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                                           SELF-SC0RING APTITUDE TEST

                           HOW TO APPROACH THIS TEST
This aptitude test is designed to help you understand more about your abilities, skills, and vocational

This test has been evaluated on a large group of people. No psychologist can decide what an
average score is. Only by analyzing the scores of enough people can we say with certainty that the
average person should be able to answer 10, 20, or 30 of the questions correctly.

You can rely on the "average" scores given for this test. They are the results of actual testing.

A test cannot tell very much about people if most of them get all the questions right. For this reason,
the questions in this test are tough. Do not be discouraged by this. You cannot tell anything about
how well you have done until you check the scores on page 23. Do not look at the scores until after
you have completed all the tests.

You will find six different tests. Five of them test various skills — information, verbal, numerical,
abstract reasoning, and communication.

These skills are included in the Life Skills Development Courses. If you find that your present skill
in one or more of these areas is average or below average, you obviously need to develop it. On the
other hand, high scores in some areas will show you in which area a little more effort, you can
become outstanding.

The sixth section is the vocational preference test. When you have finished and marked this part,
you will find valuable insights into where your natural interests lie and the kinds of work in which you
will be truly happy.

Remember that no test on its own can decide for you what you can and should do. However, this
aptitude test can give you help and provide useful information in assessing your present place in
the world and can point out the directions in which you can probably be most successful.

What you will need for taking the tests:
          Your test (pages 3 to 17)
          A sheet or two of scratch paper or a notebook
          A pen or a pencil
There are, of course, some general rules which you must follow if your results are to have any
meaning for you. Most of these rules are just common sense:

1. Be completely fair in taking the tests.
          Do not "look over" the test questions before doing the test, or peek at the answer sheet.
          Do not discuss them with anyone before doing the tests.
          Do not talk to anyone or let anyone talk to you during a test.
          Choose a place where you can work unhindered and where you will be comfortable.
          Moreover, of course, do not make use of any help of any sort, including the Internet.
2. Work efficiently in taking the tests.
          You do not need to complete all the tests at one sitting, but do not stop in the middle of a
          test unless it is absolutely necessary.
          Mark your answers clearly.
          Answer all the questions, even if you must guess an answer for the more difficult ones.
          You are not penalized for guessing.

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                  PRESENT SKILLS – General Knowledge

Directions: For each question, select the best answer (A, B, C, D, or E) and write that letter in the
space provided at the right. There is always one, and only one best answer to each question.
There is no time limit.

     Example: The "Flying Tigers" are concerned chiefly with (A) circuses
     (B) game-hunting (C) aviation (D) ballet (E) Africa

 1   Which city is closest to the South Pole? (A) Cairo       (B) Singapore       (C) Sydney
                                                                                                           (   )
     (D) Caracas (E) Delhi

 2   Accra is the capital of what nation in Africa? (A) Nigeria        (B) Ethiopia     (C) Liberia
                                                                                                           (   )
     (D) Kenya (E) Ghana

 3   Which one of these rivers flows in a generally northward direction? (A) Amazon (B)
                                                                                                           (   )
     Nile (C) Rio Grande (D) Volga (E) Yukon

 4   Von Braun is a name associated with (A) golf (B) color TV (C) swimming (D) missiles
                                                                                                           (   )
     (E) chamber music

 5   An Architect in America famous for his originality was: (A) Ernest Hemmingway
                                                                                                           (   )
     (B) Thomas Edison (C) Franklin Lloyd Wright (D) Graham Bell (E) John Glen

 6   The correct name of the island of Formosa is: (A) Thailand            (B) Fiji     (C) Taiwan
                                                                                                           (   )
     (D) Guam     (E) Okinawa

 7   An American president who resigned from office was: (A) Kennedy                  (B) Carter
                                                                                                           (   )
     (C) Nixon   (D) Reagan      (E) Clinton

 8   Which travels fastest? (A) sound      (B) wind       (C) bullet      (D) light     (E) jet airplane   (   )

 9   How do the sun and the moon compare in actual size? (A) both about the same
     (B) moon is a little larger (C) sun is a little larger (D) moon is much larger                        (   )
     (E) sun is much larger

10   What is the main cause of the oceans' tides? (A) the moon's pull (B) the earth's gravity
                                                                                                           (   )
     (C) the sun's radiation (D) the earth's rotation (E) the wind

11   In what game are "pawns" used? (A) bridge            (B) chess      (C) monopoly
                                                                                                           (   )
     (D) checkers (E) mah-jong

12   Charles Dickens is the author of: (A) "Harry Potter" (B)"The Shining"
                                                                                                           (   )
     (C) "Lord of the Rings" (D) "A Tale of Two Cities" (E) "The Merchant of Venice"

13   Which is the largest in size?   (A) Platoon      (B) Squad        (C) Regiment       (D) Battalion
                                                                                                           (   )
     (E) Company

