctuations, to customers’ drink preferences? Understanding pricing and the mix of drinks is key as there is considerable opportunity to increase profit margins through more detailed understanding of consumer spending patterns. Using touchscreen registers that link to a centralised database, allows sales tracking on every item, which in turn is used to project potential sales and earnings. Over the past decade, Britain’s £70 billion café industry has struggled. About 10,000 outlets have closed since 2004, due to impacts from the recession and the availability of cheaper tea and coffee in supermarkets. Britain’s 50,000 cafés fall into three categories: those owned and managed by companies; tenanted cafés leased by individuals who pay rent to the café’s corporate owners; and independently owned establishments.

Corporate owners of cafés are more likely to centralise customer spending data across all the cafés they own

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 5 of 12

People whose power is cut off for long spells during bad weather will be eligible for much higher compensation payments. The regulator is raising the minimum payment per customer from £27 to £70 for those who go at least 24 hours without power. It follows the storms last Christmas when nearly one million people in southern England were cut off. Of those, 16,000 were without power for more than two days.

A spokesperson for the regulator said that “There are lessons that have got to be learned for the future — both about getting some customers reconnected faster, but most importantly about the communications with customers, so that they can get through, find out what's happening and get some sense of when they're likely to be back on supply”.

A power company spokesperson responded, “Some of the measures we have put in place include training extra call-takers, damage assessment teams and customer information officers to restore power supplies quicker and keep customers better informed in future extreme events”.

People who go without power for 48 hours will be eligible for at least a £70 payment from their power provider

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 6 of 12

People whose power is cut off for long spells during bad weather will be eligible for much higher compensation payments. The regulator is raising the minimum payment per customer from £27 to £70 for those who go at least 24 hours without power. It follows the storms last Christmas when nearly one million people in southern England were cut off. Of those, 16,000 were without power for more than two days.

A spokesperson for the regulator said that “There are lessons that have got to be learned for the future — both about getting some customers reconnected faster, but most importantly about the communications with customers, so that they can get through, find out what's happening and get some sense of when they're likely to be back on supply”.

A power company spokesperson responded, “Some of the measures we have put in place include training extra call-takers, damage assessment teams and customer information officers to restore power supplies quicker and keep customers better informed in future extreme events”.

The 16,000 people who had no power for two days will all receive more than £70 compensation

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 7 of 12

People whose power is cut off for long spells during bad weather will be eligible for much higher compensation payments. The regulator is raising the minimum payment per customer from £27 to £70 for those who go at least 24 hours without power. It follows the storms last Christmas when nearly one million people in southern England were cut off. Of those, 16,000 were without power for more than two days.

A spokesperson for the regulator said that “There are lessons that have got to be learned for the future — both about getting some customers reconnected faster, but most importantly about the communications with customers, so that they can get through, find out what's happening and get some sense of when they're likely to be back on supply”.

A power company spokesperson responded, “Some of the measures we have put in place include training extra call-takers, damage assessment teams and customer information officers to restore power supplies quicker and keep customers better informed in future extreme events”.

The regulator and power company spokespeople agree that restoring power more quickly is the priority

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 8 of 12

People whose power is cut off for long spells during bad weather will be eligible for much higher compensation payments. The regulator is raising the minimum payment per customer from £27 to £70 for those who go at least 24 hours without power. It follows the storms last Christmas when nearly one million people in southern England were cut off. Of those, 16,000 were without power for more than two days.

A spokesperson for the regulator said that “There are lessons that have got to be learned for the future — both about getting some customers reconnected faster, but most importantly about the communications with customers, so that they can get through, find out what's happening and get some sense of when they're likely to be back on supply”.

A power company spokesperson responded, “Some of the measures we have put in place include training extra call-takers, damage assessment teams and customer information officers to restore power supplies quicker and keep customers better informed in future extreme events”.

The regulator raised the level of compensation payouts to motivate firms to work faster at reconnecting customers following a power outage

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 9 of 12

Sleep trackers already come in all shapes and forms but a new product claims to provide more detailed insights around your sleep. This product claims to be a whole sleep system that consists of a glowing orb that sits on your bedside table and a sensor containing a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope that clips to your pillow. The final element is an app that you download to your smartphone.

