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									QMAT Diagnostic Tool
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                                                                                                                                   b) people with Down syndrome usually have            c) Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship

                QMAT Mini-Test                                                                                                        less verbal and musical ability but more
                                                                                                                                      mathematical and spatial ability than do
                                                                                                                                      people with Williams syndrome.
                                                                                                                                   c) conventional methods of measuring
                                                                                                                                                                                           of Duddy Kravitz, his fourth novel, was
                                                                                                                                                                                           written while the author was living
                                                                                                                                                                                           abroad and published when he
                                                                                                                                                                                        d) Mordecai Richler wrote his fourth novel,
                                                                                                                                      intelligence tend to consider basic mathe-           The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, while
                                                                                                                                      matical and spatial ability to be more               living abroad and published it when he
                The following test contains examples of all the         6) The average (arithmetic mean) of 3a + 4 and                important than verbal and musical skills.         e) when Mordecai Richler was living abroad,
                questions you’ll find on the QMAT. They are all             another number is 2a. What is the average               d) people with Williams syndrome are only               he wrote his fourth novel, The Apprenticeship
                multiple choice questions. (Do not use a calculator.)      of the other number and a?                                 rarely given the opportunity to develop              of Duddy Kravitz, publishing it when he
                                                                           a) 2a                d) a + 2                              their unique musical and verbal abilities.     11) Canadian executives, unlike their Japanese
                                                                           b) a – 4             e) a + 4                           e) people with Williams syndrome need greater         counterparts, have pressure to show high
                PROBLEM SOLVING                                                                                                       encouragement if they are to develop their         profits in each quarterly report, with little
                                                                           c) a – 2                                                   mathematical and spatial skills.                   thought given to long-term goals.
                1) In a certain Canadian province, a person may
                   inherit up to $8,000 tax free, but any amount        CRITICAL REASONING                                      9) Between 1977 and 1989, the percentage of             a) have pressure to show
                   in excess of $8,000 is taxed at a rate of 6%. If     7) Electrical engineers have developed an energy-          income paid to Federal taxes by the richest          b) are under pressure to show
                   Tony inherits a total of $11,500, how much              efficient type of light bulb that can replace the        one percent of Canadians decreased, from
                                                                                                                                                                                        c) are under pressure of showing
                   tax will he have to pay?                                traditional incandescent bulb. The new bulb,            40 percent to 25 percent. By the end of that
                                                                                                                                   same period, the richest one percent of              d) are pressured toward showing
                   a) $210               d) $420                           known as the electronic lamp, operates by
                                                                           using a high-frequency radio signal rather than         Canadians were paying a larger proportion            e) have pressure that they should show
                   b) $270               e) $510                           the filament featured in incandescent bulbs.             of all Federal tax revenues, from 12.7 percent    12) Each of Margaret Laurence’s novels in
                                                                           Although the electronic lamp currently costs            in 1977 to 16.2 percent in 1989.                      the “Manawaka Series” – The Stone Angel,
                   c) $300
                                                                           20 times as much as its traditional counterpart,        Which of the following, if true, contributes          A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers, and
                2) If xy > 0, which of the following CANNOT be             its use will prove more cost-effective in the           most to an explanation of the discrepancy             A Bird in the House – are set in Manawaka,
                   true?                                                   long run. While a 100-watt incandescent bulb            described above?                                      a fictional town inspired by her hometown of
                   a) x > 0               d) x ÷ y < 0                     lasts six months if burned for four hours daily,        a) Between 1977 and 1989, Revenue Canada              Neepawa, Manitoba.
