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02 Numerical Reasoning

Sample Tests - EU EPSO Tests Series


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Preface
EU / EPSO TESTS
To assist you in preparing for the EPSO
exams Training4EU Team provides you
with a series of sample tests with exam-
ples of verbal, numerical, abstract, situa-
tional judgment, accuracy & precision,
and prioritizing & organizing questions.
1. Verbal Reasoning: Using a short para-
graph of text on virtually any topic, this
test requires to choose from 4 or 5 an-
swer options the one that fully matches
the statements in the original text.
There is always only one correct an-
swer because other options may con-
tain insufficient information or false
statements. There are 20 verbal reason-
ing questions in a competition, and the
allocated time is 35 minutes.
2.Numerical Reasoning: In the form of
multiple-choice this test requires data
interpretation and mathematical calcula-
tions. Using information presented
through tables and graphs, you will be
required to draw conclusions and calcu-
late changes within these data sets. Ba-
sic mathematical skills such as percent-
ages, arithmetic operations, and ratios
must be reviewed prior to taking the
test. There are 10 numerical reasoning
questions in a competition, and the allo-
cated time is 20 minutes.
3. Abstract Reasoning: Using a series
of images, this test requires candidates
to identify which one should be next in
the row, based on an inherent logic be-
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tween the presented images. There are
10 abstract reasoning questions in a
competition, and the allocated time is 10
minutes.
4. Situational Judgement Test: This test
requires candidates to choose the most
favorable and least favorable course of
action in a given situation. Candidates
are expected to have a basic understand-
ing of corporate culture and code of con-
duct to successfully pass the test. There
are 20 situational judgement questions
in a competition, and the allocated time
is 30 minutes.
5. Organizing and Prioritizing Test: This
test requires candidates to check a table
with various information about sched-
ules, timetables, agendas, vehicle ca-
pacities and other practical information
and find the best solution to a practical
organisation or logistics problem. There
are organizing and prioritizing 20 ques-
tions in a competition, and the allocated
time is 24 minutes (AST level only).
6. Accuracy and Precision Test: This
test requires candidates to identify,
based on a table and various icons, mis-
takes, errors, typos or other inaccura-
cies in a control line under a heavy
time-pressure. There are 40 accuracy
and precision questions in a competi-
tion, and the allocated time is 6 minutes
(AST only).
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Sample Tests
Sample tests can give you an idea of the
type of questions and level of difficulty
you will face during the competitions.
Time Limits: Contrary to the actual
EPSO tests where they have to be com-
pleted within an allowed time, the pro-
vided sample tests have no limit for an-
swering the questions. The purpose is
to get yourself familiarized with EPSO
questions concept, and understand their
reasoning within a stress-free pace.
Great features of these sample tests:
No internet connection is required
No expiration limit or date for the tests
No personal data is extracted
No account or registration needed
Yes, it helps you practice at your own
pace, with helpful hints and solution
tips. A great way to enhance your learn-
ing
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With a mix of theory, exercises, and
simulation tests we support you n both
stages of the EPSO exams, i.e. Pre-
selection Tests and Assessment Centre.
Our Team consists of a group of profes-
sionals with extensive experience on
EPSO Competitions that can prepare
you in an effective and timely profession-
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Success Tips -
Failure Mistakes
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Practice
makes perfect
Success Tips
1. Prepare well
2. Know the test format
3. Make use of a rough paper, marker and a calculator.
4. Be focused
5. Read the statements carefully Make sure you have clearly under-
stood what is wanted from the statement. Double check the tables
with the data from which you deduct the answer
6. Budget your time Allow maximum two minutes per question
7. Avoid stupid mistakes Make sure to avoid stupid mistakes that
could cost you precious points
8. Check unit measurements
9. Round up or down the values given for easier calculations
10. Revise if time allows it
11. Practice, practice, practice. Practice makes perfect
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Failure Mistakes
1. Not preparing for the format of the test
2. Advance fear of the test
3. Worrying about the past
4. Obsession with test score
5. Obsession with accuracy
6. Using poor question solving strategy
7. Not using a calculator
8. Not reading the entire question
9. Marking the wrong answer
10. Insufficient preparation
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Assistant level
Numerical Reasoning tests
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Practice
makes perfect
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A. 400 000
B. 600 000
C. 1 600 000
D. 900 000
Q1 - In 2005, what was the difference between average annual govern-
ment spending on the three sectors in Finland and in Denmark?
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A. 400 000
B. 600 000
C. 1 600 000
D. 900 000
Q1 - In 2005, what was the difference between average annual govern-
ment spending on the three sectors in Finland and in Denmark?
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A. 1.50 euros
B. 1.45 euros
C. 1.00 euro
D. 3.55 euros
Q2 - What is the difference between the average electricity price (ex-
cluding taxes) for countries B and D on the one hand and countries C
and E on the other?
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A. 28 413 000
B. 21 413 000
C. 18 413 000
D. 20 413 000
Q3 - In 2005, 7 000 000 more farmed animals were sold in Germany
than in 2004. In 2005, 10000000 farmed animals were exported. How
many farmed animals were sold on the German domestic market in
2005?
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A. 1 288
B. 1 610
C. 4 830
D. 5 000
Q4 - In the European Union, how many newly diagnosed cases of AIDS
in 2003 were women?
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A. 2 100
B. 1 200
C. 1 800
D. 2 300
Q5 - What was the difference (in absolute terms) between energy con-
sumption in 2000 and in 2002?
Answers
1-D 900 000
2-A 1.50 euros
3-D 20 413 000
4-B 1 610
5-A 2 100
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Administrator level
Numerical Reasoning tests
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Practice
makes perfect
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A. EUR 6 804 million
B. EUR 7 086 million
C. EUR 5 796 million
D. EUR 4 121 million
E. EUR 8 325 million
Q1 - In 2001, the number of passengers carried in Germany rose by
8%, while the average price of carriage fell by 10%. What was the turn-
over for passenger air transport in Germany in 2001?
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A. EUR 193 721
B. EUR 245 000
C. EUR 222 500
D. EUR 193 182
E. EUR 215 000
Q1 - During 2003 a fishmonger sold 50 tonnes of fish and 35 tonnes of
crustaceans and shellfish. What was his turnover in euros?
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A. 52.5 m2
B. 70 m2
C. 600 m2
D. 240 m2
E. 400 m2
Q1 -What was the average surface area for new construction for the
residential property market (construction of new apartment buildings
and new houses) for which a permit was granted in 1995?
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A. 2 500 000
B. 2 650 000
C. 2 400 000
D. 500 000
E. 1 100 000
Q1 - In 2003, 50 000 fewer new vehicles were registered in the Nether-
lands than in 2002, but 5 times more second-hand vehicles than new
vehicles, i.e. 100 000 more than in 2002. How many second-hand vehi-
cles were registered in 2002?
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A. 3 300000
B. 8000000
C. 4 700000
D. 3 100000
E. 5 600 000
Q5 - Between 2002 and 2004 the increase in the number of farmers
with basic qualifications was twice as high as between 2004 and 2005,
but there were the same number of women farmers with basic qualifi-
cations in 2004 as in 2002. How many male farmers with basic qualifi-
cations were there in 2002?
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Answers
1-D 900 000
2-A 1.50 euros
3-D 20 413 000
4-B 1 610
5-A 2 100
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