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PSYCHOMETRIC TEST

Time Allowed:

The test paper is 11 pages (including instructions and blank page)

TOTAL: 30 MARKS

Section 1: 5 marks

Section 2: 5 marks

Section 3: 20 marks

Section 1 and 2 consists of five multiple choice questions each.

Answer all 10 multiple choice questions on the multiple choice answer sheet

provided. Each question is worth 1 mark, for a total of 10 marks.

Section 3 consists of six problems, some requiring working out.

Answer all six problems in the examination booklet provided. There is no need for an

exact answer, only your approach to the question. Each question will be marked

differently depending on method, for a total of 20 marks.

Name:

Degree:

Year:

1

1. You are a department manager and you have recently thought of a new procedure that

you believe would improve the work process. Some of the employees in your department

agree with the change and some do not. One of your employees openly criticises the idea

to your director.

What would you do and why? Choose ONE option. (1 mark)

A. You decide not to respond to the critics in order to avoid unnecessary conflict.

B. You reprimand the employee for going over your head to the director and work to

promote your idea with even more enthusiasm.

C. You meet the employee for a talk and explain that bypassing your authority is

unacceptable.

D. Employees' trust in their manager is important so you decide to implement only some

of the changes to keep my employees satisfied.

2. At a marketing meeting with your supervisor and the senior marketing manager you find

yourself in the midst of a conflict between them. You know that the two do not get along

professionally and that they are in constant disagreement. They are now arguing about

strategies for a new campaign, and are asking you to pick a side.

What would you do and why? Choose ONE option. (1 mark)

A. You accept the idea of the senior marketing manager. Since she is more senior she

has more influence on your status in the company and therefore it is politically wiser

to support her.

B. You accept the idea of your supervisor. Since he is directly above you, he has more

influence on your daily routine in the company and therefore it is politically wiser to

support him.

C. You weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each side and decide

accordingly without getting involved in their personal conflict.

D. You believe that getting involved in this dispute would be detrimental to you as both

sides are superior to you. Therefore, you refuse to pick a side saying that both

strategies are equally successful.

3. The company you work for is experiencing financial difficulties. You have thought of a

creative solution that will enable it to recruit more clients. However, the downside is that

the company will have to let go a stable, loyal but not so profitable client (due to a conflict

of interest). Two out of three marketing people agree with you while your manager does

not because she believes this is too risky.

What would you do and why? Choose the ONE option. (1 mark)

A. You trust your manager's judgement and withdraw your proposition. There's no point

in going against her better judgement.

B. You present a document to your manager systematically detailing the advantages of

your proposition and its contribution to the company. If she keeps insisting, you'll

support her decision.

C. You implement your proposition despite the manager's resistance. Since you have a

lot of faith in this proposition, you decide to trust your judgement and go behind her

back this once for the benefit of the company.

D. You confront your manager on the issue and insist that she accept your proposal.

You are positive that you are right. You have the marketing people to back you and

will not give up until you convince your manager otherwise.

4. You've been working in the same place for the past three years and have managed to

work your way up. Lately, you have been feeling that you have reached your potential in

the company so you start pursuing options for advancing your career in other companies.

You are now in the midst of negotiations for a new position. Rumours that you are leaving

have spread in your current work place.

What would you do and why? Choose ONE option. (1 mark)

A. Since the rumour is already out, you update all your acquaintances in the

organisation that you are in the midst of negotiations for a new position. This may

even encourage your directors to promote you within the company.

B. Since it is only a rumour, you don't update anyone until you actually hand in your

notice. Nothing has been decided yet.

C. Since the rumour is already out and you will probably leave, you invest a little less in

your work and a bit more in attaining the new position.

D. Because the rumour is out you update your manager and only him about your

intention of leaving. Since you are still an employee there, you keep working

normally.

5. A co-worker is undermining you. Currently, he is at a less senior position than you in the

company and hasn't been working there for long. However, he is better educated than

you and is also considered a fast learner. You know from a third party that he is

interested in taking over some of your responsibilities.

What would you do and why? Choose ONE option.

A. You wait to see how things develop; at the moment this information is merely

hearsay.

B. You call your co-worker in for a talk. You explain that cooperation is an essential

feature of any workplace and tell him you believe both of you can learn from one

another. If he refuses to understand you take more serious steps.

C. You do not want to take any chances with such issues. You report the matter to your

supervisor and advise him to consider replacing your co-worker.

D. Since you do not want to make a "big deal" out of the issue, you ask a third party to

intimate to your co-worker that his behaviour is unacceptable.

