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Question 1
Carrie gets a 6% commission on her real estate sales. Her broker gets half of the commission. What is Carrie's part of the commission on $250,000 in sales?
A
$6,666
B
$7,500
C
$7,000
D
$7,250
Question 1 Explanation: 
Her part of the commission is $7,500.
Question 2
Etiquette, which is sometimes unwritten, is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior of people. It usually reflects the cultures and traditions of countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in African. It is also known as Congo (Kinshasa) or DRC. With over 200 ethnic groups represented the people of the Congo have a wide variety of customs, traditions, and values. They vary from place to place and group to group, especially when it comes to living in urban areas and rural areas. Therefore the etiquette rules differ depending on where a person lives.Congolese that live in urban areas tend to have more Western customs and traditions. It is important to greet each other and inquire about each others situation before other matters are discussed. Greetings consist of speaking, shaking their hands, and smiling. In rural areas, men and women do not shake hands. Men will shake the hands of other men. Some women will greet men by clapping their hands and bowing slightly.When dining in Congo, hands should be washed before and after eating. People should only eat with their right hands, especially if they are eating with their fingers. Men and women use separate communal bowls; often, women may sit together. When eating out of a communal bowl, people eat from the space directly in front of them. When utensils are used, the left hand holds the fork and the right hand holds the knife.Dressing in the Congo is greatly influenced by the Western world, however, they are mixed with traditional clothing such as kikwembe, abacos, or a dashiki. The nicer a person looks, the more respect he or she will receive. Jewelry is often made from wood, ivory bones, or shells. Many people in rural areas walk barefoot, but sandals and slippers are commonly worn.Please mark one of the following inferences about the extension of customs in Congo which you consider valid:
A
Customs in Congo are constantly evolving and it is difficult to determine what is appropriate.
B
Congo is a very large country constituted of many different groups, so the customs vary in different areas.
C
Several powerful ethnic groups in Congo determine the customs and etiquette for the rest of the region.
D
Most customs and values are learned from Western influences.
Question 2 Explanation: 
Congo is a very large country constituted of many different groups, so the customs vary in different areas.
Question 3
The Electoral College of the U.S. Did you know that the President and the Vice President aren’t elected by (1) popular vote in the U.S.? Essentially, every four years, it isn’t the American people who elect the rulers of our nation. Instead, when a registered voter casts his or her vote for President and Vice President, he or she also votes for an unknown “elector”, or voting member, who will cast a ballot in a separate election that ultimately will choose the president. Thus, by voting for a Democrat presidential candidate, for example, a voter is really voting for a member of the Electoral College who is expected--but not required--to vote along (2) party lines, too. You might be thinking, “Then, why do we vote?” Historically, before the (3) advent of television and radio, the Electoral College was established to avoid unfairness. People who lived in bigger cities, where there tends to be a more concentrated, greater population, had more of an advantage of knowing about the candidates compared to those who lived in more rural, secluded areas. The electors, which are chosen by popular vote, are divided up among each state and the District of Columbia. The amount of voting members in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress. In total, there are 538 electors: 435 representatives and 100 senators, plus the three (4) constituents from the District of Columbia. In almost every state electors are selected on a "winner-take-all" basis. To be more precise, the candidate for elector that wins the most votes in a state becomes elector for that state. During an election, each elector is required to cast one vote for President and another vote for Vice President. The presidential candidate that receives the majority of electoral votes (270 out of 538) for the offices of President or Vice President is elected to that (5) office.Please mark the term which is closest in meaning to the bolded word “office": 
A
Branch
B
Service
C
Agency
D
Department
Question 3 Explanation: 
The word "service" is closest to the meaning of the word "office".
Question 4
Please mark the number of workers employed in a company where 3/5 of the workers at the company have enrolled in the 403(b) program in which 24 workers have enrolled:
A
36 workers
B
42 workers
C
40 workers
D
44 workers
Question 4 Explanation: 
The number is 40 workers.
Question 5
Etiquette, which is sometimes unwritten, is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior of people. It usually reflects the cultures and traditions of countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in African. It is also known as Congo (Kinshasa) or DRC. With over 200 ethnic groups represented the people of the Congo have a wide variety of customs, traditions, and values. They vary from place to place and group to group, especially when it comes to living in urban areas and rural areas. Therefore the etiquette rules differ depending on where a person lives. Congolese that live in urban areas tend to have more Western customs and traditions. It is important to greet each other and inquire about each others situation before other matters are discussed. Greetings consist of speaking, shaking their hands, and smiling. In rural areas, men and women do not shake hands. Men will shake the hands of other men. Some women will greet men by clapping their hands and bowing slightly. When dining in Congo, hands should be washed before and after eating. People should only eat with their right hands, especially if they are eating with their fingers. Men and women use separate communal bowls; often, women may sit together. When eating out of a communal bowl, people eat from the space directly in front of them. When utensils are used, the left hand holds the fork and the right hand holds the knife. Dressing in the Congo is greatly influenced by the Western world, however, they are mixed with traditional clothing such as kikwembe, abacos, or a dashiki. The nicer a person looks, the more respect he or she will receive. Jewelry is often made from wood, ivory bones, or shells. Many people in rural areas walk barefoot, but sandals and slippers are commonly worn.Please mark one of the following statements that reveals the connection between the way a person dresses and the way he is treated in Congo:
A
Specific traditional clothing defines the class in the Congo and determines social privileges.
B
The better a person is dressed, the more he/she will be respected.
C
Those who wear kikwembe or abacos are considered more traditional.
D
Clothes are not important in Congo.
Question 5 Explanation: 
The better a person is dressed, the more he/she will be respected.
