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Mental arithmetic speed test (Answers, see pp. 208-10)

3 It is evident that mental arithmetic is not practised in today's education system to the extent that it was many years ago. Perhaps this is not completely surprising with the widespread use of calculators and computers, nevertheless, the punching of a calculation into a handheld calculator does not do much to stimulate the brain cells. Several years ago children would learn their multiplication tables so well off by heart that they could give the answer to sums such as 7 multiplied by 8 or 6 multiplied by 9 almost without thinking, but sadly this is not the case today.

However, we still believe that mental arithmetic is still a valuable asset to have at one's disposal and it is also an excellent way of exercising the brain and keeping your mind alert.

The following is a mental arithmetic speed test of 30 questions which gradually increase in difficulty as the test progresses. Only the answer must be committed to paper, and, of course, the use of calculators is not permitted.

You should work quickly and calmly and try to think at all times of the quickest and most efficient way of solving the questions. As well as agility of mind this is also a test of your ingenuity as there are short cuts to arriving at the correct solution for many of these calculations.

You have 45 minutes in which to solve the 30 questions.

 (0 What is 7 multiplied by 12? (ii) What is 144 divided by 3? (iii) What is 11 multiplied by 13? (iv) What is 70% expressed as a fraction? (V) Multiply 8 by 7 and divide by 4. (vi) Divide 63 by 9 and add 15. (vii) What is 20% of 60 divided by 3? (viii) What is *h of 620? (ix) What is 7b of 96 plus 17?
 (X) Multiply 7 by 3 by 4. (xi) Divide 156 by 13 and add 72 multiplied by 3. (xii) Multiply 52 by 21. (xiii) What is 9 multiplied by 4 multiplied by 3? (xiv) What is 40% of 120 multiplied by 4? (XV) Add 15 + 19 + 7 + 3 + 14. (xvi) Multiply 3 x 16 and add 43. (xvii) What is 1k of 56? (xviii) Which is the greatest, 70% of 140 or 45% of 200? (xix) Multiply 8X9X3. (XX) Add 3/4 of 36 to 2/5 of 25. (xxi) Multiply 75 by 13. (xxii) What is 60% of 550? (xxiii) Add 273 to 589. (xxiv) Subtract 398 from 957. (xxv) Subtract 864 from 1296 and multiply by 2. (xxvi) Multiply 56 by 11. (xxvii) Subtract % of 95 from 3/4 of 160. (xxviii) Add 30% of 270 to % of 81. (xxix) Add 7 + 58 + 27 and divide by 4 + 39 + 3. (xxx) Divide 756 by 18.

4 In this test we are testing your ability to juggle with words and fit them into an interlocking grid. You must place all the words in the crossword within 30 minutes to satisfactorily complete the task. PRODIGY IDOL REGIONAL STATUE

ARENA ELEVENTH EMIT AGOG

ORIGIN HOLD CEMENT ORCHESTRAL

YEARLY INTONE TOKEN TOUGH

RESCUE AXLE

5 This speed test is designed to test your ability to think quickly under pressure while keeping a clear mind and at the same time absorbing and following instructions. You have 20 minutes in which to complete the 20 questions. (Answers, see pp. 211-12)

In each of the following arrange the letters in alphabetical order followed by the numbers in ascending numerical order:

For example: M35PZ8K = KMPZ358

 (i) 2J986PTL 00 49T7SXL3K (iii) 93BK4TU7W (iv) 5PE2Z9LG6 (V) D8KFG964ZL2P (vf) MDZ9NT843JB2

Now arrange the letters in reverse alphabetical order, followed by the numbers in ascending numerical order.

(vii) 8D7JBST95L6

(viii) KF23DJ7PE9W

(ix) M74PV2S9TKQ

(x) H2XQJ93UN4G6

Now arrange the letters in reverse alphabetical order, followed by the numbers in descending order.

(xi) 4CX3YHP79TF

(xii) 2J7KMPB5Q38C4

(xiii) BN2PKFZ3J9RA7

(xiv) 7WG92M3HRV8L5E

Now arrange the letters in forward vowel alphabetical order, then consonants in reverse alphabetical order, followed by numbers in ascending numerical order.

