ARCO CIVIL SERVICE ARITHMETIC AND VOCABULARY 15TH EDITION

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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION: HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE What This Book Will Do For You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Can You Prepare Yourself for Your Test? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What’s in This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PART ONE: LANDING CIVIL SERVICE JOBS Where the Jobs Are . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Federal Civilian Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . State and Local Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . How to Get a Government Job. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Preparing Yourself for Civil Service Employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Test-Taking Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PART TWO: ARITHMETIC REVIEW Solving Arithmetic Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Decimals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Percents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dropping Final Zeros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Multiplying Whole Numbers by Decimals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dividing by Whole Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Division by Multiplication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Multiplication by Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Powers and Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Contents Table of Measures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Metric System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denominate Numbers (Measurement) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Geometry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Statistics and Probability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graphs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ratio and Proportion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Work and Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Distance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taxation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Profit and Loss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Payroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sequences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arithmetic Review Exam 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arithmetic Review Exam 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PART THREE: VOCABULARY REVIEW Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Study Aids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Word List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Synonyms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answer Key. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Antonyms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answer Key. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sentence Completions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Practice Test 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answers and Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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INTRODUCTION

HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

WHAT THIS BOOK WILL DO FOR YOU

Arco has followed testing trends and methods ever since the firm was founded in 1937. We specialize in books that prepare people for tests. Based on this experience, we have prepared the best possible book to help you score high. To write this book we carefully analyzed every detail surrounding the forthcoming examinations. Since there is such variation in exams, we cannot predict exactly what your exam will be like. However, after studying many announcements and many exams, we have written this book to prepare you for the most probable question types. The review chapters will prepare you for questions that you are likely to face. The practice tests, while they are not actual exams, will give you excellent practice and preparation for your civil service exam. Other features of this book include details about: ■ The job itself ■ Official and unofficial announcements concerning the examination ■ All the previous examinations, although many not available to the public ■ Related examinations ■ Technical literature that explains and forecasts the examination

CAN YOU PREPARE YOURSELF FOR YOUR TEST? You want to pass this test. That’s why you bought this book. Used correctly, your “self-tutor” will show you what to expect and will give you a speedy brush-up on the subjects tested in your exam. Some of these are subjects not taught in schools at all. Even if your study time is very limited, you should: ■ Become familiar with the type of examination you will take ■ Improve your test-taking skills ■ Improve your skill in analyzing and answering questions involving reasoning, judgment, comparison, and evaluation ■ Improve your speed and skill in reading and comprehension—an important part of your ability to learn and an important part of most tests This book will: ■ Present every type of question you will encounter on the actual test. This will put you at ease with the test format. ■ Find your weaknesses. Once you know what subjects you’re weak in, you can get right to work and concentrate on those areas. This kind of selective study yields maximum test results. 2

What This Book Will Do for You ■ Give you confidence now. It will build your self-confidence while you are preparing for the test. As you proceed, it will prevent the kind of test anxiety that causes low test scores. ■ Stress the multiple-choice type of question because that’s the kind you’ll see on your test. You must not be satisfied with merely knowing the correct answer for each question. You must find out why the other choices are incorrect. After testing yourself, you may find that you are weak in a particular area. You should concentrate on improving your skills by using the specific practice sections in this book that apply to you.

WHAT’S IN THIS BOOK? If you already know what type of career you wish to pursue, this book will help you prepare for any of the major exams. If you don’t know what type of job you’d like to apply for, this book will also help you. Not only will you be able to prepare for your exam, but you will also find information about various types of careers, and perhaps it will narrow down your choices. This book offers you an overview of the world of civil service, a brief introduction to federal, state, and city employers and their hiring requirements, and in-depth descriptions of a number of widely used examinations.

PART ONE There are three parts to this book. Part One covers the major civil service employment sectors: federal, state, and municipal (city). There’s more than enough for everyone here. Each sector has its own requirements and tests. However, as you will see, there are certain types of questions that will appear on most of these exams, regardless of the type of test you will take. Also in this section is important information on test-taking techniques. This will give you guidelines to help you prepare for the actual test. Feeling anxious before you take a test is a normal reaction. We provide you with some relaxation tips so you can get a great test score.

PART TWO Part Two is an overview of mathematics. If you haven’t already been in the field, you will be surprised by the number of different civil service jobs that require mathematics skills as a part of standard examinations. This section gives you a good overview of the types of mathematical problems that routinely appear on certain civil service exams. Practice is provided for fractions, decimals, percents, powers and roots, statistics, distance problems, taxation, and more. Use this section to gain a full understanding of what your math strengths and weaknesses are. A special feature of this book is that all the correct answers are explained. If you find that you are getting several questions wrong in a particular section, review the Answers and Explanations and try those math problems again. Gaining familiarity with math problems that give you difficulty will save time and will better prepare you during the actual exam. Also included in this section are sample examinations that review your arithmetic skills. Level of difficulty, question styles, and scoring methods all conform closely to the examinations for which they are meant to prepare.

PART THREE Part Three is designed to help you expand your vocabulary. It provides guidance on strengthening and developing your overall vocabulary skills in a variety of question formats that may appear on the civil service exam you are planning to take. Exercises are presented for synonyms and antonyms, sentence completions, and understanding word parts. A comprehensive A–Z word list of more than 1,000 words with definitions is also provided to help you broaden your vocabulary. And, as in the previous section, all correct answers are

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Introduction: How to Use This Guide explained. Take time to read and understand the explanation given. By reading all of the explanations, you can gain greater insight into methods of answering questions and the reasoning behind the correct choices. We strongly believe that regardless of the test that you think you’re planning to take—or the career path you want to follow—try to take all of the exams in this book. It may seem like a lot of extra work, but you never know where you may end up. You may think you’re interested in a job with the local city government, but end up working for a private company. Perhaps the exam you were hoping to take is not being given for another year, but some other test is being given next month. It is always better to be prepared.

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WHERE THE JOBS ARE

Government service is one of the nation’s largest sources of employment. About one in every six people is employed by the government. Of those government employees, five out of six are employed by state or local governments, and the remainder work for the federal government. As you can see, government employees represent a significant portion of the nation’s work force. They work in large cities, small towns, and remote and isolated places such as lighthouses and forest ranger stations, and a small number of federal employees work overseas. In this chapter, we will outline the various types of government careers that are available at the federal, state, and local levels. Almost every job in government service, at any level, will utilize some form of mathematics and/or vocabulary—either in the career itself or in a test for a specific job. If you have read and practiced the material in this book, you should be well prepared for any test that requires these skills. Now it’s time to find the job that suits you. Very often, finding a job is a matter of luck. However, we’d like to take some of the luck out of it and make it more directive. Below are a variety of sources you can contact in your search for employment.

FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT The federal government is the nation’s largest employer. It employs approximately 3 million civilian workers in the United States and an additional 150,000 civilian workers—half of them U.S. citizens—in U.S. territories and foreign countries. The headquarters of most government departments and agencies are in the Washington, D.C., area, but only one out of eight federal employees works there. Federal employees work in occupations that represent nearly every kind of job in private employment as well as some unique to the federal government, such as regulatory inspectors, foreign service officers, and Internal Revenue agents. Most federal employees work for the executive branch of the government. The executive branch includes the Office of the President, the cabinet departments, and about 100 independent agencies, commissions, and boards. This branch is responsible for activities such as administering federal laws, handling international relations, conserving natural resources, treating and rehabilitating disabled veterans, delivering the mail, conducting scientific research, maintaining the flow of supplies to the armed forces, and administering other programs to promote the health and welfare of the people of the United States. The Department of Defense, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the newly formed Department of Homeland Security, is the largest department. It employs about one million civilian workers. The Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury are also big employers. The two largest independent agencies are the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is also federal civilian employment available in the legislative branch, which includes Congress, the Government Printing Office, the General Accounting Office, and the

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Where the Jobs Are Library of Congress. The judicial branch, the smallest employer, hires people for work within the court system. Where should you begin your search? FEDERAL JOBS The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the place to start. It has a list of job openings that is updated daily. In addition, the office also publishes the Federal Exam Announcement each quarter during the year. Although staff members at the OPM are not responsible for hiring for jobs, they will provide you with access to each hiring agency, and there you can get the specific details about each job. You can reach OPM at 202-606-1800 or online at www.opm.gov. You can find a complete application for federal employment along with instructions on how to fill it out at the OPM Web site. It also provides explanations of federal job categories and specific job descriptions. You can then search geographically and alphabetically to find out which jobs have current openings and exactly where the openings are located. The listings, in turn, refer you to full vacancy announcements, including qualifications, requirements, and application procedures and deadlines. With adequate equipment you can download the announcement. Or you can take notes from the information on your screen. Likewise, you can download application forms or even apply electronically using your computer. You can also follow instructions for getting the proper forms by telephone or mail. Another excellent source is the Federal Jobs Digest, a biweekly newspaper that lists thousands of government jobs, both in the United States and in foreign countries. Its Web site features thousands of job listings at any one time. It can be reached at: Federal Jobs Digest Division of Breakthrough Publications 326 Main Street Emmaus, PA 18049 Phone: 610-905-5825 Web site: www.jobsfed.com You might also look under the heading “U.S. Government” in the blue pages of your telephone directory for a listing for Office of Personnel Management or Federal Job Information Center. A telephone call to this number may give you automated information pertinent to your own area or may direct you to a location at which you can pick up printed materials or conduct a search on a computer touch screen. WHITE-COLLAR OCCUPATIONS Because of its wide range of responsibilities, the federal government employs white-collar workers in many occupational fields. About 25 percent are administrative and clerical workers. General clerical workers are employed in all federal departments and agencies. These include office machine operators, secretaries, clerk-typists, mail and file clerks, telephone operators, and workers in computer-related occupations. In addition, there are the half million postal clerks and mail carriers. Many government workers are employed in engineering and related fields. The engineers represent virtually every branch and specialty of engineering. There are large numbers of technicians in areas such as engineering, electronics, surveying, and drafting. Nearly two thirds of all engineers work for the Department of Defense. Of the more than 120,000 workers employed in accounting and budgeting work, 35,000 are professional accountants or Internal Revenue officers. Among technician and administrative occupations are accounting technicians, tax accounting technicians, and budget administrators. There are also large numbers of clerks in specialized accounting work. Accounting workers are employed throughout the government, particularly in the Departments of Defense and the Treasury and in the General Accounting Office. Many federal employees work in hospitals or in medical, dental, and public health capacities. Three out of five are either professional nurses or nursing assistants. Other

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs professional occupations in this field include physicians, dieticians, technologists, and physical therapists. Technician and aide jobs include medical technicians, medical laboratory aides, and dental assistants. Employees in this field work primarily for the Department of Veterans Affairs; others work for the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services. Other government workers are engaged in administrative work related to private business and industry. They arrange and monitor contracts with the private sector and purchase goods and services needed by the federal government. Administrative occupations include contract and procurement specialists, production control specialists, and Internal Revenue officers. Two out of three of these workers are employed by the Departments of Defense and the Treasury. Another large group works in jobs concerned with the purchase, cataloging, storage, and distribution of supplies for the federal government. This field includes many managerial and administrative positions, such as supply management officers, purchasing officers, and inventory management specialists, as well as large numbers of specialized clerical positions. Most of these jobs are in the Department of Defense. Throughout the federal government, many people are employed in the field of law. They fill professional positions, such as attorneys or law clerks, and administrative positions, such as passport and visa examiners or tax law specialists. There also are many clerical positions that involve examining claims. The social sciences also employ many government workers. Economists are employed throughout the government; psychologists and social workers work primarily for the Department of Veterans Affairs; and foreign affairs and international relations specialists, for the Department of State. One third of the workers in this field are social insurance administrators employed largely in the Department of Health and Human Services. About 50,000 biological and agricultural science workers are employed by the federal government, mostly in the Departments of Agriculture and Interior. Many of these work in forestry and soil conservation activities. Others administer farm assistance programs. The largest number is employed as biologists, forest and range fire controllers, soil conservationists, and forestry technicians. The federal government employs another 50,000 people in investigative and inspection work. Large numbers of these are engaged in criminal investigation and health regulatory inspections, mostly in the Departments of the Treasury, Justice, and Agriculture. Physical sciences is another area of government employment. Three out of four workers in the physical sciences are employed by the Departments of Defense, Interior, and Commerce. Professional workers include chemists, physicists, meteorologists, cartographers, and geologists. Aides and technicians include physical science technicians, meteorological technicians, and cartography technicians. And in the mathematics field are professional mathematicians and statisticians and mathematics technicians and statistical clerks. They are employed primarily by the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Commerce, and Health and Human Services. Entrance requirements for white-collar jobs vary widely. A college degree in a specified field or equivalent work experience is usually required for professional occupations such as physicists and engineers. Entrants into administrative and managerial occupations usually are not required to have knowledge of a specialized field, but must instead indicate a potential for future development by having a degree from a four-year college or responsible job experience. They usually begin as trainees and learn their duties on the job. Typical jobs in this group are budget analysts, claims examiners, purchasing specialists, administrative assistants, and personnel specialists. Technician, clerical, and aide-assistant jobs have entry-level positions for people with a high school education or the equivalent. For many of these positions, no previous experience or training is required. The entry-level position is usually that of trainee. Workers who have junior college or technical school training or those who have specialized skills may enter these occupations at higher levels. Typical jobs are engineering technicians, supply clerks, clerk-typists, and nursing assistants.

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Where the Jobs Are BLUE-COLLAR OCCUPATIONS Blue-collar occupations—craft, operative, laborer, and some service jobs—provide full-time employment for more than half a million federal workers. The Department of Defense employs about three fourths of these workers in establishments such as naval shipyards, arsenals, the Air or Army depots, as well as on construction, harbor, flood control, irrigation, or reclamation projects. Others work for the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Postal Service, General Services Administration, Department of the Interior, and Tennessee Valley Authority. The largest single blue-collar group consists of manual laborers. Large numbers also are employed in machine tool and metal work, motor vehicle operation, warehousing, and food preparation and serving. The federal government employs a wide variety of individuals in maintenance and repair work, such as electrical and electronic equipment installation and repair, and in vehicle and industrial equipment maintenance and repair. All these fields require a range of skill levels and include a variety of occupations comparable to the private sector. Although the federal government employs blue-collar workers in many different fields, about half are concentrated in a small number of occupations. The largest group, the skilled mechanics, works as air-conditioning, aircraft, automobile, truck, electronics, sheet-metal, and general maintenance mechanics. Another large number of craft workers is employed as painters, pipefitters, carpenters, electricians, and machinists. A similar number serves as warehouse workers, truck drivers, and general laborers. An additional group of workers is employed as janitors and food service workers. THE PRIVATE SECTOR Most jobs in the private sector can be found in three ways—employment agencies, newspaper classified advertisements, and online job searches. Wherever you live there is certainly a local employment agency. Call to make an appointment and bring your resume. Keep in mind that they’re the first interview that you will have in the line for employment, so you should dress appropriately and be somewhat informed about the types of jobs in which you would be interested. Reading through the section on various careers in this book will help you. Then, go to your local newspaper or, if you live in a small town, perhaps you can pick up a newspaper from a larger city near you. In many cases, you will be directed toward an employment agency to apply for a job. In others, you may be asked to call the company directly, write a letter, or send your resume to the company. Remember that just like an interview, your telephone call, letter, and/or resume are the first impressions someone makes of you, so be on your best behavior. There are also dozens of career-oriented Web sites that will be helpful to you. Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com are two excellent online sources. You can post your resume online, as well as search for jobs on a state-by-state basis. ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS People with previous training in a skilled trade may apply for a position with the federal government at the journey level. Those with no previous training may apply for appointment to one of several apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship programs generally last four years; trainees receive both classroom and on-the-job training. After completing this training, a person is eligible for a position at the journey level. There are also a number of positions that require little or no prior training or experience, including janitors, maintenance workers, messengers, and many others. THE MERIT SYSTEM More than nine out of ten jobs in the federal government are merit-based. The Civil Service Act, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, covers six out of ten federal titles. This act was passed by Congress to ensure that federal employees are hired on the basis of individual merit and fitness. It provides for competitive examinations and the selection of new employees from among the most qualified applicants.

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs Some federal jobs are exempt from civil service requirements either by law or by action of the Office of Personnel Management. However, most of these positions are covered by separate merit systems of other agencies such as the Foreign Service of the Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. EARNINGS, ADVANCEMENT, AND WORKING CONDITIONS Most federal civilian employees are paid according to one of three major pay systems: the General Pay Schedule, the Wage System, or the Postal Service Schedule. GENERAL PAY SCHEDULE More than half of all federal workers are paid under the General Schedule (GS), a pay scale for workers in professional, administrative, technical, and clerical jobs, and for workers such as guards and messengers. General Schedule jobs are classified by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in one of fifteen grades, according to the difficulty of duties and responsibilities and the knowledge, experience, and skills required of the workers. GS pay rates are set by Congress and apply to government workers nationwide. They are reviewed annually to see whether they are comparable with salaries in private industry. They are generally subject to upwards adjustment for very high-cost-of-living regions. In low-cost areas, the GS pay scale may exceed that of most private-sector workers. Most employees receive within-grade pay increases at one-, two-, or three-year intervals if their work is acceptable. Within-grade increases may also be given in recognition of high-quality service. Some managers and supervisors receive increases based on their job performance rather than on time in grade. High school graduates who have no related work experience usually start in GS-2 jobs, but some who have special skills begin at grade GS-3. Graduates of two-year colleges and technical schools often can begin at the GS-4 level. Most people with bachelor’s degrees appointed to professional and administrative jobs such as statisticians, economists, writers and editors, budget analysts, accountants, and physicists, can enter at grades GS-5 or GS-7, depending on experience GENERAL PAY SCHEDULE (Range of Salaries) Effective as of January 2004

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Where the Jobs Are and academic record. Those who have a master’s degree or Ph.D. or the equivalent education or experience may enter at the GS-9 or GS-11 level. Advancement to higher grades generally depends upon ability, work performance, and openings in jobs at higher grade levels. FEDERAL WAGE SYSTEM About one quarter of federal civilian workers are paid according to the Federal Wage System. Under this system, craft, service, and manual workers are paid hourly rates established on the basis of “prevailing” rates paid by private employers for similar work in the same locations. As a result, the federal government wage rate for an occupation varies by locality. This commitment to meeting the local wage scale allows the federal wage earner to bring home a weekly paycheck comparable to that which he or she would earn in the private sector and to enjoy the benefits and security of a government job at the same time. The federal wage earner has the best of all possible worlds in this regard. Federal government employees work a standard 40-hour week. Employees who are required to work overtime may receive premium rates for the additional time or compensatory time off at a later date. Most employees work eight hours a day, five days a week, Monday through Friday, but in some cases, the nature of the work requires a different workweek. Annual earnings for most full-time federal workers are not affected by seasonal factors. Federal employees earn 13 days of annual (vacation) leave each year during their first three years of service; 20 days each year until the end of fifteen years; after fifteen years, 26 days each year. Workers who are members of military reserve organizations also are granted up to 15 days of paid military leave a year for training purposes. A federal worker who is laid off, though federal layoffs are uncommon, is entitled to unemployment compensation similar to that provided for employees in private industry. Other benefits available to most federal employees include a contributory retirement system, optional participation in low-cost group life and health insurance programs which are partly supported by the government (as the employer), and training programs to develop maximum job proficiency and help workers achieve their highest potential. These training programs may be conducted in government facilities or in private educational facilities at government expense.

STATE AND LOCAL EMPLOYMENT State and local governments provide a very large and expanding source of job opportunities in a wide variety of occupational fields. About fifteen million people work for state and local government agencies; nearly three fourths of these work in units of local government such as counties, municipalities, towns, and school districts. The job distribution varies greatly from that in federal government service. Defense, international relations and commerce, immigration, and mail delivery are virtually non-existent in state and local governments. On the other hand, there is great emphasis on education, health, social services, transportation, construction, and sanitation. STATE EMPLOYMENT Almost every state has its own Web site. In order to access the state systems via the Internet, there’s a very simple way to find each state, although it may take some searching once you’re online. To find the state Internet site, enter the following: www.state.____.us. In the blank, enter the two-letter abbreviation for that state. For Arizona, for example, you would enter www.state.az.us. For Wisconsin, enter www.state.wi.us. See the following list of the latest URLs for the state sites. Be aware, however, that the sites may change from time to time.

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STATE INTERNET SITES Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri

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Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

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LOCAL EMPLOYMENT You may find city and county employment information on the Internet through your state’s home page. Or, if you’re in a large city, it is likely that the city has its own Web site. Use some of the popular search vehicles such as Google.com, Yahoo.com, Ask.com, Altavista.com, and so on, to locate other job-related sites. Use search terms such as jobs, employment, labor, business, help-wanted, and so on. Add that to the specific city or state, and you’ll be surprised at the number of suggested sites you’ll get. You might enter into the search box something like Miami+jobs. The plus sign (+) indicates that you want both Miami and jobs to be in the same suggested sites. You should also investigate to see if there is a local city Civil Service publication that lists upcoming job announcements. For example, in New York City, The Chief-Leader is the primary source for upcoming Civil Service jobs. You will also find information about state and federal jobs in the paper. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES About one half of all jobs in state and local government are in educational services. Educational employees work in public schools, colleges, and various extension services. About half of all education workers are instructional personnel. School systems, colleges, and universities also 12

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Where the Jobs Are employ administrative personnel, librarians, guidance counselors, nurses, dieticians, clerks, and maintenance workers. HEALTH SERVICES The next largest field of state and local government employment is health services. Those employed in health and hospital work include physicians, nurses, medical laboratory technicians, dieticians, kitchen and laundry workers, and hospital attendants. Social services make up another aspect of health and welfare. Unfortunately, the need for welfare and human services has been increasing greatly. As the need grows, the opportunities for social workers and their affiliated administrative and support staff also grows. GOVERNMENT CONTROL/FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES Another million employees work in the areas of general governmental control and financial activities. These include chief executives and their staffs, legislative representatives, and persons employed in the administration of justice, tax enforcement and other financial work, and general administration. These functions require the services of individuals such as lawyers, judges and other court officers, city managers, property assessors, budget analysts, stenographers, and clerks. STREETS AND HIGHWAYS The movement of people is of great concern to both state and local governments. Street and highway construction and maintenance are of major importance. Highway workers include civil engineers, surveyors, operators of construction machinery and equipment, truck drivers, concrete finishers, carpenters, construction laborers, and, where appropriate, snow removers. Toll collectors are relatively few in number, but they too are state or county employees or employees of independent authorities of the states or counties. Mass transportation within municipalities and between the cities and their outlying suburbs is also the province of local government. Maintaining vehicles, roadbeds and signaling systems, and staffing the vehicles themselves, requires a large and varied work force. POLICE AND FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES Police and fire protection is another large field of employment. Along with uniformed officers, these services include extensive administrative, clerical, maintenance, and custodial personnel. MISCELLANEOUS STATE AND LOCAL OCCUPATIONS Other state and local government employees work in a wide variety of activities, including local utilities (water in most areas, electricity in some); natural resources; parks and recreation; sanitation; corrections; local libraries; sewage disposal; and housing and urban renewal. These activities require workers in diverse occupations such as economists, electrical engineers, electricians, pipefitters, clerks, foresters, and bus drivers. CLERICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, MAINTENANCE, AND CUSTODIAL WORKERS A large percentage of employment in most government agencies is made up of clerical, administrative, maintenance, and custodial workers. Among the workers involved in these activities are word processors, secretaries, data processors, computer specialists, office managers, fiscal and budget administrators, bookkeepers, accountants, carpenters, painters, plumbers, guards, and janitors. The list is endless. Most positions in state and local governments are filled by residents of the state or locality. Many localities have residency requirements. Exceptions are generally made for persons with skills that are in special demand.

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs EARNINGS Job conditions and earnings of state and local government employees vary widely, depending upon occupation and locality. Salary differences from state to state and even within some states tend to reflect differences in the general wage level and cost of living in the various localities. As with the federal government, a majority of state and local government positions are filled through some type of formal civil service test; that is, personnel are hired and promoted on the basis of merit. State and local government workers have the same protections as federal government workers: they cannot be refused employment because of their race; they cannot be denied promotion because someone else made a greater political contribution; and they cannot be fired because the boss’s son needs a job. Jobs tend to be classified according to job description and pegged to a salary schedule that is based upon the job classifications. Periodic performance reviews also are standard expectations. Nearly every group of employees has some sort of union or organization, but the functions and powers of these units vary greatly. Since states and local entities are independent, the benefits packages they offer their employees can be quite different. Most state and local government employees are covered by retirement systems or by the federal social security program. Most have some sort of health coverage. They usually work a standard week of 40 hours or less with overtime pay or compensatory time benefits for additional hours of work.

HOW TO GET A GOVERNMENT JOB Now that you know where to look for a job, it’s important to understand the procedure. The procedure you must follow to get a government job varies very little from job to job and from one level of government to another. There are variations in details, of course, but certain steps are common to all. Once you have found a Notice of Examination (it may be called an Announcement), read it very carefully. If you can get a copy for yourself all the better. If not, then take lots of time to take notes. Make sure, you have written down all of the details. The Notice of Examination will give a brief job description. It will tell the title of the job and describe some of the job duties and responsibilities. On the basis of the job description, you will decide whether or not you want to try for this job. If the job appeals to you, you must concentrate on: ■ Education and experience requirements. If you cannot meet these requirements, do not bother to apply. Government service is very popular; many people apply. The government has more than enough applicants from whom to choose. It will not waive requirements for you. ■ Age requirements. Discrimination on the basis of age is illegal, but a number of jobs demand so much sustained physical effort that they require retirement at an early age. For these positions there is an entry age limit. If you are already beyond that age, do not apply. If you are still too young, inquire about the time lag until hiring. It may be that you will reach the minimum age by the time the position is to be filled. ■ Citizenship requirements. Many jobs are open to all people who are eligible to work in the United States, but all law enforcement jobs and most federal jobs are limited to citizens. If you are well along the way toward citizenship and expect to be naturalized soon, inquire as to your exact status with respect to the job. ■ Residency requirements. If there is a residency requirement, you must live within the prescribed limits or be willing to move. If you are not willing to live in the area, do not waste time applying. ■ What forms must be filed. The Announcement of the position for which you are applying will specify the form of application requested. For most federal jobs, you may submit either the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612) or a resume that fulfills the requirements set forth in the pamphlet Applying for a Federal Job (OF 510). For other than federal jobs, the Notice of Examination may tell you where you

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Where the Jobs Are must go or write to get the necessary form or forms. Be sure you secure them all. The application might be a simple form asking nothing more than name, address, citizenship, and Social Security number or it may be a complex Experience Paper. An Experience Paper, as its title implies, asks a great deal about education, job training, job experience, and life experience. Typically, the Experience Paper permits no identification by name, sex, or race; the only identifying mark is your Social Security number. The purpose of this procedure is to avoid permitting bias of any sort to enter into the weighting of responses. The Experience Paper generally follows a short form of application which does include a name. When the rating process is completed, the forms are coordinated by means of the Social Security number. ■ Filing dates, place, and fee. There is great variation in this area. For some positions you can file your application at any time. Others have a first day and last day for filing. If you file too early or too late, your application will not be considered. Sometimes it is sufficient to have your application postmarked by the last day for filing. More often, your application must be received by the last date. If you are mailing your application, allow five full business days for it to get there on time. Place of filing will be stated right on the Notice. Get the address right! Most applications may be filed by mail, but occasionally in-person filing is specified. Follow directions. Federal and postal positions require no filing fee. Most, but not all, government jobs do charge a fee for processing your application. The fee is not always the same. Be sure to check this out. If the Notice specifies “money order only,” plan to purchase a money order. Be sure the money order is made out properly. If you send or present a personal check, your application will be rejected without consideration. If the announcement specifies “money order only,” you cannot submit cash, even in person. ■ How to qualify. This portion of the Notice will tell you the basis on which the candidate will be chosen. Some examination scores consist of a totaling up of weighted education and experience factors. This type of examination, called “an unassembled exam” because you do not come to one place to take the exam, is based upon your responses on the application and supplementary forms. Obviously, these must be very complete for you to get full credit for all you have learned and accomplished. The Notice may tell you of a qualifying exam, an exam that you must pass in addition to scoring high on an unassembled, written, or performance test. Or, the Notice may tell you of a competitive exam, written performance, or both. The competitive exam may be described in very general terms or in detail. It is even possible that a few sample questions will be attached. If the date of the exam has been set, that date will appear on the Notice. Write it down. When you have the application forms in hand, photocopy them. Fill out the photocopies first. This way you can correct mistakes, change the order of information, add, or delete. You can work at fitting what you have to say into the space allowed. Do not exaggerate, but be sure to give yourself credit for responsibilities you have had, cost-saving ideas you gave your prior employer, or any accomplishments. Be clear and thorough in telling what you have learned and what you can do. When you are satisfied with your draft, copy over the application onto the form(s). Be sure to include any backup material that is requested; by the same token, do not send more “evidence” than is truly needed to support your claims of qualification. Your application must be complete according to the requirements of the announcement, but must not be overwhelming. You want to command hiring attention by conforming exactly to requirements. Check over all forms for neatness and completeness. Sign wherever indicated. Attach the fee, if required. Then mail or personally file the application on time. If you are currently employed, do not give your notice now. Stay at your present job. If you are job hunting, continue your search. The time lag between application for a government

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs job and actual employment is always many months; it may even be a year or two. Most people cannot afford to sit back and wait for the job. If the Notice of Examination told you that there will be a competitive exam and told you about subjects of the examination, you can begin to study now. If not, just continue working and await notice of next steps. When the Civil Service commission or personnel office to which you submitted your application receives it, the office will date, stamp, log, and open your file. The office may acknowledge receipt with more forms, sample exam questions, or a simple receipt slip. You may hear nothing at all for months. Eventually you will receive a testing date or an interview appointment. Write these on your calendar in red so that you don’t let the dates slip by. Write the address to which you are to report in the same place. If you receive an admission ticket for an exam, be sure to put it in a safe place; but keep it in sight so that you will not forget to take it with you to the exam. With an exam date, you should get information about the exam. Time may be short. Begin to study and prepare right away if you have not already done so. If the next step is an exam, that exam might be either a paper-and-pencil exam or a performance exam. The exam depends on the nature of the job. The applicant for a locksmith’s position might be asked to cut some complicated keys and to repair a broken lock; the track maintainer hopeful might have to replace ties or reset switches. The applicant for a position as a clerk-stenographer might have to take dictation and a typing test, along with a multiple-choice test of general clerical abilities. Applicants for most jobs will take only a written test. The written test is most frequently a multiple-choice test, one in which the test-taker chooses the best of four or five answer choices and marks the answer on a separate answer sheet. Multiple-choice tests are machine scored. Machine scoring insures accuracy and objectivity. No one can misinterpret your answers. Machine scoring also allows for many applicants to be rated at the same time. Occasionally, the written test will consist of an essay portion along with or instead of the multiple-choice section. Essays usually appear at levels above initial entry level where there are fewer applicants and fewer papers to score. On an essay, the examiners are looking for indications that you can organize your thoughts and can express them effectively in writing. If you are called for an exam, arrive promptly and dress appropriately. Neatness is always appropriate; however, you do not need to dress up for a performance exam or for a written exam. If you will do manual work for your performance exam, wear clean work clothes. For a written exam, neat, casual clothing is fine. THE INTERVIEW If there is no exam and you are called directly to an interview, what you wear is more important. Take special care to look businesslike and professional. You must not appear to be too casual, and certainly not sloppy. Overdressing is also inappropriate. A neat dress or skirted suit is fine for women; men should wear a shirt and tie with suit or slacks and a jacket. And pay attention to your grooming. Interviews take up an interviewer’s time. If you are called for an interview, you are under serious consideration. There may still be competition for the job; someone else may be more suited than you, but you are qualified and your skills and background have appealed to someone in the hiring office. The interview may be aimed at getting information about: ■ Your knowledge. The interviewer wants to know what you know about the area in which you will work. For instance, if you will be doing data entry in a budget office, what do you know about the budget process? Are you at all interested in this area of financial planning? You may also be asked questions probing your knowledge of the agency for which you are interviewing. Do you care enough to have educated yourself about the functions and role of the agency, whether it’s child welfare, pollution control, or international trade?

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Where the Jobs Are ■ Your judgment. You may be faced with hypothetical situations, job-related or interpersonal relations, and be asked “What would you do if . . . ?” questions. Think carefully before answering. You must be decisive but diplomatic. There are no “right answers.” The interviewer is aware that you are being put on the spot. How well you can handle this type of question is an indication of your flexibility and maturity. ■ Your personality. You will have to be trained and supervised. You will have to work with others. What is your attitude? How will you fit in? The interviewer will be trying to make judgments in these areas on the basis of general conversation with you and from your responses to specific lines of questioning. Be pleasant, polite, and open with your answers, but do not volunteer a great deal of extra information. Stick to the subjects introduced by the interviewer. Answer fully, but resist the temptation to ramble on. ■ Your attitude toward work conditions. These are practical concerns: If the job will require frequent travel for extended periods, how do you feel about it? What is your family’s attitude? If you will be very unhappy about the travel, you may leave the job and your training will have been a waste of the taxpayers’ money. The interviewer also wants to know how you will react to overtime or irregular shifts. Remember, working for the government is working for the people. Government revenues come from taxes. The hiring officers have a responsibility to put the right people into the right jobs in order to spend the taxpayers’ money most effectively. And, as a government employee, you have a responsibility to give the people (including yourself) their money’s worth. Other steps along the hiring route may be a medical examination, physical performance testing, and psychological interviewing. If there is a written test, these steps do not occur until the written tests are scored and ranked. Steps that require the time of one examiner with one applicant are taken only when there is reasonable expectation of hiring. MEDICAL EXAMINATION A medical exam is self-explanatory. If there are eyesight or hearing requirements for the position, these must be checked against agency standards. If the job requires standing, lifting, or running, the applicant must be medically able to withstand the rigors. Since all government employers afford some sort of health coverage, there must be assurance of the general health of the employee or at least full awareness of current or potential problems. Drug testing is often included. Drug testing is legal if applied routinely and equally to all applicants and if notice of it is given beforehand. PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE TEST Physical performance testing is limited to applicants for physically demanding jobs. Police officers, firefighters, and correction officers, for example, must be able to run, climb, and carry, often under stress of personal danger as well as under the pressures of the immediate situation. Mail handlers and sanitation workers must be able to lift and carry many heavy loads, one after the other. Usually the physical performance test is a qualifying test—either you can do it or you can’t. Sometimes, especially where speed may be a crucial element, the physical test is competitively scored and enters into the rating the candidate earns for placement on the certification list. PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVIEW Finally, there is the psychological interview. This interview differs from the general information interview or the final hiring and placement interview in that it tries to assess your behavior under stress. Not all applicants for government jobs are subjected to a psychological interview. It is limited to persons who will carry guns, to people who must make very quick decisions at moments of danger, and to people who might find themselves under interrogation by hostile forces. In other words, police officers, firefighters, and CIA and DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) agents, to name just a few, must be able to do their jobs without “cracking” under the pressure.

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs Reading all the applications and weeding out the unqualified ones takes time. Weighing education and experience takes time. Administering and scoring exams takes time. Interviews, medical exams, and physical performance tests take time. Verifying references takes time. Finally, the vacancies must occur, and the government agency must have the funds to fill the vacancies. All of this clarifies why you must not leave a job or a job search at any step along the way. Wait until you are offered your government job before you cut other ties. But when you finally do get that job, you will have a good income, many benefits, and job security.

PREPARING YOURSELF FOR CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYMENT Most federal, state, and municipal units have recruitment procedures for filling civil service positions. They have developed a number of methods to make job opportunities known. Places where such information may be obtained include: 1.

The offices of the State Employment Services. There are almost two thousand throughout the country. These offices are administered by the state in which they are located, with the financial assistance of the federal government. You will find the address of the one nearest you in your telephone book.

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Your state Civil Service Commission. Address your inquiry to the capital city of your state.

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Your city Civil Service Commission. It is sometimes called by another name, such as the Department of Personnel, but you will be able to identify it in your telephone directory under the listing of city departments.

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Your municipal building and your local library.

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Complete listings are carried by such newspapers as The Chief-Leader (published in New York City), as well as by other city and state-wide publications devoted to civil service employees. Many local newspapers run a section on regional civil service news.

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State and local agencies looking for competent employees will contact schools, professional societies, veterans organizations, unions, and trade associations.

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THE FORMAT OF THE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT When a position is open and a civil service examination is to be given for it, a job announcement is drawn up. This generally contains everything an applicant has to know about the job. The announcement begins with the job title and salary. A typical announcement then describes the work, the location of the position, the education and experience requirements, the kind of examination to be given, and the system of rating. It may also have something to say about veteran preference and the age limit. It tells which application form is to be filled out, where to get the form, and where and when to file it. Study the job announcement carefully. It will answer many of your questions and help you decide whether you like the position and are qualified for it. There is no point in applying for a position and taking the examination if you do not want to work where the job is. The job may be in your community or hundreds of miles away at the other end of the state. If you are not willing to work where the job is, study other announcements that will give you an opportunity to work in a place of your choice. A civil service job close to your home has an additional advantage since local residents usually receive preference in appointments.

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Where the Jobs Are The words Optional Fields—sometimes just the word Options—may appear on the front page of the announcement. You then have a choice to apply for that particular position in which you are especially interested. This is because the duties of various positions are quite different even though they bear the same broad title. A public relations clerk, for example, does different work from a payroll clerk, although they are considered broadly in the same general area. Not every announcement has options. But whether or not it has them, the precise duties are described in detail, usually under the heading Description of Work. Make sure that these duties come within the range of your experience and ability. Most job requirements give a deadline for filing an application. Others bear the words No Closing Date at the top of the first page; this means that applications will be accepted until the needs of the agency are met. In some cases a public notice is issued when a certain number of applications has been received. No application mailed past the deadline date will be considered. Every announcement has a detailed section on education and experience requirements for the particular job and for the optional fields. Make sure that in both education and experience you meet the minimum qualifications. If you do not meet the given standards for one job, there may be others open where you stand a better chance of making the grade. If the job announcement does not mention veteran preference, it would be wise to inquire if there is such a provision in your state or municipality. There may be none or it may be limited to disabled veterans. In some jurisdictions, surviving spouses of disabled veterans are given preference. All such information can be obtained through the agency that issues the job announcement. Applicants may be denied examinations and eligible candidates may be denied appointments for any of the following reasons: ■ Intentional false statements ■ Deception or fraud in examination or appointment ■ Use of intoxicating beverages to the extent that ability to perform the duties of the position is impaired ■ Criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct The announcement describes the kind of test given for the particular position. Please pay special attention to this section. It tells what areas are to be covered in the written test and lists the specific subjects on which questions will be asked. Sometimes sample questions are given. Usually the announcement states whether the examination is to be assembled or unassembled. In an assembled examination applicants assemble in the same place at the same time to take a written or performance test. The unassembled examination is one where an applicant does not take a test; instead, he or she is rated on his or her education and experience and whatever records of past achievement the applicant is asked to provide. In the competitive examination, all applicants for a position compete with each other; the better the mark, the better the chance of being appointed. Also, competitive examinations are given to determine desirability for promotion among employees. Civil service written tests are rated on a scale of 100, with 70 usually as the passing mark. FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION FORM Having studied the job announcement and having decided that you want the position and are qualified for it, your next step is to get an application form. The job announcement tells you where to send for it. On the whole, civil service application forms differ little from state to state and locality to locality. The questions that have been worked out after years of experimentation are simple and direct, designed to elicit a maximal amount of information about you.

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs Many prospective civil service employees have failed to get a job because of slipshod, erroneous, incomplete, misleading, or untruthful answers. Give the application serious attention, for it is the first important step toward getting the job you want. Here, along with some helpful comments, are the questions usually asked on the average application form, although not necessarily in this order. ■ Name of examination or kind of position applied for. This information appears in large type on the first page of the job announcement. ■ Optional job (if mentioned in the announcement). If you wish to apply for an option, simply copy the title from the announcement. If you are not interested in an option, write None. ■ Primary place of employment applied for. The location of the position was probably contained in the announcement. You must consider whether you want to work there. The announcement may list more than one location where the job is open. If you would accept employment in any of the places, list them all; otherwise list the specific place or places where you would be willing to work. ■ Name and address. Give in full, including your middle name if you have one, and your maiden name as well if you are a married woman. ■ Home and office phones. If none, write None. ■ Legal or voting residence. The state in which you vote is the one you list here. ■ Height without shoes, weight, sex. Answer accurately. ■ Date of birth. Give the exact day, month, and year. ■ Lowest grade or pay you will accept. Although the salary is clearly stated in the job announcement, there may be a quicker opening in the same occupation but carrying less responsibility and thus a lower basic entrance salary. You will not be considered for a job paying less than the amount you give in answer to this question. ■ Will you accept temporary employment if offered you for (a) one month or less, (b) one to four months, (c) four to twelve months? Temporary positions come up frequently and it is important to know whether you are available. ■ Will you accept less than full-time employment? Part-time work comes up now and then. Consider whether you want to accept such a position while waiting for a full-time appointment. ■ Were you in active military service in the Armed Forces of the United States? Veterans’ preference, if given, is usually limited to active service during the following periods: 12/7/41–12/31/46; 6/27/50–1/31/55; 6/1/63–5/7/75; 6/1/83–12/1/87; 10/23/83–11/21/83; 12/20/89–1/3/90; 8/2/90 to end of current Persian Gulf hostilities. ■ Do you claim disabled veterans credit? If you do, you have to show proof of a war-incurred disability compensable by at least 10 percent. This is done through certification by the Department of Veterans Affairs. ■ Special qualifications and skills. Even though not directly related to the position for which you are applying, information about licenses and certificates obtained for teacher, pilot, registered nurse, and so on, is requested. List your experience in the use of machines and equipment and whatever other skills you have acquired. Also list published writings, public speaking experience, membership in professional societies, and honors and fellowships received.

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Where the Jobs Are ■ Education. List your entire educational history, including all diplomas, degrees, and special courses taken in any accredited or armed forces school. Also give your credits toward a college or a graduate degree. ■ References. The names of people who can give information about you, with their occupations and business and home address, are often requested. ■ Your health. Questions are asked concerning your medical record. You are expected to have the physical and psychological capacity to perform the job for which you are applying. Standards vary, of course, depending on the requirements of the position. A physical handicap usually will not bar an applicant from a job he can perform adequately unless the safety of the public is involved. ■ Work history. Considerable space is allotted on the form for the applicant to tell about all his/her past employment. Examiners check all such answers closely. Do not embellish or falsify your record. If you were ever fired, say so. It is better for you to state this openly than for the examiners to find out the truth from your former employer. On the following pages, you’ll find samples of a New York City Application for Examination and a State of Louisiana Application.

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TEST-TAKING TECHNIQUES Many factors enter into a high test score. The most important factor should be your ability to answer the questions, which in turn indicates the ability to learn and perform the duties of the job. Assuming that you have this ability, knowing what to expect on the exam and familiarity with techniques of effective test taking should give you the confidence you need to do your best on the exam. There is no quick substitute for long-term study and development of your skills and abilities to prepare you for doing well on tests. However, there are some steps you can take to help you do the very best that you are prepared to do. Some of these steps are done before the test, and some are followed when you are taking the test. Knowing these steps is often called being “test-wise.” Following these steps may help you feel more confident as you take the actual test. “Test-wiseness” is a general term which simply means being familiar with some good procedures to follow when getting ready for and taking a test. The procedures fall into four major areas: (1) being prepared, (2) avoiding careless errors, (3) managing your time, and (4) guessing. BE PREPARED Don’t make the test harder than it has to be by not preparing yourself. You are taking a very important step in preparation by reading this book and taking the sample tests which are included. This will help you to become familiar with the tests and the kinds of questions you will have to answer. As you use this book, read the sample questions and directions for taking the test carefully. Then, when you take the sample tests, time yourself as you will be timed in the real test. As you are working on the sample questions, don’t look at the correct answers before you try to answer them on your own. This can fool you into thinking you understand a question when you really don’t. Try it on your own first, then compare your answer with the one given. Remember, in a sample test, you are your own grader; you don’t gain anything by pretending to understand something you really don’t. On the examination day assigned to you, allow the test itself to be the main attraction of the day. Do not squeeze it in between other activities. Be sure to bring the admission card, identification, and pencils, as instructed. Prepare these the night before so that you are not flustered by a last-minute search. Arrive rested, relaxed, and on time. In fact, plan to arrive a little bit early. Leave plenty of time for traffic tie-ups or other complications that might upset you and interfere with your test performance. In the test room, the examiner will hand out forms for you to fill out. He or she will give you the instructions that you must follow in taking the examination. The examiner will tell you how to fill in the grids on the forms. Time limits and timing signals will be explained. If you do not understand any of the examiner’s instructions, ASK QUESTIONS. It would be ridiculous to score less than your best because of poor communication. At the examination, you must follow instructions exactly. Fill in the grids on the forms carefully and accurately. Misgridding may lead to loss of veterans’ credits to which you may be entitled or misaddressing of your test results. Do not begin until you are told to begin. Stop as soon as the examiner tells you to stop. Do not turn pages until you are told to do so. Do not go back to parts you have already completed. Any infraction of the rules is considered cheating. If you cheat, your test paper will not be scored, and you will not be eligible for appointment. The answer sheet for most multiple-choice exams is machine scored. You cannot give any explanations to the machine, so you must fill out the answer sheet clearly and correctly.

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Where the Jobs Are HOW TO MARK YOUR ANSWER SHEET 1.

Blacken your answer space firmly and completely. is the only correct way to mark the answer sheet. , , , and are all unacceptable. The machine might not read them at all.

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Mark only one answer for each question. If you mark more than one answer, you will be considered wrong, even if one of the answers is correct.

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If you change your mind, you must erase your mark. Attempting to cross out an incorrect answer like this will not work. You must erase any incorrect answer completely. An incomplete erasure might be read as a second answer.

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All of your answering should be in the form of blackened spaces. The machine cannot read English. Do not write any notes in the margins.

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MOST IMPORTANT: Answer each question in the right place. Question 1 must be answered in space 1; question 52 in space 52. If you skip an answer space and mark a series of answers in the wrong places, you must erase all those answers and do the questions over, marking your answers in the proper places. You cannot afford to use the limited time in this way. Therefore, as you answer each question, look at its number and check that you are marking your answer in the space with the same number.

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For the typing tests, type steadily and carefully. Just don’t rush, since that’s when the errors occur. Keep in mind that each error subtracts 1 wpm (words per minute) from your final score.

AVOID CARELESS ERRORS Don’t reduce your score by making careless mistakes. Always read the instructions for each test section carefully, even when you think you already know what the directions are. It’s why we stress throughout this book that it’s important to fully understand the directions for these different question-types before you go into the actual exam. It will not only reduce errors, but it will save you time—time you will need for the questions. What if you don’t understand the directions? You will have risked getting the answers wrong for a whole test section. As an example, vocabulary questions can sometimes test synonyms (words that have similar meanings), and sometimes test antonyms (words with opposite meanings). You can easily see how a mistake in understanding in this case could make a whole set of answers incorrect. If you have time, reread any complicated instructions after you do the first few questions to check that you really do understand them. Of course, whenever you are allowed to, ask the examiner to clarify anything you don’t understand. Other careless mistakes affect only the response to particular questions. This often happens with arithmetic questions, but can happen with other questions as well. This type of error, called a “response error,” usually stems from a momentary lapse of concentration. Example: The question reads: “The capital of Massachusetts is . . . .” The answer is (D) Boston, but you mark (B) because “B” is the first letter of the word “Boston.” Example: The question reads: “8 − 5 = . . . .” The answer is (A) 3, but you mark (C) thinking “third letter.”

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs A common error in Reading Comprehension questions is bringing your own information into the subject. For example, you may encounter a passage that discusses a subject you know something about. While this can make the passage easier to read, it can also tempt you to rely on your own knowledge about the subject. You must rely on information within the passage for your answers—in fact, sometimes the “wrong answer” for the questions are based on true information about the subject not given in the passage. Since the test-makers are testing your reading ability, rather than your general knowledge of the subject, an answer based on information not contained in the passage is considered incorrect. MANAGE YOUR TIME Before you begin, take a moment to plan your progress through the test. Although you are usually not expected to finish all of the questions given on a test, you should at least get an idea of how much time you should spend on each question in order to answer them all. For example, if there are 60 questions to answer and you have 30 minutes, you will have about half a minute to spend on each question. Keep track of the time on your watch or the room clock, but do not fixate on the time remaining. Your task is to answer questions. Do not spend too much time on any one question. If you find yourself stuck, do not take the puzzler as a personal challenge. Either guess and mark the question in the question booklet or skip the question entirely, marking the question as a skip and taking care to skip the answer space on the answer sheet. If there is time at the end of the exam or exam part, you can return and give marked questions another try. MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS Almost all of the tests given on civil service exams are multiple-choice format. This means that you normally have four or five answer choices. But it’s not something that should be overwhelming. There is a basic technique to answering these types of questions. Once you’ve understood this technique, it will make your test-taking far less stressful. First, there should only be one correct answer. Since these tests have been given time and again, and the test-developers have a sense of which questions work and which questions don’t work, it will be rare that your choices will be ambiguous. They may be complex, and somewhat confusing, but there will still be only one right answer. The first step is to look at the question, without looking at the answer choices. Now select the correct answer. That may sound somewhat simplistic, but it’s usually the case that your first choice is the correct one. If you go back and change it, redo it again and again, it’s more likely that you’ll end up with the wrong answer. Thus, follow your instinct. Once you have come up with the answer, look at the answer choices. If your answer is one of the choices, you’re probably correct. It’s not 100 percent infallible, but it’s a strong possibility that you’ve selected the right answer. With math questions you should first solve the problem. If your answer is among the choices, you’re probably correct. Don’t ignore things like the proper function signs (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing), negative and positive numbers, and so on. But suppose you don’t know the correct answer. You then use the “process of elimination.” It’s a time-honored technique for test-takers. There is always one correct answer. There is usually one answer choice that is totally incorrect—a “distracter.” If you look at that choice and it seems highly unlikely, then eliminate it. Depending on the number of choices (four or five), you’ve just cut down the number of choices to make. Now weigh the other choices. They may seem incorrect or they may be correct. If they seem incorrect, eliminate them. You’ve now increased your odds at getting the correct answer. In the end, you may be left with only two choices. At that point, it’s just a matter of guessing. But with only two choices left, you now have a 50 percent chance of getting it right. With four choices, you only have a 25 percent chance, and with five choices, only a 20 percent chance at guessing correctly. That’s why the process of elimination is important.

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Get to the test center early. Make sure you give yourself plenty of extra time to get there, park your car, if necessary, and even grab a healthy snack before the test. Listen to the test monitors and follow their instructions carefully. Read every word of the instructions. Read every word of every question. Mark your answers by completely darkening the answer space of your choice. Do not use the test paper to work out your answers. Mark only ONE answer for each question, even if you think that more than one answer is correct. You must choose only one. If you mark more than one answer, the scoring machine will consider you wrong. If you change your mind, erase completely. Leave no doubt as to which answer you mean. If your exam permits you to use scratch paper or the margins of the test booklet for figuring, don’t forget to mark the answer on the answer sheet. Only the answer sheet is scored. Check often to be sure that the question number matches the answer space, that you have not skipped a space by mistake. Guess according to the guessing suggestions we have made.

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Stay alert. Be careful not to mark a wrong answer just because you were not concentrating.

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Part One: Landing Civil Service Jobs In guessing the answers to multiple-choice questions, take a second to eliminate those answers that are obviously wrong, then quickly consider and guess from the remaining choices. The fewer choices from which you guess, the better the odds of guessing correctly. Once you have decided to make a guess, be it an educated guess or a wild stab, do it right away and move on; don’t keep thinking about it and wasting time. You should always mark the test questions at which you guess so that you can return later. For those questions that are scored by subtracting a fraction of a point for each wrong answer, the decision as to whether or not to guess is really up to you. A correct answer gives you one point; a skipped space gives you nothing at all, but costs you nothing except the chance of getting the answer right; a wrong answer costs you 1/4 point. If you are really uncomfortable with guessing, you may skip a question, BUT you must then remember to skip its answer space as well. The risk of losing your place if you skip questions is so great that we advise you to guess even if you are not sure of the answer. Our suggestion is that you answer every question in order, even if you have to guess. It is better to lose a few 1/4 points for wrong guesses than to lose valuable seconds figuring where you started marking answers in the wrong place, erasing, and re-marking answers. On the other hand, do not mark random answers at the end. Work steadily until time is up. One of the questions you should ask in the testing room is what scoring method will be used on your particular exam. You can then guide your guessing procedure accordingly. SCORING If your exam is a short-answer exam such as those often used by companies in the private sector, your answers will be graded by a personnel officer trained in grading test questions. If you blackened spaces on the separate answer sheet accompanying a multiple-choice exam, your answer sheet will be machine-scanned or hand-scored using a punched card stencil. Then a raw score will be calculated using the scoring formula that applies to that test or test portion—rights only, rights minus wrongs, or rights minus a fraction of wrongs. Raw scores on test parts are then added together for a total raw score. A raw score is not a final score. The raw score is not the score that finds its way onto an eligibility list. The civil service testing authority, Postal Service, or other testing body converts raw scores to a scaled score according to an unpublicized formula of its own. The scaling formula allows for slight differences in difficulty of questions from one form of the exam to another and allows for equating the scores of all candidates. Regardless of the number of questions and possible different weights of different parts of the exam, most civil service clerical test scores are reported on a scale of 1 to 10. The entire process of conversion from raw to scaled score is confidential information. The score you receive is not your number right, is not your raw score, and, despite being on a scale of 1 to 100, is not a percentage. It is a scaled score. If you are entitled to veterans’ service points, these are added to your passing scaled score to boost your rank on the eligibility list. Veterans’ points are added only to passing scores. A failing score cannot be brought to passing level by adding veterans’ points. The score earned plus veterans’ service points, if any, is the score that finds its place on the rank order eligibility list. Highest scores go to the top of the list.

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ARITHMETIC REVIEW

SOLVING ARITHMETIC PROBLEMS

In order to solve a mathematical problem, it is essential to know the mathematical meaning of the words used. There are many expressions that have the same meanings in mathematics. These expressions may indicate a relationship between quantities, or an operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) to be performed. This chapter will help you to recognize some of the mathematical terms commonly found in word problems. EQUALITY The following expressions all indicate that two quantities are equal (5): is equal to is the same as the result is yields gives ADDITION The following expressions all indicate that the numbers A and B are to be added: A1B

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the sum of A and B the total of A and B A added to B A increased by B B more than A B greater than A

the sum of 2 and 3 the total of 2 and 3 2 added to 3 2 increased by 3 3 more than 2 3 greater than 2

SUBTRACTION The following all indicate that the number B is to be subtracted from the number A:

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A minus B A less B the difference between A and B from A subtract B A take away B A decreased by B A diminished by B B is subtracted from A B less than A

10 minus 3 10 less 3 the difference between 10 and 3 from 10 subtract 3 10 take away 3 10 decreased by 3 10 diminished by 3 3 is subtracted from 10 3 less than 10

Solving Arithmetic Problems MULTIPLICATION If the numbers A and B are to be multiplied (A 3 B), the following expressions may be used: A3B

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A multiplied by B the product of A and B

2 multiplied by 3 the product of 2 and 3

The parts of a multiplication problem are indicated in the example below: 15 ~multiplicand! 3 10 ~multiplier! ~product!

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Division of the numbers A and B (in the order A 4 B) may be indicated in the following ways: A4B

14 4 2

A divided by B the quotient of A and B

14 divided by 2 the quotient of 14 and 2

The parts of a division problem are indicated in the example below: 5 (quotient) ~divisor! 7 q36 ~dividend! 35 1 (remainder)

FACTORS AND DIVISORS The relationship A 3 B = C, for any whole numbers A, B, and C, may be expressed as: A3B5C

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A and B are factors of C A and B are divisors of C C is divisible by A and B C is a multiple of A and of B

2 2 6 6

and 3 are factors of 6 and 3 are divisors of 6 is divisible by 2 and 3 is a multiple of 2 and of 3

FRACTIONS FRACTIONS AND MIXED NUMBERS 1.

A fraction is part of a unit. a.

A fraction has a numerator and a denominator. Example:

b.

3 In the fraction , 3 is the numerator and 4 is the denominator. 4

In any fraction, the numerator is being divided by the denominator. Example:

The fraction

2 indicates that 2 is being divided by 7 7

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In a fraction problem, the whole quantity is 1, which may be expressed by a fraction in which the numerator and denominator are the same number. Example:

If the problem involves

1 of a quantity, then the whole quantity is 8

8 , or 1 8 2.

A mixed number is a whole number, or integer, together with a fraction, such as 3 3 2 , 7 , etc. The integer is the integral part and the fraction is the fractional part. 5 8

3.

An improper fraction is one in which the numerator is equal to or greater than the 10 19 25 denominator, such as , , or . 6 4 10

4.

To rename a mixed number as an improper fraction: a.

Multiply the denominator of the fraction by the integer.

b.

Add the numerator to the product.

c.

Place this sum over the denominator of the fraction. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 5.

4 Rename 3 as an improper fraction. 7 7 3 3 5 21 21 1 4 5 25 4 25 3 5 7 7 25 7

To rename an improper fraction as a mixed number: a.

Divide the numerator by the denominator. The quotient, disregarding the remainder, is the integral part of the mixed number.

b.

Place the remainder, if any, over the denominator. This is the fractional part of the mixed number. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Rename

36 as a mixed number. 13

2 13q36 26 10 remainder 36 10 52 13 13

Answer:

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The numerator and denominator of a fraction may be changed by multiplying both by the same number, without affecting the value of the fraction. Example:

7.

8.

2 is not altered if the numerator and 5 4 the denominator are multiplied by 2, obtaining a result of . 10 The value of the fraction

The numerator and denominator of a fraction may be changed by dividing both by the same number without affecting the value of the fraction. This process is called simplifying the fraction. A fraction that has been simplified as much as possible is said to be in simplest form. 3 is not altered if the numerator and 12 1 denominator are divided by 3, obtaining a result of . 4

Example:

The value of the fraction

Example:

If

6 is simplified to simplest form (by dividing both numerator 30 1 and denominator by 6), the result is . 5

As a final answer to a problem: a.

Improper fractions should be renamed as mixed numbers.

b.

Fractions should be written in simplest terms.

ADDITION OF FRACTIONS 9.

Fractions cannot be added unless all of the denominators are all the same. a.

If the denominators are the same, add all the numerators and place this sum over the common denominator. In the case of mixed numbers, follow the above rule for the fractions and then add the integers. Example:

b.

10.

If the denominators are not the same, the fractions, in order to be added, must be renamed as ones having the same denominator. To do this, it is first necessary to find the least common denominator.

The least common denominator (henceforth called the LCD) is the least number that can be divided evenly by all the given denominators. If no two of the given denominators can be divided by the same number, then the LCD is the product of all the denominators. Example:

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1 3 7 3 The sum of 2 1 3 1 5 5 . 8 8 8 8

1 1 1 The LCD of , , and is 2 3 3 3 5 5 30. 2 3 5

To find the LCD when two or more of the given denominators can be divided by the same number: a.

Write down the denominators, leaving plenty of space between the numbers.

b.

Select the least number (other than 1) by which one or more of the denominators can be divided evenly.

c.

Divide the denominators by this number, copying down those that cannot be divided evenly. Place this number to one side.

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Repeat this process, placing each divisor to one side until there are no longer any denominators that can be divided evenly by any selected number.

e.

Multiply all the divisors to find the LCD. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 12.

1 1 1 1 Find the LCD of , , , and . 5 7 10 14 2) 5

7

10

14

5) 5

7

5

7

7) 1

7

1

7

1

1

1

1

7 3 5 3 2 5 70

To add the fractions having different denominators: a.

Find the LCD of the denominators.

b.

Rename each fraction as an equivalent fraction having the LCD as its denominator.

c.

When all of the fractions have the same denominator, they may be added, as in the example following item 9a. Problem: SOLUTION:

2 1 3 Add , , and . 4 10 5 Find the LCD: 2) 4

10

5

2) 2

5

5

5) 1

5

5

1

1

1

LCD 5 2 3 2 3 5 5 20 5 1 5 4 20 6 3 5 10 20 8 2 1 51 5 20 19 20 Answer:

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 13.

To add mixed numbers in which the fractions have different denominators, add the fractions by following the rules in item 12 and then add the integers. Problem: SOLUTION:

5 1 Add 2 , 5 , and 8 7 2 LCD 5 14 10 5 2 5 2 7 14 7 1 5 5 5 2 14 18 5 18 3 17 15 5 16 14 14

Answer:

16

3 14

SUBTRACTION OF FRACTIONS 14.

15.

a.

Unlike addition, which may involve adding more than two numbers at the same time, subtraction involves only two numbers.

b.

In subtraction, as in addition, the denominators must be the same.

To subtract fractions: a.

Find the LCD.

b.

Rename both fractions so that each has the LCD as the denominator.

c.

Subtract the numerator of the second fraction from the numerator of the first, and place this difference over the LCD.

d.

Simplify, if possible. Problem: SOLUTION:

Find the difference of

1 5 and . 8 4

LCD 5 8 5 5 5 8 8 2 1 2 52 4 8 3 8

Answer:

3 8

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To subtract mixed numbers: a.

It may be necessary to “borrow,” so that the fractional part of the first term is greater than the fractional part of the second term.

b.

Subtract the fractional parts of the mixed numbers and simplify.

c.

Subtract the integers. Problem: SOLUTION:

1 4 Subtract 16 from 29 5 3 LCD 5 15 5 1 29 5 29 3 15 12 4 216 5 216 5 15 Note that 1 as

12 5 is less than . Borrow 1 from 29, and rename the 15 15

15 . 15

20 5 29 5 28 15 15 12 12 216 5 216 15 15

Answer:

12

8 15

8 12 15

MULTIPLICATION OF FRACTIONS 17.

18.

a.

To be multiplied, fractions need not have the same denominators.

b.

A whole number can be written with a denominator of 1.

To multiply fractions: a.

Rename the mixed numbers, if any, as improper fractions.

b.

Multiply all the numerators, and place this product over the product of the denominators.

c.

Simplify, if possible. Problem:

Multiply

4 5 2 32 3 . 3 7 9

4 18 2 5 7 7 SOLUTION:

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2 18 5 180 3 3 5 3 7 9 189 20 5 21 20 21

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a.

Dividing common factors is a method to facilitate multiplication. To divide common factors means to divide a numerator and a denominator by the same number in a multiplication problem. Example:

b.

The word “of” is often used to mean “multiply.” Example:

20.

5 4 3 , the numerator 4 and the denominator 6 7 6 may be divided by 2. 2 4 5 10 3 5 7 6 21 3 In the problem

1 1 1 1 1 of 5 3 5 2 2 2 2 4

To multiply a whole number by a mixed number: a.

Multiply the whole number by the fractional part of the mixed number.

b.

Multiply the whole number by the integral part of mixed number.

c.

Add both products. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer:

3 Multiply 23 by 95 4 95 3 285 3 5 1 4 4 1 5 71 4 95 3 23 5 2185 1 1 2185 1 71 5 2256 4 4 1 2256 4

DIVISION OF FRACTIONS 21.

The reciprocal of a fraction is obtained by “switching” the numerator and the denominator. a.

b.

Thus, when finding the reciprocal of a fraction, the numerator becomes the denominator and the denominator becomes the numerator. Example:

The reciprocal of

3 8 is . 8 3

Example:

The reciprocal of

1 3 is , or simply 3. 3 1

Since every whole number can be written with a denominator of 1, the reciprocal of a whole number is a fraction having 1 as the numerator and the whole number itself as the denominator. Example:

1 5 The reciprocal of 5 (expressed fractionally as ) is . 1 5

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To divide fractions: a.

Rename all the mixed numbers, if any, as improper fractions.

b.

Multiply by the reciprocal of the second fraction.

c.

Simplify, if possible. Problem:

Divide

1 2 by 2 . 3 4

1 9 2 5 4 4 SOLUTION:

Answer: 23.

2 9 2 4 4 5 3 3 4 3 9 8 5 27 8 27

A complex fraction is one that has a fraction as the numerator, as the denominator, or as both.

Example:

2 3 5

24.

is a complex fraction.

To simplify a complex fraction: a.

Divide the numerator by the denominator.

b.

Simplify, if possible. Problem: Simplify

SOLUTION:

Answer:

3 7 5 14

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5 3 14 42 3 4 5 3 5 7 14 7 5 35 6 5 5 1 51 5 1 1 5

COMPARING FRACTIONS 25.

If two fractions have the same denominator, the one having the greater numerator is the greater fraction. Example:

26.

If two fractions have the same numerator, the one having the greater denominator is the lesser fraction. Example:

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2 3 is greater than . 7 7

5 5 is less than . 12 11

Solving Arithmetic Problems 27.

To compare two fractions having different numerators and different denominators: a.

Rename the fractions as equivalent fractions having their LCD as their new denominators.

b.

Compare, as in the example following item 25. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

Compare

5 4 and . 7 8

LCD 5 7 3 8 5 56 4 32 5 7 56 5 35 5 8 56 32 5 4 35 is greater than , is greater than . Since 56 56 8 7

FRACTION PROBLEMS 28.

Most fraction problems can be arranged in the form: “What fraction of a number is another number?” This form contains three important parts: 1. The fraction part 2. The number following “of” 3. The number following “is” a.

If the fraction and the “of” number are given, multiply them to find the “is” number. 3 Problem: What is of 20? 4 3 SOLUTION: Write the question as “ of 20 is what number?” 4 3 Then multiply the fraction by the “of” number, 20 4 5 3 3 20 5 15 4 1 Answer:

b.

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Answer:

4 of what number is 40? 5 4 To find the “of” number, divide 40 by . 5 10 4 40 5 40 4 5 3 5 1 4 1 5 50 50

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To find the fractional part when the other two numbers are known, divide the “is” number by the “of” number. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

What part of 12 is 9? 9 12 3 5 4

9 4 12 5

3 4

PRACTICE TEST 1.

Simplify to simplest form: (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

(B) (C) (D) 3.

4.

5.

(B) (C) (D)

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(B)

27 as a mixed number. 7

1 2 7 6 3 7 1 6 3 1 7 2

10 3 11 3 14 3 42 3

1 1 1 1 Find the LCD of , , , and . 6 10 18 21 (A) 160 (B) 330 (C) 630 (D) 1260

(A)

(C) (D) 6.

2 Rename 4 as an improper fraction. 3 (A)

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1 48 1 3 5 9 10 18

Rename (A)

60 108

7.

91 120 1 57 4 58 59

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1 5 Subtract 27 from 43 . 14 6 (A) 15 (B) 16 (C) 15 8 21 (D) 1517 21 5 Multiply 17 by 128. 8 (A) 2200 (B) 2305 (C) 2356 (D) 2256

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8.

1 2 Divide 1 by 1 . 3 9 (A)

2 3

(B)

1

(C) (D) 9.

10.

1 2 23 1 27 6

What is the value of 3 2 3 1 12 2 2 2 7 1 19 ? 6 8 3 4 (A) 21 (B) 217 8 (C) 211 8 (D) 22

Simplify the complex fraction

(A) (B) (C) (D) 11.