                                                                           a 25-watt electronic lamp used for the same                decreased the percentage of its staff             a) Each of Margaret Laurence’s novels in
                   b) y < 0               e) x ÷ y > 0                     amount of time each day lasts up to 14 years.              members responsible for audits and tax               the “Manawaka Series” – The Stone Angel,
                   c) x + y < 0                                            The argument above assumes that                            collection.                                          A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers, and A Bird
                                                                                                                                   b) Between 1977 and 1989, the before-tax                in the House – are set in Manawaka,
                3) If both 52 and 33 are factors of n x 25 x 62 x 73,      a) the typical household use of a light bulb is
                   what is the smallest possible positive value               approximately four hours a day.                         income of the richest one percent of              b) The Stone Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire-
                   of n?                                                                                                              Canadians increased by over 75 percent               Dwellers, and A Bird in the House – each
                                                                           b) aside from its greater efficiency, the
                                                                                                                                      when adjusted for inflation.                          of them novels in Margaret Laurence’s
                   a) 25                   d) 75                               electronic lamp resembles the incandescent
                                                                               light bulb in most aspects.                         c) Between 1977 and 1989, many of the                   “Manawaka Series” – are set in Manawaka,
                   b) 27                   e) 125                                                                                     richest one percent of Canadians shifted          c) Margaret Laurence’s “Manawaka Series”
                                                                           c) the type of light cast by the electronic lamp           their investment from untaxable to
                   c) 45                                                      is different from that cast by an incandescent                                                               novels – The Stone Angel, A Jest of God,
                                                                                                                                      taxable assets.                                      The Fire-Dwellers, and A Bird in the House –
                4)     on time                                   x%                                                                d) Between 1977 and 1989, the top tax rate              are all set in Manawaka,
                                                                           d) the price of electronic lamps will decrease             was reduced from 70 percent to 31 percent
                                                                               as they are produced in increasingly                                                                     d) Novels by Margaret Laurence – The Stone
                       up to 15 minutes delay                  43%                                                                    and several tax loopholes were eliminated.           Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers,
                                                                               greater quantities.
                       15–30 minutes delay                     17%                                                                 e) Between 1977 and 1989, the amount of                 and A Bird in the House – each one of the
                                                                           e) a 100-watt incandescent light bulb does                 Federal taxes paid by the richest one per-           “Manawaka Series” novels, is set in
                       30– 60 minutes delay                    12%            not provide significantly more light than                cent of Canadians increased by $45 billion,          Manawaka,
                                                                              a 25-watt electronic lamp.                              while the amount paid by all Canadians rose
                       more than 60 minutes delay                3%                                                                                                                     e) Novels by Margaret Laurence – The Stone
                                                                        8) People with Williams syndrome, a rare mental               by $50 billion.                                      Angel, A Jest of God, The Fire-Dwellers,
                                                                           disorder, are often highly articulate and                                                                       and A Bird in the House – every one of the
                     The chart above shows how long departures             sensitive. Not uncommonly, they are gifted in        SENTENCE CORRECTION                                        “Manawaka Series” novels are set in
                     from a certain airport were delayed on                music and possess rich vocabularies. Yet these       For each question, choose the correct version of           Manawaka,
                     a certain day. If 1,200 flights were delayed,         same people, because of their lack of ability in     the underlined portion. The first choice is always
                                                                                                                                a repeat of the version in the question.             13) A common social problem in the workplace
                     how many flights departed on time?                    basic arithmetic and difficulty distinguishing
                                                                                                                                                                                         occurs when workers accept supervisory
                                                                           left from right, are misleadingly labeled mentally   10) Born in Montréal in 1931, Mordecai Richler’s
                     a) 250                 d) 400                                                                                                                                       positions, and it causes them to lose the
                                                                           handicapped. As evaluated by conventional                fourth novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy
                     b) 300                 e) 900                                                                                                                                       trust of their former coworkers.
                                                                           means such as IQ tests, their intelligence is no         Kravitz, was written while the author was
                                                                           higher than that of people with Down syndrome,                                                               a) when workers accept supervisory positions,
                     c) 350                                                                                                         living abroad and published when the author
                                                                           despite the fact that people with Down syndrome,                                                                and it causes them to lose
                                                                                                                                    was twenty-eight.
                5) A letter has two stamps on it, making up                like most mentally handicapped people, have              a) Mordecai Richler’s fourth novel,                 b) by a worker accepting supervisory positions,
                                                                           uniformly limited cognitive abilities and show              The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, was            which causes him to lose
                   a total postage of $1.19. If one stamp costs
                                                                           no specialized aptitudes.                                   written while the author was living abroad       c) when workers accept supervisory positions,
                   35 cents less than the other, what is the cost
                   of the more expensive stamp?                            The author is arguing that                                  and published when the author                       and so lose
                                                                           a) conventional methods of measuring intel-              b) Mordecai Richler’s fourth novel,                 d) when a worker who accepts a supervisory
                   a) $0.35             d) $0.84
                                                                              ligence, such as IQ tests, are inadequate                The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz,                position, thereby losing
                   b) $0.42             e) $1.01                              for evaluating people with certain mental                written while he was living abroad,              e) if a worker accepts a supervisory position,
                   c) $0.77                                                   disorders such as Williams syndrome.                     was published when the author                       he would lose

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READING COMPREHENSION                                     c) describing the psychological consequences       17) If a and b are positive integers, what is the        9. (b) The key to questions like this (which
                                                             for women working outside the home.                 value of a?                                                 are common) is to keep a close eye on
Read the following passage, then answer the                                                                                                                                  exactly what quantities the percentages
questions that follow.                                    d) taking issue with those who believe women          (1) a = 3b + 5
                                                             should not work outside the home.                  (2) b = 75                                                   refer to. If the richest one percent are
An important feature of the labour market in                                                                                                                                 making much more money than they once
recent years has been the increasing participation        e) analyzing the contribution of women to          18) If a rectangle has length a and width b, what               did, then the actual amount of money
of women, particularly married women. Many ana-              industry and business.                              is its area?                                                they pay in federal taxes can increase.