While the sensor picks up the length and depth of your sleep and relays that back to your phone, the orb will simultaneously take in information about the environment around you. The orb is able to absorb information like noise, temperature, light, humidity and particles in the air. As the data accumulates night after night, you will learn more about your sleep patterns and how the environment you're sleeping in affects them.

It is likely this product will be more expensive than the other sleep products already available

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 10 of 12

Sleep trackers already come in all shapes and forms but a new product claims to provide more detailed insights around your sleep. This product claims to be a whole sleep system that consists of a glowing orb that sits on your bedside table and a sensor containing a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope that clips to your pillow. The final element is an app that you download to your smartphone.

While the sensor picks up the length and depth of your sleep and relays that back to your phone, the orb will simultaneously take in information about the environment around you. The orb is able to absorb information like noise, temperature, light, humidity and particles in the air. As the data accumulates night after night, you will learn more about your sleep patterns and how the environment you're sleeping in affects them.

There is competition to measure and improve the quality of peoples' sleep

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 11 of 12

Sleep trackers already come in all shapes and forms but a new product claims to provide more detailed insights around your sleep. This product claims to be a whole sleep system that consists of a glowing orb that sits on your bedside table and a sensor containing a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope that clips to your pillow. The final element is an app that you download to your smartphone.

While the sensor picks up the length and depth of your sleep and relays that back to your phone, the orb will simultaneously take in information about the environment around you. The orb is able to absorb information like noise, temperature, light, humidity and particles in the air. As the data accumulates night after night, you will learn more about your sleep patterns and how the environment you're sleeping in affects them.

The sensor helps measure a person's sleep quality and their surroundings

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 12 of 12

Sleep trackers already come in all shapes and forms but a new product claims to provide more detailed insights around your sleep. This product claims to be a whole sleep system that consists of a glowing orb that sits on your bedside table and a sensor containing a six-axis accelerometer and gyroscope that clips to your pillow. The final element is an app that you download to your smartphone.

While the sensor picks up the length and depth of your sleep and relays that back to your phone, the orb will simultaneously take in information about the environment around you. The orb is able to absorb information like noise, temperature, light, humidity and particles in the air. As the data accumulates night after night, you will learn more about your sleep patterns and how the environment you're sleeping in affects them.

The two parts to the product help people track their sleep quality over time

 
True
False
Cannot say

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Remind yourself about how psychometrics are scored in the scoring section.

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Inductive reasoning test

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Each question in this practice test contains a series of diagrams, displayed on the top row, which follow a logical sequence.

Your task is to choose the next diagram in the series from the five options on the bottom row. Select your answer by selecting the appropriate answer from options A – E.

Logical reasoning: Question 1 of 3

From the options available, please choose which diagram would come next in the sequence. Then click on your selection.

Illustration for Question 1

 
A
B
C
D
E

Logical reasoning: Question 2 of 3

From the options available, please choose which diagram would come next in the sequence. Then click on your selection.

Illustration for Question 2

 
A
B
C
D
E

Logical reasoning: Question 3 of 3

From the options available, please choose which diagram would come next in the sequence. Then click on your selection.

Illustration for Question 3

 
A
B
C
D
E

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Work style preference questionnaire

Work style preference icon

In the following practice questions, you’ll be presented with five blocks of three statements. Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

Work style preference questionnaire: page 1 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I know the answers to many questions
I want to be in charge
I take an interest in other people's lives

Work style preference questionnaire: page 2 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I tend to analyse things
I take control of things
I take time out for others

Work style preference questionnaire: page 3 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I counter others' arguments
I take charge
I know how to comfort others

Work style preference questionnaire: page 4 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I weigh the pros against the cons
I say what I think
I cheer people up

Work style preference questionnaire: page 5 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I reflect on things before acting
I am not afraid of providing criticism
I make people feel at ease

Well done!

