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1. Album Sales

Zero-sum thinking
   
Easy  

An eagerly awaited new album has been leaked several hours before its official release. Listeners are now able to download the album for free.

How will this affect album sales?

   


2. Horse Race

Appeal to probability
   
Easy  

Dan put a large bet on a horse. However, a day before the race, the horse was injured.

Select which of the following statements are true:

(Select all acceptable answers.)

Dan will not win the bet.
The horse will not take part in the race.
Dan may win the bet.
The horse may recover before the race.
   


3. Argumentative Essay

Most effective summary
   
Easy  

When writing an argumentative essay, it's very important to establish credibility with the audience. Providing inaccurate or false information is a surefire way to lose credibility with the reader. Once the essay’s credibility is lost, the reader will be less likely to believe other statements even if they are backed up by facts.

Select the statement that most effectively summarizes the above text:

   


4. Postcard

Attribute substitution
   
Easy  

A postcard and a stamp together cost $1.50. The postcard costs one dollar more than the stamp.

How much does the stamp cost?

$ 
   


5. Rainy Days

Appeal to probability
   
Easy  

It has rained continuously for 15 days. Tomorrow, an important football match is being held in an outdoor stadium.

Select which of the following statements are true:

(Select all acceptable answers.)

If the match is held, the players will get wet.
Last week was rainy.
The players may be wet tomorrow.
Tomorrow will probably be a sunny day.
   


6. Sunburn

Conjunction fallacy
   
Easy  

In the middle of the summer, around 2:00 p.m., Agathe fell asleep in a swimsuit on a beach in Greece.

Select which of the following Agathe is most likely to experience:

   


7. Age

Linear systems
   
Easy  

How old is John if, in 38 years, he will be 3 times as old as he is today?

 years old
   


8. Paper

Most effective summary Newspaper excerpts
   
Easy  

Carefully read the following excerpt from an article on paper production:

With the recovery rate of used paper for recycling approaching 70 percent in the United States and Europe, and approaching 80 percent in Japan, to keep up with our demand for paper we need to continue using fresh fiber as well as recycled, according to the premise set forward in a new report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Detailing the reasons why fresh fiber combined with recycled is important for a single integrated wood fiber system, the report examines the “complementarity” of using both and discusses the functions of different types of fibers and the issues related to both recycling old fiber and sourcing fresh fiber. In 2012, 400 million tons of paper and paperboard were produced and consumed globally, which is double that in 1985, notes the report. As the population continues to expand and standards of living increase, this number is expected to climb by another 40 percent by 2028. While many would advocate for cutting down on paper use in the first place, in the face of global demand the most sustainable fiber may have to be the next best thing. But therein lies the rub: finding adequate quantities of said fiber will be the challenge of the global pulp and paper industry.

Which statement most effectively summarizes the text?

   


9. Profit per Employee

Chart lookup
   
Easy  

In which year did the company make the largest profit per employee?

A chart showing the profit per employee.

   


10. Real Estates

Chart lookup
   
Easy  

The chart below shows how many properties an employee sold last month:

A chart showing how many properties each employee has sold in the last month.

What was the total number of properties sold last month?

   


11. Referendum

Inductive reasoning
   
Easy  

In a forthcoming referendum, voters will be asked whether the minimum wage should be increased. The opinion polls show that a small majority of these voters are in favor of keeping the current minimum wage. Younger voters are more inclined to support a rise in the minimum wage, whereas older voters tend to support no change.

Targeted polls of business leaders, scientists, and lawyers showed that the majority supported a rise in the minimum wage.

Select all the statements that can be concluded from the above text:

(Select all acceptable answers.)

It is more likely that the results of the referendum will reflect the views of older voters.
A scientist will probably be more inclined to vote for a rise in the minimum wage than an older voter.
A business leader will probably vote in favor of keeping the current minimum wage.
Younger voters will probably be more inclined to vote for a rise in the minimum wage than lawyers.
   


12. Tires

Table lookup
   
Easy  

If a tire scores less than 5 in any category, it fails the test. Which tire that passes the test has the highest average score?

Conditions
Dry Wet Snow
Desert 10 4 1
Ocean 6 8 6
Rainforest 6 10 6
Glacier 4 9 10
Prairie 7 7 7
   


13. Apples

Linear systems
   
Easy  

John has some apples, and two brothers, Jack and Jim.

John eats 3 of his apples and splits the remainder equally between himself and each one of his brothers. Jack and Jim both eat half the apples they have been given. Together the three brothers have 4 apples left.