Question 6
The Different Tests for English as a Second Language If you are a learner of English as a Second (or third) Language, the decision of which test to take could be (1) overwhelming. If you are a student from China that wants to study Physics in the U.S., should you take the TOEFL or the TOEIC? Which is the best test to take in order to study in the U.K.? This passage is designed to help (2) inform the student of English as a Second Language (ESL) of the different tests that are out there. The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or more commonly known as TOEFL (“toe full”), was designed by a professor from Stanford University. Its purpose is to examine a student’s ability to understand and use English in settings of (3) higher learning in the United States. Meaning it can be required for admission to colleges and universities all over the country. In addition, businesses, government agencies, and scholarship program (among other institutions) may require the TOEFL. The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC, pronounced “toe ick”) is a less popular evaluation tool than the TOEFL that measures someone’s everyday use of English. Although there are some agencies that use the TOEIC in the U.S., this test is highly (4) prevalent in Japan to prepare workers to succeed in international environments. The main difference between the TOEFL and the TOEIC is that one is (5) geared toward students, and the other is tailored to workers. The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS (“eeeelts”), is managed by several institutions in the United Kingdom. This test has two versions: the Academic Version and the General Training Version. It is mainly used in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. There are also several thousand institutions that employ it in the U.S. It is required for immigration to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The interesting feature of this test, compared to the others, is that it incorporated a variety of accents in its listening portion in an effort to avoid linguistic bias. So, how do you know which test to take? The best route to take is to contact the institution you are planning to join and see what test they require. Happy studying!Please mark the institution(s) in the U.S. that don't/doesn't require TOEFL:
A
High schools
B
Government agencies
C
Scholarship programs
D
Universities
Question 6 Explanation: 
The schools that don't require TOEFL are high schools.
Question 7
The Coral Reefs of the Caribbean Visualize being submerged in the most (1) absolute silence to contemplate the majestic coral reefs. In the Caribbean Sea there are more than 16 thousand square miles (26 thousand square kilometers) of reefs, also known as “tropical rainforests of the sea” because of their immense biodiversity. Their extravagant, intense colors provide the ideal ecosystem for the over four thousand species of fish and thousands of species of plants that are found there. Our lives, too, depend on these (2) formations: the coral reefs of the Caribbean protect the coasts of Florida and the Caribbean nations from hurricanes. Their enormous structures weaken the force of the storms before they arrive to the coasts, acting as natural barriers. They also protect beaches from erosion and are a refuge for many species of (3) endangered animals. In the far eastern periphery of Cuba, the María la Gorda reef stands out from the others. In this highly protected zone, there are more than 20 species of corals that form (4) subterranean “mountain ranges”, caves, and tunnels. Unfortunately, the reefs in the Caribbean are in danger due to acts of destruction. Coastal construction and water pollution cause the water to cloud, which in turn takes away the light that the coral needs to survive. Other enemies to the coral are uncontrolled fishing, (5) excessive tourism, and the collecting of coral by scuba divers. Some experts say that 70% of the coral will disappear in some 40 years. If you are lucky enough to visit these coral reefs, please protect them. Their future depends on us.Please mark the reason why humanity's livelihood depends on coral reefs:
A
Coral reefs don't protect coasts from storms.
B
Coral reefs act as natural barriers to strengthen the force of hurricanes.
C
Coral reefs protect the beaches from erosion.
D
Coral reefs' enormous structures expose endangered animals to threat.
Question 7 Explanation: 
Coral reefs protect the beaches from erosion.
Question 8
DOMA and Its Demise Many same-sex couples, as well their allies, celebrated when “The Defense of Marriage Act”, known as DOMA, was overturned by the Supreme Court in the summer of 2013. Homosexual couples, who were legally recognized as a (1) union in their state of residence, were finally able to enjoy the same benefits at the national level that their heterosexual counterparts have always enjoyed. Nevertheless, the United States has a long way to go before marriage equality is universal. DOMA was a (2) federal law that was first enacted in 1996 by the Clinton Administration. It sought to block same-sex couples that were legally married (in states that recognized same-sex marriages), from receiving federal marriage benefits. Under DOMA, the government determined that the word “spouse” was to refer to a heterosexual married couple, thus effectively excluding same-sex spouses from the laws applicable to opposite-sex spouses. Therefore, heterosexual married couples were protected under federal law and homosexual married couples were left unprotected. Countless same-sex couples felt (3) discriminated against under DOMA and believed that the law was (4) unconstitutional. The Obama Administration, years later, decided it would no longer justify DOMA in court. During the first year of Obama’s second term in office, the law was struck down, and now same-sex couples, who reside in states like Hawaii and Iowa, share the same federal benefits as opposite-sex couples. However, until all of the states in the Union make same-sex marriage legal, the US will not get first place in the (5) race toward equality for everyone.Please mark one of the following descriptions which is closest in meaning to the word "federal" in bold in paragraph 2:
A
Of, or relating to, a specific law
B
Of, or relating to, the government and its laws
C
Of, or relating to, the central government of the country
D
Of, or relating to, the central government of a state
Question 8 Explanation: 
The closest description in meaning is "Of, or relating to, the central government of the country".
Question 9
The Electoral College of the U.S. Did you know that the President and the Vice President aren’t elected by (1) popularvote in the U.S.? Essentially, every four years, it isn’t the American people who elect the rulers of our nation. Instead, when a registered voter casts his or her vote for President and Vice President, he or she also votes for an unknown “elector”, or voting member, who will cast a ballot in a separate election that ultimately will choose the president. Thus, by voting for a Democrat presidential candidate, for example, a voter is really voting for a member of the Electoral College who is expected--but not required--to vote along (2) party lines, too. You might be thinking, “Then, why do we vote?” Historically, before the (3) advent of television and radio, the Electoral College was established to avoid unfairness. People who lived in bigger cities, where there tends to be a more concentrated, greater population, had more of an advantage of knowing about the candidates compared to those who lived in more rural, secluded areas. The electors, which are chosen by popular vote, are divided up among each state and the District of Columbia. The amount of voting members in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress. In total, there are 538 electors: 435 representatives and 100 senators, plus the three (4) constituents from the District of Columbia. In almost every state electors are selected on a "winner-take-all" basis. To be more precise, the candidate for elector that wins the most votes in a state becomes elector for that state. During an election, each elector is required to cast one vote for President and another vote for Vice President. The presidential candidate that receives the majority of electoral votes (270 out of 538) for the offices of President or Vice President is elected to that (5) office.Please mark the difference between popular and electoral vote according to this text:
A
The electoral vote is made by the people and the popular vote is cast by the elector.