14   Which is a part of an car's electrical system?       (A) carburetor      (B) differential
                                                                                                           (   )
     (C) thermostat (D) radiator (E) regulator

15   From what part of an animal's body is tripe obtained?        (A) shoulder         (B) hoofs
                                                                                                           (   )
     (C) stomach (D) glands (E) upper neck

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16   What is the boiling point of water, at sea level? (A) 240 C        (B) 100 C      (C) 212 C
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) 98.6 C (E) 36 C

17   One advantage of the Diesel engine is that it usually requires no (A) fuel           (B) ignition
                                                                                                         (   )
     system (C) lubrication (D) cooling system (E) moving parts

18   Lending money at an excessive interest rate is called: (A) perjury (B)arson (C) margin
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) usury (E) larceny

19   Of what religious faith are most of the inhabitants of Indonesia? (A) Hindu (B) Moslem
                                                                                                         (   )
     (C) Christian (D) Shinto (E) Brahman

20   Who composed the opera "Aida"?         (A) Mozart     (B) Strauss      (C) Beethoven
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) Wagner   (E) Verdi

21   The science of genetics has to do with: (A) old age      (B) child care     (C) heredity
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) theology (E) hydroponics

22   The sun is classified as: (A) a star   (B) a planet    (C) a satellite   (D) an asteroid
                                                                                                         (   )
     (E) a comet

23   Harpoons are used principally in (A) fishing        (B) weather forecasting       (C) music
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) skiing (E) chemistry

24   United States Senators are elected for a term of: (A) 2 yrs.        (B) 4 yrs.     (C) 6 yrs.
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) 8 yrs. (E) "good behaviour”

25   Holstein is a type of: (A) cow   (B) horse    (C) sheep      (D) hog     (E) squab                  (   )

26   The chemical formula for water may be written as:        (A) Wt.     (B) HO2        (C) W 2O
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) HOH (E) WoH

27   A well known Russian newspaper is: (A) "The Marxist"           (B) "Metro"       (C)"Kulak"
                                                                                                         (   )
     (D) "Pravda" (E) "Donetz”

28   Clean fresh air should have: (A) color    (B) taste    (C) weight      (D) odor (E) enzymes         (   )

29   What part of the blood is active in destroying invading bacteria?        (A) red cells
                                                                                                         (   )
     (B) plasma (C) white cells (D) toxin (E) lymph

30   The city of Mecca is in: (A) Egypt (B) Turkey (C) Saudi Arabia ( D ) Israel (E) Syria               (   )

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Select the one word (A, B, C, D, or E) which has most nearly the same meaning as the italicized
word. The meaning may not be exactly the same, but there is one best answer.

Example: Fast:        (A) time      (B) slow      (C) win (D) quick          (E) high                                  (D)

1    Perhaps:        (A) almost      (B) soon      (C) if    (D) probably (E) maybe                                    (    )

2    Anger:       (A) ire (B) sulk         (C) strike (D) mood          (E) spite                                      (    )

3    Bias:      (A) against (B) prejudice (C) unfair (D) bribe                   (E) opinion                           (    )

4    Prohibit:      (A) abstain      (B) forbid     (C) warn (D) sin (E) enforce                                       (+   )

5    Scrupulous:            (A) diseased     (B) miserly     (C) filthy     (D) careful     (E) shady                  (    )

6    Pretext:      (A) excuse       (B) preface      (C) opposed (D) cause (E) protest                                 (    )

7    Purify:     (A) concise       (B) enciphered (C) clean (D) holy (E) astringent                                    (    )

8    Truculent:       (A) juicy     (B) ductile     (C) savage        (D) relenting (E) deceitful                      (    )

9    Random: (A) selected            (B) haphazard          (C) partial     (D) methodical          (E) proportional   (    )

10   Forfeit:     (A) give up (B) reject (C) accept                (D) seize     (E) default                           (    )

11   Transient:       (A) navigable        (B) momentary           (C) evil (D) above (E) motionless                   (    )

12   Devitalise:       (A) deviate (B) awake (C) irritate (D) weaken (E) stabilize                                     (    )

13   Contort:      (A) flushed       (B) distorted     (C) pale       (D) smooth        (E) sly                        (    )

14   Tepid:      (A) lukewarm        (B) steaming        (C) glazed        (D) boiling     (E) tasteless               (    )

15   Tocsin:      (A) stocking (B) poison (C) cap (D) bell (E) biotic                                                  (    )

16   Verbose:        (A) fat     (B) prohibited     (C) wordy        (D) learned        (E) thick                      (    )

17   Abate:      (A) lessen       (B) encourage        (C) rub       (D) tempt      (E) thick                          (    )

18   Raze:       (A) lift     (B) sharpen (C) grow          (D) demolish        (E) tease                              (    )

19   Goal:      (A) aim        (B) ghost    (C) basket       (D) rule      (E) influence                               (    )

20   Chromosome: (A) color unit                (B) time piece        (C) vaccine        (D) part of body cell
                                                                                                                       (    )
     (E) metallic coating