This short questionnaire has been designed to help you become familiar with the question format used in our work style preference questionnaire. It looked at three important areas of your work style preference:

  • Assertive — there were questions that looked at how much you prefer to take charge, be in control and share your views with others in order to influence them
  • Analytical — there were questions that looked at how much you prefer to learn new information, plus analyse and dissect the arguments of others
  • Empathy — there were questions that looked at how much you prefer to invest you time in understanding the needs of others and providing comfort to them

Remember, these are example questions which have been designed to help you in your preparation; the level of information provided will not be available to you when you complete your actual assessment. Remind yourself about how psychometrics are scored in the scoring section.

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Numerical reasoning test

Numerical reasoning icon

In this practice test, you’ll need to use the facts and figures presented in tables and graphs to answer the questions. In each question, you’re given five options from which to choose from. Only one of these options is the right answer.

Feel free to use a calculator and keep some rough paper by you to help with your working out.

Numerical reasoning: Question 1 of 12

Which Department has the greatest percentage increase in expenditure between 2010/11 and 2011/12?

UK government spending by department 2010/11, £bn 2011/12, £bn 2012/13 projections
Total Expenditure 445.31 446.468 442.103
Department for Work & Pensions 160.08 166.979 168.816
Department of Health 105.45 106.659 102.926
Department for Education 58.28 56.269 57.282
HM Revenue & Customs 45.78 46.585 45.327
Ministry of Defence 38.12 37.249 32.407
Communities & Local Government 37.6 32.727 35.345
 

A Department for Work & Pensions
B Department of Health
C HM Revenue and Customs
D Department for Education
E Ministry of Defence

Numerical reasoning: Question 2 of 12

Assuming that the 2012/13 projection for expenditure was based on the same percentage change between 2010/11 and 2011/12, what would be the Department for Educations projected expenditure?

UK government spending by department 2010/11, £bn 2011/12, £bn 2012/13 projections
Total Expenditure 445.31 446.468 442.103
Department for Work & Pensions 160.08 166.979 168.816
Department of Health 105.45 106.659 102.926
Department for Education 58.28 56.269 57.282
HM Revenue & Customs 45.78 46.585 45.327
Ministry of Defence 38.12 37.249 32.407
Communities & Local Government 37.6 32.727 35.345
 

A 54.258
B 54.327
C 55.271
D 56.269
E 57.336

Numerical reasoning: Question 3 of 12

If the governments total expenditure was cut by 3.5% in 2011/12, based on the current allocations of funds, what would be the new combined expenditure of the Ministry of Defence, Communities & Local Government plus Department of Health, in billions of pounds?

UK government spending by department 2010/11, £bn 2011/12, £bn 2012/13 projections
Total Expenditure 445.31 446.468 442.103
Department for Work & Pensions 160.08 166.979 168.816
Department of Health 105.45 106.659 102.926
Department for Education 58.28 56.269 57.282
HM Revenue & Customs 45.78 46.585 45.327
Ministry of Defence 38.12 37.249 32.407
Communities & Local Government 37.6 32.727 35.345
 

A 164.8763
B 168.7610
C 170.4527
D 176.3650
E Cannot say

Numerical reasoning: Question 4 of 12

If the government wanted to cut funding to the Department for Education by 6% and then re-distribute these funds based on the current allocations of funds across all departments, what revised expenditure could Communities & Local Government have had in 2011/12, in billions of pounds?

UK government spending by department 2010/11, £bn 2011/12, £bn 2012/13 projections
Total Expenditure 445.31 446.468 442.103
Department for Work & Pensions 160.08 166.979 168.816
Department of Health 105.45 106.659 102.926
Department for Education 58.28 56.269 57.282
HM Revenue & Customs 45.78 46.585 45.327
Ministry of Defence 38.12 37.249 32.407
Communities & Local Government 37.6 32.727 35.345
 

A 32.974
B 32.983
C 33.001
D 33.006
E 33.012

Numerical reasoning: Question 5 of 12

Which country has the highest revenue in 2012?