B
The electoral vote decides the election of the President and Vice President and the popular vote decides the election of the elector.
C
The electoral vote decides the election of a presidential candidate and the popular vote elects the Vice President.
D
None of the above
Question 9 Explanation: 
The electoral vote decides the election of the President and Vice President and the popular vote decides the election of the elector.
Question 10
The Different Tests for English as a Second Language If you are a learner of English as a Second (or third) Language, the decision of which test to take could be (1) overwhelming. If you are a student from China that wants to study Physics in the U.S., should you take the TOEFL or the TOEIC? Which is the best test to take in order to study in the U.K.? This passage is designed to help (2) inform the student of English as a Second Language (ESL) of the different tests that are out there. The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or more commonly known as TOEFL (“toe full”), was designed by a professor from Stanford University. Its purpose is to examine a student’s ability to understand and use English in settings of (3) higher learning in the United States. Meaning it can be required for admission to colleges and universities all over the country. In addition, businesses, government agencies, and scholarship program (among other institutions) may require the TOEFL. The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC, pronounced “toe ick”) is a less popular evaluation tool than the TOEFL that measures someone’s everyday use of English. Although there are some agencies that use the TOEIC in the U.S., this test is highly (4) prevalent in Japan to prepare workers to succeed in international environments. The main difference between the TOEFL and the TOEIC is that one is (5) geared toward students, and the other is tailored to workers. The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS (“eeeelts”), is managed by several institutions in the United Kingdom. This test has two versions: the Academic Version and the General Training Version. It is mainly used in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. There are also several thousand institutions that employ it in the U.S. It is required for immigration to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The interesting feature of this test, compared to the others, is that it incorporated a variety of accents in its listening portion in an effort to avoid linguistic bias. So, how do you know which test to take? The best route to take is to contact the institution you are planning to join and see what test they require. Happy studying!Please mark what you consider to be the best approach to realize which is the best test to be taken:
A
One should take all of the tests and see which will provide them a better score.
B
One should just take the TOEFL.
C
One should take the TOEFL if they want to live in Australia.
D
One should contact the institution which they plan to join.
Question 10 Explanation: 
One should contact the institution which they plan to join.
Question 11
Etiquette, which is sometimes unwritten, is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior of people. It usually reflects the cultures and traditions of countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in African. It is also known as Congo (Kinshasa) or DRC. With over 200 ethnic groups represented the people of the Congo have a wide variety of customs, traditions, and values. They vary from place to place and group to group, especially when it comes to living in urban areas and rural areas. Therefore the etiquette rules differ depending on where a person lives. Congolese that live in urban areas tend to have more Western customs and traditions. It is important to greet each other and inquire about each others situation before other matters are discussed. Greetings consist of speaking, shaking their hands, and smiling. In rural areas, men and women do not shake hands. Men will shake the hands of other men. Some women will greet men by clapping their hands and bowing slightly. When dining in Congo, hands should be washed before and after eating. People should only eat with their right hands, especially if they are eating with their fingers. Men and women use separate communal bowls; often, women may sit together. When eating out of a communal bowl, people eat from the space directly in front of them. When utensils are used, the left hand holds the fork and the right hand holds the knife. Dressing in the Congo is greatly influenced by the Western world, however, they are mixed with traditional clothing such as kikwembe, abacos, or a dashiki. The nicer a person looks, the more respect he or she will receive. Jewelry is often made from wood, ivory bones, or shells. Many people in rural areas walk barefoot, but sandals and slippers are commonly worn.Please mark one of the following statements that you consider valid regarding the author's tone about the customs in different parts of the country:
A
Customs are different, but none is superior to others.
B
Customs of the rural areas are superior as they are more traditional.
C
Customs of the urban areas are superior as they are more Westernized.
D
Customs are very confusing and should be standardized for all parts of the nation.
Question 11 Explanation: 
Customs are different, but none is superior to others.
Question 12
Please mark the sentence that has a redundant word or phrase:
A
The best parts of their previous proposals were included in this film.
B
Mark could always be relied upon to show up for work on time.
C
We are now using bioorganic technology combined together with conservative planting.
D
None of the above.
Question 12 Explanation: 
We are now using bioorganic technology combined together with conservative planting. The redundant word is "together".
Question 13
Please mark how many people were unemployed in the case when in June 2008, unemployment in Dallas reached 15% while the number of workers was 4,900,000:
A
745,000
B
735,000
C
718,000
D
751,000
Question 13 Explanation: 
735,000 people were unemployed.
Question 14
Dina’s Cookies produces boxes of 25 chocolate chip cookies for selling. How many chocolate chip cookies would Dina's need to make to fill 60 boxes?
A
1,575
B
1,400
C
1,500
D
1,225
Question 14 Explanation: 
The will need 1,500 cookies.
Question 15
A DVD store is offering a 7% discount on previously viewed films. If the regular price of a film is $9.99, how much will the discount be?
A
80 cents
B
70 cents
C
74 cents
D
77 cents
Question 15 Explanation: 
The discount will be 70 cents.
Question 16
Please mark the phrase whose use will result in the most effective version of the following statement:The watershed group’s board announced their unanimous approval of the new contract during the quarterly membership meeting.
A
their unanimous approval
B
its unanimous approval
C
unanimous approval
D
the unanimous approval
Question 16 Explanation: 
its unanimous approval
Question 17
Etiquette, which is sometimes unwritten, is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior of people. It usually reflects the cultures and traditions of countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in African. It is also known as Congo (Kinshasa) or DRC. With over 200 ethnic groups represented the people of the Congo have a wide variety of customs, traditions, and values. They vary from place to place and group to group, especially when it comes to living in urban areas and rural areas. Therefore the etiquette rules differ depending on where a person lives. Congolese that live in urban areas tend to have more Western customs and traditions. It is important to greet each other and inquire about each others situation before other matters are discussed. Greetings consist of speaking, shaking their hands, and smiling. In rural areas, men and women do not shake hands. Men will shake the hands of other men. Some women will greet men by clapping their hands and bowing slightly. When dining in Congo, hands should be washed before and after eating. People should only eat with their right hands, especially if they are eating with their fingers. Men and women use separate communal bowls; often, women may sit together. When eating out of a communal bowl, people eat from the space directly in front of them. When utensils are used, the left hand holds the fork and the right hand holds the knife. Dressing in the Congo is greatly influenced by the Western world, however, they are mixed with traditional clothing such as kikwembe, abacos, or a dashiki. The nicer a person looks, the more respect he or she will receive. Jewelry is often made from wood, ivory bones, or shells. Many people in rural areas walk barefoot, but sandals and slippers are commonly worn.Please mark the main idea of this passage:
A
Rural areas of Congo are more traditional than urban areas.