12.

1 2 9 10 2 5 1 1 9

Which fraction is the greatest? (A) 9 16 (B) 7 10 (C) 5 8 (D) 4 5

13.

4 9 2 5

.

14.

5 One brass rod measures 3 inches 16 3 long and another brass rod measures 2 4 inches long. Together, their length is (A) 6 9 in. 16 (B) 51 in. 8 (C) 6 1 in. 16 (D) 5 1 in. 16 The number of half-pound packages of tea that can be weighed out of a 1 box that holds 10 lb. of tea is 2 (A) 5 1 (B) 10 2 (C) 201 2 (D) 21 3 If each bag of tokens weighs 5 4 pounds, how many pounds do three bags weigh? 1 4

(A)

7

(B)

3 15 4 1 16 2 1 17 4

(C) (D)

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15.

1 During one week, a man traveled 3 , 2 3 1 1 1 , 1 , and 2 miles. The next week 4 6 8 1 5 3 1 3 9 he traveled , , , 3 , 2 , and 3 4 8 16 16 8 16 miles. How many more miles did he travel the second week than the first week? (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

A certain type of board is sold only in lengths of multiples of 2 feet. The shortest board sold is 6 feet and the longest is 24 feet. A builder needs a large quantity of this type of board in 1 5 -foot lengths. For minimum waste, 2 the lengths to be ordered should be (A) (B) (C) (D)

17.

6 ft. 12 ft. 22 ft. 24 ft.

15 of his entire fortune A man spent 16 in buying a car for $7,500. How much money did he possess? (A) (B) (C) (D)

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The population of a town was 54,000 in the last census. It has increased by 2 since then. Its present population is 3 (A) 18,000 (B) 36,000 (C) 72,000 (D) 90,000

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If one third of the liquid contents of a can evaporates on the first day and three fourths of the remainder evaporates on the second day, the fractional part of the original contents remaining at the close of the second day is (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

5 12 7 12 1 6 1 2

1 8 full. The tank is then filled to capacity by putting in 14 gallons. The capacity of the gas tank of the car is A car is run until the gas tank is

(A) (B) (C) (D)

14 15 16 17

gal. gal. gal. gal.

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

C B C C A

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

D D B B D

11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

D C D D A

16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

C D D C C

1. The correct answer is (C). Divide the numerator and denominator by 12: 60 4 12 5 5 108 4 12 9 One alternate method (there are several) is to divide the numerator and denominator by 6 and then by 2: 10 60 4 6 5 108 4 6 18 10 4 2 5 5 18 4 2 9 2. The correct answer is (B). Divide the numerator (27) by the denominator (7): 3 7q27 21 6

remainder

27 6 53 7 7 3. The correct answer is (C). 4 3 3 5 12 12 1 2 5 14 2 14 4 5 3 3 4. The correct answer is (C). 2) 6 10 18 21 ~2 is a divisor of 6, 10, and 18! 3) 3

5

9 21 ~3 is a divisor of 3, 9, and 21!

3) 1

5

3

7 ~3 is a divisor of 3!

5) 1

5

1

7 ~5 is a divisor of 5!

7) 1

1

1

7 ~7 is a divisor of 7!

1 1 1 1 LCD 5 2 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 7 5 630

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 9. The correct answer is (B). LCD 5 24 4 28 1 12 5 12 5 11 6 24 24 3 9 9 22 5 22 5 22 8 24 24 19 19 5 9 24 24 2 16 27 5 27 3 24 9

3 3 5 2 24 24 3 18 119 5 119 4 24 2

21

21 24

21

7 21 5 21 24 8

10. The correct answer is (D). To simplify a complex fraction, divide the numerator by the denominator: 2 4 2 4 5 4 5 3 9 5 9 2 1 10 1 5 51 9 9 11. The correct answer is (D). Write all of the fractions with the same denominator. LCD 5 80 45 9 5 16 80 56 7 5 10 80 5 50 5 8 80 4 64 5 5 80 4 Therefore, is the greatest fraction. 5

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17 16 1 6 16 5

13. The correct answer is (D). 1 1 21 1 4 10 4 5 2 2 2 2 1 21 2 5 3 2 1 1 5 21 14. The correct answer is (D). 23 3 3 3 5 335 4 4 1 69 5 4 1 5 17 4 15. The correct answer is (A). First week: LCD 5 24 12 1 miles 3 5 3 2 24 6 1 1 5 1 4 24 4 1 1 5 1 6 24 3 9 12 5 12 8 24 7 31 5 8 miles 24 24

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8 LCD 5 48

51 1 5 9 miles second week 16 48 7 14 28 5 28 miles first week 24 48 10

37 1 more miles traveled 48 16. The correct answer is (C). 1 1 Each 6-foot board yields one 5 -foot board with foot of waste. 2 2 1 Each 12-foot board yields two 5 -foot boards with 1 foot of waste. 2 1 (2 3 5 5 11; 12 2 11 5 1 foot of waste) 2 1 Each 24-foot board yields four 5 -foot boards with 2 feet of waste. 2 1 (4 3 5 5 22; 24 2 22 5 2 feet of waste) 2 1 Each 22-foot board may be divided into four 5 -foot boards with no waste. 2 1 (4 3 5 5 22 feet exactly) 2 17. The correct answer is (D). 5 7,500 4

15 of the man’s fortune is $7,500. Therefore, his fortune 16

15 16

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18. The correct answer is (D).

19. The correct answer is (C). 1 First day: evaporates 3 2 remains 3 3 2 Second day: of evaporates 4 3 1 2 of remains 4 3 1 1 2 1 The amount remaining is 3 5 of original contents 4 3 6 2 20. The correct answer is (C). capacity 5 14 4

7 8

2 14 8 5 3 1 7 1 5 16 gal.

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DECIMALS 1.

A decimal, which is a number with a decimal point (.), is actually a fraction, the denominator of which is understood to be 10 or some power of 10. a.

The number of digits, or places, after a decimal point determines which power of 10 the denominator is. If there is one digit, the denominator is understood to be 10; if there are two digits, the denominator is understood to be 100, etc. Example:

b.

57 643 3 , .57 5 , .643 5 10 100 1,000

The addition of zeros after a decimal point does not change the value of the decimal. The zeros may be removed without changing the value of the decimal. Example:

c.

.3 5

.7 5 .70 5 .700 and vice versa, .700 5 .70 5 .7

Since a decimal point is understood to exist after any whole number, the addition of any number of zeros after such a decimal point does not change the value of the number. Example:

2 5 2.0 5 2.00 5 2.000

ADDITION OF DECIMALS 2.

Decimals are added in the same way that whole numbers are added, with the provision that the decimal points must be kept in a vertical line, one under the other. This determines the place of the decimal point in the answer. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

Add 2.31, .037, 4, and 5.0017 2.3100 .0370 4.0000 1 5.0017 11.3487 11.3487

SUBTRACTION OF DECIMALS 3.

Decimals are subtracted in the same way that whole numbers are subtracted, with the provision that, as in addition, the decimal points must be kept in a vertical line, one under the other. This determines the place of the decimal point in the answer. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

Subtract 4.0037 from 15.3 15.3000 2 4.0037 11.2963 11.2963

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Decimals are multiplied in the same way that whole numbers are multiplied. a.

The number of decimal places in the product equals the sum of the number of decimal places in the multiplicand and in the multiplier.

b.

If there are fewer places in the product than this sum, then a sufficient number of zeros must be added in front of the product so as to equal the number of places required, and a decimal point is then written in front of the zeros. Problem: SOLUTION:

Multiply 2.372 by .012 2.372 ~3 decimal places! 3 .012 ~3 decimal places! 4744 2372 .028464 ~6 decimal places!

Answer: 5.

.028464

A decimal can be multiplied by a power of 10 by moving the decimal point to the right as many places as indicated by the power. If multiplied by 10, the decimal point is moved one place to the right; if multiplied by 100, the decimal point is moved two places to the right; etc. Example:

.235 3 10 5 2.35 .235 3 100 5 23.5 .235 3 1000 5 235

DIVISION OF DECIMALS 6.

There are four types of division involving decimals: 1. 2. 3. 4. a.

When When When When

the dividend only is a decimal. the divisor only is a decimal. both are decimals. neither dividend nor divisor is a decimal.

When the dividend only is a decimal, the division is the same as that of whole numbers, except that a decimal point must be placed in the quotient exactly above the decimal point in the dividend. Problem: SOLUTION:

Divide 12.864 by 32 .402 32q12.864 128 64 64

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Solving Arithmetic Problems b.

When the divisor only is a decimal, the decimal point in the divisor is omitted and as many zeros are placed to the right of the dividend as there were decimal places in the divisor. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: c.

31000 6.817q211327 5 6817q211327000 20451 ~3 zeros added! ~3 decimal places! 6817 6817 31,000

When both the divisor and dividend are decimals, the decimal point in the divisor is omitted and the decimal point in the dividend must be moved to the right as many decimal places as there were in the divisor. If there are not enough places in the dividend, zeros must be added to the end of the dividend to make up the difference. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

d.

Divide 211,327 by 6.817

Divide 2.62 by .131 20 .131q2.62 5 131q2620 262 20

In instances when neither the divisor nor the dividend is a decimal, a problem may still involve decimals. This occurs in two cases: when the dividend is a lesser number than the divisor, and when it is required to work out a division to a certain number of decimal places. In either case, write in a decimal point after the dividend, add as many zeros as necessary, and place a decimal point in the quotient above that in the dividend. Problem: SOLUTION:

Divide 7 by 50 .14 50q7.00 50 200 200

Answer: Problem: SOLUTION:

.14 What is 155 divided by 40, carried out to 3 decimal places? 3.875 40q155.000 120 350 320 300 280 200

Answer:

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A decimal can be divided by a power of 10 by moving the decimal point to the left as many places as indicated by the power. If divided by 10, the decimal point is moved one place to the left; if divided by 100, the decimal point is moved two places to the left; etc. If there are not enough places, add zeros in front of the number to make up the difference and add a decimal point. Example:

.4 divided by 10 5 .04 .4 divided by 100 5 .004

ROUNDING DECIMALS 8.

To round a number to a given decimal place: a.

Locate the given place.

b.

If the digit to the right is less than 5, omit all digits following the given place.

c.

If the digit to the right is 5 or more, increase the given place by 1 and omit all digits following the given place. Examples:

9.

4.27 5 4.3 to the nearest tenth .71345 5 .713 to the nearest thousandth

In problems involving money, answers are usually rounded to the nearest cent (hundredth).

RENAMING OF FRACTIONS AS DECIMALS 10.

A fraction can be renamed as a decimal by dividing the numerator by the denominator and working out the division to as many decimal places as required. Problem: SOLUTION:

5 to a decimal of 2 places. 11 .45 5 5 11q5.00 11 4.44 Rename

60 55 5 Answer: 11.

.45

To simplify fractions containing a decimal in either the numerator or the denominator, or in both, divide the numerator by the denominator. Problem: SOLUTION:

2.34 ? .6 3.9 2.34 5 .6q2.34 5 6q23.4 .6 18

What is the value of

54 54 Answer:

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Solving Arithmetic Problems RENAMING OF DECIMALS AS FRACTIONS 12.

Since a decimal point indicates a number having a denominator that is a power of 10, a decimal can be expressed as a fraction, the numerator of which is the number itself and the denominator of which is the power indicated by the number of decimal places in the decimal. 47 3 Example: .3 5 , .47 5 10 100

13.

When to rename decimals as fractions: a.

When dealing with whole numbers, do not rename the decimal. Example: In the problem 12 3 .14, it is better to keep the decimal: 12 3 .14 5 1.68

b.

When dealing with fractions, rename the decimal as a fraction. Example:

14.

3 In the problem 3 .17, it is better to rename the decimal as a fraction: 5 3 17 51 3 3 .17 5 3 5 5 5 100 500

Because the decimal equivalents of fractions are often used, it is helpful to be familiar with the most common equivalences. 1 2 1 4 3 4 1 5 1 8 1 16

5 .5 5 .25 5 .75 5 .2 5 .125 5 .0625

1 3 2 3 1 6 1 7 1 9 1 12

5 .3333 5 .6667 5 .1667 5 .1429 5 .1111 5 .0833

Note that the left column contains exact values. The values in the right column have been rounded to the nearest ten-thousandth.

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PRACTICE TEST 1.

Add 37.03, 11.5627, 3.4005, 3423, and 1.141. (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

5 in decimal form (to the 11 nearest hundredth)?

(B) (C) (D)

62

9.

10.

.44 .55 .40 .45

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1.490 1.500 1.510 1.525

in. in. in. in.

After an employer figures out an employee’s salary of $190.57, he deducts $3.05 for Social Security and $5.68 for pension. What is the amount of the check after these deductions? (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

$12.86 $13.28 $13.44 $14.02

The diameter of a certain rod is required to be 1.51 6 .015 inches. The rod would not be acceptable if the diameter measured (A) (B) (C) (D)

What is .64 in simplest fraction form? (A)

3 and 5

A boy saved up $4.56 the first month, $3.82 the second month, and $5.06 the third month. How much did he save up altogether? (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.125 6.124 6.123 5.123

What is

(A) (B) (C) (D) 6.

463.22162 453.52162 462.52162 462.53162

What is 19.6 divided by 3.2, carried out to 3 decimal places? (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

8.

Multiply 27.34 by 16.943. (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

3.35676 2.35676 2.45676 2.36676

What is the difference between 9 expressed as a decimal? 8 (A) .525 (B) .425 (C) .520 (D) .500

3476.1342 3500 3524.4322 3424.1342

Subtract 4.64324 from 7. (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

7.

$181.84 $181.92 $181.93 $181.99

If the outer diameter of a metal pipe is 2.84 inches and the inner diameter is 1.94 inches, then the thickness of the metal is (A) (B) (C) (D)

.45 in. .90 in. 1.94 in. 2.39 in.

Solving Arithmetic Problems 12.

A boy earns $20.56 on Monday, $32.90 on Tuesday, and $20.78 on Wednesday. He spends half of all that he earned during the three days. How much does he have left? (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

$29.19 $31.23 $34.27 $37.12

1 The total cost of 3 pounds of meat at 2 $1.69 a pound and twenty lemons at $.60 a dozen is (A) (B) (C) (D)

$6.00 $6.40 $6.52 $6.92

14.

A reel of cable weighs 1,279 lb. If the empty reel weighs 285 lb. and the cable weighs 7.1 lb. per foot, the number of feet of cable on the reel is (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

220 180 140 100

A total of 345 fasteners at $4.15 per 100 fasteners costs (A) (B) (C) (D)

$.1432 $1.4320 $14.32 $143.20

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. A 2. B 3. A

4. A 5. D 6. B

7. A 8. C 9. A

10. A 11. A 12. D

13. D 14. C 15. C

1. The correct answer is (A). Line up all the decimal points one under the other. Then add: 37 .03 11 .5627 3 .4005 3423 .0000 1 1 .141 3476 .1342 2. The correct answer is (B). Add a decimal point and five zeros to the 7. Then subtract: 7 .00000 2 4 .64324 2 .35676 3. The correct answer is (A). Since there are two decimal places in the multiplicand and three decimal places in the multiplier, there will be five (2 1 3 5 5) decimal places in the product. 27.34 3 16.943 8202 1 0936 24 606 164 04 273 4 463. 22162 4. The correct answer is (A). Eliminate the decimal point from the divisor by moving it one place to the right. Move the decimal point in the dividend one place to the right and add three zeros in order to carry your answer out to three decimal places, as instructed in the problem. 6.125 3.2.q19.6.000 N N 19 2 40 32 80 64 160 160

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 10. The correct answer is (A). Add to find the final total deductions: $3.05 1 5.68 $8.73 Subtract total deductions from salary to find amount of check: $190.57 2 8.73 $181.84 11. The correct answer is (A). Outer diameter minus inner diameter divided by 2 equals thickness of metal: 2.84 2 1.94 .90 0.90 4 2 5 0.45 in. 12. The correct answer is (D). Add the daily earnings to find total earnings: $20.56 32.90 1 20.78 $74.24 Divide total earnings by 2 to find out what he has left: $37.12 2q$74.24 1 13. The correct answer is (D). Find the cost of 3 pounds of meat: 2 $1.69 3 3.5 845 507 $5.915 5 $5.92 to the nearest cent Find the cost of 20 lemons: $.60 4 12 5 $.05 ~for 1 lemon! $.05 3 20 5 $1.00 ~for 20 lemons! Add cost of meat and cost of lemons: $5.92 1 1.00 $6.92

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 14. The correct answer is (C). Subtract weight of empty reel from total weight to find weight of cable: 1279 lb. 2 285 lb. 994 lb. Each foot of cable weighs 7.1 lb. Therefore to find the number of feet of cable on the reel, divide 994 by 7.1: 140. 7.1.q994.0. N N 71 284 284 00 15. The correct answer is (C). Each fastener costs: $4.15 4 100 5 $.0415 345 fasteners cost: 345 3 . 0415 1725 345 13 80 14.3175 So, the correct answer rounded to the nearest cent is $14.32

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PERCENTS 1.

The percent symbol (%) means “parts of a hundred.” Some problems involve expressing a fraction or a decimal as a percent. In other problems, it is necessary to express a percent as a fraction or a decimal in order to perform the calculations.

2.

To rename a whole number or a decimal as a percent: a.

Multiply the number by 100.

b.

Affix a % sign. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer: Problem: SOLUTION: Answer: Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 3.

SOLUTION:

Answer:

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3 3 100 5 300 3 5 300% 300% Rename .67 as a percent. .67 3 100 5 67 5 67% 67% 2 Rename 4 as a percent. 3 14 1,400 2 4 3 100 5 3 100 5 3 3 3 2 5 466 3 2 2 4 5 466 % 3 3 2 466 % 3

To remove a % sign attached to a decimal, divide the decimal by 100. If necessary, the resulting decimal may then be renamed as a fraction. Problem:

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Rename 3 as a percent.

Rename .5% as a decimal and as a fraction. .5% 5 .5 4 100 5 .005 1 5 5 .005 5 1,000 200 .5% 5 .005 1 .5% 5 200

Solving Arithmetic Problems 4.

To remove a % sign attached to a fraction or mixed number, divide the fraction or mixed number by 100, and simplify, if possible. If necessary, the resulting fraction may then be renamed as a decimal. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

5.

3 Rename % as a fraction and as a decimal. 4 3 3 1 3 % 5 4 100 5 3 4 4 4 100 3 5 400 .0075 3 5 400q3.0000 400 3 3 %5 4 400 3 % 5 .0075 4

Some fraction percent equivalents are used so frequently that it is helpful to be familiar with them. 1 5 4% 25 1 5 5% 20 1 1 58 % 12 3 1 5 10% 10 1 1 5 12 % 8 2 2 1 5 16 % 6 3

1 5 20% 5 1 5 25% 4 1 1 5 33 % 3 3 1 5 50% 2 2 2 5 66 % 3 3 3 5 75% 4

SOLVING PERCENT PROBLEMS 6.

Most percent problems involve three quantities: 1. The rate (R), which is followed by a % sign. 2. The base (B), which follows the word “of.” 3. The amount or percentage (P), which usually follows the word “is.” a.

If the rate (R) and the base (B) are known, then the percentage (P) 5 R 3 B. Problem:

Find 15% of 50.

SOLUTION:

Rate 5 15% Base 5 50 P5R3B P 5 15% 3 50 5 .15 3 50 5 7.5 Answer: 15% of 50 is 7.5.

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P If the rate (R) and the percentage (P) are known, then the base (B) 5 . R Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: c.

SOLUTION:

Answer: Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

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Rate 5 7% Percentage 5 35 P B5 R 35 B5 7% 5 35 4 .07 5 500 7% of 500 is 35

P If the percentage (P) and the base (B) are known, then the rate (R) 5 . B Problem:

7.

7% of what number is 35?

There are 96 men in a group of 150 people. What percent of the group are men? Base 5 150 Percentage ~amount! 5 96 96 Rate 5 150 5 .64 5 64% 64% of the group are men. In a tank holding 20 gallons of solution, 1 gallon is alcohol. What is the strength of the solution in percent? Percentage ~amount! 5 1 gallon Base 5 20 gallons 1 Rate 5 20 5 .05 5 5% The solution is 5% alcohol.

In a percent problem, the whole is 100%. Example:

If a problem involves 10% of a quantity, the rest of the quantity is 90%.

Example:

If a quantity has been increased by 5%, the new amount is 105% of the original quantity.

Example:

If a quantity has been decreased by 15%, the new amount is 85% of the original quantity.

Solving Arithmetic Problems

PRACTICE TEST 1.

10% written as a decimal is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

(B) (C) (D)

What percent of (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

(B) (C) (D)

5 3 is ? 6 4

75% 60% 80% 90%

9.

1 62 % 4 1 58 % 3 2 41 % 3 3 33 % 5

If John must have a mark of 80% to pass a test of 35 items, the number of items he may miss and still pass the test is (A) (B) (C) (D)

7 8 11 28

(B) (C) (D) 11.

$7.29 $11.43 $13.58 $18.60

A piece of wood weighing 10 ounces is found to have a weight of 8 ounces after drying. The moisture content was (A)

2,500 16 1,600 4

31.5% 79.3% 20.7% 68.5%

Two dozen shuttlecocks and four badminton rackets are to be purchased for a playground. The shuttlecocks are priced at $.35 each and the rackets at $2.75 each. The playground receives a discount of 30% from these prices. The total cost of this equipment is (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

$148.50 $142.60 $138.84 $95.04

A circle graph of a budget shows the expenditure of 26.2% for housing, 28.4% for food, 12% for clothing, 12.7% for taxes, and the balance for miscellaneous items. The percent for miscellaneous items is (A) (B) (C) (D)

200% of 800 equals (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

8.

What percent is 14 of 24? (A)

5.

537 10,000 537 5 10,000 537 1,000 37 5 100

The regular price of a TV set that sold for $118.80 at a 20% reduction sale is (A) (B) (C) (D)

What is 5.37% in fraction form? (A)

3.

7.

1.0 0.01 0.001 0.1

25% 1 33 % 3 20% 40%

A bag contains 800 coins. Of these, 10% are dimes, 30% are nickels, and the rest are quarters. The amount of money in the bag is (A) (B) (C) (D)

less than $150 between $150 and $300 between $301 and $450 more than $450

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Six quarts of a 20% solution of alcohol in water are mixed with 4 quarts of a 60% solution of alcohol in water. The alcoholic strength of the mixture is (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

A man insures 80% of his property 1 and pays a 2 % premium amounting 2 to $348. What is the total value of his property? (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

$17,000 $18,000 $18,400 $17,400

A clerk divides his 35-hour work 1 week as follows: of his time was 5 1 spent in sorting mail; of his time in 2 1 of his time in filing letters; and 7 reception work. The rest of his time was devoted to messenger work. The percent of time spent on messenger work by the clerk during the week was most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

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6% 10% 14% 16%

15.

In a school in which 40% of the enrolled students are boys, 80% of the boys are present on a certain day. If 1,152 boys are present, the total school enrollment is (A) (B) (C) (D)

1,440 2,880 3,600 5,400

Solving Arithmetic Problems

ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. D 2. A 3. D

4. B 5. C 6. A

7. A 8. C 9. C

10. C 11. A 12. C

13. D 14. D 15. C

1. The correct answer is (D). 10% 5 .10 5 .1 2. The correct answer is (A). 5.37% 5 .0537 5

537 10,000

3. The correct answer is (D). Base (number following “of”) 5

5 6

Percentage (number following “is”) 5

3 4

Percentage Base 5 Percentage 4 Base 3 5 Rate 5 4 4 6 3 3 6 5 3 4 5 2 9 5 10 9 5 .9 5 90% 10

Rate 5

4. The correct answer is (B). Base (number following “of”) 5 24 Percentage (number following “is”) 5 14 Rate 5 Percentage 4 Base Rate 5 14 4 24 1 5 .58 3 1 5 58 % 3 5. The correct answer is (C). 200% of 800 5 2.00 3 800 5 1,600 6. The correct answer is (A). He must answer 80% of 35 correctly. Therefore, he may miss 20% of 35. 20% of 35 5 .20 3 35 57

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 7. The correct answer is (A). Since $118.80 represents a 20% reduction, $118.80 5 80% of the regular price. $188.80 Regular price 5 80% 5 $118.80 4 .80 5 $148.50 8. The correct answer is (C). All the items in a circle graph total 100%. Add the figures given for housing, food, clothing, and taxes: 26.7% 28.4% 12 % 1 12.7% 79.3% Subtract this total from 100% to find the percent for miscellaneous items: 100.0% 2 79.3% 20.7% 9. The correct answer is (C). Price of shuttlecocks 5 24 3 $.35 5 $8.40 Price of rackets 5 4 3 $2.75 5 $11.00 Total price 5 $19.40 Discount is 30%, and 100% 2 30% 5 70% Actual cost 5 70% of $19.40 5 .70 3 $19.40 5 $13.58 10. The correct answer is (C). Subtract the weight of wood after drying from original weight of wood to find amount of moisture in wood: 10 2 8 2 ounces of moisture in wood 2 ounces Moisture content 5 5 .2 5 20% 10 ounces 11. The correct answer is (A). Find the number of each kind of coin: 10% of 800 5 .10 3 800 5 80 dimes 30% of 800 5 .30 3 800 5 240 nickels 60% of 800 5 .60 3 800 5 480 quarters Find the value of the coins: 80 dimes 5 80 3 .10 5 $ 8.00 240 nickels 5 240 3 .05 5 12.00 480 quarters 5 480 3 .25 5 120.00 Total $140.00 The total amount is less than $150, choice (A).

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Alcoholic strength of mixture 5

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DROPPING FINAL ZEROS 1.

2.

a.

A zero in a whole number is considered a “final zero” if it appears in the units column or if all columns to its right are filled with zeros. A final zero may be omitted in certain kinds of problems.

b.

In decimal numbers, a zero appearing in the extreme right column may be dropped with no effect on the solution of a problem.

In multiplying whole numbers, the final zero(s) may be dropped during computation and simply transferred to the answer. Examples:

2310 3 150 1155 231 346500 129 3 210 129 258 27090 1760 3 205 880 352 360800

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1.

230 3 12

7.

350 3 24

2.

175 3 130

8.

520 3 410

3.

203 3 14

9.

634 3 120

4.

621 3 140

10.

430 3 230

5.

430 3 360

6.

132 3 310

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

230 3 12

7.

350 3 24

46 23

140 70

2760

8400

175 3 130

8.

520 3 410

525 175

52 208

22750

213200

203 3 14

9.

634 3 120

812 203

1268 634

2842

76080

621 3 140

10.

430 3 230

2484 621

129 86

86940

98900

430 3 360 258 129 154800

6.

132 3 310 132 396 40920

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MULTIPLYING WHOLE NUMBERS BY DECIMALS 1.

In multiplying a whole by a decimal number, if there are one or more final zeros in the multiplicand, move the decimal point in the multiplier to the right the same number of places as there are final zeros in the multiplicand. Then cross out the final zero(s) in the multiplicand. The new problem will have the same answer as the original problem.

Examples: 27500 275 3 .15 5 3 15

1250 125 3 .345 5 3 3.45

PRACTICE TEST Rewrite and solve the following problems, dropping the final zeros and moving decimal points the appropriate number of spaces. Then compute the answers. 1. 3

2400 .02

6. 3

2.

620 3 .04

7.

3.

800 3 .005

8.

600 3 .002

9.

340 3 .08

10.

4. 5.

480 .4

400 3 .04 3

5300 .5

3

930 .3

9000 3 .001

ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1.

24 3 2 48

6.

48 3 4 192

2.

62 3 .4 24.8

7.

4 3 4 16

3.

8 3 .5 4.0

8.

53 3 50 2650

4.

6 3 .2 1.2

9.

34 3 .8 27.2

10.

5.

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93 3 279

9 31 9

Solving Arithmetic Problems

DIVIDING BY WHOLE NUMBERS 1.

a.

When there are final zeros in the divisor but no final zeros in the dividend, move the decimal point in the dividend to the left as many places as there are final zeros in the divisor, then omit the final zeros. Example:

2700.q37523. 5 27.q375.23

b.

When there are fewer final zeros in the divisor than there are in the dividend, drop the same number of final zeros from the dividend as there are final zeros in the divisor. Example: 250.q45300. 5 25.q4530.

c.

When there are more final zeros in the divisor than there are in the dividend, move the decimal point in the dividend to the left as many places as there are final zeros in the divisor, then omit the final zeros. Example: 2300.q690. 5 23.q6.9

d.

When there are no final zeros in the divisor, no zeros can be dropped in the dividend. Example: 23.q690. 5 23.q690

PRACTICE TEST Rewrite and solve the following problems, dropping the final zeros and moving the decimal points the appropriate number of places. 1.

600.q72.

8.

8100.q1620.

2.

310.q6200.

9.

25.q5250.

3.

7600.q1520.

10.

41.0q820.

4.

46.q920.

11.

800.q96.

5.

11.0q220.

12.

650.q1300.

6.

700.q84.

13.

5500.q110.

7.

90.q8100.

14.

36.q720.

15.

87.0q1740.

ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. 2.

.12 6.q.72 20 31.q620. 62 00

3.

4.

00 5.

.2 76.q15.2 15 2 00

20. 46.q920. 92

20 11.q220. 22 00

6.

.12 7.q.84

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90 9.q810.

8.

.2 81.q16.2 16 2 00

9.

12.

00 13.

210 25.q5250. 50 25 25

20 41.q820. 82 00

11.

80

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14.

00 10.

2 65.q130. 130

20 36.q720. 72 00

15.

20 87.q1740. 174 00

Solving Arithmetic Problems

DIVISION BY MULTIPLICATION 1.

Instead of dividing by a particular number, the same answer is obtained by multiplying by the equivalent multiplier.

2.

To find the equivalent multiplier of a given divisor, divide 1 by the divisor. 1 1 Example: The equivalent multiplier of 12 is 1 4 12 or .08. The division 2 2 1 problem 100 4 12 may be more easily solved as the 2 multiplication problem 100 3 .08. The answer will be the same.

3.

Common divisors and their equivalent multipliers are shown below: Equivalent Divisor Multiplier 1 .09 11 9 1 .08 12 2 2 .07 14 7 2 .06 16 3 .05 20 .04 25 1 .03 33 3 .02 50

4.

A divisor may be multiplied or divided by any power of 10, and the only change in its equivalent multiplier will be in the placement of the decimal point, as may be seen in the following table: Equivalent Divisor Multiplier .025 40. .25 4. 2.5 .4 25. .04 250 .004 2500. .0004

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PRACTICE TEST Rewrite and solve each of the following problems by using equivalent multipliers. Drop the final zeros where appropriate. 1.

2 100 4 16 5 3

2.

200 4 25 5

3.

1 300 4 33 5 3

4.

250 4 50 5

5.

1 80 4 12 5 2

6.

2 800 4 14 5 7

7.

620 4 20 5

8.

1 500 4 11 5 9

9.

2 420 4 16 5 3

10.

1200 4 33

11.

955 4 50 5

12.

300 4 25 5

13.

1 275 4 12 5 2

14.

625 4 25 5

15.

244 4 20 5

16.

2 350 4 16 5 3

17.

1 400 4 33 5 3

18.

375 4 25 5

19.

460 4 20 5

20.

1 250 4 12 5 2

1 3

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1.

100 3 .06 5 1 3 6 5 6

11.

955 3 .02 5 19.1

2.

200 3 .04 5 2 3 4 5 8

12.

300 3 .04 5 3 3 4 = 12

3.

300 3 .03 5 3 3 3 5 9

13.

275 3 .08 5 22

4.

250 3 .02 5 25 3 .2 5 5

14.

625 3 .04 5 25

5.

80 3 .08 5 8 3 .8 5 6.4

15.

244 3 .05 5 12.2

6.

800 3 .07 5 8 3 7 5 56

16.

350 3 .06 5 35 3 .6 5 21

7.

620 3 .05 5 62 3 .5 5 31

17.

400 3 .03 5 4 3 3 5 12

8.

500 3 .09 5 5 3 9 5 45

18.

375 3 .04 5 15

9.

420 3 .06 5 42 3 .6 5 25.2

19.

460 3 .05 5 46 3 .5 5 23

10.

1200 3 .03 5 12 3 3 5 36

20.

250 3 .08 5 25 3 .8 5 20

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MULTIPLICATION BY DIVISION 1.

Just as some division problems are made easier by changing them to equivalent multiplication problems, certain multiplication problems are made easier by changing them to equivalent division problems.

2.

Instead of arriving at an answer by multiplying by a particular number, the same answer is obtained by dividing by the equivalent divisor.

3.

To find the equivalent divisor of a given multiplier, divide 1 by the multiplier.

4.

Common multipliers and their equivalent divisors are show below: Multiplier 1 11 9 1 12 2 2 14 7 2 16 3 20 25 1 33 3 50

Equivalent Divisor .09 .08 .07 .06 .05 .04 .03 .02

Notice that the multiplier-equivalent divisor pairs are the same as the divisor-equivalent multiplier pairs given earlier.

PRACTICE TEST Rewrite and solve each of the following problems by using division. Drop the final zeros where appropriate. 1.

2 77 3 14 5 7

9.

1 33 3 33 5 3

2.

1 81 3 11 5 9

10.

2 84 3 14 5 7

3.

475 3 20 5

11.

4.

42 3 50 5

1 99 3 11 5 9

5.

1 36 3 33 5 3

12.

1 126 3 33 5 3

6.

1 96 3 12 5 2

13.

1 168 3 12 5 2

7.

2 126 3 16 5 3

14.

2 654 3 16 5 3

8.

48 3 25 5

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15.

2 154 3 14 5 7

16.

5250 3 50 5

17.

324 3 25 5

18.

625 3 20 5

19.

1 198 3 11 5 9

20.

2 224 3 14 5 7

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1.

1100. .07q77. 5 7q7700.

12.

4200. .03q126. 5 3q12600.

2.

900. .09q81. 5 9q8100.

13.

2100. .08q168. 5 8q16800.

3.

9500. .05q475. 5 5q47500.

14.

10900. .06q654. 5 6q65400.

4.

2100. .02q42. 5 2q4200.

15.

2200. .07q154. 5 7q15400.

5.

1200. .03q36. 5 3q3600.

16.

262500. .02q5250. 5 2q525000.

6.

1200 .08q96. 5 8q9600.

17.

8100. .04q324. 5 4q32400.

7.

2100. .06q126. 5 6q12600.

18.

12500. .05q625. 5 5q62500.

8.

1200. .04q48. 5 4q4800.

19.

2200. .09q198. 5 9q19800.

9.

1100. .03q33. 5 3q3300.

20.

3200. .07q224. 5 7q22400.

10.

1200. .07q84. 5 7q8400.

11.

1100. .09q99. 5 9q9900.

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POWERS AND ROOTS 1. The numbers that are multiplied to give a product are called the factors of the product. Example: 2.

If the factors are the same, an exponent may be used to indicate the number of times the factor appears. Example:

3.

a.

b.

28 is read “two to the eighth power.”

A number that is the product of a number squared is called a perfect square. Example: a.

b.

25 is a perfect square because 25 5 52.

If a number has exactly two equal factors, each factor is called the square root of the number. Example:

7.

53 is read “five cubed” or “five to the third power.”

If the exponent is 4, we say that the base has been raised to the fourth power. If the exponent is 5, we say that the base has been raised to the fifth power, etc. Example:

6.

62 is read “six squared” or “six to the second power.”

If the exponent used is 3, we say that the base has been cubed, or raised to the third power. Example:

c.

In 25, the number 2 is the base and 5 is the exponent (or power). 25 5 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 5 32, so 32 is the product.

If the exponent used is 2, we say that the base has been squared, or raised to the second power. Example:

5.

In 3 3 3 5 32, the number 3 appears as a factor twice, as is indicated by the exponent 2.

When a product is written in exponential form, the number the exponent refers to is called the base. The exponent itself is called the power. Example:

4.

In 2 3 3 5 6, 2 and 3 are factors of 6.

9 5 3 3 3; therefore, 3 is the square root of 9.

= is used to indicate square root. Example: =9 5 3 means that the square root of 9 is 3, or 3 3 3 5 9.

The symbol

The square root of the most common perfect squares may be found by using the following table, or by trial and error; that is, by finding the number that, when squared, yields the given perfect square. Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Perfect Square 1 4 9 16 25 36 49 64 81

Example:

Number 10 11 12 13 14 15 20 25 30

Perfect Square 100 121 144 169 196 225 400 625 900

To find =81, note that 81 is the perfect square of 9, or 92 5 81. Therefore, =81 5 9.

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To find the square root of a fraction, find the square root of its numerator and of its denominator. Example:

9.

=

4 5 9

=4 =9

5

2 3

a.

If a number has exactly three equal factors, each factor is called the cube root of the number.

b.

The symbol Example:

3 =

is used to indicate the cube root.

8 5 2 3 2 3 2; therefore,

3 8 5 2. =

PRACTICE TEST 1.

The square of 10 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

5 75 27 72 243 125 35 15

The square root of 1,175, to the nearest whole number, is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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=503 to the nearest 10th.

(A) (B) (C) (D)

22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7

Find

=

(A) (B)

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(C) (D) 9.

32 33 34 35

Find (A) (B) (C) (D)

7

The value of 35 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

8.

2 4 8 16

In exponential form, the product of 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 may be written (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

3 27 81 729

The fourth power of 2 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

1 2 5 100

Find

The cube of 9 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

7.

10.

1 . 4

2 1 2 1 8 1 16 3 64. =

3 4 8 32

The sum of 22 and 23 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

9 10 12 32

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. D 2. D

3. D 4. B

5. A 6. C

7. A 8. B

9. B 10. C

1. The correct answer is (D). 102 5 10 3 10 5 100 2. The correct answer is (D). 93 5 9 3 9 3 9 5 81 3 9 5 729 3. The correct answer is (D). 24 5 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 543232 5832 5 16 4. The correct answer is (B). 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 3 7 5 75 5. The correct answer is (A). 35 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 243 6. The correct answer is (C). Try all possible answers. 322 332 342 352

5 5 5 5

1,024 1,089 1,156 1,225

Since 1,175 is closest to 1,156, its square root must be closest to 34. 7. The correct answer is (A). Try all possible answers. (22.4)2 5 501.76 (22.5)2 5 506.25 You can stop here since (22.6)2 and (22.7)2 will both be greater than 506.25. Since 501.76 is closest to 503, its square root must be closest to 22.4. 8. The correct answer is (B). 1 =1 1 5 5 4 =4 2

=

9. The correct answer is (B). Since 4 3 4 3 4 5 64,

3 64 5 4 =

10. The correct answer is (C). 22 1 23 5 4 1 8 5 12

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TABLE OF MEASURES AMERICAN MEASURES Length

Liquid Measure

1 foot (ft. or ′) 5 12 inches (in. or ″) 1 yard (yd.) 5 36 inches 1 yard 5 3 feet 1 rod (rd.) 5 161⁄2 feet 1 mile (mi.) 5 5,280 feet 1 mile 5 1,760 yards 1 mile 5 320 rods

1 cup (c.) 5 8 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) 1 pint (pt.) 5 2 cups 1 pint 5 4 gills (gi.) 1 quart (qt.) 5 2 pints 1 gallon (gal.) 5 4 quarts 1 barrel (bl., bbl.) 5 311⁄2 gallons

Weight

Dry Measure

1 pound (lb.) 5 16 ounces (oz.) 1 hundredweight (cwt.) 5 100 pounds 1 ton (T) 5 2,000 pounds

1 quart (qt.) 5 2 pints (pt.) 1 peck (pk.) 5 8 quarts 1 bushel (bu) 5 4 pecks

Area

Volume

1 square foot (ft2 or sq. ft.) 5 144 square inches (in2 or sq. in.) 1 square yard (yd2 or sq. yd.) 5 9 square feet

1 cubic foot (ft3 or cu. ft.) 5 1,728 cubic inches (in.3 or cu. in.) 1 cubic yard (yd3 or cu. yd.) 5 27 cubic feet 1 gallon 5 231 cubic inches

GENERAL MEASURES Time

Angles and Arcs

Counting

1 minute (min.) 5 60 seconds (sec.) 1 hour (hr.) 5 60 minutes 1 day 5 24 hours 1 week 5 7 days 1 year 5 52 weeks 1 calendar year 5 365 days

1 minute ( ′ ) 5 60 seconds ( ″ ) 1 degree ( ° ) 5 60 minutes 1 circle 5 360 degrees

1 dozen (doz.) 5 12 units 1 gross (gr.) 5 12 dozen 1 gross 5 144 units

TABLE OF AMERICAN—METRIC CONVERSIONS (Approximate) American to Metric

Metric to American

Table of Metric Conversions*

1 inch 5 2.54 centimeters 1 yard 5 .9 meter 1 mile 5 1.6 kilometers 1 ounce 5 28 grams 1 pound 5 454 grams 1 fluid ounce 5 30 milliliters 1 liquid quart 5 .95 liters

1 centimeter 5 .39 inch 1 meter 5 1.1 yards 1 kilometer 5 .6 mile 1 kilogram 5 2.2 pounds 1 liter 5 1.06 liquid quart

1 liter 5 1,000 cubic centimeters (cm3) 1 milliliter 5 1 cubic centimeter 1 liter of water has a mass of 1 kilogram 1 milliliter of water has a mass of 1 gram

* These conversions are exact only under specific conditions. If the conditions are not met, the conversions are approximate.

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THE METRIC SYSTEM Unit myriameter kilometer hectometer dekameter meter decimeter centimeter millimeter Unit square kilometer hectare are centare square centimeter Unit dekastere stere decistere cubic centimeter Unit kiloliter hectoliter dekaliter liter deciliter centiliter milliliter Unit metric ton quintal kilogram hectogram dekagram gram decigram centigram milligram

LENGTH Abbreviation Number of Meters mym 10,000 km 1,000 hm 100 dam 10 m 1 dm 0.1 cm 0.01 mm 0.001 AREA Abbreviation Number of Square Meters 1,000,000 sq km or km2 ha 10,000 a 100 ca 1 2 0.0001 sq cm or cm VOLUME Abbreviation Number of Cubic Meters das 10 s 1 ds 0.10 3 0.000001 cu cm or cm or cc CAPACITY Abbreviation Number of Liters kl 1,000 hl 100 dal 10 l 1 dl 0.10 cl 0.01 ml 0.001 MASS AND WEIGHT Abbreviation Number of Grams MT or t 1,000,000 q 100,000 kg 1,000 hg 100 dag 10 g or gm 1 dg 0.10 cg 0.01 mg 0.001

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DENOMINATE NUMBERS (MEASUREMENT) 1.

A denominate number is a number that specifies a given measurement. The unit of measure is called the denomination. Example:

2.

7 miles, 3 quarts, and 5 grams are denominate numbers.

a.

The American system of measurement uses such denominations as pints, ounces, pounds, and feet.

b.

The metric system of measurement uses such denominations as grams, liters, and meters.

AMERICAN SYSTEM OF MEASUREMENT 3.

To convert from one unit of measure to another, find in the Table of Measures how many units of the smaller denomination equal one unit of the larger denomination. This number is called the conversion number.

4.

To convert from one unit of measure to a smaller unit, multiply the given number of units by the conversion number. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 5.

252 in. Convert 2 hours 12 minutes to minutes. 1 hour 5 60 minutes ~conversion number! 2 hr 12 min 5 2 hr 1 12 min 2 hr 5 2 3 60 min 5 120 min 2 hr 12 min 5 120 min 1 12 min 5 132 min 132 min.

Divide the given number of units by the conversion number. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

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1 yard 5 36 inches ~conversion number! 7 yards 5 7 3 36 inches 5 252 inches

To convert from one unit of measure to a larger unit: a.

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Convert 7 yards to inches.

Convert 48 inches to feet. 1 foot 5 12 inches ~conversion number! 48 in 4 12 5 4 ft 4 ft.

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If there is a remainder, it is expressed in terms of the smaller unit of measure. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 6.

1 pound 5 16 ounces (conversion number) 2lb 35 oz 4 16 5 16q35 oz 32 3 oz 5 2 lb 3 oz 2 lb. 3 oz.

To add denominate numbers, arrange them in columns by common unit, then add each column. If necessary simplify the answer, starting with the smallest unit. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 7.

Convert 35 ounces to pounds and ounces.

Add 1 yd. 2 ft. 8 in., 2 yd. 2 ft. 10 in., and 3 yd. 1 ft. 9 in. 1 yd 2 ft 8 in 2 yd 2 ft 10 in 1 3 yd 1 ft 9 in 6 yd 5 ft 27 in 5 6 yd 7 ft 3 in ~since 27 in 5 2 ft 3 in! 5 8 yd 1 ft 3 in ~since 7 ft 5 2 yd 1 ft! 8 yd. 1 ft. 3 in.

To subtract denominate numbers, arrange them in columns by common unit, then subtract each column starting with the smallest unit. If necessary, borrow to increase the number of a particular unit. Problem: SOLUTION:

Subtract 2 gal. 3 qt. from 7 gal. 1 qt. 7 gal 1 qt 5 6 gal 5 qt 22 gal 3 qt 5 22 gal 3 qt 4 gal 2 qt Note that 1 gal. was borrowed from 7 gal. 1 gal 5 4 qt Therefore, 7 gal 1 qt 5 6 gal 5 qt

Answer: 8.

4 gal. 2 qt.

To multiply a denominate number by a given number: a.

If the denominate number contains only one unit, multiply the numbers and write the unit. Example:

b.

3 oz 3 4 5 12 oz

If the denominate number contains more than one unit of measurement, multiply the number of each unit by the given number and simplify the answer, if necessary. Problem: SOLUTION:

Multiply 4 yd. 2 ft. 8 in. by 2. 4 yd 2ft 8 in 2 8 yd 4 ft 16 in 5 8 yd 5 ft 4 in ~since 16 in 5 1 ft 4 in! 5 9 yd 2 ft 4 in ~since 5 ft 5 1 yd 2 ft!

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To divide a denominate number by a given number, convert all units to the smallest unit, then divide. Simplify the answer, if necessary. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 10.

Divide 5 lb. 12 oz. by 4 1 lb 5 16 oz, therefore 5 lb 12 oz 5 92 oz 92 oz 4 4 5 23 oz 5 1 lb 7 oz 1 lb. 7 oz.

Alternate method of division: a.

Divide the number of the largest unit by the given number.

b.

Convert any remainder to the next largest unit.

c.

Divide the total number of that unit by the given number.

d.

Again convert any remainder to the next unit and divide.

e.

Repeat until no units remain. Problem: SOLUTION:

Divide 9 hr. 21 min. 40 sec. by 4. 2 hr 20 min 25 sec 4q9 hr 21 min 40sec 8 hr 1 hr 5 60 min 81 min 80 min 1 min 5 60 sec 100 sec 100 sec 0 sec

Answer:

2 hr. 20 min. 25 sec.

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11.

The basic units of the metric system are the meter (m), which is used to measure length; the gram (g), which is used to measure weight; and the liter (l) which is used to measure capacity or volume.

12.

The prefixes that are used with the basic units, and their meanings, are:

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Prefix

Abbreviation

micro milli centi deci deka hecto kilo mega

µ m c d da or dk h k M

Meaning one millionth of (.000001) one thousandth of (.001) one hundredth of (.01) one tenth of (.1) ten times (10) one hundred times (100) one thousand times (1,000) one million times (1,000,000)

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14.

15.

To convert to a basic metric unit from a prefixed metric unit, multiply by the number indicated in the prefix. Example:

Convert 72 millimeters to meters. 72 millimeters 5 72 3 .001 meter 5 .072 meter

Example:

Convert 4 kiloliters to liters. 4 kiloliters 5 4 3 1000 liters 5 4,000 liters

To convert from a basic unit to a prefixed unit, divide by the number indicated in the prefix. Example:

Convert 300 liters to hectoliters. 300 liters 5 300 4 100 hectoliters 5 3 hectoliters

Example:

Convert 4.5 meters to decimeters. 4.5 meters 5 4.5 4 .1 decimeter 5 45 decimeters

To convert from any prefixed metric unit to another prefixed metric unit, first convert to a basic unit, then convert the basic unit to the desired unit. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

16.

420 dg 5 420 3 .1 g 5 42 g 42 g 5 42 4 1,000 kg 5 .042 kg .042 kg

To add, subtract, multiply, or divide using metric measurement, first convert all units to the same unit, then perform the desired operation. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 17.

Convert 420 decigrams to kilograms.

Subtract 1,200 g from 2.5 kg. 2.5 kg 5 2,500 g 2 1,200 g 5 2 1,200 g 1,300 g 1,300 g or 1.3 kg

To convert from a metric measure to an American measure, or the reverse: a.

In the Table of American–Metric Conversions, find how many units of the desired measure are equal to one unit of the given measure.

b.

Multiply the given number by the number found in the table. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

Find the number of pounds in 4 kilograms. From the table, 1 kg 5 2.2 lb. 4 kg 5 4 3 2.2 lb 5 8.8 lb 8.8 lb. Find the number of meters in 5 yards. 1 yd 5 .9 m 5 yd 5 5 3 .9 m 5 4.5 m 4.5 m

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The temperature measurement used in the United States is the degree Fahrenheit (°F). The metric measurement for temperature is the degree Celsius (°C), also called degree Centigrade.

19.

Degrees Celsius may be converted to degrees Fahrenheit by the formula: 9 °F 5 °C 1 32° 5 Problem:

Water boils at 100°C. Convert this to °F.

SOLUTION:

Answer: 20.

100°C 5 212°F

Degrees Fahrenheit may be converted to degrees Celsius by the formula: 5 °C 5 ~°F 2 32°! 9 In using this formula, perform the subtraction in the parenthesis first, then multiply 5 by . 9 Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer:

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If normal body temperature is 98.6°F, what is normal body temperature on the Celsius scale? 5 °C 5 ~98.6° 2 32°! 9 5 5 3 66.6° 9 333 ° 5 9 5 37° Normal body temperature 5 37°C.

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PRACTICE TEST 1.

A carpenter needs boards for 4 shelves, each 28 99 long. How many feet of board should he buy? (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

(C) (D)

5.

(C) (D)

69 ft. 6 in. 68.8 ft. 2 68 ft. 3 68 ft. 2 in.

Six gross of special drawing pencils were purchased for use in an office. If the pencils were used at the rate of 24 a week, the maximum number of weeks that the 6 gross of pencils would last is 6 weeks 12 weeks 24 weeks 36 weeks

If 7 ft. 9 in. are cut from a piece of wood that is 9 ft. 6 in., then the piece that is left is (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

1 1 2 2

ft. ft. ft. ft.

5 min. 10 min. 18 min. 24 min.

8.9 in. 8 ft. 9 in. 1 8 ft. 9 in. 2 1 8 ft. 10 in. 2

3.5 10.5 1260 1512

If there are 231 cubic inches in 1 gallon, the number of cubic inches in 3 pints is closest to which one of the following? (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

hr. hr. hr. hr.

The number of yards equal to 126 inches is (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

1 1 1 1

An entire piece of wood 35 feet 6 inches long was used to make four shelves of equal lengths. The length of each shelf was (A) (B)

76 152 304 608

1 of 7 yards is 3 (A) 2 yd. (B) 4 ft. 1 (C) 2 yd. 2 (D) 7 ft.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 6.

8.

The product of 8 ft. 7 in. multiplied by 8 is (A) (B)

4.

1 11 6 13 1 15 2

Subtract 3 hours 49 minutes from 5 hours 13 minutes. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11

The number of half-pints in 19 gallons of milk is (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

7.

24 29 57 87

3 The sum of 5 feet 2 inches, 8 feet 4 1 1 inch, and 12 inches is 2 2 (A) (B) (C) (D)

3 14 ft. 3 in. 4 3 14 ft. 5 in. 4 1 14 ft. 9 in. 4 1 15 ft. in. 2

9 in. 10 in. 2 in. 5 in.

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Add 5 hr. 13 min., 3 hr. 49 min., and 14 min. (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

.42 4.2 420 420,000

Add 26 dg, .4 kg, 5 g, 184 cg. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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215.4 g 319.34 g 409.44 g 849.00 g

Four full bottles of equal size contain a total of 1.28 liters of cleaning solution. How many milliliters are in each bottle? (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

19 38 40 50

To the nearest degree, what is a temperature of 12°C equal to on the Fahrenheit scale? (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

3.20 5.12 320 512

How many liters of water can be held in a 5-gallon jug? (See Conversion Table.) (A) (B) (C) (D)

380 cm 46 cm 30 cm 18 cm

How many liters are equal to 4,200 ml? (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

16 min. 16 min. 76 min. 6 min.

A micromillimeter is defined as one millionth of a millimeter. A length of 17 micromillimeters may be represented as (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

hr. hr. hr. hr.

Assuming that 2.54 centimeters 5 1 inch, a metal rod that measures 1 1 feet would most nearly equal 2 which one of the following? (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

8 9 9 8

17.

19° 54° 57° 79°

A company requires that the temperature in its offices be kept at 68°F. What is this in °C? (A) (B) (C) (D)

10° 15° 20° 25°

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. 2. 3. 4.

A C C D

5. 6. 7. 8.

D A D D

9. 10. 11. 12.

A D A B

13. 14. 15. 16.

B C B C

17. 18. 19. 20.

C A B C

1. The correct answer is (A). 2 ft 9 in 3 4 8 ft 36 in 5 11 ft 2. The correct answer is (C). Find the number of half-pints in 1 gallon: 1 gal 5 4 qts 4 qts 5 4 3 2 pts 5 8 pts 8 pts 5 8 3 2 5 16 half-pints Multiply to find the number of half-pints in 19 gallons: 19 gallons 5 19 3 16 half-pints 5 304 half-pints 3. The correct answer is (C). 8 ft 7 in 3 8 64 ft 56 in 5 68 ft 8 in ~since 56 in 5 4 ft 8 in! 2 8 8 in 5 ft 5 ft 12 3 2 68 ft 8 in 5 68 ft 3 4. The correct answer is (D). 1 1 3 7 yd 5 2 yd 3 3 5 2 yd 1 ft 5 ~2 3 3 ft! 1 1 ft 5 7 ft. 5. The correct answer is (D). Find the number of units in 6 gross: 1 gross 5 144 units 6 gross 5 6 3 144 units 5 864 units Divide units by rate of use: 864 4 24 5 36 weeks 6. The correct answer is (A). 9 ft 6 in 5 8 ft 18 in. 2 7 ft 9 in 5 2 7 ft 9 in. 1 ft 9 in.

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GEOMETRY ANGLES 1.

2.

3.

a.

An angle is the figure formed by two lines meeting at a point.

b.

The point B is the vertex of the angle and the lines BA and BC are the sides of the angle.

There are three common ways of naming an angle: a.

By a small letter or figure written within the angle as ∠m.

b.

By the capital letter at its vertex, as ∠B.

c.

By three capital letters, the middle letter being the vertex letter, as ∠ABC or ∠CBA.

a.

When two straight lines intersect (cut each other), four angles are formed. If these four angles are equal, each angle is called a right angle and contains 90°. The symbol ¡ is used to indicate a right angle. Example:

∠ABC is a right angle.

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b.

An angle measuring less than 90° is called an acute angle.

c.

If the two sides of an angle extend in opposite directions forming a straight line, the angle is called a straight angle and measures 180°.

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d.

An angle measuring more than 90° but less than 180° is called an obtuse angle.

a.

Two angles are complementary if the sum of their measures is 90°.

b.

To find the complement of an angle, subtract the measure of the given angle from 90°. Example:

5.

The complement of 60° is 90° 2 60° 5 30°

a.

Two angles are supplementary if the sum of their measures is 180°.

b.

To find the supplement of an angle, subtract the measure of the given angle from 180°. Example:

The supplement of 60° is 180° 2 60° 5 120°.

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a.

Two lines are perpendicular to each other if they meet to form a right angle. The symbol ⊥ is used to indicate that the lines are perpendicular. Example:

b.

∠ABC is a right angle. Therefore AB ⊥ BC.

Lines that do not meet no matter how far they are extended are called parallel lines. The symbol \ is used to indicate that the two lines are parallel. Example:

AB \ CD. A________________B C________________D

TRIANGLES 7.

A triangle is a closed, three-sided figure. The figures below are all triangles.

8.

a.

The sum of the measures of three angles of a triangle is 180°.

b.

To find the measure of an angle of a triangle when you are given the measures of the other two angles, add the measures of the given angles and subtract their sum from 180°. Problem:

SOLUTION: Answer: 9.

10.

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The measures of two angles of a triangle are 60° and 40°. Find the measure of the third angle. 60° 1 40° 5 100° 180° 2 100° 5 80° The measure of the third angle is 80°.

a.

A triangle that has two congruent sides is called an isosceles triangle.

b.

In an isosceles triangle, the angles opposite the congruent sides are also congruent.

a.

A triangle that has all three sides congruent is called an equilateral triangle.

b.

Each angle of an equilateral triangle measures 60°.

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a.

A triangle that has a right angle is called a right triangle.

b.

In a right triangle, the two acute angles are complementary.

c.

In a right triangle, the side opposite the right angle is called the hypotenuse and is the longest side. The other two sides are called legs. Example:

AC is the hypotenuse. AB and BC are the legs.

12.

The Pythagorean theorem states that in a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares of the legs.

13.

To find the hypotenuse of a right triangle when given the legs: a.

Square each leg.

b.

Add the squares.

c.

Compute the square root of this sum. Problem:

SOLUTION:

In a right triangle the legs are 6 inches and 8 inches. Find the hypotenuse. 82 5 64 62 5 36 36 1 64 5 100

=100 5 10 Answer: 14.

The hypotenuse is 10 inches.

To find a leg when given the other leg and the hypotenuse of a right triangle: a.

Square the hypotenuse and the given leg.

b.

Subtract the square of the leg from the square of the hypotenuse.

c.

Compute the square root of the difference. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

One leg of a right triangle is 12 feet and the hypotenuse is 20 feet. Find the other leg. 202 5 400 122 5 144 400 2 144 5 256 =256 5 16 The other leg is 16 feet.

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16.

a.

A quadrilateral is a closed, four-sided figure in two dimensions. Common quadrilaterals are the parallelogram, rectangle, and square.

b.

The sum of the measures of the four angles of a quadrilateral is 360°.

a.

A parallelogram is a quadrilateral in which both pairs of opposite sides are parallel.

b.

Opposite sides of a parallelogram are congruent.

c.

Opposite angles of a parallelogram are congruent.

In parallelogram ABCD, AB \ CD, AD \ BC AB 5 CD, AD 5 BC m∠A 5 m∠C, m∠B 5 m∠D 17.

A rectangle has all of the properties of a parallelogram. In addition, all four of its angles are right angles.

18.

A square is a rectangle with the additional property that all four of its sides are congruent.

19.

A circle is a closed-plane curve, all points of which are equidistant from a point within called the center.

20.

a.

A complete circle contains 360°.

b.

A semicircle contains 180°.

a.

A chord is a line segment connecting any two points on the circle.

b.

A radius of a circle is a line segment connecting the center with any point on the circle.

c.

A diameter is a chord passing through the center of the circle.

d.

A secant is a chord extended outside of the circle in either one or both directions.

e.

A tangent is a line touching a circle at one and only one point.

f.

The circumference is the length of the curved line bounding the circle.

CIRCLES

21.

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g.

An arc of a circle is any part of the circumference.

a.

A central angle, as ∠AOB in the figure below, is an angle whose vertex is the center of the circle and whose sides are radii. A central angle is equal to, or has the same number of degrees as, its intercepted arc.

b.

An inscribed angle, as ∠MNP, is an angle whose vertex is on the circle and whose sides are chords. An inscribed angle has half the number of degrees as its intercepted arc. ∠MNP intercepts arc MP and has half the degrees of arc MP.

PERIMETER 23.

The perimeter of a two-dimensional figure is the distance around the figure.

Example:

The perimeter of the figure above is 9 1 8 1 4 1 3 1 5 5 29.

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a.

The perimeter of a triangle is found by adding the length of all of its sides. Example:

b.

If the perimeter and two sides of a triangle are given, the third side is found by adding the two given sides and subtracting this sum from the perimeter. Problem:

SOLUTION: Answer: 25.

12 1 15 5 27 37 2 27 5 10 The length of the third side is 10.

The perimeter of a rectangle whose length is 7 feet and width is 3 feet equals 2 3 10 5 20 feet.

The perimeter of a square equals the length of its side multiplied by 4. The formula is P 5 4s. Example:

27.

Two sides of a triangle are 12 and 15, and the perimeter is 37. Find the other side.

The perimeter of a rectangle equals twice the sum of the length and the width. The formula is P 5 2(l 1 w). Example:

26.

If the sides of a triangle are 4, 5, and 7, its perimeter is 4 1 5 1 7 5 16.

a. b.

The circumference of a circle is equal to the product of the diameter multiplied by p. The formula is C 5 pd. 22 The number p (“pi”) is approximately , or 3.14 (3.1416 for greater accuracy). 7 A problem will usually state which approximation for p to use; otherwise, express the answer in terms of “pi,” p. Example:

c.

The circumference of a circle whose diameter is 4 inches is 22 , then the 4p inches; or, if it is approximated by 7 4 22 88 5 5 12 inches. circumference would be 4 3 7 7 7

Since the diameter is twice the radius, the circumference equals twice the radius multiplied by p. The formula is C 5 2pr. Example:

d.

The perimeter of a square, one side of which is 5 feet, is 4 3 5 feet 5 20 feet.

If the radius of a circle is 3 inches, then the circumference is 6p inches.

The diameter of a circle equals the circumference divided by p. Example:

If the circumference of a circle is 11 inches, then assuming 22 p5 7 22

diameter 5 11 4

7

inches

1 7 inches 5 11 3 22 2 1 7 5 inches, or 3 inches. 2 2

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29.

a.

In a figure of two dimensions, the total space within the figure is called the area.

b.

Area is expressed in square units, such as square inches, square centimeters, and square miles.

c.

In computing area, all dimensions must be expressed in the same units.

The area of a square is equal to the square of the length of its side. The formula is A 5 s2. Example:

30.

a.

The area of a rectangle equals the product of the length and the width. The length is any side; the width is a side next to the length. The formula is A 5 l 3 w. Example:

b.

a.

If the base of a parallelogram is 10 centimeters and its height is 5 centimeters, its area is 5 3 10 5 50 square centimeters.

If given one of these dimensions and the area, divide the area by the given dimension to find the other dimension of a parallelogram. Example:

32.

DE is the height. AB is the base.

The area of a parallelogram is equal to the product of its base and its height: A 5 b 3 h. Example:

c.

If the area of a rectangle is 48 square feet and one dimension is 4 feet, then the other dimension is 48 4 4 5 12 feet.

The altitude, or height, of a parallelogram is a line drawn from a vertex perpendicular to the opposite side or base. Example:

b.

If the length of a rectangle is 6 feet and its width 4 feet, then the area is 6 3 4 5 24 square feet.

If given the area of a rectangle and one dimension, divide the area by the given dimension to find the other dimension. Example:

31.

The area of a square, one side of which is 6 inches, is 6 3 6 5 36 square inches.

If the area of a parallelogram is 40 square inches and its height is 8 inches, its base is 40 4 8 5 5 inches.

a.

The altitude, or height, of a triangle is a line drawn from a vertex perpendicular to the line containing the opposite side, called the base.

b.

The area of a triangle is equal to one half the product of the base and the height: 1 A 5 b 3 h. 2 Example:

The area of a triangle having a height of 5 inches and a base of 1 1 4 inches is 3 5 3 4 5 3 20 5 10 square inches. 2 2

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33.

c.

In a right triangle, one leg may be considered the height and the other leg the base. Therefore, the area of a right triangle is equal to one half the product of the legs. 1 Example: The legs of a right triangle are 3 and 4. Its area is 3 3 3 4 5 2 6 square units.

a.

The area of a circle is equal to the radius squared, multiplied by p: A 5 pr2. Example:

b.

If the radius of a circle is 6 inches, then the area 5 36p square inches.

To find the radius of a circle given the area, divide the area by p and find the square root of the quotient. Example:

To find the radius of a circle of area 100p, 100p 5 100 p

=100 5 10 5 radius. 34.

Some figures are composed of several geometric shapes. To find the area of such a figure it is necessary to find the area of each of its parts. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer:

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Find the area of the figure below.

The figure is composed of three parts: a square of side 4, a semicircle of diameter 4 (attached to the lower side of the square), and a right triangle with legs 3 and 4 (attached to the right side of the square). Area of square 5 42 5 16 1 Area of triangle 5 3 3 3 4 5 6 4 1 1 Area of semicircle is area of the circle 5 pr2 2 2 1 Radius 5 3 4 5 2 2 1 Area 5 pr2 2 1 5 3 p 3 22 2 5 2p Total area 5 16 1 6 1 2p 5 22 1 2p

Solving Arithmetic Problems THREE-DIMENSIONAL FIGURES 35.

36.

a.

In a three-dimensional figure, the total space contained within the figure is called the volume; it is expressed in cubic units.

b.

The total outside surface is called the surface area; it is expressed in square units.

c.

In computing volume and surface area, all dimensions must be expressed in the same units.

a.

A rectangular solid is a figure of three dimensions having six rectangular faces meeting each other at right angles. The three dimensions are length, width, and height.

The figure above is a rectangular solid; “l” is the length, “w” is the width, and “h” is the height. b.

The volume of a rectangular solid is the product of the length, width, and height: V 5 l 3 w 3 h. Example:

37.

The volume of a rectangular solid whose length is 6 feet, width 3 feet, and height 4 feet is 6 3 3 3 4 5 72 cubic feet.

a.

A cube is a rectangular solid whose edges are congruent. The figure below is a cube; the length, width, and height are all equal to “e.”

b.

The volume of a cube is equal to the edge cubed: V 5 e3. Example:

c.

The volume of a cube whose height is 6 inches equals 63 5 6 3 6 3 6 5 216 cubic inches.

The surface area of a cube is equal to the area of any side multiplied by 6. Example:

The surface area of a cube whose length is 5 inches 5 52 3 6 5 25 3 6 5 150 square inches.

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The volume of a circular cylinder is equal to the product of p, the radius squared, and the height: V 5 pr2h.

Example:

A circular cylinder has a radius of 7 inches and a height of inch. Using p 5

1 2

22 , its volume is 7

1 22 3 7 3 7 3 5 77 cubic inches 7 2 4 39. The volume of a sphere is equal to the product of p and the radius cubed: 3 4 V 5 pr3. 3

Example:

If the radius of a sphere is 3 cm, its volume in terms of p is 4 3 p 3 3 cm 3 3 cm 3 3 cm 5 36p cm3 3 1 40. The volume of a cone is given by the formula V 5 pr2h, where r is the radius and 3 h is the height.

Example:

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In the cone shown, if h 5 9 cm, r 5 10 cm, and p 5 3.14, then the volume is 1 3 3.14 3 10 3 10 3 9 5 3.14 3 300 cm3 3 5 942 cm3

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41.

1 The volume of a pyramid is given by the formula V 5 Bh, where B is the area of 3 the base, and h is the height.

Example:

In the pyramid shown, the height is 10″ and the sides of the base are 3″. Since the base is a square, B 5 32 5 9 square inches. 1 V 5 3 9 3 10 5 30 cubic inches. 3

PRACTICE TEST 1.