  Revenue, % of GDP Expense, % of GDP Cash surplus or deficit, % of GDP
Country 2000 2012 2000 2012 2000 2012
Mongolia 24.4 30.5 22.4 31.7 0.2 -8.4
Oman 29.4 44.7 29.0 35.6 -5.2 -0.4
Portugal 34.6 35.6 36.7 43.8 -2.6 -7.0
Singapore 25.7 18.0 15.8 12.7 11.1 8.7
Sweden 39.6 31.9 35.9 32.1 3.5 -0.4
United Kingdom 36.6 38.3 35.8 44.7 3.9 -5.8
United States 19.4 16.5 19.4 23.9 0.0 -7.5
 

A Oman
B Portugal
C Sweden
D United Kingdom
E Cannot say

Numerical reasoning: Question 6 of 12

If a country's overall development is based on its Revenue minus its Expenses, then adding its Cash surplus, which country is performing the highest in 2012?

  Revenue, % of GDP Expense, % of GDP Cash surplus or deficit, % of GDP
Country 2000 2012 2000 2012 2000 2012
Mongolia 24.4 30.5 22.4 31.7 0.2 -8.4
Oman 29.4 44.7 29.0 35.6 -5.2 -0.4
Portugal 34.6 35.6 36.7 43.8 -2.6 -7.0
Singapore 25.7 18.0 15.8 12.7 11.1 8.7
Sweden 39.6 31.9 35.9 32.1 3.5 -0.4
United Kingdom 36.6 38.3 35.8 44.7 3.9 -5.8
United States 19.4 16.5 19.4 23.9 0.0 -7.5
 

A Oman
B Singapore
C Sweden
D United Kingdom
E United States

Numerical reasoning: Question 7 of 12

If Mongolia's 2012 Cash Deficit was reduced by 12.4%, where would they rank on this indicator compared to other countries?

  Revenue, % of GDP Expense, % of GDP Cash surplus or deficit, % of GDP
Country 2000 2012 2000 2012 2000 2012
Mongolia 24.4 30.5 22.4 31.7 0.2 -8.4
Oman 29.4 44.7 29.0 35.6 -5.2 -0.4
Portugal 34.6 35.6 36.7 43.8 -2.6 -7.0
Singapore 25.7 18.0 15.8 12.7 11.1 8.7
Sweden 39.6 31.9 35.9 32.1 3.5 -0.4
United Kingdom 36.6 38.3 35.8 44.7 3.9 -5.8
United States 19.4 16.5 19.4 23.9 0.0 -7.5
 

A 3rd
B 4th
C 5th
D 6th
E 7th

Numerical reasoning: Question 8 of 12

Of the two countries who have had the same change in Revenue (as a % of GDP) between 2012 and 2000, which has had the largest reduction in Expenses (as a % of GDP) during the same time period?

  Revenue, % of GDP Expense, % of GDP Cash surplus or deficit, % of GDP
Country 2000 2012 2000 2012 2000 2012
Mongolia 24.4 30.5 22.4 31.7 0.2 -8.4
Oman 29.4 44.7 29.0 35.6 -5.2 -0.4
Portugal 34.6 35.6 36.7 43.8 -2.6 -7.0
Singapore 25.7 18.0 15.8 12.7 11.1 8.7
Sweden 39.6 31.9 35.9 32.1 3.5 -0.4
United Kingdom 36.6 38.3 35.8 44.7 3.9 -5.8
United States 19.4 16.5 19.4 23.9 0.0 -7.5
 

A Mongolia
B Portugal
C Singapore
D Sweden
E United Kingdom

Numerical reasoning: Question 9 of 12

What percent change in all employee numbers has there been from 2010 to 2012?

US Full-Time and Part-Time Employees by Industry (in thousands)
  2010 2011 2012
All industries 106,599 107,776 109,298
Agriculture 1,274 1,284 1,318
Construction 5,700 5,686 5,796
Manufacturing 11,524 11,740 11,946
Retail 14,633 14,841 15,033
Transportation 4,187 4,327 4,436
Finance 5,710 5,787 5,862
Real estate 1,973 1,976 1,999
Professional 7,560 7,773 7,994
Management 1,855 1,916 2,005
Administrative 7,473 7,814 8,091
Education 3,225 3,295 3,359
Health care 16,529 16,741 17,075
Government 24,956 24,596 24,384
 
A -2.47%
B -1.09%
C 1.10%
D 1.41%
E 2.53%

Numerical reasoning: Question 10 of 12

What is the ratio of employees in the Construction sector across all three years shown?

