Career Insider Verbal Aptitude Test 0019

Question 1

Q1.1 I gratefully accept your offer to present my paper at the conference. Thank you for this opportunity.

Q1.2 Thanks for helping me out with this one. I will see you there, I will be wearing my white tuxedo.

Q1.3 This is great to hear! Thanks for this – I owe you one.

Q1.4 It is with great pleasure that I hear this welcome news. You have my sincerest gratitude for accepting my paper.

Q1.5 Lovely to hear back from you. I will, of course, accept your offer and am delighted to present my paper for the conference.

For each response above, please indicate which of the original messages it would best reply to (A or B), based entirely on the style of communication.

  1. Thank you for your application. We are delighted to inform you that the panel of Governors has accepted your paper for presentation at the conference. Please respond to this message, confirming your intention to display the paper at the event.
  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your paper. It was very thoughtful, and it should not come as a great surprise that I pushed for its acceptance for the conference. I look forward to catching up with you, give me a call when you arrive.

 

Question 2

The Governors’ Ball was a great success. The paper presentations were engaging and thoughtful. However, there was (few / no / some / several) confusion with what was considered (appropriate / necessary / well-fitted) attire. While some of the guests wore formal dress, others (war / were / wore) sports gear. This has caused some concern regarding the wording of our invitation (as / if / therefore / this) clearly there has been some miscommunication.

Based on the information in the passage, select a word for each blank.

 

Question 3

The school has a long history of steamed alumni that covers over two centuries. The Governors’ Board has often remained behind the scenes, steering the school thorough turbulent times and provided the necessary funds for projects. I have admirable many on the board for their diligence over the years, and it is with great pleasure that I announce that next school term, I shall be joining this distinguished companies. I will endeavour to uphold the values of the school as well as the high standard with which the Governors hold.

Please correct any errors in spelling, grammar or punctuation that have been made in the text.

 

Question 4

Presented are a variety of responses you have received from the Board of Governors regarding the proposals you have put forward to them.

Please RANK the options in order from the most positive being 1 to the least positive being 5.

  1. Firstly, I would like to welcome you to the board. Secondly, I would like to state for the record that I think this idea has no merit and would actively oppose it at the earliest opportunity.
  2. I like this idea, I think there is something to it. Let me get back to you after I contemplate it further.
  3. Great idea, though unfortunately, you might not be aware of our current budget situation – there is no way this can be implemented in time.
  4. I do not see how this will add any value to us, or the board. I am very hesitant about your proposal.
  5. I am very impressed – this is the kind of thinking this board drastically needs. I will completely support you with this idea.

 

Question 5

The Governors’ Ball will start at 19:00. Most attendees have already purchased a ticket online for collection at the door. However, one can buy a ticket on the door for a premium price of £12.50. Each attendee will be given one free cocktail from a choice of Daiquiri, Martini, or Margarita. After which, attendees may purchase drinks from the upstairs gallery. The speeches are due to commence at 20:00.

Based on the information in the passage, select for each statement whether it is True, False, or you Can't Say without further information.

Q5.1 Every attendant is given one free cocktail from the upstairs gallery.

Q5.2 Most attendees will buy tickets at the door for £12.50

Q5.3 All attendees will have the option to receive one free Manhattan cocktail.

Q5.4 After the speeches commence, they are due to run for two hours.

Q5.5 The upstairs gallery will provide drinks for the attendees.

 

Question 6

Q6.1 Thank you very much for getting back to me so promptly. It is with great joy that I would like to accept your offer for the position and will endeavor to bring the highest of standards where I may.

Q6.2 Great to hear from you! That all sounds fantastic. I am free to come in tomorrow morning if that works for you?

Q6.3 Thank you for your kind offer. Unfortunately, I must decline your generous offer due to unforeseen circumstances. My sincerest apologies.

Q6.4 Thank you for your offer. It perhaps comes as no surprise that I would love to accept. It sounds fun and it would be good to work on something together.