21   Nutrient:      (A) insect (B) beverage (C) food                 (D) gangster girl      (E) tree trunk             (    )

22   Lethargic:       (A) spoiled (B) unenergetic             (C) stylish      (D) fruitful (E) sleeping               (    )

23   Prodigal:       (A) genius      (B) young       (C) wasteful         (D) musical     (E) make-believe             (    )

24   Inebriate:      (A) comedian (B) drunk            (C) untouchable           (D) newly wed         (E) convert     (    )

25   Cursory:       (A) profane       (B) vengeful      (C) superficial (D) bending               (E) advisory         (    )

26   Satiate:      (A) satisfy     (B) soak       (C) weaken (D) prolong (E) insist                                    (    )

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27   Illicit:   (A) dangerous (B) carnal   (C) exempt    (D) unlawful    (E) sinful        (   )

28   Accede:      (A) consent   (B) withdraw   (C) annex (D) break off     (E) speed up    (   )

29   Agenda: (A) the end (B) officials (C) business to be done (D) index (E) explanation   (   )

30   Acrid:     (A) speedy (B) distinct (C) bitter   (D) powdered (E) parched              (   )

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Write the correct answer to each problem in the space provided at the right.

Example: How much is ½ of ¼                                                            (____⅛___)

1    A car travels 3 meter per second. How many meter does it go in one minute?        (________)

2    Which one of the following is smallest? (A) .53 (B) .1236 (C) 1.4 (D) .6000 (E)

3    As there are 12 inches in a feet, subtract 2 feet and 6 inches from 4 feet        (________)

4    Add 1/4 and 1/5 and give the answer in percentage form                            (________)

5    A man's monthly salary is R500.00. R70.00 is deducted for taxes and R12.50 is
     deducted for other purposes. How much has he left to take home?
       OOØ                       What percentage of the circles are marked Ø ?         (________)
7    Three men contributed R500 each, to buy a car together. The car was, however,
     bought for only R1320. How large a refund should each man get?

8    Subtract .003 from .04                                                            (________)

9    What is the area of a square whose side is 4 cm in length?                        (________)

10   Thirty per cent of a group of 50 were men. How many of the group were

11   A salesman sold 12 cars, which was 60% of his quota. What was his quota?          (________)

12   If one angle of a triangle is 80 degrees, and another is 45 degrees, how many
     degrees are there in the third angle?

13   A clock gains 2 minutes and 4 seconds in a period of 4 days. How much does it
     gain per day?

14   What is the average length of 5 rods measuring 10 cm., 6 cm., 4 cm., 6 cm.,
     and 9 cm. long?

15   What is the square root of 169?                                                   (________)

16   Divide 41.52 by 2.4.                                                              (________)

17   Six men can do a job in 8 hours. How long would it take 4 men to do the same

18   Add the following: 4 yr. 7 mo.       3 yr. 6 mo.      2 mo                        (________)

19   Jones' salary was R5000. He was given a 10% raise, and a year later another
     10% raise. What was his salary after the 2 raises?

20   A man averaged 7 Km per litre of petrol/gasoline on a trip of 490 km. At R3 per
     litre, how much did he spend for petrol/gasoline for the trip?

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21   Which number represents the largest amount• (A) .163          (B) .072   (C) .1513
     (D) .0094 (E) .1099

22   A piece 20 cm x 20 cm is cut out of a sheet of paper 50 cm by 50 cm. What is
     the area of the remaining paper?

23   Twenty Rand is 40% of what amount?                                                    (________)

24   In a city, there were 50,000 qualified voters. 60% of the qualified voters voted on
     election day. 20% of those who cast their ballots voted for Jones. How many           (________)
     votes did Jones get?

25   A rectangular hole 6 m. long and 3 m. wide is to be dug to hold 90 cu. m. of
     material. How deep must the hole be?

26   Add: 6 + 102 + 3461 + 17                                                              (________)

27   Smith bought 6 Wendy houses for R72,000 and sold five of them for R13,000,
     R11,000, R15,000, R12,000, and R20,000 each. For how much must he sell                (________)
     the sixth Wendy house in order to make a R15,000 profit (ignoring expenses)?

28   Assume that the U. S. population is 160 million, and that the average family
     consists of 4 persons. How much per family would the cost of a 4 billion dollar       (________)
     defense program amount to?

29   Subtract 1/10 from 2/5                                                                (________)

30   Two airplanes of equal speed start from the same place, going at right angles to
     each other. After they have flown 50 km each, how far apart are the two planes?

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Instructions: Study each series of numbers to discover the "system" in which they are arranged.
Then fill in the missing number that will complete the series.

