Career Insider Verbal Aptitude Test 0024

Question 1

Dear All,

I would like to adress the incidents which have occured during the past month in the office kitchen as these have escalated from a minor irritation to a repeated, deliberite and obtuse disregard for the office etiquette, which we all agreed upon adhering to one we joined the company and took up our positions, voluntarily, at this location rather than another office within this country, but, I will not let this stop me from making my point, which is, in short, PLEASE ensure that you do not consume the blue-topped organic almond milk in the fridge, which is easily identifable as Roger’s property due to it being labelled with a sticky note with the name, ‘Roger,’ written in black marker pen. Warnings and sanctions will be issued as soon as the perpetrator is found. Seniour management will be notified. Roger

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

 

Question 2

Q2.1 It’s hilarious! “Spilt milk;” quite literally. I’d have no idea he’d take it this far. Do you reckon he knows we did it?

Q2.2 We might have gone too far there, although it was only a joke, I think we should, you know, talk to him and resolve this. We’ll just tell him it was silly.

Q2.3 I’m absolutely aware of the situation I believe you’re referring to. It will not be as grave as you think as I’ve already put plans in place to limit our liability should the threats be carried out.

Q2.4 As we’ve been working diligently on this project I’m certain that our achievements will overshadow any discrepancies which may have happened because of our actions.

Q2.5 Yes, I have! This will be such a massive pain should it get out of hand like it did with

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. Have you seen the e-mail Roger’s sent out to the entire office?! I can’t believe he’s thinking of crying to senior management over spilt milk!
  2. You must’ve read the e-mail which was sent out recently. We may need to keep our involvement in this quiet in case the situation.

 

Question 3

An incident has come to my attention. I have spoken with the two employees involved (whom / who), upon being reprimanded, have expressed deep regret at their actions. They have both come to the realisation that the (actions / axioms) they took were (holy/wholly) inappropriate and have shown promise that they will, in the future, adhere to the practices this company seeks to uphold. The self-raising organic (flour/flower) left after the office (baking / backing) competition has been returned to its original owner.

This letter was written by an employee higher up in the company’s hierarchy than those mentioned and involved in the previous passages, and she has asked the office undergraduate intern to check it for any spelling mistakes.

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

 

Question 4

The head of HR has pre-emptively written a few sentences to use as introductions to e-mails which she anticipated she would one day have to send out.

Rank from the MOST positive to the LEAST positive.

  1. You are an absolute disgrace to yourself and to this company. Consider this your third and final reprimand from myself. The remainder of the board have still to reach a decision regarding your employment contract with
  2. After reviewing the transgressions which have been brought to my attention, I have declared this issue to have been resolved peacefully. I must first thank you for your well-balanced composure during this
  3. I send my congratulations to the Diversity team; you have done fantastically well at championing for diversity in the workplace through your unusual, yet well-received, recruitment
  4. I am so, so, so ecstatic to hear that you will be working more closely with us! I offer you my heartfelt congratulations on your successful internal application to the
  5. We are all fairly pleased for you that you passed the second round of the application process, despite our initial reservations on your public-speaking abilities.

 

 

Question 5

Mark and Stuart had been found to have been using some of the food Roger had left in the office fridge without permission from Roger. The item which caused the most upset was the organic almond milk, understandably, because only a drop was left of it and it is necessary for Roger to have with his tea due to his lactose- intolerance. Mark’s defence was to say that he is also lactose-intolerant, but we haven’t received any notes from the doctor just yet. After litigation, Mark, Stuart and Roger have settled the compensation Roger felt was due to him.

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 Mark and Stuart had taken some of Roger’s marmalade without his permission.

Q5.2 Very little almond milk remained.

Q5.3 Mark and Stuart have repaid in full Roger for the goods they took.

Q5.4 Mark has proven that he is also lactose-intolerant.

Q5.5 This event will not happen in future.

 

Question 6

Q6.1 The plant was uprooted from the living room and reseated in the garden. It was watered every day for 5 days. After which time it looked healthier and its leaves were no longer wilting. Little buds had appeared on the branches by the 9th day.

Q6.2 Of course, I spoke to him earlier on the phone. I expect him to arrive at 5pm. We’ll stay at the house for a while, and when I’m ready we’ll go out for dinner.

Q6.3 The Elizabeth line will run from Reading to Shenfield. Each train will be 9 carriages long. The expected journey time from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Paddington Station is 30 minutes.

Q6.4 You should have seen how she reacted when she discovered that she had earned a place on the engineering apprenticeship course starting in September. She was so pleased!

Q6.5 So, I then added the dowels, I think, to the ends of the planks before slotting them, not so neatly, into the holes of panel A. And now, it looks alright.