END OF SECTION 1

1. Companies wishing to increase their growing pace occasionally use the method of

franchising which provides a new owner with the permit to use their business identity and

in return to purchase products exclusively from the company. However most companies

will aim to minimise the use of this method and often prefer the expansion of the

companies' own branches. Companies who have previously used franchising learnt the

essential need to monitor the business operation of the franchised branch. Difficulties

arise from franchisees and companies disagreeing on business policies such as customer

care, service delivery efficiency and quality of human interaction. Inadequate attention to

the monitoring of franchisees on the part of the companies is typically the cause of

subsequent problems.

Service delivery efficiency has reduced companies' will to franchise. (1 mark)

A. True

B. False

C. Cannot say

2. In 1695 about 11,400 doctors who had treated plague suffers and about 23,670 doctors

who had not treated plague sufferers died. On the basis of these figures, it can be

concluded that it was more dangerous for doctors not to participate in the treatment of

plague sufferers than it was for them to participate in it.

Which of the following statements would cast most doubt on the conclusion above?

(1 mark)

A. Expressing the difference between the numbers of deaths among doctors who had

treated plague sufferers and doctors who had not treated plague sufferers as a

percentage of the total number of deaths.

B. Examining he death rates for doctors in the years before and after 1695.

C. Separating deaths due to natural causes during the treatment of plague sufferers

from deaths caused by other causes.

D. Comparing death rates per thousand members of each group rather than comparing

total number of deaths.

E. The figures quoted may vary by plus or minus 10% from the actual figures.

3. If Judy comes to the party then Sally leaves the party. If Sally leaves hen either Christine

or Clara ask Brendon to dance. If Brendon is asked to dance by either Christine or Clara

and Sally leaves the party, Brendon accepts. If Brendon is asked to dance by either

Christine or Clara and Sally does not leave the party, Brendon does not accept.

If Sally does not leave the party, which one of the following statements can be logically

deduced from the information above? (1 mark)

A.

B.

C.

D.

E.

Clara asks Brendon to dance.

Judy does not come to the party.

Brendon dances with either Christine or Clara.

Brendon leaves the party.

4. There are two valves at the bottom of a water tank which allow the tank to be drained. If

both valves are opened, how long will it take before the tank is empty?

Statement 1 If only valve 1 is opened, the tank will be empty in 10 minutes.

Statement 2 If only valve 2 is opened, the tank will be empty in 20 minutes.

Which of the statements above make it possible to answer the question? (1 mark)

A.

B.

C.

D.

E.

Statement 2 alone is sufficient, but statement 1 alone is not sufficient.

Both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient.

Each statement alone is sufficient.

Statements 1 and 2 together are not sufficient.

5. Pedro goes either hunting or fishing every day. If it is snowing and windy, then Pedro

goes hunting. If it is sunny and not windy then Pedro goes fishing. Sometimes it can be

snowing and sunny.

Which of the following statements must be true?

A.

B.

C.

D.

E.

If

If

If

If

If

it

it

it

it

it

is windy and Pedro does not go hunting then it is not snowing.

is windy and not sunny then Pedro goes hunting.

is windy and sunny then Pedro goes hunting.

is snowing and sunny then Pedro goes hunting.

END OF SECTION 2

1. How many potatoes (kg) does McDonalds sell in a year in Australia? (2 mark)

8, 11, 5, 4, 9, 1, 7, 6, 10, 3, 12, 2, 0

3. You are given 12 balls and a scale. Of the 12 balls, 11 are identical and 1 weighs

EITHER slightly more or less. How do you find the ball that is different using the scale

only three times AND tell if it is heavier or lighter than the others? (4 marks)

4. Four employees from a firm need to cross a bridge at night to get to a meeting. They

have only one flashlight and 17 minutes to get there. The bridge must be crossed with the

flashlight and can only support two bankers at a time. The Analyst can cross in 1 minute,

the Associate can cross in 2 minutes, the VP can cross in 5 minutes and the Consultant

takes 10 minutes to cross. How can they all make it to the meeting in time? (4 marks)

5. You have 100 balls (50 black balls and 50 white balls) and 2 buckets. How do you divide

the balls into the two buckets so as to maximize the probability of selecting a black ball if

1 ball is chosen from 1 of the buckets at random? (4 marks)

6. Imagine you are the owner of a pet store. If you put one canary per cage, you have one

bird top many. If you put in two canaries per cage, you have one cage too many. How

many cages and canaries do you have? (4 marks)

END OF TEST

BLANK PAGE

Section 1:

Q1 A

Q2 A

Q3 A

Q4 A

Q5 A

B

B

B

B

B

C

C

C

C

C

D

D

D

D

D

E

E

E

E

E

Section 2:

Q1 A

Q2 A

Q3 A

Q4 A

Q5 A

B

B

B

B

B

C

C

C

C

C

D

D

D

D

D

E

E

E

E

E

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SOLUTIONS

Section 1: Situational Judgement

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

C

C

B

D

B

1. Cannot say - The text explains that service delivery efficiency is a cause for

disagreement between franchisees and companies, but it doesnt mention

whether this is why companies are reluctant to franchise.