Example:                           3           5         7      (   9   )   11       13       15

    A          4         6         8          10        12      (       )   16       18

    B         23        21        19          17        15      (       )   11       9

    C         32        27        22          17        12      (       )   2

    D         89        79        70          62        55      (       )   44

    E          1         2         5           6         9      (       )   13

    F          0        12        22          30        36      (       )   42       42

    G          6         7         5           8         4      (       )   3        10

    H          1         6         2          12         4      (       )   8        48

    I          ⅓         1         3           9        27      (       )   243

    J          4         8        10          20        22      (       )   46       92

    K          1         3         7          13        21      (       )   43

    L                   225       169        121        81      (       )   25

    M                   15        26          34        51      (       )   84       96       125

    N                    3         2           5         4      (       )   6        9            8

    O                    1         5          14        30      (       )   91

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In each item below, notice that Figure X has been changed in some way to make Figure Y. Then
look at Figure Z, and decide what it would look like if it were changed in the same way. Choose
your answer from Figures A, B, C, and D.

In the example, Figure X was turned upside down to make Figure Y. If you do the same thing to
Figure Z, it will then look like Figure B. The letter "B" is therefore written in the answer space at
the right.

Continue on next page


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Instructions: Study each sentence carefully and decide if there is a grammatical error in it. If you find
one or more errors in the sentence, underline the word or words that must be changed. If the
sentence has no grammatical error, make no marks but go on to the next sentence.

Example: The doctor told us he didn't have no hope for Suzy.

1. Was it her who answered the call?
2. Hopkins could of won if he had waited.
3. The day was cloudy and cold.
4. The officer told Tom and I to lie down.
5. "Whom is calling?" she asked. "It's I," replied John.
6. Bert could not believe what he had seen.
7. We sunk deeper in the mud with each attempt to get out.
8. I wouldn't trust a driver as careless as him.
9. He did good enough for his first try.
10. I am sorry you was kept waiting so long.
11. I don't like those kind of long car; there too hard to park.
12. Leave it go. It don't help none to complain.
13. He wanted to go somewheres farther away.
14. I decided it was her, because her walk sure looked familiar.
15. Only one of the lectures were really entertaining.
16. The score laid on the piano all day.
17. We hadn't hardly gone a kilometer, when the car stopped.
18. I felt very badly about it.
19. If I were she, I'd go.
20. My bicycle is different than yours.
21. John, Fred, and me all went to the movies.
22. I am now a American citizen.
23. We discovered that Martin had broke his leg.
24. Henry is the strongest of the two. But Dick is the faster.
25. The bells rung all day but they weren't real loud.
26. I wish this thing hadn't come up between you and I.
27. Marching westward, the plane spotted the army.
28. Bills leaving upset me.

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                              YOUR VOCATIONAL INTERESTS
This section is entirely different from the first section.

Here you will uncover your natural vocational interests, instead of your present skills.

Do not do this section right away. You are probably a little tired from the first portion of the test. So
wait until tomorrow, when you are fresh.

How to Discover Your Interests

On the following pages, you will find a series of activities or opinions. These are arranged in pairs.
Each pair is separated from the others by horizontal lines, like this:

Mix cough syrup in a pharmacy                                O

Be a waiter in a restaurant                                            O

In each case, you are to choose one and only one of these activities. Note the two circles to the
right. One is near the top line, one near the bottom.

Indicate your preference by marking ( √ ) the top circle if you prefer the top activity, or in the bottom
circle if you prefer the bottom activity. The activity you tick does not have to be something you
especially like doing, or something you do well. It should just sound like more fun than the other

If you really dislike both activities violently, then do not tick either. Instead, put a cross ( X ) in the
circle of the activity you dislike most.

Either tick the circle for the activity you prefer, or put an X in the circle for the activity you dislike
most, but do not do both.

Use X’s only if you would not dream of doing either activity even if you were starving to death. In
most cases, try to tick one even if it seems only bearable. Use X’s only for the really bitter choices.

You will find that the circles appear in many different places to the right of the activities, but one is
always on top and one is always on the bottom. Pay no attention to the way these circles range from
side to side. This has nothing to do with the way you take the test.

Complete directions for scoring this section will be found at the end.

Check telephone numbers for errors                            O
Review books for a newspaper                                      O
Address, stamp, and mail account statements                   O
Re-decorate your living room                                                    O
Speak to raise money for a mission                                     O
Speak before art clubs about sculpture                                          O
Find study bursaries for worthy students                                                 O
Work on solar power for cars                                                        O
Attend a course in typing                                     O
Help relief families make out budgets                                                    O
Help students get part-time jobs                                                         O
Make new designs for plastic dinnerware                                         O