lysts suggest, however, that women comprise a                                                                                 :
                                                                                                                (1) 2 a = 15 – b
                                                      15) It can be inferred from the passage that                                                                    10. (d) When an introductory phrase is set off
secondary labour market where rates of pay and
                                                          the “doubt” felt by women returning to the            (2) a = 2b – 2                                                by a comma, make sure it logically refers
promotion prospects are inferior to those available
                                                          labour market is compounded by which                                                                                to what follows.
to men. The principal reason is that women have,                                                             19) If 2 2m + 1 = 2 n +2, what is the value of m + n?
or are assumed to have, domestic responsibilities         of the following?                                                                                           11. (b) In everyday speech, you can get away
                                                                                                                (1) 2 3n + 1 = 256
that compete with paid employment. Such                   I. Inability to update their technical skills                                                                       with “I have a lot of pressure at work,”
                                                                                                                (2) 2 m + 2 n = 256
domestic responsibilities are strongly influenced          II. Difficulties experienced in raising children                                                                     when you mean “I am under pressure.”
by social values that require women to give                                                                  20) What is the ratio of men to women in a                       On the QMAT, use the correct idiomatic
priority to home and family over paid employment.         III. Restricted employment opportunities               certain class?                                               phrase.
The difficulties women face in the labour market           a) I only                                              (1) The number of women enrolled in                  12. (c) In questions like this, temporarily ignore
and in their ability to reach senior positions            b) III only                                                the class is 3 less than half the number                 words set off in dashes. In the original
in organizations are accentuated with the arrival                                                                    of men enrolled.                                         sentence, the subject is “each,”a singular
                                                          c) I and II only
of children. In order to become full-time employ-                                                                (2) The number of women enrolled in the                      noun that requires a singular verb.
ees, women with children must overcome the                d) I and III only                                          class is 2⁄5 the number of men enrolled.                 In (c), subject and verb agree in number.
problems of finding good, affordable childcare             e) I, II, and III                                                                                           13. (c) “And so,” “to do so,” and similar uses
and the psychological barriers of workplace                                                                  ANSWERS
                                                      16) The author’s discussion of women profes-                                                                            of the word “so” are often used in GMAT
marginality. Some women balance domestic and
                                                                                                                                                                              English. Because they’re infrequently
workplace commitments by working part-time.               sionals in the last paragraph serves to            1. (a) $11,500 – 8,000 = 3,500. 6% of 3,500 is $210.
                                                                                                                                                                              used even in written English, they may
However, part-time work is a precarious form of           a) show that the difficulties of integrating        2. (d) If xy > 0, then xy is positive.                           sound wrong, but (c) is the best answer.
employment. Women part-timers are often the                  career and motherhood can be overcome.                  This means that x and y are either
first laid off in a difficult economy. These workers                                                                   both positive or both negative.                  14. (b) This is the only choice that encompasses
are often referred to as the “reserve army” of            b) indicate that even women of higher                      They can’t have different signs.                         the clearly-expressed topic, scope, and
female labour.                                               status are not exempt from the difficulties                                                                       point of view.
                                                                                                             3. (d) The approach here is not to multiply
                                                             of integrating careers and children.