US Full-Time and Part-Time Employees by Industry (in thousands)
  2010 2011 2012
All industries 106,599 107,776 109,298
Agriculture 1,274 1,284 1,318
Construction 5,700 5,686 5,796
Manufacturing 11,524 11,740 11,946
Retail 14,633 14,841 15,033
Transportation 4,187 4,327 4,436
Finance 5,710 5,787 5,862
Real estate 1,973 1,976 1,999
Professional 7,560 7,773 7,994
Management 1,855 1,916 2,005
Administrative 7,473 7,814 8,091
Education 3,225 3,295 3,359
Health care 16,529 16,741 17,075
Government 24,956 24,596 24,384
 
A 1 : 0.998 & 1 : 0.981
B 1 : 0.998 & 1 : 0.983
C 1 : 0.998 & 1 : 1.019
D 1 : 1.002 & 1 : 0.981
E 1 : 1.002 & 1 : 1.019

Numerical reasoning: Question 11 of 12

If unemployment in 2011 was 8.3% how many people are there in the US of working age?

US Full-Time and Part-Time Employees by Industry (in thousands)
  2010 2011 2012
All industries 106,599 107,776 109,298
Agriculture 1,274 1,284 1,318
Construction 5,700 5,686 5,796
Manufacturing 11,524 11,740 11,946
Retail 14,633 14,841 15,033
Transportation 4,187 4,327 4,436
Finance 5,710 5,787 5,862
Real estate 1,973 1,976 1,999
Professional 7,560 7,773 7,994
Management 1,855 1,916 2,005
Administrative 7,473 7,814 8,091
Education 3,225 3,295 3,359
Health care 16,529 16,741 17,075
Government 24,956 24,596 24,384
 
A 117 531 080
B 116 263 215
C 11 753 108
D 11 626 321
E Cannot say

Numerical reasoning: Question 12 of 12

If the ratio of full-time to part-time employees is 5:2 and the Retail industry is projecting a need of 12.5% more employees in 2013, approximately how many of these new employees (in thousands) will be part-time?

US Full-Time and Part-Time Employees by Industry (in thousands)
  2010 2011 2012
All industries 106,599 107,776 109,298
Agriculture 1,274 1,284 1,318
Construction 5,700 5,686 5,796
Manufacturing 11,524 11,740 11,946
Retail 14,633 14,841 15,033
Transportation 4,187 4,327 4,436
Finance 5,710 5,787 5,862
Real estate 1,973 1,976 1,999
Professional 7,560 7,773 7,994
Management 1,855 1,916 2,005
Administrative 7,473 7,814 8,091
Education 3,225 3,295 3,359
Health care 16,529 16,741 17,075
Government 24,956 24,596 24,384
 
A 238
B 268
C 475
D 537
E 4832

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Verbal reasoning test

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In this practice test, you’re given three passages, each of which is followed by four statements.

You’ll need to evaluate the statements, drawing on the information or opinions contained in the passage and select your answer according to the rules given below.

Select TRUE if the statement is true based on the information in the passage.

Select FALSE if the statement is definitely false given the information in the passage.

Select CANNOT SAY if you cannot say if the statement is true or false without further information.

Verbal reasoning: Question 1 of 12

Put simply, the job of the strategist is to understand and manage with competition. Often, however, managers look at competition too narrowly as only among their current direct competitors. However competition for profits goes beyond this to include four other forces that shape competition as well: customers, suppliers, potential new market entrants, and substitute products. The extended rivalry that results from all five forces defines an industry’s structure and shapes the nature of competitive interaction within it.