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Record egg sales on a poultry farm                         O
Sell tractor attachments to farmers                                   O
Read an article on "Young Writers in Russia"                   O
Read a report on new occupations for cripples                                         O
Volunteer to teach people applying for citizenship                                    O
Take an evening course in effective speaking                          O
Proofread a manuscript of a new book                       O
Trouble-shoot printing press breakdowns                                   O
Study means of eradicating mosquitoes                                             O
Count traffic using a new bridge                           O
Make sure that details are accurate                        O
Analyze events for their causes                                                   O
Organize a research study on heart disease                                        O
Design a medal to be awarded for heroism                                      O
Supervise electrical equipment in a TV studio                             O
Analyze audience reactions to TV programs                                         O
Visit hospital patients who are lonely                                                O
Put advertising leaflets in parked cars                    O
Run a repair shop for farm equipment                                      O
Plan the landscaping for a large estate                                       O
Sell cosmetics house to house                                         O
Deliver Special Delivery Mail                              O
Inspect elevators for safety                                              O
Organize adult education classes                                                      O
Investigate the causes of traffic congestion                                      O
Read a report on how toll roads are built                                 O
Sketch scenes in the country                                                  O
Help a polio patient learn to use his hands again                                     O
Operate a "Bookmobile" library                                 O
Develop a stronger breed of cattle                                                O
Read about automation in Russian factories                                O
Read a self-help booklet on salesmanship                              O
Advise couples on marriage problems                                                   O
Operate a book store                                           O
Paint a portrait of a dear friend                                             O
Sort mail in the post office                               O
Join a weekly book discussion club                             O
Visit an art gallery once a week                                              O
Take snapshots                                                                O
Read articles on the effect of X-Rays                                             O
Renew old worn-out typewriters                                            O
Sell tickets at a bus terminal                             O
Do research on the hazards of space travel                                        O
Write an article on the local use of slang                     O
Serve as judge in a local art exhibit                                         O
Persuade merchants to support an art festival                         O
Prepare an advertisement for a new book                               O
Raise funds to print books in Braille for the blind                                   O
Write a booklet on flower arrangement                                         O
Design a do-it-yourself kit for building a doghouse                       O
Translate foreign poetry into English                          O
Write broadcasts for "The Voice of America"                           O
Develop better psychological tests                                                O
Help young people select careers                                                      O

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Write speeches for a political candidate                            O
Analyze plans for combating delinquency                                         O
Negotiate a labour contract                                         O
Select the ten best novels of the year                        O
Write TV commercials                                                O
Design sets for TV plays                                                O
Write dramatic skits for TV                                   O
Open and sort letters from TV listeners                   O
Design and decorate a night club                                            O
Read short stories submitted for publication                  O
Collect clothing for victims of a fire                                              O
Visit a car dump to find useful parts                                   O
Read the book review section of a paper                       O
Read “Popular Mechanics” magazine                                       O
Analyze consumer products                                                       O
Get people out to vote on election day                              O
Fix household equipment for neighbours                                  O
Write words for songs                                         O
Call on a sick friend on a holiday                                                  O
Answer letters and pay accounts on a holiday              O
Take fingerprints of civil service applicants             O
Act as advisor in a public library                            O
Write about how beautiful a park is                                         O
Write about how a park helps underprivileged children                               O
Persuade the city to use your bridge design                         O
Design a bridge for possible use by the city                            O
Consider artists more important than scientists                             O
Consider scientists more important than artists                                 O
Visit a famous hydro-electric dam                                       O
Visit a famous museum of medical progress                                           O
See a movie about cancer research                                               O
See a movie about slum clearance                                                    O
Join a discussion about who should be elected President             O
Join a discussion about a new office manual               O
Read a news story about why a satellite failed to orbit                         O
Read a news story about a sale of an art collection                         O
Work to make expensive medical care available to all                                O
Work to discover the cure for cancer or heart disease                           O
Renovate old cars for resale                                            O
Operate a parking lot                                     O
Read reviews of recent novels or plays                        O
Read weekly calendar of church activities                                           O
Write poetry for your own amusement                           O
Solve chess problems in a magazine                                              O
Sort artificial pearls for size                           O
Bargain for more shelf space for your product                       O
Write a critical review of an art exhibit                                   O
Catalogue and arrange the paintings for an exhibit        O
Study the genetic effect of H-Bomb fall-out                                     O
Study the explosive power of an H-Bomb                                  O
Develop plans to aid poor art students                                              O
judge an art contest among young people                                     O
Order new books in a public library                           O
Make a physical inventory of books in a library           O