One researcher has found that approximately                                                                         out the numbers, but rather to completely         15. (b) Technical skills are not an issue for all
80 percent of women in their twenties who have            c) defend changes in the policies of employ-              factor the large number, then compare                     women. Since this is a factor in all but (b),
children remain at work. Such women who later                ers toward working mothers.                            its factors to 52 and 33. Any 5s or 3s that               all other options – (a), (c), (d), and (e) –
return to work represent another sector of the            d) modify a hypothesis regarding the                      can’t be factored out of 25 x 62 x 73                     can be eliminated.
workforce facing difficulties. When the typical                                                                      (or 25 x 22 x 32 x 73 ) will have to be factors
                                                             increased labour force participation                                                                     16. (b) Finding the right answer is simpler
houseworker returns to the labour market                                                                            of n. Since we can account for two 3s,
                                                             of women.                                                                                                        when you narrow your reference to the
she is unsure of herself in her new environment.                                                                    but no 5s in the large number, 52 and
                                                          e) point out the lack of opportunities for                the remaining 3 must be factors of n.                     last paragraph, as the question says.
This doubt is accentuated by her recent
immersion in housework, a very private form                  women in business.                                     Therefore n is equal to 5 x 5 x 3.                17. C. We need both statements 1 and 2. Since
of work. Without recent employment experience,                                                               4. (d) 43% + 17% + 12% + 3% = 75%, or 3⁄4.                      statement 2 gives us a value for b, we can
these women confront a restricted range of                                                                          If 1,200 = 3⁄4 (representing the number of               substitute that value into the equation
opportunities and will almost certainly be            DATA SUFFICIENCY                                              flights that were late), then 1⁄4 of the                  given in statement 1. This allows us to
offered low-status jobs with poor prospects.                                                                        flights were on time. If 3⁄4 = 1,200, then                determine the value of a.
                                                      This section requires you to decide whether                   1⁄4 equals 400.
Even women professionals who interrupt their          you have enough information to solve a given                                                                    18. A. The formula for the area of a rectangle is
careers to have children experience difficulties.                                                             5. (c) Use algebra to answer the question:                      area = length x width. Here we have:
                                                      problem. You will be asked to choose one of                   x + (x + 35) = 119; 2x + 35 = 119; 2x = 84;
Their technical skills may become rusty or obso-                                                                                                                             area = a x b. We can answer the question
                                                      the following answers:                                        x = 42. The cost of the more expensive
lete, important networks of business contacts are                                                                                                                            without determining a or b. We multiply
broken, and their delayed return to work may mean     A. Statement (1) BY ITSELF is sufficient to answer             stamp is $0.77.                                          both sides by b. This gives us 2ab = 15.
that they are likely to come up for promotion            the question, but statement (2) by itself is not.   6. (c) If the other number is x, then                           Now we can divide both sides by 2 and get
                                                                                                                    (3a + 4) + x
well after the age which would be otherwise nor-                                                                          2      = 2a; then we can solve x in terms          a value for ab.
                                                      B. Statement (2) BY ITSELF is sufficient to answer             of a: (3a + 4) + x = 4a; x = 4a – (3a + 4);
mal. Consequently, women, even those of high             the question, but statement (1) by itself is not.                                                            19. D. If the two expressions are equal, and if
ability, may find themselves blocked in the lower                                                                    x = a – 4. To find the average of x and a,
                                                                                                                    calculate (a – 4) + a , or 2a –24 , or a – 2.            the bases are equal, then the exponents
echelons of an organization, overlooked or even       C. Statements (1) and (2) TAKEN TOGETHER are                                  2                                        must be equal; therefore (2m + 1) = (n + 2).
“invisible” to senior management.                        sufficient to answer the question, even though       7. (e) Unless we assume, as (e) says, that the
                                                                                                                                                                             Knowing this, we can use either statement
                                                         NEITHER statement BY ITSELF is sufficient.                  light produced by the lamp and the bulb
14) The author of the passage is primarily                                                                                                                                   1 or 2 to solve the problem.
                                                                                                                    is approximately equal, the evidence
    concerned with                                    D. Either statement BY ITSELF is sufficient to                 of the author’s argument is meaningless.          20. B. Keep in mind the difference between
    a) advocating changes in employers’                  answer the question.                                                                                                ratios and actual numbers. Statement 2 is
                                                                                                             8. (a) When you’re asked for the author’s point, be
       practices toward women with children.          E. Statements (1) and (2) TAKEN TOGETHER                      careful not to be misled by choices that sim-            sufficient because 2⁄5 is a comparison by
    b) examining some of the reasons women               are NOT sufficient to answer the question,                  ply re-state a part of the author’s argument.            division; it is a ratio. There are 2 women
       rarely reach the higher echelons of               requiring more data pertaining to                          (b), (c) and (d) might be partly true, but the           for every 5 men, or a 5:2 ratio of men
       paid labour.                                      the problem.                                               point of the author’s argument is (a).                   to women.

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