B
Codes of etiquette are slowly dying out in Congo.
C
While etiquette differs in rural and urban areas, there are specific codes of behavior that should be adhered to in the Congo.
D
Urban areas of Congo are more traditional than urban areas.
Question 17 Explanation: 
While etiquette differs in rural and urban areas, there are specific codes of behavior that should be adhered to in the Congo.
Question 18
In initial production of a new computer game, it is revealed that the ratio of functional games to defective games is 20 to 1.Please mark how many could be expected to be defective if 360 games are produced:
A
12
B
15
C
18
D
20
Question 18 Explanation: 
18 games
Question 19
In initial production of a new computer game, it is revealed that the ratio of functional games to defective games is 20 to 1.Please mark how many could be expected to be defective if 360 games are produced:
A
12
B
15
C
18
D
20
Question 19 Explanation: 
18 games
Question 20
Etiquette, which is sometimes unwritten, is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior of people. It usually reflects the cultures and traditions of countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in African. It is also known as Congo (Kinshasa) or DRC. With over 200 ethnic groups represented the people of the Congo have a wide variety of customs, traditions, and values. They vary from place to place and group to group, especially when it comes to living in urban areas and rural areas. Therefore the etiquette rules differ depending on where a person lives. Congolese that live in urban areas tend to have more Western customs and traditions. It is important to greet each other and inquire about each others situation before other matters are discussed. Greetings consist of speaking, shaking their hands, and smiling. In rural areas, men and women do not shake hands. Men will shake the hands of other men. Some women will greet men by clapping their hands and bowing slightly. When dining in Congo, hands should be washed before and after eating. People should only eat with their right hands, especially if they are eating with their fingers. Men and women use separate communal bowls; often, women may sit together. When eating out of a communal bowl, people eat from the space directly in front of them. When utensils are used, the left hand holds the fork and the right hand holds the knife. Dressing in the Congo is greatly influenced by the Western world, however, they are mixed with traditional clothing such as kikwembe, abacos, or a dashiki. The nicer a person looks, the more respect he or she will receive. Jewelry is often made from wood, ivory bones, or shells. Many people in rural areas walk barefoot, but sandals and slippers are commonly worn.Please mark the fact that may account for the versatile ways of greeting in the various parts of Congo:
A
There are over 200 ethnic groups in Congo as well as significant Western influences.
B
More rural citizens are not aware of trends in social interactions and customs.
C
The economically deprived residents are less concerned with tradition.
D
In urban areas, companies and large employers determine how greetings should be performed.
Question 20 Explanation: 
There are over 200 ethnic groups in Congo as well as significant Western influences.
Question 21
94% of Maria's income last year came from her salary. The rest came from awards she won at beauty pageants. If she won $9,600 in pageants, what was her total income?
A
$145,000
B
$120,000
C
$160,000
D
$170,000
Question 21 Explanation: 
$160,000
Question 22
DOMA and Its Demise Many same-sex couples, as well their allies, celebrated when “The Defense of Marriage Act”, known as DOMA, was overturned by the Supreme Court in the summer of 2013. Homosexual couples, who were legally recognized as a (1) union in their state of residence, were finally able to enjoy the same benefits at the national level that their heterosexual counterparts have always enjoyed. Nevertheless, the United States has a long way to go before marriage equality is universal. DOMA was a (2) federal law that was first enacted in 1996 by the Clinton Administration. It sought to block same-sex couples that were legally married (in states that recognized same-sex marriages), from receiving federal marriage benefits. Under DOMA, the government determined that the word “spouse” was to refer to a heterosexual married couple, thus effectively excluding same-sex spouses from the laws applicable to opposite-sex spouses. Therefore, heterosexual married couples were protected under federal law and homosexual married couples were left unprotected. Countless same-sex couples felt (3) discriminated against under DOMA and believed that the law was (4) unconstitutional. The Obama Administration, years later, decided it would no longer justify DOMA in court. During the first year of Obama’s second term in office, the law was struck down, and now same-sex couples, who reside in states like Hawaii and Iowa, share the same federal benefits as opposite-sex couples. However, until all of the states in the Union make same-sex marriage legal, the US will not get first place in the (5) race toward equality for everyone.Please mark the statement that is not true in paragraph 3: 
A
In Hawaii and Iowa, it is legal to marry someone of the same sex.
B
Not all the states in the Union treat same-sex marriage as being legal.
C
The Obama Administration considered DOMA to be unconstitutional at one point.
D
Few same-sex couples felt they were treated unfairly under DOMA..
Question 22 Explanation: 
Few same-sex couples felt they were treated unfairly under DOMA..
