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```					WORKPLACE SKILLS INVENTORY (WSI)

BOOK I – SAMPLE QUESTIONS
Background

The Workplace Skills Inventory (WSI) is a part of the foundation for
determining each employee’s Manufacturing Professional training path.
The WSI evaluates an applicant’s math, measurement, writing and
comprehension skills.

Directions
with the task. For others, you will be asked to mark points on charts or
answer the questions. Be sure you are able to show all of your
calculations; the use of calculators is prohibited when completing the
clearly in the space provided.

The following exercises were developed to give you an opportunity to
practice some of the skills needed to do the tasks in the WSI. Sample
questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Sample Question 1: Multiplying Decimals

EXAMPLE:

Problem:          Multiply 1.47 x .3

Step 1. Set the numbers up for multiplication.

1.47
x .3

Step 2. Multiply the numbers

1.47
x .3
.441

Step 3. Count the number of decimal places in each number. 1.47 has
two decimals and .3 has one decimal place.

Step 4. Count the total number of decimal places in the answer, right to
left ( 2 + 1 = 3 )

Multiply the following:

A .037 x .56=            B 928 x .07 =        C .0925 x .4 =

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Sample Question 2: Filling out a Form

For this task you will be filling out a phone message form. Fill in the form
using the given information.

It is April 26, 10:00 am. You answer a phone call at work for Joan Harris. The
caller is Michael Brown. He tells you that he would like Joan Harris to call
him back after 3:00 pm today. His phone number is (213) 555 -2415.

Phone Message
For
Date                                              Time         am pm
Caller
Phone
Please return call                     Will call again         Urgent
Message:

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Sample Question 3: Graph Exercises

Greta started bowling. She kept the record of high and low scores from the
time she started. Plot Greta’s high and low scores on the graph below;

Week           1    2      3       4       5       6     7     8     9     10
High           40   55     60      100     120     108   132   135   130   128
Score
Low            33   44     55      70      87      75    80    78    92    96
Score

140

130

120

110
S   100
c
o    90
r
e    80

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

WEEK       1        2       3       4        5      6    7      8    9     10

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Questions:

1. In which 3 weeks were Greta’s high and low scores closest?

In the following two questions find the average of the indicated numbers.
To find the average of a group of numbers, add the numbers together and
divide by the number of numbers you add.

2. What was the average high score for the first five weeks?

3. What was the average low score for the first three weeks?

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Sample Question 4: Averaging Decimal Numbers

When adding decimals, line up the decimals.

Calculate the average problem and round off to two decimal places.

1. On Monday Mike made \$14.30 in tips, on Tuesday \$28.65, on
Wednesday \$26, on Thursday \$21.65 and on Friday \$42.35. How much did
Mike average in tips per night?

2. On a vacation, the Jones family took three days to drive to their
destination. Thursday they drove 487.4 km, Friday 392.65 km and on
Saturday 456.4 km. What was the average distance that they drove each
day?

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Sample Question 5: Calculating Ranges

The range is a measure or variance. It is the distance between the highest
and lowest numbers in a set of data. Ranges are calculated by subtracting
the smallest value (number) in a group from the largest value (number) in
that group.

EXAMPLE

Problem: Calculate the range for 20, 35, 65.

Step 1. Select the lowest and highest values 20 and 65.

Step 2. Subtract 20 from 65. Range equals 45.

The number line can help calculate ranges involving negative numbers.
Problem: Calculate the range for -2, 2, -5

Solution:

Step 1. Select the highest and lowest values (numbers) 5 and -2

Step 2. Plot these points on the number line.

-4       -2      0   2       5

Step 3. Count the number of spaces between them . Range equals 7.
When subtracting a negative number from another number. You must change
the subtraction sign to an addition sign and the negative number to a positive
number. A rule to remember.....Add the opposite.

Example

Step 1.         5.0
- (-4.0)

Step 2.      5.0
+(+4.0)
9.0

The Range is 9.

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Calculate the ranges for the following groups:

A 35, 26, 28                         B -7, 3, .4        C 15.6, 12.9, 13.4

D 96, 69, 74                         E 6, -3, .6        F 11, 6.4, 3.6

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.
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Sample Question 6

Critical Thinking

In the space below, in paragraph form, write about the situation shown in
the picture. In your answer include what you think the outcome will be.
Content is important as well as writing mechanics (spelling, punctuation,
and grammar).

Sample questions are intended for preparation purposes only.

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