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Each of the following questions consists of one word followed by five words (or phrases). You must select the word (or phrase) whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

(A) Schemer
(B) Geometer
(C) Algebraist
(D) Criminal
(E) Advocate

(A) Comedy film
(B) Pleasant view
(C) Repetitive phrase
(D) Ocular difficulty
(E) Academic success

(A) Ancient
(B) Original
(C) Lovely
(D) Ignorant
(E) Aware

(A) Pleasure
(B) Desire
(C) Luxury
(D) Neutrality
(E) Fear

(A) Untraditional
(B) Typical
(C) Steady
(D) Expected
(E) Normative


Each of the following analogies consists of a phrase that links two words in a logical fashion. Determine the logical link between the words and select an answer choice that reflects the logical relationship evident in the question.

6.   Preferred is to distasteful as
(A) wet is to dry
(B) rotund is to plump
(C) ignorant is to foolish
(D) weary is to tired
(E) sharp is to intelligent

7.   Wishful is to dreamy as
(A) clever is to dunce
(B) aspiring is to stunted
(C) desired is to coveted
(D) enticed is to repelled
(E) magnified is to microscopic

8.   Nucleus is to atom as
(A) ball is to chain
(B) weather is to pattern
(C) sport is to injury
(D) heart is to body
(E) tradition is to culture

9.   Paper is to clip as
(A) world is to view
(B) hand is to sum
(C) under is to stand
(D) over is to wrought
(E) heavy is to handed

10.   Six is to three as
(A) Whole is to part
(B) Unit is to fraction
(C) Multiple is to divisor
(D) Eight is to two
(E) Double is to half

Quantitative I

Each of the following problems contains five possible answer choices. Solve the problem and choose the answer that is the best solution to the problem.

11.   If three dozen apples are divided equally between four groups, how many apples does each group get?
(A) 5
(B) 6
(C) 7
(D) 8
(E) 9

12.   What is x?  2x + 5 = 15
(A) 0
(B) 5
(C) 7.5
(D) 10
(E) 20

13.   Which of the following is not a multiple of 6?
(A) 3
(B) 6
(C) 12
(D) 18
(E) 24

14.   Hanna is 10 years old. If Hanna is twice as old as Peter, and Peter is two years younger than Adolf, how old is Adolf?
(A) 4
(B) 5
(C) 6
(D) 7
(E) 8

Quantitative II

Each of the following problems contains five possible answer choices. Solve the problem and choose the answer choice that is the best solution to the problem.

15.   Which of the following is not a multiple of ½?
(A) 1/3
(B) ½
(C) 1
(D) 2
(E) 3

16.   What is x?  2x + 4x = 12
(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) 5

17.   Ahmed and Sunia competed in a running race. Ahmed ran 3 laps around a 2-kilometre track in 60 minutes. How fast did Sunia have to run in order to beat Ahmed?
(A) 8 minutes/kilometre
(B) 10 minutes/kilometre
(C) 12 minutes/kilometre
(D) 14 minutes/kilometre
(E) It is not possible to determine the solution based on the information provided.

Reading Comprehension

Read each passage carefully and then answer the questions that follow. For each question, use the information provided in the passage to select the best possible answer.


Although it has become a common belief in the twenty-first century that science and religion are two separate fields of inquiry, the nineteenth century was full of examples of scientists who were explicitly religious in their scientific claims. In fact, many nineteenth century scientists were open about their religious beliefs and they hunted for the proof of God’s existence in their theories. Things changed in dramatic ways in 1859, however, when the British explorer and scientist, Charles Darwin, published his book, The Origin of Species. Following the publication of that book, many scientists began to identify with secularism—i.e. the belief that religion should play no role in scientific investigations. The effects of Darwinism and the theory of evolution were widespread. Even today, many scientists identify with the secularism that Darwin’s theories were seen to encourage because they believe religion should play no role in their scientific experiments. Science, they argue, should be neutral and unbiased.

18.   The author of the passage adopts a tone that is
(A) Historical
(B) Political
(C) Ideological
(D) Skewed
(E) Biased

19.   The author’s claim that “Things changed in dramatic ways in 1859...” implies that
(A) Charles Darwin was a religious believer
(B) the British government banned The Origin of Species
(C) scientists today call themselves Darwinists
(D) the link between religion and science in the nineteenth-century remained untouched
(E) The Origin of Species fundamentally changed the way scientists viewed themselves

20.   “Secularism” is best defined as
(A) The belief that God exists
(B) The belief that God does not exist
(C) The view that science should not be influenced by religious beliefs
(D) The view that science should be influenced by religious beliefs
(E) The claim that nature is in a state of constant evolution


Read the following topic carefully. Take a few minutes to think about the topic and to organize your thoughts.

Luck depends on the opportunities you create for yourself.

Do you agree or disagree with the statement above? Write an essay to support your position. Use examples from literature, history, science or personal experience to justify your view.


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