If the perimeter of a rectangle is 68 yards and the width is 48 feet, the length is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

yd. yd. ft. ft.

The total length of fencing needed to enclose a rectangular area 46 feet by 34 feet is (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

10 18 20 56

26 yd. 1 ft. 2 26 yd. 3 52 yd. 2 ft. 1 53 yd. 3

An umbrella 50″ long can lie diagonally on the bottom of a trunk whose length and width are, respectively, (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

36″, 42″, 42″, 39″,

A road runs 1,200 ft. from A to B, and then makes a right angle going to C, a distance of 500 ft. A new road is being built directly from A to C. How much shorter will the new road be? (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

400 ft. 609 ft. 850 ft. 1,300 ft.

A certain triangle has sides that are, respectively, 6 inches, 8 inches, and 10 inches long. A rectangle equal in area to that of the triangle has a width of 3 inches. The perimeter of the rectangle, expressed in inches, is (A) (B) (C) (D)

11 16 22 24

30″ 24″ 36″ 30″

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A ladder 65 feet long is leaning against the wall. Its lower end is 25 feet away from the wall. How much farther away will it be if the upper end is moved down 8 feet? (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

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104 216 680 704

sq. sq. sq. sq.

ft. ft. ft. ft.

192 360 720 1,440

If the volume of a cube is 64 cubic inches, the sum of its edges is (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

90° 180° 360° 720°

A box is 12 inches in width, 6 inches in length, and 6 inches in height. How many square inches of paper would be required to cover it on all sides? (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

The area of a 2-foot-wide walk around a garden that is 30 feet long and 20 feet wide is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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13.

14p 28p 49p 98p

In two hours, the minute hand of a clock rotates through an angle of (A) (B) (C) (D)

54 648 1,296 None of these

A piece of wire is shaped to enclose a square, whose area is 121 square inches. It is then reshaped to enclose a rectangle whose length is 13 inches. The area of the rectangle, in square inches, is (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

12.

$21.20 $40 $64 $84.80

The area of a circle is 49p. Find its circumference in terms of p. (A) (B) (C) (D)

If the cost of digging a trench is $2.12 a cubic yard, what would be the cost of digging a trench 2 yards by 5 yards by 4 yards? (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

ft. ft. ft. ft.

A rectangular bin 4 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 2 feet high is solidly packed with bricks whose dimensions are 8 inches, 4 inches, and 2 inches. The number of bricks in the bin is (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

60 52 14 10

11.

48 32 16 24

in. in. in. in.

The diameter of a conical pile of cement is 30 feet and its height is 14 3 feet. If cubic yard of cement weighs 4 1 ton, then the number of tons of cement in the cone to the nearest ton is 1 (Volume of cone 5 pr2h; 3 22 use p 5 ) 7 (A) 92 (B) 163 (C) 489 (D) 652

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. B 2. D 3. C

4. A 5. C 6. C

7. B 8. D 9. C

10. B 11. A 12. D

13. C 14. A 15. B

1. The correct answer is (B).

Perimeter 5 68 yards Each width 5 48 feet 5 16 yards Both widths 5 16 yd 1 16 yd 5 32 yd Perimeter 5 sum of all sides Remaining two sides must total 68 2 32 5 36 yards Since the remaining two sides are equal, they are each 36 4 2 5 18 yards 2. The correct answer is (D). Perimeter 5 2~46 1 34! feet 5 2 3 80 feet 5 160 feet 1 160 feet 5 160 4 3 yards 5 53 yards 3 3. The correct answer is (C). The umbrella would be the hypotenuse of a right triangle whose legs are the dimension of the trunk.

The Pythagorean theorem states that in a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares of the legs. Therefore, the sum of the dimensions of the trunk squared must at least equal the length of the umbrella squared, which is 502, or 2,500. The only set of dimensions filling this condition is choice (C): ~42!2 1 ~36!2 5 1,764 1 1,296 5 3,060

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AC2 5 AB2 1 BC2 AC 5 =5002 1 12002 5 =250,000 1 1,440,000 5 =1,690,000 5 1,300 feet Old Road 5 1,200 1 500 feet 5 1,700 feet New road 5 1,300 feet Difference 5 400 feet 5. The correct answer is (C). Since 62 1 82 5 102 (36 1 64 5 100), the triangle is a right 1 triangle. The area of the triangle is 3 6 3 8 5 24 square inches. If the width of the 2 rectangle is 3 inches, the length is 24 4 3 5 8 inches. Then the perimeter of the rectangle is 2(3 1 8) 5 2 3 11 5 22 inches. 6. The correct answer is (C). The ladder forms a right triangle with the wall and the ground.

First, find the height that the ladder reaches when the lower end of the ladder is 25 feet from the wall: 652 5 4,225 252 5 625 2 65 2 252 5 3,600 =3,600 5 60 The ladder reaches 60 feet up the wall when its lower end is 25 feet from the wall. If the upper end is moved down 8 feet, the ladder will reach a height of 60 2 8 5 52 feet. The new triangle formed has a hypotenuse of 65 feet and one leg of 52 feet. Find the other leg: 652 5 4,225 522 5 2,704 2 65 2 522 5 1,521 =1,521 5 39 The lower end of the ladder is now 39 feet from the wall. This is 39 2 25 5 14 feet farther than it was before. 114

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The walk consists of: a. Two rectangles, each having a length of 30 feet and a width of 2 feet. Area of each rectangle 5 2 3 30 5 60 sq. ft. Area of both rectangles 5 120 sq. ft. b. Two rectangles, each having a length of 20 feet and a width of 2 feet. Area of each rectangle 5 2 3 20 5 40 sq. ft. Area of both rectangles 5 80 sq. ft. c. Four squares, each having sides measuring 2 feet. Area of each square 5 22 5 4 sq. ft. Area of four squares 5 16 sq. ft. Total area of walk 5 120 1 80 1 16 5 216 sq. ft. Alternate solution: Area of walk 5 Area of large rectangle 2 Area of small rectangle 5 ~34 3 24! 2 ~30 3 20! 5 816 2 600 5 216 sq. ft.

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=49 5 7. Then,

12. The correct answer is (D). In 1 hour, the minute hand rotates through 360°. In 2 hours, it rotates through 2 3 360° 5 720°. 13. The correct answer is (C). Find the area of each surface:

Area of top 5 12 3 16 5 192 sq. in. Area of bottom 5 12 3 16 5 192 sq. in. Area of front 5 6 3 16 5 96 sq. in. Area of back 5 6 3 16 5 96 sq. in. Area of right side 5 12 3 6 5 72 sq. in. Area of left side 5 12 3 6 5 72 sq. in. Total surface area 5 720 sq. in. 14. The correct answer is (A). For a cube, V 5 e3. If the volume is 64 cubic inches, each 3 edge is =64 5 4 inches. A cube has 12 edges. If each edge is 4 inches, the sum of the edges is 4 3 12 5 48 inches. 15. The correct answer is (B). If the diameter 5 30 feet, then the radius 5 15 feet. 5 2 1 22 3 3 15 3 15 3 14 3 7 1 1 5 3,300 cubic feet 27 cubic feet 5 1 cubic yard 2 3,300 4 27 cu ft 5 122 cu yd 9 V5

2 3 1,100 4 4,400 3 5 5 163 tons to the nearest ton 122 4 5 9 4 9 3 27

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STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY STATISTICS 1.

The averages used in statistics include the arithmetic mean, the median, and the mode.

2.

a.

The most commonly used average of a group of numbers is the arithmetic mean. It is found by adding the numbers given and then dividing this sum by the number of items being averaged. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: b. 3.

Find the arithmetic mean of 2, 8, 5, 9, 6, and 12. There are six numbers. 2 1 8 1 5 1 9 1 6 1 12 Arithmetic mean 5 6 42 5 6 57 The arithmetic mean is 7.

If a problem calls for simply the “average” or the “mean,” it is referring to the arithmetic mean.

If a group of numbers is arranged in order, the number in the middle is called the median. If there is no single middle number (this occurs when there is an even number of items), the median is found by computing the arithmetic mean of the two middle numbers. Example:

The median of 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14 is 10.

Example:

The median of 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 is the arithmetic mean of 10 and 12. 10 1 12 22 5 5 11 2 2

4.

The mode of a group of numbers is the number that appears most often. Example:

5.

The mode of 10, 5, 7, 9, 12, 5, 10, 5, and 9 is 5.

To obtain the average of quantities that are weighted: a.

Set up a table listing the quantities, their respective weights, and their respective values.

b.

Multiply the value of each quantity by its respective weight.

c.

Add up these products.

d.

Add up the weights.

e.

Divide the sum of the products by the sum of the weights.

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SOLUTION:

Assume that the weights for the following subjects are English 3, history 2, mathematics 2, foreign languages 2, and art 1. What would be the average of a student who marks are: English 80, history 85, algebra 84, Spanish 82, and art 90? Subject

Weight

English History Algebra Spanish Art

3 2 2 2 1

English History Algebra Spanish Art

3 2 2 2 1

Mark 80 85 84 82 90

3 3 3 3 3

80 85 84 82 90

5 5 5 5 5

240 170 168 164 90 832

Sum of the weights: 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 5 10 832 4 10 5 83.2

Answer:

Average 5 83.2

PROBABILITY 6.

The study of probability deals with predicting the outcome of chance events; that is, events in which one has no control over the results. Example:

7.

8.

The probability of a particular outcome is equal to the number of ways that outcome can occur, divided by the total number of possible outcomes.

a.

Example:

In tossing a coin, there are two possible outcomes: heads or tails. 1 The probability that the coin will turn up heads is 1 4 2, or . 2

Example:

If a bag contains five balls of which three are red, the 3 probability of drawing a red ball is . The probability of 5 2 drawing a ball that is not red is . 5

If an event is certain, its probability is 1. Example:

b.

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If a bag contains only red balls, the probability of drawing a red ball is 1.

If an event is impossible, its probability is 0. Example:

9.

Tossing a coin, rolling dice, and drawing concealed objects from a bag are chance events.

If a bag contains only red balls, the probability of drawing a green ball is 0.

Probability may be expressed in fractional, decimal, or percent form. 1 Example: An event having a probability of is said to be 50% probable. 2

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 10.

A probability determined by random sampling of a group of items is assumed to apply to other items in that group and in other similar groups. Problem:

A random sampling of 100 items produced in a factory shows that 7 are defective. How many items of the total production of 50,000 can be expected to be defective?

SOLUTION:

7 , or 7%. Of 100 the total production, 7% can be expected to be defective. The probability of an item’s being defective is

7% 3 50,000 5 .07 3 50,000 5 3,500 Answer:

3,500 items.

PRACTICE TEST 1.

The arithmetic mean of 73.8, 92.2, 64.7, 43.8, 56.5, and 46.4 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

5 7 8 9

6.

(A) (B) (C) (D)

60 72 74 92

(B) (C) (D) 7.

70 72 77 80

A buyer purchased 75 six-inch rulers costing 15¢ each, 100 one-foot rulers costing 30¢ each, and 50 one-yard rulers costing 72¢ each. What was the average price per ruler? (A)

15 16 17 18

A clerk filed 73 forms on Monday, 85 forms on Tuesday, 54 on Wednesday, 92 on Thursday, and 66 on Friday. What was the average number of forms filed per day?

The grades received on a test by 20 students were: 100, 55, 75, 80, 65, 65, 85, 90, 80, 45, 40, 50, 85, 85, 85, 80, 80, 70, 65, and 60. The average of these grades is (A) (B) (C) (D)

The mode of the numbers 16, 15, 17, 12, 15, 15, 18, 19, and 18 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

60.6 62.9 64.48 75.48

The median of the numbers 8, 5, 7, 5, 9, 9, 1, 8, 10, 5, and 10 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

5.

1 26 ¢ 8 1 34 ¢ 3 39¢ 42¢

What is the average of a student who received 90 in English, 84 in algebra, 75 in French, and 76 in music, if the subjects have the following weights: English 4, algebra 3, French 3, and music 1? (A)

81

(B)

81

(C) (D)

82 83

1 2

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review Questions 8–11 refer to the following information:

12.

A census shows that on a certain block the number of children in each family is 3, 4, 4, 0, 1, 2, 0, 2, and 2, respectively. 8.

(B) (C) (D) 9.

1 2 2 3 1 3 2

(D) 13.

1 2 3 4

0 1 2 4

(B) (C) (D) 14.

(B) (C) (D)

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1 2 1 3 2 3 4 9

In a group of 1,000 adults, 682 are women. What is the probability that a person chosen at random from this group will be a man? (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

1 6 1 3 1 2 1

A bag contains three black balls, two yellow balls, and four red balls. What is the probability of drawing a black ball? (A)

What is the probability that a family chosen at random on this block will have 4 children? (A)

120

(C)

2

Find the mode of the number of children. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

(B)

Find the median number of children. (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

(A)

Find the average number of children per family. (A)

What is the probability that an even number will come up when a single die is thrown?

.318 .682 .5 1

In a balloon factory, a random sampling of 100 balloons showed that 3 had pinholes in them. In a sampling of 2,500 balloons, how many may be expected to have pinholes? (A) (B) (C) (D)

30 75 100 750

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. B 2. C 3. A

4. C 5. B 6. B

7. D 8. A 9. B

10. C 11. B 12. C

13. B 14. A 15. B

1. The correct answer is (B). Find the sum of the values: 73.8 1 92.2 1 64.7 1 43.8 1 56.5 1 46.4 5 377.4 There are six values. Arithmetic mean 5

377.4 5 62.9 6

2. The correct answer is (C). Arrange the numbers in order: 1, 5, 5, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10 The middle number, or median is 8. 3. The correct answer is (A). The mode is that number appearing most frequently. The number 15 appears three times. 4. The correct answer is (C). 73 1 85 1 54 1 92 1 66 Average 5 5 370 5 5 5 74 5. The correct answer is (B). Sum of the grades 5 1,440 1,440 5 72 20 6. The correct answer is (B). 75 3 15¢ 5 1,125¢ 100 3 30¢ 5 3,000¢ 50 3 72¢ 5 3,600¢ 225 7,725¢ 7,725¢ 1 5 34 ¢ 225 3 7. The correct answer is (D). Subject

Grade

Weight

English Algebra French Music

90 84 75 76

4 3 3 1

(90 3 4) 1 (84 3 3) 1 (75 3 3) 1 (76 3 1) 360 1 252 1 225 1 76 5 913 Weight 5 4 1 3 1 3 1 1 5 11 913 4 11 5 83 average

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 8. The correct answer is (A). 31414101112101212 Average 5 9 18 5 9 52 9. The correct answer is (B). Arrange the numbers in order: 0, 0, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 4 Of the nine numbers, the fifth (middle) number is 2. 10. The correct answer is (C). The number appearing the most often is 2. 11. The correct answer is (B). There are nine families, two of which have 4 children. The 2 probability is . 9 12. The correct answer is (C). Of the six possible numbers, three are even (2, 4, and 6). The 1 3 probability is , or . 6 2 13. The correct answer is (B). There are nine balls in all. The probability of drawing a black 1 3 ball is , or . 9 3 14. The correct answer is (A). If 682 people of the 1,000 are women, the number of men is 318 5 .318. 1,000 2 682 5 318. Then, the probability of choosing a man is 1,000 3 15. The correct answer is (B). There is a probability of 5 3% that a balloon may have 100 a pinhole. 3% 3 2,500 5 75

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GRAPHS 1.

Graphs illustrate comparisons and trends in statistical information. The most commonly used graphs are bar graphs, line graphs, circle graphs, and pictographs.

2.

Bar graphs are used to compare various quantities. Each bar may represent a single quantity or may be divided to represent several quantities.

3.

Bar graphs may have horizontal or vertical bars.

BAR GRAPHS

Problem:

Question 1:

What was the approximate municipal expenditure per capita in cities having populations of 200,000 to 299,000?

Answer:

The middle bar of the seven shown represents cities having populations from 200,000 to 299,000. This bar reaches about halfway between 100 and 200. Therefore, the per capita expenditure was approximately $150.

Question 2:

Which cities spent the most per capita on health, education, and welfare?

Answer:

The bar for cities having populations of 1,000,000 or more has a larger striped section than the other bars. Therefore, those cities spent the most.

Question 3:

Of the three categories of expenditures, which was least dependent on city size?

Answer:

The expenditures for utilities and highways, the darkest part of each bar, varied least as city size increases.

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4.

Line graphs are used to show trends, often over a period of time.

5.

A line graph may include more than one line, with each line representing a different item.

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Problem:

The graph below indicates at five-year intervals the number of citations issued for various offenses from the year 1980 to the year 2000.

Question 4:

Over the twenty-year period, which offense shows an average rate of increase of more than 150 citations per year?

Answer:

Drug use citations increased from 1,000 in 1980 to 4,500 in 2000. The average increase over the twenty-year period is 3500 5 170 20

Question 5:

Over the twenty-year period, which offense shows a constant rate of increase or decrease?

Answer:

A straight line indicates a constant rate of increase or decrease. Of the four lines, the one representing parking violations is the only straight one.

Question 6:

Which offense shows a total increase or decrease of 50 percent for the full twenty-year period?

Answer:

Dangerous weapons citations increased from 2,000 in 1980 to 3,000 in 2000, which is an increase of 50 percent.

Solving Arithmetic Problems CIRCLE GRAPHS 6.

Circle graphs are used to show the relationship of various parts of a quantity to each other and to the whole quantity.

7.

Percents are often used in circle graphs. The 360 degrees of the circle represent 100%.

8.

Each part of the circle graph is called a sector. Problem:

Question 7: Answer:

The following circle graph shows how the federal budget of $300.4 billion was spent.

What is the value of I? There must be a total of 100% in a circle graph. The sum of the other sectors is: 17% 1 29% 1 37% 1 10% 5 93% Therefore, I% 5 100% 2 93% 5 7%, so I 5 7.

Question 8: Answer: Question 9: Answer:

How much money was actually spent on national defense? 29% 3 $300.4 billion 5 $87.116 billion 5 $87,116,000,000 How much more money was spent on state grants than on interest? 17% 2 7% 5 10% 10% 3 300.4 billion 5 $30.04 billion 5 $30,040,000,000

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review PICTOGRAPHS 9.

Pictographs allow comparisons of quantities by using symbols. Each symbol represents a given number of a particular item. Problem:

Question 10:

How many more new houses were built in 1990 than in 1995?

Answer:

There are two more symbols for 1990 than for 1995. Each symbol represents 100 houses. Therefore, 200 more houses were built in 1990.

Question 11: Answer: Question 12: Answer:

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How many new houses were built in 1985? 1 1 There are 3 symbols shown for 1985; 3 3 100 5 350 houses. 2 2 In which year were half as many houses built as in 1995? In 1995, 3 3 100 5 300 houses were built. Half of 300, or 150, houses were built in 2000.

Solving Arithmetic Problems

PRACTICE TEST Questions 1–4 refer to the following graph.

1.

In 2000, the incidence of which of the following crimes was greater than in both of the previous two years? (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

The above graph indicates that the percentage increase in grand larceny auto from 1999 to 2000 was (A) 5% (B) 10% (C) 15% (D) 20%

4.

Which of the following cannot be determined because there is not enough information in the above graph to do so? (A) For the three-year period, what percentage of all “Crimes Against the Person” involved murders committed in 1999? (B) For the three-year period, what percentage of all “Major Crimes” was committed in the first six months of 1999? (C) Which major crimes followed a pattern of continuing yearly increases for the three-year period? (D) For 2000, what was the ratio of robbery, burglary, and grand larceny crimes?

Grand larceny Murder Rape Robbery

If the incidence of burglary in 2001 increases over 2000 by the same number as it had increased in 2000 over 1999, then the average for this crime for the four-year period from 1998 through 2001 would be most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

100 400 425 440

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review Questions 5–7 refer to the following graph. In the graph below, the lines “A” and “B” represent the cumulative progress in the work of two file clerks, each of whom was given 500 consecutively numbered applications to file in the proper cabinets over a five-day work week.

5.

The day during which the greatest number of applications was filed by both clerks was (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

At the end of the second day, the percentage of applications still to be filed was (A) (B) (C) (D)

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25% 50% 66% 75%

7.

Assuming that the production pattern is the same the following week as the week shown in the chart, the day on which Clerk B will finish this assignment will be (A) (B) (C) (D)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday

Solving Arithmetic Problems Questions 8–11 refer to the following graph.

8.

Approximately how many persons aged 29 or younger traveled abroad in 2000? (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

175,000 245,000 385,000 450,000

Of the people who did NOT live in the North East, approximately what percent came from the North Central states? (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

19.2% 19.9% 26.5% 31.6%

The fraction of travelers from the four smallest occupation groups is most nearly equal to the fraction of travelers (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

under age 20, and 65 and over, combined. from the North Central and Mountain states. between 45 and 64 years of age. from the Housewife and Other categories.

If the South Central, Mountain, and Pacific sections were considered as a single classification, how many degrees would its sector include? (A) (B) (C) (D)

30° 67° 108° 120°

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review Questions 12–15 refer to the following graph.

12.

What percent of the total number of vehicles on Wednesday were cars? (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

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7 700 1,100 3,500

How many more trucks crossed on Monday than on Saturday? (A) (B) (C) (D)

30% 60% 20% 50%

What was the total number of vehicles crossing the bridge on Tuesday? (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

15.

200 1,000 1,500 2,000

How much money was collected in tolls on Friday? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$1,200 $1,800 $6,000 $7,500

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. B 2. D 3. B

4. B 5. C 6. D

7. A 8. D 9. D

10. A 11. C 12. B

13. D 14. B 15. C

1. The correct answer is (B). The incidence of murder increased from 15 in 1998, to 20 in 1999, to 25 in 2000. 2. The correct answer is (D). The incidence of burglary in 1998 was 400; in 1999 it was 350; and in 2000 it was 450. The increase from 1999 to 2000 was 100. An increase of 100 from 2000 gives 550 in 2001. The average of 400, 350, 450, and 550 is 1750 400 1 350 1 450 1 550 5 4 4 5 437.5 So the correct answer is (D), 440. 3. The correct answer is (B). The incidence of grand larceny auto went from 250 in 1999 to 275 in 2000, an increase of 25. The percent increase is 25 5 .10 5 10% 250 4. The correct answer is (B). This graph gives information by year, not month. It is impossible to determine from the graph the percentage of crimes committed during the first six months of any year. 5. The correct answer is (C). For both A and B, the greatest increase in the cumulative totals occurred from the end of Tuesday until the end of Wednesday. Therefore, the largest number of applications was filed on Wednesday. 6. The correct answer is (D). By the end of Tuesday, A had filed 100 applications and B had filed 150, for a total of 250. This left 750 of the original 1,000 applications. 750 5 .75 5 75% 1,000 7. The correct answer is (A). During Week One, Clerk B files 100 applications on Monday, 50 on Tuesday, 100 on Wednesday, 50 on Thursday, and 100 on Friday, for a total of 400. On Monday of Week Two, he will file numbers 401 to 500. 8. The correct answer is (D). 20 2 29 yrs.: Under 20 yrs.:

19.9% 114.8% 34.7% 34.7% 3 13 million 5 .4511 million 5 451,100 So the correct answer is (D) 450,000.

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 9. The correct answer is (D). 100% 2 39.2 % 5 60.8% did not live in North East. 19.2% lived in North Central. 19.2 5 .316 approximately 60.8 So the correct answer is (D) 31.6%. 10. The correct answer is (A). Four of the smallest groups of occupation: 7.9% 1 6.9% 1 5.8% 1 5.7% 5 26.3% Age groups under 20 and 65 and over: 14.8% 1 11.4% 5 26.2% 11. The correct answer is (C). South Central: 8.2% Mountain: 3.1% Pacific: 18.7% 30.0% 30% 3 360° 5 108° 12. The correct answer is (B). There are five vehicle symbols, of which three are cars. 3 5 60% 5 13. The correct answer is (D). On Tuesday, there were 3 3 500 5 1,500 cars and 4 3 500 5 2,000 trucks. The total number of vehicles was 3,500. 14. The correct answer is (B). The graph shows two more truck symbols on Monday than on Saturday. Each symbol represents 500 trucks, so there were 2 3 500 5 1,000 more trucks on Monday. 15. The correct answer is (C). On Friday there were 4 3 500 5 2,000 cars 2 3 500 5 1,000 trucks Car tolls: 2,000 3 $1.50 5 $3,000 Truck tolls: 1,000 3 $3.00 5 1 $3,000 Total tolls: $6,000

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RATIO AND PROPORTION RATIO 1.

A ratio expresses the relationship between two (or more) quantities in terms of numbers. The mark used to indicate ratio is the colon (:) and is read “to.” Example:

2.

The ratio 2:3 is read “2 to 3.”

A ratio also represents division. Therefore, any ratio of two terms may be written as a fraction, and any fraction may be written as a ratio. Example:

3:4 5

3 4

5 5 5:6 6 3.

To simplify any complicated ratio of two terms containing fractions, decimals, or percents: a.

Divide the first term by the second.

b.

Write as a fraction in simplest form.

c.

Write the fraction as a ratio. Problem: SOLUTION:

Simplify the ratio

5 7 : 6 8

5 7 5 8 40 20 4 5 3 5 5 6 8 6 7 42 21 20 5 20:21 21

Answer: 4.

20:21

To solve problems in which the ratio is given: a.

Add the terms in the ratio.

b.

Divide the total amount that is to be put into a ratio by this sum.

c.

Multiply each term in the ratio by this quotient. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

The sum of $360 is divided among 3 people according to the ratio 3:4:5. How much does each person receive? 3 1 4 1 5 5 12 $360 4 12 5 $30 $30 3 3 5 $90 $30 3 4 5 $120 $30 3 5 5 $150 The money is divided thus: $90, $120, $150.

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review PROPORTION 5.

a.

A proportion indicates the equality of two ratios. Example:

b.

In a proportion, the two outside terms are called the extremes, and the two inside terms are called the means. Example:

c.

In the proportion 2:4 5 5:10, 2 and 10 are the extremes, and 4 and 5 are the means.

Proportions are often written in fractional form. Example:

6.

2:4 5 5:10 is a proportion. This is read “2 is to 4 as 5 is to 10.”

The proportion 2:4 5 5:10 may be written

5 2 5 4 10

d.

In any proportion, the product of the means equals the product of the extremes. If the proportion is in fractional form, the products may be found by cross-multiplication. 5 2 Example: In 5 , 4 3 5 5 2 3 10 4 10

e.

The product of the extremes divided by one mean equals the other mean; the products of the means divided by one extreme equals the other extreme.

Many problems in which three terms are given and one term is unknown can be solved by using proportions. To solve such problems: a.

Formulate the proportion very carefully according to the facts given. (If any term is misplaced, the solution will be incorrect.) Any symbol may be written in place of the missing term.

b.

Determine by inspection whether the means or the extremes are known. Multiply the pair that has both terms given.

c.

Divide this product by the third term given to find the unknown term. Problem:

The scale on the map shows that 2 cm represent 30 miles of actual length. What is the actual length of a road that is represented by 7 cm on the map?

SOLUTION:

The map lengths and the actual lengths are in proportion; that is, they have equal ratios. If m stands for the unknown length, the proportion is: 2 30 5 7 m As the proportion is written, m is an extreme and is equal to the product of the means, divided by the other extreme: 7 3 30 2 210 m5 2 m 5 105 m5

Answer:

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7 cm on the map represent 105 miles.

Solving Arithmetic Problems Problem:

If a money bag containing 500 nickels weighs 6 pounds, how much will a money bag containing 1,600 nickels weigh?

SOLUTION:

The weights of the bags and the number of coins in them are proportional. Suppose w represents the unknown weight. Then 500 6 5 w 1,600 The unknown is a mean and is equal to the product of the extremes, divided by the other mean: 6 3 1,600 500 w 5 19.2 w5

Answer:

A bag containing 1,600 nickels weighs 19.2 pounds.

PRACTICE TEST 1.

The ratio of 24 to 64 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

7.

to to to to

1 3 to is 4 5

3 3 4 4

to to to to

4 7 7 3

(B) (C) (D) 8.

$10.05 $11.20 $11.60 $11.75

1 7 A snapshot measures 2 inches by 1 2 8 inches. It is to be enlarged so that the longer dimension will be 4 inches. The length of the enlarged shorter dimension will be (A)

3 20 12 4

If there are 16 boys and 12 girls in a class, the ratio of the number of girls to the number of children in the class is (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

1 3 5 3

Two dozen cans of dog food at the rate of three cans for $1.45 would cost (A) (B) (C) (D)

8:11 3:11 8:3 3:8

The ratio of (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

8:3 24:100 3:8 64:100

The Baltimore Ravens won eight games and lost three. The ratio of games won to games played is (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

1 2 in. 2 3 in. 3 3 in. 8 None of these

Men’s white handkerchiefs cost $2.29 for three. The cost per dozen handkerchiefs is (A) (B) (C) (D)

$27.48 $13.74 $9.16 $6.87

259 is to 37 as (A) (B) (C) (D)

5 is to 1 63 is to 441 84 is to 12 130 is to 19

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 9.

A certain pole casts a shadow 24 feet long. At the same time another pole 3 feet high casts a shadow 4 feet long. How high is the first pole, given that the heights and shadows are in proportion? (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

11.

Aluminum bronze consists of copper and aluminum, usually in the ratio of 10:1 by weight. If an object made of this alloy weighs 77 pounds, how many pounds of aluminum does it contain? 7.7 7 70 62.3

It costs 31 cents per square foot to lay vinyl flooring. To lay 180 square feet of flooring, it will cost (A) (B) (C) (D)

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$16.20 $18.60 $55.80 $62.00

If a per diem worker earns $352 in sixteen days, the amount that he will earn in 117 days, at the same rate, is most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

1 The actual length represented by 3 2 inches on a drawing having a scale of 1 inch to the foot is 8 (A) 3.75 ft. (B) 28 ft. (C) 360 ft. (D) 120 ft.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 12.

18 19 20 21

13.

1 inch 8 equals 12 inches of actual length, the actual length in inches of a steel bar represented on the blueprint by a line 3 3 inches long is 4 Assuming that on a blueprint

(A) (B) (C) (D) 15.

$3,050 $2,575 $2,285 $2,080

3 3 4 30 450 360

A, B, and C invested $9,000, $7,000 and $6,000, respectively. Their profits were to be divided according to the ratio of their investment. If B uses his share of the firm’s profit of $825 to pay a personal debt of $230, how much will he have left? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$30.50 $32.50 $34.50 $36.50

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. C 2. A 3. C

4. B 5. C 6. C

7. B 8. C 9. A

10. B 11. B 12. C

13. B 14. D 15. B

1. The correct answer is (C). The ratio of 24 to 64 may be written 24:64 or

24 . In fraction 64

form, the ratio can be simplified: 24 3 5 or 3:8 64 8 2. The correct answer is (A). The number of games played was 3 1 8 5 11. The ratio of games won to games played is 8:1l. 3. The correct answer is (C). 1 3 1 3 : 5 4 4 5 4 5 1 5 5 3 4 3 5 5 12 5 5:12 4. The correct answer is (B). There are 16 1 12 5 28 children in the class. The ratio of number of girls to number of children is 12:28. 12 3 5 5 3 to 7 28 7 5. The correct answer is (C). The ratio

7 84 259 simplifies by 37 to . The ratio also 37 1 12

259 84 7 5 is a proportion. simplifies to . Therefore, 1 37 12 6. The correct answer is (C). The number of cans is proportional to the price. Let p represent the unknown price: 1.45 3 5 24 p p5

1.45 3 24 3

p5

34.80 3

5 $11.60

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8. The correct answer is (C). If p is the cost per dozen (12): 2.29 3 5 12 p 4 12 3 2.29 p5 3 1 5 $9.16 9. The correct answer is (A). If f is the height of the first pole, the proportion is: 3 f 5 24 4 6 24 3 3 f5 4 1 5 18 ft.

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5

y5

y 1 1 3 31 2 1 8

1 1 53 4 2 8 7 8 5 3 2 1 5 28 ft. 11. The correct answer is (B). Since only two parts of a proportion are known (77 pounds is total weight), the problem must be solved by the ratio method. The ratio 10:1 means that if the alloy were separated into equal parts, ten of those parts would be copper and one would be aluminum, for a total of 10 1 1 5 11 parts. 77 4 11 5 7 lb per part The alloy has one part aluminum. 7 3 1 5 7 lb aluminum 12. The correct answer is (C). The cost (c) is proportional to the number of square feet. 1 $.31 5 c 180 $.31 3 180 c5 1 5 $55.80 13. The correct answer is (B). The amount earned is proportional to the number of days worked. If a is the unknown amount: 16 $352 5 a 117 $352 3 117 a5 16 a 5 $2,574

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15. The correct answer is (B). The ratio of investment is: 9,000:7,000:6,000 or 9:7:6 9 1 7 1 6 5 22 $825 4 22 5 $37.50 each share of profit 7 3 $37.50 5 $262.50 B’s share of profit $262.50 2 230.00 $32.50 amount B has left

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WORK AND TANK WORK 1.

a.

In work problems, there are three items involved: the number of people working, the time spent working, and the amount of work done.

b.

The number of people working is directly proportional to the amount of work done; that is, the more people on the job, the more of the work will be done, and vice versa.

c.

The number of people working is inversely proportional to the time needed to finish the job; that is, the more people on the job, the less time it will take to finish it, and vice versa.

d.

The time expended on a job is directly proportional to the amount of work done; that is, the more time expended on a job, the more work that is done, and vice versa.

WORKING AT THE SAME RATES 2.

a.

When given the time required by a number of people working at same rates to complete a job, multiply the number of people by the time required to find the time required by one person to do the complete job. Example:

b.

When given the time required by 1 person to complete a job, to find the time required by a number of people working at equal rates to complete the same job, divide the time by the number of people. Example:

3.

If it takes 4 people working at equal rates 30 days to finish a job, then 1 person will take 30 3 4 = 120 days.

If 1 person can do a job in 20 days, it will take 4 people working at the same rate 20 4 4 = 5 days to finish.

To solve problems involving people who work at the same rates: a.

Multiply the number of people by the time to find the time required by 1 person.

b.

Divide this time by the number of people actually working. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

Four workers can do a job in 48 days. How long will it take 3 workers to finish the job? One worker can do the job in 48 3 4 = 192 days. Three workers can do the job in 192 4 3 5 64 days. It would take 3 workers 64 days.

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 4.

In some work problems, the rates, though unequal, can be equalized by comparison. To solve such problems: a.

Determine from the facts given how many equal rates there are.

b.

Multiply the number of equal rates by the time given.

c.

Divide this by the number of equal rates. Problem:

Three workers can do a job in 12 days. Two of the workers work twice as fast as the third. How long would it take one of the faster workers to do the job himself?

SOLUTION:

There are 2 fast workers and 1 slow worker. The amount of time required, therefore, would be the same as the amount of time required by 5 slow workers working at equal rates. One slow worker will take 12 3 5 = 60 days. One fast worker 5 2 slow workers; therefore he will take 60 4 2 = 30 days to complete the job.

Answer: 5.

Unit time is time expressed in terms of 1 minute, 1 hour, 1 day, etc.

6.

The rate at which a person works is the amount of work he can do in unit time.

7.

If given the time it will take one person to do a job, then the reciprocal of the time is the part done in unit time. 1 Example: If a worker can do a job in 6 days, then he can do of the work 6 in 1 day.

8.

The reciprocal of the work done in unit time is the time it will take to do the complete job. 3 Example: If a worker can do of the work in 1 day, then he can do the 7 1 7 whole job in , or 2 , days. 3 3

9.

If given the various times in which each of a number of people can complete a job, to find the time it will take to do the job if all work together: a.

Find the reciprocal of the time of each to find how much each can do in unit time.

b.

Add these reciprocals to find what part of the job all working together can do in unit time.

c.

Find the reciprocal of this sum to find the time it will take all of them together to do the whole job. Problem:

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If it takes A 3 days to dig a certain ditch, whereas B can dig it in 6 days, and C in 12, how long would it take all three to do the job together?

Solving Arithmetic Problems SOLUTION:

1 of the job in 1 day. 3 1 B can do it in 6 days; therefore he can do of the job in 1 day. 6 1 of the job in C can do it in 12 days; therefore, he can do 12 1 day. A can do it in 3 days; therefore, he can do

1 7 1 1 1 1 5 3 6 12 12 A, B, and C can do take them Answer: 10.

7 of the work in 1 day; therefore, it will 12

5 12 , or 1 , days to complete the job. 7 7

5 A, B, and C, working together, can complete the job in 1 days. 7

If given the total time it requires a number of people working together to complete a job, and the times of all but 1 are known, to find the missing time: a.

Find the reciprocal of the given times to find how much each can do in unit time.

b.

Add the reciprocals to find how much is done in unit time by those whose rates are known.

c.

Subtract this sum from the reciprocal of the total time to find the missing rate.

d.

Find the reciprocal of this rate to find the unknown time. Problem:

SOLUTION:

A, B, and C can do a job, working together, in 2 days. B can do it in 5 days, and C can do it in 4 days. How long would it take A to do it himself? 1 B can do it in 5 days; therefore he can do in 1 day. C can do 5 1 it in 4 days; therefore, he can do in 1 day. The part that can be 4 done by B and C together in 1 day is: 9 1 1 1 5 5 4 20 The total time is 2 days; therefore, all together can do

1 in 1 day. 2

9 1 1 2 5 2 20 20 A can do

1 in 1 day; therefore, he can do the whole job in 20

20 days. Answer:

It would take A 20 days to complete the job himself.

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In some work problems, certain values are given for the three factors—number of workers, the amount of work done, and the time. It is then usually required to find the changes that occur when one or two of the factors are given different values. One of the best methods of solving such problems is by directly making the necessary divisions and multiplications. In the following problem, it is easily seen that more workers will be required since more houses are to be built in a shorter time. Problem:

If 60 workers can build four houses in 12 months, how many workers would be required to build six houses in 4 months?

SOLUTION:

To build six houses instead of four in the same amount of time, 6 we would need of the number of workers. 4 6 3 60 5 90 4 Since we now have 4 months where previously we needed 12, we must triple the number of workers. 90 3 3 5 270

Answer:

270 workers will be needed to build six houses in 4 months.

TANK PROBLEMS 12.

Solving tank problems is similar to solving work problems. Completely filling (or emptying) a tank may be thought of as completing a job.

13.

If given the time it takes a pipe to fill or empty a tank, the reciprocal of the time will represent that part of the tank that is filled or emptied in unit time. 1 Example: If it takes a pipe 4 minutes to fill a tank, then of the tank is 4 filled in 1 minute.

14.

If given the part of a tank that a pipe or a combination of pipes can fill or empty in unit time, find the reciprocal of the part to find the total time required to fill or empty the whole tank. 5 2 Example: If a pipe can fill of a tank in 1 minute, then it will take , or 5 2 1 2 , minutes to fill the entire tank. 2

15.

To solve tank problems in which only one action (filling or emptying) is going on: a.

Find the reciprocal of the time of each pipe to find how much each can do in unit time.

b.

Add the reciprocals to find how much all can do in unit time.

c.

Find the reciprocal of this sum to find the total time. Problem:

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Pipe A can fill a tank in 3 minutes, whereas B can fill it in 4 minutes. How long would it take both pipes, working together, to fill it?

Solving Arithmetic Problems SOLUTION:

Answer: 16.

1 of the tank 3 in 1 minute. Pipe B can fill it in 4 minutes; therefore, it can fill 1 of the tank in 1 minute. 4 7 1 1 1 5 3 4 12 7 of the tank in 1 minute; therefore Pipe A and Pipe B can fill 12 5 12 they can fill the tank in , or 1 , minutes. 7 7 5 Pipes A and B, working together, can fill the tank in 1 minutes. 7 Pipe A can fill it in 3 minutes; therefore, it can fill

In problems in which both filling and emptying actions are occurring: a.

Determine which process has the faster rate.

b.

The difference between the filling rate and the emptying rate is the part of the tank that is actually being filled or emptied in unit time. The fraction representing the slower action is subtracted from the fraction representing the faster process. Problem:

SOLUTION:

A certain tank can be filled by Pipe A in 12 minutes. Pipe B can empty the tank in 18 minutes. If both pipes are open, how long will it take to fill or empty the tank? 1 of the tank in 1 minute. Pipe A fills 12 1 of the tank in 1 minute. Pipe B empties 18 3 1 5 12 36 2 1 5 18 36 1 1 is greater than , the tank will ultimately be filled. In 12 18 2 1 3 2 5 of the tank is actually filled. Therefore, 1 minute, 36 36 36 the tank will be completely filled in 36 minutes. Since

Answer:

It will take 36 minutes to completely fill the tank if both pipes are open.

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PRACTICE TEST 1.

2.

If 314 clerks filed 6,594 papers in 10 minutes, what is the number filed per minute by the average clerk?

at their respective rates of speed, the total number of hours required to carry out the entire assignment is

(A) (B) (C) (D)

(A)

(B) (C) (D)

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days days days days

140 240 260 560

7.

6 days 1 5 days 2 5 days 1 5 days 3

A stenographer has been assigned to place entries on 500 forms. She places entries on 25 forms by the end of half an hour, when she is joined by another stenographer. The second stenographer places entries at the rate of 45 an hour. Assuming that both stenographers continue to work

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1 5 2 1 6 2 7

145 155 160 165

A and B do a job together in 2 hours. Working alone, A does the job in 5 hours. How long will it take B to do the job alone? (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

5

If, in five days, a clerk can copy 125 pages, of thirty-six lines each, with eleven words to the line, how many pages of thirty lines each and twelve words to the line can he copy in six days? (A) (B) (C) (D)

If it takes 4 days for three machines to do a certain job, it will take two machines (A)

5.

48 45 43 44

A clerk is requested to file 800 cards. If he can file cards at the rate of 80 cards an hour, the number of cards remaining to be filed after 7 hours of work is (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

(B)

Four men working together can dig a ditch in 42 days. They begin, but 1 man works only half-days. How long will it take to complete the job? (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

2 2.4 2.1 2.5

1 3 hours 3 1 2 hours 4 3 hours 2 hours

A stenographer transcribes her notes at the rate of one line typed in 10 seconds. At this rate, how long (in minutes and seconds) will it take her to transcribe notes, which will require seven pages of typing, twenty-five lines to the page? (A) (B) (C) (D)

29 17 40 20

min min min min

10 50 10 30

sec sec sec sec

Solving Arithmetic Problems 9.

A group of 5 clerks has been assigned to insert 24,000 letters into envelopes. The clerks perform this work at the following rates of speed: Clerk A, 1,100 letters an hour; Clerk B, 1,450 letters an hour; Clerk C, 1,200 letters an hour; Clerk D, 1,300 letters an hour; Clerk E, 1,250 letters an hour. At the end of 2 hours of work, Clerks C and D are assigned to another task. From the time that clerks C and D were taken off the assignment, the number of hours required for the remaining clerks to complete this assignment is (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

If a certain job can be performed by 18 workers in 26 days, the number of workers needed to perform the job in 12 days is (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

24 30 39 52

A steam shovel excavates 2 cubic yards every 40 seconds. At this rate, the amount excavated in 45 minutes is (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

less than 3 hours 3 hours more than 3 hours, but less than 4 hours more than 4 hours

90 cu. yd. 135 cu. yd. 900 cu. yd. 3,600 cu. yd.

If a plant making bricks turns out 1,250 bricks in 5 days, the number of bricks that can be made in 20 days is (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

3 full. Pipe A can fill the 4 tank in 12 minutes. Pipe B can empty it in 8 minutes. If both pipes are open, how long will it take to empty the tank? A tank is

(A) (B) (C) (D) 14.

min. min. min. min.

A tank that holds 400 gallons of water can be filled by one pipe in 15 minutes and emptied by another in 40 minutes. How long would it take to fill the tank if both pipes were open? (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

14 22 16 18

20 21 23 24

min. min. min. min.

An oil burner in a housing development burns 76 gallons of fuel oil per hour. At 9 a.m. on a very cold day, the superintendent asks the housing manager to put in an emergency order for more fuel oil. At that time, he reports that he has on hand 266 gallons. At noon, he again comes to the manager, notifying him than no oil has been delivered. The maximum amount of time that he can continue to furnish heat without receiving more oil is (A) (B) (C) (D)

1 hour 2 1 hour 1 1 hours 2 2 hours

5,000 6,250 12,500 25,000

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. C 2. A 3. B

4. A 5. B 6. D

7. A 8. A 9. B

10. C 11. B 12. A

13. D 14. D 15. A

1. The correct answer is (C). 6,594 papers 4 314 clerks 5 21 papers per clerk in 10 minutes 21 papers 4 10 minutes 5 2.1 papers per minute filed by the average clerk 2. The correct answer is (A). It would take 1 man 42 3 4 5 168 days to complete the job, 1 working alone. If 3 men are working (1 man works half-days, the other 3 work full 2 1 days), the job would take 168 4 3 5 48 days. 2 3. The correct answer is (B). In 7 hours, the clerk files 7 3 80 5 560 cards. Since 800 cards must be filed, there are 800 2 560 5 240 remaining. 4. The correct answer is (A). It would take one machine 3 3 4 5 12 days to do the job. Two machines could do the job in 12 4 2 5 6 days. 5. The correct answer is (B). At the end of the first half-hour, there are 500 2 25 5 475 forms remaining. If the first stenographer completed 25 forms in half an hour, her rate is 25 3 2 5 50 forms per hour. The combined rate of the two stenographers is 50 1 45 5 95 forms per hour. The remaining can be completed in 475 4 95 5 5 hours. Adding the 1 first half-hour, the entire job requires 5 hours. 2 6. The correct answer is (D). 36 lines 3 11 words 5 396 words on each page, 125 pages 3 396 words 5 49,500 words in 5 days. 49,500 4 5 5 9,900 words in 1 day 12 words 3 30 lines 5 360 words on each page 1 9,900 4 360 5 27 pages in 1 day 2 1 27 36 5 165 pages in 6 days. 2 1 of the job 5 in 1 hour. Working together, A and B can do the job in 2 hours, therefore in 1 hour they 1 do the job. In 1 hour, B alone does 2

7. The correct answer is (A). If A can do the job alone in 5 hours, A can do

5 2 1 1 2 5 2 2 5 10 10 3 5 10 It would take B

1 10 hours 5 3 hours to do the whole job alone. 3 3

8. The correct answer is (A). She must type 7 3 25 5 175 lines. At the rate of 1 line per 10 seconds, it will take 175 3 10 5 1,750 seconds. 1,750 seconds 4 60 5 29 min. 10 sec.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 9. The correct answer is (B).

Clerk

Number of Letters per hour

A B C D E

1,100 1,450 1,200 1,300 11,250

Total

6,300

All 5 clerks working together process a total of 6,300 letters per hour. After 2 hours, they have processed 6,300 3 2 5 12,600. Of the original 24,000 letters, there are 24,000 2 12,600 11,400 letters remaining Clerks A, B, and E working together process a total of 3,800 letters per hour. It will take them 11,400 4 3,800 5 3 hours to process the remaining letters. 10. The correct answer is (C). The job could be performed by 1 worker in 18 3 26 days 5 468 days. To perform the job in 12 days would require 468 4 12 5 39 workers. 11. The correct answer is (B). The shovel excavates 1 cubic yard in 20 seconds. There are 45 3 60 5 2,700 seconds in 45 minutes. In 2,700 seconds, the shovel can excavate 2,700 4 20 5 135 cu. yd. 12. The correct answer is (A). In 20 days, the plant can produce four times as many bricks as in 5 days. 1,250 3 4 5 5,000 bricks 13. The correct answer is (D). Pipe A can fill the tank in 12 min or fill

1 of the tank in 12

1 of the tank in 1 minute. In 8 1 1 1 1 of the tank is emptied (since is greater than ). 1 minute, 2 8 12 8 12 1 minute. Pipe B can empty the tank in 8 minutes or empty

1 5 8 2

3 24

2 1 52 24 12 1 of the tank is emptied per minute 24

It would take 24 minutes to empty the whole tank, but it is only

3 full: 4

6 3 3 24 5 18 minutes 4 1

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14. The correct answer is (D). The first pipe can fill

8 1 5 15 120 3 1 52 40 120 1 5 5 120 24 In 1 minute,

1 of the tank is filled; therefore it will take 24 minutes for the entire tank 24

to be filled. 15.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems

DISTANCE 1.

In distance problems, there are usually three quantities involved; the distance (in miles), the rate (in miles per hour—mph), and the time (in hours). a.

To find the distance, multiply the rate by the time. Example:

b.

The rate is the distance traveled in unit time. To find the rate, divide the distance by the time. Example:

c.

A man traveling 40 miles an hour for 3 hours travels 40 3 3 = 120 miles.

If a car travels 100 miles in 4 hours, the rate is 100 4 4 = 25 miles an hour.

To find the time, divide the distance by the rate. Example:

If a car travels 150 miles at the rate of 30 miles an hour, the travel time is 150 4 30 = 5 hours.

COMBINED RATES 2.

3.

a.

When 2 people or objects are traveling towards each other, the rate at which they are approaching each other is the sum of their respective rates.

b.

When 2 people or objects are traveling in directly opposite directions, the rate at which they are separating is the sum of their respective rates.

To solve problems involving combined rates: a.

Determine which of the three factors is to be found.

b.

Combine the rates and find the unknown factor. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer: Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer:

A and B are walking towards each other over a road 120 miles long. A walks at a rate of 6 miles an hour, and B walks at a rate of 4 miles an hour. How soon will they meet? The factor to be found is the time. Time 5 Distance 4 Rate Distance 5 120 miles Rate 5 6 1 4 5 10 miles an hour Time 5 120 4 10 5 12 hours They will meet in 12 hours. Joe and Sam are walking in opposite directions. Joe walks at the rate of 5 miles an hour, and Sam walks at the rate of 7 miles an hour. How far apart will they be at the end of 3 hours? The factor to be found is distance. Distance 5 Time 3 Rate Time 5 3 hours Rate 5 5 1 7 5 12 miles an hour Distance 5 12 3 3 5 36 miles They will be 36 miles apart at the end of 3 hours.

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To find the time it takes a faster person or object to catch up with a slower person or object: a.

Determine how far ahead the slower person or object is.

b.

Subtract the slower rate from the faster rate to find the gain in rate per unit time.

c.

Divide the distance that has been gained by the difference in rates. Problem:

Two automobiles are traveling along the same road. The first one, which travels at the rate of 30 miles an hour, starts out 6 hours ahead of the second one, which travels at the rate of 50 miles an hour. How long will it take the second one to catch up with the first one?

SOLUTION:

The first automobile starts out 6 hours ahead of the second. Its rate is 30 miles an hour. Therefore, it has traveled 6 3 30 = 180 miles by the time the second one starts. The second automobile travels at the rate of 50 miles an hour. Therefore, its gain is 50 2 30 = 20 miles an hour. The second auto has to catch up 180 miles. Therefore, it will take 180 4 20 = 9 hours to catch up with the first automobile.

Answer:

It will take the faster auto 9 hours to catch up with the slower one.

AVERAGE OF TWO RATES 5.

In some problems, two or more rates must be averaged. When the times are the same for two or more different rates, add the rates and divide by the number of rates. Example:

6.

When the times are not the same, but the distances are the same: a.

Assume the distance to be a convenient length.

b.

Find the time at the first rate.

c.

Find the time at the second rate.

d.

Find the time at the third rate, if any.

e.

Add up all the distances and divide by the total time to find the average rate. Problem:

A boy travels a certain distance at the rate of 20 miles an hour and returns at the rate of 30 miles an hour. What is his average rate for both trips?

SOLUTION:

The distance is the same for both trips. Assume that it is 60 miles. The time for the first trip is 60 4 20 5 3 hours. The time for the second trip is 60 4 30 5 2 hours. The total distance is 120 miles. The total time is 5 hours. Average rate is 120 4 5 5 24 miles an hour.

Answer:

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If a man travels for 2 hours at 30 miles an hour, at 40 miles an hour for the next 2 hours, and at 50 miles an hour for the next 2 hours, then his average rate for the 6 hours is (30 1 40 1 50) 4 3 5 40 miles an hour.

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The average rate is 24 miles an hour.

Solving Arithmetic Problems 7.

When the times are not the same and the distances are not the same: a.

Find the time for the first distance.

b.

Find the time for the second distance.

c.

Find the time for the third distance, if any.

d.

Add up all the distances and divide by the total time to find the average rate. Problem:

A man travels 100 miles at 20 miles an hour, 60 miles at 30 miles an hour, and 80 miles at 10 miles an hour. What is his average rate for the three trips?

SOLUTION:

The time for the first trip is 100 4 20 5 5 hours. The time for the second trip is 60 4 30 5 2 hours. The time for the third trip is 80 4 10 5 8 hours. The total distance is 240 miles. The total time is 15 hours. Average rate is 240 4 15 5 16 miles an hour.

Answer:

The average rate for the three trips is 16 miles an hour.

GASOLINE PROBLEMS 8.

Problems involving miles per gallon (mpg) of gasoline are solved in the same way as those involving miles per hour. The word “gallon” simply replaces the word “hour.”

9.

Miles per gallon 5 Distance in miles 4 No. of gallons. Example:

If a car can travel 100 miles using 4 gallons of gasoline, then its gasoline consumption is 100 4 4 = 25 mpg.

PRACTICE TEST 1.

A ten-car train took 6 minutes to travel between two stations that are 3 miles apart. The average speed of the train was (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

20 25 30 35

mph mph mph mph

A police car is ordered to report to the scene of a crime 5 miles away. If the car travels at an average rate of 40 miles per hour, then the time it will take to reach its destination is (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

3 min. 7.5 min. 10 min. 13.5 min.

If the average speed of a train between two stations is 30 miles per 1 hour and the two stations are mile 2 apart, then the time it takes the train to travel from one station to the other is (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

1 2 3 4

min. min. min. min.

A car completes a 10-mile trip in 20 minutes. If it does one half the distance at a speed of 20 miles an hour, then its speed for the remainder of the distance must be (A) (B) (C) (D)

30 40 50 60

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An express train leaves one station at 9:02 and arrives at the next station at 1 9:08. If the distance traveled is 2 2 miles, the average speed of the train is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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11.

min. min. min. min.

20 30 40 50

min. min. min. min.

A car began a trip with 12 gallons of gasoline in the tank and ended with 1 7 gallons. The car traveled 17.3 2 miles for each gallon of gasoline. During the trip, gasoline was bought for $10, at a cost of $1.25 per gallon. The total number of miles traveled during this trip was most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

1 mph 2 1 mph 2 mph 3 mph

If a vehicle is to complete a 20-mile trip at an average rate of 30 miles per hour, it must complete the trip in (A) (B) (C) (D)

$10 more than Brand A. $10 less than Brand A. $100 more than Brand A. the same as Brand A.

18 22 32 38

The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth Rock, a distance of approximately 2,800 miles, in 63 days. The average speed was closest to which one of the following? (A)

mph mph mph mph

A suspect arrested in New Jersey is being turned over by New Jersey authorities to 2 New York City police officers for a crime committed in New York City. The New York City officers receive their prisoner at a 1 point 18 miles from their precinct 2 station house, and travel directly toward their destination at an average speed of 40 miles an hour except for a delay of 10 minutes at one point because of a traffic tie-up. The time it should take the officers to reach their destination is most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

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40 48 50 60

A city has been testing various types of gasoline for economy and efficiency. It has been found that a police radio patrol car can travel 18 miles on a gallon of Brand A gasoline, costing $1.30 a gallon, and 15 miles on a gallon of Brand B gasoline, costing $1.25 a gallon. For a distance of 900 miles, Brand B will cost (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

mph mph mph mph

A motorist averaged 60 miles per hour in going a distance of 240 miles. He made the return trip over the same distance in 6 hours. What was his average speed for the entire trip? (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

15 20 25 30

9.

79 196 216 229

A man travels a total of 4.2 miles each day to and from work. The traveling consumes 72 minutes each day. How many hours (to the nearest hundredth of an hour) would he save in 129 working days if he moved to another residence so that he would travel only 1.7 miles each day, assuming he travels at the same rate? (A) (B) (C) (D)

92.11 93.62 95.35 98.08

hours hours hours hours

Solving Arithmetic Problems 13.

A man can travel a certain distance at the rate of 25 miles an hour by automobile. He walks back the same distance on foot at the rate of 10 miles an hour. What is his average rate for both trips? (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

2 14 mph 7 1 15 mph 3 1 17 mph 2 35 mph

15.

Two ships are 1,550 miles apart sailing towards each other. One sails at the rate of 85 miles per day and the other at 65 miles per day. How far apart will they be at the end of nine days? (A) (B) (C) (D)

180 200 220 240

mi. mi. mi. mi.

Two trains running on the same track travel at the rates of 25 and 30 miles an hour. If the first train starts out an hour earlier, how long will it take the second train to catch up with it? (A) (B) (C) (D)

2 3 4 5

hr. hr. hr. hr.

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. C 2. B 3. A

4. D 5. C 6. B

7. A 8. D 9. C

10. C 11. C 12. A

13. A 14. D 15. B

1. The correct answer is (C). 6 6 min 5 hr 5 .1 hr 60 Speed ~Rate! 5 Distance 4 Time Speed 5 3 4 .1 5 30 mph 2. The correct answer is (B). Time 5 Distance 4 Rate Time 5 5 4 40 5 .125 hr .125 hr 5 .125 3 60 min 5 7.5 min. 3. The correct answer is (A). Time 5 Distance 4 Rate 1 mi 4 30 mph 2 1 5 60

Time 5

1 hr 5 1min. 60 4. The correct answer is (D). First part of trip 5

1 of 10 miles 5 5 miles 2

Time for first part 5 5 4 20 1 5 hour 4 5 15 minutes Second part of trip was 5 miles, completed in 20 2 15 minutes = 5 minutes. 1 5 minutes 5 hour 12 1 Rate 5 5 mi 4 hr 12 5 60 mph 5. The correct answer is (C). Time is 6 minutes, or .1 hour Speed 5 Distance 4 Time 1 5 2 4 .1 2 5 2.5 4 .1 5 25 mph

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 6. The correct answer is (B). Time for first 240 mi 5 240 4 60 5 4 hours Time for return trip 5 6 hours Total time for round trip 5 10 hours Total distance for round trip 5 480 mi Average rate 5 480 mi 4 10 hr 5 48 mph 7. The correct answer is (A). Brand A requires 900 4 18 5 50 gal 50 gal 3 $1.30 per gal 5 $65 Brand B requires 900 4 15 5 60 gal 60 gal 3 $1.25 per gal 5 $75 Brand B will cost $10 more than Brand A. 8. The correct answer is (D). Time 5 Distance 4 Rate Time 5 18.5 mi 4 40 mph 5 .4625 hours 5 .4625 3 60 minutes 5 27.75 minutes 27.75 1 10 5 37.75 minutes So the correct answer is (D), 38 min. 9. The correct answer is (C). 63 days 5 63 3 24 hours 5 1,512 hours Speed 5 2,800 mi 4 1,512 hr 5 1.85 mph The correct answer is (C), 2 mph. 10. The correct answer is (C). Time 5 20 mi 4 30 mph 2 5 hr 3 2 2 hr 5 3 60 min 5 40 min 3 3 11. The correct answer is (C). The car used 1 1 12 2 7 5 4 gal, plus 2 2 $10.00 4 $1.25 5 8 gal 1 gal, or 12.5 gal. 2 12.5 gal 3 17.3 mpg 5 216.25 mi

for a total of 12

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 12. The correct answer is (A). 72 72 min 5 hr 5 1.2 hr 60 Rate 5 4.2 mi 4 1.2 hr 53.5 mph At this rate it would take 1.7 mi 4 3.5 mph 5 .486 hours (approx.) to travel 1.7 miles. The daily savings in time is 1.2 hr 2 .486 hr 5 .714 hr .714 hr 3 129 days 5 92.106 hr The correct answer is (A), 92.11 hr 13. The correct answer is (A). Assume a convenient distance, say, 50 mi. Time by automobile 5 50 mi 4 25 mph 5 2 hr Time walking 5 50 mi 4 10 mph 5 5 hr Total time 5 7 hours Total distance 5 100 mi Average rate 5 100 mi 4 7 hr 2 5 14 mph 7 14. The correct answer is (D). 30 mi 2 25 mi 5 5 mi gain per 1 hr. During the first hour, the first train travels 25 miles. 25 mi 4 5 mph 5 5 hr 15. The correct answer is (B). 85 mi 3 9 days 5 765 mi 65 mi 3 9 days 5 585 mi 1,350 mi 1,550 mi 2 1,350 mi 5 200 miles apart at the end of nine days.

INTEREST 1.

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Interest (I) is the price paid for the use of money. There are three items considered in interest problems: a.

The principal (p), which is the amount of money bearing interest.

b.

The interest rate (r), expressed in percent on an annual basis.

c.

The time (t) during which the principal is used, expressed in terms of a year.

The basic formulas used in interest problems are: a.

I 5 prt

b.

p5

I rt

c.

r5

I pt

d.

t5

I pr

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 3.

a.

For most interest problems, the year is considered to have 360 days. Months are considered to have thirty days, unless a particular month is specified.

b.

To use the interest formulas, time must be expressed as part of a year. Examples:

c.

5 year 12 1 36 year, or year 36 days 5 360 10 15 1 year 3 months 5 year 12 5 months 5

In reference to time, the prefix “semi” means “every half.” The prefix “bi” means “every two.” Examples:

Semiannually means every half-year (every six months). Biannually means every two years. Semimonthly means every half-month (every fifteen days, unless the month is specified). Biweekly means every two weeks (every fourteen days).

4.

There are two types of interest problems: a. Simple interest, in which the interest is calculated only once over a given period of time. b.

Compound interest, in which interest is recalculated at given time periods based on previously earned interest.

SIMPLE INTEREST 5.

To find the interest when the principal, rate, and time are given: a.

Rename the interest rate as a fraction.

b.

Express the time as a fractional part of a year.

c.

Multiply all three items. Problem:

SOLUTION:

1 Find the interest on $400 at 11 % for three months and sixteen 4 days. 45 45 1 11 % 5 % 5 4 4 400 3 months and 16 days 5 106 days (30 days per month) 53 106 of a year 5 year ~360 days per year! 106 days 5 360 180 1 1 53 53 45 3 5 400 3 400 180 4 1 4 5 13.25

Answer:

Interest 5 $13.25

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To find the principal if the interest, interest rate, and time are given: a.

Rename the interest rate as a fraction.

b.

Express the time as a fractional part of year.

c.

Multiply the rate by the time.

d.

Divide the interest by this product. Problem:

SOLUTION:

What amount of money invested at 6% would receive interest of 1 $18 over 1 years? 2 6 100 3 1 1 years 5 years 2 2 3 6 3 9 3 5 100 2 100 1 2 9 100 5 $18 3 $18 4 100 9 1 5 $200 6% 5

Answer: 7.

Principal 5 $200

To find the rate if the principal, time, and interest are given: a.

Express the time as a fractional part of a year.

b.

Multiply the principal by the time.

c.

Divide the interest by this product.

d.

Rename as a percent. Problem:

SOLUTION:

At what interest rate should $300 be invested for forty days to accrue $2 in interest? 40 days 5

40 of a year 360

20 5 40 100 300 3 5 360 3 6 3 1 100 3 $2 4 523 3 100 50 3 5 50 3 5 6% 50 Answer:

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Interest rate 5 6%

Solving Arithmetic Problems 8.

To find the time (in years) if the principal, interest, and interest rate are given: a.

Rename the interest rate as a fraction (or decimal).

b.

Multiply the principal by the rate.

c.

Divide the interest by this product. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer:

Find the length of time for which $240 must be invested at 5% to accrue $16 in interest. 5% 5 .05 240 3 .05 5 12 1 16 4 12 5 1 3 1 Time 5 1 years 3

COMPOUND INTEREST 9.

Interest may be computed on a compound basis; that is, the interest at the end of a certain period (half year, full year, or whatever time stipulated) is added to the principal for the next period. The interest is then computed on the new increased principal, and for the next period the interest is again computed on the new increased principal. Since the principal constantly increases, compound interest yields more than simple interest.

10.

To find the compound interest when given the principal, the rate, and time period: a.

Calculate the interest as for simple interest problems, using the period of compounding for the time.

b.

Add the interest to the principal.

c.

Calculate the interest on the new principal over the period of compounding.

d.

Add this interest to form a new principal.

e.

Continue the same procedure until all periods required have been accounted for.

f.

Subtract the original principal from the final principal to find the compound interest. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer:

Find the amount that $200 will become if compounded 1 semiannually at 8% for 1 years. 2 1 Since it is to be compounded semiannually for 1 years, the 2 interest will have to be computed three times. 1 Interest for the first period: .08 3 3 $200 5 $8 2 First new principal: $200 1 $8 5 $208 1 Interest for the second period: .08 3 3 $208 5 $8.32 2 Second new principal: $208 1 $8.32 5 $216.32 1 Interest for the third period: .08 3 3 $216.32 5 $8.6528 2 Final principal: $216.32 1 $8.6528 5 $224.9728 $224.97 to the nearest cent

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A promissory note is a commitment to pay a certain amount of money on a given date, called the date of maturity.

12.

When a promissory note is cashed by a bank in advance of its date of maturity, the bank deducts a discount from the principal and pays the rest to the depositor.

13.

To find the bank discount: a.

Find the time between the date the note is deposited and its date of maturity, and express this time as a fractional part of a year.

b.

Rename the rate as a fraction.

c.

Multiply the principal by the time and the rate to find the bank discount.

d.

If required, subtract the bank discount from the original principal to find the amount the bank will pay the depositor. Problem:

A $400 note drawn up on August 12, 2004, for ninety days is deposited at a bank on September 17, 2004. The bank charges a 1 6 % discount on notes. How much will the depositor receive? 2

SOLUTION:

From August 12, 2004 to September 17, 2004, is thirty-six days. This means that the note has fifty-four days to run. 54 54 days 5 of a year 360 13 13 1 6 %5 %5 2 2 200 54 39 13 5 3 $400 3 200 360 10 5 $3.90 $400 2 $3.90 5 $396.10

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The depositor will receive $396.10

Solving Arithmetic Problems

PRACTICE TEST 1.

2.

What is the simple interest on $460 1 for two years at 8 %? 2 (A) $46.00 (B) $52.75 (C) $78.20 (D) $96.00

(B) (C) (D)

$ 9.50 $10.50 $13.25 $14.25

The interest on $300 at 6% for ten days is (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

$250 $500 $625 $650

9.

$ .50 $1.50 $2.50 $5.50

$2.16 $21.60 $ .22 $0.00

What is the compound interest on $600, compounded quarterly, at 6% for nine months? (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

$3,000 $3,300 $2,000 $2,300

When the principal is $600, the difference over the course of one year between simple interest at 12% per annum and interest compounded semiannually at 12% per annum is (A) (B) (C) (D)

1 Find the interest on $480 at 10 % for 2 two months and fifteen days. (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

8.

At a simple interest rate of 5% a year, the principal that will give $12.50 interest in six months is (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

1 % 5 12% 24% 2%

If $300 is invested at simple interest so as to yield a return of $18 in nine months, the amount of money that must be invested at the same rate of interest so as to yield a return of $120 in six months is (A) (B) (C) (D)

For borrowing $300 for one month, a man was charged $6. The rate of interest was (A)

3.

7.