Question 23
Please mark how much of an area needs to be resurfaced in a floor section of a warehouse if the section is a square that measures 15 feet on one side:
A
30 square feet
B
225 square feet
C
215 square feet
D
250 square feet
Question 23 Explanation: 
225 square feet
Question 24
Please mark the number of days that Water Craze Waterpark will be open this summer considering that it is sunny on 83% of the 120 days that the waterpark is open on average:
A
100
B
98
C
99
D
101
Question 24 Explanation: 
100
Question 25
The History of Foods from the New World Imagine tomato soup without tomatoes or chili cheese fries without potatoes. Now, think about going to the movie theater to see a Hollywood feature, but neither popcorn nor chocolate are sold at the refreshment stand. What a flavorless world! Many of the most popular foods in the world have essential ingredients that have their origin in what is known as the New World. These fruits and vegetables weren’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century. The tomato, for example, was used as an ornamental plant when it arrived for the first time in Europe, because it was thought to be poisonous. Its earliest use in a recipe was published in Italy in the late-17th century. However tomatoes and corn were already the base for (1) dishes across Latin America for many centuries by the time the Spanish (2) colonists arrived there in the late-15th century. The potato was a (3) staple food for the Incans, who inhabited the Andes region of South America. They (4) dehydrated potatoes to stockpile food supplies. Cacao (the plant that is used to make chocolate) was very important for the Aztecs and the Mayans who lived in what is now known as Mexico. The cacao plant’s seeds were used as money and as a key ingredient in diverse sauces. They also ground up the seeds to make a drink in which they mixed hot water and chili powder. This is similar to our hot chocolate but unsweetened and with a bite. Avocadoes, guava fruit, papayas, pineapples, and passion fruit (also known as maracuyá in Spanish) are some other examples of fruits that come from the Americas, and that today are known throughout the world. So, the next time you sit down at the table to eat your spaghetti, remember the (5) course the tomatoes in your sauce might have taken, from decorative centerpiece to your plate.Please mark the statement which is not true in this passage:
A
Cacao is used to make a drink like hot chocolate.
B
The earliest potato recipe was found published in Italy in the late-17th century.
C
Papayas come from the Americas.
D
Chili cheese fries are commonly made with potatoes.
Question 25 Explanation: 
The earliest potato recipe was found published in Italy in the late-17th century.
Question 26
An 8-year-old girl named Tamara has a 10-year-old brother named Denny. Tamara joins the service at 20 leaving Denny feeling discouraged that he will no longer have a brother as a role model. After 7 years, Denny is finally ready to make up with Tamara who has been out of the service for 5 years. How old is Tamara now?
A
27
B
25
C
28
D
None of the above
Question 26 Explanation: 
27 years old
Question 27
The Coral Reefs of the Caribbean Visualize being submerged in the most (1) absolute silence to contemplate the majestic coral reefs. In the Caribbean Sea there are more than 16 thousand square miles (26 thousand square kilometers) of reefs, also known as “tropical rainforests of the sea” because of their immense biodiversity. Their extravagant, intense colors provide the ideal ecosystem for the over four thousand species of fish and thousands of species of plants that are found there. Our lives, too, depend on these (2) formations: the coral reefs of the Caribbean protect the coasts of Florida and the Caribbean nations from hurricanes. Their enormous structures weaken the force of the storms before they arrive to the coasts, acting as natural barriers. They also protect beaches from erosion and are a refuge for many species of (3) endangered animals. In the far eastern periphery of Cuba, the María la Gorda reef stands out from the others. In this highly protected zone, there are more than 20 species of corals that form (4) subterranean “mountain ranges”, caves, and tunnels. Unfortunately, the reefs in the Caribbean are in danger due to acts of destruction. Coastal construction and water pollution cause the water to cloud, which in turn takes away the light that the coral needs to survive. Other enemies to the coral are uncontrolled fishing, (5) excessive tourism, and the collecting of coral by scuba divers. Some experts say that 70% of the coral will disappear in some 40 years. If you are lucky enough to visit these coral reefs, please protect them. Their future depends on us.Please mark to what does the word "formations" refer to after the (2) in the second paragraph, on the first line of the second paragraph:
A
Subterranean mountain ranges
B
Reefs
C
Underwater plants
D
Caves
Question 27 Explanation: 
The word formation refers to the word "Reefs".
Question 28
Please mark the sale price of the sweaters if a department store sells sweaters for $90 and during a promotion, the sweaters are marked down 15%:
A
$77.67
B
$76.50
C
$75.00
D
$76.02
Question 28 Explanation: 
$76.50
Question 29
Please mark the meaning of 5/12:
A
.41666
B
.42
C
.4333
D
.415
Question 29 Explanation: 
.41666
Question 30
Immigration Laws in the U.S. The “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” is a law that was introduced in the state of Arizona in 2010. This law is similar to the existing federal (1) legislation that requires all aliens, or U.S. non-citizens, over 14 years old, who stay in the U.S. for more than 30 days, to register with the U.S. government. An (2) alien must also carry his/her registration documents with him/her at all times. In addition to the existing federal law, Arizona made it a requirement that its state’s law enforcement officers make an attempt to identify an individual’s immigration status during detention, arrest, or a “lawful contact”. The term “lawful contact” refers to an officer’s obligation to approach someone that he or she believes is an illegal immigrant. The “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”, also known as Arizona Senate Bill (SB) 1070, has caused national and international (3) controversy on the topic of immigration, and especially illegal immigration from south of the U.S. border. Opponents believe that the law forces officers to racially profile people, or judge them based on whether or not they look, Latino. Challengers of this law want to (4) ban it, because they believe it forces policemen and policewomen to racially discriminate against people who are not from a European or African background. However, advocates of the law deny that it allows the use of race as the exclusive basis for investigating immigration status. The law has since been modified with the goal of addressing some of the concerns of the opponents. However, despite the protests in opposition to the law from around the country, polling has shown that there is overall support for the law in Arizona and in other states. And the passage of the modified version of the law has (5) provoked other states to consider implementing similar immigration laws.Please mark the description of the word "alien" bolded after the (2) in paragraph 1:
A
A foreign-born resident
B
Extraterrestrial life form
C
A person of another family
D
None of the above
Question 30 Explanation: 
Alien can best be described as "foreign-born resident".