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Read "Popular Mechanics"                                                 O
Read "Scientific American"                                                       O
Be a judge in a contest of young advertising copywriters             O
Be a judge in a contest of young poets                         O
Be a cashier in a cafeteria                                O
Repair broken TV aerials                                                 O
Make your own Christmas cards                                                O
Give ingenious gadgets as presents                                       O
Set up an Access Data base                                                       O
Capture data for a data base                               O
Write promotional pamphlets for an art school                        O
Develop the courses to be given in an art school                             O
Teach literature in a high school                              O
Teach art in a high school                                                   O
Serve on the staff of a home for the aged                                            O
Serve on the staff of a public library                         O
Work in the Public Relations department of a city                    O
Work in the Health and Welfare department of a city                                  O
Read the lives of famous authors                               O
Read the lives of famous engineers                                       O
Convert your shed into a workshop                                        O
Convert your shed into a library                               O
Win a prize as best scientist or the year                                        O
Win a prize as best author of the year                         O
Be a TV repairman                                                        O
Be a TV salesman                                                     O
Be a room clerk in a large hotel                           O
Be a church counselor                                                                O
Be moved by a fine picture of a sunset                                       O
Be moved by a fine description of a sunset                           O
Try to solve an unsolved crime                                                   O
Try to talk a policeman out of giving you a ticket                   O
Usually favor the underdog                                                           O
Enjoy bluffing even when not necessary                               O
Operate a machine that pastes labels on cans               O
Redesign a product to make it more attractive                                O
Gather material for a historical novel                         O
Write a letter to the editor praising a candidate                    O
Operate an office switchboard                              O
Analyze how a large office can use a server                                      O
Be known as a famous portrait painter                                        O
Be known as a famous author of biographies                     O
Lobby in Congress for funds for a research project                   O
Develop a research project for Congress' approval                                O
Be a social worker or counsellor                                                     O
Teach shop mechanics to adult classes                                    O
Play with your son's Meccano or Lego set                                 O
Play with your son's painting set                                            O

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                             HOW TO MARK YOUR TESTS
If you have completed your tests, you can mark them by carefully following these simple
instructions. First, here is some general information about marking a test.

The "answer sheet" can be found on the last page of this aptitude test. On it are the correct answers
for all the tests in Part 1 (Present Skills). It can be detached so that the correct answers can be
placed beside your own answers for quick and accurate marking.

Your mark on a test is the number of correct answers you have. Answers that are wrong or were
omitted receive no mark. There is only one best answer for each question, so if you ticked more
than one answer for the same question, they must be counted as wrong even if one of them was the
correct answer.

When you have added your marks on each test, they should be transferred to the Test Profile (“Your
Profile in Present Skills”). Only when your marks have become a part of the Test Profile will they
have definite meaning for you. The marks themselves (without the profile) cannot be compared with
each other because some tests are more difficult than others are. The purpose of the Test Profile is
to tell you just how good each of your marks are.

How to Use the Answer Sheet

To mark the tests in Part 1 (Present Skills), follow these rules:

       1. Tear out the Answer Sheet. Fold back on each of the lines so you can compare the
       answers on the answer sheet with your answers.

       2. Be very sure that the column of answers you use on the marking sheet, is for the same
       test as the answers you are marking.

       3. Compare each of your answers with the answer given on the marking sheet. If the two are
       the same, your answer is correct. It is a good idea to make a light pencil mark after each of
       your answers that are correct, to serve as a temporary record. Your mark on each test is the
       total number of correct answers you received on the test. Since each test has 30 answers,
       the highest score you can receive on any test is 30.

Special Instructions for Certain Tests

Test 4: Abstract Reasoning. This test is divided into two sections, 4-A and 4-B. Your total mark for
Test 4 is the combined marks for 4-A and 4-B.

You will also note that in section 4-A the questions are lettered rather than numbered. This was
done in order to avoid confusion with the content of the questions themselves — it has no other

Test 5: Communication Skill. You will need to use your judgment somewhat in marking this test.
The marking sheet indicates the part or parts of the sentence that need to be changed. However,
since there may be several ways in which an error may be changed, it is difficult to encircle the
exact number of words that are wrong. But the answer sheet does identify the error. If your answer
identifies the same error, count the answer as correct. If you circled any parts as wrong that should
not be circled, subtract one from your total mark for each wrong circling.

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How to Transfer Your Marks to the Test Profile

Notice that on the Test Profile are five columns – one for each of the five tests in Part 1 (Present Skills).
To the left you will find the marks. Colour in the box at your mark for each of the tests. Note that
heavy lines show you the range of above average, average, and below average marks for each test.

One advantage of measuring abilities by means of tests is that you can compare how well you have
done with what other people have done ─ using exactly the same test questions and the same marking
standards. Therefore, we should make sure that we all mean the same thing by these "present skills."
Here are brief descriptions of what is meant by "Verbal Skills," "Abstract Reasoning," etc.

Information (Measured by Test 1). While a large fund of general information may not be vital to
every job, it is important. If two candidates for a job are matched in all other ways, the one with
superior knowledge of what has been and is going on in the world is certainly the better choice. A
wealth of information ─ together with what that implies ─ is an essential in the development and
growth of the "technician" to higher managerial and professional levels. Knowledge of the world and
its activities stands us in good stead in our social relationships with friends and fellow citizens. If
your mark on Test 1 is lower than you would like it to be, there are many ways for improving yourself
in this area. Moreover, of course, you can never be too well read.