$27.38 $27.40 $27.41 $27.42

A ninety-day note for $1,200 is signed on May 12. Seventy-five days later the note is deposited at a bank that charges 8% discount on notes. The bank discount is (A) (B) (C) (D)

$8.40 $2.60 $2.00 $4.00

The scholarship board of a certain college lent a student $200 at an annual rate of 6% from September 30 until December 15. To repay the loan and accumulated interest, the student must give the college an amount closest to which one of the following? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$202.50 $203.00 $203.50 $212.00

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. C 2. C

3. B 4. B

5. A 6. A

7. A 8. A

1. The correct answer is (C). Principal 5 $460 1 Rate 5 8 % 5 .085 2 Time 5 2 years Interest 5 $460 3 .085 3 2 5 $78.20 2. The correct answer is (C). Principal 5 $300 Interest 5 $6 1 Time 5 year 12 1 5 $25 $300 3 12 $6 4 $25 5 .24 5 24% 3. The correct answer is (B). Rate 5 5% 5 .05 Interest 5 $12.50 1 Time 5 year 2 1 .05 3 5 .025 2 $12.50 4 .025 5 $500 4. The correct answer is (B). Time = 2 months 15 days 5 75 days or

75 of a year 360

21 21 1 % Rate = 10 % 5 % 5 2 2 200 75 21 21 3 5 5 $10.50 Interest = 480 3 200 360 2 5. The correct answer is (A). Principal 5 $300 6 Rate 5 .06 5 100 Time 5

1 10 5 360 36

1 3 6 1 Interest 5 $300 3 3 100 36 1 6 3 5 5 $.50 6

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 6. The correct answer is (A). Principal 5 $200 6 Rate 5 .06 5 100 Time from Sept. 30 until Dec. 15 is 76 days. (31 days in October, 30 days in November, 15 days in December) 76 76 days 5 year 360 1 2 6 76 Interest 5 $200 3 3 100 360 1 60 152 5$ 5 $2.53 60 $200 1 $2.53 5 $202.53 The correct answer is (A), $202.50. 7. The correct answer is (A). Principal 5 $300 Interest 5 $18 9 3 Time 5 years 5 year 12 4 3 $300 3 5 $225 4 $18 4 225 5 .08 Rate is 8% To yield $120 at 8% in 6 months: Interest 5 $120 Rate 5 .08 1 Time 5 year 2 1 .08 3 5 .04 2 $120 4 .04 5 $3,000 must be invested 8. The correct answer is (A). Simple interest: Principal 5 $600 Rate 5 .12 Time 5 1 year Interest 5 $600 3 .12 3 1 5 $72.00 Compound Interest: Principal 5 $600 1 Period of compounding 5 year 2 Rate 5 .12

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1 2

5 $36 New principal 5 $600 1 $36 5 $636 For the second period, Interest 5 $636 3 .12 3

1 2

5 $38.16 New principal 5 $636 1 $38.16 5 $674.16 Total interest 5 $74.16 Difference 5 $74.16 2 $72.00 5 $2.16 9. The correct answer is (C). Principal 5 $600 6 Rate 5 6% 5 100 Time (period of 1 3 compounding) 5 year 5 year 12 4 In 9 months, the interest will be computed 3 times. For the first quarter, Interest 5 $600 3

1 6 3 100 4

5 $9 New principal at end of first quarter: $600 1 $9 5 $609 For second quarter, Interest 5 $609 3

6 1 3 100 4

3654 5 $9.135, or $9.14 400

5$

New principal at end of second quarter: $609 1 $9.14 5 $618.14 For third quarter, 6 1 Interest 5 $618.14 3 3 100 4 3708.84 5$ 400 5 $9.27 Total interest for the 3 quarters: $9 1 $9.14 1 $9.27 5 $27.41

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 10. The correct answer is (D). Principal 5 $1,200 Time 5 90 days 2 75 days 5 15 days 15 15 days 5 year 360 8 Rate 5 8% 5 100 1 12 8 15 Bank discount 5 $1,200 3 3 100 360 1 45 180 5$ 5 $4 45

TAXATION 1.

The following facts should be taken into consideration when solving taxation problems: a.

Taxes may be expressed as a percent or in terms of money based on a certain denomination.

b.

A surtax is an additional tax besides the regular tax rate in percent.

2.

In taxation, there are usually three items involved: the amount taxable, which is called the base, the tax rate, and the tax itself.

3.

To find the tax when given the base and the tax rate in percent: a.

Rename the tax rate as a decimal.

b.

Multiply the base by the tax rate. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

4.

15% 5 .15 $4,000 3 .15 5 $600 Tax 5 $600

To find the tax rate in percent form when given the base and the tax: a.

Divide the tax by the base.

b.

Rename as a percent. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

5.

How much would be realized on $4,000 if taxed at 15%?

Find the tax rate at which $5,600 would yield $784. $784 4 $5,600 5 .14 .14 5 14% Tax rate 5 14%

To find the base when given the tax rate and the tax: a.

Rename the tax rate as a decimal.

b.

Divide the tax by the tax rate. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

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When the tax rate is fixed and expressed in terms of money, take into consideration the denomination upon which it is based; that is, consider whether it is based on every $100, or $1,000, etc.

7.

To find the tax when given the base and tax rate in terms of money: a.

Divide the base by the denomination upon which the tax rate is based.

b.

Multiply this quotient by the tax rate. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

8.

$475,500 4 $1,000 5 470.5 470.5 3 $3.60 5 $1,693.80 $1,693.80

To find the tax rate based on a certain denomination when given the base and the tax derived: a.

Divide the base by the denomination indicated.

b.

Divide the tax by this quotient. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

9.

If the tax rate is $3.60 per $1,000, find the tax on $470,500.

Find the tax rate per $100 that would be required to raise $350,000 on $2,000,000 of taxable property. $2,000,000 4 $100 5 $20,000 $350,000 4 20,000 5 $17.50 Tax rate 5 $17.50 per $100

Since a surtax is an additional tax besides the regular tax, to find the total tax: a.

Rename the regular tax rate as a decimal.

b.

Multiply the base by the regular tax rate.

c.

Rename the surtax rate as a decimal.

d.

Multiply the base by the surtax rate.

e.

Add both taxes. Problem:

SOLUTION:

1 Assuming that the tax rate is 2 % on liquors costing up to $3, 3 1 and 3% on those costing from $3 to $6, and 3 % on those from 2 $6 to $10, what would be that tax on a bottle costing $8 if there is a surtax of 5% on all liquors above $5? An $8 bottle falls within the category of $6 to $10. The tax rate on such a bottle is 1 3 % 5 .035 2 $8.00 3 .035 5 $.28 surtax rate 5 5% 5 .05 $8.00 3 .05 5 $.40 $.28 1 $.40 5 $.68

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Total tax 5 $.68

Solving Arithmetic Problems

PRACTICE TEST 1.

Mr. Jones’ income for a year is $15,000. He pays $2,250 for income taxes. The percent of his income that he pays for income taxes is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

(C) (D)

8.

4% 5% 1 4 % 2 1 5 % 2

$31.25 per $1,000 $3.45 per $100 32¢ per $10 3¢ per $1

A certain community needs $185,090.62 to cover its expenses. If its tax rate is $1.43 per $100 of assessed valuation, what must be the assessed value of its property? (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

$180.29 $184.32 $190.10 $192.29

Of the following real estate tax rates, which is the greatest? (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

$109 $112 $109.68 $112.68

$30,000 of land is assessed at 120% of its value. If the tax rate is $5.12 per $1,000 assessed valuation, the amount of tax to be paid is (A) (B) (C) (D)

43¢ 44¢ 45¢ 46¢

What tax rate on a base of $3,650 would raise $164.25? (A) (B)

7.

$1.08 $1.90 $1.95 $1.82

A man buys an electric light bulb for 54¢, which includes a 20% tax. What is the cost of the bulb without the tax?

A piece of property is assessed at $22,850 and the tax rate is $4.80 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. What is the amount of tax that must be paid on the property? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$1,800 $1,840 $1,850 $1,860

What is the tax rate per $1,000 if a base of $338,500 would yield $616.07? (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

9% 12% 15% 22%

1 If the tax rate is 3 % and the amount 2 to be raised is $64.40, what is the base? (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

$12,900,005 $12,943,400 $12,940,000 $12,840,535

A man’s taxable income is $14,280. The state tax instructions tell him to pay 2% on the first $3,000 of his taxable income, 3% on each of the second and third $3,000, and 4% on the remainder. What is the total amount of income tax that he must pay? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$265.40 $309.32 $451.20 $454.62

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. C 2. B

3. D 4. C

5. C 6. C

7. B 8. B

9. B 10. C

1. The correct answer is (C). Tax 5 $2,250 Base 5 $15,000 Tax Rate 5 Tax 4 Base Tax Rate 5 $2,250 4 $15,000 5 .15 Tax rate 5 .15 5 15% 2. The correct answer is (B). 1 Tax Rate 5 3 % 5 .035 2 Tax 5 $64.40 Base 5 Tax 4 Tax rate Base 5 $64.40 4 .035 5 $1,840 3. The correct answer is (D). Base 5 $338,500 Tax 5 $616.07 Denomination 5 $1,000 $338,500 4 $1,000 5 338.50 $616.07 4 338.50 5 $1.82 per $1,000 4. The correct answer is (C). 54¢ is 120% of the base (cost without tax). Base 5 54 4 120% 5 54 4 1.20 5 45¢ 5. The correct answer is (C). Base 5 $3,650 Tax 5 $164.25 Tax rate 5 Tax 4 Base 5 $164.25 4 $3,650 5 .045 1 54 % 2 6. The correct answer is (C). Base 5 $22,850 Denomination 5 $1,000 Tax rate 5 $4.80 per thousand $22,850 5 22.85 $1,000 22.85 3 $4.80 5 $109.68

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 7. The correct answer is (B). Base 5 Assessed valuation 5 120% of $30,000 5 1.20 3 $30,000 5 $36,000 Denomination 5 $1,000 Tax rate 5 $5.12 per thousand $36,000 5 36 $1,000 36 3 $5.12 5 $184.32 8. The correct answer is (B). Express each tax rate as a decimal: 31.25 $31.25 per $1,000 5 5 .03125 1,000 3.45 $3.45 per $100 5 5 .0345 100 .32 32¢ per $10 5 5 .0320 10 .03 3¢ per $1 5 5 .0300 1 The greatest decimal is .0345 So the correct answer is (B), $3.45 per $1,000. 9. The correct answer is (B). Tax rate 5 $1.43 per $100 1.43 5 5 .0143 100 5 1.43% Tax 5 $185,090.62 Base 5 Tax 4 Rate 5 185,090.62 4 .0143 5 $12,943,400 10. The correct answer is (C). First $3,000: .02 3 $3,000 5 $60.00 Second $3,000: .03 3 $3,000 5 $90.00 Third $3,000: .03 3 $3,000 5 $90.00 Remainder ~$14,280 2 $9,000!: .04 3 $5,280 5 $211.20 Total Tax 5 $451.20

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PROFIT AND LOSS 1.

The following terms may be encountered in profit and loss problems: a.

The cost price of an article is the price paid by a person who wishes to sell it again.

b.

There may be an allowance or trade discount on the cost price.

c.

The list price or marked price is the price at which the article is listed or marked to be sold.

d.

There may be a discount or series of discounts on the list price.

e.

The selling price or sale price is the price at which the article is finally sold.

f.

If the selling price is greater than the cost price, there has been a profit.

g.

If the selling price is less than the cost price, there has been a loss.

h.

If the article is sold at the same price as the cost, there has been no loss or profit.

i. Profit or loss may be based either on the cost price or on the selling price. j. Profit or loss may be stated in terms of dollars and cents, or in terms of percent. k.

2.

3.

Overhead expenses include such items as rent, salaries, etc. Overhead expenses may be added to cost price to determine total cost when calculating profit or assigning selling price.

The basic formulas used in profit and loss problems are: Selling price 5 cost price 1 profit Selling price 5 cost price 2 loss

a.

Example:

If the cost of an article is $2.50, and the profit is $1.50, then the selling price is $2.50 1 $1.50 5 $4.00.

Example:

If the cost of an article is $3.00, and the loss is $1.20, then the selling price is $3.00 2 $1.20 5 $1.80.

To find the profit in terms of money, subtract the cost price from the selling price, or selling price 2 cost price 5 profit. Example:

b.

To find the loss in terms of money, subtract the selling price from the cost price, or cost price 2 selling price 5 loss. Example:

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If an article costing $3.00 is sold for $5.00, then the profit is $5.00 2 $3.00 5 $2.00.

If an article costing $2.00 is sold for $1.50, then the loss is $2.00 2 $1.50 5 $.50.

Solving Arithmetic Problems 4.

To find the selling price if the profit or loss is expressed in percent based on cost price: a.

Multiply the cost price by the percent of profit or loss to find the profit or loss in terms of money.

b.

Add this product to the cost price if a profit is involved, or subtract for a loss. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 5.

5% of $2.00 5 .05 3 $2.00 5 $.10 loss $2.00 2 $.10 5 $1.90 Selling price 5 $1.90

To find the cost price when given the selling price and the percent of profit or loss based on the selling price: a.

Multiply the selling price by the percent of profit or loss to find the profit or loss in terms of money.

b.

Subtract this product from the selling price if profit, or add the product to the selling price if a loss. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 6.

If an article costing $2 is sold at a loss of 5 percent of the cost price, find the selling price.

If an article sells for $12 and there has been a profit of 10 percent of the selling price, what is the cost price? 10% of $12.00 5 .10 3 $12.00 5 $1.20 profit $12.00 2 $1.20 5 $10.80 Cost price 5 $10.80 What is the cost price of an article selling for $2 on which there has been a loss of 6 percent of the selling price? 6% of $2.00 5 .06 3 $2.00 5 $.12 loss $2.00 1 $.12 5 $2.12 Cost price 5 $2.12

To find the percent of profit or percent of loss based on cost price: a.

Find the profit or loss in terms of money.

b.

Divide the profit or loss by the cost price.

c.

Rename as a percent. Problem: SOLUTION:

Find the percent of profit based on cost price of an article costing $2.50 and selling for $3. $3.00 2 $2.50 5 $.50 profit .20 2.50q.50 5 250q50.00 .20 5 20%

Answer:

Profit 5 20%

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Find the percent of loss based on cost price of an article costing $5 and selling for $4.80. $5.00 2 $4.80 5 $.20 loss .04 5.00q.20 5 500q20.00 04 5 4%

Answer: 7.

To find the percent of profit or percent of loss on selling price: a.

Find the profit or loss in terms of money.

b.

Divide the profit or loss by the selling price.

c.

Rename as a percent. Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: Problem: SOLUTION:

Answer: 8.

Find the percent of profit based on the selling price of an article costing $2.50 and selling for $3. $3.00 2 $2.50 5 $.50 profit 3.00q.50 5 300q50.00 5 .16 2 5 16 % 3 2 Profit 5 16 % [This notation (6) indicates a non-terminating 3 decimal.] Find the percent of loss based on the selling price of an article costing $5 and selling for $4.80. $5.00 2 $4.80 5 $.20 loss 4.80q.20 5 480q20.00 5 .0416 1 54 % 6 1 Loss 5 4 % 6

To find the cost price when given the selling price and the percent of profit based on the cost price: a.

Establish a relation between the selling price and the cost price.

b.

Solve to find the cost price. Problem:

An article is sold for $2.50, which is a 25 percent profit of the cost price. What is the cost price?

SOLUTION:

Since the selling price represents the whole cost price plus 25 percent of the cost price, 2.50 5 125% of the cost price 2.50 5 1.25 of the cost price Cost price 5 2.50 4 1.25 5 2.00

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Cost price 5 $2.00

Solving Arithmetic Problems 9.

To find the selling price when given the profit based on the selling price: a.

Establish a relation between the selling price and the cost price.

b.

Solve to find the selling price. Problem: SOLUTION:

A merchant buys an article for $27 and sells it at a profit of 10 percent of the selling price. What is the selling price? $27.00 1 profit 5 selling price Since the profit is 10 percent of the selling price, the cost must be 90 percent of the selling price. 27.00 5 90% of the selling price 5 .90 of the selling price Selling price 5 27.00 4 .90 5 30.00

Answer:

Selling price 5 $30.00

TRADE DISCOUNTS 10.

A trade discount, usually expressed in percent, indicates the part that is to be deducted from the list price.

11.

To find the selling price when given the list price and the trade discount: a.

Multiply the list price by the percent of discount to find the discount in terms of money.

b.

Subtract the discount from the list price. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer:

The list price of an article is $20. There is a discount of 5 percent. What is the selling price? $20.00 3 5% 5 20.00 3 .05 5 $1.00 discount $20.00 2 $1.00 5 $19.00 Selling price 5 $19.00 An alternate method of solving the above problem is to consider the list price to be 100 percent. Then, if the discount is 5 percent, the selling price is 100% 2 5% 5 95% of the list price. The selling price is 95% of $20.00 5 .95 3 $20.00 5 $19.00

SERIES OF DISCOUNTS 12.

There may be more than one discount to be deducted from the list price. This is called a discount series.

13.

To find the selling price when given the list price and a discount series: a.

Multiply the list price by the first percent of discount.

b.

Subtract this product from the list price.

c.

Multiply the difference by the second discount.

d.

Subtract this product from the difference.

e.

Continue the same procedure if there are more discounts.

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Answer:

Find the selling price of an article listed at $10 on which there are discounts of 20 percent and 10 percent $10.00 3 20% 5 10.00 3 .20 5 $2.00 $10.00 2 $2.00 5 $8.00 $8.00 3 10% 5 $8.00 3 .10 5 $.80 $8.00 2 $.80 5 $7.20 Selling price 5 $7.20

14.

Instead of deducting each discount individually, it is often more practical to find the single equivalent discount first and then deduct. It does not matter in which order the discounts are taken.

15.

The single equivalent discount may be found by assuming a list price of 100 percent. Leave all discounts in percent form. a.

Subtract the first discount from 100 percent, giving the net cost factor (NCF) had there been only one discount.

b.

Multiply the NCF by the second discount. Subtract the product from the NCF, giving a second NCF that reflects both discounts.

c.

If there is a third discount, multiply the second NCF by it and subtract the product from the second NCF, giving a third NCF that reflects all three discounts.

d.

If there are more discounts, repeat the process.

e.

Subtract the final NCF from 100 percent to find the single equivalent discount. Problem:

Find the single equivalent discount of 20 percent, 25 percent, and 10 percent.

SOLUTION:

100% 220% first discount 80% first NCF 2 25% of 80% 5

20% 60% second NCF

2 10% of 60% 5

6% 54% third NCF

100% 2 54% 5 Answer:

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Problem:

An article lists at $750. With discounts of 20 percent, 25 percent, and 10 percent, what is the selling price of this article?

SOLUTION:

As shown above, the single equivalent discount of 20 percent, 25 percent, and 10 percent is 46 percent. 46% of $750 5 .46 3 $750 5 $345 $750 2 $345 5 $405

Answer:

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46% single equivalent discount

Selling price 5 $405

Solving Arithmetic Problems

PRACTICE TEST 1.

Dresses sold at $65 each. The dresses cost $50 each. The percentage of increase of the selling price over the cost is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

(B) (C) (D)

8.

25% 50% 100% None of these

What would be the marked price of an article if the cost was $12.60 and the gain was 10 percent of the cost price? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$11.34 $12.72 $13.86 $14.28

$1,785 $2,295 $1,955 $1,836

Pencils are purchased at $9 per gross and sold at six for 75 cents. The rate of profit based on the selling price is (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

$19.80 $36.00 $18.18 $20.00

A calculating machine company offered to sell a city agency four calculating machines at a discount of 15 percent from the list price, and to allow the agency $85 for each of two old machines being traded in. The list price of the new machines is $625 per machine. If the city agency accepts this offer, the amount of money it will have to provide for the purchase of these four machines is (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

50% 300% 200% 100%

An article costing $18 is to be sold at a profit of 10 percent of the selling price. The selling price will be (A) (B) (C) (D)

2 16 % 3 20% 24% 25%

A dealer sells an article at a loss of 50 percent of the cost. Based on the selling price, the loss is (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

7.

A printer was listed at $120 and was bought for $96. What was the rate of discount? (A)

4.

$38.80 $43.20 $45.00 $67.50

A stationer buys notepads at $.75 per dozen and sells them at 25 cents apiece. The profit based on the cost is (A) (B) (C) (D)

A dealer bought a ladder for $27. What must it be sold for if he wishes to make a profit of 40 percent on the selling price? (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

40% 1 33 % 3 1 33 % 2 30%

6.

100% 67% 50% 25%

The single equivalent discount of 20 percent and 10 percent is (A) (B) (C) (D)

15% 28% 18% 30%

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. D 2. C

3. B 4. C

5. C 6. B

7. D 8. C

9. C 10. B

1. The correct answer is (D). Selling price 2 cost 5 $65 2 $50 5 $15 $15 5 .30 5 30% $50 2. The correct answer is (C). Cost price 5 60% of selling price, since the profit is 40 percent of the selling price, and the whole selling price is 100 percent. $27 5 60% of selling price Selling price 5 $27 4 60% 5 $27 4 .6 5 $45 3. The correct answer is (B). The discount was $120 2 $96 5 $24 $24 Rate of discount 5 5 .20 $120 5 20% 4. The correct answer is (C). Loss 5 cost 2 selling price. Considering the cost to be 100 percent of itself, if the loss is 50 percent of the cost, the selling price is also 50 percent of the cost (50% 5 100% 2 50%). Since the loss and the selling price are therefore the same, the loss is 100 percent of the selling price. 5. The correct answer is (C). Gain ~profit! 5 10% of $12.60 5 .10 3 $12.60 5 $1.26 Selling price 5 cost 1 profit 5 $12.60 1 $1.26 5 $13.86 6. The correct answer is (B). Each dozen notepads cost $.75 and are sold for 12 3 $.25 5 $3.00 The profit is $3.00 2 $.75 5 $2.25 $2.25 Profit based on cost 5 $.75 53 5 300% 7. The correct answer is (D). If profit 5 10% of selling price, then cost 5 90% of selling price $18 5 90% of selling price Selling price 5 $18 4 90% 5 $18 4 .90 5 $20

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 8. The correct answer is (C). Discount for each new machine: 15% of $625 5 .15 3 $625 5 $93.75 Each new machine will cost $625 2 $93.75 5 $531.25 Four new machines will cost $531.25 3 4 5 $2,125 But there is an allowance of $85 each for 2 old machines: $85 3 2 5 $170 Final cost to city: $2,125 2 $170 5$1,955 9. The correct answer is (C). 1 gross 5 144 units Selling price for 6 pencils 5 $.75 Selling price for 1 pencil 5 Selling price for 1 gross of pencils 5

$.75 6 24 $.75 3 144 6 1

5 $18.00 Cost for 1 gross of pencils 5 $9.00 Profit for 1 gross of pencils 5 $18.00 2 $9.00 5 $9.00 profit $9.00 5 selling price $18.00 5 .5 5 50% 10. The correct answer is (B). 100% 220% 80% 2 8% 2 10% of 80% 5 72% 100% 2 72% 5 28% single equivalent discount.

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PAYROLL 1.

Salaries are computed over various time periods: hourly, daily, weekly, biweekly (every two weeks), semimonthly (twice each month), monthly, and yearly.

2.

Overtime is usually computed as “time and a half,” that is, each hour in excess of 1 the number of hours in the standard workday or workweek is paid 1 times the 2 regular hourly rate. Some companies pay “double time,” twice the regular hourly rate, for work on Sundays and holidays. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer: 3.

$328.25

In occupations such as retail sales, real estate, and insurance, earnings may be based on commission, which is a percent of the sales or a percent of the value of the transactions that are completed.

b.

Earnings may be from straight commission only, from salary plus commission, or from a commission that is graduated according to transaction volume.

SOLUTION:

Answer:

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Overtime hours 5 47 2 40 5 7 hours 1 Overtime pay 5 1 3 $6.50 5 $9.75 per hour 2 Overtime pay for 7 hours: 7 3 $9.75 5 $68.25 Regular pay for 40 hours: 40 3 $6.50 5 $260.00 Total pay 5 $68.25 1 $260.00 5 $328.25

a.

Problem:

4.

An employee is paid weekly, based on a 40-hour workweek, with time and a half for overtime. If the employee’s regular hourly rate is $6.50, how much will he earn for working 47 hours in one week?

A salesman earns a salary of $200 weekly, plus a commission based on sales volume for the week. The commission is 7 percent for the first $1,500 of sales and 10 percent for all sales in excess of $1,500. How much did he earn in a week in which his sales totaled $3,200? $3,200 2 $1,500 5 $1,700 excess sales .07 3 $1,500 5 $105 commission on first $1,500 .10 3 $1,700 5 $170 commission on excess sales 1 $200 weekly salary $475 total earnings $475

Gross pay refers to the amount of money earned whether from salary, commission, or both, before any deductions are made.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 5.

There are several deductions that are usually made from gross pay: a.

Withholding tax is the amount of money withheld for income tax. It is based on wages, marital status, and number of exemptions (also called allowances) claimed by the employee. The withholding tax is found by referring to tables supplied by the federal, state, or city governments. Example MARRIED PERSONS—WEEKLY PAYROLL PERIOD Number of Withholding Allowances Claimed Wages

1

2

3

4

At least

But less than

390

400

41

32

24

16

7

400

410

42

34

25

17

9

410

420

44

35

27

19

10

420

430

45

37

28

20

12

430

440

47

38

30

22

13

440

450

48

40

31

23

15

450

460

50

41

33

25

16

460

470

51

43

34

26

18

470

480

53

44

36

28

19

480

490

54

46

37

29

21

Amount of Income Tax to Be Withheld

Based on the above table, an employee who is married, claims three exemptions, and is paid a weekly wage of $434.50 will have $22 withheld for income tax. If the same employee earned $440 weekly, it would be necessary to look on the next line for “at least $440 but less than $450” to find that $23 would be withheld.

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The FICA (Federal Insurance Contribution Act) tax is also called the Social Security tax. In 2001, the FICA tax was 7.65 percent of the first $84,000 of annual wages; the wages in excess of $84,000 were subject to 1.45 percent tax. The FICA may be found by multiplying wages up to and including $84,000 by .0765 or by using tables such as the one below. Example SOCIAL SECURITY EMPLOYEE TAX TABLE If wage payment is

The employee tax to be deducted is

If wage payment is

The employee tax to be deducted is

$61

$4.67

$ 81

$6.20

62

4.74

82

6.27

63

4.82

83

6.35

64

4.90

84

6.43

65

4.97

85

6.50

66

5.45

86

6.58

67

5.13

87

6.66

68

5.20

88

6.73

69

5.28

89

6.81

70

5.36

90

6.89

71

5.43

91

6.96

72

5.51

92

7.04

73

5.58

93

7.11

74

5.66

94

7.19

75

5.74

95

7.27

76

5.81

96

7.34

77

5.89

97

7.42

78

5.97

98

7.50

79

6.04

99

7.57

80

6.12

100

7.65

According to the table above, the Social Security tax, or FICA tax, on wages of $84 is $6.43. The FICA tax on $85 is 6.50. Problem: SOLUTION: Answer: c.

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Based on 2001 tax figures, what is the total FICA tax on an annual salary of $30,000? .0765 3 $30,000 5 $2,295 $2,295

Other deductions that may be made from gross pay are deductions for pension plans, loan payments, payroll savings plans, and union dues.

Solving Arithmetic Problems 6.

The net pay, or take-home pay, is equal to the gross pay less the total deductions. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Mr. Jay earns $550 salary per week with the following deductions: federal withholding tax, $106.70; FICA tax $41.31; state tax, $22.83; pension payment, $6.42; union dues, $5.84. How much take-home pay does he receive? Deductions $106.70 41.31 22.83 6.42 1 5.84 $183.10 Gross pay 5 $550.00 Deductions 5 2 183.10 Net pay 5 $366.90

Answer:

His take-home pay is $366.90

PRACTICE TEST 1.

Jane Rose’s semimonthly salary is $750. Her yearly salary is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

John Doe earns $300 for a 40-hour week. If he receives time and a half for overtime, what is his hourly overtime wage? (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

$9,000 $12,500 $18,000 $19,500

4.

A factory worker is paid on the basis of an 8-hour day, with an hourly rate of $7 and time and a half for overtime. Find his gross pay for a week in which he worked the following hours: Monday, 8; Tuesday, 9; Wednesday, 91⁄2; Thursday 81⁄2; Friday, 9. (A) (B) (C) (D)

$280 $308 $322 $462

$7.50 $9.25 $10.50 $11.25

Which salary is greater? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$350 weekly $1,378 monthly $17,000 annually $646 biweekly

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review Questions 5 and 6 refer to the following table. SINGLE PERSONS—WEEKLY PAYROLL PERIOD Number of Withholding Allowances Claimed Wages

1

2

3

4

At least

But less than

340

350

49

43

37

32

26

350

360

50

45

39

33

28

360

370

52

46

40

35

29

370

380

55

48

42

36

31

380

390

58

49

43

38

32

390

400

60

51

45

39

34

400

410

63

53

46

41

35

410

420

66

55

48

42

37

420

430

69

58

49

44

38

430

440

72

61

51

45

40

5.

Amount of Income Tax to Be Withheld

If an employee is single and has one exemption, the income tax withheld from his weekly salary of $389.90 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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$51 $58 $49 $43

6.

If a single person with two exemptions has $51 withheld for income tax, his weekly salary could NOT be (A) (B) (C) (D)

$430.00 $435.25 $437.80 $440.00

Solving Arithmetic Problems 7.

Sam Richards earns $1,200 monthly. The following deductions are made from his gross pay monthly: federal withholding tax, $188.40; FICA tax, $91.80; state tax, $36.78; city tax, $9.24; savings bond, $37.50; pension plan, $5.32; and repayment of pension load, $42.30. His monthly net pay is (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

$788.66 $797.90 $798.90 $799.80

9.

Ann Johnson earns a salary of $150 weekly plus a commission of 9 percent of sales in excess of $500 for the week. For a week in which her sales were $1,496, her earnings were (A) (B) (C) (D)

A salesman is paid a straight commission that is 23 percent of his sales. What is his commission on $1,260 of sales?

A salesperson is paid a 6 percent commission on the first $2,500 of 1 sales for the week, and 7 percent on 2 that portion of sales in excess of $2,500. What is the commission earned in a week in which sales were $3,280?

(A) (B) (C) (D)

(A) (B) (C) (D)

$232.40 $246.80 $259.60 $289.80

10.

$223.64 $239.64 $253.64 $284.64

$196.80 $208.50 $224.30 $246.00

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. C 2. D

3. A 4. C

5. C 6. D

7. A 8. D

9. B 10. B

1. The correct answer is (C). A semimonthly salary is paid twice a month. Jane Rose receives $750 3 2 5 $1,500 each month, which is $1,500 3 12 5 $18,000 per year. 2. The correct answer is (D). The regular hourly rate is $300 4 40 5 $7.50 1 The overtime rate is $7.50 3 1 5 $7.50 3 1.5 2 5 $11.25 3. The correct answer is (A). Write each salary in its yearly equivalent: $350 weekly 5 $350 3 52 yearly 5 $18,200 yearly $1,378 monthly 5 $1,378 3 12 yearly 5 $16,536 yearly $17,000 annually 5 $17,000 yearly $646 biweekly 5 $646 4 2 weekly 5 $323 weekly 5 $323 3 52 yearly 5 $16,796 yearly So the correct answer is (A), $350 weekly. 4. The correct answer is (C). The factory worker’s overtime hours were: Monday 0 Tuesday 1 1 Wednesday 1 2 Thursday

1 2

Friday 1 Total 4 hours overtime 1 Overtime rate per hour 5 1 3 $7.00 2 5 1.5 3 $7.00 5 $10.50 Overtime pay 5 4 3 $10.50 5 $42 Regular pay for 8 hours per day for 5 days or 40 hours. Regular pay 5 40 3 $7.00 5 $280 Total wages 5 $280 1 $42 5 $322 5. The correct answer is (C). The correct amount is found on the line for wages of at least $380 but less than $390, and in the column “1” withholding allowance. The amount withheld is $49. 186

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 6. The correct answer is (D). In the column for 2 exemptions, or withholding allowances, $51 is found on the line for wages of at least $430, but less than $440. Choice (D) does not fall within that range. 7. The correct answer is (A). Deductions: $188.40 91.80 36.78 9.24 37.50 5.32 1 43.30 Total $411.34 Gross pay 5 $1,200.00 Total deductions 5 2 411.34 $788.66 8. The correct answer is (D). 23% of $1260 5 .23 3 $1,260 5 $289.80 9. The correct answer is (B). $1496 2 $500 5 $996 excess sales 9% of $996 5 .09 3 $996 5 $89.64 commission $150.00 salary 1 89.64 commission $239.64 total earnings 10. The correct answer is (B). $3,280 2 $2,500 5 $780 excess sales Commission on $2,500: .06 3 $2,500 5 $150.00 Commission on $780: .075 3 $780 5 1 58.50 Total 5 $208.50

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SEQUENCES 1.

A sequence is a list of numbers based on a certain pattern. There are three main types of sequences: a.

If each term in a sequence is increased or decreased by the same number to form the next term, then it is an arithmetic sequence. The number being added or subtracted is called the common difference. Examples:

2, 4, 6, 8, 10 . . . is an arithmetic sequence in which the common difference is 2. 14, 11, 8, 5, 2 . . . is an arithmetic sequence in which the common difference is 3.

b.

If each term of a sequence is multiplied by the same number to form the next term, then it is called a geometric sequence. The number multiplying each term is called the common ratio. Examples:

2, 6, 18, 54 . . . is a geometric sequence in which the common ratio is 3. 64, 16, 4, 1 . . . is a geometric sequence in which the common 1 ratio is . 4

c.

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If the sequence is neither arithmetic nor geometric, it is a miscellaneous sequence. Such a sequence may have each term a square or a cube, or the difference may be squares or cubes; or there may be a varied pattern in the sequence that must be determined.

2.

A sequence may be ascending, that is, the numbers increase; or descending, that is, the numbers decrease.

3.

To determine whether the sequence is arithmetic: a.

If the sequence is ascending, subtract the first term from the second, and the second term from the third. If the difference is the same in both cases, the sequence is arithmetic.

b.

If the sequence is descending, subtract the second term from the first, and the third term from the second. If the difference is the same in both cases, the sequence is arithmetic.

4.

To determine whether the sequence is geometric, divide the second term by the first, and the third term by the second. If the ratio is the same in both cases, the sequence is geometric.

5.

To find a missing term in an arithmetic sequence that is ascending: a.

Subtract any term from the one following it to find the common difference.

b.

Add the common difference to the term preceding the missing term.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems c.

If the missing term is the first term, it may be found by subtracting the common difference from the second term. 1 Problem: What number follows 16 in this sequence? 3 1 1 2 3, 6 , 9 , 13, 16 . . . 3 3 3 SOLUTION:

Answer: 6.

1 The sequence is arithmetic; the common difference is 3 . 3 1 2 1 16 1 3 5 19 3 3 3 2 1 The missing term, which is the term following 16 , is 19 . 3 3

To find a missing term in an arithmetic sequence that is descending: a.

Subtract any term from the one preceding it to find the common difference.

b.

Subtract the common difference from the term preceding the missing term.

c.

If the missing term is the first term, it may be found by adding the common difference to the second term. Problem:

SOLUTION:

Answer: 7.

1 2 1 1 1 6 2353 ,9 26 53 3 3 3 3 3

Find the first term in the sequence: 1 1 ______, 16, 13 , 11, 8 , 6 . . . 2 2 1 1 1 1 16 2 13 5 2 , 13 2 11 5 2 2 2 2 2 1 The sequence is arithmetic; the common difference is 2 . 2 1 1 16 1 2 5 18 2 2 1 The term preceding 16 is 18 . 2

To find a missing term in a geometric sequence: a.

Divide the term by the one preceding it to find the common ratio.

b.

Multiply the term preceding the missing term by the common ratio.

c.

If the missing term is the first term, it may be found by dividing the second term by the common ratio. Problem:

Find the missing term in the sequence: 2, 6, 18, 54, ______

SOLUTION:

6 4 2 5 3, 18 4 6 5 3 The sequence is geometric; the common ratio is 3. 54 3 3 5 162

Answer:

The missing term is 162.

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Find the missing term in the sequence: ______, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2

SOLUTION:

Answer: 8.

1 ~common ratio! 2 2 1 32 4 5 32 3 2 1 5 64

16 4 32 5

The first term is 64.

If, after trial, a sequence is neither arithmetic nor geometric, it must be of a miscellaneous type. Test to see whether it is a sequence of squares or cubes or whether the difference is the square or cube of the same number; or the same number may be first squared, then cubed, etc.

PRACTICE TEST Find the missing term in each of the following sequences: 1.

______, 7, 10, 13

2.

5, 10, 20, ______, 80

3.

49, 45, 41, ______, 33, 29

4.

1.002, 1.004, 1.006, ______

5.

1, 4, 9, 16, ______

6.

7 3 5 10, 7 , 5 , 3 , ______ 8 4 8

7.

1 3 ______, 3, 4 , 6 2 4

8.

55, 40, 28, 19, 13, ______

9.

1 1 9, 3, 1, , , ______ 3 9

10.

1, 3, 7, 15, 31, ______

ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. 4 2. 40

3. 37 4. 1.008

5. 25 1 6. 1 2

7. 2 8. 10

1 27 10. 63 9.

1. This is an ascending arithmetic sequence in which the common difference is 10 2 7, or 3. The first term is 7 2 3 5 4. 2. This is a geometric sequence in which the common ratio is 10 4 5, or 2. The missing term is 20 3 2 5 40. 3. This is a descending arithmetic sequence in which the common difference is 49 2 45, or 4. The missing term is 41 2 4 5 37. 4. This is an ascending arithmetic sequence in which the common difference is 1.004 2 1.002, or .002. The missing term is 1.006 1 .002 5 1.008. 5. This sequence is neither arithmetic nor geometric. However, if the numbers are rewritten as 12, 22, 32, and 42, it is clear that the next number must be 52, or 25. 6. This is a descending arithmetic sequence in which the common difference is 10 2 1 5 1 4 1 7 7 5 2 . The missing term is 3 2 2 5 1 , or 1 . 8 8 8 8 8 2

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 7. This is a geometric sequence in which the common ratio is: 9 1 1 4 435 3 2 2 3 3 5 2 2 3 The first term is 3 4 5 3 3 2 3 52 Therefore, the missing term is 2. 8. There is no common difference and no common ratio in this sequence. However, note the differences between terms: 55 40 28 19 13 ∪ ∪ ∪ ∪ 15 12 9 6 533 433 333 233 The differences are multiples of 3. Following the same pattern, the difference between 13 and the next term must be 1 3 3, or 3. The missing term is then 13 2 3 5 10. 1 9. This is a geometric sequence in which the common ratio is 3 4 9 5 . The missing term 3 1 1 1 is 3 5 . 9 3 27 10. This sequence is neither arithmetic nor geometric. However, note the difference between terms: 1 3 7 15 31 ∪ ∪ ∪ ∪ 2 4 8 16 21 22 23 24 The difference between 31 and the next term must be 25, or 32. The missing term is 31 1 32 5 63.

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ARITHMETIC REVIEW EXAM 1 Directions: Mark the letter of the choice that best answers the question. 1.

2.

A cashier can count 1,286 coins in one hour. How many coins can he 1 count in 3 hours? 2 (A) 3,880 (B) 3,902 (C) 4,253 (D) 4,501 Jane has two pieces of ribbon. One 2 3 piece is 2 yards; the other 2 yards. 4 3 To make the two pieces equal she must cut off from the longer piece (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

$1.20 $1.75 $2.85 $3.50

The difference between one hundred five thousand eight-four and ninetythree thousand seven hundred nine is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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11,375 12,131 56,294 56,375

1 inch 4 equals 12 inches, the actual length in feet of a steel bar represented on the 3 blueprint by a line 3 inches long is 8

(B) (C) (D) 8.

3 3 8 3 6 4 1 12 2 1 13 2

The difference between 320 centimeters and 3 meters is (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

2 6 % 3 1 7 % 7 10% 14%

Assuming that on a blueprint

(A)

The total saving in purchasing 30 fifty-cent rulers at a reduced rate of $4.60 per dozen is (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

(B)

in. in. in. in.

160 sq. in. 17.8 sq. in. 16 sq. in. 1.78 sq. in.

If a distance estimated at 150 feet is really 140 feet, the percent of error in this estimate is (A)

The present size of a dollar bill in the United States is 2.61 inches by 6.14 inches. The number of square inches of paper used for one bill is closest to which of the following? (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

9 8 6 3

6.

20 cm 31.7 cm 200 cm 317 cm

If two of the angles of a triangle measure 30° and 60°, the triangle is (A) (B) (C) (D)

right acute obtuse equilateral

Solving Arithmetic Problems 10.

If A can do a job in three hours and B can do the same job in five hours, then both working together can finish the job in (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

3 If Mrs. Jones bought 3 yards of 4 2 muslin at $1.16 per yard and 4 yards 3 of polyester at $3.87 per yard, then the amount of change she received from $25 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

17.

20% 19% 17% 15%

The value of forty-thousand nickels is (A) (B) (C) (D)

$20 $200 $2,000 $20,000

2 3 6 8

hr. hr. hr. hr.

30 50 45 15

min. min. min. min.

If the sum of the lengths of the edges of a cube is 48 inches, the volume of the cube is. (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

$145.08 $145.17 $146.08 $146.17

Suppose that a pile of ninety-six file cards measures 1 inch in height and 1 that it takes you hour to file these 2 cards. If you are given three piles of 3 1 cards that measure 2 inches high, 1 2 4 3 inches high, and 3 inches high re8 spectively, the time it would take to file the cards is most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

$155.54 $351.18 $364.58 $664.58

Six percent simple interest for one year on $2,436.18 is most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

The single commercial discount that is equivalent to successive discounts of 10 percent and 10 percent is (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

16.

$2.12 $2.28 $2.59 $2.63

45 23 5 2.5

A checking account has a balance of $253.36. If deposits of $36.95, $210.23, and $7.34 and withdrawals of $117.35, $23.37, and $15.98 are made, what is the new balance of the account? (A) (B) (C) (D)

A piece of cardboard in the shape of a 15-inch square is rolled so as to form a cylindrical surface, without overlapping. The number of inches in the diameter of the cylinder is approximately (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

4 hr. 2 1 hr. 3 1 2 hr. 8 7 1 hr. 8

15.

512 cu. in. 96 cu. in. 64 cu. in. 12 cu. in.

If the sum of 42.83 and 72.9 is subtracted from 200, the result is (A) (B) (C) (D)

230.07 169.93 48.12 84.27

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Assuming there are 28.4 grams per ounce, the number of kilograms in 3 pounds is closest to (A) (B) (C) (D)

21.

(B) (C) (D)

23.

1 1 If 1 cups of cereal are used with 4 2 2 cups of water, the amount of water 3 needed with of a cup of cereal is: 4 (A) 2 cups 1 (B) 2 cups 4 1 (C) 2 cups 8 1 (D) 2 cups 2 The regular price of a TV set that sold for $118.80 at a 20 percent reduction sale is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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$148.50 $142.60 $138.84 $ 95.04

The number missing in the sequence 2, 6, 12, 20, ?, 42, 56, 72 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

A drawer contains five red pens and three blue pens. If Mr. Jones takes a pen from the drawer without looking, what is the probability that he will take a blue pen? (A)

22.

.45 .85 1.36 1.92

24.

A rectangular flower bed whose dimensions are 16 yards by 12 yards is surrounded by a walk 3 yards wide. The area of the walk is (A) (B) (C) (D)

26.

30 40 36 28

93 sq. yd. 204 sq. yd. 96 sq. yd. 150 sq. yd.

John drives 60 miles to his destination at an average speed of 40 mph and makes the return trip at an average speed of 30 mph. His average speed for the entire trip is (A) (B) (C) (D)

1 32 mph 5 2 34 mph 7 35 mph 1 43 mph 3

Solving Arithmetic Problems Questions 27 and 28 refer to the following graph.

Origin of Federal Revenues of $352.6 Billion 27.

The total individual income tax and corporate income tax revenues were, to the nearest billion dollars, (A) (B) (C) (D)

28.

58 123 205 256

14 15 20 21

billion billion billion billion

5 of a job, 8 what percent of the job remains to be completed? If a worker has completed

(A) (B) (C) (D)

1 37 % 2 40% 60% 1 62 % 2

After one year, Mr. Richards paid back a total of $1,695 as payment on a $1,500 loan. All the money paid over $1,500 was simple interest. The interest charge was most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

The revenue from excise tax was, to the nearest billion dollars, (A) (B) (C) (D)

29.

30.

31.

13% 11% 9% 7%

If the City Department of Purchase bought 190 calculators for $79.35 each and 208 calculators for $83.99 each, then the total price paid for these calculators is (A) (B) (C) (D)

$31,581.30 $32,546.42 $33,427.82 $33,586.30

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32.

In which month were approximately 270 cases investigated? (A) (B) (C) (D)

33.

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Mr. Smith earns $7.20 per hour for a 40-hour week, with time and a half for overtime hours. In a week in which he worked 46 hours, he earned (A) (B) (C) (D)

36.

330 350 390 430

Twelve clerks are assigned to enter certain data on index cards. This number of clerks could perform the task in eighteen days. After these clerks have worked on this assignment for six days, 4 more clerks are added to the staff to do this work. Assuming that all the clerks work at the same rate of speed, the entire task, instead of taking eighteen days, will be performed in (A) (B) (C) (D)

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May June July August

The total number of cases investigated during the first three months of the year was approximately (A) (B) (C) (D)

35.

In the Fahrenheit scale, the temperature that is equivalent to 50° Celsius is (A) (B) (C) (D)

37.

122° 90° 106° 87°

The circumference of a circle is 10p. The area of the same circle is (A) (B) (C) (D)

38.

$331.20 $352.80 $424.20 $496.80

5p 10p 25p 100p

A bank pays 6 percent interest, compounded quarterly, on savings accounts. How much interest will $300 earn in nine months? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$13.31 $13.51 $13.71 $13.91

Solving Arithmetic Problems 39.

A champion runner ran the 100-yard dash in three track meets. The first time, he ran it in 10.2 seconds; the second in 10.4 seconds; and the third time in 10 seconds. What was his average time? (A) (B) (C) (D)

40.

44.

45.

(B) (C) (D)

1 1 3 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 2

Mr. Harvey receives a salary of $300 per week plus 2 percent commission on sales. What were his total earnings for a week in which his sales were $5,846? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$406.92 $416.92 $426.92 $436.92

$67.78 $67.79 $71.16 $71.17

A circle graph shows that 32 percent of the tourists to a city are German, 28 percent are Spanish, 20 percent are English, 10 percent are miscellaneous, and the rest are French. How many degrees of the circle should be devoted to the French? (A) (B) (C) (D)

47.

$108 $135 $127 $143

Mr. Jones wishes to purchase one item priced at $24.50 and another item priced at $43.28. If sales tax is 5 percent, what is the total amount he must pay for the two items? (A) (B) (C) (D)

46.

$152 $694 $1,086 $1,332

A worked five days on overhauling an old car. B worked four days more to finish the job. After the sale of the car, the net profit was $243. They wanted to divide the profit on the basis of the time spent by each. A’s share of the profit was (A) (B) (C) (D)

Two adjacent walls of a 40′ by 35′ office are to be painted. The walls are 8′ high and include no doors or windows. If each gallon of the paint to be used covers 450 square feet, how many gallons are needed? (A)

42.

$37,426.56 $37,561.88 $37,907.03 $38,132.48

If real estate tax is $1.62 per $100 assessed valuation, the tax that must be paid on property assessed at $82,200 is closest to (A) (B) (C) (D)

Joshua Howard is paid a yearly salary of $54,000. His monthly paycheck shows the following deductions: federal income tax, $675.20; FICA, $345.15; state tax, $225.45; pension, $135.32. What is his yearly takehome pay? (A) (B) (C) (D)

41.

10.2 sec. 10.3 sec. 10.35 sec. 10.4 sec.

43.

12 24 30 36

Of the following readings of rainfall— 1.2 inches, 2.4 inches, 2.2 inches, 3.5 inches, 4.3 inches, 2.3 inches, 4.2 inches, 3.9 inches, 3.0 inches, 3.3 inches, 2.9 inches, 3.6 inches, 4.5 inches, 4.7 inches, 4.6 inches—the median is (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.5 3.3 3.4 3.0

inches inches inches inches

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If FICA tax is 7.65 percent, then the FICA tax on wages of $450.70 is closest to (A) (B) (C) (D)

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In a particular company, 2 employees received hourly wages of $4.50, 3 employees received hourly wages of $4.15, and 5 employees received hourly wages of $4.75. The average hourly wage of this group of employees is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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$4.37 $4.47 $4.52 $4.63

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A invested $7,000 in a business venture and his partner, B, invested $8,000. They agreed to share the profits in the same ratio. What was A’s share of a profit of $2,250? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$1,050.00 $1,200.00 $1,968.75 $2,250.00

Solving Arithmetic Problems

ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

D D C D A B D A A D

11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

C C B C B D B C D C

21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

A B A A B B C D A A

31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40.

B B D C B A C C A A

41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.

A B D B D D A A C A

1. The correct answer is (D). 643 7 1 1,286 3 3 5 1,286 3 2 2 1 5 4,501 2. The correct answer is (D). 9 3 2 5 2 4 12 2 8 22 5 22 3 12 1 12 One piece is

1 of a yard longer than the other. 12

1 yd. 5 36 in. 1 1 of 1 yd. 5 3 36 in. 12 12 5 3 in. 3. The correct answer is (C). 2.61 in. 3 6.14 in. 1044 261 1566 16.0254 sq. in.

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 4. The correct answer is (D). 1 30 5 2 dozen 2 1 At the reduced rate, 2 dozen rulers cost 2 1 2 3 $4.60 5 $11.50 2 At the regular rate, 30 rulers cost 30 3 $.50 5 $15.00 The saving is $15.00 2 11.50 $ 3.50 5. The correct answer is (A). 105,084 2 93,709 11,375 6. The correct answer is (B). Estimated distance 5 150 ft Real Distance 5 140 ft Amount of Error 5 10 ft 1 1 10 ft 4 140 ft 5 .07 5 7 % 7 7 7. The correct answer is (D). 12 inches 5 1 foot, therefore each

1 inch on the blueprint 4

3 represents 1 foot. 3 inches represent: 8 1 3 1 27 4 3 ft 3 in 4 in 5 8 4 8 1 2 27 ft 2 1 5 13 feet 2

5

8. The correct answer is (A). 3 meters 5 300 centimeters 320 cm 2 300 cm 5 20 cm 9. The correct answer is (A). The sum of the measures of the angles of a triangle is 180°. If two of the angles measure 30° and 60°, the third must measure 90°, which is a right angle. The triangle is therefore a right triangle.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 1 1 of the job in one hour. B can do of the job in 3 5 1 1 one hour. In each hour working together, they will complete 1 of the job. 3 5 5 3 1 1 1 5 1 3 5 15 15 8 5 15 15 hours to complete the job working together. It will take 8 7 15 5 1 hr. 8 8

10. The correct answer is (D). A can do

11. The correct answer is (C). 15 3 Cost of muslin: $1.16 3 3 5 $1.16 3 5 $4.35 4 4 14 2 Cost of polyester: $3.87 3 4 5 $3.87 3 5 $18.06 3 3 Total cost: $4.35 1 $18.06 5 $22.41 Change: $25.00 2 $22.41 5 $2.59 12. The correct answer is (C). The circumference is 15″. To find the diameter, divide the

SD

22 . 7 7 22 5 15 3 15 4 7 22 105 5 22 17 54 22 The diameter is approximately 5″. circumference by p

13. The correct answer is (B). 100% 2 10% 90% 210% of 90% 5 29% 81% 100% 2 81% 5 19% single equivalent discount. 14. The correct answer is (C). 40,000 3 .05 $2,000.00

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 15. The correct answer is (B). Deposits: $36.95 210.23 1 7.34 $254.52 Withdrawals: $117.35 23.37 1 15.98 $156.70 $253.36 original balance 1 254.52 deposits 507.88 2 156.70 withdrawals $351.18 new balance 16. The correct answer is (D). $2436.18 3 .06 $146.1708 So the correct answer is (D), $146.17.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 3 3 1 17. The correct answer is (B).The cards total 2 1 1 1 3 inches in height. 2 4 8 4 1 2 5 2 2 8 6 1 8

3 1 5 4

3 3 13 513 8 8 6

5 13 57 8 8

5 5 1 1 hour to file. 7 inches will take 7 3 hours. 2 8 8 2 5 1 61 1 3 7 3 5 8 2 8 2

Each inch takes

5

61 16 13 16

53

1 hour 5 60 minutes 15 13 13 195 3 of 60 5 3 60 5 5 48 min 16 16 4 4 4 3 Therefore, it will take 3 hours and 48 minutes to file the cards. 4 Note that only one of the answer choices is possible once you know that it will take 31 hours. It is not really necessary to solve for the exact number of minutes. Also note that the fact that ninety-six file cards equal one inch is not needed. So the correct answer is (B), 3 hr. 50 min. 18. The correct answer is (C). A cube has twelve edges. If the sum of the edges is 48 inches, each edge is 48 inches 4 12 5 4 inches.

The volume of the cube 5 43 cubic inches 5 4 3 4 3 4 cu in 5 64 cu. in. 19. The correct answer is (D). Sum of 42.83 and 72.9:

Subtract from 200:

42.83 1 72.9 115.73 200.00 2 115.73 84.27

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 20. The correct answer is (C). 3 pounds 5 3 3 16 ounces 5 48 ounces 48 ounces 3 28.4 grams per ounce 5 1,363.2 grams 1 kilogram 5 1,000 grams 1,363.2 grams 4 1,000 5 1.3632 kilograms The correct answer is (C), 1.36. 21. The correct answer is (A). There is a total of eight pens in the drawer. The probability 3 that the pen is blue is . 8 22. The correct answer is (B). If the cereal is reduced by one half, then the water must also be halved. 1 1 9 1 34 5 3 2 2 2 2 9 5 4 1 5 2 cups 4 23. The correct answer is (A). The sale price is 80 percent of the regular price. Regular price 5 $118.80 4 .80 5 $148.50 24. The correct answer is (A). Find the differences between the terms of the sequence: 2 6 12 20 ____ 42 56 72 4 6 8 14 16 The difference between 20 and the missing term must be 10. Therefore, the missing term is 30. 25. The correct answer is (B).

Area of large rectangle is: 22 yd 3 18 yd 5 396 sq yd Area of small rectangle is: 16 yd 3 12 yd 5 192 sq yd Area of path is difference or 396 sq yd 2 192 sq yd 5 204 sq yd

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 1 26. The correct answer is (B). John took 60 miles 4 40 mph 5 1 hours to drive to his 2 destination. The return trip took 60 miles 4 30 mph 5 2 hours. The entire trip was 120 1 miles and took 3 hours. 2 1 Average speed 5 120 mi 4 3 hr 2 7 5 120 4 mph 2 2 5 120 3 mph 7 240 5 mph 7 2 5 34 mph 7 27. The correct answer is (C). Individual income tax 5 42% Corporate income tax 5 1 16% Total 5 58% 58% of $352.6 billion 5 .58 3 $352.6 billion 5 $204.508 billion The correct answer is (C), 205. 28. The correct answer is (D). The total of all the sectors of the graph except excise tax is 94%. Therefore, excise tax revenues are 100% 2 94%, or 6%. 6% of $352.6 billion 5 .06 3 $352.6 billion 5 $21.156 billion The correct answer is (D), 21. 8 5 3 29. The correct answer is (A). The whole job is . If is completed, remains. 8 8 8 3 5348 8 5 .375 1 5 37 % 2 30. The correct answer is (A). $1,695.00 2 1,500.00 $195.00 interest 195 1,500 5 .13 5 13%

Rate of interest 5

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6 1 , or of the job in 6 days, 18 3

2 of the job to be completed. One clerk would require 12 3 18 5 216 days to 3 1 complete the job, working alone. Sixteen clerks require 216 4 16, or 13 days for the 2 2 2 entire job. But only of the job remains. To do of the job, 16 clerks require: 3 3 1 2 27 2 3 13 5 3 3 2 3 2 5 9 days leaving

The entire job takes 6 days 1 9 days 5 15 days. 35. The correct answer is (B). Smith worked 46 2 40 hours 5 6 hours overtime. For each overtime hour he earned: 1 1 3 7.20 5 $10.80 2 Overtime pay: $10.80 3 6 5 $64.80 Regular pay: $7.20 3 40 5 288.00 $352.80 36. The correct answer is (A). The formula for changing Celsius to Fahrenheit is: 9 F 5 °C 1 32 5 10 9 F 5 3 50 1 32 5 1 F 5 90 1 32 5 122 37. The correct answer is (C). If the circumference of a circle is 10p, its diameter is 10 and its radius is 10 4 2, or 5. The area of a circle 5 pr2 5 p 3 52 5 25p

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 38. The correct answer is (C). The interest will be compounded three times in nine months. 75 1 First period: .06 3 3 300 5 $4.50 interest 4 1 New principal: $300 1 $4.50 5 $304.50 1 Second period: .06 3 3 $304.50 5 $4.57 interest 4 New principal: $304.50 1 $4.57 5 $309.07 1 Third period: .06 3 3 $309.07 5 $4.64 interest 4 Total interest: $4.50 4.57 1 4.64 $13.71 39. The correct answer is (A). 10.2 10.4 1 10 30.6 Average 5 30.6 4 3 5 10.2 sec. 40. The correct answer is (A). Monthly deductions:

$675.20 345.15 225.45 1 135.32 $1,381.12 3 12 Deductions for year: $16,573.44 Gross pay: $54,000.00 2 16,573.44 Take-home pay: $37,426.56

41. The correct answer is (A). Area of 40′ wall 5 40′ 3 8′ 5 320 sq ft Area of 35′ wall 5 35′ 3 8′ 5 1 280 sq ft Total area 5 600 sq ft 1 600 4 450 5 1 gallons 3 42. The correct answer is (B). Commission 5 2% of $5,846 5 .02 3 $5,846 5 $116.92 Salary 1 commission 5 $300 1 116.92 5 $416.92

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 43. The correct answer is (D). 1.62 5 1.62% 100 1.62% of $82,200 5 .0162 3 $82,200 5 $1,331.64 So the correct answer is (D), $1,332. 44. The correct answer is (B). A and B worked in the ratio of 5:4. 51459 $243 4 9 5 $27 A’s share 5 5 3 27 5 $135 45. The correct answer is (D). The two items together cost: $24.50 1 43.28 $67.78 5% tax 3 .05 $3.3890 The tax for the two items was $3.39. Total cost: $67.78 1 3.39 $71.17 46. The correct answer is (D). The total must be 100 percent. German 32% Spanish 28% English 20% Miscellaneous 10% 90% Therefore, 100% 2 90%, or 10%, are French. A circle contains 360°. 10% of 360° 5 .10 3 360° 5 36° 47. The correct answer is (A). To find the median arrange the values in order: 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 3.0, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.9, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 The median is the middle value in the list, or 3.5 inches. 48. The correct answer is (A). $450.70 3 .0765 225350 270420 315490 $34.478550 So the correct answer is (A), $34.48.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 49. The correct answer is (C). 2 3 $4.50 5 $ 9.00 3 3 $4.15 5 12.45 5 3 $4.75 5 1 23.75 $45.20 $45.20 4 10 5 $4.52 50. The correct answer is (A). A and B invested in the ratio 7:8. 7 1 8 5 15 $2,250 4 15 5 $150 A’s share 5 7 3 $150 5 $1,050

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ARITHMETIC REVIEW EXAM 2 Directions: Mark the letter of the choice that best answers the question. 1.

A bag of nickels and dimes contains $11.50. If there are seventy-three dimes, how many nickels are there? (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

4.

(B) (C) (D)

37 44 55 62

6% 1 8 % 4 12% 2 16 % 3

A can type 500 form letters in 5 hours. B can type 400 of these forms in 5 hours. If A and B are to work together, the number of hours it will take them to type 540 form letters is most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

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2 3 4 5

5 1 , , 7 2 arranged in ascending the result is

(B) (C) (D) 8.

3 2 , and are 5 3 order of size,

1 3 2 5 , , , 2 5 3 7 3 5 2 1 , , , 5 7 3 2 1 2 3 5 , , , 2 3 5 7 5 2 3 1 , , , 7 3 5 2

2 of his salary with9 held for income tax. The percent of his salary that is withheld is most nearly An employee has

(A) (B) (C) (D) 9.

0 18 180 198

If the fractions

(A)

What tax rate on a base of $4,782 would yield $286.92? (A)

5.

7.

A carton contains 9 dozen file folders. If a clerk removes 53 folders, how many are left in the carton? (A) (B) (C) (D)

The difference between one tenth of 2,000 and one-tenth percent of 2,000 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

78 80 82 84

A shipment consists of 340 ten-foot pieces of conduit with a coupling on each piece. If the conduit weighs 0.85 lb. per foot and each coupling weighs 0.15 lb., then the total weight of the shipment is (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

16% 18% 20% 22%

Frank and John repaired an old auto and sold it for $900. Frank worked on it ten days and John worked eight days. They divided the money in the ratio of the time spent on the work. Frank received (A) (B) (C) (D)

$400 $450 $500 $720

Solving Arithmetic Problems 10.

A driver traveled 100 miles at the rate of 40 mph, then traveled 80 miles at 60 mph. The total number of hours for the entire trip was (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

(B) (C) (D)

13.

1 12 ft. 2 3 15 ft. 4 1 17 ft. 2 3 18 ft. 4

17.

1 1 1 1

to to to to

10 100 1,000 10,000

$93.75 $350 $375 $500

If Mr. Mitchell has $627.04 in his checking account and then writes three checks for $241.75, $13.24, and $102.97, what will be his new balance? (A) (B) (C) (D)

$257.88 $269.08 $357.96 $369.96

90 ft. 100 ft. 110 ft. 140 ft.

As a result of reports received by the Housing Authority concerning the reputed ineligibility of 756 tenants because of above-standard incomes, an intensive check of their employers has been ordered. Four housing assistants have been assigned to this task. At the end of six days at 7 hours each, they have checked on 336 tenants. In order to speed up the investigation, 2 more housing assistants are assigned at this point. If they worked at the same rate, the number of additional 7-hour days it would take to complete the job is, most nearly, (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

600 750 850 1,000

Assume that it is necessary to partition a room measuring 40 feet by 20 feet into eight square rooms of equal size. Allowing no room for aisles, the minimum amount of partitioning that would be needed is (A) (B) (C) (D)

After an article is discounted by 25 percent, it sells for $375. The original price of the article was (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

16.

The ratio between .01% and .1 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

If erasers cost 8¢ each for the first 250, 7¢ each for the next 250, and 5¢ for every eraser thereafter, how many erasers can be purchased for $50? (A) (B) (C) (D)

3 1 20 3 1 4 1 2 4 5 3 6

On a house plan on which 2 inches represent 5 feet, the length of a room 1 measures 7 inches. The actual 2 length of the room is (A)

12.

15.

1 3 5 7

A bird flying 400 miles covers the first 100 at the rate of 100 miles an hour, the second 100 at the rate of 200 miles an hour, the third 100 at the rate of 300 miles an hour, and the last 100 at the rate of 400 miles an hour. The average speed was (A) (B) (C) (D)

192 212 250 150

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20.

21.

At 5 o’clock, the least angle between the hands of the clock is (A) 5° (B) 75° (C) 120° (D) 150° 2 7 percent of $1,200 is 3 (A) $87 (B) $92 (C) $112 (D) $920 A certain family spends 30 percent of its income for food, 8 percent for clothing, 25 percent for shelter, 4 percent for recreation, 13 percent for education, and 5 percent for miscellaneous items. The weekly earnings are $500. Assuming that any money left over is put into savings, what is the number of weeks it would take this family to save $15,000? (A) (B) (C) (D)

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22.

A 12-gallon mixture of antifreeze and water is 25 percent antifreeze. If 3 gallons of water are added to it, the strength of the mixture is now (A) (B) (C) (D)

23.

12% 2 16 % 3 20% 35%

A cab driver works on a commission 1 basis, receiving 42 percent of the 2 fares. In addition, his earnings from tips are valued at 29 percent of the commissions. If his average weekly fares equal $520, then his average earnings for a four-week period would be (A) (B) (C) (D)

between $900 and $1,000 between $1,000 and $1,100 between $1,100 and $1,200 more than $1,200

Solving Arithmetic Problems Questions 24 and 25 refer to the following graph.

24.

For how many months are materials and supplies inventories exceeding $15 billion at the same time that finished goods inventories are more than $11 billion?(MonthsJanuarythroughDecember are represented by interval marks on the graph going from left to right.) (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

In June 2003, the ratio of finished goods to work in process was approximately (A) (B) (C) (D)

4:7 3:7 3:4 4:3

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An employee’s net pay is equal to his total earnings less all deductions. If an employee’s total earnings in a pay period are $497.05, what is his net pay if he has the following deductions: federal income tax, $90.32; FICA, $38.02; state tax, $18.79; city tax, $7.25; pension, $1.88? (A) (B) (C) (D)

27.

28.

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A parade is marching up an avenue for sixty city blocks. A sample count of the number of people watching the parade is taken, first on a block near the end of the parade, and then on a block at the middle. The former count is 4,000, the latter is 6,000. If the average for the entire parade is assumed to be the average of the two samples, then the estimated number of persons watching the entire parade is most nearly (A) (B) (C) (D)

240,000 300,000 480,000 600,000

If A takes six days to do a task and B takes three days to do the same task, working together they should do the same task in (A) (B)

$351.17 $351.07 $350.17 $340.79

Assume that two types of files have been ordered: 200 of type A and 100 of type B. When the files are delivered, the buyer discovers that 25 percent of each type is damaged. Of the remaining files, 20 percent of type A and 40 percent of type B are the wrong color. The total number of files that are the wrong color is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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(C) (D) 30.

The total length of fencing needed to enclose a rectangular area 46 feet by 34 feet is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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$29.80 $29.85 $29.90 $29.95

If a person in the 19 percent income tax bracket pays $3,515 in income taxes, his taxable income was (A) (B) (C) (D)

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The price of a radio is $31.29, which includes a 5 percent sales tax. What was the price of the radio before the tax was added? (A) (B) (C) (D)

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26 yd. 1 ft. 2 26 yd. 3 52 yd. 2 ft. 1 53 yd. 3

Find the length of time it would take 3 $432 to yield $74.52 in interest at 5 4 percent per annum (the amount of interest earned each year is constant). (A) (B) (C) (D)

32.

2 2 days 3 2 days 1 2 days 3 1 2 days 2

$18,500 $32,763 $53,800 $67,785

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Of the numbers 6, 5, 3, 3, 6, 3, 4, 3, 4, 3, the mode is (A) (B) (C) (D)

35.

36.

In a group of 100 people, 37 wear glasses. What is the probability that a person chosen at random from this group does NOT wear glasses? (A) (B) (C) (D)

38.

42.

60 144 1,728 8,640

The value of 32 nickels, 73 quarters, and 156 dimes is (A) (B) (C) (D)

44.