As different as industries might superficially appear, the underlying drivers of profitability are the same. Industry structure drives competition and profitability, which is independent of whether an industry produces a product or a service, is considered emerging or mature, regulated or unregulated. While a myriad of factors can affect industry profitability in the short term—including the weather and the business cycle—industry structure, as represented through the competitive forces, creates industry profitability in the medium and longer term.

The product offered by a company shapes industry profitability from a strategist's perspective

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 2 of 12

Put simply, the job of the strategist is to understand and manage with competition. Often, however, managers look at competition too narrowly as only among their current direct competitors. However competition for profits goes beyond this to include four other forces that shape competition as well: customers, suppliers, potential new market entrants, and substitute products. The extended rivalry that results from all five forces defines an industry’s structure and shapes the nature of competitive interaction within it.

As different as industries might superficially appear, the underlying drivers of profitability are the same. Industry structure drives competition and profitability, which is independent of whether an industry produces a product or a service, is considered emerging or mature, regulated or unregulated. While a myriad of factors can affect industry profitability in the short term—including the weather and the business cycle—industry structure, as represented through the competitive forces, creates industry profitability in the medium and longer term.

Managers who think like strategists could increase profitability, regardless of their business area, in the long run

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 3 of 12

Put simply, the job of the strategist is to understand and manage with competition. Often, however, managers look at competition too narrowly as only among their current direct competitors. However competition for profits goes beyond this to include four other forces that shape competition as well: customers, suppliers, potential new market entrants, and substitute products. The extended rivalry that results from all five forces defines an industry’s structure and shapes the nature of competitive interaction within it.

As different as industries might superficially appear, the underlying drivers of profitability are the same. Industry structure drives competition and profitability, which is independent of whether an industry produces a product or a service, is considered emerging or mature, regulated or unregulated. While a myriad of factors can affect industry profitability in the short term—including the weather and the business cycle—industry structure, as represented through the competitive forces, creates industry profitability in the medium and longer term.

Within unregulated industries, substitute products play a more significant role in driving short-term profitability

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 4 of 12

Put simply, the job of the strategist is to understand and manage with competition. Often, however, managers look at competition too narrowly as only among their current direct competitors. However competition for profits goes beyond this to include four other forces that shape competition as well: customers, suppliers, potential new market entrants, and substitute products. The extended rivalry that results from all five forces defines an industry’s structure and shapes the nature of competitive interaction within it.

As different as industries might superficially appear, the underlying drivers of profitability are the same. Industry structure drives competition and profitability, which is independent of whether an industry produces a product or a service, is considered emerging or mature, regulated or unregulated. While a myriad of factors can affect industry profitability in the short term—including the weather and the business cycle—industry structure, as represented through the competitive forces, creates industry profitability in the medium and longer term.

A heavy focus by managers on the industry specific business cycle or actions of competitors is likely to lead to an imbalanced industry structure

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 5 of 12

The loan-to-income limit that the Bank of England introduced to slow Britain’s housing market does not apply to buy-to-let, the fastest-growing type of mortgage by value. Economists say an increase in the central bank’s benchmark interest rate or falling prices could result in a repeat of the past, when repossessions of private-landlord homes hit a record high after the 2008 financial crisis.

Buy-to-let lending is increasing as Britons rent properties for longer periods. The proportion of amateur landlords — those who supplement their salaries with rental income — reached a record 72 percent of the buy-to-let industry in the first quarter after rising by 10 percentage points in the two years through March.

Financing for residential rentals became easier to obtain starting in the 1990s, when the government allowed more companies to provide mortgages. That fueled a 19-fold increase in buy-to-let lending in the decade through the end of 2007, during which U.K. home values tripled.

The controls implemented by the Bank of England have helped slow loans to finance residential rentals

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 6 of 12

The loan-to-income limit that the Bank of England introduced to slow Britain’s housing market does not apply to buy-to-let, the fastest-growing type of mortgage by value. Economists say an increase in the central bank’s benchmark interest rate or falling prices could result in a repeat of the past, when repossessions of private-landlord homes hit a record high after the 2008 financial crisis.

