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It's an ideal test for pre-employment screening of candidates who are expected to manage a project and the work of a team or take ownership of their own workload.
This test requires candidates to answer multiple-choice questions about the principles and core subjects within the project management discipline and demonstrate the aptitude to make logical deductions, reason about written communication, and understand numerical information.
Sample public questions
A company currently has three active projects:
- Project A has a 85% chance of a 230,000 USD profit and a 15% chance of a 230,000 USD loss.
- Project B has a 55% chance of a 900,000 USD profit and a 45% chance of a 900,000 USD loss.
- Project C has a 73% chance of a 300,000 USD profit and a 27% chance of a 250,000 USD loss.
What is the amount of the project with the highest monetary value?
A team member calls you mid-flight to inform you about an idea that she had to change one part of the solution design that she is going to present at tomorrow’s customer meeting. She briefly explains her idea to you, but the mobile connection is poor and the call is disturbed with noise and short interruptions. How do you respond?
An author writes an argumentative essay to persuade readers to agree with a claim about a topic. When writing an argumentative essay, it's important to establish credibility with readers to convince them that the author is trustworthy. True statements, accurate evidence, and clear logic increase an author's credibility. However, false statements, inaccurate evidence, and unclear logic make an author less credible. With lower credibility, an author is less likely to persuade readers to agree with a claim--even when it is trustworthy.
Select the statement that most effectively summarizes the above text:
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?
In an upcoming referendum, voters will be asked whether the minimum wage should be increased. Telephone polls of likely voters were conducted to predict what the result might be. All respondents were put into at least one of six categories based on profession and age: scientist, lawyer, hourly wage earner, small business owner, younger voter, older voter.
The opinion polls showed:
- A majority of voters are in favor of keeping the current minimum wage.
- A majority of scientists and lawyers supported a rise in the minimum wage.
- Younger voters are more inclined to support a rise in the minimum wage.
- Older voters tend to support no change.
- Hourly wage earners overwhelmingly supported a rise in the minimum wage.
- Small business owners were evenly split on the subject.
Select all the statements that can be concluded from the above text:
Five types of tires were tested in three different driving conditions.
Consider the following table of their test scores:
|Tire Type||Driving Condition Test Scores|
If a tire type scored 4 or less in any category, it failed the test.
What is the highest average score of the tire types that passed the test?
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?
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 some 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 thinks that, if this happens, Germany might fall into recession.
What can be concluded from the text above?
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?
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 only 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. Unspent additional sick leave days cannot be transferred to the next 12 month period. For example, an employee who has worked for the company for 10 years would receive 30 additional days of sick leave, or 40 in total.
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 the number 0 for cases when an employee doesn't have the right to sick leave, according to the policy.
- Emily, who has worked for us for almost half a 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 3rd 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 of sick leave to recover from her injuries.
- Vanessa, who started to work for us a little over a year ago, took 2 days of sick leave last year. She was Faith's passenger in the car accident. Vanessa has the right to use up to __ days of sick leave to recover from her injuries.
- Edith, who began working for us 8 months ago, has the right to use up to __ sick leave days for a volunteer adult care program at a local hospital that 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 the right to use up to __ days of sick leave.
Cats 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?
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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Skills and topics tested
- Numerical Reasoning
- Chart Lookup
- Verbal Reasoning
- Most Effective Summary
- Newspaper Excerpts
- Logical Reasoning
- Non-Independent Events
- Inductive Reasoning
- Attribute Substitution
- Linear Equations
- Divide and Conquer
- Double Counting
- Gambler's Fallacy
- Affirming a Disjunct
- Deductive Reasoning
- Fallacy of Division
- Set Theory
- Circular Reasoning
- Fallacy of the Undistributed Middle
- Fallacy of Exclusive Premises
- Critical Thinking
- Existential Fallacy
- Modal Fallacy
- Illicit Major
- Understanding Rules
- Project Planning
- Project Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Risk Management
- Gantt Chart
- Team Communication
- True Statement
- Fallacy of Composition
- Correlation and Causation
- Table Lookup
- Affirming the Consequent
- Masked-Man Fallacy
- Argument from Fallacy
- Conjunction Fallacy
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