2. D

3. C

4. C

5. B

1. Like most of these questions, it's less about how much you know about

McDonald's or potatoes, but rather how you approach the problem.

Start by estimating the number of restaurants in the region. As for potatoes per

restaurant, you could estimate the number of orders of fries or hash browns every

day, and the number of potatoes that go into each order, and the number of

potatoes in a kilo. Hope you're good at mental maths!

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, McDonald's used more than 200 million

kg of potatoes in 2013 in the Australia.

2. The digits are in alphabetical order. (Eight, eleven, five, four, nine, one, seven, six,

ten, three, twelve, two, zero)

3. Weigh 4 vs 4 (1st Weighing). If they are identical then you know that all of 8 of

these are normal balls. Take 3 normal balls and weigh them against 3 of the

unweighed balls (2nd Weighing). If they are identical, then the last ball is

different. Take 1 normal ball and weigh against the different one (3rd

Weighing). Now you know if the different ball is heavier or lighter.

If, on the 2nd weighing, the scales are unequal then you now know if the

different ball is heavier (if the 3 non-normal balls were heavier) or lighter (if the 3

non-normal balls were lighter). Take the 3 non-normal balls and weigh 1 against

11

the other (3rd Weighing). If they are equal then the third ball not weighed is the

different one. If they are not equal then either the heavier or lighter ball is

different depending on if the 3 non-normal balls were heavier or lighter in

the 2nd Weighing.

If, on the 1st Weighing, the balls were not equal then at least you know that the 4

balls not weighed are normal. Next, take 3 of the normal balls and 1 from the

heavier group and weigh against the 1 ball from the lighter group plus the 3 balls

you just replaced from the heavier group (2nd Weighing). If they are equal then

you know that the different ball is lighter and is 1 of the 3 not weighed. Of these

3, weigh 1 against 1 (3rd Weighing) If one is lighter, that is the different ball,

otherwise, the ball not weighed is different and lighter.

If, on the 2nd weighing from the preceding paragraph, the original heavier

group (containing 3 normal balls) is still heavier, then either one of the two balls

that were NOT replaced are different. Take the one from the heavier side and

weigh against a normal ball (3rd Weighing). If it is heavier, it is different, and

heavier otherwise the ball not weighed is different and lighter. If, on the 2nd

weighing, the original lighter side is now heavier, then we know that one of the 3

balls we replaced is different. Weigh one of these against the other (3rd

Weighing). If they are equal, the ball not weighed is different and

heavier. Otherwise, the heavier ball is the different one (and is heavier).

4. First, the Analyst takes the flashlight and crosses the bridge with the

Associate. This takes 2 minutes. The Analyst then returns across the bridge with

the flashlight taking 1 more minute (3 minutes passed so far). The Analyst gives

the flashlight to the VP and the VP and Consultant cross together taking 10

minutes (13 minutes passed so far). The VP gives the flashlight to the Associate,

who recrosses the bridge taking 2 minutes (15 minutes passed so far). The

Analyst and Associate now cross the bridge together taking 2 more

minutes. Now, all are across the bridge at the meeting in exactly 17

minutes. Note, that instead of investment bankers, youll often see the same

question using members of musical bands (usually either the Beatles or U2).

5. Just to be perfectly clear, you are assuming that one of the two buckets is chosen

at random and then one of the balls from that bucket is chosen at random. You

want to put 1 black ball in 1 of the buckets and all of the other 99 balls in the other

bucket. This gives you just slightly less than a 75% change of having a black ball

chosen. The math works as follows: Theres a 50% chance of selecting the

bucket containing 1 ball with a 100% chance of selecting a black ball from that

bucket. And a 50% chance of selecting the bucket containing 99 balls with a

~49.5% (49/99) chance of selecting a black ball from that bucket. Total probability

of selecting a black ball is (50% % 100%) + (50% * 49.5%) = 74.7%.

12

6. Four canaries and three cages. If you put one canary in each cage, you have an

extra bird without a cage. However, if you put two canaries in each cage then you

have two canaries in the first cage, two canaries in the second cage and an extra

cage.

Algebraically:

C = number of canaries

L = number of cages

CL=1

L (C 2) = 1

From the first equation:

L=C1

(C 1) (C 2) = 1

2C 2 C = 2

C=4

L=41=3

L = 3 and C = 4

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