$432 $458 $480 $528

How many boxes 3 inches by 4 inches by 5 inches can fit into a carton 3 feet by 4 feet by 5 feet? (A) (B) (C) (D)

43.

140 31,500 7,854 94,500

1 A salesman is paid 4 percent com2 mission on his first $7,000 of sales 1 and 5 percent commission on all 2 sales in excess of $7,000. If his sales were $9,600, how much commission did he earn? (A) (B) (C) (D)

.37 .50 .63 1.00

The interest on $148.00 at 6 percent a year for sixty days is (A) (B) (C) (D)

39.

41.

$1,200 $4,500 $12,000 $45,000

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The water level of a swimming pool measuring 75 feet by 42 feet is to be raised 4 inches. If there are 7.48 gallons in a cubic foot, the number of gallons of water that will be needed is (A) (B) (C) (D)

Two people start at the same point and walk in opposite directions. If one walks at the rate of 2 miles per hour and the other walks at the rate of 3 miles per hour, in how many hours will they be 20 miles apart? (A) (B) (C) (D)

37.

3 4 5 6

In a circle graph, a sector of 108 degrees is shaded to indicate the overhead in doing $150,000 gross business. The overhead amounts to (A) (B) (C) (D)

40.

$26.10 $31.75 $35.45 $49.85

The area of the shaded figure is

$8.88 $2.96 $14.80 $1.48

A man bought a camera that was listed at $160. He was given successive discounts of 20 percent and 10 percent. The price he paid was (A) (B) (C) (D)

$112.00 $115.20 $119.60 $129.60

(A) (B) (C) (D)

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The wage rate at a certain trade is $8.60 an hour for a 40-hour week and 1 1 times the base pay for overtime. 2 An employee who works 48 hours in a week earns (A) (B) (C) (D)

46.

Jane Michaels borrowed $200 on March 31 at the simple interest rate of 8 percent per year. If she wishes to repay the loan and the interest on May 15, what is the total amount she must pay? (A) (B) (C) (D)

47.

$201 $202 $203 $204

How many decigrams are in .57 kilograms? (A) (B) (C) (D)

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If candies are bought at $1.10 per dozen and sold at three for 55 cents, 1 then the total profit on 5 dozen is 2 (A) $5.55 (B) $6.05 (C) $6.55 (D) $7.05

49.

The number missing in the sequence 2, 5, 10, 17, ______, 37, 50, 65 is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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22 24 26 27

A cylindrical container has a diameter of 14 inches and a height of 6 inches. If 1 gallon equals 231 cubic inches, then the capacity of the tank is approximately (A) (B) (C) (D)

2 2 gal. 7 4 gal. 1 1 gal. 7 3 gal.

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ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

D C C A B D A D C D

11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

D C D B B B C A D B

21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

D C C B D D D B B D

31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40.

B A A A D C C D B C

41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.

B C C D A B C B C B

1. The correct answer is (D). 73 dimes 5 73 3 $.10 5 $7.30 $11.50 2 $7.30 5 $4.20 There are $4.20 worth of nickels in the bag. $4.20 4 $.05 5 84 nickels 2. The correct answer is (C). Each 10-foot piece weighs: 10 3 .85 lb 5 8.5 lb 1 .15 lb 8.65 lb The entire shipment weighs: 340 3 8.65 lb = 2,941 lb 3. The correct answer is (C). The carton contains 9 3 12 5 108 folders. 108 2 53 5 55 remain in the carton. 4. The correct answer is (A). Rate 5 tax 4 base .06 286.92 4 4782 5 4782q286.92 286.92 .06 5 6% 5. The correct answer is (B). A can type 500 4 5 5 100 letters per hour B can type 400 4 5 5 80 letters per hour Together they can type 180 letters per hour. 540 4 180 5 3 It will take 3 hours to type 540 letters. 6. The correct answer is (D). 1 1 of 2,000 5 3 2,000 5 200 10 10 1 % of 2,000 5 .001 3 2,000 5 2 10 The difference is 200 2 2 5 198

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105 126 140 150 , , , . 210 210 210 210

1 3 2 5 So the correct answer is (A), , , , . 2 5 3 7 8. The correct answer is (D). .22 2 9 5 9q2.00 18 20 18 2 2 22 5 22% most nearly 9 The correct answer is (D), 22%. 9. The correct answer is (C). Frank and John worked in the ratio of 10:8. 10 1 8 5 18 $900 4 18 5 $50 Frank’s share 5 10 3 $50 5 $500 10. The correct answer is (D). The first part of the trip took: 1 100 mi 4 40 mph 5 2 hours 2 The second part of the trip took: 1 80 mi 4 60 mph 5 1 hours 3 3 1 2 5 2 2 6 1 2 11 511 3 6 5 3 6

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12. The correct answer is (C). .01% .0001 5 .1 .1 5 .001 1 5 1,000 So the correct answer is (C), 1 to 1,000. 13. The correct answer is (D). $375 is 75 percent of the original price. The original price 5 $375 4 75% 5 $375 4 .75 5 $500 14. The correct answer is (B). Total of checks: $241.75 13.24 1 102.97 $357.96 $627.04 old balance 2357.96 checks $269.08 new balance 15. The correct answer is (B). First 250 erasers: 250 3 $.08 5 $20.00 Next 250 erasers: 250 3 $.07 5 $17.50 Total for 500 erasers: $20.00 1 $17.50 5 $37.50 $50.00 2 $37.50 5 $12.50 $12.50 remains for 5¢ erasers: $12.50 4 $.05 5 250 erasers 500 1 250 erasers 5 750

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 16. The correct answer is (B). The room would be partitioned as is shown below:

The total amount of partitioning is 100 feet. 17. The correct answer is (C). Four assistants completed 336 cases in 42 hours (six days at 7 hours per day). Therefore, each assistant completed 336 4 4, or 84 cases in 42 hours, for a rate of two cases per hour per assistant. After the first six days, the number of cases remaining is 756 2 336 5 420 It will take 6 assistants, working at the rate of two cases per hour per assistant 420 4 12 or 35 hours to complete the work. If each workday has 7 hours, then 35 4 7 or 5 days are needed. 18. The correct answer is (A). At 100 mph, 100 miles will take 1 hour. At 200 mph, 100 1 1 miles will take hour. At 300 mph, 100 miles will take hour. At 400 mph, 100 miles 2 3 1 will take hour. 4 12 Total time: 1 5 12

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6 12

1 5 3

4 12

1 3 51 4 12

1 25 5 2 hours 12 12 25 1 400 miles 4 2 hours 5 400 4 mph 12 12 12 5 400 3 mph 25 5 192 mph 19. The correct answer is (D). Each hour is represented by 360° 4 12 5 30°.

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 20. The correct answer is (B). 23 2 7 % of $1,200 5 % of $1,200 3 3 23 To rename % as a fraction, divide by 100: 3 23 1 23 23 4 100 5 3 5 3 3 100 300 4 23 3 1200 5 $92 300 1 21. The correct answer is (D). The family spends a total of 85 percent of its income. Therefore, 100% 2 85%, or 15%, remains for savings. 15% of $500 5 .15 3 $500 5 $75 per week $15,000 4 $75 5 200 weeks 22. The correct answer is (C). The mixture contains 25 percent of 12 gallons, or 3 gallons, of antifreeze. The remaining 9 gallons must be water. The new mixture would contain 3 gallons of antifreeze and 9 1 3 5 12 gallons of water, for a total of 15 gallons. The strength would be: 3 gal. antifreeze 5 .20 5 20% 15 gal. mixture 23. The correct answer is (C). 1 Commission 5 42 % of fares 2 1 42 % of $520 5 .425 3 $520 2 5 $221 commission Tips 5 29% of commission 29% of $221 5 .29 3 $221 5 $64.09 tips Weekly earnings: $221.00 1 64.09 $285.09 Four-week earnings: $285.09 3 4 $1,140.36 24. The correct answer is (B). For this graph, it helps to visualize each bar as representing a calendar month. Finished goods inventories are more than $11 billion in June, September, November, and December of 2003. Of those months, materials and supplies inventories are more than $15 billion in September and December. The correct answer is (B), two. 25. The correct answer is (D). In June 2003, finished goods inventories were approximately $12 billion, and work in process inventories were approximately $9 billion. The ratio is 12:9, or 4:3.

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 26. The correct answer is (D). $90.32 38.02 18.79 7.25 + 1.88 Total deductions $156.26 $497.05 total earnings 2156.26 deductions $340.79 net pay 27. The correct answer is (D). If 25 percent are damaged, then 75 percent are not damaged. Type A: 75% of 200 5 .75 3 200 5 150 20 percent of 150 are wrong color 20% of 150 5 .20 3 150 5 30 Type B: 75% of 100 5 .75 3 100 5 75 40 percent of 75 are wrong color 40% of 75 5 .40 3 75 5 30 Total wrong color 5 30 1 30 5 60 4,000 1 6,000 5 5,000 per block. If there are 2 sixty blocks, then there are 60 3 5,000 5 300,000 people.

28. The correct answer is (B). Average is

29. The correct answer is (B). A can do

1 1 of the task in 1 day, and B can do in 1 day. 6 3

Together, in 1 day they can do 1 1 5 6 6 1 2 1 51 3 6 3 1 5 of the job 6 2 It will take two days to complete the job if they work together.

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Perimeter 5 46′ 1 34′ 1 46′ 1 34′ 5 160′ 160 160 ft. 4 3 ft. per yd. 5 yd. 3 1 5 53 yd. 3 31. The correct answer is (B). 108 23 3 $432 3 5 % 5 432 3 4 400 100 2,484 5$ 100 5 $24.84 $74.52 4 $24.84 5 3 32. The correct answer is (A). $31.29 5 105% of price before tax. Price before tax 5 $31.29 4 105% 5 $31.29 4 1.05 5 $29.80 33. The correct answer is (A). $3,515 5 19% of taxable income. Taxable income 5 $3,515 4 19% 5 $3,515 4 .19 5 $18,500 34. The correct answer is (A). The mode is the value appearing most frequently. For the list given, the mode is 3. 108° 35. The correct answer is (D). A sector of 108° is 5 30% of the circle. 360° 3 3 $150,000 5 $45,000 10 36. The correct answer is (C). After 1 hour, they will be 5 miles apart. 20 mi. 4 5 mi. 5 4 hr. It will take 4 hours to be 20 miles apart. 37. The correct answer is (C). If 37 wear glasses, 100 2 37, or 63, do not wear glasses. The probability is

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1 6

5 $1.48 39. The correct answer is (B). First discount: 20% of $160 5 .20 3 $160 5 $32 $160 2 $32 5 $128 Second discount: 10% of $128 5 .10 3 $128 5 $12.80 $128.00 2 $12.80 5 $115.20 40. The correct answer is (C). 1 ft. 3 25 1 Volume to be added 5 75 3 42 3 3 1 5 1,050 cu. ft. 5 1,050 3 7.48 gal. 5 7,854 gal. 4 in. 5

41. The correct answer is (B). Commission on first $7,000: 1 4 % of $7,000 5 .045 3 $7,000 2 5 $315 Commission on remainder: $9,600 2 $7,000 5 $2,600 1 5 % of $2,600 5 .055 3 $2,600 2 5 $143 Total commission 5 $315 1 $143 5 $458 42. The correct answer is (C). Volume of the carton 5 3 ft. 3 4 ft. 3 5 ft. 5 36 in. 3 48 in. 3 60 in. 5 103,680 cu. in. Volume of each box 5 3 in. 3 4 in. 3 5 in. 5 60 cu. in. 103,680 4 60 5 1,728

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Solving Arithmetic Problems 43. The correct answer is (C). 32 nickels 5 32 3 $.05 5 $1.60 73 quarters 5 73 3 $.25 5 $18.25 156 dimes 5 156 3 $.10 5 $15.60 Total 5 $35.45 44. The correct answer is (D). The area of the shaded figure equals the area of the greater circle minus the area of the smaller circle: Area of larger circle 5 52p 5 25p Minus area of smaller circle 5 22p 5 4p Equals area of shaded figure 5 21p 45. The correct answer is (A). 48 2 40 5 8 hours overtime Salary for 8 hours overtime: 4 3 1 1 3 $8.60 3 8 5 3 $8.60 3 8 2 2 1 5 $103.20 Salary for 40 hours regular time: $8.60 3 40 5 $344.00 Total salary 5 $344.00 1 $103.20 5 $447.20 46. The correct answer is (B). From March 31 to May 15 is forty-five days, which is

45 360

of a year. 1 45 Interest 5 $200 3 .08 3 360 8 16 5$ 8 5 $2 She must pay $200 1 $2 5 $202. 47. The correct answer is (C). .57 kilograms 5 .57 3 1,000 grams 5 570 grams 5 570 4 .10 decigrams 5 5,700 decigrams

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Part Two: Arithmetic Review 1 48. The correct answer is (B). The cost of 5 dozen is 2 1 5 3 $1.10 5 5.5 3 $1.10 2 5 $6.05 The candies sell at three for $.55. A dozen sells for 4 3 $.55, or $2.20. The selling price 1 of 5 dozen is 2 1 5 3 $2.20 5 5.5 3 $2.20 2 5 $12.10 Profit 5 $12.10 2 $6.05 5 $6.05 49. The correct answer is (C). Find the differences between terms: 2 5 10 17 ____ 37 50 65 3 5 7 13 15 The difference between 17 and the missing term must be 9. The missing term is 17 1 9 5 26. 50. The correct answer is (B). The volume of the cylinder 5 pr2h. If the diameter is 14, 22 then the radius is 7. Using p 5 , 7 7 22 Volume 5 3 49 3 6 7 1 5 924 cubic inches 924 4 231 5 4 gallons

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PART THREE

VOCABULARY REVIEW

EXPANDING YOUR VOCABULARY SKILLS

This section will help to expand your vocabulary quickly. It will also give you practice in answering vocabulary questions. It is divided into four sections. The first, Study Aids, includes an etymology chart and a word list. Read this material carefully, but don’t try to absorb it all at once. Becoming familiar with the etymology chart first will help you when you study the word list. Follow the study suggestions. To study effectively, you might want to divide the etymology chart and the word list into sections. Learn each section thoroughly before going on to the next one. To keep your concentration and learning at a maximum level, a half-hour of studying at a time is a good idea. Of course if you feel mentally alert, you can study for a longer period. The second section gives you practical advice on how to answer synonym (same meaning) questions. There is a series of twelve practice tests on synonyms. The third section teaches you how to answer antonym (opposites) questions. There is a series of eight practice tests on antonyms. The fourth section gives instruction on answering sentence completion questions and concludes with a series of six practice tests. Each section is followed by the answer key to the tests in that section. To get the maximum benefit from the practice tests, do not do them all at once. Take one or two tests; then check to see how you have done. If you need to, go back to the study aids for that section. Then try some more tests. If you keep an honest record of your scores, you’ll see how much you’ve improved. Use the practice tests to help you learn. When you check your answers, make sure you understand why they were right or wrong. Make a note of any words you’re not sure of and look them up in the word list or in a dictionary. The correct answers to the sentence completion practice tests are followed by explanations that clarify the reasoning behind the correct answer choices. This book is only a starting place. There are many things you can do to increase your vocabulary. Get into the habit of reading as much as you can, and read many different kinds of texts. Reading newspapers, magazines, books, and even the labels and directions on products that you buy can increase your vocabulary. Reading will help you discover the meaning of new words from their use in contexts. When you are reading and you come across a word that you are not familiar with or that you are uncertain about, look it up in a dictionary. Then reread the text to see how the meaning fits. Practice using the word yourself by making up sentences that include the word. This will help to make the word a permanent part of your vocabulary. With a little effort you will find that your knowledge of words grows steadily.

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills you know the basic parts of words, it will be easier to remember words you’ve learned and to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Here is an example. The word biography is made up of two important parts. Graphy comes from a Greek word meaning “writing.” Many English words use this root. Graphology, for instance, is the study of handwriting. An autograph is something written by one’s self. The photograph is an example of picture writing. The bio part of biography also comes from Greek, and it means “life.” It, too, is a part of many English words, such as biology (the study of life) and biochemistry (the chemistry of living things). When we put bio and graphy together, we have a word meaning a writing about the life of a person, or the story of a person’s life. We can make another word by adding another part to biography. Add the Latin word part auto, which means “self,” and we have an autobiography: a person’s written account of his or her own life. In the last paragraph, the words graphology and biology appear. Both contain the word part -logy. Do you know any other words containing that word part? Reread the paragraph. Can you figure out the meaning of the word part -logy? You can check your answer in the etymology chart in this section. Any good dictionary will provide you with the etymology of words. When you look up an unfamiliar word, make it a habit to look at how it was formed. Does the word have a part that helps to explain its meaning? Is it related to other words you already know? The following chart lists more than 150 common word parts. Each part is defined, and an example of a word or words in which it appears is given. It will help you to memorize the word parts if you try to make up a sentence using the example words. Don’t try to memorize the whole chart at once. If you study only a small section at a time, you’ll get better results. When you’ve learned one of the word parts, remember to look for it in your reading. See if you can think of other words in which the word part appears. Use the dictionary to find out if your choices are right. To help you find out how much you’ve learned, there are seven etymology exercises following the chart. WORD PART a, ab, abs

MEANING from, away

act, ag

do, act, drive

alter, altr am, ami anim annu, enni ante anthrop anti arbit arch aud, audit, aur

other, change love, friend mind, life, spirit year before man against judge first, chief hear

auto

self

bell bene, ben bi bibli bio brev cad, cas, cid cede, ceed, cess

war good, well two book life short fall go, yield

cent chrom

hundred color

EXAMPLE abrade—to wear off absent—away, not present action—a doing agent—one who acts for another alternate—to switch back and forth amorous—loving animated—spirited annual—yearly antediluvian—before the Flood anthropology—study of mankind antiwar—against war arbiter—a judge archetype—first model auditorium—place where performances are heard automobile—self-moving vehicle belligerent—warlike benefactor—one who does good deeds bilateral—two-sided bibliophile—book lover biology—study of life abbreviate—to shorten casualty—one who has fallen exceed—go beyond recession—a going backwards century—hundred years monochrome—having one color

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WORD PART chron cide, cis

MEANING time cut, kill

circum clam, claim clin cogn coul, co, col, con, cor

around shout slope, lean know with, together

contra, contro, counter

against

corp

body

cosm cre, crese, cret

order, world grow

cred culp cur, curr, curs

trust, believe blame run, course

de dec dem dic, dict

away from, down, opposite ten people say, speak

dis, di

not, away from

doc, doct domin du due, duct dur

teach, prove rule two lead hard, lasting

equ ev ex, e, ef

equal time, age from, out

extra

outside, beyond

fac, fact, feet, fie

do, make

fer fid fin flect, flex flu, fluct, flux

bear, carry belief, faith end, limit bend flow

fore

in front of, previous

form fort frag, fract

shape strong break

fug

flee

factory—place where things are made fictitious—made up or imaginary transfer—to carry across fidelity—faithfulness finite—limited reflect—to bend back fluid—flowing substance influx—a flowing in forecast—to tell ahead of time foreleg—front leg formation—shaping fortify—to strengthen fragile—easily broken fracture—a break fugitive—one who flees

gen

birth, kind, race

engender—to give birth to

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EXAMPLE chronology—time order suicide—a self-killing incision—a cutting into circumnavigate—to sail around proclaim—to declare loudly decline—to slope downward recognize—to know concentrate—to bring closer together cooperate—to work with collapse—to fall together contradict—to speak against counterclockwise—against the clock’s direction incorporate—to bring into a body corpse—dead body cosmos—universe increase—to grow accretion—growth by addition incredible—unbelievable culprit—one who is to blame current—presently running detract—to draw away from decade—ten years democracy—rule by the people dictation—a speaking predict—to say in advance, to foretell dislike—to not like digress—to turn away from the subject indoctrinate—to teach domineer—to rule over duo—a couple induct—to lead in durable—able to last equivalent—of equal value longevity—age, length of life expatriate—one who lives outside his native country emit—to send out extraterrestrial—from beyond the earth

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills WORD PART geo grad, gress graph

MEANING earth step, go writing

EXAMPLE geology—study of the earth progress—to go forward autograph—to write one’s own name

her, hes

stick, cling

homo hyper

same, like too much, over

adhere—to cling cohesive—sticking together homophonic—sounding the same hyperactive—overly active

in, il, ig, im, ir

not

in, il, im, ir

on, into, in

inter intra, intro

between, among within, inside

incorrect—not correct ignorant—not knowing illogical—not logical irresponsible—not responsible impose—to place on invade—to go into interplanetary—between planets intrastate—within a state

ject junct

throw join

reject—to throw back juncture—place where things join

leg leg, lig, lect

law choose, gather, read

lev liber loc log

light, rise free place speech, study

luc, lum

light

legal—lawful legible—readable eligible—able to be chosen select—to choose alleviate—to make lighter liberation—a freeing location—place dialogue—speech for two characters psychology—study of the mind translucent—allowing light to pass through luminous—shining

magn mal, male

large, great bad, wrong, poor

mar ment meter, metr, mens

sea mind measure

micr min mis mit, miss

small little badly, wrongly send

mono morph mov, mob, mot

single, one shape move

multi mut

many change

nase, nat

born

neg neo nom

deny new name

non nov

not new

magnify—to make larger maladjusted—poorly adjusted malevolent—ill-wishing marine—sea-dwelling demented—out of one’s mind chronometer—time-measuring device commensurate—of equal measure microwave—small wave minimum—least misunderstand—to understand wrongly remit—to send back mission—a sending monorail—train that runs on a single track anthropomorphic—man-shaped removal—a moving away mobile—able to move multiply—to become many mutation—change innate—inborn native—belonging by or from birth negative—no, not neologism—new word nomenclature—system of naming nominate—to name for office nonentity—a nobody novice—newcomer, beginner innovation—something new

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MEANING

EXAMPLE

omni oper

all work

omnipresent—present in all places operate—to work cooperation—a working together

path, pat, pass

feel, suffer

ped, pod pel, puls phil phob phon phot

foot drive, push love fear sound light

poly port

many carry

pot post pre press prim pro

power after before, earlier than press first in favor of, in front of, forward mind

patient—suffering compassion—a feeling with pedestrian—one who goes on foot impel—to push philosophy—love of wisdom phobic—irrationally fearing symphony—a sounding together photosynthesis—synthesis of chemical compounds in plants with the aid of light photon—light particle polygon—many-sided figure import—to carry into a country portable—able to be carried potency—power postmortem—after death prejudice—judgment in advance impression—a pressing into primal—first, original proceed—to go forward prowar—in favor of war psychiatry—cure of the mind

psych

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quer, quir, quis, ques

ask, seek

query—to ask inquisitive—asking many questions quest—a search

re

back, again

rid, ris

laugh

rupt

break

rethink—to think again reimburse—to pay back deride—to make fun of ridiculous—laughable erupt—to break out rupture—a breaking apart

sci, scio

know

scrib, script

write

semi sent, sens

half feel, think

sequ, secut sol son, solu, solut

follow alone loosen

son spec, spic, spect

sound look

spir stab, stat string, strict stru, struct super

breathe stand bind build over, greater

tang, ting, tact, tig

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science—knowledge conscious—having knowledge describe—to write about inscription—a writing on semiconscious—half conscious sensation—feeling sentient—able to feel sequential—following in order desolate—lonely dissolve—to loosen the bonds of solvent—loosening agent sonorous—sounding inspect—to look into spectacle—something to be looked at respiration—breathing establish—to make stand, to found restrict—to bind, to limit construct—to build superfluous—overflowing, beyond what is needed tactile—of the sense of touch contiguous—touching

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills WORD PART tele ten, tain, tent

MEANING far hold

term terr test therm tort, tors tract trans

end earth witness heat twist pull, draw across

EXAMPLE television—machine for seeing far tenacity—holding power contain—to hold together terminal—last, ending terrain—surface of the earth attest—to witness thermos—container that retains heat contort—to twist out of shape attract—to pull toward transport—to carry across a distance

un uni

not one

uninformed—not informed unify—to make one

vac ven, vent ver verb vid, vis

empty come true word see

viv, vit voc, vok

life call

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wish, will

evacuate—to make empty convene—to come together verity—truth verbose—wordy video—means of seeing vision—sight vivid—lively provocative—calling for a response revoke—to call back involuntary—not willed

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EXERCISES Directions: In each of the following exercises, the words in the left-hand column are built on roots given in the etymology chart. Match each word with its definition from the right-hand column. Refer to the chart if necessary. Can you identify the roots of each word? If there is any word you can’t figure out, look it up in a dictionary. EXERCISE 1 mutable culpable interminable amiable vacuous vital primeval tenacious tangible inoperable risible indissoluble

able to be touched laughable empty of meaning or interest of the first age holding firmly necessary to life unending stable, not able to be loosened or broken up changeable friendly blameworthy not working, out of order

infinity duplicity levity brevity ejection edict infraction genocide agenda annuity microcosm doctrine

list of things to be done sum paid yearly a throwing out or from shortness endlessness body of teachings killing of a race lightness of spirit a breaking double-dealing official decree; literally, a speaking out world in miniature

recede abdicate homogenize illuminate supervise verbalize liberalize legislate intervene inter aver protract

state as the truth throw light on forswear, give up a power put into words make freer go away bury oversee make laws draw out make the same throughout come between

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills EXERCISE 4 abduction fortitude consequence confluence compression locus status disunity veracity revival advent adjunct

arrival, a coming to a pressing together a flowing together something added to a coming back to life place truthfulness that which follows as a result strength lack of oneness a leading away, kidnapping standing, position

nascent centennial prospective circumspect multinational clamorous antebellum contrary impassioned credulous obdurate nominal

being born before the Civil War believing easily going against in name only hard, unyielding looking forward careful, looking in all directions hundred-year anniversary having interests in many countries full of strong feeling shouting

dislocation misanthropy misnomer misconception negation propulsion volition retraction arbitration inclination precognition precursor

wrong name withdrawal a knowing in advance denial power of will forerunner a putting out of place wrong idea a judging a pushing forward hatred of mankind a leaning toward

solitary altruistic beneficial benevolent malefactor malformed malodorous omniscient omnipotent magnanimous chronometric terrestrial

measuring time all-powerful badly shaped doing good, favorable alone, single of the earth serving others bad-smelling great-spirited, generous all-knowing evildoer well-wishing

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WORD LIST This list contains more than 1,300 words that may appear on the test that you are planning to take. You may know some of them already. Others will sound familiar, although you may not be sure of their exact meaning. Many are words that you will find in the practice tests in this section. Each word is briefly defined and then used in a sentence. If you want to find the origin of the words and extended definitions, refer to a dictionary. The dictionary may also help by providing synonyms for some of these words. How can you learn the words on this list that are new to you? Writing a word and its definition can help you remember new vocabulary words and their meanings. While you may not have time to learn every word listed before your exam, you can learn many of them. Divide your work into sections. Choose a moderate number of words whose meanings you do not know. Fifteen to twenty words would be a good choice for most people. Write these words and their definitions on a piece of paper that you can conveniently carry with you. Take the list with you during your normal activities. You can review it whenever you have some spare time. When you know the meanings of the words on this list, prepare another list in the same way. Another useful way to learn words is to write them on note cards. Again, choose a moderate number of words and write the word on one side of the card and its definition on the other side. After you have studied the words and definitions, test yourself. Arrange the cards so that the sides of the cards with the new vocabulary words are face up. Then, on a separate sheet of paper, write the meaning of the word shown on the top card. Put this card at the bottom of the stack and write the meaning of the next word. Do this until you have gone through the entire stack. Now check yourself by comparing your answers with the definitions on the backs of the cards. Another way to study is to stack the cards with the definition side facing you, and write the word that is defined. These cards can also be used with the help of a friend, who can hold up the cards as you tell him or her the correct meaning of each word or identify the word from its definition. A abandon—to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in: Abandoned cars along the highway are unsightly. abase—to cast down or make humble, to reduce in estimation: He refused to abase himself by admitting his mistake in front of the crowd. abate—to lessen in intensity or number: After an hour, the storm abated and the sky began to clear. abdicate—to give up a power or function: The father abdicated his responsibility for the boy. aberrant—differing from what is right or normal: Aberrant behavior is frequently seen as a sign of emotional disturbance. abet—to encourage or countenance the commission of an offense: Aiding and abetting a criminal makes one a party to crime. abeyance—temporary suspension of an action: The strike motion was held in abeyance pending contract negotiations. abhor—to regard with horror and loathing: The pacifist abhors war. abide by—to live up to, submit to: We will abide by the decision of the court. abject—miserable, wretched: Many people in underdeveloped and overpopulated countries live in abject poverty. abolish—to do away with, as an institution: Slavery was abolished in Massachusetts shortly after the American Revolution.

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abominate—to loathe: I abominate all laws that deprive people of their rights. abort—to come to nothing, cut short: The mission was aborted when several of the helicopters broke down. abrasive—scraping or rubbing, annoyingly harsh or jarring: The high-pitched whine of the machinery was abrasive to my nerves. abridge—to shorten: The paperback book was an abridged edition. absenteeism—condition of being habitually absent, as from work: Absenteeism at the plant becomes more of a problem around holidays. abstain—to refrain voluntarily from some act: Because I was not sure if I agreed or disagreed with the motion, I abstained from voting for it. abstract—not concrete; not material; not easy to understand; theoretical: His abstract ideas are difficult to apply to everyday situations. absurd—clearly untrue, nonsensical: The parents dismissed the child’s story of meeting aliens from outer space as absurd. abundant—plentiful, more than enough: Rich soil and abundant rainfall make the region lush and fruitful. abut—to touch, as bordering property: When estates abut, borders must be defined precisely. accede—to consent: He acceded to their request. accelerate—to increase in speed: Going downhill, a vehicle will naturally accelerate. access—means of approach: Public libraries ensure that the people have access to vast stores of information.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills acclaim—to applaud, approve loudly: The crowd in the square acclaimed their hero as the new president. accommodate—to make room for, adjust: The room can accommodate two more desks. We will accommodate ourselves to the special needs of those clients. accumulate—to gather, pile up: Over the years, she has accumulated a large collection of antique bric-a-brac. accurate—careful and exact; conforming exactly to truth or to a standard; free from error: The witness gave an accurate account of the accident. accustom—to get or be used to: The supervisor was not accustomed to having her instructions ignored. acknowledge—to admit, recognize as true or legitimate: We acknowledge the government’s authority to make us pay taxes. acoustic—pertaining to hearing: The acoustic qualities of a room may be improved by insulation. acquiesce—to comply or accept passively: One must often acquiesce to the demands of a superior. acquire—to come into possession or control of: Once acquired, the skill of swimming is not easily lost. acquit—to set free from an accusation: The jury acquitted the defendant. acuity—acuteness, sharpness: His unusual acuity of vision allowed him to spot the landmark before it was visible to the others. acumen—sharpness of mind, keenness in business matters: The acumen of many early industrialists accounts for their success. adamant—inflexible, hard: She was adamant in her determination to succeed. adaptable—able to adjust to new circumstances: Thanks to the intelligence that has made technology possible, humans are more adaptable to a variety of climates than any other species. adept—skilled, well-versed: A journalist is adept at writing quickly. adequate—sufficient, enough: Without adequate sunlight, many tropical plants will not bloom. adhere—to hold, stick to, cling: Many persons adhere to their beliefs despite all arguments. adjacent—adjoining; having a common border: New York and Connecticut are adjacent states. adjourn—to suspend proceedings, usually for the day: Since it is now five o’clock, I move that we adjourn until tomorrow morning. adjunct—something joined to a thing but not necessarily a part of it: A rider is an adjunct to a legislative bill. adroit—skillful in the use of the hands or mental faculties: The adroit juggler held the crowd spellbound. adulterate—to corrupt or to make impure by addition of foreign substances: Many natural foods are adulterated when chemicals are added to preserve them. advantageous—useful, favorable: Our opponent’s blunders have been advantageous to our campaign. adverse—opposing, contrary: Adverse winds slowed the progress of the ship. advocate—to plead for or urge: Some politicians advocate public ownership of utilities. affable—amiable, pleasant, easy to talk to: The smiling face and affable manner of the teacher put the child at ease. affect—to influence: The judge did not allow her personal feelings to affect her judgment of the case’s legal merits.

affectation—artificial behavior or attitudes: His upper-class manner of speaking was nothing but an affectation. affidavit—sworn statement in writing: An affidavit may serve in place of a personal appearance. affiliation—connection, as with an organization: His affiliation with the club has been of long standing; he has been a member for ten years. affinity—relationship, kinship: There is a close affinity among many European languages, such as Spanish and Italian. affirm—to avow solemnly, declare positively: The testimony affirmed the defendant’s alibi. affix—to attach, fasten: A price tag was affixed to each item. affluence—wealth: The new affluence of the family made them the object of curiosity and envy to their neighbors. agenda—list of things to be done: The agenda of the conference included the problem of taxes. aggression—unprovoked attack: The invasion of Kuwait was denounced in the press as aggression. agitate—to stir up or disturb: Rumors of change in the government agitated the population. agoraphobia—unreasoning fear of open places: A person suffering from agoraphobia may be unable to go outdoors without experiencing panic. agrarian—having to do with land: Agrarian reforms were one of the first measures adopted in the economic rehabilitation of the country. alarm—disturb, excite: The parents were alarmed when their son’s temperature rose suddenly. alien—(adj) strange, foreign: Their customs are alien to us. (n) foreigner who has not become a citizen of the country where he lives: It is estimated that there are more than 1 million illegal aliens living in New York City. allay—to pacify, calm: Therapy will often allay the fears of the neurotic. allege—to declare without proof: The alleged attacker has yet to stand trial. alleviate—to lessen, make easier: The medicine helped to alleviate the pain. allocate—to distribute or assign: The new serum was allocated among the states in proportion to their population. allude—to refer to indirectly or by suggestion: The book alludes to an earlier document that we have been unable to locate or even to identify. aloof—distant, reserved, or cold in manner: Her elegant appearance and formal politeness made her seem aloof, though in reality she was only shy. altercation—angry dispute: The altercation stopped just short of physical violence. altitude—height, especially above sea level or the earth’s surface: The plane had reached an altitude of 4 miles. altruist—person who acts unselfishly in the interests of others: She proved herself an altruist by volunteering to help the flood victims when there was no hope of recompense. amalgamate—to make into a single unit: The new owners amalgamated several small companies into a single corporation. amass—to collect, pile up: Through careful investment, he had amassed a sizable fortune.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review ambiguous—having more than one possible meaning: The ambiguous wording of some legislative acts requires clarification by the courts. ambivalent—having conflicting feelings: I am ambivalent about the job; although the atmosphere is pleasant, the work itself is boring. amenable—agreeable, open to suggestion: He was amenable to the proposed schedule change. amicable—friendly: Courts often seek to settle civil suits in an amicable manner. amnesty—pardon for a large group: The judge granted amnesty to those who had been arrested for protesting. amplify—to enlarge, expand: Congressmen may amplify their remarks for appearance in the Record. analogous—having a similarity or partial likeness: Writers have often seen springtime as analogous to youth and winter to old age. analyze—to study or determine the nature and relationship of the parts: After the chemist analyzes the powder, she will tell us what it is. anemia—deficiency of red blood corpuscles or hemoglobin in the blood: Before it was treated, her anemia caused her to tire easily. annals—chronological records: The annals of the scientific societies reflect the advances of our era. annihilate—to destroy completely: If the government did not act to preserve the few remaining herds, the whole species would have been annihilated by the end of the century. annotate—to provide explanatory notes: For the student edition, the editor annotated the more difficult passages in the essay. annual—yearly, once a year: The company holds an annual picnic on the Fourth of July. annuity—amount of money payable yearly: Investment in an annuity provides income for their retirement. annul—to wipe out, make void: The Supreme Court can annul a law that it deems unconstitutional. anomalous—out of place, inappropriate to the surroundings: An anomalous jukebox stood rusting in the square of the primitive village. anonymous—bearing no name, unsigned: Little credence should be given to an anonymous accusation. antecedent—a preceding event, condition, or cause: The bombing of Pearl Harbor was antecedent to our entry into World War II. anticipate—to foresee, give thought to in advance; expect: We anticipate that this movie will be a box office hit. antipathy—dislike: His antipathy toward cats almost amounted to a phobia. apathy—lack of interest or emotion: Voter apathy allows a few politically concerned people to influence elections out of proportion to their numbers. apex—summit, peak: Some people reach the apex of their careers quickly. apparition—phantom, anything that appears suddenly or unexpectedly: Dressed in the antique gown, the woman looked like an apparition from her grandmother’s era. appearance—outward aspect; act of coming in sight: The celebrity put in an appearance at the awards ceremony. appease—to give in to satisfy or make peace, to pacify: Only a heartfelt apology will appease his rage at having been slighted.

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append—to attach as a supplement: Exhibits should be appended to the report. appendix—extra material added at the end of a book: A chronology of the events described may be found in the appendix. applicable—able to be applied, appropriate: Since you are single, the items on the form concerning your spouse are not applicable; leave those spaces blank. appraise—to set a value on: The price at which authorities appraise a building determines its taxes. appreciate—to think well of; to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of: I can appreciate the difficulties you are having with your aging parents. apprehend—to arrest; to understand: The police moved to apprehend the suspect. I could not apprehend what she was trying to say. apprehensive—fearing some coming event: The students were apprehensive about the examination. apprise—to give notice to: The shop owners were apprised of the new law about closing hours. approach—to come near to; taking of preliminary steps; a means of access: The approach to the haunted house was through a tangled arbor. approbation—approval: The act was performed with the approbation of the onlookers. apropos—pertinent, to the point: His remarks were apropos and well-founded. arbitrary—despotic, arrived at through will or caprice: An arbitrary ruling of the civil commission is being challenged in the courts. arbitration—settling a dispute by referring it to an outsider for decision: Under the agreement, disputes were to be settled by arbitration. archaic—no longer in use: Some words like “thou,” once a common form of address, are now archaic. archives—historic records: A separate building houses the United States archives in Washington. ardent—passionately enthusiastic: Her ardent patriotism led her to risk her life in the underground resistance movement. aroma—fragrance: The aroma of good coffee stimulates the salivary glands. arraign—to bring before a court of law, formally accuse: A person arrested must be arraigned within 24 hours. arrogant—disposed to exaggerate one’s own worth and importance: The arrogant waiter refused to acknowledge the disheveled man at the counter. articulate—expressing oneself readily, clearly, or effectively: The articulate child told of the day’s events in school. artifact—man-made object: Artifacts found by archaeologists allow them to reconstruct the daily lives of ancient peoples. ascertain—to find out with certainty: Because the woman’s story was so confused, we have been unable to ascertain whether a crime was committed or not. ascribe—to attribute, assign as a cause: His death was ascribed to poison. asinine—stupid, silly: The argument was too asinine to deserve a serious answer. asphyxiation—death or loss of consciousness caused by lack of oxygen: The flames never reached that part of the building, but several residents suffered asphyxiation from the smoke. assailant—attacker: Faced with a line-up, the victim picked out his alleged assailant.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills assemblage—a group or collection of things or persons: Out of the assemblage of spare parts in the garage, we found the pieces to repair the bicycle. assent—to concur, comply, consent: All parties involved assented to the statement. assert—to claim or state positively: She asserted her title to the property. assess—to set a value on: The house has been assessed for taxes at far below its market value. assiduous—performed with constant diligence: Assiduous attention to her assignment won her a promotion. assign—to appoint, prescribe: The new reporters were assigned to cover local sports events. assist—to give aid, help: The laboratory aide assists the chemist in researching the properties of chemical substances. assumption—something taken for granted or supposed to be fact: I prepared dinner on the assumption that they would be home by seven. assure—to make something certain, guarantee; to promise with confidence: The fact that they left their tickets assures that they will return. I assured her that someone would be there to meet her. astute—difficult to deceive: An astute judge of character, he guessed that his opponent was bluffing. attain—to get through effort, to achieve or reach: Thanks to their generous contribution, the campaign has attained its goal. attest—to bear witness to by oath or signature: Disinterested witnesses must attest to the signing of a will. attrition—a gradual wearing down: With the armies dug into the trenches, World War I became a war of attrition. atypical—not normal or usual: The usually calm man’s burst of temper was atypical. auction—to sell to the highest bidder: Bidding started at 5 dollars, but the chair eventually was auctioned for 30. augment—to increase: He augments his wealth with every deal. aural—of the ear or hearing: Since the sound system was not working properly, the aural aspect of the performance was a disappointment. auspicious—predicting success: The first week’s business was an auspicious start for the whole enterprise. austerity—quality of being strict, rigorous, very simple, or unadorned: To save money they went on an austerity program, cutting down on nonessential purchases. authorize—to give official permission: The guard is authorized to demand identification from anyone entering the building. autocratic—despotic, acting without regard for the rights or opinions of others: An autocratic attitude on the part of a supervisor is deeply resented by subordinates. automatically—involuntarily, spontaneously, mechanically: The computer automatically records the amount of sales for each month. autopsy—examination and partial dissection of a body to determine the cause of death: The autopsy revealed a brain tumor. averse—having a dislike or reluctance: The local population disliked tourists and were averse to having their pictures taken. avert—to turn aside or ward off: By acting quickly, we averted disaster. avow—to declare openly: She avowed her belief in the political system.

B baffle—to perplex, frustrate: The intricacies of the game baffle description. banal—commonplace, trite: There was nothing fresh or memorable in their banal exchange of opinions. banter—light, good-natured teasing: The comments were mere banter, not intended to wound. bar—to oppose, prevent, or forbid; to keep out: Conviction of committing a felony will bar you from voting. barren—unfruitful, unproductive: Only a few scrubby trees clung to the rocky soil of that barren landscape. barter—to trade by direct exchange of one commodity for another: At the market I bartered my sleeping bag for a handwoven blanket. basic—fundamental: The teacher explained the basic concepts of democracy. belabor—to beat or attack, especially with words: The speech belabored at great length what everyone in the audience already knew. belie—to lie about, to show to be false: Her laughing face belied her pretense of annoyance. belittle—to make smaller or less important: He belittled the actress’s talent by suggesting that her beauty, rather than her acting ability, was responsible for her success. beneficiary—one who benefits, especially one who receives a payment or inheritance: The man named his wife as the beneficiary of the insurance policy. benign—kindly: Her benign influence helped to alleviate their depression. berate—to scold vehemently: The teacher who berates his class has lost his temper. bespeak—to indicate, to speak for, especially in advance: The success of the first novel bespeaks a promising career for the young author. bestow—to grant or confer: The republic bestowed great honors upon its heroes. bibliography—list of sources of information on a particular subject: She assembled a bibliography of major works on early American history published since 1960. biennial—happening every two years: Many state legislatures convene on a biennial basis. bigot—narrow-minded, intolerant person: A bigot is not swayed from his beliefs by rational argument. blatant—too noisy or obtrusive, impossible to ignore: The children’s blatant disregard for conventional manners appalled their older relatives. bogus—false, counterfeit: Using a bogus driver’s license, she had opened an account under an assumed name. bolster—to prop up, support: The announcement that refreshments were being served bolstered the flagging spirits of the company. bore—to weary by being dull, uninteresting, or monotonous: I get so bored when my aunt tells the same stories over and over. bourgeois—middle-class: Thriftiness, respectability, and hard work are often thought of as bourgeois traits. boycott—to refuse to do business with or use: Consumers boycotted the company’s products to show support for the striking workers. brazen—brassy, shameless: The delinquents demonstrated a brazen contempt for the law. breach—opening or gap, failure to keep the terms, as of a promise or law: When they failed to deliver the goods, they were guilty of a breach of contract.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review brevity—conciseness, terseness: Brevity is the essence of journalistic writing. brochure—pamphlet: Brochures on many topics are available free of charge. brunt—the principal force or shock, greater part: The brunt of the attack was absorbed by the infantry. brusque—blunt, curt in manner: A brusque manner displeases many persons. budget—plan for the spending of income during a certain period: The present budget allocates one fourth of our joint income for rent and utilities. buoyant—rising or floating, cheerful: His buoyant nature would not allow him to remain glum for long.

C cache—hiding place for loot or supplies: The cache left by the expedition was found many years later. cadaver—dead body: The cadaver was dissected by the medical students. cadence—rhythmic flow, modulation of speech, measured movement: The low and musical cadence of the actress’s voice was a delight to hear. cadre—framework, skeleton organization: A cadre of commissioned and noncommissioned officers was maintained. cajole—to coax, persuade by artful flattery: He was cajoled into betting on the game. caliber—capacity of mind, quality: It is a crucial and delicate job requiring personnel of the highest caliber. Also: calibre. candid—honest, open: She was always candid about her feelings; if she liked you, you knew it. candor—unreserved honest or sincere expression: Candor and innocence often go hand in hand. cant—jargon, secret slang, empty talk: The conversational cant of the two social scientists was unintelligible to everyone else at the party. capacious—roomy, spacious: The travelers had all their possessions in one capacious suitcase. capitulate—surrender: The city capitulated to the invaders. capricious—changing suddenly, willfully erratic: He is so capricious in his moods that no one can predict how he will take the news. captivate—to influence and dominate by some special charm; to hold prisoner: The Frenchman captivated the American woman by kissing her hand. carcinogenic—producing cancer: In tests on laboratory animals, the drug was shown to be carcinogenic. caricature—distorted sketch: Caricature is the weapon of the political cartoonist. carnage—destruction of life: The carnage of modern warfare is frightful to consider. catalyst—substance that causes change in other substances without itself being affected: Platinum is a catalyst in many chemical processes. cataract—a condition of the eye in which the lens becomes opaque: The old man’s vision had been impaired by cataracts. category—class or division in a system of classification: Patients are listed according to categories that designate the seriousness of their condition. caustic—biting, burning, stinging: The surface of the wood had been marred by some caustic substance.

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caveat—legal notice preventing some action; a warning: A caveat may be entered to the terms of the product’s warranty. cede—to yield, assign, transfer: A bill of sale will cede title of the property. censure—to disapprove, blame, condemn as wrong: The unprofessional conduct of several of its members has been officially censured by the organization. cerebral—pertaining to the brain: The stroke was the result of a cerebral hemorrhage. chagrin—disappointment, vexation: The failure of the play filled the backers with chagrin. chaos—complete confusion or disorder: By the time the children had finished playing with all the toys, the room was in chaos. characteristic—typical trait, identifying feature: A curved yellow bill is a characteristic of this species. charlatan—one who pretends to know more than he does: Charlatans who pretend they can cure cancer have been responsible for many deaths. chastise—to punish or to censure severely: The disobedient boy was chastised by being sent to his room. chauvinism—zealous, unreasoning patriotism: Chauvinism is the cause of many unnecessary wars. chicanery—unethical methods, legal trickery: He accused the winning candidate of chicanery in the campaign. chide—to rebuke, scold: The parents chided the disobedient child. childish—immature; characteristic of a child: Constant quibbling about the details of past events is childish. chronic—long-lasting, recurring: His chronic asthma flares up at certain times of the year. chronology—arrangement by time, list of events by date: The book included a chronology of the poet’s life against the background of the major political events of his age. circumspect—watchful in all directions, wary: A public official must be circumspect in all his actions. circumvent—to go around, frustrate: A technicality allowed people to circumvent the intention of the law. citation—summons to appear in court; an official praise, as for bravery; reference to legal precedent or authority: Caught for speeding, I received a citation. Three firefighters received citations for the heroic rescue effort. The attorney asked the clerk to check the citations to cases in the Supreme Court. clamor—loud, continuous noise; uproar: The clamor of the protesting mob was unbearable. clandestine—secret: The conspirators held a clandestine meeting. clemency—leniency: The governor granted clemency to the prisoners. cliché—trite, overworked expression: “White as snow” is a cliché. climactic—of a climax: At the climactic moment of the film, the heroine walks out and slams the door. climatic—of a climate: Over eons, climatic changes turned the swamp into a desert. coalition—temporary union of groups for a specific purpose: Various environmentalist groups formed a coalition to work for the candidate most sympathetic to their cause. coerce—to compel, force: He did not sign the confession freely but was coerced.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills cogent—conclusive, convincing: A debater must present cogent arguments to win his point. cognizant—having knowledge: She was cognizant of all the facts before she made a decision. coherent—logically connected or organized: They were too distraught to give a coherent account of the crash. cohesion—sticking together: The cohesion of molecules creates surface tension. coincide—to be alike, to occur at the same time: This year Thanksgiving coincides with her birthday. collaborate—to work together on a project: The friends decided to collaborate on a novel. collate—to put the pages of a text in order: The photocopies have been collated and are ready to be stapled. colleague—fellow worker in a profession: The biologist enjoyed shoptalk with her colleagues at the conference. colloquial—of speech and informal writing, conversational: Having studied only formal French, she was unable to understand many of her host’s colloquial expressions. collusion—secret agreement, conspiracy: Higher prices were set by collusion among all the manufacturers. comatose—lethargic, of or like a coma: The drug left him in a comatose state. comical—causing amusement; funny; humorous: The poodle looked comical stepping out in its rubber boots. commence—to make a beginning: “Open your test booklet and commence the exam,” the teacher said. commend—to praise: The supervisor commended them for their excellent work. commensurate—equal, corresponding in measure: He asked for compensation commensurate with his experience. commiserate—to express sympathy for: It is natural to commiserate with the innocent victim of an accident. commission—to authorize, especially to have someone perform a task or to act in one’s place: I have commissioned a neighbor to collect the mail while I’m away. commodious—comfortably or conveniently spacious: The commodious closets impressed the prospective tenants. common—ordinary, widespread: Financial difficulty is a common problem for young married couples. commute—to substitute one thing for another; to travel regularly between home and work: The alchemists dreamed of commuting lead into gold. Commuting is a daily routine for most working people. comparable—equivalent, able or worthy to be compared: Her degree from a foreign university is comparable to our master’s degree. compatible—harmonious, in agreement: Since they have similar attitudes, interests, and habits, they are a compatible couple. compel—to force: He was compelled by law to make restitution. compensate—to be equal to, make up for: Money could not compensate him for his sufferings. competent—fit, capable, qualified: I am not competent to judge the authenticity of this document; you should take it to an expert. competition—rivalry for the same object: The theory of free enterprise assumes an unrestricted competition for customers among rival businesses. complacent—self-satisfied: A complacent student seldom attains the heights of success achieved by those who demand more of themselves.

complete—to finish, bring an end to: The project was completed in time for the fall science fair. complex—a whole made up of interconnected or related parts: The school grew from a few classrooms to a complex of buildings organized around the computer center. complicity—partnership in wrongdoing: By withholding evidence, she became guilty of complicity in the crime. comply—to go along with, obey: The crowd complied with the order to disperse. compose—to put together, create: I spent an hour composing a formal letter of protest. comprehensible—able to be understood: The episode was only comprehensible to those who knew the story thus far. comprise—to include, be made up of, consist of: The test will comprise the subject matter of the previous lessons. compromise—a settlement of a difference in which both sides give up something: We are willing to make some concessions in order to reach a compromise. compulsory—required, forced: Attendance is compulsory unless one has a medical excuse. compunction—remorse, uneasiness: He showed no compunction over his carelessness. compute—to figure, calculate: He computed the total on his pocket calculator. concede—to yield, as to what is just or true: When he realized his mistake, he conceded gracefully. concentration—strength or density as of a solution; close or fixed attention: The high concentration of frozen orange juice requires that it be diluted with three cans of water before drinking. Studying required all my concentration. concept—idea, general notion: The concept that all individuals have inherent and inalienable rights is basic to American political philosophy. conception—beginning, original idea, mental image: The conception of the plan was originally hers. conciliatory—tending to placate or to gain goodwill: After the quarrel, he sent flowers as a conciliatory gesture. concise—brief, to the point: A summons must be concise yet cover the topic. concoction—combination of various ingredients: The drink was a concoction of syrup, soda, and three flavors of ice cream. concurrent—running together, happening at the same time: Concurrent action by the police and welfare authorities reduced juvenile crime. condole—to express sympathy: His friends gathered to condole with him over his loss. condone—to pardon, overlook an offense: The law will not condone an act on the plea that the culprit was intoxicated. conducive—leading to, helping: I find that a waterbed is conducive to restful sleep. conduct—behavior: Her cool conduct in the emergency inspired confidence in those around her. confidence—a relationship of trust, intimacy or certitude: To relax while skiing, you must have confidence in your bindings. confidential—private, secret: Respondents were assured that the census was confidential and would be used for statistical purposes only.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review confiscate—to seize, appropriate: The government has no right to confiscate private property without just compensation. conflagration—large fire: New York City was almost destroyed in the 1835 conflagration. conformity—harmony, agreement: In conformity with the rule, the meeting was adjourned. congruent—in agreement or harmony: Congruent figures coincide entirely throughout. conjecture—to make a guess based on information at hand: He conjectured that vocabulary questions would appear on the test. connive—to pretend ignorance of or assist in wrongdoing: The builder and the agent connived in selling overpriced homes. conscientious—honest, faithful to duty or to what is right: He is conscientious in his work, and so has won the trust of his employers. consensus—general agreement: The consensus of the jury was that the defendant was not guilty. consequence—result of an action or process; outcome; effect: The consequence of regular exercise is muscular fitness. conservative—tending to preserve what is, cautious: At the annual conference, they presented their conservative views on the future of education. considerable—important, large, much: The director has considerable clout among the members of the board; they value her recommendations highly. consign—to entrust, hand over: The child was consigned to the care of her older sister until the court could appoint a guardian. consolidate—to combine into a single whole: Let us consolidate our forces before we begin our campaign. consonance—harmony, pleasant agreement: Their consonance of opinion in all matters made for a peaceful household. constant—unchanging, fixed, continual: It is difficult to listen to his constant complaining. constituency—body of voters: The congressman went home to discuss the issue with his constituency. constitute—to set up, make up, compose: In industrialized countries, farmers constitute only a small percentage of the population. constrain—to force, compel: She felt constrained to make a full confession. construe—to interpret, analyze: His attitude was construed as one of opposition to the proposal. consume—to do away with completely; to use up: The fire totally consumed the frame dwelling. contagious—transmittable by direct or indirect contact: Hepatitis is a contagious disease. contaminate—to pollute, to make unclean or unfit: The pesticide seeped into the water table, contaminating the wells. contentious—quarrelsome: One contentious student can ruin a debate. contiguous—next to, adjoining: Alaska is not contiguous to other states of the United States. contingent—depending upon something’s happening: Our plans were contingent on the check’s arriving on time. contort—to twist out of shape: Rage contorted her features into a frightening mask. contract—a formal agreement, usually written: The company signed a contract to operate a bookstore on campus.

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contrition—sincere remorse: They were overwhelmed by contrition when they realized the damage they had caused. contrive—to devise, plan: They contrived a way to fix the unit using old parts. controversy—highly charged debate, conflict of opinion: A controversy arose over whether to use the funds for highway improvement or for mass transit. contusion—bruise: He suffered severe contusions in the accident. convene—to gather together, as an assembly: The graduates will convene on the campus. conventional—ordinary; traditional; not unusual: The architecture of the new building is unimaginative and very conventional. converge—to move nearer together, head for one point: The flock converged on the seeded field. convulsion—violent, involuntary contracting and relaxing of the muscles: Epilepsy is accompanied by convulsions. cooperate—to work together for a common goal: If everyone cooperates on decorations, entertainment, and refreshments, the party is sure to be a success. coordinate—to bring different elements into order or harmony: In a well-run office, schedules are coordinated so that business is uninterrupted. corpulent—very fat: The corpulent individual must choose clothing with great care. correlate—to bring into or show relation between two things: Studies have correlated smoking and heart disease. correspondence—letters, communication by letter: A copy of the book order will be found in the correspondence file under the name of the publisher. corroborate—to provide added proof: Laws of evidence require that testimony about a crime be corroborated by other circumstances. counter—to offset or to nullify; to oppose or check: Their fine offense is countered by our exceptional defensive line. countermand—to revoke an order or command: The wise executive will not hesitate to countermand an unwise order. courteous—polite, considerate: A courteous manner— friendly but not personal—is essential for anyone who deals with the public. covert—hidden, secret: To maintain surprise, the general ordered a covert military action but publicly denied the invasion would begin. cranium—skull of a vertebrate: The cranium affords great protection to the brain. crass—stupid, unrefined: The crass behavior of some tourists makes them appear foolish to the local population. craven—cowardly: His craven conduct under stress made him the object of many insults. credence—faith, belief: One could have little credence in the word of a known swindler. credible—worthy or able to be believed: The tale, though unusual, was entirely credible, considering the physical evidence. credulous—inclined to believe on slight evidence: The credulous man followed every instruction of the fortune-teller. creed—statement of faith, system of beliefs: Equal justice for all is part of the American creed.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills cremate—burn a dead body: He left instructions that he was to be cremated upon his death. criterion—standard of judging: Logical organization was a criterion for grading the essays. Plural: criteria. crucial—of utmost importance: The discovery of the letter was crucial to the unraveling of the mystery. cryptic—having a hidden meaning, mysterious: The cryptic message was deciphered by the code expert. cull—to select, pick out from a group: From the pile we culled all the mail for local delivery. culmination—acme, highest attainment: Graduation with highest honors was the culmination of her academic efforts. culpable—faulty, blameworthy, guilty: The culpable parties should not escape punishment. curative—concerning or causing the cure of disease: The grandmother had faith in the curative powers of certain herbs. cursory—superficial, hurried: Cursory examination of the scene revealed nothing amiss, but later we discovered that some jewelry was missing. curtail—to reduce, shorten: Classes were shortened in the winter to curtail heating costs. customary—usual, according to habit or custom: Because of the traffic jam, she did not take her customary route today.

D dearth—scarcity: A dearth of water can create a desert in a few years. debase—to reduce in dignity or value: Inflation has debased the currency so that a dollar now buys very little. debate—to argue formally for and against: The candidate challenged the incumbent to debate the issues on television. debilitate—to enfeeble, weaken: Constant excesses will debilitate even the strongest constitution. deceive—to trick, be false to: They deceived us by telling us that our donations would be used to provide food to the needy; in reality, they pocketed the money. decelerate—to slow down or to reduce the rate of progress: When you see a stop sign in the distance, it is wise to decelerate. decimate—to destroy a large part (literally, one tenth) of a population: The Black Death had decimated London in the 1660s. decompose—to break up or separate into basic parts or elements: After some time, vegetation that lies on damp ground tends to decompose. decorum—that which is suitable or proper: He had gentlemanly notions of decorum; he always held doors open for ladies and held their chairs when they sat down to dinner. decrepit—broken down by old age: With its crumbling brick and peeling paint, the building had a decrepit appearance. decry—to clamor against: Critics decry the lack of clarity in experimental poetry. deduct—to subtract, take away: Because the package was damaged, the seller deducted two dollars from the price. deem—to judge, think: The newspaper did not deem the event worthy of coverage.

de facto—actual as opposed to legal: Although he holds no official position, he is the de facto head of the government. default—failure to do what is required: Because of the default of payment, the property was seized by the creditor. deference—act of respect, respect for another’s wishes: Out of deference to her age, we rose when she entered. deficient—not up to standard, inadequate: The child is deficient in reading but excels in arithmetic. definition—description, explanation, or meaning: Look in the dictionary for definitions of words you do not know. defoliate—to strip of leaves: All the trees in the yard had been defoliated by an infestation of moths. defray—to pay (costs): The company defrayed the costs of a vacation trip for the winner of the sales contest. defunct—dead, no longer functioning: The business has been defunct since the big fire. defy—to oppose or resist openly or boldly; to challenge; to dare: Some people defy No Smoking rules and light up a cigarette. degenerate—to decline from a higher or normal form: The discussion eventually degenerated into a shouting match. degrade—to lower in status, value, or esteem: The celebrity refused interviews, feeling that it was degrading to have her personal life publicly discussed. de jure—according to law: Although they had successfully seized power, the rebels were not recognized as the de jure government by the neighboring countries. delegate—to authorize or assign to act in one’s place: Since I will be unable to attend the conference, I have delegated my assistant to represent me. delegation—group of persons officially authorized to act for others: Our delegation to the United Nations is headed by the ambassador. delete—to strike out, erase: Names of those who fail to pay their dues for over a year are deleted from the membership rolls. deleterious—injurious, harmful: Alcoholic beverages have a deleterious effect on the body. deliberate—intended, meant: It was no accident but a deliberate act. delineate—to mark off the boundary of: They asked him to delineate the areas where play was permitted. delinquent—delaying or failing to do what rules or law require: Since she was delinquent in paying her taxes, she had to pay a fine. demagogue—leader who uses mob passions to gain power: Hitler was a demagogue who played on the irrational fears and hatred of the mob. demean—to degrade, debase: He would not demean himself by making personal attacks. demolish—to destroy, especially a building: The wrecking crew arrived, and within a few hours the structure was demolished. demonstrable—able to be shown: The tests showed that the consumers’ preference was justified by that brand’s demonstrable superiority. demote—to lower in rank: He was stripped of his rank and demoted to private. denigrate—to blacken, defame: The lawyer tried to denigrate the character of the witness by implying that he was a liar.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review dense—thick, compact, or crowded; difficult to penetrate: The underbrush was so dense that it was impossible to follow the path. deny—to declare untrue, refuse to recognize: I categorically deny the accusation. deplete—to empty, use up: At the present rates of consumption, the known reserves will be depleted before the end of the century. deplore—to lament, disapprove strongly: Pacifists deplore violence even on behalf of a just cause. deposition—written testimony taken outside court: A deposition had to be taken from the hospitalized witness. deprecate—to plead against; to express disapproval: Do not deprecate what you cannot understand. depreciate—to lessen in value: Property will depreciate rapidly unless kept in good repair. deprive—to take away, often by force: No person may be deprived of his liberty without due process of law. derelict—(adj.) abandoning duty, remiss: The policeman was derelict in his duty. (n) thing or person considered worthless: In winter, the city’s derelicts frequent the bus station to stay warm. deride—to mock, laugh at: Many passersby derided the comical figure of the street-corner speaker. derogatory—disparaging, disdainful: Her derogatory remarks hid feelings of envy. designate—to name, appoint: We will meet at the time and place designated on the agenda. despicable—contemptible: The villain in melodramas is always a despicable character. despotic—ruling with absolute authority: A despotic king is out of place in a constitutional monarchy. destitute—in extreme want: Three successive years of crop failures had left the farmers destitute. desuetude—lack of use: The law, which had never been repealed, had fallen into desuetude and was never enforced. deteriorate—to get worse: Storing it in a cedar chest will keep the antique fabric from deteriorating further. determine—to find out; to be the cause of, decide: The doctor interviewed the mother to determine whether there was a family history of diabetes. The result of this test will determine our next step. deterrent—a thing that discourages: The absolute certainty of apprehension is a powerful deterrent to some types of crime. detonate—to explode: An electrical charge can be used to detonate certain explosives. detract—to take away a part, lessen: The old-fashioned engraving detracted from the value of the piece of jewelry. detrimental—causing damage or harm: Smoking is detrimental to health. deviate—to stray, turn aside from: The honest man never deviated from telling the truth as he saw it. device—a piece of equipment designed to serve a certain purpose: The device at the end of the clothes brush serves as a shoe horn. devious—roundabout, indirect, underhanded: When no one would tell her anything, she resorted to devious means to uncover the truth. devise—to contrive, invent: I will devise a plan of escape. devoid—completely without: The landscape was flat and barren, devoid of interest or beauty.

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dexterity—quickness, skill, and ease in some act: The art of juggling is one that calls for the highest degree of dexterity. dichotomy—division into two parts, often opposed: The dichotomy of her position, half instructor, half administrator, made efficient work in either field impossible. diffidence—shyness, lack of assertiveness: His diffidence before such a distinguished visitor prevented him from expressing his own views. diffuse—to spread out, scatter widely: When the bottle broke, the fragrance diffused throughout the room. digress—to wander from the subject: To digress from the main topic may lend interest to a theme, but at the cost of its unity. dilate—to expand: Some drugs will cause the pupil of the eye to dilate. dilemma—choice of two unpleasant alternatives, a problem: Even a wrong decision may be preferable to remaining in a dilemma. diminish—to make less: Inflation diminishes the value of the dollar. diplomatic—employing tact and conciliation in dealing with people, especially in stressful situations: It would be diplomatic not to constantly refer to his wife’s death. disability—loss of ability: The accident resulted in a temporary disability; the employee was out for two weeks. discard—to throw away: Inactive files more than ten years old may be discarded. discern—to perceive, identify: The fog was so thick we could barely discern the other cars. disciple—follower of a teacher: The renowned economist won over many disciples with her startling theories. disclaim—to renounce, give up claim to: To obtain United States citizenship, one must disclaim any title or rank of nobility from another nation. disclose—to reveal: The caller did not disclose the source of her information. disconcert—to throw into confusion: An apathetic audience may disconcert even the most experienced performer. discordant—harsh, not harmonious: The discordant cries of the gulls made me long for the tranquil sound of the waves. discount—to underestimate the importance of; to minimize; to disregard: Do not discount the value of experience. discretion—power of decision, individual judgment: The penalty to be imposed in many cases is left to the discretion of the judge. disdain—to reject as unworthy: Many beginners disdain a lowly job that might in time lead to the position they desire. disengage—to loosen or break a connection: Depressing the clutch disengages the driving force from the wheels. disinterested—not involved in, unprejudiced: A disinterested witness is one who has no personal stake in the outcome of the case. dismantle—to take apart: The machine must be dismantled, cleaned, repaired, and reassembled. disparage—to speak slightingly of, belittle: A teacher who disparages the efforts of beginners is not helping the students. disparity—inequality, difference in degree: A disparity in age need not mean an incompatible marriage.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills dispatch—to send on an errand: The bank dispatched a courier to deliver the documents by hand. dispel—to drive away, make disappear: The good-humored joke dispelled the tension in the room. dispense with—to get rid of, do without: Let’s dispense with the formalities and get right down to business. disquieting—disturbing, tending to make uneasy: There have been disquieting reports of a buildup of forces along the border. dissemble—to conceal or misrepresent the true nature of something: He dissembled his real motives under a pretence of unselfish concern. disseminate—to spread, broadcast: The company disseminated literature about its new product line. dissension—lack of harmony or agreement: There was dissension among the delegates about which candidate to support. dissipate—to scatter aimlessly, spend foolishly: He soon dissipated his inheritance. dissuade—to advise against, divert by persuasion: Her friends dissuaded her from the unwise plan. distend—to stretch: If you distend a balloon beyond a certain point, it breaks. distinct—clear, notable: There is a distinct difference between these two musical compositions. distortion—a twisting out of shape, misstatement of facts: Each candidate’s speech was a distortion of the other’s positions. distract—to divert, turn aside: The loud crash distracted the attention of the students. distraught—crazed, distracted: The young woman was distraught over her husband’s death. diverge—to extend in different directions from a common point: The map showed a main highway with small roads diverging in all directions. diverse—varied, unlike: A realistic cross-section must include citizens of diverse backgrounds and opinions. divert—to amuse or entertain; to distract attention: A visit from her sister diverted the hospital patient. divest—to deprive, strip: After the court martial, he was divested of his rank and decorations. divisive—tending to divide, causing disagreement: The issue of abortion, on which people hold deep and morallybased convictions, was divisive to the movement. divulge—to reveal, make public: Newspaper reporters have long fought the courts for the right not to divulge their sources of information. docile—easily led: The child was docile until he discovered his mother had left the room. document—an original or official paper serving as proof: The document appears to be the legal deed to the property. dogmatic—arbitrary, believing or believed without proof: The politician, dogmatic in his opposition, refused to consider alternative solutions. domicile—residence: Some people have one domicile in winter, another in summer. dormant—sleeping, inactive: Perennial flowers such as irises remain dormant every winter and grow again in the spring. dossier—file on a subject or person: The French police kept a dossier on every person with a criminal record. dross—waste matter, scum: The process of separating the valuable metal from the dross may be so expensive that a mining claim is worthless.

dubious—doubtful: He had the dubious distinction of being absent more than any other student. duplicity—hypocrisy, double-dealing: The duplicity of some politicians may shock the naive. durable—long-lasting, tough: Canvas, unlike lighter materials, is a durable fabric. dwindle—to become steadily less; to shrink: As we consume more oil, our supply dwindles. dynamic—in motion, forceful, energetic: A dynamic leader can inspire followers with enthusiasm and confidence.