Question 31
The Galician Language and Its Revitalization Ever since the implementation of Galician as the primary language in the public school of Galicia in the early 1980’s, there has been an increase in number of speakers of this language. Observers have seen (1) “new speakers” use Galician, their (2) heritagelanguage, during protests, theatrical skits, and other public events. However, more anthropological research needs to be done on how else the Galician language is being used by these so-called “new speakers”. Galician-or galego(gah-lay-goh)-is the autochthonous, or native, language of the northwestern region of Spain known as Galicia. It is a language closely related to both Spanish and Portuguese-although it has closer linguistic ties to Portuguese when it is observed under the microscope of some linguists-and is spoken mainly by people who live in rural areas of the region. Although Galician is the co-official language of Galicia, Spanish is spoken by a higher number of (3) inhabitants since it is the language of the Spanish nation and the majority language in the (4) urban areas of Galicia, such as Vigo, Ourense, and A Coruña. Although Spanish is the most commonly spoken language in Galicia (due to a larger urban rather than rural population), there is a new movement for urban youth toward adopting the language, and in some cases employing it in their every-day conversations (5) instead of Spanish. Because these urban youth typically have spoken mainly Spanish but have come to rely more and more on the use of Galician, they have been termed “new speakers”. It is thanks to these “new speakers” that Galician has recently enjoyed growth in the number of people who choose to employ it in their daily lives rather than Spanish.Please mark the reason why further research is needed on the other uses of the Galician language by newer speakers:
A
… Because it is understood that there is a lack of anthropological studies on the topic.
B
…In so far as it is the co-official language of Galicia.
C
…Since it is closely related to Spanish and Portuguese.
D
…Due to the fact that a higher number of inhabitants speak it in rural areas than its counterpart, Spanish.
Question 31 Explanation: 
… Because it is understood that there is a lack of anthropological studies on the topic.
Question 32
Please mark the approximate percentage of the discount in a case when a van that regularly sells for $29,600 has been marked down to $22,100:
A
20%
B
25%
C
30%
D
33%
Question 32 Explanation: 
25% of discount.
Question 33
The History of Foods from the New World Imagine tomato soup without tomatoes or chili cheese fries without potatoes. Now, think about going to the movie theater to see a Hollywood feature, but neither popcorn nor chocolate are sold at the refreshment stand. What a flavorless world! Many of the most popular foods in the world have essential ingredients that have their origin in what is known as the New World. These fruits and vegetables weren’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century. The tomato, for example, was used as an ornamental plant when it arrived for the first time in Europe, because it was thought to be poisonous. Its earliest use in a recipe was published in Italy in the late-17th century. However tomatoes and corn were already the base for (1) dishes across Latin America for many centuries by the time the Spanish (2) colonists arrived there in the late-15th century. The potato was a (3) staple food for the Incans, who inhabited the Andes region of South America. They (4) dehydrated potatoes to stockpile food supplies. Cacao (the plant that is used to make chocolate) was very important for the Aztecs and the Mayans who lived in what is now known as Mexico. The cacao plant’s seeds were used as money and as a key ingredient in diverse sauces. They also ground up the seeds to make a drink in which they mixed hot water and chili powder. This is similar to our hot chocolate but unsweetened and with a bite. Avocadoes, guava fruit, papayas, pineapples, and passion fruit (also known as maracuyá in Spanish) are some other examples of fruits that come from the Americas, and that today are known throughout the world. So, the next time you sit down at the table to eat your spaghetti, remember the (5) course the tomatoes in your sauce might have taken, from decorative centerpiece to your plate.Please mark the best description of the term "colonists" bolded after the (2) in the second paragraph:
A
People that travel in ships
B
People that come from Spain
C
People that settle in a new country
D
People that live in Europe
Question 33 Explanation: 
People that settle in a new country refers to "colonists".
Question 34
The Galician Language and Its Revitalization Ever since the implementation of Galician as the primary language in the public school of Galicia in the early 1980’s, there has been an increase in number of speakers of this language. Observers have seen (1) “new speakers” use Galician, their (2) heritagelanguage, during protests, theatrical skits, and other public events. However, more anthropological research needs to be done on how else the Galician language is being used by these so-called “new speakers”. Galician-or galego(gah-lay-goh)-is the autochthonous, or native, language of the northwestern region of Spain known as Galicia. It is a language closely related to both Spanish and Portuguese-although it has closer linguistic ties to Portuguese when it is observed under the microscope of some linguists-and is spoken mainly by people who live in rural areas of the region. Although Galician is the co-official language of Galicia, Spanish is spoken by a higher number of (3) inhabitants since it is the language of the Spanish nation and the majority language in the (4) urban areas of Galicia, such as Vigo, Ourense, and A Coruña. Although Spanish is the most commonly spoken language in Galicia (due to a larger urban rather than rural population), there is a new movement for urban youth toward adopting the language, and in some cases employing it in their every-day conversations (5) instead of Spanish. Because these urban youth typically have spoken mainly Spanish but have come to rely more and more on the use of Galician, they have been termed “new speakers”. It is thanks to these “new speakers” that Galician has recently enjoyed growth in the number of people who choose to employ it in their daily lives rather than Spanish.Please mark the phrase which is closest in meaning to the word “urban”, bolded after the (4) in paragraph 2:
A
Of, or related to, the suburbs of a city
B
Of, or related to a city
C
Of, or related to, the countryside
D
Of, or related to, a foreign country
Question 34 Explanation: 
Of, or related to a city
Question 35
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as (1) NOAA(pronounced “Noah”), (2) descends from President Thomas Jefferson’s Survey of the Coast, which was established in the early 1800’s in efforts to promote safe (3) maritimecommerce, or coastal trade. NOAA is therefore often considered the oldest scientific government (4) agency in the United States. It was officially established in 1970 by President Richard Nixon, who thought it was necessary to (5) consolidate a number of agencies into one. Today, NOAA consists of multiple offices, where scientists explore the atmosphere and oceans using tools ranging from satellites that orbit Earth, to submarines that scrape the far depths of the oceans’ floor. NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) is the organization responsible for weather forecasting and providing important storm warnings and advisories. It’s National Ocean Service (NOS) is in charge of mapping the country’s coastal waterways and promoting the conservation of the national marine sanctuaries; the marine equivalent of national parks. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) is tasked with managing fisheries around the country. The National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) is NOAA’s office that oversees the environmental satellite programs and manages the data collected from the NWS. Few people know that NOAA plays such an important role in our daily lives, yet it does none-the-less. It’s thanks to NOAA that we know when to take an umbrella with us to avoid getting soaking wet while walking to work, and to take refuge when an unexpected tornado strikes. Not only is it one of the oldest institutions, but also some will argue that it is also one of the most essential resources for the American people.Please mark the meaning of the acronym “NOAA” in bold after the (1) in the first paragraph:
A
National Oceanographic and Atmosphere Association
B
National Oceanic and Aeronautical Administration
C
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
D
Nation’s Oceans and Atmospheres Agency
Question 35 Explanation: 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Question 36
Please mark the approximate sales per day if Donatsu has $4 million in sales over the past week:
A
$552,000
B
$518,200
C
$589,000
D
$571,000
Question 36 Explanation: 
$571,000
Question 37
Last year, Sirma Nail Art made gross revenue of $460,000. This year, their gross revenue increased significantly - by an amazing 25%. What was the gross revenue this year?