Buy-to-let lending is increasing as Britons rent properties for longer periods. The proportion of amateur landlords — those who supplement their salaries with rental income — reached a record 72 percent of the buy-to-let industry in the first quarter after rising by 10 percentage points in the two years through March.

Financing for residential rentals became easier to obtain starting in the 1990s, when the government allowed more companies to provide mortgages. That fueled a 19-fold increase in buy-to-let lending in the decade through the end of 2007, during which U.K. home values tripled.

The last two years have seen a record increase in non-professional landlords utilising the buy-to-let mortgage option

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 7 of 12

The loan-to-income limit that the Bank of England introduced to slow Britain’s housing market does not apply to buy-to-let, the fastest-growing type of mortgage by value. Economists say an increase in the central bank’s benchmark interest rate or falling prices could result in a repeat of the past, when repossessions of private-landlord homes hit a record high after the 2008 financial crisis.

Buy-to-let lending is increasing as Britons rent properties for longer periods. The proportion of amateur landlords — those who supplement their salaries with rental income — reached a record 72 percent of the buy-to-let industry in the first quarter after rising by 10 percentage points in the two years through March.

Financing for residential rentals became easier to obtain starting in the 1990s, when the government allowed more companies to provide mortgages. That fueled a 19-fold increase in buy-to-let lending in the decade through the end of 2007, during which U.K. home values tripled.

Buy-to-let mortgage owners could be at a greater risk of economic factors affecting their ability to pay back their loans

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 8 of 12

The loan-to-income limit that the Bank of England introduced to slow Britain’s housing market does not apply to buy-to-let, the fastest-growing type of mortgage by value. Economists say an increase in the central bank’s benchmark interest rate or falling prices could result in a repeat of the past, when repossessions of private-landlord homes hit a record high after the 2008 financial crisis.

Buy-to-let lending is increasing as Britons rent properties for longer periods. The proportion of amateur landlords — those who supplement their salaries with rental income — reached a record 72 percent of the buy-to-let industry in the first quarter after rising by 10 percentage points in the two years through March.

Financing for residential rentals became easier to obtain starting in the 1990s, when the government allowed more companies to provide mortgages. That fueled a 19-fold increase in buy-to-let lending in the decade through the end of 2007, during which U.K. home values tripled.

The views of the Bank of England and the Economists referenced in the passage are aligned around the need to mitigate further risks to the housing market

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 9 of 12

Research in three industries — steelmaking, clothing manufacture and medical electronics manufacture — indicates that the opportunity for workers to participate in key decisions has a positive effect on worker outcomes. There was no support for the view that more participatory workplaces increase worker stress. Importantly, the research found a significant improvement in wages associated with the extent of the opportunity to participate.

The work systems and employment models seen as supportive of high performance imply a mix of key practices: more rigorous selection and better training systems, more incentives to enhance motivation and participative structures that improve opportunity to contribute. While there is significant debate about the particular mix of high-performance practices, one of the key themes in the research is that the relevant practices work much better when ‘bundled’ together. The idea is that productivity is best served by the systemic interactions among the practices. This implies a high and consistent investment in human resources in order to reap greater benefits in the productivity and possibly in the agility of the firm.

Adding only one of the high performance practices is likely to have little impact on firm performance

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 10 of 12

Research in three industries — steelmaking, clothing manufacture and medical electronics manufacture — indicates that the opportunity for workers to participate in key decisions has a positive effect on worker outcomes. There was no support for the view that more participatory workplaces increase worker stress. Importantly, the research found a significant improvement in wages associated with the extent of the opportunity to participate.

The work systems and employment models seen as supportive of high performance imply a mix of key practices: more rigorous selection and better training systems, more incentives to enhance motivation and participative structures that improve opportunity to contribute. While there is significant debate about the particular mix of high-performance practices, one of the key themes in the research is that the relevant practices work much better when ‘bundled’ together. The idea is that productivity is best served by the systemic interactions among the practices. This implies a high and consistent investment in human resources in order to reap greater benefits in the productivity and possibly in the agility of the firm.