Verbal Skill (Measured by Test 2). Verbal ability is generally considered the single skill most
closely associated with "intelligence" — and vocabulary tests are most commonly used to measure
it. Words are the basic tools of any sort of management. Words are also perhaps of greater
importance than we think in our everyday relationships. And in literature and the arts, skilled usage
and an understanding of words is a primary factor. The person who can increase the range of his
vocabulary is bettering himself in a variety of areas at the same time. Verbal skill can easily be
improved, and will be the subject of at least one of our courses.

Numerical Skill (Measured by Test 3). The use of numbers is a skill second only to the use of
words in its importance to man's intelligence. Numerical skill is probably more important in your job
than socially, yet many of us in our everyday living are handicapped because of our inability to use
numbers well — a problem that can and should be remedied quite easily.

Abstract Reasoning (Measured by Test 4). This is a type of reasoning that does not involve the
use of words. Although there are some elements of numerical ability and of "spatial perception" in
sections 4-A and 4-B, the chief ability tested is reasoning. Persons whose reading skill is not well
developed, or who are not thoroughly at home in the English language, will find this test more fair
than tests that require an understanding of words.

Communication Skill (Measured by Test 5). The ability to communicate one's ideas to others
clearly and agreeably is of obvious importance to such persons as journalists, authors, lecturers,
teachers, clergymen, lawyers, and others. However, this skill is important to all of us in any sort of
work. We may fail the firm we represent, or make a poor impression on our own behalf, because of
crudity and lack of clearness in what we are trying to write or say. Improper use of language is not
just an academic problem — it is a handicap with which thousands needlessly frustrate their best
efforts. Effectiveness and prestige are both involved, but many of us have become so accustomed
to our daily speech habits that we do not realize their great potential in our business and social
contacts. Test 5 will give you an estimate of how poorly or how well you may be using this important
"present skill."

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If you have made a choice between the two activities or opinions in every pair, you are ready to
interpret your vocational interests. This test has compared your natural preference for each of seven
different basic vocational fields with the other six fields. Each field has been compared no less than
24 times, so minor variations are almost certain to have been cancelled out.

You add up your preferences very simply. The circles which you ticked or crossed out, you will
remember, were scattered right and left as well as being the top or bottom circle for each pair.

You will notice that the circles fall into seven columns. Each of these columns represents one
vocational field.

The first step in marking is to count the tick marks in the first column on every page. Place a piece of
paper or a ruler over all the columns except the one which you are adding.

Now count the number of X's in the first column on every page, and subtract the X's from the total
tick-marks. This is your total for this vocational field. When you have this total, mark it in the first
column of the graph under the heading “Your Profile in Vocational Interests”. Then fill in the column
up to this mark. Example: If your total for column one is 10, black in column one of the graph up to
the 10 mark.

Do the same for the other columns.

At the foot of each column you will find the vocational interest field represented by that column.

Obviously, you are naturally most interested in the fields in which your score is highest. No scoring
standard can be set. Look at your highest scores and your lowest scores for the general direction of
your preferences. You will be more likely to be happy in areas of your higher scores, and less happy
in work involving use of interests in which you scored lowest, but this alone cannot dictate what you
should do. Moreover, remember always that this portion of the test reveals the kinds of work in
which your interests most probably lie, not the kinds of work you necessarily do best.

Base any decisions you make on not only your general reaction to this test but also on your
education, your experience, the opportunities now open to you, and most of all on what you know
about yourself.

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 29                                                                                   Above Average (top
 28                                                                                  1/3 of all people tested
                                                                                       scored in this area)
                                                                                     Average (middle 1/3 of
                                                                                       all people tested
 20                                                                                   scored in this area)
                                                                                     Below Average (lowest
  8                                                                                  1/3 of all people tested
  7                                                                                    scored in this area)
           Test 1       Test 2        Test 3       Test 4-A plus      Test 5
        Information     Verbal       Numerical       Test 4-B      Communication

Mark your score for each test by putting an "X" in each column where your score lies. For a good visual picture
of your present achievement in these skills, fill in the box of your score and all the boxes below it to make a
bar graph. Note that the dividing line between average and above average varies from test to test.

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        COLUMN 1        COLUMN        COLUMN 3        COLUMN 4         COLUMN 5       COLUMN 6          COLUMN 7
         Clerical &     2 Literary    Persuasive      Mechanical        Artistic      Research &       Humanitarian
          Routine                                          &                           Scientific

Mark your score for each column — the number of tick marks minus the number of X's for all five pages — and
then fill in the column up to that point to make a bar graph. This will give you a visual picture of your interests.

There are no "good" or "bad" scores. Sharp peaks and valleys, however, should give you a strong picture of
activities you will be happiest and unhappiest in. Mild peaks and valleys might indicate that you are interested
in many things and can be happy in many kinds of work.

(If any column has more X's than ticks, simply score it as zero. You do not like that field at all!)

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Here are the seven interests measured in the Interest Inventory — and some typical occupations
associated with each:

Factor A: Clerical & Routine — means that you like repetitive work that does not require a great
deal of reasoning or other mental effort, but may require you to keep working steadily and

       Addressing clerk; duplicating machine operator; file clerk; inventory clerk; key punch
       operator; mail carrier; proofreader; shipping clerk; telegram messenger; telephone operator;
       ticket agent; typist.