How many apples did John start with?

   


14. Car Dealer

Chart lookup
   
Easy  

The charts below show the number of cars John sold last year and the profit per car he made.

A chart showing the number of cars sold and the profit per car.

How much did John earn last year?

$ 
   


15. Economic Recession

Critical thinking
   
Easy  

Germany's economy avoided falling into recession during the final three months of last year. This means that it avoided two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, which is the definition of a recession. This was a small, but positive, surprise for all analysts who, after the July-to-September period that featured a 0.3% decline, predicted the continuation of this negative trend.

Reasons for slower growth last year include a slowdown in the global economy and a weaker car sector, with German consumers less willing to buy new cars amid confusion over new emission standards.

Joe Johnson, senior financial analyst, told the BBC that US tariffs on EU car exports, which US President Donald Trump has threatened, could have a major impact on Germany. He expects that, if this happens, Germany will fall into recession.

What can be concluded from the text above?

If US brings tariffs on EU car exports, Germany will fall into recession.


Germany’s GDP growth was negative during the third quarter of last year.


New emission standards made an impact on German customers.


If GDP growth during the first quarter of this year is negative, Germany will technically be in recession.

   


16. Income

Table lookup
   
Easy  

Which product line saw the largest absolute increase in income (dollar amount, not percentage) in the second half of the year compared to the first half of the year?

Product line Quarters
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
C# $26,000 $27,000 $33,000 $15,000
JavaScript $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $18,000
HTML/CSS $1,000 $5,000 $7,000 $1,000
PHP $12,000 $11,000 $14,000 $13,000
Ruby $4,000 $4,000 $5,000 $6,000
   


17. Sick Leave

Deductive reasoning Understanding rules
   
Easy  

The company's sick leave policy says:

This company’s sick leave policy applies to all our employees who have been with our company for more than six months. Our employees can take sick leave when they want to recover from a sudden illness, accident, or injury. They can use up to 10 days of sick leave for these purposes per calendar year.

Upon completion of each 12 month period of employment, employees will receive 3 additional days of sick leave for every completed 12 month period of working for the company. These additional sick leave days expire at the end of the next 12 month period.

Keep in mind that employees who become sick should either use their sick days or work from home to avoid spreading illnesses.

Fill in the blanks, with numbers, for the cases below. Enter number 0 for cases when an employee doesn't have the right for sick leave, according to the policy.

  • Emily, who has worked for us for almost half of year and still hasn't used any sick leave days, has the right to use up to sick leave days this year.
  • Faith, who just started her 4th year of working for us and has not taken sick leave until now, had a car accident. She has the right to use up to days for sick leave to recover from the injuries.
  • Vanessa, who started to work for us a little over a year ago, took sick leave last year for 2 days. She was Faith's passenger. Vanessa has the right to use up to days for sick leave to recover from the injuries.
  • Edith, who began working for us 8 months ago, has the right to use up to sick leave days for her regular annual physical exam, which lasts the whole day.
  • If Gabrielle, who has worked for us for 20 months, and who took a 10-day sick leave immediately after her 6-month trial period had finished, gets ill tomorrow, she will have right to use up to   days for sick leave.
   


18. Cats

Deductive reasoning True statement
   
Hard  

catCats are common pets throughout the world, and their worldwide population exceeds 500 million.

Cats are the second most popular pet in the U.S. by number of pets owned, behind freshwater fish. Although cat ownership has commonly been associated with women, research has shown that men and women in the U.S. are equally likely to own a cat.

They are ranked as the third most popular pet in the U.K. by number of pets owned, after fish and dogs, with 8 million being owned.

What can be concluded from the text above?

(Select all acceptable answers.)

More cats are kept as pets in the U.S. than dogs.
Cats are one of the three most popular pets in the world.
Women and men are equally likely to own a pet.
More than 8 million fish are owned as a pet in the U.K.
   


19. Shares

Percentages
   
Hard  

A brother and sister own equal parts in a company. The minority shareholders have the remaining 12,000 shares or 30% of the company.

What is the number of shares that the sister owns?

   


20. Car Dealer Profit

Chart lookup
   
Hard  

The charts below show the number of cars John sold last year and the profit per car he made.

A chart showing the number of cars sold and the profit per car.

In which quarter did John make the largest average profit per car?

   


21. Fence

Mechanics
   
Hard  

It takes Billy 4 hours to paint a fence by himself. It takes Suzy 6 hours to paint the same fence by herself.

How long will it take them if they start working on the same fence together and neither of them stops until the fence is completely painted?

   


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