E eclectic—drawing from diverse sources or systems: His eclectic record collection included everything from Bach cantatas to punk rock. ecology—science of the relation of life to its environment: Persons concerned about ecology are worried about the effects of pollution on the environment. ecstasy—extreme happiness: The lovers were in ecstasy, oblivious to their surroundings. edict—public notice issued by authority: The edict issued by the rebels dissolved the government. efface—to obliterate, wipe out: The tablets honoring the leader were effaced after his fall from power. effect—(v) to bring about: New regulations have effected a shift in policy on applications. (n) a result: The headache was an effect of sinus congestion. effective—producing a decided, decisive, or desired result: The soft lighting in the restaurant was very effective in setting a peaceful mood. efficacious—able to produce a desired effect: The drug is efficacious in the treatment of malaria. effigy—image of a person, especially of one who is hated: They burned his effigy in the public square. effrontery—audacity, rude boldness: He had the effrontery to go up to the distinguished guest and call him by his first name. egocentric—self-centered: The egocentric individual has little regard for the feelings of others. egress—a going out, exit: The building code requires that the apartment has at least two means of egress. elate—to make joyful, elevate in spirit: A grade of 100 will elate any student. elective—filled or chosen by election: Although she had served on several commissions by appointment, she had never held elective office. electorate—body of persons entitled to vote in an election: Less than 50 percent of the electorate actually voted in the last election. elicit—to draw out, evoke: Her direct questions only elicited further evasions. eligible—fit to be chosen, qualified: Veterans are eligible for many government benefits, including low-cost loans. eliminate—to remove, do away with: By consolidating forms, the new procedures have eliminated some needless paperwork. elocution—style of speaking, especially in public: Her elocution was so clear that everyone in the assembly could hear every word. elusive—hard to find or grasp: Because the problem is so complex, a definitive solution seems elusive. emaciated—very thin, wasted away: He had a tall, bony figure, as emaciated as a skeleton. emanate—to derive from, issue forth: American law emanates largely from English common law.

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enlightened—free from prejudice or ignorance, socially or intellectually advanced: No enlightened society could condone the exploitation of children as it was once practiced in American industry. enmity—state of being an enemy, hostility: The enmity between cats and dogs is a traditional idea. enormity—state of being enormous or outrageous: The age of the victim added to the enormity of the crime. ensue—to follow immediately or as a result: One person raised an objection and a long argument ensued. entail—to involve or make necessary: Getting the report out on time will entail working all weekend. entitle—to give a right or claim to: This pass entitles the bearer to two free admissions. entrenched—firmly established: The value of family is deeply entrenched in the lives of those people. enumerate—to count, specify in a list: In her essay she enumerated her reasons for wanting to attend the school. enunciate—to pronounce clearly: He could not enunciate certain sounds because of a speech impediment. envenom—to make poisonous, embitter: Out of jealousy, he tried to envenom the relationship between his friend and his rival. environs—surroundings, suburbs: We searched the campus and its environs. ephemeral—short-lived, temporary: Even ephemeral pleasures may leave lasting memories. epitome—an abstract, part that typically represents the whole: He prepared an epitome of his work to show to the editor. epoch—distinctive period of time: Hemingway’s writings marked an epoch in American literature. equanimity—calm temper, evenness of mind: Adversity could not ruffle her equanimity. equivocal—having more than one possible meaning, deliberately misleading while not literally untrue: His equivocal statements left us in doubt as to his real intentions. eradicate—to pluck up by the roots, wipe out: They tried to eradicate the hordes of rabbits by introducing predators to the area. erode—to eat into, wear away: The glaciers eroded the land, leaving deep valleys. ersatz—substitute, imitation: The burger consisted of ersatz beef made from soybeans. escapade—an adventurous prank, reckless adventure for amusement: Relieved from duty at last, the soldiers went on a three-day escapade. esoteric—limited to a few, secret: The esoteric rites of the fraternity were held sacred by the members. espouse—to take up and support, as a cause: Our congressman espouses government funding for housing for the homeless. essential—necessary, basic: A person must eat a variety of foods to obtain all the essential vitamins and minerals. estimate—rough calculation: The contractor submitted a written estimate of the cost of a new roof. estranged—alienated, separated: Her estranged husband had moved out six months ago. etymology—origin and history of a word, study of the changes in words: The etymology of “bedlam” has been traced back to “Bethlehem,” the name of a London hospital for the mentally ill.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills eulogize—to praise highly in speech or writing: The deceased was eulogized at his funeral. euphemism—substitution of an inoffensive or mild expression for a more straightforward one: Like many other people, he used “gone” and “passed away” as euphemisms for “dead.” euphoria—extreme sense of well-being: Their euphoria at their ascent of the mountain was heightened by their narrow escape from death. evacuate—to empty, clear out: The authorities ordered the town evacuated when the waters rose. evaluate—to determine the value of: The purpose of the survey is to evaluate the effect of the new teaching methods on the students’ progress. evasive—avoiding direct confrontation: She admitted that she had been there but was evasive about her reasons. evince—to make evident, display: His curt reply evinced his short temper. evolution—gradual change: Through the discovery of ancient bones and artifacts, anthropologists hope to chart the evolution of the human species. exacerbate—to make worse, aggravate: A generous portion of french fries is sure to exacerbate an upset stomach. exacting—severe in making demands: She was an exacting tutor, never content with less than perfection from her pupils. examine—to investigate, to test: The doctor examined the patient for symptoms of pneumonia. exceed—to go beyond, surpass: The business’s profits for this year exceeded last year’s profits by $16,000. excess—amount beyond what is necessary or desired: When the pieces are in place, wipe away the excess glue. excise—to remove by cutting out: The surgeon will have to excise the tumor. exclude—to shut out, not permit to enter or participate: The children made a pact that all adults were to be excluded from the clubhouse. execrable—extremely bad: Although her acting was execrable, she looked so good on stage that the audience applauded. execute—to put into effect, perform: He executed the duties of his office conscientiously. exemplary—serving as a pattern, deserving imitation: The leader’s exemplary behavior in both her private and public life made her a model for all to follow. exempt—excused: Having broken his leg, the child was exempt from gym for the rest of the term. exhibit—to show, display: The paintings were exhibited in the municipal museum. exhort—to incite by words or advice: The demagogue exhorted the crowd to attack the station. exonerate—to free from blame: The confession of one prisoner exonerated the other suspects. exorbitant—too much, beyond what is reasonable or acceptable: Exorbitant ticket prices have reduced attendance at concerts. expansion—enlargement in scope or size: The company’s expansion into foreign markets has increased its profits. expedient—advantageous, appropriate to the circumstances, immediately useful though not necessarily right or just: Under pressure to reduce the deficit, the mayor found it expedient to cut funds for social services. expedite—to speed, facilitate: In order to expedite delivery of the letter, he sent it special delivery.

expel—to push or force out: When a balloon bursts, the air is expelled in a rush. expenditure—a spending: The finished mural more than justified the expenditure of time and money necessary for its completion. experiment—test undertaken to demonstrate or discover something: Experiments were devised to test how motor skills were affected by emotional states. expertise—skill or technical knowledge of an expert: The expertise with which she handled the animal delighted the spectators. explicate—to explain, develop a principle: He explicated the parts of the text that the students had found confusing. explicitly—openly, without disguise: When the annoying visitor refused to take a hint, the host told him explicitly that it was time he left. exploit—to use, especially unfairly or selfishly: Some employers exploit the labor of illegal immigrants, who are afraid to complain about long hours and substandard wages. exposé—exposure of a scandal: Following the newspaper’s exposés of corruption in the state capitol, the two assemblymen were indicted for influence-peddling. expressly—specifically, especially: I wrote it expressly for you. exquisite—perfect, especially in a lovely, finely tuned or delicate way: The handmade lace was exquisite in every detail. extend—to stretch out or to prolong in time; to broaden; to present for acceptance: A snow day extended Christmas vacation this year. extensive—broad, of wide scope, thorough: Several hundred persons were interviewed as part of an extensive survey. extenuate—to partially excuse, seem to lessen: His abrupt rudeness was extenuated by his distraught state of mind; no one could blame him for it. extinct—no longer existing; no longer active, having died down or burnt out: Prehistoric animals are now all extinct. extraneous—not forming an essential or vital part; having no relevance; coming from outside; foreign: The lengthy report was filled with extraneous information. extricate—to free from an entanglement: Carefully removing each prickly branch, she extricated herself from the briars.

F facade—front of a building: People travel to Venice to admire the facade of St. Mark’s Church. facetious—amusing, joking at an inappropriate time: His facetious criticisms were out of place at that moment; we were too upset to see the humor of the situation. facilitate—to make easy or less difficult, free from impediment, lessen the labor of: This piece of machinery will facilitate production. facility—ease: Her facility in reading several languages made her ideal for the cataloguing job. facsimile—exact copy: A facsimile edition of a book is a photographic reproduction of an original manuscript or printed version. factotum—employee with miscellaneous duties: He was the chief factotum of the plant. faint—feeble, languid, exhausted: The children were faint with fatigue and hunger.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review fallacious—untrue, misleading, containing a mistake in logic: Her arguments were transparently fallacious. fallible—capable of erring or being deceived in judgment: It is a shock for children to discover that their parents are fallible. falter—to hesitate, stammer, flinch: He speaks in a faltering manner. fanatic—person with an unreasoning enthusiasm: The fanatics screamed at their team to beat their opponents. fantastic—fanciful, produced or existing only in the imagination: Her story was so fantastic that no one could believe it. fastidious—disdainful, squeamish, delicate to a fault: The homeowner was so fastidious that she had the exterminator come every week. fatigue—mental or physical weariness: After a full day’s work, their fatigue was understandable. favoritism—unfair favoring of one person over others: Favoritism in the office based on personal friendship is resented. feasible—able to be performed or executed by human means or agency, practicable: It is feasible to plan to complete the project by July. fickle—likely to change: Young children often have fickle food preferences. finalize—to make final: A notarized signature will finalize the agreement. finesse—artifice, subtlety of contrivance to gain a point: She directed the conversation with such finesse that in the end he not only agreed to the plan but thought it was his own idea. finite—having a limit, bounded: There were only a finite number of applicants to be considered. fiscal—financial, having to do with funds: The administration’s fiscal policy entailed tighter controls on credit. fissure—crack: The earthquake created a fissure 2 feet wide down the center of the street. flammable—capable of being kindled into flame: They were careful to keep the material away from sparks because it was flammable. flaunt—to display freely, defiantly, or ostentatiously: Flaunting expensive jewelry in public may be an invitation to robbery. flourish—to achieve success; to prosper or thrive: A baby needs much loving attention in order to truly flourish. flout—to mock, show contempt for: He flouted public opinion by wearing jeans to a formal dinner. fluctuate—to change continually from one direction to another: Stock market prices fluctuate unpredictably when the economy is unstable. foray—plundering raid: The bandits made a foray into town to steal supplies. foreclose—to rescind a mortgage for failure to keep up payments: The bank foreclosed the mortgage and repossessed the house, putting it up for sale. foresight—a looking ahead: She had the foresight to realize that the restaurant would be busy, so she called ahead for reservations. forfeit—to lose because of a fault: The team made a couple of decisive errors and so forfeited their lead.

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formality—fixed or conventional procedure, act or custom; quality of being formal: Skipping the formality of a greeting, she got straight to the point. The formality of his attire was entirely appropriate to the ceremonious occasion. formidable—causing fear or awe: He had a formidable enemy. fortuitous—occurring by chance; bringing or happening by luck: It was fortuitous that I chose the winning lottery numbers. forum—place for public business or discussion: A television interview would be the best forum for bringing our views to the attention of the public. forward—to promote, send, especially to a new address: The secretary promised to forward the request to the person in charge. fracture—a break, split: He sustained a compound fracture of the left leg. frail—physically weak: Very old people are often frail. fraud—intentional deceit for the purpose of cheating: The land development scheme was a fraud in which gullible investors lost tens of thousands of dollars. fraudulent—false, deceiving for gain: His claim to be the true heir was exposed as fraudulent. frenetic—frenzied: Frenetic studying is evident in the dormitory just before exam time. frivolous—not serious: The atmosphere of the gathering was entirely frivolous as everyone got dressed up in costumes and played children’s games. fundamental—basic: Education is fundamental to your future security. furious—full of madness, raging, transported with passion: I was furious at my cat when it scratched me. furnish—to provide with what is needed: The army recruit will be furnished with uniforms and other equipment. fuse—to blend thoroughly by melting together: The plastic parts were heated and fused to make a unit. futile—trifling, useless, pointless: The entire matter was dropped because the arguments were futile.

G gall—to chafe, rub sore, annoy, vex: That saddle will gall the horse’s back. gamut—complete range: The singer demonstrated the entire gamut of her vocal skills in her performance of the operetta. garish—excessively vivid, flashy, glaring, or gaudy: His gold tuxedo was garish. gauche—without social grace, tactless: It is considered gauche to ask acquaintances how much they earn or how much they paid for something. genealogy—history of family descent, a family tree: They were able to trace their genealogy back four generations to a small village in Sicily. generalization—induction, a general conclusion drawn from specific cases: From his experience with his own pets, he made the generalization that all kittens love paper bags. generate—to beget, procreate, produce: Every animal generates its own species. generic—pertaining to a race or kind: The generic characteristics of each animal allow us to identify its species. genial—pleasant, friendly: The president’s rotund and genial face made him the perfect Santa Claus.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills genus—kind or class: Biologists classify these related species as members of the same genus. geriatrics—science of care for the aged: Our longer life span has made the study of geriatrics increasingly important. germane—pertinent, on the subject at hand: The point, though true, was not germane to the argument. gist—essential part, core: That success requires effort was the gist of his speech. glutton—person habitually greedy for food and drink: The man was too much of a glutton to stick to any diet. goad—to drive with a stick, urge on: Although she was naturally lax, she was goaded on by her parents’ ambitions. gorge—to eat greedily: The neighborhood children gorged themselves on Halloween candy. gracious—socially graceful, courteous, kind: A gracious host puts his guests at ease and is concerned only that they enjoy themselves. graft—illegal use of position of power for gain: He was charged with graft in selling contracts for public works projects. grandeur—splendor, magnificence, stateliness: The grandeur of the lofty mountains was admired by all. grant—to bestow or transfer formally: The bright student was granted a scholarship. graphic—described in realistic or vivid detail: The soldiers returned with graphic descriptions of the battle. grapple—to seize, lay hold of, either with the hands or with mechanical devices: He grappled with the man who had attacked him. gratuitous—free, voluntary, unasked for or unnecessary: Her spiteful temper expressed itself in gratuitous insults. gratuity—tip: He left a gratuity for the cleaning crew. gregarious—fond of company: They are a gregarious couple who cultivate many friendships among diverse people. grueling—exhausting: The labor was so grueling that two workers fainted. gruff—rough: His manner was so gruff that most of the children feared him. guile—deceit, cunning: His brief success was due to flattery and guile rather than to genuine talent. gullible—easily deceived: Naive people are often gullible. gyrate—to revolve around a point, whirl: The tornado gyrates around a moving center. gyroscope—rotating wheel apparatus that maintains direction regardless of position of surrounding parts: The automatic gyroscope holds an airplane on its course even when the machine is upside down.

H habitable—capable of being inhabited or lived in, capable of sustaining human beings: The climate of the North Pole makes it scarcely habitable. haggard—gaunt, careworn, wasted by hardship or terror: After three days of being lost on the mountain, the haggard campers staggered into the village. hallucination—apparent perceiving of things not present: In her hallucinations, she saw bizarre faces and heard voices calling to her. haphazard—random, without order: He studied in such a haphazard manner that he learned nothing. harass—to annoy with repeated attacks: The students perpetually harassed the teacher with unnecessary questions.

harp—to dwell constantly on a particular subject: The employee harped so continually on the difficulty of his job that he was eventually fired. harrowing—severely hurtful or trying, emotionally or physically: The survivors of the crash went through a harrowing ordeal before their rescue. hazardous—dangerous: Trucks carrying hazardous materials such as explosives are not permitted on the bridge. hectic—fevered, hurried, and confused: The tour turned out to be somewhat hectic, covering three cities in as many days. hegemony—predominance: Hitler’s aim was German hegemony over the world. heinous—hateful, atrocious: The deed was so heinous that the perpetrator was despised for it. herald—to announce the arrival of, usher in: Budding flowers herald the advent of spring. heterodox—not orthodox, not conforming, especially in religious belief: Her heterodox opinions and outlandish behavior earned her a reputation as an eccentric. heterogeneous—composed of unlike elements: Since the school favored heterogeneous groupings, there was a wide range of ability and achievement in every class. hinder—to retard, slow down, prevent from moving forward: Cold weather has hindered the growth of the plants. hindsight—a looking backward: With hindsight, I realize that everything she said to me was true, though I couldn’t accept it at the time. historical—famous in history: We can gain insights into the present by relating current to historical events. holocaust—great destruction of living beings, especially by fire: As the fire raged out of control, thousands of lives were lost in the holocaust. homage—respect, expression of veneration or extreme admiration: She paid homage to her mentor by dedicating her book to him. homicide—killing of one person by another: Killing in self-defense is considered justifiable homicide. homily—discourse on a moral problem, sermon: The judge read the boy a homily on his conduct before sentencing him. homogeneous—same, uniform throughout: The entering class was fairly homogeneous; nearly all the students were the same age and from similar middle-class homes. horizontal—flat, parallel to the horizon: Horizontal stripes are frequently unflattering because they make the figure appear wider. hospitable—welcoming, generous to guests: It was a hospitable room, with a soothing color scheme and deep, comfortable chairs. hostile—conflicting, antagonistic, expressing enmity: Many tribes were hostile to the white settlers, just as the settlers viewed the Indians as enemies and rivals for the land. huddle—to crowd together, press together without order or regularity: The crowd huddled under the shelter to get out of the rain. humanities—branch of learning concerned with philosophy, literature, the arts, etc., as distinguished from the sciences and sometimes the social sciences: The essence of the humanities is a concern with human nature, experience, and relationships.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review humble—insignificant or unpretentious; not proud or self-assertive; conscious of one’s shortcomings: I feel very humble in the presence of wealthy or powerful people. humility—humbleness of spirit: The minister spoke to the members of his congregation with sincere humility about his own failings. hyperbole—obvious exaggeration as a figure of speech: “He was as big as a house” is a common hyperbole. hypertension—high blood pressure: Hypertension is often linked with serious diseases. hypochondria—abnormal anxiety about health: Although no one could find anything wrong with him, his hypochondria drove him to get frequent checkups. hypothesis—theory, tentative explanation yet to be proved: The hypothesis that life is common throughout the universe cannot as yet be supported by direct evidence.

I identify—to establish the distinguishing characteristics of a group of individuals or activities: Can you identify the special skills needed by golfers? ideologue—one who believes in and propagates a social doctrine: The ideologue argued that the state was more important than any individual. idiosyncrasy—peculiar tendency of an individual: Her idiosyncrasy of dropping in on her friends without warning has proved embarrassing on more than one occasion. idolatry—worship of idols or false gods: His awestruck respect for the older boy amounted to idolatry. ignominy—a discrediting, disgrace: After the ignominy of his impeachment, he retired from public life. illicit—not licensed: Illicit love is the root of many divorce actions. illuminate—to throw light on, explain: The editor’s notes illuminated the more obscure passages in the text. illusion—false appearance, vision that is misleading: The optical illusion made the lines of equal length appear to be unequal. illusory—unreal, only apparent: The money we hope to make is illusory until we have it in hand. immolate—to kill as a sacrifice: The Buddhist monk immolated himself in a public square as a gesture of protest. immune—not susceptible, protected, as from disease: An inoculation for smallpox makes one immune to the disease. impalpable—not able to be felt: The seismograph can measure tremors in the earth’s crust impalpable to humans. impartial—not favoring one side or another: The squabbling children appealed to the baby-sitter for an impartial judgment. impassioned—animated, excited, expressive of passion or ardor: The impassioned performance of the actor was moving and convincing. impeach—to discredit: A president can be impeached for his crimes and misdemeanors. An eyewitness impeached the defendant’s testimony. impeccable—faultless: Successful comedy depends on impeccable timing.

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impediment—hindrance, something that delays or stops progress: Lack of training may be an impediment to advancement. impel—to drive forward, push, incite: Although she was not personally involved, her sense of justice impelled her to speak out. imperative—of greatest necessity or importance: This is an emergency; it is imperative that I reach them at once. imperceptible—not easily seen or observed: The daily growth of the plant was imperceptible. imperil—to put in danger: The incompetence of the pilot imperiled the safety of all on board. imperishable—not subject to decay, indestructible: Through thousands of years, his fame as a philosopher has been imperishable. imperturbable—unshakable, calm; His imperturbable expression made it hard to know what he thought. impervious—not to be penetrated or passed through: Heavy cardboard is impervious to light. impetuous—impulsive, acting suddenly and without forethought: The impetuous girl leaped before she looked. implement—to put into effect, to realize in practice: When they implemented the program, they realized that some of the planned procedures were not practicable and would have to be modified. imply—to suggest, say without stating directly: Although they said nothing about it, their cool manner implied strong disapproval of the scheme. imponderable—not capable of being weighed or measured: The results of the negotiations constitute an imponderable outcome at this time. importune—to beg: Do not importune me for another loan; you never paid back the last one. impotent—lacking power, helpless: The disease left him impotent to walk across the room. impoverish—to make poor: She was an exceptionally effective administrator; the company has been impoverished by her loss. imprecise—not precise, vague, inaccurate: The description was imprecise because the witness had had only a fleeting glimpse of the man. impressive—having the power of affecting or of exciting attention and feeling: The view was so impressive that we’ll never forget it. imprimatur—license to publish: He was given an imprimatur for all the works of Benjamin Franklin. impromptu—spontaneous, not planned or prepared in advance: Impromptu remarks, spoken on the spur of the moment, often tell voters more about a candidate’s real opinions than carefully edited speeches do. improvise—to make, invent, or arrange offhand, using what is conveniently available: If we do not have all of the proper ingredients, we shall have to improvise. impudence—shamelessness, want of modesty, assurance accompanied by a disregard for the opinions of others: His impudence in denying having made the promise left us flabbergasted. impugn—to cast doubt on someone’s motives or veracity: Do not impugn his testimony unless you can substantiate your charges. impunity—exemption from punishment, penalty, injury, or loss: No person should be permitted to violate the laws with impunity.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills impute—to attribute, ascribe: The difficulties were imputed to the manufacturer’s negligence. inadequate—not equal to the purpose, insufficient to effect the object: He could not maintain his car because of inadequate funds. inalienable—not transferable, not able to be taken away: As humans, we are endowed with certain inalienable rights. inarticulate—not able to speak or speak clearly, not distinct as words: The inarticulate noises of the infant soon give way to recognizable words. incarcerate—to imprison: The sheriff ordered the prisoner incarcerated. inception—beginning: The scheme was foolish from its inception; it was no surprise when it was abandoned. incessant—unceasing, uninterrupted, continual: The incessant rain kept the children indoors all day. incidence—range of occurrence or effect: The incidence of reported alcoholism among teenagers is increasing. incision—cut: The surgeon made an incision above the navel. incognito—with identity concealed: The prince was traveling incognito. incompatibility—inconsistency, lack of agreement, inability to get along: The incompatibility of their tastes made for endless disagreement. inconsiderable—not worthy of consideration or notice, unimportant, small, trivial: The distance between Minneapolis and St. Paul is inconsiderable. incontestable—not able to be disputed or denied: That oxygen is necessary for human life is incontestable. inconvenience—to cause trouble or bother to; to incommode: We were inconvenienced but not injured by the accident directly in front of us on the highway. incorrigible—beyond reform, not capable of being corrected: The dog’s viciousness was incorrigible, so it had to be put to sleep. increase—to enlarge, become greater, multiply: Class attendance increased by 30 percent after the flu epidemic ended. incriminate—to accuse or implicate in a crime or fault: Picked up by the police, the suspect incriminated his companions by naming them as accomplices in the theft. inculcate—to instill, to impress on the mind by repetition: From earliest childhood, they had been inculcated with the tenets of the community’s belief. incur—to acquire or meet with through one’s own actions: The debts incurred in the legal proceedings were to be paid off in monthly installments. indelible—not able to be erased, blotted out, or washed away: The form must be signed in indelible ink; pencil is not acceptable. indict—to accuse formally: The grand jury indicted two of the company’s executives. indigenous—native to a country: The indigenous trees of the Rockies are mostly evergreens. indigent—poor, penniless: The home is for the indigent aged who depend on the state for support. indiscriminate—not selective: The police made indiscriminate arrests, taking into custody scores of people who had broken no law. indoctrinate—to instruct in a set of principles or beliefs: Children are sent to Sunday school to be indoctrinated in the basic tenets of a particular religion.

indolent—lazy: An indolent student rarely completes assignments. induct—to bring in, initiate a person: A volunteer must pass a physical before being inducted into the army. inept—incompetent, clumsy, inefficient: The basketball team’s center is tall and powerful but so physically inept that he frequently loses the ball. inexhaustible—unfailing: The city has an inexhaustible supply of water. inexorable—relentless: The inexorable forces of erosion flatten mountains. infer—to conclude from reasoning or implication: From hints that the student dropped, the instructor inferred that she was having problems at home. infiltrate—to pass through or into, especially secretly or as an enemy: The organization had been infiltrated by agents who monitored its membership and activities. inflammable—easily set on fire, excited, or provoked: The tanker truck bore a warning: “Caution: inflammable substance!” inflammatory—tending to arouse to anger or violence: An inflammatory speech incited the crowd to riot. inflate—to blow up or swell, to increase beyond what is right or reasonable: The store is able to get away with charging inflated prices because of its convenient location and long hours. infraction—violation, breaking of a law or regulation: The building inspector noted several infractions of the health and safety codes. ingenuous – lacking in trickery, frank, clever: An ingenuous approach is often better than deception. ingratiate—to establish in favor: He tried to ingratiate himself with his teacher by bringing her apples. inherent—inborn, existing as a basic or natural characteristic: A love of hunting is inherent in cats. initiate—to begin, introduce: The fraternity initiates new members every semester. innocuous—harmless: His words were innocuous but his look could have killed. innovation—something new, a change, as in custom or method: Computers are an innovation that has changed many job requirements. innuendo—indirect intimation, hint, especially of something negative: There was an innuendo of threat in the phrases she chose. inopportune—inconvenient or unseasonable; not appropriate: To suggest a change of itinerary at this time would be inopportune. input—anything put in, such as power into a machine or information into a discussion: The input of time and money in market analysis paid off in a profitable investment. inquest—judicial investigation: The state held an inquest to examine the cause of the disaster and determine whether charges should be brought against any parties. inquisitive—curious, asking questions: Private eyes in detective fiction often get into trouble for being too inquisitive. insatiable—never satisfied, always greedy: His appetite for wealth was insatiable; no matter how rich he became, he always craved more. insert—to put into something else: The nurse inserted the needle into the patient’s arm.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review insidious—secretly dangerous, tending to entrap: The casino games were insidious; before he realized it, he had gambled away all of his savings. insignificant—not important, too small to matter: The difference in scores between the two groups was statistically insignificant. insinuate—to suggest subtly, especially something negative: When you say I remind you of Frankenstein, are you insinuating that I’m ugly or a monster? inspect—to examine, view closely: She inspected the cloth for rips or tears. instigate—to urge a bad action: The propaganda was designed to instigate a riot against the members of a rival group. instill—to impart gradually: A skillful teacher can instill in children a love of learning. instruct—to teach, direct: The employees were instructed in the use of the computers during the training session. insubordinate—failing to obey: Ignoring a direct order is an insubordinate act with grave consequences. insufficient—inadequate to a need, use, or purpose: The provisions are insufficient in quantity. insular—pertaining to an island: Puerto Rico is an insular commonwealth. insure—to make certain, guarantee: Bail is set to insure the defendant’s appearance in court. Also: ensure. intact—entire or uninjured: Though he is past 80, my father’s mental faculties are intact. intangible—not able to be touched or easily defined: The company’s goodwill among its customers is a genuine but intangible asset. integral—necessary to the whole: The woodwind section is an integral part of an orchestra. integrate—to absorb into an organization or group: Company orientation programs help to integrate new employees into an existing organization. intelligible—capable of being understood or comprehended; clear: The baby’s gibberish is intelligible only to its parents. intend—to mean, signify, plan: They intend to make repairs on their old car. intensive—concentrated, intense: Intensive private tutoring is needed to take care of this student’s reading problem. intent—firmly directed or fixed; concentrated attention on something or some purpose; act or instance of intending: The tailor was very intent at his sewing machine. intercede—to interpose in behalf of: She asked the arbitrator to intercede with her employer. intercept—to cut off, meet something before it reaches its destination: The missile was intercepted and destroyed before it reached its target. interpolate—to change a text by inserting new material: The editor interpolated the latest news into the proofs. intractable—stubborn, unruly: An intractable person is slow to learn a new way of life. intransigent—uncompromising: Their intransigent attitude antagonized the opposition and made negotiations difficult. intravenous—through a vein: The patient was given intravenous feedings of glucose because he could not swallow. intrepid—brave, fearless: The intrepid explorers stepped out onto the lunar surface.

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intrinsic—belonging naturally: An intrinsic property of diamonds is their hardness. inundate—to flood: When the craze was at its height, the police were inundated daily with reports of UFO sightings. inventory—the stock or goods of a business, list of stock or property: The annual inventory check showed that several cartons of paper had been damaged by water. investigation—close examination and observation, inquiry: The investigation showed that arson was the cause of the blaze. inveterate—firmly established over a long period; habitual: The early alarm was a rude shock, for he was an inveterate late sleeper. invoice—a bill, itemized list of goods sent to a buyer: The book was packed with the invoice charging $24, including shipping. irate—intensely angry: The irate farmer shot the fox in his barnyard. irradiate—to spread out, expose to radiant energy, heat by radiant energy: The heat from the fireplace irradiated the room, warming the company. irreconcilable—unable to be harmonized: His statements about liking school were irreconcilable with the distaste he expressed for books in general. irreplaceable—not able to be replaced: The painting is priceless in the sense that it is irreplaceable; it is the only one of its kind. irritate—to annoy, inflame: The harsh cleansers used in the job can irritate the skin. isotopes—chemical elements differing in atomic weight but having the same atomic number: Radioactive isotopes are used to follow the flow of oil in a pipeline. itinerary—plan or schedule of travel: Our itinerary includes three days in Florence and a week in Rome.

J jaded—wearied, sated with overuse: Jaded by the pleasures of the idleness, she decided to find a useful occupation. jargon—confusing unintelligible talk, usually a specialized language used by experts: The computer programmers spoke a jargon filled with undecipherable acronyms. jeopardy—risk or danger, especially the legal situation of a person on trial: Do not put your health in jeopardy by exposing yourself to infection needlessly. A person shall not be put in jeopardy twice for the same offense. jettison—to cast overboard: They had to jettison the cargo to lighten the plane. judicial—having to do with courts or judges: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the highest judicial position in the United States. judicious—prudent: His policy was judicious; he got results without taking great risks. jurisprudence—philosophy or theory of law: The courses for the most part emphasize the practical application of the law rather than jurisprudence or legal history. justify—to prove by evidence, verify, absolve: The defendant was able to justify her statement with evidence. juxtaposition—a placing close together: The juxtaposition of the Capitol and White House was avoided by the planners to emphasize the separation of the branches of government.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills K kindred—alike, related: Though from diverse backgrounds, they were kindred spirits, alike in intellect and ambition. kinetic—of or caused by motion: Kinetic energy is produced by a stream turning a water wheel. knead—to mix, squeeze, and press with the hands: She kneaded the dough before shaping it into four loaves for baking.

L labyrinth—maze, complex and confusing arrangement: The ancient town within the city walls was a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets. lacerate—to tear tissue roughly: When I fell while skating, I lacerated my knee. laconic—terse, pithy: Her laconic replies conveyed much in few words. lament—to bewail, mourn for: The boy lamented the death of his father. languid—listless, slow, lacking energy: His languid walk irritated his companions, who were in a hurry. lapse—slip, minor or temporary fault or error: I was embarrassed by a momentary lapse of memory when I couldn’t recall her name. larceny—legal term for theft: The shoplifter was apprehended and charged with petty larceny. lassitude—feeling of weariness, languor: The lassitude caused by the intense heat led them to postpone their sightseeing. laudable—praiseworthy: The girl listened to the old man’s endless and repetitive stories with laudable patience. lavish—to give generously or extravagantly: The doting grandfather lavished his grandchild with gifts. laxity—looseness, lack of strictness: In summer, when business was slow, the manager allowed the employees some laxity in their hours. legacy—something inherited: She acquired the house as a legacy from her grandmother. legible—written clearly, able to be read: Please print or type if your handwriting is not easily legible. legislature—lawmaking body: The federal legislature of the United States, the Congress, has two houses. legitimate—lawful, genuine: The government is a legitimate one, duly elected by the people in free elections. leisurely—without haste; slow: The lovers took a leisurely stroll around the pond. leniency—mercy, gentleness, lack of strictness: The leniency of the court in suspending the sentence was well repaid by the convicted man’s later contribution to the community. lethargic—drowsy, slothful, sleepy: The convalescent moved in a lethargic manner. levity—lightness of spirit, frivolity, playfulness: The party toys and silly costumes epitomized the levity of the occasion. liability—debt, something disadvantageous: An older person returning to the job market may find his or her age a liability. liable—legally responsible; likely, in a negative sense: If you trip and hurt yourself on the stairs because the light is out, the landlord is liable. She is liable to lose her temper when she hears the news. liaison—connection, linking: The lead worker had served as a liaison between the management and union.

libel—written defamation, anything tending to lower reputation: The report was a libel on the man’s professional standing. limitation—restriction, finitude: There is a limitation on the time in which you can redeem the ticket. lithe—gracefully flexible: Her lithe figure suggested that she was a dancer. litigation—lawsuit, process of carrying on a lawsuit: As long as the estate is tied up in litigation by the would-be heirs, no one has use of the property. loathe—to dislike with disgust; to detest; to hate: I loathe people who mistreat animals. logical—according to reason or logic: Using the data from the experiment, she made a logical conclusion about the eating habits of white mice. longevity—life span, long life: A healthy diet and exercise can increase longevity. longitudinal—pertaining to length: They measured the longitudinal distance carefully. loyal—faithful and unswerving in allegiance: His loyal friend stood by the disgraced politician. lucid—clear, transparent: The directions were written in a style so lucid that a child could follow them. lucrative—profitable: A lucrative enterprise is attractive to investors. ludicrous—apt to raise laughter, ridiculous: The scene was so ludicrous that the audience roared with laughter. lugubrious—excessively mournful in a way that seems exaggerated or ridiculous: The bloodhound had an endearingly lugubrious look. luminous—emitting or reflecting a glowing light: In total darkness, a cat appears to have luminous eyes. lurid—shocking, sensational, tastelessly violent or passionate: The cheap novel told a lurid tale of murder and lust.

M machination—scheme or secret plot, especially an evil one: The machinations of his influential uncle landed him a well-paid job in a prestigious company. maelstrom—whirlpool: The ship was twisted in the maelstrom. magisterial—authoritative, arrogant, dogmatic: In front of a class, the normally humble man assumed a magisterial air. magma—molten rock within the earth: Far beneath the solid crust, the magma flows. magnanimous—noble-minded, extremely generous, especially in overlooking injury: The painter was magnanimous enough to praise the work of a man he detested. magnate—important businessperson: The steel magnate refused to approve the consolidation. magnitude—size: The apparent magnitude of the moon is greater near the horizon than at the zenith. maladroit—tactless in personal relations: His maladroit remarks embarrassed the hostess. malaise—general bodily weakness: She complained of a malaise that caused her to sleep 10 hours a day. malfeasance—wrongdoing, especially in public office: The governor was accused of acts of malfeasance, including taking bribes. malign—(adj.) evil, malicious, very harmful: Malign comments are often motivated by jealousy. (v) to speak ill of: The students often maligned the strict professor.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review malleable—able to be shaped, adaptable: Children are more malleable than adults and adapt to new environments more readily. malpractice—improper professional conduct: The surgeon was sued for malpractice after a sponge was found in the patient’s abdomen. mandate—specific order: Some islands are still ruled by United Nations mandate. manifest—to appear, make clear, show: He claims a greater devotion to that cause than his actions manifest. manual—(adj.) involving the hands: In my neighborhood bank, the tellers still use manual typewriters. (n.) a handbook: Each new employee is issued a manual of office procedures. mar—to damage: The floor has been marred by scratches and scuff marks. margin—edge, border: Cattails grow in the swampy area at the margin of the pond. marquee—roof projecting from a building over the sidewalk: The theater’s marquee protects patrons from the rain. martinet—rigid, petty disciplinarian: The captain was a martinet who considered an unpolished button criminal negligence. matriarch—mother who rules a family or clan: All important decisions were referred to the matriarch of the tribe. matrix—something that gives form, as a mold: The linotype machine is equipped with a brass matrix for each letter so that a line can be assembled and cast in lead. mawkish—slightly nauseating, insipidly sentimental: Her constant display of fawning affection was mawkish. maximum—most: In this course, the maximum number of cuts allowed is six. meager—deficient in quality and quantity; inadequate: It is impossible to feed a family of four on that meager salary. median—middle, middle item in a series: In a series of seven items, the fourth is the median. medicinal—having the property of healing: The plants had a high medicinal value. mediocre—of average or middle quality: A mediocre student in high school will rank low among candidates for college. memorandum—written reminder, informal written interoffice communication. The office manager circulated a memorandum outlining the procedures to be followed in the fire drill. Plural: memoranda. menace—to threaten, express an intention to inflict injury: The periodic floods menaced the city with destruction. mend—to improve; to correct; to reform: The naughty child was warned to mend her ways. merchant—shopkeeper, one who buys and sells goods for a profit: The merchants who operate businesses in the mall have formed an association. meritorious—deserving reward: Medals were awarded for meritorious service. metamorphose—to transform: Two months abroad metamorphosed him into a man of the world. meticulous—showing careful attention to detail, very precise: The sewing in the jacket was so meticulous that one could hardly see the stitches. militant—defiant, ready to fight, especially for a cause: Militant in their political beliefs, they considered any compromise a sellout.

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militate—to have weight or effect: A poor appearance at the interview will militate against your being hired. mingle—to mix, join a group: The mayor mingled with the crowd at the reception, shaking hands and thanking her supporters. miniature—very small, done on a scale smaller than usual: The miniature microphone could be concealed in a piece of jewelry. minuscule—tiny, minute (after a small cursive script): Such minuscule particles cannot be viewed with the usual classroom microscope. minute—tiny; very precise: The device records the presence of even minute amounts of radiation. The writer’s minute attention to the refinements of style resulted in an elegantly worded essay. misanthropy—dislike or distrust of mankind: The misanthropy of the hermit was known to all. misappropriation—act of using for a wrong or illegal purpose: The misappropriation of the funds was uncovered and those responsible were formally charged. miscalculate—to calculate erroneously: Miscalculating the distance, he fell short. miscellany—collection of various or unlike things: The old steamer trunk contained a miscellany of papers, clothes, and assorted junk. misconstruction—wrong interpretation of words or things, a mistaking of the true meaning: His misconstruction of the situation caused him to act unjustly. misdemeanor—a misbehaving, a minor legal offense: The misdemeanor resulted in a $50 fine. misnomer—wrong or inaccurate name: At this season, Muddy River is a misnomer; the waters are sweet and clear. mitigate—to lessen, make milder: He sought to mitigate their grief with soothing words. modicum—a little, a small quantity: The girl had only a modicum of learning, having never finished the fifth grade. modulation—adaptation or variance in pitch, intensity, volume, musical key: The mother told the noisy children to modulate their voices. molest—to disturb, annoy, bother: The children were warned not to molest the bulldog. mollify—to soothe, placate: The irate customer was mollified by the manager’s prompt action and apology. monetary—pertaining to money, consisting of money, financial: A penny is the smallest monetary unit in this country. monitor—to watch over, check on: An office was set up to monitor all radio broadcasts originating within the country. monolith—large piece of stone: The obelisk in New York’s Central Park is a monolith brought here from Egypt. montage—picture made up of pictures or material from several sources: The illustration was a montage of various urban scenes. morale—level of spirits, mental or emotional condition: After a landslide victory at the polls, morale in the party was at a peak. morass—swamp, bog, messy or troublesome state: The application became mired in a morass of paperwork; there was no response for several weeks.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills mores—customs, principles of conduct of a culture: The mores of any group are enforced by indoctrination and social pressure to conform. moribund—dying: The moribund tree put out fewer and fewer leaves each spring. morose—gloomy, sulking, unreasonably unhappy: The boy was morose for days over his failure to get tickets for the concert. mortgage—to pledge property as security for a loan: Few people can afford to buy a house without taking a mortgage on it. motivation—reason for doing something: The motivation for her questions was not mere curiosity but a genuine desire to help. motley—variegated, composed of clashing elements: A motley crowd attended the county fair. muddle—to confuse or stupefy: The liquor had gotten him badly muddled. mundane—worldly, humdrum, unexciting: The film was undistinguished, a mundane exercise in horror movie clichés. mutation—change, especially a sudden one: He deplored the mutations of fortune that had altered his position so drastically. mutilate—to cut up, damage severely: The computer cannot read a mutilated card. mutiny—forcible resistance to lawful authority; revolt; rebellion: The sailors threatened their overbearing captain with mutiny. myopia—nearsightedness: The optometrist prescribed glasses for the patient’s myopia.

N nadir—lowest point: Enrollment hit its nadir last year, but it has been rising slowly since. naive—unsophisticated, artless: He was naive as the result of a sheltered life in the country. nape—back of the neck: The collar chafed his nape. nascent—coming into being; being born; beginning to develop: I am afraid that I have a nascent cold. nauseate—to cause disgust and nausea to: Food nauseates the patient. navigation—the science of locating position and plotting course of ships; ship traffic or commerce: The invention of radar was a wonderful navigational aid. nebulous—hazy, indistinct: He had a nebulous theory about how life on Earth began. necessitate—to render unavoidable, compel: Sickness necessitated a long hospital stay. negate—to make nothing, undo, or make ineffective: The witness’s full confession negated the need for further questions. neglectful—careless, heedless: Because he was neglectful of his duties as principal, he was asked to resign by the board of education. negligible—too small or insignificant to be worthy of consideration: The difference in their ages is negligible. negotiate—to bargain, confer with the intent of reaching an agreement: As long as both sides are willing to negotiate in good faith, a strike can be avoided. nepotism—favoritism shown to a relative: The civil service system helped to do away with nepotism in hiring. neuralgia—pain along the course of a nerve: Neuralgia is often confused with rheumatism.

neurotic—suffering from or typical of neurosis, a range of mental disorders less severe than psychosis: Hysterical pain—physical discomfort without organic cause—is a common neurotic symptom. neutralize—to reduce to a state of indifference between different parties, make inactive: The marine territory was neutralized by the nations through a treaty. node—knot or protuberance: A node appears at the joints of a plant. nomadic—roaming from place to place without a fixed home: People who enjoy adventure may choose a nomadic lifestyle. nomenclature—names of things in any art or science, whole vocabulary of technical terms appropriate to any particular branch of science: The nomenclature used in medical science is almost entirely derived from Latin. nonchalant—indifferent, cool, unconcerned: The woman acted in a nonchalant manner, pretending not to notice the celebrities. noncompliance—failure to comply: His noncompliance with the terms of the contract forced them to sue. nonsensical—meaningless, characterized by nonsense: Until analyzed and interpreted, dreams often seem nonsensical. normal—regular, average, usual: The doctor found that her blood pressure and temperature were normal. notary—person empowered to attest signatures, certify documents, etc.: The signature is valid if witnessed by a notary. notify—to let know, inform: Applicants will be notified of the results by mail. notorious—famous in an unfavorable way: The official was notorious among his associates for failing to keep appointments. novice—person new to a job or activity, someone inexperienced: A novice in the job, she needed more time than an experienced worker to complete the same tasks. noxious—harmful, injurious, unwholesome: The noxious fumes from the refinery poisoned the air. null and void—legal expression for not valid, without legal force: If it is not properly signed, the will may be declared null and void. nullify—to make void or without effect: The new contract nullifies their previous agreement. numerical—expressed in or involving numbers or a number system: Please arrange all of your test papers in numerical order. numerous—consisting of great numbers of units or individuals: The grains of sand on the beach are too numerous to count.

O obesity—excessive fatness: Her obesity was due to her love of rich foods. obituary—account of the death of a person: Newspapers keep files on famous people to use when an obituary is published. objective—(adj) unbiased, not influenced by personal involvement, detached: It is extremely difficult to be objective about one’s own weaknesses. (n) aim, goal: Our objective is greater efficiency; we must study the possible means to that goal. obligatory—required, morally or legally binding: He feels nothing in common with his family, yet he makes an obligatory visit to them once or twice a year.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review obliterate—to demolish, destroy all trace of: The building had been obliterated; we could not even be sure exactly where it had stood. oblivious—so preoccupied as not to notice: The patron, absorbed in her reading, was oblivious to the librarian’s question. obnoxious—odious, hateful, offensive, repugnant: They left because of the obnoxious remarks by the speaker. obscure—dim, murky, not easily seen or understood: Despite attempts at interpretation, the meaning of the passage remains obscure. obsequious—servile, overly willing to obey: Their obsequious obedience to the conquerors turned our stomachs. observable—able to be seen, noticeable: There has been no observable change in the patient’s condition. obsess—to beset, haunt the mind: He was obsessed with the idea that he was being followed. obsolete—outmoded, no longer in use or appropriate: Since several offices have been relocated, the old directory is obsolete. obstacle—hindrance, something that bars a path or prevents progress: She refused to think of her handicap as an obstacle to a fulfilling career. obtain—to gain; to attain or get by means of effort or planned action; to reach or achieve: Obtain a Social Security number by applying for one at your local Social Security office. obtrude—to enter when not invited or welcome: It was unfair to obtrude upon their privacy. obtuse—not sharp or pointed; slow to understand or perceive; dull or insensitive: The bigot feels no sympathy for others because of his obtuse perception. obvious—self-evident: The truth was obvious to the wellinformed. occasionally—sometimes, from time to time: We go to the theater occasionally. occidental—pertaining to the Western Hemisphere: The finest gems come from occidental countries, according to some experts. ocular—of the eye: An ocular injury impaired her vision temporarily. odious—deserving hatred or repugnance: Publicly comparing the talents of children is an odious habit. omit—to leave out, pass by, neglect: He omitted an important passage when he read his speech. omnipotent—all-powerful: By the end of the third match, the champion felt omnipotent. onerous—difficult and unpleasant, burdensome: The work was so onerous, she often thought of quitting. onus—burden, responsibility: The onus of proof is on the accuser; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. operational—in working order, able to be operated: The elevator will not be operational until tomorrow; it is being repaired. opportune—suitable or appropriate: Since I have just made an impressive sale, this is an opportune time to ask for a raise. opprobrium—reproach for disgraceful conduct, infamy: He deserved all the opprobrium he received for turning his back on his friend. optimum—best for a purpose, most favorable: Under optimum conditions of light and moisture, the plant will grow to more than 3 feet.

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option—(v) to purchase the right to buy or sell something within a specified time: For a thousand dollars she optioned the novel for one year, wrote a script, and sold it to the movies. (n) choice, power of right to choose: Before acting, consider your options. optional—not required, open to choice: Air conditioning is optional; its cost is not included in the sticker price. ordinance—city statute: The city council passed an ordinance requiring all dogs to be leashed. ordure—filth, excrement: As soon as he entered the hut, he could smell the stench of ordure. orifice—opening into a cavity: The surgeon worked through an orifice below the ribs. origin—beginning, source: The origin of the irrational fear was in a childhood trauma. oscillate—to swing in regular motion: The pendulum continued to oscillate, but the clock hands did not move. ostensible—avowed, apparent: The ostensible purpose of the withdrawal was to pay a debt, but actually the money was used for entertainment. ostentatious—pretentious, showy: Some people think large diamonds are too ostentatious. ostracize—to exclude from a group by common consent: The family of the gangster was ostracized by the community. outcome—result, end: The outcome of the race was never in doubt.

P pacific—calm, tranquil, placid: On vacation, I prefer a pacific experience to a busy one. pacify—to make peaceful; to soothe; to settle; to subdue: Perhaps a bottle of juice will pacify the crying baby. painstaking—very careful or diligent: The search for the lost ring was long and painstaking. palliate—to make an offense seem less grave: She attempted to palliate her error by explaining the circumstances that led to her mistake. palpitate—to beat rapidly, flutter, or move with slight throbs: Her heart palpitated with fright. pamper—to gratify to the full, coddle, spoil: She pampered her pet dog by feeding him steaks. pamphlet—very brief, paperbound book or treatise: The library has a pile of pamphlets explaining how to apply for Social Security. panacea—remedy for all ills: Aspirin was once considered the panacea for all kinds of pain. panic—sudden and overwhelming terror, exaggerated alarm: When the children heard the noise, they fled the old house in panic. panoramic—offering a broad or unlimited view: From the summit of the mountain one has a panoramic view of the whole range. paradigm—model, pattern to be copied: The teacher handed out a sample letter as a paradigm of the correct form. paradox—internal contradiction, statement that appears to contradict itself: “If he doesn’t watch his health, he’s going to wake up dead” is an example of a paradox. paralyze—to unnerve or render ineffective: The catastrophe paralyzed the community. paraphrase—a rewording, repetition of the meaning of something in different words: To paraphrase someone’s work without acknowledging the source of one’s information is a form of plagiarism.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills parasite—person or creature who lives at the expense of another without giving anything in return: Fleas are common parasites on cats and dogs. parity—comparative equality: Municipal employees demanded wage parity with workers in the private sector. parochial—narrow in viewpoint: Having no acquaintance with other cultures and ways of life made his outlook parochial. parole—conditional release, release from prison before full sentence is served: Freed on parole, the convict was required to report periodically to an officer assigned to his case. parsimonious—frugal or stingy: The extravagant person may consider the average man to be parsimonious. partially—in part: Bald tires were partially responsible for the skid; slick road conditions also contributed. participate—to take part in: At the meet, all contestants will participate in the opening ceremonies. partisan—devoted or committed to a party or cause, especially blindly or unreasonably so: Partisan loyalty can no longer be taken for granted; voters are now attracted to individuals more than to parties. partition—division into parts: The partition of the staff permits efficient assignment of tasks. passionate—expressing intense feeling; enthusiastic; intense; easily angered: The passionate young musician practiced 5 hours each day. patent—(adj) obvious, easily seen: The promise of tax relief was a patent attempt to win last-minute support from the voters. (n) exclusive right, as to a product or invention: The company’s patent on the formula expires after a certain number of years. peculiar—odd, special, unique, not ordinary: The fragrance is peculiar to roses; no other flower smells the same. pecuniary—financial: She had no pecuniary interest in the project. pedantic—making a needless display of learning: The pedantic lecturer made several allusions to literary works that his audience had no acquaintance with. peevish—fretful, hard to please: The girl was unpopular because she was so peevish; she was always complaining about something. pejorative—disparaging: Calling a man a rat is pejorative. penal—concerning legal punishment: The penal code defines crimes and their legal penalties. penchant—strong inclination: He has a penchant for making friends. pending—waiting to be decided: Our petition is still pending; we don’t know what will be decided. penetrate—to pierce or to pass into or through: The stiff cloth was hard to penetrate with an ordinary needle. pension—regular payments to someone who has fulfilled certain requirements: After twenty years of service, she retired on a full pension. per capita—for each person: The country has a per capita income of under $800. perceive—to feel, comprehend, note, understand: I perceived that the dog was harmless in spite of his barking. perception—act of receiving impressions by the senses: Perception is that act of the mind whereby the mind becomes aware of anything, such as hunger or heat. peremptory—imperative, dictatorial: He announced his opinions in a peremptory tone that was extremely offensive to his listeners.

perforate—to make holes in: The top of the box had been perforated to allow the air to circulate. peripheral—of an edge or boundary: People who notice people almost behind them have excellent peripheral vision. permeable—capable of having fluids or gases pass through: Most clay dishes are permeable unless glazed. permutation—rearrangement of the order of a group of items: The sequences CBA and BCA are permutations of ABC. pernicious—causing much harm: Excessive drinking is a pernicious habit. perpendicular—in an up-and-down direction, vertical, upright, at a right angle: The lamp post, having been grazed by the truck, was no longer perpendicular. perpetrate—to do something evil, to commit, as a crime: The actors perpetrated the hoax in an attempt to gain publicity. perquisite—benefit of a position other than salary: A chauffeured car is one of the perquisites of a commissioner’s position. persist—to continue, especially against opposition: Despite the rebuffs, he persisted in his efforts to befriend the disturbed youngster. pertinent—relevant, concerning the matter at hand: Since those circumstances were vastly different, that example is not pertinent to this case. perturb—to disturb greatly; to disquiet: We were greatly perturbed by strange noises in the night. peruse—to read carefully, study: She perused the text, absorbing as much information as she could. petty—small, trivial, unimportant, small-minded: Don’t bother the supervisor with petty problems but try to handle them yourself. petulance—petty fretfulness, peevishness: Her petulance in demanding her own way reminded me of a 2-yearold’s behavior in demanding parental attention. picturesque—having a rough, unfamiliar, or quaint natural beauty: The mountains with their rugged crags and steep ravines present a picturesque landscape. pinnacle—peak, acme: She had reached such a pinnacle of fame that everywhere in the country her name was a household word. piquant—stimulating the sense of taste, agreeably pungent: Mustard and chutney are both piquant in different ways. pique—fit of resentment: His pique at being scolded lasted all day. placate—to soothe the anger of, pacify: A quick temper is often easily placated. placid—peaceful, calm: The drug had relieved her anxiety, leaving her in a placid mood. platitude—trite remark: He spouts platitudes constantly revealing that he has no ideas of his own. plausible—seeming credible, likely, trustworthy: Since his clothes were soaked, his story of falling into the creek seemed plausible. plenary—full, fully attended: The issue was so serious that the committee called a plenary meeting of the board to decide on a course of action. plethora—oversupply: The plethora of oil supplies caused a drop in gasoline prices. pliable—flexible, able to bend, readily influenced, yielding: Having no preconceived opinion on the matter, we were pliable, ready to be swayed by a forceful speech.

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predilection—preference, liking: She had a predilection for spicy food. predominantly—for the most part: Although there are a few older students, the class is predominantly made up of 18-year-olds. preeminent—outstanding: Notable above all others, she is the preeminent authority in her field. preempt—to exclude others by taking first: Regularly scheduled programs were preempted by a news bulletin about the storm. prejudiced—biased, judging in advance without adequate evidence: Since I have never liked Westerns, I was prejudiced against the film before I ever saw it. preliminary—going before the main event or business, introductory: A few easy preliminary questions put the applicant at ease. premature—not yet mature or ripe, happening too soon: As she got to know him better, she decided that her initial judgment of him had been premature. premeditation—act of meditating beforehand, previous deliberation: The premeditation of the crime was what made it so hideous. premise—proposition or idea on which an argument or action is based: I waited to call on the premise that they wouldn’t be home until evening. preoccupied—having one’s thoughts elsewhere, inattentive: Preoccupied by her dilemma, she missed her stop on the train. preposterous—very absurd: The idea of the president’s visiting our class was preposterous. prerogative—exclusive privilege or right: As the child’s guardian, she had the prerogative of deciding whether he would attend private or public school. prescribe—to recommend, especially in a professional capacity: For the headache, the physician prescribed aspirin. presume—to accept as true without proof; to anticipate or take for granted, overstep bounds: An accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. I was furious that she had presumed to take the car without permission. prevalent—current, widely found, common: Feelings of anger and helplessness are prevalent among the voters in that district. preventive—aiming to prevent or keep from happening: Preventive measures must be taken to guard against malaria. previous—occurring before in time or order: The previous month’s electric bill included only twenty-nine days. primary—first, most important: Our primary goal is to train people for jobs that are actually available; other aspects of the program are secondary. prime—of highest quality, value, or importance: The prime reason for donating to charity should be to help others. principal—main, most important: The principal city economically is also the most populous in the state. prior—earlier, and therefore usually taking precedence: The director will not be able to meet with you today due to a prior engagement. privileged—exempt from usual conditions, receiving special benefit; not to be made known, confidential: Only a few privileged outsiders have been permitted to observe the ceremony. Since communications between spouses are privileged, a man cannot be compelled to testify against his wife.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills probability—likelihood: The probability that your plane will crash is practically nil. probation—period of testing or evaluation: After a week’s probation, the employee was hired permanently. proceed—to go forward, continue: Because of numerous interruptions, the work proceeded slowly. proclaim—to announce loudly, publicly, and with conviction: When the victory was announced, a holiday was proclaimed and all work ground to a halt. proclivity—tendency: The child has a proclivity for getting into trouble. procrastinate—to delay doing something, put off without reason: Since you’ll have to get it done eventually, you might as well stop procrastinating and get started. procure—to get, obtain, cause to occur: At the last minute, the convict’s attorney procured a stay of execution. prodigal—extravagant, spending freely: She is more prodigal with her advice than with financial aid. prodigious—very large: He had a prodigious nose and a tiny mouth. profit—valuable return, income, or gain: We hope to realize a nice profit from the sale of our home. profligate—utterly immoral: The profligate son was a regular source of income for his father’s attorney. prohibit—to prevent by authority; to forbid: The law prohibits unleashed dogs on the beach. prolong—to draw out to greater length: The treatment prolongs life but cannot cure the disease, which is terminal. promote—to help bring about; to raise or advance to a higher position: The object of many service clubs is to promote athletic events for the handicapped. prompt—quick, following immediately: Correspondents appreciate prompt replies to their inquiries. promulgate—to announce publicly as a law or doctrine: The revolutionary government promulgated some of the promised reforms. proofread—to read and mark corrections: Always proofread and correct your work before you turn it in. proper—suitable, appropriate: It is proper to write a letter of thanks to someone who has given you a present. proportionate—in correct proportion or relation of amount, fairly distributed: An area’s representation in the House of Representatives is proportionate to its population. proscribe—to outlaw, forbid by law: Theft is proscribed mostly by state law. prosecute—to carry on legal proceedings against: In return for information, the attorney general has agreed not to prosecute your client. prospectus—booklet describing a business enterprise, investment or forthcoming publication distributed to prospective buyers: The prospectus for the real estate development was mailed to potential investors. prosper—to thrive, do well, grow richer: An expensive suit and a new car suggested that the man’s business was prospering. protagonist—leading character: Mike Hammer is the protagonist of a whole series of detective stories. protocol—rigid code of correct procedure, especially in diplomacy: Protocol demands that we introduce the ambassador before the special envoy; to fail to do so would be interpreted as an insult.

prototype—original model, first example: Homer’s Iliad became the prototype for much of the later epic poetry of Europe. protract—to draw out in time or space, lengthen: The jury’s deliberations were protracted by confusion over a point of law. provisional—temporary, for the time being only: The provisional government stepped down after the general elections. provocation—a provoking, a cause for resentment or attack: The attack, coming without provocation, took them by surprise. proximity—nearness: The proximity of the shopping mall is a great advantage to those residents who don’t drive. psychic—of the mind, acting outside of known physical laws: He claimed special psychic powers, including the ability to foresee the future. punctuality—being on time: The train had an excellent record for punctuality; it almost always arrived precisely at 8:15. purchase—to buy: We need to purchase or borrow a tent before we can go camping. putative—supposed, reputed: Her putative wealth was an exaggeration of what she really owned.

Q quadrennial—lasting four years, occurring once in four years: The quadrennial games were anticipated eagerly. qualification—that which makes one qualified or eligible: The applicant’s qualifications for the position are a degree in library science and two years’ experience in a small branch library. quandary—doubt, uncertainty, state of difficulty or perplexity: She was in a quandary because the problem was so complex. quantity—amount: Speeding up the process would result in an increased quantity but a poorer quality. queasy—causing or affected by nausea; squeamish: The thought of riding the subway at night makes me queasy. quench—to extinguish, put out: She quenched the flames with water. query—to question: He queried the witness about his alibi. quirk—turn, twist, caprice: A sudden quirk of fancy caused her to change her mind. quiver—to shake, tremble, shudder: The dog quivered with excitement. quorum—minimum number of members that must be present for an assembly to conduct business: No votes may be taken until there are enough representatives present to constitute a quorum. quota—proportional share: The school had an unwritten quota system that set limits on the proportion of applicants accepted from different geographical areas. quote—to cite word for word, as a passage from some author; to name or repeat: He quoted the words of Woodrow Wilson in his acceptance speech. quotient—in arithmetic, the number resulting from the division of one number by another: The quotient of ten divided by five is two.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review radiation—divergence in all directions from a point, especially of energy: Solar radiation is the radiation of the sun as estimated from the amount of energy that reaches the earth. rambunctious—wild; marked by uncontrollable exuberance; unruly: When the children get together with all of their cousins, the group tends to get rambunctious. ramification—breakdown into subdivisions, a branching out: The ramifications of the subject were complex. rampant—springing or climbing unchecked, rank in growth: The rampant growth of the weeds made the lawn look extremely unsightly. ramshackle—tumbling down, shaky, out of repair: It was impossible to be comfortable in such a ramshackle house. rancor—malice, ill will, anger: In spite of the insults of his opponent, the man remained calm and spoke without rancor. randomly—in an unplanned or haphazard way, without order or pattern: The papers had been strewn randomly about the room. rapidity—speed: The rapidity with which her hands flew over the piano keys was too great to follow with the eye. ratify—to give formal approval to: The proposed amendment must be ratified by the states before it can become law. ratio—proportion, fixed relation of number or amount between two things: The ratio of women to men in middle-level positions in the firm is only one to seven. rationale—rational basis, explanation or justification supposedly based on reason: They defended their discrimination with the rationale that women were incompetent physically to handle the job. raze—to destroy down to the ground, as a building: Buildings in the path of the highway construction will be razed. reactionary—extremely conservative, marked by opposition to present tendencies and advocating a return to some previous or simpler condition: The pamphlet expressed a reactionary hatred of innovation and a nostalgia for “the good old days.” rebuff—a snub, repulse, blunt or impolite refusal: When overtures of friendship are met with rebuff, they are not likely to be renewed. rebuke—to reprimand, criticize sharply: He rebuked the puppy in stern tones for chewing up the chair. rebuttal—contradiction, reply to a charge or argument: Each side was allowed 5 minutes for rebuttal of the other side’s arguments. recalcitrant—stubborn, refusing to obey: A recalcitrant child is difficult to teach. recapitulate—to mention or relate in brief, summarize: The abstract recapitulated the main points of the argument. recede—to go back or away: The waters receded and left the beach covered with seaweed. receptive—able and tending to receive and accept, open to influence: The manager, unsatisfied with the store’s appearance, was receptive to the idea of a major remodeling. recessive—tending to recede or not make itself felt: The characteristic encoded in a recessive gene may be passed on to an individual’s offspring even though it is not apparent in the individual.