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. “Anyway, Jaz, as I was saying, Kerry couldn’t believe that Jason had called her, “disgusting,” yesterday. But, Sally said that he said that because she said to him the other night that he was boring and was thinking of leaving him. It was only natural for him to flip out.”
  2. 0.573g of CuCl2 was dissolved with 10ml of H2O in a conical flask. 2ml of NaOH were added to the solution. The clear blue liquid formed a dark green precipitate. 2ml of HCl were added and the mixture returned to a clear blue solution.

 

Question 7

As we move ever further forward into this millenium we have no idea how conscience life will shape our planet. It is important for us to maintain piece amongst ourselves for us to better do our peace in supporting, sustaining, preserving and conserving the nature we find all around us. We will be superceded by future generations whom will look back and either thank us for what we’ve saved, or forget us for the damage we’ve reeked upon the planet.

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

 

Question 8

People’s responses to a change or idea have been written down. Rank these in order from MOST to LEAST well-received. Judge this by the language used.

  1. FlowEase will help cut our processing time. Our customers are looking forward to receiving their purchases sooner.
  2. The new software implementation sounds quite exciting. Newer members of staff are keen to start their training for the new POS software.
  3. Automation will cut journey delays by 90%, but many members of staff are threatening to walk out if the plans go ahead.
  4. I’ve heard they’re going to be refurbishing the changing rooms, shall we go and have a look? Lauren says they’re much nicer than before; they’ve even added hairdryers!
  5. I’m not sure about these new rules. It is such a simple game, and he’s just trying to make us play Stuck in the mud. I hate that game. I won’t play. You can’t make me.

 

Test Solutions

Question 1

Dear All,

I would like to address the incidents which have occurred during the past month in the office kitchen as these have escalated from a minor irritation to a repeated, deliberate and obtuse disregard for the office etiquette, which we all agreed upon adhering to once we joined the company and took up our positions, voluntarily, at this location rather than another office within this country, but, I will not let this stop me from making my point, which is, in short, PLEASE ensure that you do not consume the blue-topped organic almond milk in the fridge, which is easily identifiable as Roger’s property due to it being labelled with a sticky note with the name, ‘Roger,’ written in black marker pen. Warnings and sanctions will be issued as soon as the perpetrator is found. Senior management will be notified. Roger

 

 

Question 2

Explanation:

Passage A is more casual and expressive in its language than passage B. Some might say that identifying Roger by name removes a level of anonymity and professionality. The use of part of the idiom ‘crying…over spilt milk’ is mocking in tone.

Passage B has an air of secrecy, which might be interpreted as formal, but could more accurately be described as evasive or elusive; it’s quite vague in the events and it’s describing, perhaps only those in the know would have a better idea of the e-‘mail’ and ‘involvement’ being discussed here.

Q2.1 Suggested answer: A

 

Q2.2 Suggested answer: A

 

Q2.3 Suggested answer: B

 

Q2.4 Suggested answer: B

 

Q2.5 Suggested answer: A

 

Question 3

An incident has come to my attention. I have spoken with the two employees involved who, upon being reprimanded, have expressed deep regret at their actions. They have both come to the realisation that the actions they took were wholly inappropriate and have shown promise that they will, in the future, adhere to the practices this company seeks to uphold. The self-raising organic flour left after the office baking competition has been returned to its original owner.

 

 

Question 4

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

 

Question 5

Q5.1 Suggested answer: Cannot Say

 

Q5.2 Suggested answer: True 

Q5.3 Suggested answer: Cannot Say

 

Q5.4 Suggested answer: False

 

Q5.5 Suggested answer: Cannot Say

 

Question 6

Explanation:

Passage A is very conversational in tone, it is informal language, the thoughts and ideas are not clearly laid out, details are missing. We can imagine a scenario where two people are chatting over the issue.

Passage B uses very technical language common within scientific papers. Information is conveyed in a very dense format, without the use of superlatives. Instructions are written in the 3rd person and observations are noted. Although, you may not understand the science between the methods, it is important to note clearly the style shown.

Q6.1 Suggested answer: B

Q6.2 Suggested answer: A

Q6.3 Suggested answer: B

Q6.4 Suggested answer: A

Q6.5 Suggested answer: A

 

Question 7

As we move ever further forward into this millennium we have no idea how conscious life will shape our planet. It is important for us to maintain peace amongst ourselves for us to better do our piece in supporting, sustaining, preserving and conserving the nature we find all around us. We will be superseded by future generations whom will look back and either thank us for what we’ve saved, or forget us for the damage we’ve wrecked upon the planet.

 

Question 8

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