(xv) FTAJU27KE59

(xvi) SE5TU79JZG6B

(xvii) 3J2AFWQUH94ET

Now arrange the consonants in forward alphabetical order, followed by the odd numbers in descending numerical order, followed by the vowels in reverse alphabetical order, followed by the even numbers in ascending numerical order.

(xviii) M35KPA2JUT749D

(xx) 6KL9AP732CES5UMJ

Mental verbal dexterity test

6 Look at each set of 7 letters in turn for just 5 seconds, then look away and try to solve the anagram within 2 minutes without committing anything to paper.

This test is designed both to test and develop your powers of memory and your verbal dexterity. To solve each anagram you must first memorise each set of 7 letters and then use these 7 letters to produce a 7-letter English word.

For example: WOKEDRY - KEYWORD (i) THIS ROC

(ii) IDLEDYE

(iii) ITSROLF

(iv) ITRYJET

(v) EASYMOD

(vi) BIDALOT

(vii) NOGRIEF

(viii) USEDCAR

(ix) TOREGUM

(x) BEERCIG

(xi) DUDHERN

(xii) ARUDEGP

(xiii) DARNVET

(xv) MORESKI

(xvi) ROSECUB

(xviii) IFASUCH

(xix) THENCAN

(xx) ISITTEN

(xxi) RODEGNU

(xxii) ATILLER

(xxiii) IMSONEW

(xxiv) CAFEINN

(xxv) RAILDOC

Word puzzles test (Answers, see pp. 214-15)

7 Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.

### Alexander Pope

People delight in playing with words - pulling words apart, reconstructing them in different guises, arranging them in clever patterns and finding hidden meanings within them.

It is often said that to have a mastery of words is to have the ability to produce order out of chaos and that a command of vocabulary is a true measure of intelligence. As such, vocabulary tests are widely used in intelligence testing. In this section we exercise your word power and agility of mind in restoring order from the chaos we have created in a variety of 6 different types of word puzzles.

Each of the puzzles vary in difficulty, and to enable you to monitor your performance in finding a solution we have indicated a time limit for each puzzle. If, however, you cannot solve the puzzle within the set time limit, this is no cause for despondency. Instead you should persevere and attempt to solve the puzzle in your own time. The main purpose of the puzzles in this sub-section is to entertain and intrigue you, and to give your brain a thorough work-out.

(i) Cryptic crossword

(ii) Replace the vowels

(iii) Trackaround

(iv) Alphabet crossword

(v) Enigmagram

(vi) Anagrams

Time limit: 25 minutes Time limit: 10 minutes Time limit: 5 minutes Time limit: 20 minutes Time limit: 8 minutes Time limit: 5 minutes

Cryptic crossword (i) Find the answers in the crossword above, to solve these 16 cryptic clues.

A Pay American money into your account, and speak with a dialect B Is a lucid thought 'take one's life'. C Blunt-edged surgical instruments. D Walking the tightrope. E Ring the deer to wear away.

Musical instruments on the river bank. Hit by tomes.

Don't slam the door on these charity abodes. Vegetable that will shoot forth.

J Lad named Des, places this on his horse.

K West Indian sorcery found in the Gobi desert.

L Could be jumping.

M Urge a hen to produce a spheroid.

N Give a sachet to the dishonest people.

O A game played in the water.

P Get caned and slide around the ballroom.

Replace the vowel

(ii) All of the vowels have been removed from this saying.

Replace them to find the saying.

THMNW HKNWS HWWLL LWYSH VJBTH MNWHK NWSWH YWLLL WYSBH SBSS

Trackaround Trace the letters across the chords and around the circumference to find two words which form a familiar phrase.

However, if the next letter is 1-4 letters away from the previous one in the alphabet, then trace around the circumference rather than across the chords.

Alphabet crossword

(iv) Place the 26 letters of the alphabet in the grid to complete the crossword. Seven letters are already in place and one clue is given.

Clue: With all haste (7)

 H Q W B X

A^CDEFG^I/KLM NOP0RSTUVyi/^Y^

Enigmagram

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computer terms

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The four six-letter words have been jumbled - solve the four anagrams of computer terms and write the answers in the adjacent spaces. Transfer the arrowed letters to the key anagram and solve the fifth anagram, which is a computer term.

Anagrams

(vi) Each set of 9 squares can be arranged to form a 9-letter word. These are their meanings, not in order.

- RESTAURANT

- DEGREE

- HORSEMAN

- COLD AND GLOOMY

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