The research conclusions in the article could be applied to a broad range of businesses

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 11 of 12

Research in three industries — steelmaking, clothing manufacture and medical electronics manufacture — indicates that the opportunity for workers to participate in key decisions has a positive effect on worker outcomes. There was no support for the view that more participatory workplaces increase worker stress. Importantly, the research found a significant improvement in wages associated with the extent of the opportunity to participate.

The work systems and employment models seen as supportive of high performance imply a mix of key practices: more rigorous selection and better training systems, more incentives to enhance motivation and participative structures that improve opportunity to contribute. While there is significant debate about the particular mix of high-performance practices, one of the key themes in the research is that the relevant practices work much better when ‘bundled’ together. The idea is that productivity is best served by the systemic interactions among the practices. This implies a high and consistent investment in human resources in order to reap greater benefits in the productivity and possibly in the agility of the firm.

Moderate wage increases are likely to be associated with equal sized improvements in motivation with limited impacts on worker stress

 
True
False
Cannot say

Verbal reasoning: Question 12 of 12

Research in three industries — steelmaking, clothing manufacture and medical electronics manufacture — indicates that the opportunity for workers to participate in key decisions has a positive effect on worker outcomes. There was no support for the view that more participatory workplaces increase worker stress. Importantly, the research found a significant improvement in wages associated with the extent of the opportunity to participate.

The work systems and employment models seen as supportive of high performance imply a mix of key practices: more rigorous selection and better training systems, more incentives to enhance motivation and participative structures that improve opportunity to contribute. While there is significant debate about the particular mix of high-performance practices, one of the key themes in the research is that the relevant practices work much better when ‘bundled’ together. The idea is that productivity is best served by the systemic interactions among the practices. This implies a high and consistent investment in human resources in order to reap greater benefits in the productivity and possibly in the agility of the firm.

Creating attractive packages of high performance practices will likely drive more flexible companies

 
True
False
Cannot say

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Inductive reasoning test

Inductive reasoning icon

Each question in this practice test contains a series of diagrams, displayed on the top row, which follow a logical sequence.

Your task is to choose the next diagram in the series from the five options on the bottom row. Select your answer by selecting the appropriate answer from options A – E.

Logical reasoning: Question 1 of 3

From the options available, please choose which diagram would come next in the sequence. Then click on your selection.

Illustration for Question 1

 
A
B
C
D
E

Logical reasoning: Question 2 of 3

From the options available, please choose which diagram would come next in the sequence. Then click on your selection.

Illustration for Question 2

 
A
B
C
D
E

Logical reasoning: Question 3 of 3

From the options available, please choose which diagram would come next in the sequence. Then click on your selection.

Illustration for Question 3

 
A
B
C
D
E

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Work style preference questionnaire

Work style preference icon

In the following practice questions, you’ll be presented with five blocks of three statements. Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

Work style preference questionnaire: page 1 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I know the answers to many questions
I want to be in charge
I take an interest in other people's lives

Work style preference questionnaire: page 2 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I tend to analyse things
I take control of things
I take time out for others

Work style preference questionnaire: page 3 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I counter others' arguments
I take charge
I know how to comfort others

Work style preference questionnaire: page 4 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I weigh the pros against the cons
I say what I think
I cheer people up

Work style preference questionnaire: page 5 of 5

Your task is to select one statement that is most like you and then one statement which is least like you. You'll not be able to choose the same statement twice.

  Most Least
I reflect on things before acting
I am not afraid of providing criticism
I make people feel at ease

Well done!

This short questionnaire has been designed to help you become familiar with the question format used in our work style preference questionnaire. It looked at three important areas of your work style preference:

  • Assertive — there were questions that looked at how much you prefer to take charge, be in control and share your views with others in order to influence them
  • Analytical — there were questions that looked at how much you prefer to learn new information, plus analyse and dissect the arguments of others
  • Empathy — there were questions that looked at how much you prefer to invest you time in understanding the needs of others and providing comfort to them

Remember, these are example questions which have been designed to help you in your preparation; the level of information provided will not be available to you when you complete your actual assessment. Remind yourself about how psychometrics are scored in the scoring section.

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