Factor B: Literary — means that you enjoy reading or writing, either fiction or non-fiction, but
generally material of high quality.

       Advertising writer; book review editor; dramatist; newspaper editor; English teacher; fiction
       writer; magazine writer; poet; radio or TV script writer; reporter; teacher of languages.

Factor C: Persuasive — means that you enjoy dealing with people and trying to change or influence
their ideas and opinions.

       Car dealer; advertising manager; claim adjustor; buyer; diplomat; hotel manager; insurance
       agent; lawyer; politician; public relations counsel; radio announcer; salesman.

Factor D: Mechanical & Engineering — means you like to work with machines and tools, to build
and to repair things.

       Car mechanic; carpenter, construction worker; electrician; lathe operator; locksmith;
       machinist; mason; motorman; plumber; radio and TV repairman; shoemaker; stagehand;
       toolmaker; upholsterer; welder.

Factor E: Artistic — means that you enjoy making pretty things with your hands, or appreciating
pretty things through the eye. Artistic work is usually creative, and may involve interest in form and
texture of material.

       Advertising designer; architect; beautician; clothes designer; commercial artist; illustrator;
       interior decorator; poster artist; stage-set designer; taxidermist; window dresser.

Factor F: Research & Scientific — means that you like to study problems and work out solutions, to
find the cause of things, to experiment and discover new facts or natural laws.

       Biologist; laboratory technician; chemist; criminologist; dietician; inventor; medical service
       worker; mineralogist; oculist; pharmacist; physician; psychologist; research assistant.

Factor G: Humanitarian — means that you enjoy work that is done to help other people, including
many types of social service.

       Adult education director; camp counselor; case worker; college dean; farm advisor;
       governess; playground director; practical nurse; scout leader; settlement worker; teacher;
       travelers’' aid worker; vocational counselor.

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                                             Answer Sheet
 Test     Test                 Test           Test     Test                           Test
  1        2                    3             4A       4B                                5
                                                               The errors to be circled are underlined, and
                                                               the correct forms are given in parentheses.
1 - C    1 - E    1    -    1800             A - 14   1 - B    1 it her who (she)
2 - E    2 - A    2    -    .078             B - 13   2 - D    2 could of won (have)
3 - B    3 - B    3    -    1 ft. 6 in.      C -7     3 - C    3 no errors
4 - D    4 - B    4    -    45%              D - 49   4 - A    4 and I to (me)
5 - C    5 - D    5    -    $417.50          E - 10   5 - C    5 Whom is (Who)
6 - C    6 - A    6    -    33⅓%             F - 40   6 - B    6 no errors
7 - C    7 - C    7    -    $60              G -9     7 - C    7 We sunk deeper (sank)
8 - D    8 - C    8    -    .037             H - 24   8 - A    8 careless as him (he)
9 - E    9 - B    9    -    16 sq. in.       I - 81   9 - C    9 did good enough (well)
10 - A   10 - A   10       - 35              J - 44   10 - C   10 you was kept (were)
                                                               11 like those kind ... there too hard (that,
11 - B   11 - B   11       - 20              K - 31   11 - D
                                                               12 Leave it... . don't help none (let, doesn't,
12 - D   12 - D   12       - 55              L - 49   12 - D
13 - C   13 - B   13       - 31 sec.         M - 61   13 - B   13 go somewheres (somewhere)
                                                               14 it was her...walk sure looked (she,
14 - E   14 - A   14       - 7 ft.           N -7     14 - D
15 - C   15 - D   15       - 13              O - 55   15 - C   15 one ... were (was)
16 - B   16 - C   16       - 17.3                              16 score laid (lay)
                                                               17 We hadn't OR hardly (had hardly OR
17 - B   17 - A   17       - 12 hr.
                                                                   hadn't gone)
18 - D   18 - D   18       -   8 yr 3 mos.                     18 badly (bad)
19 - B   19 - A   19       -   $6050                           19 no errors
20 - E   20 - D   20       -   $7.20                           20 different than (from)
21 - C   21 - C   21       -   .163                            21 and me (I)
22 - A   22 - D   22       -   21 sq. in.                      22 a American (an)
23 - A   23 - C   23       -   $50                             23 had broke (broken)
24 - C   24 - B   24       -   6,000                           24 the strongest (stronger)
25 - A   25 - C   25       -   5 ft.                           25 bells rung, real loud (rang, very)
26 - D   26 - A   26       -   3586                            26 between you and I (me)
                                                               27 Marching ... plane      (The plane
27 - D   27 - D   27       - $16,000
                                                                   spotted the army marching westward).
28 - C   28 - A   28       - $100                              28 Bills leaving (Bill's)
29 - C   29 - C   29       - 3/10
30 - C   30 - C   30       - 70.7 mi.