A
$550,000
B
$575,000
C
$560,000
D
$585,000
Question 37 Explanation: 
$575,000
Question 38
Please mark the formula which is used to determine true intent:
A
True intent = intent of the surveyor + intent of the grantor
B
True intent = intent of the grantor + the intent of the grantee
C
True intent = intent of the grantor + intent of the Court
D
True intent = intent of the grantee + intent of the Court
Question 38 Explanation: 
True intent = intent of the grantor + the intent of the grantee
Question 39
The Mandarin Language Mandarin-or Putonghua (poo-tong-wah) “common language”-is the most widely spoken language in the China per capita (followed by Cantonese). It is also the (1) officiallanguage of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China), the Republic of China (Taiwan), and is one of the four official languages of Singapore. The language got its name in English from the Portuguese word, Mandarin meaning “an official of China”. It is a (2) tonal language, which means that it used different tones (pitches) to (3) distinguish between words. English, for example, has tones but it isn’t considered a tonal language since, in English, tones are used to indicate a generic yes-or-no question (rising tone on the last word of the sentence, i.e. “Did you eat (↑)?), among other uses. Mandarin has four tones, which are classified in the following manner: the first tone (1) is flat, the second tone (2) is rising, the third tone (3) is falling then rising, and the fourth tone (4) is falling. There is also a neutral tone, which is similar to the first tone, but shorter. In English, if you took the word “Ma” and gave it the different tones, it wouldn’t change the meaning of the word, it would still mean “mother.” Saying “Ma” in a different tone would change the melody of the word, but not the word itself. But in Mandarin the way tones distinguish words can be seen with the following: Ma (1) is mother, Ma (2) is a Sichuan pepper that leaves a numbing (4) sensation on the tongue, ma (3) is horse, and ma (4) is used when describing the verb (5) to scold. It is because of the tones in Mandarin that it is often erroneously considered “the most difficult language to learn.”Please mark the reason why the Mandarin is known as the "common language":
A
…Because it is widely spoken in China.
B
…Because it is the official language of China.
C
…Because it is a tonal language.
D
…Because it is similar to Cantonese.
Question 39 Explanation: 
…Because it is widely spoken in China.
Question 40
The Marianas Trench We often learn that top of Mount Everest is the tallest point above sea level (5.49 miles). But what about the lowest point below sea leave? The Mariana Trench-found in the waters of the Mariana (1) Archipelago, or Islands, in Micronesia-holds the record for deepest part of the oceans around the world. The trench, or ditch, can be compared to an underwater valley. Its depth has been recorded to reach over 6.8 miles (over 10.9 kilometers) below the sea surface. If you were (2) to stick Mount Everest in the trench, the top of this tallest mountain in the world wouldn’t touch the surface of the water. In fact, there would be a one-mile gap between the tip of the mountain and the surface’s waves. Also known as Marianas Trench, The Mariana Trench gets its name from the Mariana Islands due to the (3) proximity of the trench to the Islands. The islands were named after Queen Mariana of Spain by the King’s explorer Fernando Magellan, who claimed the archipelago as a Spanish (4) colony. The trench was discovered in the late-19thcentury by a British team of scientists and oceanographers who sought to map the ocean floor by dragging lines, also known as sounding. Later, echo sounding was used to acquire a more accurate reading of the oceans’ depths. The Mariana Trench is found at the (5) boundary of two tectonic plates, the Pacific Plate and the Mariana Plate. For millions of years, the Pacific Plate has been pushed below, or subducted beneath, the Mariana Plate, causing pressures leading to the formation of the Mariana Islands. Because of the formation of these plates, governments have proposed dumping nuclear waste deep into the trench, in hopes that because of the subduction of the Pacific Plate, the waste will be pushed down under this plate and therefore covered up. However, international law prohibits the dumping of nuclear waste in the ocean.Please mark the phrase which is closest in meaning to the verb "to stick":
A
To fasten
B
To place
C
To bind
D
To adhere
Question 40 Explanation: 
To place
Question 41
Please mark how long will it take for Maria's money to double if she has $5,000 to invest and invests in a fund at 4% interest:
A
10 years
B
18 years
C
12 years
D
15 years
Question 41 Explanation: 
It will take her 18 years.
Question 42
Please mark the ration of 8 feet to 28 inches:
A
2:7
B
7:24
C
24:7
D
5:3
Question 42 Explanation: 
24:7
Question 43
Global Positioning System Imagine finding yourself lost on a hiking trail in the Appalachian Mountains. How do you get back to where you started your (1) excursion? Nowadays, if you have a smart phone, you can open up a Global Position System (GPS) app, and discover your (2) approximate location. But how does GPS actually work? What is some of the technology that goes into tracking your whereabouts through a cell phone? The GPS is a satellite-based system established by the United States’ government. It is used both for determining the locations of new points of reference on the ground and for finding someone’s position relative to a map. When, for example, a hiker turns on a GPS (3) receiver (a smart phone or a car device), the receiver accesses at least four satellites that collect coded data. This information is then used to determine the receiver’s approximate location on Earth. The GPS was developed in the U.S. in the early 70’s to (4) overcome the limitations of previous navigation systems. However, the U.S. isn’t the only country that maintains a worldwide system like the GPS. Russia has developed its own system known as the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System or GLONASS. China is developing the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System or BDS. The European Union is in the process of establishing what they have termed Galileo, after the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. India is also taking part in GPS market with its Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System or IRNSS. So, no matter who is developing these systems, one thing is for sure; we can feel safe knowing that even if we get lost in the Himalayas, somewhere there are satellites controlled by some government that will help us find our way back to a more (5) familiar place.Please mark the answer on why was the GPS developed:
A
To discover the location of the lost people.