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recipient—one who receives: The recipient of the award had been chosen from among 200 candidates. reciprocal—done in return, affecting both sides, mutual: The United States has reciprocal trade agreements with many nations. reckless—not thinking of consequences, heedless, causing danger: People who feel they have nothing to lose often become reckless. recondite—profound; obscure; concealed: Anthropologists try to discover the recondite facts about human origins. reconsider—to think over again: When she refused the appointment, the committee asked whether she would reconsider her decision if more money was offered. recourse—seeking of aid or remedy in response to some action or situation: Unless you correct this error immediately, I will have no recourse but to complain to the manager. recreation—relaxation, play: Physical recreation often relieves tension and improves the emotional outlook. recriminate—to return accusation for accusation: They recriminated constantly over the most trivial setbacks, each blaming the other whenever anything went wrong. rectitude—honesty, integrity, strict observance of what is right: Her unfailing rectitude in business dealings made her well trusted among her associates. recumbent—lying down: The painting depicted the goddess recumbent on a sumptuous couch. recuperate—to become well, get better: It is best to stay home from work until you have recuperated completely. recur—to happen again: Unless social conditions are improved, the riots are bound to recur. redeem—to save, ransom, free by buying back: Though the film is boring in parts, it is redeemed by a gripping finale. redress—compensation for a wrong done: The petitioners asked the state for a redress of grievances for which they had no legal recourse. reduce—diminish in size, amount, extent, or number: His campaign included a promise to reduce taxes. redundant—wordy, repeating unnecessarily: The expressions “more preferably” and “continue to remain” are redundant. referral—a being referred from one person or agency to another, as for employment: A referral service arranged appointments for people who have excellent clerical skills. refinement—act of clearing from extraneous matter, purification: The refinement of the metals freed them from the impurities that made them unfit for commercial use. refrain—to keep from doing something, to not do: Considerate parents refrain from criticizing their children in front of others. refuse—to decline to accept; reject: If you refuse this assignment, you may not be offered another. regal—pertaining to a monarch, royal: He had a regal air that impressed even those who knew him for an imposter. regimen—routine manner of living: The regimen of army life bored him.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills rehabilitate—to restore to a former state or capacity: The stated object of the program is to rehabilitate accident victims. reimburse—to refund, pay back: The company found it difficult to reimburse the salesman for all his expenses. reiterate—to repeat: The instructions were reiterated before each new section of the test. related—connected by some common relationship: The circumstances of this fire are closely related to those of the hotel fire that occurred last week. relegate—to transfer to get rid of, assign to an inferior position: The chief relegated the policeman to a suburban beat. relevant—concerning the matter at hand, to the point, related: Her experience in government is relevant to her candidacy; her devotion to her family is not. relinquish—to give up, hand over: The aunt relinquished custody of the child to its mother. reluctant—opposing or unwilling: The bank is reluctant to give further loans until all obligations are paid. reminisce—to remember, talk about the past: When old friends get together, they love to reminisce. remit—to pay, to send payment: The invoice was remitted by check; you should be receiving it shortly. remuneration—reward, payment, as for work done: Health benefits are part of the remuneration that goes with the position. renege—to go back on a promise or agreement: Their assurances of good faith were hollow; they reneged on the agreement almost at once. renounce—to give up or disown, usually by formal statement: The nation was urged to renounce its dependence on imports and to buy more American products. replenish—to supply again, to make full or complete again something that has been depleted: Some natural resources, such as lumber, can be replenished. reprehensible—deserving rebuke or blame: Conduct that selfishly endangers the safety of others is reprehensible. repress—to subdue, hold back, keep down, keep from expression or consciousness: We could not repress a certain nervousness as the plane bumped along the runway. reprieve—postponement of some evil, such as punishment: You have a reprieve; the test has been put off for a week. reprimand—severe criticism, especially a formal rebuke by someone in authority: Since it was a first offense, the judge let the teenager off with a reprimand. reprisal—injury in return for injury: The enemy launched a raid in reprisal for the night attack. reprove—to censure, rebuke, find fault with: The instructor reproved the student for failing to hand in the assignments on time. repudiate—to refuse to accept, reject: The candidate repudiated the endorsement of the extremist group. request—to ask for: The students requested a meeting with the college president to discuss the new policy. requisite—required, necessary: Employees may take vacation time as soon as they have worked the requisite number of weeks. requisition—formal written order or request: The office manager sent in a requisition for another desk and chair.

requite—to give in, return, to repay: The man’s sympathy and good humor were requited by the enthusiastic affection of his nephews. rescind—to cancel formally or take back: They rescinded their offer of aid when they became disillusioned with the project. reserve—to keep back or save for use at a later time; to set aside for the use of a particular person: The runner had reserved energy for a burst of speed in the final lap. Call the restaurant to reserve a table for four. residence—place where a person lives, fact of living in a place: According to the phone company, that number is a residence, not a business. residue—something left over, remainder: A residue of coffee grounds was left at the bottom of the cup. resilient—able to spring back: The down pillow was still resilient after years of use. resplendent—very bright, shining: She was resplendent in the jewelry and sequined dress. respondent—person who responds or answers: Several respondents refused to answer some of the questions in the survey. response—a reply or reaction: His response to my question was another question. restitution—restoration to a rightful owner, reparation for an injury: He agreed to make restitution for the money he had stolen. restrict—to confine, keep within limits: Use of the computer room is restricted to authorized personnel. resume—to begin again after an interruption: The courtroom proceedings resumed after an hour’s recess for lunch. resurgent—rising again: The resurgent energy of youth kept him studying for hours. resuscitate—to bring back to life: Artificial respiration was used to resuscitate the swimmer. retain—to keep: Throughout the grueling day, she had managed somehow to retain her sense of humor. retaliate—to give injury for injury: The boxer retaliated for the punch with a stunning blow to the head. retard—to slow: Drugs were successfully used to retard the progress of the disease. reticent—restrained in speech, unwilling to talk: People are reticent to confess such anxieties for fear of appearing weak. retroactive—applying to what is past: A law cannot be made retroactive; it can only apply to future actions. retrogress—to go backward, lose ground: Because of the devastation of the recent earthquakes, living conditions in the region have retrogressed. reveal—to make known, display: His dishonesty was revealed during the trial. reverence—feeling of deep respect or awe, as for something sacred: The great novelist was disconcerted by the reverence with which her students greeted her most casual remark. revision—a correction or a change; revised form or version: A playwright makes many revisions to the script before the play is produced. revive—to come or bring back to life: A cool drink and a bath revived her spirits. revolutionize—to change fundamentally or completely: The internet has revolutionized research procedures. rheostat—electrical resistor with changeable resistance: A rheostat is used to make lights dimmer.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review rife—widespread, prevalent, filled with: The city was rife with rumors that a coup was imminent. robust—hardy, strong, healthy: Her robust health was apparent in her springy walk and glowing skin. rouse—to stir up; to excite or to awaken: Let us rouse the citizenry to a new era of patriotism. rubicund—ruddy; reddish: The heavy drinker has a bulbous, rubicund nose. rue—to be sorry for, regret: He rued the day he made that mistake. ruminate—to chew the cud; to think over at leisure: A cow ruminates after it eats. I will ruminate on your proposal and let you know my decision later this week. rupture—a breaking off, breach: Difficulties over trade policy led to a rupture of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

S saccharine—pertaining to sugar, having the qualities of sugar, overly sweet: The saccharine sentimentality of the film is cloying to any audience over the age of 12. sacrament—sacred rite: The Roman Catholic Church recognizes seven sacraments, including baptism, matrimony, and anointing of the sick. sagacious—wise, discerning: The sagacious writing of Greek philosophers survive to the present day. salient—conspicuous, noticeable, prominent: The salient points of the speech could not be forgotten by the audience. salutary—promoting health, conducive to good: Regular exercise is a salutary practice. salvage—to save or recover from disaster, such as shipwreck or fire: Divers salvaged gold coins and precious artifacts from the sunken Spanish galleon. salvation—act of preserving from danger, destruction, or great calamity: Prompt attention to an injury can be the victim’s salvation. sanction—to authorize, approve, support: The parent organization refused to sanction the illegal demonstration staged by the splinter group. sanguine—ardent, confident, optimistic: The leader was sanguine about the movement’s chances for success. satiate—to gratify completely, surfeit: After eating a pound of chocolate, I was so satiated that I never wanted to see candy again. saturate—to fill fully, soak, cause to become completely penetrated: The cloth was thoroughly saturated with the soapy water. scant—barely or scarcely sufficient; inadequate: They made do with the scant rations in the lifeboat for two days. schematic—in the form of an outline or diagram: A schematic drawing of the circuitry illustrated how the radio worked. schism—a split, breakup: The Great Schism created two rival Christian churches, the Eastern and the Western. scintillating—sparkling, brilliant, witty: Absorbed in the scintillating conversation, the guests lost track of the time. scrupulous—having scruples, conscientiously honest and upright: That attorney is too scrupulous to get involved in criminal cases. secular—not religious, not concerned with religion: In some nations, the secular authorities have differences with religious leaders.

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secure—(adj.) safe, reliable, free from fear or danger: Her secure job assured her of a steady income for as long as she chose to work. (v) to make safe, to obtain: I have secured two tickets for tonight’s performance. sedition—incitement to rebel against the government: Sedition is an offense punishable under state laws. seismic—caused by earthquake: A seismograph measures the strength of seismic tremors in the earth. semantics—study of the meanings of words: In English semantics, many synonyms have quite different connotations. semester—a period of six months; either of the two approximately 18-week periods into which the academic year is commonly divided: Each semester, every student must produce at least two lengthy research papers. seminar—a group of students working under the direction of a professor, each doing original research and sharing results through group discussions, a meeting, or a conference for the exchange of ideas: The advanced psychology class enjoyed its seminars concerning personality disorders. sentimental—having or showing tender feelings; such feelings in excess; influenced more by emotion than reason or thought: The sentimental actress wept when she watched herself in her old movies. sequester—to seize by authority, set apart in seclusion: The jury was sequestered until the members could reach a verdict. severe—harsh, extreme, serious: The tough drug laws required severe penalties for repeat offenders. shibboleth—password, identifying phrase of a group or attitude: “Power to the people” was a popular shibboleth of the 1960s. silicosis—lung disease resulting from inhaling silica dust: Blasters are often victims of silicosis and resultant tuberculosis. simulate—to pretend, imitate, give a false appearance of: Although she had guessed what the gift would be, she simulated surprise when she unwrapped the package. simultaneous—happening or existing at the same time: There were simultaneous broadcasts of the game on local television and radio stations. sinecure—job requiring little work: The person who is looking for a sinecure should avoid working here; this job is very demanding. site—piece of land considered as a location for something, such as a city: The archaeologists began excavations at the site of the ancient city. skepticism—doubt, partial disbelief: He listened to the fantastic story with patent skepticism. Also: scepticism. slander—spoken false statement damaging to a person’s reputation: The witness was guilty of slander when he falsely testified that his partner had connived in the tax fraud scheme. slate—to put on a list, to schedule: The meeting is slated for next Tuesday. slipshod—shabby; careless in appearance or workmanship: Slipshod work habits tend to lead to faulty products. slovenly—untidy in personal and work habits: The slovenly housekeeper had to be fired. smirk—annoyingly smug or conceited smile: His arrogant behavior and smirk of satisfaction whenever he won made him unpopular with the fans.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills smother—to destroy life by depriving of air; to suppress expression or knowledge: One way to extinguish a small fire is to smother it with thick foam. solicitude—concern, anxiety, uneasiness of mind occasioned by the fear of evil or the desire for good: The teacher had great solicitude for the welfare of her students. solution—in chemistry, a homogeneous molecular mixture in which a substance is dissolved in a liquid: To relieve her sore throat she gargled with a saline solution. somatic—bodily, physical: Psychological disturbances often reveal themselves indirectly as somatic symptoms. sonorous—resonant: His sonorous voice helped make him a success as a stage actor. soporific—causing sleep: Because of the drug’s soporific effect, you should not try to drive after taking it. sparkling—glittering or shining; brilliant or lively: The sailors polished the brass until it was sparkling. spartan—very simple, frugal, hardy, disciplined, or selfdenying: In addition to the usual classes, the military school imposed a spartan regimen of physical training. specialize—to adapt to a special condition, concentrate on only one part of a field or endeavor: The assembly line caused labor to become more specialized as each worker performed only a small part of the whole manufacturing process. specific—precise, well-defined, not general: The patron was not looking for any specific book but had just come in to browse. specious—deceptively plausible: He advanced his cause with specious arguments and misinformation. spontaneous—coming from natural impulse, having no external cause, unplanned: Oily rags improperly disposed of may cause a fire by spontaneous combustion. When questioned by the teacher, the student’s answer was spontaneous. sporadic—occasional, happening at random intervals: He made sporadic attempts to begin an executive program. spurious—false, counterfeit, phony: The claim that the new device would make cars run for 150 miles on a gallon of gas was spurious. spurt—a sudden brief burst of activity; a squirt or shooting forth: There is a spurt of extra retail business right before Christmas. squalid—wretched, filthy, miserable: The squalid shantytown was infested with rats and fleas. stalemate—deadlock, situation in which neither side in a game or contest can make a move: Talks have reached a stalemate; neither side is authorized to make the necessary concessions. stamina—power of endurance, physical resistance to fatigue or stress: While younger swimmers tend to be faster over short distances, older swimmers often have more stamina. stature—height, elevation (often used figuratively): His work in physics was widely admired in the profession and his stature as an expert in his field unquestioned. status—position, rank, present condition: Her status as vice president allows her to take such action without prior approval by the board of directors. stealthy—furtive, secret: While their grandfather was distracted by the phone, the children made a stealthy raid on the refrigerator.

sterile—free from germs, barren, infertile, unproductive, lacking in liveliness or interest: The room was depressingly sterile with its drab colors, bare walls, and institutional furniture. stigma—distinguishing blemish inflicted by others: The stigma caused by gossip lasted long after the accusation had been disproved. stipulate—to make an express demand or condition: The lease stipulated that the rent could be raised by a certain percentage every year. stoical—showing calm fortitude: She was stoical in the face of great misfortunes. stratagem—scheme that outwits by cleverness or trickery: His stratagem created confusion among the other team and allowed his side to take the lead. strenuous—rugged, vigorous, marked by great energy or effort: Climbing the volcano was strenuous exercise even for the physically fit. strident—harsh-sounding: She had a strident voice that sent shivers down my back. stringent—severe, strict, compelling: The buying and selling of securities is governed by stringent SEC rules. sturdy—strongly built; hardy: The sturdy oak tree has withstood many hurricanes. suave—smoothly polite: His suave manners reflected great confidence and poise. subdue—to overcome, calm, render less harsh or less intense: The understanding actions of the nurse helped to subdue the stubborn and unruly child. submit—to give in, surrender, yield; to give, hand in: Although the doctors were dubious of his full recovery, the patient refused to submit to despair. The couple submitted their application to the loan officer. subordinate—under the power or authority of another; one occupying a lower rank: The private is subordinate to his sergeant. subpoena—writ summoning a witness: They issued subpoenas to all necessary witnesses. subsequent—following in time, order, or place: Subsequent to his arrest, the suspect was arraigned before the judge. subsidy—financial aid granted by the government: Ship operators and airlines receive federal subsidies in the form of mail delivery contracts. substantial—real or actual; of considerable wealth or value; significantly large; ample: Wise parents put aside substantial sums of money toward their children’s education. substitute—person or thing put in place of something else: A temporary worker filled in as a substitute for personnel on vacation. subterfuge—deceitful means of escaping something unpleasant: The lie about a previous engagement was a subterfuge by which they avoided a distasteful duty. subversive—tending to undermine or destroy secretly: The editor was accused of publishing propaganda subversive to the national security. successive—following one after another without interruption: Last week it rained on four successive days. successor—one who follows another, as in an office or job: Retiring from office, the mayor left a budget crisis and a transit strike to his successor. succinct—to the point, terse: A succinct communiqué summed up the situation in four words.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review succor—aid, help in distress: The Red Cross provides succor to victims of natural disasters. succumb—to yield to superior strength or force; to give in; to die: The reluctant novice succumbed to the pleading of the swimming counselor and plunged into the water. sufficient—ample, adequate, enough: Our supplies are sufficient to feed a family for a week. suffuse—to spread over as with liquid or light: Sunlight suffused the room when I opened the curtains. summarize—to cover the main points: The newscaster summarized the content of the president’s speech. sundry—miscellaneous, various: Sundry errands can be consolidated into a single trip in order to save gas. supercilious—proud and haughty: The supercilious attitude of the old and wealthy families has contributed to many social upheavals. superficial—on or concerned with the surface only, shallow: The superficial review merely gave a synopsis of the movie’s plot. superfluous—extra, beyond what is necessary: It was clear from the scene what had happened; his lengthy explanations were superfluous. superior—one who is above another in rank, station, or office; placed higher up; good or excellent in quality: The manager of the division is superior to the other employees. supersede—to take the place of: The administration appointed new department heads to supersede the old. supervise—to oversee, direct work, superintend: A new employee must be carefully supervised to insure that he learns the routine correctly and thoroughly. supine—lying on the back, passive, inactive: The girls were supine on the beach, baking in the sun. supplant—to take the place of, especially unfairly: The mother claimed that her sister had deliberately tried to supplant her in the daughter’s affections. supple—capable of being bent or folded without creases, cracks, or breaks; limber; easily changed or influenced: The supple gymnast danced on the exercise bar. supplement—to add to, especially in order to make up for a lack: The dietician recommended that she supplement her regular meals with iron pills. supplicate—to beg: He supplicated the emperor for a pardon. support—to uphold, assist: I support our country’s policy of aid to underdeveloped nations. surcharge—an additional tax or cost above the usual: There is a surcharge for buying tickets online. surfeit—excess: There was a surfeit of food at the table, and no one could finish the meal. surpass—to excel, go beyond: The success of our program surpassed even our high expectations. surreptitious—secret, unauthorized, clandestine: A surreptitious meeting in the basement of one of the conspirators was arranged for midnight. surrogate—acting in place of another, substituting: The housekeeper acted as surrogate mother for the children after their own mother died. surveillance—a watching: The suspect was kept under surveillance. susceptible—easily affected, liable: She is susceptible to colds because of her recent illness.

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suspend—to stop or cause to be inactive temporarily; to hang: Service on the line was suspended while the tracks were being repaired. The light fixture was suspended from the beam by a chain. suture—stitch on a wound: The surgeon made several sutures to close the wound. syllabus—a summary or outline containing main points; a course of study or examination requirements: The course syllabus should give an overview of what is to be taught in that course. symposium—meeting for discussion of a subject: They listened to a television symposium on the subject of better schools. synthesis—combination of parts into a whole: The decor was an artful synthesis of traditional and contemporary styles. systematic—orderly, following a system: A systematic review of hiring in the past two years revealed discrepancies between official policy and actual practice.

T tabulate—to arrange data in some order: The election results were tabulated by district. tachometer—instrument for measuring rotational speed: They watched the tachometer closely, keeping an eye on the engine’s rpm’s. tacitly—silently, without words, by implication: He tacitly assented to his friend’s arguments but wouldn’t admit to being convinced. tangential—digressing, off the point, not central: Facts about the author’s life, while they may be fascinating, are tangential to an evaluation of her works. tangible—capable of being touched, having objective reality and value: The new position offered an opportunity for creativity as well as the more tangible reward of a higher salary. taper—progressively narrowed toward one end; to lessen; diminish: The tapered shape of a funnel makes it suitable for transferring liquids into narrow-neck containers. tardiness—lateness: His tardiness was habitual; he was late getting to class most mornings. taxonomy—science of classification: The taxonomy of the law first separates the civil from the criminal. tedious—boring, long and tiresome: The film was so tedious that we walked out in disgust before it was half over. temerity—contempt for danger or opposition; recklessness; nerve; audacity: The arsonist had the temerity to offer to help fight the fire. temporize—to evade immediate action, to stall for time: The child wanted to temporize when told it was bed time. tenable—capable of being held or defended: The club had no tenable reasons for the exclusion; it was purely a case of prejudice. tenacity—persistence, quality of holding firmly: His tenacity as an investigator earned him the nickname “Bulldog.” tenancy—state or time of being a tenant: We observed nothing unusual during the first few weeks of our tenancy at the cottage. tendon—in anatomy, a hard, insensible cord or bundle of connective tissue by which a muscle is attached to a bone: The Achilles tendon connects the heel with the calf of the leg.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills tenement—dwelling place, apartment, especially a building that is run-down, dirty, etc.: Rows of dilapidated tenements lined the streets of the impoverished neighborhood. tension—tautness or stress; mental or nervous strain: The intense hostility between the opposing sides created a great deal of tension in the room. tentative—done as a test, experiment, or trial: The negotiators have reached a tentative agreement, the details of which have yet to be worked out. tenuous—held by a thread, flimsy: The business survived on a tenuous relationship with a few customers. terminate—to end: She terminated the interview by standing up and thanking us for coming. terminology—special vocabulary used in a field of study: Use proper terminology in technical writing so that your meaning will not be ambiguous. terse—to the point, using few words: The official’s terse replies to our questions indicated that he did not welcome being interrupted. textile—cloth, woven material: New England in the nineteenth century was dotted with textile mills operated by water power. theory—speculative truth, proposition to be proved by evidence or chain of reasoning: The professor emphasized that the explanation was only a theory subject to verification, not an established fact. thesaurus—dictionary of synonyms: A good thesaurus distinguishes the shades of meaning among words with similar definitions. thesis—essay, proposition to be debated: She completed her doctoral thesis. thorough—done to the end; omitting nothing; complete; very exact: The search for the missing airplane was thorough and painstaking. timorous—fearful; timid: The abused child was a timorous little waif. tirade—vehement speech: He shouted a long tirade at the driver who had hit his car from behind. tolerate—to permit, put up with: We tolerate ignorance in ourselves because we are too lazy to study. torrent—a swift, violent stream of liquid; rush of words or mail; heavy rain: When a dam breaks, it releases a torrent of water. torsion—twisting or wrenching: Too much bodily torsion may lead to backaches. total—complete, entire, whole: The total cost of our European vacation will be more than $4,000. toxic—poisonous: Alcohol consumed in very large quantity may prove highly toxic. tractable—easily led: A tractable worker is a boon to a supervisor but is not always a good leader. tradition—handing down of beliefs and customs from generation to generation; long established customs or practice: Our family tradition is to sing at the table at Sunday dinner. tranquil—quiet, calm, peaceful: The tranquil morning was disturbed by the appearance on the lake of a motorboat. transcribe—to make a written copy of: These almost illegible notes must be transcribed before anyone else will be able to use them. transcript—written copy: The court reporter read from the transcript of the witness’s testimony.

transfusion—a pouring from one container into another: They gave the victim a blood transfusion. transgression—a breaking of a law or commandment or duty: Some people think that experimental art is a transgression of good taste. transition—change, passage from one place or state to another: The weather made a quick transition from sweltering to freezing. transitory—fleeting, passing, not permanent: It is normal to feel a transitory depression over life’s setbacks. translate—to change from one medium to another, especially from one language or code to another: The flight attendant translated the announcement into Spanish for the benefit of some of the passengers. transverse—lying across: They placed the ties transversely on the tracks and waited for the train to crash. trauma—wound: Many emotional ailments in adults are related to psychic traumas in childhood. travesty—imitation of a serious work so as to make it seem ridiculous: His production of Shakespeare in modern language was a travesty. treaty—formal agreement between nations: An economic alliance between the governments was established by treaty. trenchant—sharp, penetrating, forceful: His trenchant remarks cut to the heart of the matter. trepidation—involuntary trembling, as from fear or terror: The ghost story caused them to feel a certain trepidation walking home late at night. tribulation—great trouble or hardship: The settlers faced many tribulations before the colony was firmly established. tribunal—court of justice: The decision was left to an international tribunal. truculent—ferocious, savage, harsh in manner: The champion affected a truculent manner to intimidate the young challenger. truncate—to shorten by cutting: The shrubs were uniformly truncated to form a neat hedge. truncheon—club: British police are armed with truncheons. truss—to support, tie up in a bundle: The chicken should be trussed with string before roasting. turbulent—violent, in wild motion, agitated: The turbulent stream claimed many lives. turgid—swollen: The river was turgid from the incessant rains. tutelage—guardianship: She grew up under her cousin’s tutelage. tyro—novice, beginner: He is a tyro in finance.

U ubiquitous—existing everywhere: Papaya trees, ubiquitous in the region, bear large yellow fruits. ultimate—final, last: After hours of soul-searching, her ultimate decision was no different from her original one. unaccountable—mysterious, not able to be explained: The unaccountable disappearance of the family led to wild stories of flying saucers. unavoidable—not preventable: Because he likes dogs and she prefers cats, their disagreement about choice of a pet is unavoidable. uncanny—weird, so acute as to appear mysterious: After a lifetime of fishing those waters, the old man was able to predict weather changes with uncanny precision.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review uncouth—unrefined, awkward: The girl was so uncouth she could hardly handle a knife and fork and had no notion of table manners. unethical—without or not according to moral principles: Although she did not break any law, her actions in taking advantage of naive people were unethical. ungainly—not expert or dexterous, clumsy, physically awkward: She walked in an ungainly way, as if her shoes were two sizes too large. uniformity—sameness, lack of variation: Although the temperature is pleasant, the uniformity in weather from season to season can become boring. unilateral—one-sided, coming from or affecting one side only: The decision to separate was unilateral; one spouse moved out against the other’s wishes. unique—without a like or equal, unmatched, single in its kind: The statue was valuable because of its unique beauty. unkempt—uncombed, not cared for, disorderly: He was recognized by his unkempt beard. unmitigated—not lessened, not softened in severity or harshness: The strong earthquake was an unmitigated disaster. unprecedented—never before done, without precedent: The first manned voyage to the moon accomplished unprecedented feats. unravel—to untangle, explain, clear from complication: The detective was able to unravel the mystery. unreliable—not dependable: Because of his unreliable attendance at conferences, the professor was not asked to prepare a speech. unscrupulous—unprincipled, not constrained by moral feelings: The unscrupulous landlord refused to return the security deposit, claiming falsely that the tenant had damaged the apartment. unwieldy—ponderous, too bulky and clumsy to be moved easily: I need help moving this unwieldy mattress. upbraid—to charge with something disgraceful, reproach, reprove with severity: The husband upbraided his wife for her extravagance. urbane—smoothly polite, socially poised and sophisticated: He travels in urbane circles and is as suave as any of his friends. urgent—pressing, having the nature of an emergency: We received an urgent message to call the hospital. utensil—implement, tool: Forks and other utensils are in the silverware drawer. utilize—to use, put to use: We will utilize all the resources of the department in the search for the missing child.

V vacant—empty, unoccupied: The vacant lot was overgrown with weeds. vacate—to leave empty: The court ordered the demonstrators to vacate the premises. vacillate—to fluctuate, change back and forth, be inconsistent: The employer’s manner vacillated between oppressive friendliness and curt command. vacuity—dullness of comprehension, lack of intelligence, stupidity: The vacuity of her mind was apparent to all who knew her. vacuous—empty, without substance: His vacuous promises were forgotten as soon as they were uttered. vain—unsuccessful, useless: A vain rescue attempt only made the situation worse.

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valid—well-grounded or justifiable on principle or evidence; correctly derived; sound: On the basis of the evidence, the verdict appears to be valid. validity—strength, force; being supported by fact, proof or law: The bill was never paid because its validity could not be substantiated. valor—worthiness, courage, strength of mind in regard to danger: His valor enabled him to encounter the enemy bravely. vandal—one who deliberately disfigures or destroys property: Vandals broke all the windows in the vacant building. vanguard—troops who march in front of any army, advance guard: The uniforms of the vanguard were the most colorful of all. vanquish—to conquer, overcome, overpower: Napoleon vanquished the Austrian army. vapid—tasteless, dull, lifeless, flat: Their conversation was so vapid and predictable that I lost interest in talking to them. variable—changing, fluctuating: The weather report stated that winds would be variable. varicose—swollen, said of veins: Varicose veins sometimes cause large bulges on the legs. variegate—to diversify in external appearance, mark with different colors: The builder created a variegated facade with marble of different hues. various—dissimilar; characterized by variety; numerous; separate: We visited various national parks on our trip across the United States. venal—able to be corrupted or bribed: The venal judge privately offered to hand down the desired verdict for a price. vendetta—blood feud: The two families carried on a vendetta through three generations. venerate—to respect: She was a great philanthropist whose memory deserves to be venerated. venial—forgivable; pardonable; excusable: A venial sin stands in marked contrast to a mortal sin, which is extreme, grave, and totally unpardonable. venous—pertaining to a vein or veins: Venous blood is carried by the veins to the right side of the heart. verbatim—word for word, in the same words: The lawyer requested that the defendant repeat the speech verbatim. verbose—using more words than are necessary, tedious because of wordiness: The paper is well-organized but verbose; it should be cut to half its present length. verdant—green, fresh: The verdant lawn made the old house look beautiful. verdict—decision, especially a legal judgment of guilt or innocence: In our legal system, the verdict of a jury in convicting a defendant must be unanimous. verge—to be on the border or edge: Their behavior verged on hysteria. verify—to prove to be true, establish the proof of: You should verify the rumor before acting on it; it may not be true at all. verisimilitude—appearance of truth: The movie set reproduced the ancient city with great verisimilitude; every detail seemed correct. verity—truthfulness, honesty, quality of being real or actual: The verity of the document could not be questioned. vernacular—native language: He spoke in the vernacular of southern Germany.

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills vernal—pertaining to spring: The vernal influence was everywhere, as trees blossomed and lovers strolled hand in hand. versatile—competent in many things, subjects, fields; flexible: Versatility is the hallmark of the good handyman. vertex—top, highest point, apex: The view from the vertex of the hill was breathtaking. vertical—upright, in an up-and-down position: A graph is constructed around a vertical and a horizontal axis. vertigo—dizziness, giddiness, sense of apparent rotary movement of the body: The physician explained that the vertigo was due to an inner ear infection. verve—enthusiasm; energy; vitality: The optimist greets each new day with verve and a big smile. vestige—remnant, remainder, trace: The appendix is a useless vestige of an earlier human form. veterinary—concerning the medical treatment of animals: Reliable veterinary services are indispensable in areas where people raise animals for their livelihood. vex—to irritate, distress, cause disquiet: She was periodically vexed by anonymous phone calls. viability—capacity to live, survival ability: The chart compared the viability of male and female infants. vibrate—to swing or oscillate rapidly: The strings of the instrument produce sound waves by vibrating. vicarious—experienced secondhand through imagining another’s experience: She took vicarious pleasure in the achievements of her daughter. vigilant—watchful, on guard: As a Supreme Court justice, he has always been vigilant against any attempt to encroach on the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. vilify—to defame, attempt to degrade by slander: She was sued for attempting to vilify her neighbor. vindicate—to uphold, confirm: The judgment of the editor was vindicated by the book’s success. vindictive—unforgiving, showing a desire for revenge: Stung by the negative reviews of his film, in the interview the director made vindictive personal remarks about critics. viscosity—in physics, the resistance to flow of a fluid: Motor oil has a greater viscosity than water. vitality—life, energy, liveliness, power to survive: She had been physically active all her life and at the age of 80 still possessed great vitality. vocation—regular occupation or work: My son’s vocation is carpentry; his avocation (hobby) is fishing. volatile—changing to vapor, quickly changeable, fickle: She had a volatile temper—easily angered and easily appeased. volition—deliberate will: He performed the act of his own volition. voracious—ravenous, very hungry, eager to devour: The voracious appetite of the man startled the other guests. vulnerable—open to attack or danger; easily wounded or physically hurt; sensitive: A person undergoing chemotherapy is very vulnerable to infection.

W waive—to forego, give up voluntarily something to which one is entitled: In cases of unusual hardship, the normal fee may be waived. warp—to bend slightly throughout: The board had warped in the sun. warrant—to deserve, justify: The infraction was too minor to warrant a formal reprimand. wayward—perverse, capricious, willful, erratic: The apparently wayward flight of the bat was difficult to follow. weaken—to lose strength or effectiveness: His argument was weakened by the evidence. weld—to join pieces of metal by compression and great heat: Steel bars were welded to make a frame. welter—a wallowing, wavelike rolling; commotion: She took the welter of the crowd in stride, slipping down the street as quickly as she could. wield—to use with full command or power: The soldier was skilled at wielding his sword. wily—artful, cunning: He was wily enough to avoid being caught. wince—to shrink, as from a blow or from pain, flinch: She winced when the dentist touched the tooth. winch—crank with a handle that is turned, usually for hoisting or hauling: They couldn’t hoist the cargo onto the deck because the winch was too rusty to turn. winnow—to examine, sift for the purpose of separating the bad from the good: Her statement was so garbled that it was impossible to winnow the falsehoods from the truth. wooden—stiff; lifeless; dull; insensitive; made of wood: His wooden facial expression led us to believe that he was not at all interested in what we were telling him. worthless—having no value or use: His suggestions are worthless because he has not studied the problems thoroughly. wrest—to take by violence: It was impossible for the child to wrest the toy from the hands of the bigger boy.

X xenophobia—fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners: The xenophobia of the candidate expressed itself in his extreme and unrealistic isolationism.

Y yearn—to feel longing or desire: The parents yearned for their recently deceased child.

Z zeal—ardor, fervor, enthusiasm, earnestness: She left a record for zeal that cannot fail to be an inspiration. zenith—point directly overhead, highest point: The sun reaches its zenith at noon.

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SYNONYMS Two words are synonyms if they mean the same thing. A word or phrase can replace another word or phrase in a sentence without changing the meaning of the sentence. In a synonym question, you must pick the word or phrase closest in meaning to the given word. This is the simplest kind of vocabulary question. Synonym questions on civil service exams have two forms. One form of question lists a key word followed by a number of choices. You are to select the word or phrase that is exactly the same as or closest in meaning to the key word. If you are not sure about the meaning of the word, try to eliminate some choices by recalling where you have seen or heard the word. Perhaps you will recognize a part of the word from your study of word parts. This can help you figure out the synonym. You may try to make up a sentence using the word, and this can help you to decide which answer is the best choice. The other form of synonym question presents a sentence with one word printed in italics. You select, from the choices following the sentence, the best synonym for the word printed in italics. Sentence questions offer more clues than key word questions. The meaning of the sentence may give you a clue about the word’s meaning, even if you do not know the word. The word’s use in the sentence also lets you see if the word is used as a noun, a verb, or a modifier. When synonym questions are in the form of sentences, and you do not know the word or cannot eliminate some of the choices, begin by substituting each choice for the word in italics. This will help you to eliminate some of the choices because they are the wrong part of speech or because they do not make sense in the sentence. Then, unless you already know the answer, try to decide which word makes the most sense in the context of the sentence. HOW TO ANSWER SYNONYM QUESTIONS 1.

Read each question carefully.

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Eliminate answer choices that you know are wrong.

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Use all of the clues to decide on the best answer. If the question is a sentence, consider the part of speech and the context of the word. For both sentence and nonsentence items, see if there are any word parts that you are familiar with. Recall where you have seen or heard the word used. Make up your own sentence using the word.

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From the answer choices that seem possible, select the one that most nearly means the same as the given word, even if this choice is not part of your normal vocabulary. The correct answer may not be a perfect synonym, but it is the closest in meaning to the given word.

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Test your answer by putting it in the place of the given word in the question sentence or the sentence you have made up. The meaning of the sentence should be the same, even though you have changed a word.

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Answer the questions that you know the answers to first. Then go back to work on the questions with answers you did not immediately recognize.

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When all else fails, guess, based on your best hunches.

Here are some examples of synonym questions presented as sentences.

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills SAMPLE QUESTIONS 1.

Remedial measures need to be taken to clean up air pollution in the area. (A) (B) (C) (D)

reading slow corrective graceful

The correct answer is (C). First eliminate choice (A), reading. Its use in this sentence does not make sense, although you may associate remedial with remedial reading. Because pollution is a serious problem, choice (B), slow, would not be a good choice. Why would one delay solving such a problem? Choice (D), graceful, describes a physical trait, so it is not appropriate in this sentence. After you eliminate these choices, even if you are not sure of exactly what remedial means, you should be able to choose (C) as the best synonym in this context. 2.

The increased use of word processing equipment has greatly reduced the need for typewriters. (A) (B) (C) (D)

enlarged canceled lessened expanded

The correct answer is (C). The meaning of the sentence should cause you to immediately rule out choice (A), enlarged, and choice (D), expanded. Choice (B), canceled, implies that there is no need at all for typewriters. If this were the case, then the modifier greatly would be unnecessary. Therefore, choice (C), lessened, is the best synonym for reduced. 3.

Although a complex response was required to the difficult question, she answered with equanimity. (A) (B) (C) (D)

composure anger pauses doubts

The correct answer is (A). Even if you are not sure what equanimity means, you can eliminate choices (C) and (D) because the word although in the first part of the sentence tells you that the response was not affected by the difficulty of the question. Choice (B) is not a good choice because the emotion of the person answering is not related to difficulty of the question. 4.

The uniformity of the students’ answers suggested they had not considered the many possible responses. (A) (B) (C) (D)

military appearance slowness great variety sameness

The correct answer is (D). Although uniform may make you think of the armed forces, clothing has nothing to do with the meaning of this sentence, so choice (A) is not a possible choice. Choice (C) is an incorrect choice because the sentence says not many were considered. Choice (B) fits grammatically, but slowness changes the meaning of the sentence. Thus, the best choice based on the meaning of the sentence is (D), sameness.

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The surface of the tranquil lake was as smooth as glass. (A) (B) (C) (D)

cold muddy deep calm

The correct answer is (D). Any one of these choices might substitute for the word tranquil, and the sentence would still make sense. However, if the surface of the lake was as smooth as glass, the water would have to be very calm. Thus, while a cold, muddy, or deep lake could have a smooth surface, it is most reasonable to assume, on the basis of the sentence, that tranquil means calm and that choice (D) is the answer. 6.

The manager ordered a gross of pencils from the office supplies store. (A) (B) (C) (D)

disgusting all inclusive twelve dozen monster

The correct answer is (C). In this example, the sentence is absolutely necessary to the definition of the word. Without the sentence, you could not know if the word gross is the noun, which means “twelve dozen,” or the adjective, which can mean “crude and disgusting” or “total” depending on the context. The sentence tells you gross is a noun. Choices (A) and (B) are adjectives, so they cannot be correct. Choice (D) is tricky. Monster is sometimes used as slang for “many” or “a large amount,” but this is an incorrect use of the word. Monster does not appear in dictionaries as an adjective. As a noun, a monster suggests something disgusting, but that would not fit in a sentence about pencils. Therefore, choice (C), twelve dozen, is the only possible correct answer. 7.

To send a note of apology is the only decent thing to do in these circumstances. (A) (B) (C) (D)

proper going down children inclination

The correct answer is (A). As in the previous example, the sentence helps you to decide on the best synonym because decent is an adjective describing what someone will do. Thus, you will know not to confuse decent with the noun that sounds the same, although spelled differently, descent, which means a downward path, or another similar sounding noun, descendants, which means one’s children. Sometimes a sentence may be of little or no use in helping you to choose the best synonym. The sentences may help you to determine the part of speech of the indicated word, but not its meaning. 8.

The speaker had an abrasive voice. (A) (B) (C) (D)

tuneful high pitched loud harsh

The correct answer is (D). The sentences shows that abrasive is used to describe a voice, but it gives you no clue that abrasive means harsh, choice (D). 9.

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills The correct answer is (B). In this example, it is clear that a domicile is something that belongs to someone, but there is no information in the sentence to help you decide what that is. Although any of the choices could be substituted for domicile, the correct answer is choice (B), residence. In examples 8 and 9, because the sentence is of no help to you, you must either know the meaning of the word, or you must guess. If the word is not part of a sentence, or the sentence does not help you to define the word, you must rely on other clues. Perhaps you have seen or heard the word but were never sure of its meaning. Look at the word carefully. Is there any part of the word whose meaning you know? 10.

disinterested (A) sympathetic (B) young (C) objective (D) poor

The correct answer is (C). When you see the word disinterested, you will recognize the word part “interested,” which means concerned. Since the prefix dis often means “not,” you can eliminate choice (A). A sympathetic person is interested in a person or situation. You cannot immediately eliminate choice (D), poor, but before selecting an answer, consider all the possibilities. Since dis is a negative prefix, look for a negative word as the meaning of disinterested. There is no choice meaning “not interested,” so you should look for a negative kind of interest. To be objective is to have no interest in the outcome of a situation. An objective person is one who makes decisions without considering personal consequences; thus to be objective, choice (C), means to be disinterested. 11.

temporize (A) increase (B) consider (C) flatter (D) stall

The correct answer is (D). When you see temporize, you will recognize the word part tempo, which means time. You may think of a word like “temporary” which means for a short period of time. Thus, you should look for an answer that involves the concept of time. Choice (D), stall, is to hesitate or delay before responding, so it involves time. Therefore, choice (D) is the correct choice. Sometimes it helps to make up your own sentence using the given word. Then try substituting the answer choices in your sentence. 12.

abominate (A) adore (B) help (C) abide (D) hate

The correct answer is (D). Abominate means to loathe. In your sentence “Good people abominate injustice,” you could put hate, choice (D), in the place of abominate without changing the meaning. Because the sentence mentions good people, choice (A), adore, which means to admire strongly, would not make sense. Nor would choice (C), abide, which means to submit to. And logically, good people would not help, choice (B), injustice, so choice (B) is incorrect. 13.

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The (A) (B) (C) (D)

president nominates candidates for judicial positions in the federal courts. engineer philosophical technician judge

The correct answer is (D). Because the sentence tells you that these positions are in courts, you need to find a synonym for someone who works in a court. While engineers or technicians might be important witnesses in a case, they’re not court employees. Some people who work in courts may have a philosophical, choice (B), character or turn of mind, but that is not a description of a job. Thus you can decide that choice (D), judge, is the best answer. 15.

When hula-hoops were a fad, these toys were ubiquitous in school playgrounds. (A) rare (B) enjoyed (C) abundant (D) broken

The correct answer is (C). The word in the sentence that most helps in choosing the correct answer is fad. A fad is something that is enjoyed by many people. Thus choice (C), abundant, is the best choice. While choice (B), enjoyed, makes sense in the sentence, there are many toys that children enjoy that do not become ubiquitous. Choice (A), rare, contradicts the idea of a fad. And while toys may get broken while they are being played with, choice (D), broken, changes the meaning of the sentence. 16.

An efficient manager knows how to delegate responsibilities. (A) representative (B) give to a subordinate (C) hire (D) elect to office

The correct answer is (B). Looking at the sentence, it is clear that delegate is a verb. Therefore, although you may have heard of a delegate as a person who attends a convention, choice (A), representative, is not a correct choice. While choice (C), hiring, may be one of a manager’s duties, responsibilities are duties, not persons who can be hired. Similarly, responsibilities cannot be elected to office, so choice (D) is a poor choice. To delegate means to authorize someone to act in one’s place or take over one’s responsibilities. Choice (B), give to a subordinate, is the best answer. 17.

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills The correct answer is (D). When you see the word transcript, you will probably recognize the word part script that means writing. You may think of a script for a movie. Since the word includes writing, choice (B), videotape, which is not a writing, could be eliminated. Although tran may make you think of trains or transportation, there is no choice that means anything like moving writing, so choice (A), journey, can be eliminated. This leaves you with choices (C) and (D). Think about where you have heard or seen the word. Newspapers often print transcripts of speeches, which give a complete text of what a speaker said. Thus, a transcript is a written copy. 18.

The city purchased a site for the new public library building. (A) (B) (C) (D)

reference location job book

The correct answer is (B). When you read the sentence, you may be confused because there are two words that sound exactly the same, site and cite, but their meanings are not similar. A cite is a reference to some other document or piece of writing found within a text. Since reference does not fit the meaning of the sentence, you can eliminate choice (A). Choice (C), job, is a synonym for a situation, which sounds like site, but a building cannot hold a job. While you would find a book, choice (D), in a library, it does not make sense to buy a book to create a new building. Since these choices can be eliminated, choice (B), location, will be the answer you would choose. 19.

insufficient (A) (B) (C) (D)

excessive having enough lacking nonexistent

The correct answer is (C). You recognize the word sufficient, meaning enough, as a part of the word, and you know that the prefix in often means not. So insufficient means not enough. Choices (A) and (B) are opposites of not enough. Choice (D) means having none at all, which does not mean the same thing as not enough. Thus, a choice meaning not enough is the best answer, and choice (C), lacking, means not enough. 20.

detrimental (A) (B) (C) (D)

favorable lasting harmful temporary

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retain (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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paint damage alter rebel

sorrow indifference aptness sickness

tentative (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

class adherence simplicity cataract

apathy (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

steal empty preview appropriate

category (A) (B) (C) (D)

conceal withstand subtract terminate

mutilate (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

publicity debate revolution revocation

preempt (A) (B) (C) (D)

democratic legal genealogical underworld

deduct (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

marginal in a circle left and right up and down

controversy (A) (B) (C) (D)

praise doubt erase reprove

legitimate (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

extreme extra supply exit high price

horizontal (A) (B) (C) (D)

letters files testimony response

obliterate (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

confused misleading instinctive unruly

correspondence

egress (A) (B) (C) (D)

sign up for announce support for lobby for renounce

intractable (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

pay out play keep inquire

endorse (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

9.

persistent permanent thoughtful provisional

per capita (A) (B) (C) (D)

for an entire population by income for each person for every adult

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deficient (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

acknowledged stated predicted hinted

critical basic personal financial

stringent (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

linen cloth page garment

fiscal (A) (B) (C) (D)

not required infrequent choosy for sale

implied

textile (A) (B) (C) (D)

disregard look at annoy criticize

optional (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

sufficient outstanding inadequate bizarre

inspect (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

demanding loud flexible clear

proceed (A) (B) (C) (D)

go forward parade refrain resume

presumably (A) (B) (C) (D)

positively helplessly recklessly supposedly

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brochure (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

8.

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imprisonment hindrance retaining wall leap

charged bought ordered supplied

zenith (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

drive fast reroute decline rapidly speed up

purchased (A) (B) (C) (D)

painful drowsy indefinite physical

obstacle (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

identical of the same age proportionate measurable

accelerate (A) (B) (C) (D)

inept informed capable caring

somatic (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

devious without order aberrant risky

commensurate (A) (B) (C) (D)

pillar deadlock maneuver work slowdown

competent (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

conscientious unprincipled intricate neurotic

prune conquer uproot replace

haphazard (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

concise reappearing superfluous lying down

supplant (A) (B) (C) (D)

budget sky point boundary

stalemate (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

11.

scrupulous

redundant (A) (B) (C) (D)

penetrable durable unending allowable

limit (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

ornament flowery statement breakage pamphlet

permeable (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

depths astronomical system peak solar system

succor (A) (B) (C) (D)

assistance Mayday vitality distress

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restrict (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

portable (A) drinkable (B) convenient (C) having wheels (D) able to be carried

limit replace watch record

18.

strident (A) booming (B) austere (C) swaggering (D) shrill

23.

annual (A) yearly (B) seasonal (C) occasional (D) infrequent

19.

dispatch (A) omit mention of (B) send out on an errand (C) hurry up (D) do without

24.

endeavored (A) managed (B) expected (C) attempted (D) promised

20.

inventory (A) catalog of possessions (B) statement of purposes (C) patent office (D) back order

25.

acumen (A) caution (B) strictness (C) inability (D) keenness

21.

assiduous (A) untrained (B) unrestricted (C) diligent (D) negligent

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excess (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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confess ebb enact give in

strict courteous fair pleasant

examine (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

believable correct intelligent gullible

objective (A) (B) (C) (D)

lengthy communal small miscellaneous

suffer think speak bargain

credible (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

concede (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

write a copy invent interpret dictate

negotiate (A) (B) (C) (D)

agree disregard collect conflict

petty (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

refined drawn out tiresome ardent

transcribe (A) (B) (C) (D)

changeable equalizing decisive progressing

coincide (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

willing fanciful cowardly fearless

prolonged (A) (B) (C) (D)

secret foreign evasive destructive

vacillating (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

decision connivance insinuation conflict

subversive

intrepid (A) (B) (C) (D)

vague brief wordy verbal

collusion (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

surplus exit inflation luxury

verbose (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

file collect distribute inspect

quantity (A) (B) (C) (D)

flow type amount difficulty

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expedite (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

controversial recent applicable impressive

malign incur advise aid

maximum (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

impending impossible compulsory logical

assist (A) (B) (C) (D)

retaliation warning advantage denial

relevant

imperative (A) (B) (C) (D)

enumerator organizer spokesman advertiser

reprisal (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

obstruct advise accelerate demolish

coordinator (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

greatest limited oldest smallest

construe (A) (B) (C) (D)

violate contradict question interpret

sterile (A) (B) (C) (D)

antique germ-free unclean perishable

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customary (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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exhaustion budgeting conservation spending

describe fully make known guess at question seriously

fraud (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

sentence conditional release good behavior granting of privileges

reveal (A) (B) (C) (D)

medieval unfortunate wasteful useless

noticeable understandable keen blatant

parole (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

expenditure (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

producer executive advertiser storekeeper

observable (A) (B) (C) (D)

sport recess diversion escapade

futile (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

profitable winning enterprising shrewd

merchant (A) (B) (C) (D)

speech bill offense liability

recreation (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

part of a flower incentive staying power reservation

advantageous (A) (B) (C) (D)

plentiful accessible concentrated scattered

invoice (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

arise from account for prevent define

abundant

stamina (A) (B) (C) (D)

quick protracted tiny shrunken

preclude (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

methodical usual curious procedural

minute (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

guilt criminality cheating disguise

asserted (A) (B) (C) (D)

decided agreed contradicted declared

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durable (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

(D) 23.

middle-class affluent decadent prevalent

24.

careless foolish impulsive regrettable

hospitable (A) (B) (C) (D)

illustrations new problems unexplained actions corrections

punctuality (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

undercover activity political influence illegal payment for political favor giving jobs to relatives

emendations (A) (B) (C) (D)

absurd (A) (B) (C) (D)

21.

revengeful boastful aggressive impolite

graft (A) (B) (C)

bourgeois (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

thick waterproof lasting costly

vindictive (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

22.

partiality being on time precision being delayed

fatigue (A) (B) (C) (D)

illness worry weariness indolence

careful incurable relaxed welcoming

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affluence (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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fame disgrace bad luck despair

firmly established at war eternal earthy

constant (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

data length theory trite remark

entrenched (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

permit write train constrain

platitude (A) (B) (C) (D)

short picky exact trivial

ignominy (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

destroy separate assemble copy

authorize (A) (B) (C) (D)

outlook height distance magnitude

precise (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

decline plenty quantity growth

collate (A) (B) (C) (D)

out of place vague similar unknown

altitude (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

comfortable right usual necessary

increase (A) (B) (C) (D)

enjoyment disappointment smirk disgust

anomalous (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

name illustrate accuse change

chagrin

normal (A) (B) (C) (D)

subordinated connected detached finished

designate (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

persuasion power inspiration wealth

related (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

absent unchanging perpetrated tiring

misnomer (A) (B) (C) (D)

wrong address mistaken identity crime wrong name

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monitor (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

required revised expected extraordinary

25.

control line up confirm decide

attain (A) (B) (C) (D)

previous official conflicting important

idleness delay speed efficiency

verify (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

anticipated

rapidity (A) (B) (C) (D)

interesting enough excessive accepting

prior (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

preserve warn keep ahead of keep track of

sufficient (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

mar exhaust reach attack

requisition (A) (B) (C) (D)

payment written order formality cancellation

substitute (A) (B) (C) (D)

excuse replacement arrangement pretense

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PRACTICE TEST 6 Directions: Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the given word. 1.

fundamental (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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in time order recent schematic in order of importance

convenient nearby safe secret

document (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

unnerving annoying unbearable nervous

secure (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

valuable specific miscellaneous general

irritating (A) (B) (C) (D)

lock up uncover unhinge set free

chronological (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

confess send a bill pay delete

sundry (A) (B) (C) (D)

list of books on a subject spelling dictionary geographical index thesaurus

disclose (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

empty preoccupied quiet available

remit (A) (B) (C) (D)

homicide levity theft corruption

bibliography (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

supervise depend on divide up join in

vacant (A) (B) (C) (D)

returned to sender detained sent on canceled

larceny (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

occasional restless unpredictable seeded

forwarded

participate (A) (B) (C) (D)

refinement test patent plan

sporadic (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

serious emphasized essential difficult

experiment (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

outline agreement blueprint record

reprehensible (A) (B) (C) (D)

censurable above reproach dim-witted without precedent

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assemble (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

covert indoctrinated autocratic honored

cry out query argue deny

principal (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

schedule postpone diagram quench

disclaim (A) (B) (C) (D)

connection juncture parental guidance sincere affection

privileged

slate (A) (B) (C) (D)

tempted forced persuaded commanded

affiliation (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

mark put in order bring together locate

compelled (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

main only authoritarian current

vandalism (A) (B) (C) (D)

boyish prank willful destruction petty thievery juvenile delinquency

deliberate (A) (B) (C) (D)

clever considerate intentional daring

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PRACTICE TEST 7 Directions: Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the given word. 1.

supervise (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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costume sameness custom boredom

firmness temerity sagacity discouragement

insignificant (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

fast polite impersonal royal

tenacity (A) (B) (C) (D)

similar hidden metallic unreasonable

uniformity (A) (B) (C) (D)

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offer employ ponder enjoy

tell ask suspect complain

courteous (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

group of buildings tower neighborhood corporation

request (A) (B) (C) (D)

raise put on bring about pass

analogous (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

adopt increase modify predict

complex (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

utilize (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

printed allowed typed readable

augment (A) (B) (C) (D)

sensitive special arbitrary indefensible

effect (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

reasoned calm fixed cold

peculiar

legible (A) (B) (C) (D)

lessen incite measure prosecute

logical (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

acquire oppress oversee restrain

mitigate (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

useless unrewarding low unimportant

execute (A) (B) (C) (D)

resign affect carry out harm

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unique (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

manual doctrinaire canine unprincipled

put in copy fold up mail

accumulate (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

progressive unusual temporary full

insert (A) (B) (C) (D)

result aim premise statistic

dogmatic

plenary (A) (B) (C) (D)

machine fork tool object

outcome (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

sole odd certain valuable

utensil (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

get used to shut off pile up care for

median (A) (B) (C) (D)

midpoint in a series numerical score bar graph first item in a series

basic (A) (B) (C) (D)

fundamental outstanding simplistic strange

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PRACTICE TEST 8 Directions: Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the given word. 1.

discard (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

8.

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formal letter command note minutes of a meeting

thorough arbitrary superficial leisurely

unreliable (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

susceptible to disease fearing strangers opposed to gambling fearing dogs

extensive (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

convince find fault with find out bring about

xenophobic (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

arraignment written statement made under oath enforceable promise invoice

determine (A) (B) (C) (D)

cut off speak ask break away

memorandum (A) (B) (C) (D)

(C) (D) 12.

normalize insist persist make certain

affidavit (A) (B)

charge theater standard requirement

intercept (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

teach work build study

assure (A) (B) (C) (D)

noisy static forceful magnetic

criterion (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

assorted declassified receded debased

dynamic (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

excusing opposing incriminating distressing

degraded

instruct (A) (B) (C) (D)

repeat surrender finance retreat

extenuating (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

ignore throw away refuse fire

capitulate (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

late untrustworthy independent temporary

compensation (A) (B) (C) (D)

remuneration fulfillment appreciation promotion

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common (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

excused withdrawn selected honored

make inanimate imperil manage skillfully produce

pamphlet (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

get well run away happen again give back

engender (A) (B) (C) (D)

restore use use up plan

exempt

recur (A) (B) (C) (D)

influenced arrogant reduced caused

employ (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

occasional frequent rare debased

affected (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

novel prospectus advertisement booklet

corroborate (A) (B) (C) (D)

connect confirm cooperate rust

liaison (A) (B) (C) (D)

connection lie opportunity officer

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PRACTICE TEST 9 Directions: Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the given word. 1.

sanctioned (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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on target merely approximate off the main subject geometrical

desirous sudden startling pressing

residue (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

violation uneven division minor fracture fraying

urgent (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

exclusively specifically casually intelligibly

infraction (A) (B) (C) (D)

frighten confuse endanger insult

tangential (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

visit dance mix sing

explicitly (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

obligatory (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

disgust confidence shyness lack of harmony

mingle (A) (B) (C) (D)

determine pay for retain assure against loss

alarm (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

game of chance tax-free gift inheritance benefit

diffidence (A) (B) (C) (D)

describable able to be shown under control able to be taught

insure (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

engraved invitation investigation formal rebuke revocation of privileges

demonstrable

legacy (A) (B) (C) (D)

many appropriate straight obsolete

reprimand (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

standardized carefully planned officially approved publicly announced

proper (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

remainder tenant refund delta

distinct (A) (B) (C) (D)

impressive loud regular clear

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procure (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

hesitant seeming reasonable evoking applause tranquil

25.

alien eccentric excessive modest

origin (A) (B) (C) (D)

separate out deceive search out think over

trick undermine mitigate infuriate

exorbitant (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

plausible

deceive (A) (B) (C) (D)

unworthy inattentive unfit abandoned

cull (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

legalize serve obtain possess

neglectful (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

direction model beginning end

exhibit (A) (B) (C) (D)

suppress promote publicize display

recapitulate (A) (B) (C) (D)

surrender again seize again be insubordinate summarize

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PRACTICE TEST 10 Directions: Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the given word. 1.

culpable (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

7.

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seemingly always particularly not entirely

linked expanded shortened alphabetized

fire an employee give to a subordinate notify elect to an office

deny (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

omit exhaust deposit replenish

delegate (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

impossible payable guilty practicable

deplete (A) (B) (C) (D)

formal agreement license commission influence

abridged (A) (B) (C) (D)

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make a commitment recall make void subscribe

argue display suppose hope

feasible (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

partially (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

large frequent common potential

assume (A) (B) (C) (D)

incompetent unreadable suitable lawless

contract (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

morose dishonest fine bent

considerable (A) (B) (C) (D)

restore reiterate realize parole

annul (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

departure position stature interference

eligible

unethical (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

rehabilitate (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

dangerous soft blameworthy easily perceived

status (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

injure hinder blockade refuse

legislature (A) (B) (C) (D)

court of appeals high office lawmaking body session

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complete (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

responsible despotic conciliatory argumentative

too too too too

easy small early late

probability (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

receiver donor carrier borrower

premature (A) (B) (C) (D)

intervention reservation argument reason

arbitrary

recipient (A) (B) (C) (D)

majority rule place for public discussion means of escape consensus

motivation (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

mediocre fancy entire retired

forum (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

guess theory preference likelihood

adequate (A) (B) (C) (D)

long acceptable required equal

auspicious (A) (B) (C) (D)

questionable well-known free favorable

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PRACTICE TEST 11 Directions: Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the italicized word in the sentence. 1.

To say that the work is tedious means, most nearly, that it is (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(B) (C) (D) 5.

He was surprised at the temerity of the new employee. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

13.

measure exactly impart gradually predict accurately restrain effectively

prejudiced unpopular petty revengeful

The vehicle was left intact. (A) (B) (C) (D)

similarity teamwork discontent differences

shyness enthusiasm rashness self-control

A vindictive person is one who is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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poverty corruption intolerance morale

a total loss unattended where it could be noticed undamaged

The remuneration was unsatisfactory. (A) (B) (C) (D)

payment summary explanation estimate

A conscientious person is one who (A) (B) (C) (D)

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replaces a problem that existed previously is unexpected has long been overlooked comes up from time to time

Courage is a trait difficult to instill. (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

10.

similarity value triviality variety

The survey was concerned with the problem of indigence. (A) (B) (C) (D)

revised canceled misinterpreted confirmed

A homogeneous group of persons is characterized by its (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

9.

A recurring problem is one that (A)

There was much diversity in the suggestions submitted. (A) (B) (C) (D)

forceful harmless offensive brief

To say that the order was rescinded means, most nearly, that the order was (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

technical interesting tiresome confidential

An innocuous statement is one that is (A) (B) (C) (D)

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feels obligated to do what he or she believes right rarely makes errors frequently makes suggestions for procedural improvements has good personal relationships with others

14.

The faculty members of the Anthropology Department agreed that the departmental program was deficient. (A) (B) (C) (D)

excellent inadequate demanding sufficient

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His friends had a detrimental influence on him. (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

17.

Please consult your office manual to learn the proper operation of our copying machine. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

orderly actual employment number

labor handbook typewriter handle

No computational device may be used during the exam. (A) (B) (C) (D)

calculator adding mathematical machine

violation use interpretation part

The aims of the students and the aims of the faculty members often coincide. (A) (B) (C) (D)

21.

expert ineligible rival able

There is a specified punishment for each infraction of the rules. (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

24.

bibliographical listings exact copies summaries supporting documentation

Your numerical rating is based upon your test score, education, experience, and veteran’s status. (A) (B) (C) (D)

An 18-year-old is legally competent to enter into a contract. (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

23.

correct good ample much

soften simplify enlarge upon repeat

One of the secretary’s duties consisted of sorting and filing facsimiles of student term papers. (A) (B) (C) (D)

The speaker was urged to amplify his remarks. (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

favorable lasting harmful short-lived

When you study from an ARCO book, you get accurate information. (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

agree are ignored conflict are misinterpreted

The secretary of the Sociology Department was responsible for setting up an index of relevant magazine articles. (A) (B) (C) (D)

applicable controversial miscellaneous recent

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PRACTICE TEST 12 Directions: Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the italicized word in the sentence. 1.

The secretary complied with the boss’s wishes. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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annoyance debate envy review

untimely premeditated sporadic commendable

An incentive that is potent is (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

well dressed very tactful somewhat domineering deceitful and tricky

Action at this time would be inopportune. (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

reading courses with no formal supervision study courses for small groups of students engaged in research under a teacher guidance conferences with grade advisers work experiences in different occupational fields

The person who is diplomatic in his relations with others is (A) (B) (C) (D)

appropriated emptied filled reserved

The professor’s credentials became a subject of controversy. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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brief specific general wordy

The faculty meeting preempted the conference room in the dean’s office. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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(C)

uniform eyestrain tiredness overweight

The professor explained that the report was too verbose to be submitted. (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

(B)

10.

biannual period of instruction orientation period slide demonstration weekly lecture series

The College offered a variety of seminars to upperclass students. (A)

Improper office lighting may cause fatigue. (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

9.

excuse prohibit subject specify

agreeable public large-scale usual

The professor developed a different central theme during every semester. (A) (B) (C) (D)

The civil service dictation test differs from the conventional dictation test. (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

objected to agreed with followed disobeyed

A passing grade on the special exam may exempt the applicant from the experience requirements for that job. (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

impossible highly effective not immediately practicable a remote possibility

He presented a controversial plan. (A) (B) (C) (D)

subject to debate unreasonable complex comparable

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He sent the irate employee to the personnel manager. (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

(B) (C) (D) 16.

22.

learned read gotten distributed

stick prevent harm assist

(C) (D)

forceful and convincing capable of being understood in more than one sense based upon good judgment and sound reasoning processes uninteresting and too lengthy

A solvent will assist the paint in the penetration of porous surfaces. (A) (B) (C) (D)

enough the right kind of the proper color of mixed

The investigation unit began an extensive search for the information. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

advantages restrictions difficulties benefits

A painter should make sure there is sufficient paint to do the job. (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

conical straight accurate smooth

There are limitations to the drilling of metals by hand power. (A) (B) (C) (D)

23.

cheap long-lasting easily applied quick-drying

For precision work, center punches are ground to a fine tapered point. (A) (B) (C) (D)

An ambiguous statement is one that is (A) (B)

19.

21.

Lateness will bar you from taking the test. (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

directory of departments and services examination schedule outline of a course of study rules and regulations

Iron oxide makes a very durable paint. (A) (B) (C) (D)

Information may be obtained at your public library. (A) (B) (C) (D)

17.

irresponsible untidy insubordinate angry

The secretary was asked to type a rough draft of a college course syllabus. (A)

20.

complicated superficial thorough leisurely

They were not present at the inception of the program. (A) (B) (C) (D)

beginning discussion conclusion rejection

covering protection cleaning entering

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ANSWER KEY Test 1

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D A D A B C D B C D B C D B C A A D B A C D A C D

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C B A C C A B A D A C C B C D A C B A D C A D A B

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Test 9

Test 10

Test 11

Test 12

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C B A C C A D C B A C D B B D C C B D B D A C D B

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ANTONYMS An antonym is a word with the opposite meaning of another word. Antonym questions on civil service tests are sometimes called “opposites.” Antonym questions, like synonym questions, test your knowledge of the meaning of words. The task may appear simple; you need to define the key word and choose its opposite. But antonym questions challenge you to demonstrate thinking abilities as well as verbal skills. When none of the answer choices are true opposites, as alive is the opposite of dead, you must find the word or phrase that is most nearly opposite. While the word dirty might not be the first word you would think of as the opposite of shiny, if there is no answer choice that says dull, and the other choices are not appropriate, dirty would be the correct answer. Be careful not to choose a word or phrase that has a different meaning than the key word but is not its opposite. Another difficulty can occur when you have concentrated on thinking of the definition of the key word; you may mistakenly choose its synonym rather than its antonym. You can make antonym questions easier to answer by using the following strategy. HOW TO ANSWER ANTONYM QUESTIONS Antonym questions can be answered by using a step-by-step approach. Read each word and its possible opposites very carefully. Then, beginning with step one, find your answer. This process may lead you through a number of different steps, depending on your initial ideas about the word.

STEP 1 You know the meaning of the word. You read all of the choices and the best opposite is clear to you. Mark your answer quickly and go on. Do this for all of the words you are sure of. Then return to the more puzzling questions.

STEP 2 You know the meaning of the key word but none of the answer choices seem correct. Think about additional ways of looking at the key word. Perhaps you misread the word. Is there another word that looks very much like it with a different meaning? For example, did you read president for precedent or decent for descent? Did you read the word correctly but accent the wrong syllable? Some words have more than one pronunciation, and each pronunciation has a different meaning. A desert is something eaten at the end of a meal, but a dessert is an area with a very dry climate. Is the word one that has different meanings when used as different parts of speech? A rank (noun) is a position. To rank (verb) can mean to classify. And rank (adjective) means very smelly. Is the word one that not only can be used as many parts of speech but also has different shades of meaning within each of them? Fair (adjective) can mean of pleasing appearance, light in color, consistent with rules, or serving justice. A fair (noun) can be a market or an exhibition. As an adverb, fair can mean legally or directly. Your task is to choose an answer that is the opposite of one of those meanings of the word fair.

STEP 3 You do not know the meaning of the word, but it contains a word part that is a clue to its meaning. Here is an example of that type of word. circumspect (A) (B) (C) (D)

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review The correct answer is (C). You do not know the meaning of the word circumspect. But you recognize spect as being part of spectacles, which you know are eyeglasses. You also know that the prefix circum means around. Therefore, you can determine circumspect means something like looking around. But be careful. This is where your reasoning may lead you to the wrong conclusion. If you associate the word with eyeglasses, you may think the opposite of seeing something is not seeing it, so choice (A), invisible, is the best choice. But these are not direct opposites. Or you might think that if you don’t see something when you look around, it is choice (B), hidden. But an object that is hidden can’t look at something, so that choice is incorrect. Choice (C), careless, is the correct choice because one who does not look around is acting carelessly. That might result in danger, so choice (D), dangerous, is a possible choice, but not the best answer.

STEP 4 You do not know the meaning of the word and can see no clues, but you have the feeling that the word has some specific connotation or emotional overtone—positive, unhappy, funny. Use this feeling. Choose a word with a connotation that is opposite to what you think the connotation of the key word is.

STEP 5 You are stumped. You have no choice but to guess and move on. Do not waste time on a question for which you cannot figure out an answer. However, you should make a note in the question book so that you can return to this question and try to answer it again if you have time after completing the other questions. The sample questions that follow provide examples of different steps in the process for answering antonym questions. SAMPLE QUESTIONS 1.

light (A) (B) (C) (D)

dim shaded dark black

The correct answer is (C). Dark, choice (C), is the accepted opposite of light when referring to the amount of visibility. Choice (A), dim, is a quality between dark and light, and choice (D), black, is a specific dark color rather than a description of the amount of visibility. 2.

cold (A) (B) (C) (D)

chilly freezing fury hot

The correct answer is (D). Hot, choice (D), is the opposite of cold. Choices (A) and (B), chilly and freezing, are degrees of coldness and not direct opposites. Fiery is a synonym for hot, but choice (C) is not fiery, but fury, which means anger.

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somatic (A) (B) (C) (D)

sick healthy psychological imaginative

The correct answer is (C). Psychological, choice (C), means “of the mind.” It is the opposite of somatic, which means “of the body.” You may have heard the word somatic applied to diseases. That should be a clue in helping you to decide its opposite. You can eliminate choices (A) and (B), because they are the best antonyms of each other! Thus, neither is likely to be the best antonym for the key word. 4.

stand (A) (B) (C) (D)

lean climb sit sleep

The correct answer is (C). Among these choices, the absolute opposite of stand is sit. Remember, you must choose the best opposite. 5.

wise (A) (B) (C) (D)

brave foolish strong weak

The correct answer is (B). A person may be both wise and brave, wise and strong, or wise and weak. But a person cannot be both wise and foolish. Choice (B) is the correct answer. 6.

indolent (A) (B) (C) (D)

charitable careful awake ambitious

The correct answer is (D). Someone who is indolent is lazy. Someone who is lazy may be sleeping, but the word awake is not the opposite of indolent. Choice (D), ambitious, is the opposite of lazy. 7.

toxic (A) (B) (C) (D)

healthful disgusting poisonous obscene

The correct answer is (A). Although you may not be sure what toxic means, you recall seeing the word used with negative connotations. Therefore, you can eliminate choices (B), (C), and (D), which are also negative, with confidence that choice (A), healthful, which is positive, is the correct antonym.