Q6.5 Thanks for getting back to me so quickly – I would be honored to join you and your panelists as soon as possible.

For each response below, please indicate which of the original messages it would best reply to (A or B), based entirely on the style of communication

  1. Your findings were assessed anonymously by the panel in order to best remove bias and groupthink. In conclusion, we were thoroughly impressed by your work and would love to offer you a position here effective immediately. Please reply within a week to discuss further details with regards to this opportunity.
  2. The panel looked over your report and, if I am honest with you, the results were very encouraging. We really liked section B, which I found particularly interesting, and parts of section C. It pleases me to say that we would like you to join us as soon as possible. Let me know when’s best, thanks.

Question 7

The business is (ran / run / wrung) by a dozen individuals who make up ‘the panel’. Currently, they are looking (for / through / with) new research projects to undertake that will help them gain (further / longer / wider) insight into their trade and bestows / issues / provides / new approaches to (expand / propel / stretch) their business.

Based on the information in the passage, select a word for each blank.

 

Question 8

As you may well be aware, I have a long carrier in business. Having started a few notable tech start-ups, I now act as business consultant for sum companies in the financial district. I wish to send you my thanks for accepting me as you’re newest member. I know that a few of you has your initial reversions, but rest issued, I will give my utmost to not let you down.

Please correct any errors in spelling, grammar or punctuation that have been made in the text.

 

Test Solutions

Question 1

Explanation:

Passage A represents a formal and considered message from the Governors letting the applicant know that they were successful. The language is formal and precise. The response to this message must equally be formal and kindly, though perhaps distant and deferential.

Passage B represents a less formal message to the applicant. Equally positive, it is more familiar and casual. It is likely that the sender and the applicant know each other at least a little bit. As such, the response is perhaps slightly bold, familiar in return.

Q1.1 Suggested answer: A 

Q1.2 Suggested answer: B

Q1.3 Suggested answer: B

Q1.4 Suggested answer: A 

Q1.5 Suggested answer: B

 

Question 2

The Governors’ Ball was a great success. The paper presentations were engaging and thoughtful. However, there was some confusion with what was considered appropriate attire. While some of the guests wore formal dress, others wore sports gear. This has caused some concern regarding the wording of our invitation as clearly there has been some miscommunication.

 

Question 3

The school has a long history of esteemed alumni that covers over two centuries. The Governors’ Board has often remained behind the scenes, steering the school through turbulent times and provided the necessary funds for projects. I have admired many on the board for their diligence over the years, and it is with great pleasure that I announce that next school term, I shall be joining this distinguished company. I will endeavor to uphold the values of the school as well as the high standard with which the Governors hold.

 

Question 4

Suggested answer: E, B, C, D, A

 

Question 5

Q5.1 Suggested answer: Cannot Say

Q5.2 Suggested answer: False

Q5.3 Suggested answer: False

Q5.4 Suggested answer: Cannot Say

Q5.5 Suggested answer: True

 

Question 6

Explanation:

Passage A represents a formal and considered message, letting the applicant know that they were successful and offering them a position. The language is formal and professional. The response to this message must equally be formal and kindly, though perhaps distant and deferential.

Passage B represents a less formal message to the applicant. Equally positive, it is more familiar and casual. It is likely that the sender and the applicant know each other at least a little bit. As such, the response is perhaps slightly bold, familiar in return.

Q6.1 Suggested answer: A

Q6.2 Suggested answer: B

Q6.3 Suggested answer: A

Q6.4 Suggested answer: B

Q6.5 Suggested answer: B

 

Question 7

The business is run by a dozen individuals who make up ‘the panel’. Currently, they are looking for new research projects to undertake that will help them gain further insight into their trade and provides new approaches to expand their business.

 

Question 8

As you may well be aware, I have a long career in business. Having started a few notable tech start-ups, I now act as business consultant for some companies in the financial district. I wish to send you my thanks for accepting me as your newest member. I know that a few of you had your initial reservations, but rest assured, I will give my utmost to not let you down.