B
To prevail over the limits of the previous systems.
C
To avoid to end up lost in the Himalayas.
D
To surpass the navigation systems of other countries.
Question 43 Explanation: 
To prevail over the limits of the previous systems.
Question 44
Please mark the best strategy that ought to be considered when formulating answers to market-sizing questions:
A
Use exact numbers at all times.
B
Be steady and as methodical as possible.
C
Always estimate and round numbers.
D
Pick odd numbers that are not related.
Question 44 Explanation: 
The best strategy is to always estimate and round numbers.
Question 45
Global Positioning System Imagine finding yourself lost on a hiking trail in the Appalachian Mountains. How do you get back to where you started your (1) excursion? Nowadays, if you have a smart phone, you can open up a Global Position System (GPS) app, and discover your (2) approximate location. But how does GPS actually work? What is some of the technology that goes into tracking your whereabouts through a cell phone? The GPS is a satellite-based system established by the United States’ government. It is used both for determining the locations of new points of reference on the ground and for finding someone’s position relative to a map. When, for example, a hiker turns on a GPS (3) receiver (a smart phone or a car device), the receiver accesses at least four satellites that collect coded data. This information is then used to determine the receiver’s approximate location on Earth. The GPS was developed in the U.S. in the early 70’s to (4) overcome the limitations of previous navigation systems. However, the U.S. isn’t the only country that maintains a worldwide system like the GPS. Russia has developed its own system known as the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System or GLONASS. China is developing the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System or BDS. The European Union is in the process of establishing what they have termed Galileo, after the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. India is also taking part in GPS market with its Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System or IRNSS. So, no matter who is developing these systems, one thing is for sure; we can feel safe knowing that even if we get lost in the Himalayas, somewhere there are satellites controlled by some government that will help us find our way back to a more (5) familiar place.Please mark the definition of the word "receiver", bolded after the (3) in paragraph 2:
A
A member of the offensive team in football
B
A person that receives stolen goods
C
A device for converting signals
D
None of the above
Question 45 Explanation: 
This word signifies a device for converting signals.
Question 46
Please mark the amount that was deposited into an insurance account in which a small firm allocated 28% of its gross profits, considering the the previous year, the firm's gross profit was $400,00:
A
$109,500
B
$112,000
C
$128,000
D
$108,000
Question 46 Explanation: 
The amount deposited into the account was $112,000.
Question 47
Please mark the common error which is typical of the following sentence:Each of these patterns coordinates with others. There are main reason to conduct that poll. The survey chief or a field crew member check the setting every day.
A
Fused sentence
B
Sentence fragment
C
Wrong tense or verb form
D
Lack of subject-verb agreement
Question 47 Explanation: 
Lack of subject-verb agreement
Question 48
The U.S. Congress (Government and Civics 3­) Did you ever wonder where federal laws come from? For example, who proposed that it be illegal to (1) operate a vehicle without a driver’s license? Who is responsible for making decisions about war? In the United States rules and decisions that affect its citizens (and visitors) are proposed and put into effect by what is known as the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Congress is made of up two (2) bodies: the Senate and the House of Representatives. Both representatives and senators are elected by voters. Congress has 535 members: 435 members in the House of Representatives and 100 members in the Senate. Each member of the House of Representatives serves two-year terms and each state in the union has at least one representative. Each of the 50 states has two senators; therefore, there are 100 senators in Congress, and each member of the Senate serves a six-year (3) term. Congress works together to create (4) bills that are then later signed into law by the President of the United States. It also has power over financial concerns. It is the Congress who has the authority to make and collect taxes. Congress also plays an important role in the decisions of the national defense. It alone has the power to (5) wage war on another country. So, next time you hear someone say they dislike a President’s decision to go to war with another country, you can tell them that Congress has the ultimate say, and not the President, in how the country is run.Please mark the person who is a responsible decision maker in war:
A
The President
B
The Senate
C
The House of Representatives
D
Both B and C
Question 48 Explanation: 
Both B and C
Question 49
Immigration Laws in the U.S. The “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” is a law that was introduced in the state of Arizona in 2010. This law is similar to the existing federal (1) legislation that requires all aliens, or U.S. non-citizens, over 14 years old, who stay in the U.S. for more than 30 days, to register with the U.S. government. An (2) alien must also carry his/her registration documents with him/her at all times. In addition to the existing federal law, Arizona made it a requirement that its state’s law enforcement officers make an attempt to identify an individual’s immigration status during detention, arrest, or a “lawful contact”. The term “lawful contact” refers to an officer’s obligation to approach someone that he or she believes is an illegal immigrant. The “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”, also known as Arizona Senate Bill (SB) 1070, has caused national and international (3) controversy on the topic of immigration, and especially illegal immigration from south of the U.S. border. Opponents believe that the law forces officers to racially profile people, or judge them based on whether or not they look, Latino. Challengers of this law want to (4) ban, because they believe it forces policemen and policewomen to racially discriminate against people who are not from a European or African background. However, advocates of the law deny that it allows the use of race as the exclusive basis for investigating immigration status. The law has since been modified with the goal of addressing some of the concerns of the opponents. However, despite the protests in opposition to the law from around the country, polling has shown that there is overall support for the law in Arizona and in other states. And the passage of the modified version of the law has (5) provoked other states to consider implementing similar immigration laws.Please mark the best definition of the word "controversy", bolded after the (3) in paragraph 2:
A
Marked by opposing views
B
Harmony of opinion
C
To bring into agreement
D
Both B and C
Question 49 Explanation: 
Both B and C
Question 50
Please mark the number of squares bought by Roger considering that he bought a 35 x 35-feet lot to source rocks for his pet rock project:
A
1,325
B
1,225
C
1,275
D
1,185
Question 50 Explanation: 
1,225 square feet
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