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mingle (A) (B) (C) (D)

untangle separate mix confuse

The correct answer is (B). To mingle means to mix or join with. When things are mixed, they may become confused; choice (D) is closer to a synonym than an antonym of mingle. To untangle means to take things apart that are twisted together. Objects that are mingled are not necessarily tangled. Although untangle is a possible choice, choice (B), separate, is the best antonym for mingle. 9.

antipathy (A) (B) (C) (D)

abstraction attraction altercation affiliation

The correct answer is (B). You may recognize that anti means against, so antipathy means a feeling against something, a dislike for. The opposite of dislike is admire, so choice (B) is the best answer. One is attracted to things one admires. While choice (D), affiliation, means a connection with, it does not refer to a feeling. An altercation, choice (C), is a fight or argument, so it is closer to a synonym than an antonym of antipathy. 10.

gamut (A) (B) (C) (D)

ration monster game portion

The correct answer is (D). The gamut is the full range or complete number of choices or possibilities, so choice (D), portion, is the best answer. 11.

placid (A) (B) (C) (D)

flexible beautiful disturbed pleasing

The correct answer is (C). You may recall seeing the word placid used with positive connotations. Therefore, a positive word cannot be its opposite, and only choice (C), disturbed, remains as the correct choice. 12.

detract (A) (B) (C) (D)

improve concentrate focus develop

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ephemeral (A) (B) (C) (D)

usual occasional permanent standard

The correct answer is (C). Ephemeral means temporary or short-lived, so choice (C), permanent, is the best choice. The other choices refer to segments of time when things may occur, but they are not opposite of temporary. 14.

evince (A) (B) (C) (D)

visualize hide evict consider

The correct answer is (B). When you see evince, you may think of evidence, and that is a helpful clue. To evince means to display or make evident. Therefore, its opposite is choice (B), hide. 15.

sanguine (A) (B) (C) (D)

melodic genuine anguished pessimistic

The correct answer is (D). If you don’t know that sanguine means cheerful, there is little to assist you in choosing an antonym. Even knowing that the word part sangui means blood is of little help. The incorrect answers are tricky! Sanguine contains sang, but it has nothing to do with music or melody. It rhymes with genuine, choice (B), but has nothing to do with truth or falsehood. It looks like choice (C), anguished, but doesn’t mean worried or upset. The opposite of cheerful is gloomy, and pessimistic means the same thing as gloomy, so choice (D) is the best answer. When you see a word like this, you may have no choice but to use Step 5 in the process of answering antonyms: guess, and come back to the question later if you have time.

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PRACTICE TESTS PRACTICE TEST 1 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

affluent (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

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unfurl befriend banish encourage

disrespectful relaxed rattled penetrable

abhorrence (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

distraction seriousness warmth exactness

imperturbable (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

allow release recognize reconcile

frivolity (A) (B) (C) (D)

doubt understanding muscularity commendation

alienate (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

addition lessening guarantee denial

estrange (A) (B) (C) (D)

hatred vanity security modesty

credulity (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

reverent innocent unassailable inflated

abatement (A) (B) (C) (D)

attachment strangeness hostility thriftiness

affectation (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

disengaged rich mourned small

endearment

vulnerable (A) (B) (C) (D)

fearlessness anger honesty vigor

commodious (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

glamorous scanty stable charitable

trepidation (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

revelation detachment engagement admiration

garish (A) (B) (C) (D)

dull sweet damp closed

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gregarious (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

17.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 19.

20.

23.

provide reinstate cancel mutilate

diluted childlike destroyed disgraced

mundane (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

effeminate prayerful yielding courageous

unadulterated (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

sleepy sharp soothing unintelligent

adamant (A) (B) (C) (D)

solar unknown unimaginative dim

rescind (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

tidy tied sloppy enclosed

luminous

caustic (A) (B) (C) (D)

happy understandable definite similar

unkempt (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

sour unsociable free shortened

diverse (A) (B) (C) (D)

21.

livable spiritual unprotected critical

rectitude (A) (B) (C) (D)

disillusionment dishonesty decisiveness wholesomeness

affable (A) (B) (C) (D)

unbent untruthful unfriendly unable

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PRACTICE TEST 2 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

timorous (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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frugal obdurate officious extravagant

habitual experienced dauntless inexperienced

indolent (A) (B) (C) (D)

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hateful sinful inoffensive spiteful

inveterate (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

plenty insufficiency distaste affect

odious (A) (B) (C) (D)

confused hidden clear unpaid

parsimonious (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

favoritism indifference impartiality apathy

surfeit (A) (B) (C) (D)

purification novitiate silencing hobby

recondite (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

blameless childless courteous trustworthy

nepotism (A) (B) (C) (D)

musical worldly sacred hospitable

vocation (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

terminating commencing erecting halting

culpable (A) (B) (C) (D)

plead for dishonor contrive aver

secular (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

changeable lovable constant spiteful

deprecate

nascent (A) (B) (C) (D)

harass annoy strengthen affix

mutable (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

timid tardy punctual bold

debilitate (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

industrious lazy opulent corpulent

venial (A) (B) (C) (D)

sacrificial unrealistic unpardonable sanguine

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rubicund (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

improve worsen correct ignore

frankness doubt deception enthusiasm

nomadic (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

active healthy probable teachable

candor (A) (B) (C) (D)

doleful mournful happy malicious

emend

docile (A) (B) (C) (D)

support relate sue oppose

lugubrious (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

ruddy pale rotund roseate

espouse (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

secret anonymous stationary famous

humble (A) (B) (C) (D)

simple just hurt proud

accelerate (A) (B) (C) (D)

stop slow quicken hasten

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PRACTICE TEST 3 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

succumb (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

7.

8.

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dirty cleanse praise straighten

profit (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

priceless worthless fair straight

chastise (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

include shun hide delight

exorbitant (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

lavish (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

dress decorate remove polish

ostracize (A) (B) (C) (D)

frozen humble rustproof leaky

smother (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

on time tardy ideal depressed

furnish (A) (B) (C) (D)

lessen begin complete expand

intent (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

sociable humble public ignorant

elated (A) (B) (C) (D)

agree disagree climb fall

brazen (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

instruct include bore amuse

diminish

aloof (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

assent (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

arrive yield eat conquer

divert (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

gain money suffer disgust

defy (A) (B) (C) (D)

desire embrace fight abscond

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(A) (B) (C) (D) 18.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

confiscate money land swamp

believable unbelievable honorable dishonorable

thorough (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

lull alarm complain weep

credible (A) (B) (C) (D)

instruct begin terminate invade

grant

rouse (A) (B) (C) (D)

curry open shorten extend

initiate (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

duck diet stuff valley

curtail (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

22.

gorge

around circumvented sloppy slovenly

wooden (A) (B) (C) (D)

iron slippery rubbery green

clamor (A) (B) (C) (D)

ugliness beauty silence dishonor

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PRACTICE TEST 4 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

sparkling (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

7.

8.

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bulky singular company slender

rural dull sophisticated funny

similar foolish mixed pasteurized

detrimental (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

endless final done galaxy

homogeneous (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

pour waft desire hate

finite (A) (B) (C) (D)

bridge base wall rummy

naive (A) (B) (C) (D)

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sparse scoundrel abundant straight

abdicate keep refer encourage

abhor (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

corpulent (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

trim augment decorate decrease

abandon (A) (B) (C) (D)

solo buy release collect

pinnacle (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

incline valley hill oppression

diminish (A) (B) (C) (D)

reheat accept reveal tidy

scant (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

lovely unfaithful unlucky unusual

acquire

depression (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

refuse (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

military festive lethal grimy

loyal (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

favorable harmful lasting short

divergent (A) (B) (C) (D)

spontaneous differing apparent alike

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sporadic (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

predictable written frank confidential

eagerness consultation consolation energy

potent (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

graduation end beginning diploma

reluctance (A) (B) (C) (D)

nourish blossom flounder wave

candid

commencement (A) (B) (C) (D)

convenient premeditated commendable untimely

flourish (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

perpetual irregular sudden disturbing

opportune (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

practical weak possible impossible

cogent (A) (B) (C) (D)

convincing confusing opposite unintentional

meager (A) (B) (C) (D)

overdue valuable abundant scanty

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PRACTICE TEST 5 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

vindictive (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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grow affirm cancel burn

choose pick up create break

restrict (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

before afterward wisely stupidly

decompose (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

climb slide speed up unwind

subsequently (A) (B) (C) (D)

activity breath question duty

rescind (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

annoying flammable inflammable secure

decelerate (A) (B) (C) (D)

strong dark unintelligent decrepit

response (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

create sell want begin

hazardous (A) (B) (C) (D)

roughly costly poorly doubly

sturdy (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

handout aid insufficiency hindrance

consume (A) (B) (C) (D)

alike definite eager dexterous

precisely (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

dangerous spotted uniform several

ambiguous

assistance (A) (B) (C) (D)

technical boring interesting confidential

various (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

forgiving petty beautiful unattractive

tedious (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

hit again sit down limit activate

augment (A) (B) (C) (D)

stop disagree decrease decant

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utilize (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

abnormal beneficial improved ashen 24.

reduction revival tax tide

inspect appraise assemble cover

extensive (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

distant neighboring added subtracted

dismantle (A) (B) (C) (D)

hurt choke better lacking

abatement

adjacent (A) (B) (C) (D)

23.

sufficient (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

improve waste praise criticize

toxic (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

prolonged adulterated exaggerated narrow

ultimate (A) (B) (C) (D)

penultimate original final most

analyze (A) (B) (C) (D)

study submit accept dissect

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PRACTICE TEST 6 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

dense (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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trespasses disperses encroaches exits

healthy wealthy wise active

procrastinate (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

vitamin subtraction addition diet

indigent (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

location distance certainty neighborhood

supplement (A) (B) (C) (D)

radioactivity pollution purification release

approaches (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

selective blind haphazard unclear

proximity (A) (B) (C) (D)

tied up educated debriefed dismissed

contamination (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

copy use destroy deter

indiscriminate (A) (B) (C) (D)

worn out agreed to planned wealthy

retained (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

intricate bury specialize puzzle

facilitate (A) (B) (C) (D)

prominent salty bland unnoticeable

improvised (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

extinguish twinkle multiply flirt

salient

extricate (A) (B) (C) (D)

careful serious loved abandoned

dwindle (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

sparse stupid cloudy shallow

negligible (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

9.

eulogize invest expedite mediate

intrepid (A) (B) (C) (D)

surreptitious monotonous paranoid pedestrian

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(A) (B) (C) (D) 18.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

alert trusting brave true

cowardice ability lethargy agility

indolent (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

decisive direct general silent

verve (A) (B) (C) (D)

lazy friendly calm fearful

invalid

articulate (A) (B) (C) (D)

art absurd concrete asphalt

rambunctious (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

give back change clean destroy

abstract (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

22.

mend

rich happy generous ambitious

queasy (A) (B) (C) (D)

nautical partial broken confident

discord (A) (B) (C) (D)

reward music punishment harmony

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PRACTICE TEST 7 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

consolidate (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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rigid agitated pliable demure

soaked fireproof on fire flammable

surcharge (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

truth plan cause retaliation

inflammable (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

assertive happy companionable easygoing

consequence (A) (B) (C) (D)

reprieve formalize provoke love

placid (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

unresponsive unwilling unreliable unpardonable

diffident (A) (B) (C) (D)

painted dishonest unimportant expected

loathe (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

forgive insert deny imprint

sentimental (A) (B) (C) (D)

unfortunate strong designed fearful

candid (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

tabular painted obscure incorrect

excise (A) (B) (C) (D)

harm concern discord knowledge

fortuitous (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

bury engrave defend berate

tranquility

graphic (A) (B) (C) (D)

meek exaggerated clever inept

eulogize (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

strengthen diversify liquefy educate

arrogant (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

commence receipt bill discount

lethargic (A) (B) (C) (D)

silky limpid vigorous metallic

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pacify (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

retarded brilliant airborne stubborn

exchange valor hesitation obedience

obscure (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

painkilling narcotic awakening drying

mutiny (A) (B) (C) (D)

verve beginning humility strength

tractable

soporific (A) (B) (C) (D)

remit extinguish decline release

temerity (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

assault tremble conceal exhibit

incarcerate (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

disclose dishonor discover disavow

assail (A) (B) (C) (D)

pretend conceal commend despise

benign (A) (B) (C) (D)

relevant tumorous malevolent precarious

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PRACTICE TEST 8 Directions: Select the word that means the opposite or most nearly the opposite of the given word. 1.

tenacity (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

7.

8.

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poll disharmony convergence miscount

immigrant emigrant irregular inherent

torsion (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

amendment illegality pretense endorsement

extraneous (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

simplify overeat abstain signify

prohibition (A) (B) (C) (D)

dull unclear unteachable faulty

consensus (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

obey regulate sever negate

embellish (A) (B) (C) (D)

profanity strictness approval rebellion

intelligible (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

allot invest elect denounce

fuse (A) (B) (C) (D)

alienate stipulate stimulate indicate

compliance (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

sensitive slim ill-mannered angular

endorse (A) (B) (C) (D)

opposition prerequisite preventive subsequent

captivate (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

axiomatic astral reasonable disobedient

antecedent

obtuse (A) (B) (C) (D)

youthful intelligent swift tidy

exorbitant (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

vacillation inspiration retaliation equalization

slovenly (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

compressing sliding spinning straightening

cognizant (A) (B) (C) (D)

afraid ignorant capable optimistic

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magnanimous (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

19.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 21.

23.

24.

cheerful questionable unacceptable assured

spill seep stream stalk

supple (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

detailed harsh vague concise

spurt (A) (B) (C) (D)

awkward enthusiastic reluctant skillful

dubious

terse (A) (B) (C) (D)

foolish biased illegal limited

zealous (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

insolent shrewd selfish threatening

judicious (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

soft stale lazy rigid

perturbed (A) (B) (C) (D)

disrespectful tractable cheerful relaxed

morose (A) (B) (C) (D)

curious morbid impatient optimistic

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D B B C C B D C C B B C A C A D A D C D C B A B B

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SENTENCE COMPLETIONS In a sentence completion question, you are given a sentence containing one or two blank spaces. The answer choices are words or word pairs. You must select the word or word pair that best completes the meaning of the whole sentence. Sentence completion questions are more complex than synonym questions and antonym questions. They test not only your knowledge of basic vocabulary but also your reading skills. You need the ability to understand how words match the meaning of the sentence. Other words in the sentence indicate what the sentence should mean to help you decide what word best fills in the blank space or spaces. Studying the meanings of individual words is a helpful way to prepare for this type of question, but it is even more important that you read as much as possible. A dictionary or word list will tell you what a word means; reading a great variety of material will teach you how the word is used. In a typical sentence question, any of the answer choices might fit the sentence to make it technically correct, but it might not make sense. However, sometimes one or more of the choices cannot fit in the blank because it is wrong technically or is the wrong part of speech. Usually, more than one of the choices is a possible answer, and if used, the sentence would make sense, but only one choice makes the intended meaning of the sentence completely clear. There is only one best answer. HOW TO ANSWER SENTENCE COMPLETION QUESTIONS

STEP 1 Read the sentence. Try to figure out what it means. Look for key words that show the logic of the sentence. A word like but or although indicates the sentence contains a contrast. A phrase like as a result tells you the sentence is about a cause and effect. A word like before or later indicates the sentence is about a time relationship.

STEP 2 Look at the blank or blanks in relation to the meaning of the sentence. Does the blank space require a word that is positive or negative? If there are two blanks, is there a relationship of comparing, contrasting, or adding to each other? Is the blank a place for a word that best defines a phrase in the sentence?

STEP 3 Look at the answer choices. Eliminate any that will not fit in the sentence because they are the wrong part of speech. Of the remaining possibilities, eliminate those that do not meet the criteria you established by using step 2. Consider the definitions of the words in the choices that are left. Be careful not to confuse words that look similar but have different meanings.

STEP 4 Read the sentence to yourself, trying out each of the remaining possible answers. Which choice is the most exact, appropriate, or likely, considering the information given in the sentence? Which of the choices does the best job of completing the meaning of the sentence? When you begin to look at the sentence completion items, if the best choice for any of the questions is immediately apparent to you, answer those questions first. Then, use steps 1 through 4 for the remaining questions. If this process still leaves you in doubt about the best choice, mark the question and return to it later. Complete the questions where the answer you have chosen seems most probable before returning to questions that leave you in doubt. When you return to these questions, if you are still unsure of the best choice, make an educated guess.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review Before trying the practice tests for sentence completions, study the following examples. SAMPLE QUESTIONS 1.

It wasn’t astonishing when the outfielder dropped the fly ball; even the best athletes are __________. (A) (B) (C) (D)

surprising flawless fallible fallacious

The correct answer is (C). The best answer is choice (C), fallible, which means capable of making mistakes. Choice (D), fallacious, which looks like fallible, means false, which doesn’t make sense in the sentence. Choice (B), flawless, means never making a mistake, and it is clearly opposite to what the sentence intends to say. Choice (A), surprising, would be a possible choice, since great athletes often surprise us with their talent, but the sentence says what happened was not astonishing. 2.

The meeting cannot __________ until the chair of the committee arrives. (A) (B) (C) (D)

proceed precede promote preside

The correct answer is (A). While the chair of a committee presides over a meeting, choice (D) doesn’t make sense because a meeting cannot preside. The best answer is choice (A), proceed, which means to begin. Do not confuse this with choice (B), precede, which means to occur before; there is no other action in the sentence, so the meeting cannot precede something else. 3.

Mozart, who composed symphonies while a child, is considered a _________. (A) (B) (C) (D)

precocious prodigy musician novice

The correct answer is (B). This sentence calls for a word that defines someone who has exceptional talents. While a child may be a beginner, or novice, choice (D), at some activity, that doesn’t indicate talent. Since the question tells us Mozart composed symphonies, he obviously was a musician, but that doesn’t explain what the sentence indicates is special about Mozart. Choice (A), precocious, meaning having abilities beyond what is expected at a young age, is a word describing Mozart, but it is the wrong part of speech. The blank requires a noun, not an adjective. Thus choice (B), prodigy, is the best answer. 4.

A(n) __________ would probably refuse an invitation to a large social gathering. (A) (B) (C) (D)

misanthropist philanthropist anti-social misogyny

The correct answer is (A). Choice (C) can be eliminated because it is an adjective, and the blank requires a noun. Like the previous example, this question requires a word that names a type of person. Choice (D), misogyny, names an attitude—the dislike of women. The definition of the remaining choices helps you select the answer. Choice (B), a philanthropist, is a person who is charitable. (The word comes from roots that mean lover of people.) In contrast, choice (A), a misanthropist, dislikes people, so choice (A) is the best answer. 322

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People who hunt for bargains may think that paying full retail price for an item is _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

useless necessary illegal foolish

The correct answer is (D). The clue to this answer is the attitude that is expressed. Bargain hunters disapprove of paying the full retail price. It is not choice (C), illegal, to pay the amount a price tag states. It might be necessary, choice (B), to do so if no bargain was available, and thus it would not be choice (A), useless, to pay full price. The remaining choice, choice (D), foolish, best indicates that attitude of a bargain hunter as described in this sentence. 6.

To run a 26-mile marathon requires great ________. (A) (B) (C) (D)

courage aptitude speed fortitude

The correct answer is (D). The best choice would be a word that distinguishes a marathon runner. All runners are speedy, by definition. Choice (B), aptitude, is a general word that can apply to any ability. Choice (A), courage, is a possibility, because it takes a form of bravery to meet any challenge. However, choice (D), fortitude, which means strength that gives one the ability to endure, best describes a marathon runner. 7.

A tropical rainstorm, ________ with high tides, resulted in flooding along the coast. (A) (B) (C) (D)

concerned disenchanted concurrent separated

The correct answer is (C). The meaning of the sentence is that the two events occurring at the same time caused the flooding. Therefore, choice (C), concurrent, is the best answer. Choice (D), separated, contradicts the meaning of the sentence. Choice (A), concerned, and choice (B), disenchanted, are human attitudes that can’t be used to describe a storm. 8.

I needed a new car, but I kept _________ between a new and a used vehicle. (A) (B) (C) (D)

contemplating financing deciding vacillating

The correct answer is (D). The word “but” indicates a contrast. Although a car was needed, a choice was not made. Thus, choice (C), deciding, contradicts the meaning of the sentence. Choice (A), contemplating, means thinking about, but the word between indicates there are two possibilities. Choice (D), vacillating, means going back and forth between alternatives, so it is the best answer for this question.

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He realized his dream of becoming an actor was a(n) _______ when he had great difficulties in a public speaking class. (A) (B) (C) (D)

allusion illusion fallacy misdemeanor

The correct answer is (B). This sentence is about a cause (difficulties) and an effect (what was realized). Choice (C), fallacy, is a statement contrary to logic. The situation in the sentence is about a person’s emotions, so although fallacy might be possible, it is not the best choice. Choice (B), illusion, means something that is not real like a dream that cannot come true, so it is the best answer. Do not confuse an illusion with an allusion, which is a reference in a text to another text or to a historical event. 10.

The spy attempted to ________ information without ________ her identity. (A) (B) (C) (D)

conceal — hiding elicit — revealing illicit — recovering discover—explaining

The correct answer is (B). The word spy is the key to this sentence. Since spies must act secretly, choice (A) doesn’t make sense because the spy is not hiding who she is. Choice (C) uses an adjective, illicit, where a verb is required, so it cannot be correct. Choice (D) is a good possibility, but explaining identity is not exactly the same as permitting it to be known. Therefore, choice (B) is the best answer. To elicit means to bring forth or draw out; to reveal means to make known. 11.

The _________ criticism of the play’s initial performance led to its swift _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

negative — success bizarre — popularity pejorative — closing favorable — demise

The correct answer is (C). Choices (A) and (D) use words that result in a negative having a positive result, and a positive having a negative result. This is not logical, so they can be eliminated. Choice (B) is almost possible, because some people might be attracted to a bizarre play, but according to the sentence, the criticism was bizarre, not the play. Thus, choice (C) is the best choice. Pejorative criticism is negative, and such a review of a play would mean it would not attract audiences and would quickly close. 12.

Although the dog barked _________ when he saw strangers, he was not ________. (A) (B) (C) (D)

loudly — friendly aggressively — ferocious infrequently — seldom softly — quietly

The correct answer is (B). The clue is that the sentence requires a second word that is a synonym of the first word. The sentence begins with although, which tells you a contrast is required. But because the second word is described by not, a synonym will contrast with the first word. In choices (C) and (D), the second word choice is the wrong part of speech. In choice (A), loudly and friendly are not synonyms. To be aggressive and to be ferocious both mean to be hostile and intense, so choice (B) is the best answer. 324

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The defendant _________ the right to a trial before a jury since he trusted the judge’s ________. (A) (B) (C) (D)

waived — objectivity waved — friendliness bypassed — intelligent denied — behavior

The correct answer is (A). The sentence requires a word that is used in the context of law to indicate giving up a right. While bypassed and denied can mean to give something up, they are not the terms used in talking about legal rights. Be careful not to confuse wave, to move back and forth, with waive. Choice (A) is the best choice for this sentence. 14.

A _________ meeting with the personnel manager resulted in an opportunity to _________ for the job. (A) (B) (C) (D)

sudden — beg diplomatic — concur favorable — request fortuitous — interview

The correct answer is (D). Choice (A) is a possibility, but beg is not appropriate in a professional situation. While it would be a good idea to be diplomatic, choice (B), when talking to a manager, concur, which means agree, doesn’t make sense. In choice (C), the problem is the incorrect phrasing; one does not request for a job. Thus, choice (D) is the best answer. The meeting was fortuitous, which means lucky. It could be lucky both that the person met the manager by accident, and that the meeting went well for the person. 15.

In spite of their _________ discussion, the members of the committee reached a _________. (A) (B) (C) (D)

harmonious — agreement acrimonious — consensus funny — discovery contentious — impasse

The correct answer is (B). In spite of tells you the blanks need to be filled with words with opposite suggestions. Both words in choice (A) suggest getting along well. Both words in choice (D) suggest inability to reach agreement. In choice (C), the words fit in the sentence, but the resulting sentence doesn’t convey a specific meaning. Choice (B) is the best answer. An acrimonious discussion is a bitter one; even so, a consensus, or general agreement, was reached.

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PRACTICE TESTS PRACTICE TEST 1 Directions: Select the word or word pair that best completes each sentence. 1.

Although her lips wore a smile, her eyes wore a _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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3.

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light spurious hazardous strenuous

tepid discordant deceased delirious

To climb at another’s expense is to _______ yourself morally. (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

spurious childish picayune erudite

When his temperature climbed above 104 degrees, he became _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

exemption beneficiary contestant winner

Don’t be _______; I don’t have time to split hairs with you. (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

anonymous asinine private candid

He was the chief _______ of his uncle’s will. After taxes, he was left with an inheritance of $20,000,000. (A) (B) (C) (D)

proper maudlin humorous incompetent

Do not undertake a daily program of _______ exercise such as jogging without first having a physical checkup. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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dairy flesh poison prerogative

Joseph’s _______ handling of the Thompson account made him the laughingstock of the industry. (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

unattractive — attractive attractive — attractive sybaritic — meager uninviting — nominal

One man’s meat is another man’s _______.

The police received a(n) _______ call giving them valuable information that led to an arrest. The caller refused to give his name out of fear of reprisals. (A) (B) (C) (D)

ingenious disingenuous inverted inept

The stigma attached to this job makes it _______ even at a(n) _______ salary. (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

veil laugh shadow frown

Martha’s _______ handling of the steaks caused us to amend our plans for dinner and eat out. (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

upbraid energize enervate abase

We waited patiently for the storm to slacken; it refused _______ to _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

persistently — strengthen stoutly — abate wanly — sublimate sternly — mitigate

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 13.

“Berty” decided to _______ when he found that he couldn’t have his love and his throne at the same time; it was 1937. (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

15.

21.

conviction a mistrial leniency hanging

salesperson persistent zealot heretic

weary wary envious considerate

Politicians are not coerced into taxing the public; they do it of their own _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

reputation graft expediency volition

fill whet sate flag

If you don’t badger the child, he may do what you want him to do without _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

claustrophobia anemia agoraphobia ambivalence

We were not allowed to _______ our appetite until we had tidied up our living quarters. (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

affected covert infamous manifest

Suffering from _______, she was forced to spend most of her time indoors. (A) (B) (C) (D)

23.

astringent — drowsiness aphrodisiac — celibacy soporific — insomnia therapeutic — malaise

His cynicism was _______; it was written all over him. (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

known venerated exiled abused

The 45-minute sermon is a potent _______; it is an absolute cure for _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

The children were told that they should be _______ of strangers offering candy. (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

20.

A person who will not take “no” for an answer may sometimes be classified as a _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

17.

stolen — sold assisted — testified witnessed — participated aided — abetted

Elder statesmen used to be _______ for their wisdom when respect for age was an integral part of the value structure. (A) (B) (C) (D)

In view of the extenuating circumstances and the defendant’s youth, the judge recommended _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

prevaricate alter abrogate abdicate

Although he was not ever at the scene of the crime, his complicity was uncovered; he had _______ and _______ in the robbery by acting as a fence. (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

pleasure pain pressure volition

You must see the head of the agency; I am not _______ to give out that information. (A) (B) (C) (D)

nervous authorized programmed happy

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PRACTICE TEST 2 Directions: Select the word or word pair that best completes each sentence. 1.

The local tavern was one of the last _______ of male supremacy. (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

6.

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competed careened fell caromed

spitball balk dropped ball syllogism

They prefer to hire someone fluent in Spanish, since the neighborhood where the clinic is located is _______ Hispanic. (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

reassigned processed reassured conscripted

The runner advanced one base without stealing, hitting, or getting a walk; the pitcher had committed a _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

disconsolate dislocated disappointed disheveled

When the unpopular war began, only a few men enlisted; the rest had to be _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

coincide amalgamate terminate interfere

The chariot _______ around the curve completely out of control when Thessalius dropped the reins. (A) (B) (C) (D)

9.

prevaricate — gist procrastinate — promptness delay — urgency digress — crux

The more the search proved fruitless, the more _______ the parents of the missing child became. (A) (B) (C) (D)

transfer raise translate transmute

Publication of the article was timed to _______ with the professor’s 50th birthday. (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

Transient Prolonged Clandestine Sedentary

Alchemists expended their energies in an attempt to _______ base elements into gold.

Don’t _______; stick to the _______ of the issue so that we can take it to a vote. (A) (B) (C) (D)

unintended — riptides untenable — vagaries dangerous — breezes favored — weaknesses

_______ shadows played over her face as the branches above her danced in the sunlight. (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

coffins places potentials bastions

The ship was in a(n) _______ position; having lost its rudder it was subject to the _______ of the prevailing winds. (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

imponderably sparsely consistently predominantly

A dark, cloudy sky is a _______ of a storm. (A) (B) (C) (D)

remnant precursor belier proof

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 13.

The Freedom of Information Act gives private citizens _______ government files. (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

15.

16.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 20.

The new regulations turned out to be _______, not permissive. (A) (B) (C) (D)

impermissive liberal stringent uniform

(A) (B) (C) (D)

(A) (B) (C) (D)

auspicious ludicrous luscious interlocutory

The upset furniture and broken window silently _______ to the fact that the apartment had been robbed.

22.

witnessed confirmed attested admitted

Although the warrior could cope with blows from swords, he was _______ to gunshots; his armor was not _______ to them.

23.

untrue uncouth unemotional unfettered

indigent indolent indulgent insipid

The “police” turned out to be clowns; it was all a _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

distraught destroyed distracted decimated

He said he didn’t get the job done because he was incapacitated; in truth, he was _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

confiscate destroy forfeit assess

When the desk was placed facing the window, he found himself _______ from his work by the activity in the street. (A) (B) (C) (D)

reachable — proof vulnerable — susceptible vulnerable — impervious invulnerable — susceptible

When she addressed the reporters, her beauty, bearing, and elegant garb were belied by the _______ words she uttered. (A) (B) (C) (D)

21.

tried cryptic redundant trite

A person who commits a wrong may be required to _______ his property as a penalty.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 18.

ambiguous facetious improper congruent

“A stitch in time saves nine” and other such _______ expressions made his speeches insufferable.

His performance was _______; it made a fool of him.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 17.

access to excess to redress of release from

His remarks were so _______ we could not decide which of the possible meanings was correct. (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

mystery mix-up fracas hoax

The authorities declared an _______ on incoming freight because of the trucking strike. (A) (B) (C) (D)

impression immolation embargo alert

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PRACTICE TEST 3 Directions: Select the word or word pair that best completes each sentence. 1.

We are indeed sorry to hear of your mother’s passing; please accept our sincerest _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

aplomb confidence trepidation indifference

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attestation fabrication intonation litany

omnivorous herbivorous carnivorous ruminants

The rivals were fighting tooth and nail when suddenly, in the thick of the _______, the bell rang. (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

foreclosure convenience investigation control

Rabbits, elephants, deer, and sheep are _______; they eat only plants. (A) (B) (C) (D)

rest feed goad slaughter

He was proved guilty; his alibi had been a complete _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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The grade was steep and the load heavy; we had to _______ the oxen in order to arrive home on time. (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

interest usury apathy serendipity

doubts — confidence confidence — qualms qualms — confidence misgivings — qualms

The police department will not accept for _______ a report of a person missing if his residence is outside the city. (A) (B) (C) (D)

Being less than perfectly prepared, I took my exams with _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

10.

fine — fettle sane — sound hale — hearty hectic — healthy

Although he had _______ about the weather, he had no _______ about his ability to navigate through it. (A) (B) (C) (D)

The voters show their _______ by staying away from the polls. (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

9.

scrawny remiss corpulent corporeal

urbane rural liberal boorish

He claimed to be deathly ill, although he looked perfectly _______ and _______ to us. (A) (B) (C) (D)

With his gutter language and vile manner he was positively _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

adulations congratulations condolences concatenations

While on a diet I remained lean, but once off it I became _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

night day fray ring

The judge _______ the union from blocking the accesses. (A) (B) (C) (D)

enjoined ordered forbade unfrocked

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 14.

The _______ on the letter showed it had been mailed in North Dakota two weeks previously. (A) (B) (C) (D)

15.

fire — hearth flintlock — chimney stokes — pot tepee — Indian

23.

perverse low-keyed glib fruitless

cellar pontoon facade facet

He is expected to testify that he saw the _______ thief fleeing the scene of the crime. (A) (B) (C) (D)

inaudible audible suspicious visible

His parents never had to _______ him for being _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

disengaging deleterious delectable irrespective

My uncle hardly ever needed a telephone; his voice was _______ from a distance of half a mile. (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

deceased dactylic dormant disruptive

Cigarette smoking is _______ to your health. (A) (B) (C) (D)

When the bomb exploded in front of the building, it destroyed the whole _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

22.

intractable docile equine bovine

What we thought was a _______ volcano suddenly erupted. (A) (B) (C) (D)

He was a _______ salesman; he could sell refrigerators to Eskimos. (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

21.

During colonial winters in America, there was a _______ in every _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

17.

disarray juxtaposition composition jeopardy

A child who has not slept well will be anything but _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

It is easy to see the difference between the two photographs when they are placed in _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

address stamp postmark envelope

20.

chide — industrious ride — superfluous chide — indolent punish — independent

The current use of “_______” in place of “fat” is a euphemism. (A) (B) (C) (D)

ale portly porter beer

convicted delinquent alleged innocent

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PRACTICE TEST 4 Directions: Select the word or word pair that best completes each sentence. 1.

An accident report should be written as soon as possible after the necessary _______ has been obtained. (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 4.

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debating — acknowledged parliamentarianism — neutral self-rule — realistic futility — substantive

decline felicitation preponderance isolation

overrun parsimonious oblate obese

When you have _______ your palate with pickles, you want no more. (A) (B) (C) (D)

scarred satiated imbibed covered

A cloudy suspension may be described as _______.

To protect the respondents’ privacy, names and Social Security numbers are _______ the questionnaires before the results are tabulated.

(A) (B) (C) (D)

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turbid precipitous suspicious auspicious

12.

gregarious popular hilarious woodworking

As a result of constant and unrelenting eating, her figure changed from “pleasingly plump” to _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

demoted deplored defamed whitewashed

To be a “joiner” is to be _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

The main reason for the loss of the Alamo was the _______ of Santa Anna’s forces. (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

trick — diplomatic circumlocution — concise page — gobbledygook summary — plain

9.

blazing akimbo flailing deadlocked

The woman sued the magazine, claiming that the article _______ her character. (A) (B) (C) (D)

The U.N., like the League of Nations before it, is an exercise in _______; it begs the issues and brings no _______ deterrent to the impending cataclysm. (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

8.

affect inflict effect prosper

With typical diplomatic maneuvering, the State Department used every _______ known to man to avoid expressing the avowed policy in _______ language.

The flamenco dancer stood still, ready to perform, his arms _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

bystander formulation information charter

A change in environment is very likely to _______ a change in one’s work habits. (A) (B) (C) (D)

7.

referred to deleted from retained in appended to

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 13.

TASS was the _______ for Telegrafnoe Agentsvo Sovietskoyo Soyuza. (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

15.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 17.

18.

19.

pyromaniac — urge dipsomaniac — aversion megalomaniac — phobia kleptomaniac — proclivity

The _______ assumed for the sake of discussion was that business would improve for the next five years. (A) (B) (C) (D)

23.

encourage deflate encounter assist

It is hard to believe that the Trojans could have been so easily deceived by the _______ of the wooden horse. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

derides defiles irks buffoons

The politician hoped to _______ his opponent’s negative comments by openly revealing his past mistakes. (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

sanitary salutary salubrious healthy

One who _______ another is laughing at him, not with him. (A) (B) (C) (D)

Iniquity — gross Perjury — mendacious Lobotomy — inane Bias — slanted

A _______ has a strong _______ to steal. (A) (B) (C) (D)

22.

supercilious insubordinate disconsolate superficial

New York’s climate is not very _______; its winters give you colds, and its summers can cause heat prostration. (A) (B) (C) (D)

mind cover shake incline

_______ means an injustice so _______ that it is wicked. (A) (B) (C) (D)

21.

prorate procrastinate face proscribe

Being a geologist, he tended to _______ his head as he walked along the path; he didn’t want to overlook a single pebble.

I wish you wouldn’t be so _______; you make faces at everything I say. (A) (B) (C) (D)

gratuitous gratifying pathological demented

To put off until tomorrow what you should do today is to _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

homonym acronym heteronym pseudonym

Murdered by a crazed derelict who was running amuck, he was the victim of a _______ crime. (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

tragedy stratagem strategy prolixity

At the 2004 Academy Awards, there was a veritable _______ of stars. (A) (B) (C) (D)

bevy collection galaxy pride

labyrinth hypothesis outlay itinerary

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PRACTICE TEST 5 Directions: Select the word or word pair that best completes each sentence. 1.

I felt as _____ as a fifth wheel. (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

(D) 3.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 5.

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nebulous Old Testament concise sanctimonious

aplomb pugnacity trepidation indifference

His speech was too _______; its meaning escaped me completely. (A) (B) (C) (D)

12.

relief substitute generator subsidiary

Being perfectly prepared, I took my exams with _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

paraplegic — useless quadriplegic — diplegic hemiplegic — undependable somnambulist — comatose

Although the wind was quite dependable in those waters, the schooner had an inboard engine as a _______ just in case. (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

chauvinism sycophancy nepotism nihilism

A _______’s arms are usually very strong as a result of performing some of the tasks that would be otherwise done by his now _______ legs. (A) (B) (C) (D)

sequence hiatus accrual increment

His sermon opened with a few _______ remarks about the Golden Rule and closed with a homily that was equally unclear. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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prude croquette coquette diplomat

The annual _______ in his school attendance always coincided with the first week of fishing season. (A) (B) (C) (D)

8.

feline bellicose onerous canine

Always the _______, she spent hours preening herself in the presence of her escort.

Giving preference to his brother’s son for that office smacks of _______ to me! (A) (B) (C) (D)

contrast — parliament supplant — dictatorship substitute — constitutional monarchy reinforce — three-party system

A(n) _______ look came into the poodle’s eye as a dachshund wandered onto his territory. (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

rolled round superfluous axillary

If we were to _______ our democracy with a _______, there would be no way, short of civil war, to reverse the change. (A) (B) (C)

7.

protracted concise sordid abstruse

The “life” of some subatomic particles is so _______ it has to be measured in nanoseconds. (A) (B) (C) (D)

contrived finite ephemeral circumscribed

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 13.

The president proposed a reduction in income taxes in the new _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

14.

15.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 17.

orderlies valets hors de combat mercenaries

myriads dryads dozens multitudinous

If you find peeling potatoes to be _______, perhaps you’d prefer to scrub the floors? (A) (B) (C) (D)

19.

22.

preferable onerous infectious relevant

fraternal sororal parental sibling

The man _______ the speaker at the meeting by shouting false accusations. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

paragon — peripatetic acme — epicurean epitome — sartorial architect — gastronomic

Favoring one child over another will only intensify _______ rivalry. (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

loquacious oblique arcane obtuse

Louis XIV was the _______ of _______ elegance; he wore a different outfit for practically every hour of the day. (A) (B) (C) (D)

23.

exterior covert implicit manifest

If he hasn’t yet learned the importance of speaking well of others, he must be quite _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

On and on they came, countless as the blades of grass in a field, _______ of them. (A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

21.

regard eschew obliterate rue

During the Revolutionary War, Hessian troops fought on the British side not as allies, but as _______. They were paid in money, not glory.

Her rebelliousness was _______; it was written all over her. (A) (B) (C) (D)

confessed — hands obfuscated — deviations obtruded — opinions truncated — pruning

You’ll _______ the day you voted for Zilch; he’ll break every promise he’s made to you. (A) (B) (C) (D)

16.

apocalypse holocaust milestone millennium

If you hadn’t _______ we might have won the argument; I wish you’d keep your _______ to yourself henceforth. (A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

corrected interfered disconcerted collapsed

If he continues to _______ liquor at this rate, he will end up as an alcoholic. (A) (B) (C) (D)

buy imbibe secrete accumulate

The offenders then prostrated themselves and _______ for mercy. (A) (B) (C) (D)

applauded supplicated imprecated deprecated

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PRACTICE TEST 6 Directions: Select the word or word pair that best completes each sentence. 1.

I’m glad to see you have _______; patience is a virtue! (A) (B) (C) (D)

2.

exuded precluded intruded required

parallel concatenate irrelevant hell

If you _______ your energy wisely, you will never lack for it; if you _______ it, you’ll remain poor. (A) (B) (C) (D)

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burn — cauterize husband — economize use — dissipate expend — spend

conspirator transgressor transient bystander

“ _______ and _______,” he said with a smile as he met his class for the new term. (A) (B) (C) (D)

11.

retiring unassuming prominent hesitant

People started calling him a ______; he had broken a law. (A) (B) (C) (D)

10.

covertly conspicuously randomly painstakingly

Richelieu achieved eminence under Louis XIII; few cardinals since have been so politically _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

Wars seem to be _______; the end of one always tends to precipitate the beginning of the next. (A) (B) (C) (D)

6.

8.

To tame wild horses was what her fierce nature _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

5.

often silently nigh damp

The only fair way to choose who will have to work over the holiday is to pick someone _______ by drawing lots. (A) (B) (C) (D)

A(n) _______ jogger, she could do 15 miles a day. (A) (B) (C) (D)

4.

arrived decided time forbearance

As the fog came _______, visibility dropped to 5 feet. (A) (B) (C) (D)

3.

7.

Warm — welcome Hail — farewell Friends — countrymen Greetings — salutations

Although he is reputed to be aloof, his manner that day was so _______ that everyone felt perfectly at ease. (A) (B) (C) (D)

reluctant gracious malign plausible

Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 12.

Speeding may be a _______, but fleeing from the scene of a crime is a _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

13.

14.

(A) (B) (C) (D)

18.

virtues crafts habits repertories

Gold is one of the most _______ elements; it can be hammered into sheets thinner than a human hair.

22.

efficient — abrogate unscrupulous — evade honest — bend clever — elect

Your banker may look at you _______ if you admit to not wanting to save money. respectfully only askance directly

The gossip-hungry readers combed through the article for every _______ detail. lurid common nagging recurring

primary compendium only infrequent

The general couldn’t attend; but he sent his _______. (A) (B) (C) (D)

25.

flaccid placid avoirdupois gaunt

A police officer’s _______ job is to prevent crime. (A) (B) (C) (D)

24.

importune impulsive impecunious innocuous

You would not be so _______ if you worked out at the gym; you have loose fat all over! (A) (B) (C) (D)

23.

slow pervade arrest dissuade

To be _______ was her lot; she was destined never to earn enough money to support herself. (A) (B) (C) (D)

oppressive reticent immaculate impassive

A(n) _______ lawyer will help his client _______ the law.

(A) (B) (C) (D)

21.

brittle soft adamantine malleable

The impact of the situation failed to touch him; he remained _______ as a stone.

(A) (B) (C) (D)

20.

beneficent fatuous ardent sophisticated

(A) (B) (C) (D)

(A) (B) (C) (D) 17.

(A) (B) (C) (D)

He was stubbornly persistent; nothing or nobody could _______ him from his self-appointed mission.

(A) (B) (C) (D) 16.

Worshipping her every move, he was her most _______ admirer.

Among his _______ was the skill of escaping from any type of handcuffs.

(A) (C) (B) (D) 15.

mistake — nuisance misdemeanor — felony faux pas — crime felony — misdemeanor

19.

commandant commander adjutant superior

You can depend on a malingerer to _______ his duty. (A) (B) (C) (D)

perform pursue shirk lack

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 8. The correct answer is (B). There is nothing to suggest that he has been omitted from the will or will fight it in court. Although he may be described as a winner, the legal term used for an heir is beneficiary. 9. The correct answer is (C). Picayune means “petty,” “mean,” or “small-minded.” It is an appropriate adjective for a hair-splitter. 10. The correct answer is (D). High fever can produce a state of mental confusion. 11. The correct answer is (D). The context implies you would be taking unfair advantage of another and so, in a moral sense, would lower or abase yourself. There is no indication that you would scold or censure yourself, as choice (A) would mean, or that it would stimulate, choice (B), or weaken, choice (C), you. 12. The correct answer is (B). This is an instance in which you might first try out the second word in each pair. The main idea is that the storm refused to slacken, so you must find for the second blank a close synonym for slacken. Of the two offered, mitigate, meaning “alleviate,” sounds too affected; abate, meaning “diminish” or “subside,” is more idiomatic and is a better choice. 13. The correct answer is (D). Which of the four words offered has much to do with deciding between love and the throne? Only abdicate, which means “to give up a high position.” Prevaricate, meaning “to lie,” would not be a decision. Choice (B) doesn’t tell us how or what he would alter or change; choice (C) wouldn’t say which one he would nullify or abolish, which is what abrogate would involve. 14. The correct answer is (D). A fence, by disposing of and paying for fruits of the crime, serves as an encouraging force to robbers thereby aiding and abetting the crime itself. 15. The correct answer is (C). “Extenuating circumstances” are those that make an offense less serious by providing partial excuses. Coupled with “the defendant’s youth,” such circumstances make it unlikely that the judge would have recommended conviction or hanging. A mistrial results from errors in the course of a trial or from inability of the jury to come to a conclusion. It is the province of a judge to recommend leniency, that is, mercy or restraint. 16. The correct answer is (C). A fanatical and uncompromising person is by definition a zealot. Choice (B) is correct in terms of meaning but is ruled out as a correct answer because the blank requires a noun, not an adjective. 17. The correct answer is (B). The word strangers and the fact that they would be offering candy to children they do not know strongly suggest that the children be cautious and watchful, that is, wary. 18. The correct answer is (D). The position taken is that people do things in response either to outer force or to inner will. Volition means “free will.” 19. The correct answer is (B). The phrase “respect for age” calls for a statement of strong positive regard or reverence for elder statesmen. That they were venerated fills the requirement. Choice (A) is too mild, while choices (C) and (D) are negative. 20. The correct answer is (C). The length of the sermon indicates its effect on the congregation—boredom and resultant passivity. Hence the metaphor of the sermon as a soporific, a sleep-inducing drug, that would cure insomnia, or chronic wakefulness. 21. The correct answer is (D). Since his cynicism was written all over him, it was obvious or manifest. 22. The correct answer is (C). The result of her condition identifies it as agoraphobia, fear of open spaces. Claustrophobia is the opposite, a fear of closed spaces. Anemia, a blood deficiency, and ambivalence, a state of conflicting emotions, do not necessarily keep their sufferers indoors. 23. The correct answer is (C). To sate is to “satisfy” or to “indulge.” One assumes that the appetite is already whetted, and fill is simply an unidiomatic usage. 24. The correct answer is (C). The missing word must be a synonym for badgering. Choice (B) is too strong, choice (A) the opposite, and choice (D) wrong because the speaker wants the child to do it on his own volition. www.petersons.com/arco

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review 25. The correct answer is (B). The speaker is clearly working in a formal relationship to a superior. We learn this from the first clause. Authorized is the correct word for describing what he or she is and is not allowed to say.

PRACTICE TEST 2 1. The correct answer is (D). The point that the sentence is trying to make is that “male supremacy” is now on the defensive. Places is too neutral a word to convey this meaning. Bastions, defensive strongholds, is a highly appropriate word choice. 2. The correct answer is (B). Choice (D) is ridiculous, and choice (A) cannot be correct because winds do not have riptides. The first blank could easily be filled with dangerous of choice (C), but breezes would not contribute to the danger. The vagaries or unexpected actions of the winds would make the position of a rudderless boat untenable. 3. The correct answer is (A). If the branches are moving, so are the shadows they cast. Transient, which means “passing,” describes the action of the shadows. 4. The correct answer is (D). Transmute means “to change from one form, nature, or substance into another.” 5. The correct answer is (A). It would be a nice birthday present to have an article appear in print right on the professor’s 50th birthday. The other choices all fit grammatically, but make no sense in context. 6. The correct answer is (B). The chariot careened out of control; it lurched and swerved rapidly. Caromed means “bounced off” or “rebounded.” The sentence makes no mention of a collision, so choice (D) does not constitute an acceptable completion. 7. The correct answer is (D). The sentence indicates that the speaker is urging someone not to digress, not to “stray,” from the crux or “heart” of the matter. To prevaricate is to “lie.” The sentence deals with time pressure, not with truthfulness. 8. The correct answer is (A). Under the circumstances, disappointed seems rather tame. These parents would surely have been disconsolate, that is, “beyond consolation” or “hopelessly sad.” 9. The correct answer is (D). Conscripted means “drafted.” Both volunteers and draftees would have to be processed, so choice (B) is not a good choice. 10. The correct answer is (B). You do not have to know baseball to choose this answer by elimination. A syllogism is a tactic in abstract logic. If you try out the verb with choices (A) and (C), you determine that these choices just don’t fit well. Choice (B) is the only possible choice even if you do not know that a balk is a false move by the pitcher for which the penalty is the award of one base for the runner. 11. The correct answer is (D). If everyone in the neighborhood spoke Spanish, as implied by choice (C), hiring a Spanish-speaking person would be mandatory and not a matter of preference. 12. The correct answer is (B). Dark clouds tend to come before the storm; they constitute a precursor or a forerunner. Sometimes, however, the clouds blow over and there is no storm, so choice (D) is incorrect. 13. The correct answer is (A). The title of the act alone is a dead giveaway to the meaning of the correct answer. Incorrect choice (B) is based upon common mispronunciation and misspelling. 14. The correct answer is (A). “Possible meanings” is your main clue. Any statement with more than one meaning is, by definition, ambiguous. 15. The correct answer is (B). A performance by which one makes a fool of one’s self causes scornful laughter; it is ludicrous. 16. The correct answer is (C). The blank requires a verb that is used with to. Choice (D) creates an impossible situation. The state of the house gave unspoken testimony, attested to the fact that it had been robbed. 340

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 17. The correct answer is (C). “Although” alerts you to expect a reversal of results: they will be different for “blows” and, “gunshots.” Since the warrior could deal with swords, look for problems with gunshots and with his armor. Vulnerable means “susceptible to injury” or “not sufficiently protected” from. Impervious means “incapable of being penetrated.” His armor was NOT impervious; therefore he was vulnerable. 18. The correct answer is (B). The word “belied” tells you that her words contradicted the beauty and elegance of her appearance. Uncouth means “crude, rude, and ungraceful.” 19. The correct answer is (D). Apparently it is the quality, not the content, of the expressions he uses that makes them “insufferable” or unbearable. Trite expressions are so overused, so overfamiliar, that they no longer command our interest. 20. The correct answer is (C). The opposite of “permissive” is stringent. Impermissive, while not incorrect, would create a redundant sentence. Regulations may be both permissive and uniform, so there is no contrast in choice (D). 21. The correct answer is (C). Destruction of property gives no benefit to either victim or state, so choice (B) is unlikely. The form of the sentence requires the wrongdoer, himself, do something to the property. He cannot confiscate or “seize” his own property, but he can forfeit it or “give it up.” 22. The correct answer is (C). The meaning alone should make this an easy completion. In addition, distracted is the only past participle here that is used with “from.” 23. The correct answer is (B). He lied when he said he couldn’t do the job because he was physically unable; actually he was indolent or just plain “lazy.” 24. The correct answer is (D). “Police” in quotes is your clue that this was all a big joke, or hoax. 25. The correct answer is (C). Think of what happens to incoming freight if there is a trucking strike and the cargo is piled up at the unloading dock. An embargo or “suspension or prohibition of trade” is the best solution until the strike is settled.

PRACTICE TEST 3 1. The correct answer is (C). Condolences are expressions of sympathy for another person’s grief or pain. 2. The correct answer is (C). The “but” signals that an opposite must fill the blank. Logically, coming off an effective diet that kept one lean, one would then become corpulent or fat. 3. The correct answer is (D). A boorish person is rude, crude, and impolite. Being liberal has nothing to do with manners but rather with attitude. 4. The correct answer is (C). Apathy or lack of interest is shown by staying away from the polls; conversely, if the voters flock to the polls, they show interest. 5. The correct answer is (C). Being unprepared leaves the student taking exams filled with alarm, apprehension, maybe even some trembling—in short, with trepidation. 6. The correct answer is (C). The grade is steep and the load heavy; obviously we need those oxen to get home, so we cannot slaughter them. Time appears to be a factor. Resting and feeding the oxen would involve time that we do not have, but if we goad them, prod them with a stick, they may move faster. 7. The correct answer is (B). He was convicted because his “alibi,” his explanation of where he was at the time of the crime, turned out to be false, a lie or fabrication. 8. The correct answer is (C). People do not tend to “look” perfectly sane, so eliminate choice (B). Hale means whole or free from defect, and hearty means vigorous and robust. 9. The correct answer is (D). Only choice (D) fulfills the requirement of the “Although . . .” construction. The others might make more sense with and; for example, “He had doubts about the weather and he had no confidence.” 10. The correct answer is (C). If they were to accept a missing person report, the only thing the police could do with it would be to investigate. 11. The correct answer is (B). By definition, an animal that eats only plants is herbivorous; it may also be called a “vegetarian.” www.petersons.com/arco

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review 12. The correct answer is (C). “The thick of the ring” does not ring true as an expression. “The thick of the fray,” of the fight or the heated contest, is the idiomatic expression. 13. The correct answer is (A). The first three choices all convey the correct meaning, but structurally only enjoined works with “from blocking.” 14. The correct answer is (C). Only the postmark gives date and location of mailing. 15. The correct answer is (B). The best way to compare two photographs is to place them in juxtaposition, that is, side-by-side. 16. The correct answer is (A). You can assume that given the technology of colonial America and the presence of virgin forests from coast to coast that wherever there was a hearth at all, there was a fire burning in it on cold winter days. Furthermore, none of the other choices make any sense at all. 17. The correct answer is (C). The sentence depends upon your acceptance of the stereotype cliché that Eskimos, that is, persons who live in cold places, have no use for refrigerators. Then a salesperson who is a fast talker, who is very glib, could sell them what they do not need. 18. The correct answer is (C). The facade is the front of the building, logically the portion most likely to be destroyed by an explosion at the front of the building. 19. The correct answer is (C). If a witness is to testify against him, the case is still in the trial stage, and he has not yet been convicted or adjudged innocent. An alleged thief is a person accused of thievery. 20. The correct answer is (B). The child who has not slept well will be cranky and unmanageable, in other words, intractable. Note the construction of the sentence; it calls for a completion that tells what the child will be “anything BUT.” The child then will be the opposite of intractable, that is, anything but docile. 21. The correct answer is (C). If the eruption was unexpected, the volcano must have been considered inactive or dormant, literally “sleeping.” 22. The correct answer is (B). Aside from the tobacco industry and its spokespersons, everyone agrees that cigarette smoking is harmful, that is, deleterious, to your health. 23. The correct answer is (B). Audible means “able to be heard.” The sentence calls for a positive statement; choice (A) is the opposite of the meaning required. 24. The correct answer is (C). Any one of the choices might fill the first blank, but the second blank must be filled with a reason for which parents might chide or punish a child. Choice (B) makes no sense, and parents would take great pride in a child who was industrious or independent. However, parents might well chide or scold a child who was indolent or lazy. 25. The correct answer is (B). A “euphemism” is a word or phrase that is less direct and less expressive but considered less distasteful or offensive than the more blunt word. Portly means “stout in a dignified way.” It is often used in place of “fat.”

PRACTICE TEST 4 1. The correct answer is (C). Obviously, you cannot write the report until you have gathered the information. Writing the report as soon as possible once you have the information makes sense; you can work with fresh facts, and those who receive the report can act upon it promptly. 2. The correct answer is (C). To effect is “to bring about or to produce as a result.” The incorrect affect means “to have an influence on.” 3. The correct answer is (C). A circumlocution is a “roundabout way of saying something.” Circumlocution is certainly the way of avoiding concise expression. Choice (D) is half right. Diplomats do try to avoid plain language, but they don’t use summaries to do it. 342

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 4. The correct answer is (D). Once you have picked up the sense of the second half of the sentence, even without filling the blank, completing the first half is easy. It is an exercise in futility that produces no results. Having filled the first blank, you need only confirm that the second part of choice (D) also makes sense. It logically follows that an exercise in futility will bring no substantive deterrent to the impending cataclysm. 5. The correct answer is (C). If Santa Anna’s forces had been in decline or isolation, the Alamo would not have fallen. Santa Anna won through sheer force of numbers. In fact, what makes the Alamo battle historic is that so small a force held out for so long against an army overwhelmingly superior in numbers, that is, a preponderant army. 6. The correct answer is (A). Turbid is a synonym for “cloudy.” 7. The correct answer is (B). A process of elimination makes this an easy completion even with no knowledge of flamenco dancing. The dancer stood still, so his arms could not be flailing. Akimbo, hands on hips with elbows bent outward, is the only position for arms. 8. The correct answer is (C). The woman would not sue because her character had been whitewashed; she would sue because it had been “blackened” or defamed. To defame is to maliciously injure a reputation. 9. The correct answer is (A). A “joiner,” in quotes, is one who joins. A person who joins groups or organizations does so in order to socialize with others of like interests. A gregarious person is sociable. Without the quotes, a joiner is a cabinetmaker. 10. The correct answer is (D). Obese means extremely fat. Here the sentence itself moves from a euphemism to a blunt statement of fact. 11. The correct answer is (B). If you want no more, you are satiated or satisfied. Your “palate” is the roof of your mouth. 12. The correct answer is (B). This is just plain common sense. To protect privacy, the names and Social Security numbers must be removed or deleted from the questionnaires. 13. The correct answer is (B). A word made up of the initial letters of words in a phrase is an acronym. A homonym is a word that has the same sound as another word, but a different meaning. A heteronym is a word with the same spelling but different meanings with different pronunciations. For example, compare the word te¯ar, a drop from the eye, to tea¯r, a rip in a piece of clothing. A pseudonym is an assumed name. 14. The correct answer is (A). A criminal can be demented, as indeed this one may have been, or pathological, but a crime cannot. Gratuitous in this context means unwarranted and unjustified. 15. The correct answer is (B). The test sentence itself provides a good definition of the verb to procrastinate. 16. The correct answer is (D). To accomplish his goal, he would want to lower his head toward the ground, perhaps as if to bow, that is, to incline it and to keep it steady. Shaking his head would make it harder to focus on individual stones. 17. The correct answer is (A). The words chosen must add up to a “wicked injustice.” By definition, an iniquity is a grossly immoral act. 18. The correct answer is (D). The first blank requires someone with some feelings about stealing. A kleptomaniac has an uncontrollable urge to take things, without regard to need; in fact, a kleptomaniac has a strong proclivity to steal. A pyromaniac starts fires; a megalomaniac has delusions of omnipotence; a dipsomaniac is an alcoholic. None of these should have strong feelings about stealing stemming from their own peculiarities. 19. The correct answer is (B). A hypothesis is a proposition stated as the basis for argument or experiment. 20. The correct answer is (A). The blank must be filled with a word somehow related to making faces. Only supercilious is specifically related to facial expression. It suggests “being disdainful, raising the eyebrows, looking down the nose.” 21. The correct answer is (C). The climate is allegedly not conducive to good health; it is not salubrious. Sanitary conditions have no effect on heat prostration. Salutary, meaning “conducive to improvement,” goes beyond the scope of the second clause. As for healthy, climates can be “healthful,” but only living things can be healthy. www.petersons.com/arco

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review 22. The correct answer is (A). To deride is to “treat with contemptuous mirth”; it clearly refers to laughing at. A buffoon (noun not verb) is one who makes himself or herself the object of laughter. 23. The correct answer is (B). The blank requires a word that relates to the comments of the opponent. An alternate meaning of deflate is to reduce in size, importance, or effectiveness. In this sense, choice (B) is the most approriate answer. 24. The correct answer is (B). Strategy is the overall science of military planning. A stratagem is one small part of a strategy, a single maneuver or tactic. The use of the wooden horse to breach the Trojan gates was a clever stratagem. 25. The correct answer is (C). A large assembly of stars, film or otherwise, is a galaxy. A group of larks or bathing beauties is called a bevy; a group of lions is a pride.

PRACTICE TEST 5 1. The correct answer is (C). For purposes of stability, extra wheels are added in pairs to large vehicles. A fifth wheel added to a four-wheel vehicle would serve no useful purpose, would be superfluous. A person who feels as superfluous as a fifth wheel feels useless. 2. The correct answer is (C). Parliaments, constitutional monarchies, and three-party systems all contain internal mechanisms for legislated change. Only a dictatorship would destroy the mechanism for its own change, requiring civil war for reversal. Once the second blank is filled, completion for the first blank falls into place. 3. The correct answer is (B). Animals tend to be territorial, so when the dachshund encroached on its turf, the poodle was ready to fight. Onerous, which means “burdensome,” would never be used to describe a look. 4. The correct answer is (C). Some sentence completions are easier than others. Provided you do not mistake croquette, a fried cake, for coquette, a vain flirt, you should have no trouble with this sentence. 5. The correct answer is (B). The start of the fishing season brings to mind immediately the phrase “Gone fishin’!” A person who has “gone fishin’ ” is not there. A hiatus or gap in attendance is the result of the lure of the fishing season. 6. The correct answer is (A). The words “equally unclear” tip you off to the need for a word that means “unclear.” Nebulous, which means “cloudy” or “vague,” is the only choice to meet the test. 7. The correct answer is (C). Nepotism is showing favoritism to relatives for employment or for appointment to high places. 8. The correct answer is (A). Whose arms would be very strong? Not both arms of the hemiplegic, who suffers extreme weakness on one side of the body as a result of a stroke or other brain damage; not those of the quadriplegic, who suffers paralysis of all four limbs; and not those of the somnambulist, the sleepwalker whose legs are far from comatose. The paraplegic, who is paralyzed from the waist down, tends to develop extra strength in the arms to compensate for now useless legs. 9. The correct answer is (D). From “although” you infer the engine is there “just in case” the wind becomes less dependable and the ship needs an additional source of power. The implication is not so much that it needs a complete substitute as a subsidiary, a “supplement” or an “auxiliary.” 10. The correct answer is (A). Aplomb is the poise that comes from self-confidence. 11. The correct answer is (D). The speech was difficult to understand, that is, abstruse. If the speech was also protracted, long and drawn-out, that might have contributed as well to its being abstruse. 12. The correct answer is (C). Since the lifetime is being measured in such tiny units, it must be extremely fleeting, short-lived, or ephemeral. 13. The correct answer is (D). The millennium was the eagerly awaited golden age of peace, prosperity, and happiness. None of the other choices make sense. 344

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 14. The correct answer is (B). Begin with the second blank. What should you keep to yourself? Only choices (A) and (B) are possible. However, keeping one’s hands to oneself has nothing to do with confessing, so choice (A) must be eliminated. To obtrude is to force one’s opinions on others. 15. The correct answer is (D). If you are disappointed, you will remember the day regretfully; you will rue it. 16. The correct answer is (D). Soldiers who rent themselves to foreign armies are called mercenaries. 17. The correct answer is (A). “Countless” calls for myriads, an indefinite number that surpasses dozens. Multitudinous conveys the correct meaning but is syntactically incorrect; “multitudes” would work here. Dryads are wood nymphs. 18. The correct answer is (B). Why would you prefer to scrub floors? You must find peeling potatoes to be very onerous, burdensome, or oppressive. 19. The correct answer is (B). The picture painted here is one of the offenders lying face down on the ground begging humbly, supplicating, for mercy. 20. The correct answer is (D). Her rebelliousness was written all over her; it was clearly and openly revealed; it was manifest. Exterior bears the correct meaning but is an inappropriate descriptor. 21. The correct answer is (D). A dull, insensitive, or obtuse person would be slow to learn basic social niceties. 22. The correct answer is (C). The second clause indicates that we are here talking about Louis XIV with respect to elegance of dress. The adjective sartorial is used specifically to refer to men’s clothing. 23. The correct answer is (D). The sentence is gender neutral, so the blank must be filled with a gender-neutral word that includes brothers and sisters, that is, siblings. 24. The correct answer is (C). “False accusations” do not constitute corrections. The man did indeed interfere, but the sentence lacks the necessary preposition to utilize choice (B). To be correct, the completion would need to read “interfered with.” What did happen was that the man disconcerted the speaker by upsetting, ruffling, or irking him or her. 25. The correct answer is (B). He will never become an alcoholic if he just buys, secretes (hides), or accumulates liquor. He must imbibe it; in other words, he must drink it too.

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Part Three: Vocabulary Review 7. The correct answer is (C). “Lots” are “objects used to make a choice by chance,” that is, randomly. 8. The correct answer is (C). “Eminence” is used to describe Richelieu. The only adjective that corresponds to “eminent” is prominent. 9. The correct answer is (B). A transgressor is someone who has simply crossed the boundary between legal and illegal activities. 10. The correct answer is (D). “Greetings and salutations” is a bit redundant, but it is a frequent form of address to a group, especially at an initial meeting. Choice (B) would be ridiculous. The teacher would not begin by saying “Hello and goodbye.” The “and” between the two words precludes choice (A). Choice (C) would be acceptable if there were no other choice, but choice (D) is the more likely opener in this context. 11. The correct answer is (B). “Although” alerts you to look for the opposite of “aloof,” which means “cool, distant, and uninvolved.” The only opposite offered is gracious, which means “warm, courteous, and sympathetic.” 12. The correct answer is (B). The “but” tells you that the two activities are being put into different categories. The word “crime” in juxtaposition with “speeding” suggests that the second blank is to be filled with a word carrying more serious import than the first. Choice (A) is clearly wrong, and choice (D) reverses the order of seriousness. As for choice (C), “speeding” is not a social blunder, which is what a faux pas is. 13. The correct answer is (B). Craft is a synonym for “skill”; it implies dexterity with the hands. 14. The correct answer is (D). Malleable means capable of being shaped, especially by hammering, pounding, or bending. The fact that gold is very soft contributes to its malleability, but “most soft element” is not good English. 15. The correct answer is (D). Impassive has more than one meaning. One meaning is motionless or still. By this meaning, impassive is the only choice that can describe a “stone.” Another meaning of impassive is “devoid of feelings.” Here, “failed to touch him” means failed to affect his emotions, making him quite stone-like. 16. The correct answer is (C). Fill the second blank first. A client cannot abrogate (annul) or elect a law, so eliminate choices (A) and (D). Choice (B) fills the blanks so as to make an untrue statement. You are left with choice (C), which does happen now and then. 17. The correct answer is (C). To look askance is to look sidewise or with suspicion. Certainly a banker would wonder at anyone who claimed no interest in saving money. 18. The correct answer is (A). What the readers want is shocking, horrifying, or titillating, that is, lurid information. 19. The correct answer is (C). “Worshipping her every move” did not of itself make him her kindest, most beneficent admirer, nor did it necessarily prove that he was more unconsciously stupid, fatuous, or more worldly and sophisticated than her other admirers. It qualified him only to be called her most devoted and most ardent admirer. 20. The correct answer is (D). Once you eliminate the totally irrelevant choice, pervade, meaning “to spread through,” the other three words all express some degree of opposition. Dissuade, meaning “to discourage by persuasion,” fits most gracefully into the syntax and conveys the most likely intent of the sentence. 21. The correct answer is (C). If she lacked money, she was impecunious. 22. The correct answer is (A). The main clue is “loose fat,” which indicates that the person being spoken to is flabby or flaccid. Avoirdupois does refer to weight, but it is a noun, and this blank calls for an adjective. 23. The correct answer is (A). Common sense is all you need to answer this question. Crime prevention is the officer’s primary, first, and most important role, but the officer also instructs, assists, and reacts to crime in progress.

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Expanding Your Vocabulary Skills 24. The correct answer is (C). The only person we are certain that the general had the authority to send in his place would have been his adjutant, his assistant. 25. The correct answer is (C). A “malingerer” is someone who pretends to be ill, hurt, or otherwise unavailable in order to avoid obligations—in other words, in order to shirk his duty.

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