Aptitude Tests 4 Me

Analytical Ability

Detailed Solution

1. Cannot say
The improvement is given in the passage as a percentage, and it is true to say that the numbers of test-takers has increased (indeed, to record levels). However the passage does not tell us explicitly why the results have improved.

2. Cannot say
Some people have expressed concerns that the exams are getting easier, but no evidence of this notion is given in the passage.

3. Cannot say
This suggestion was made by the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Although the secretary of the University and College Union (Sally Hunt) defended the results, the passage does not explicitly tell us that Sally Hunt did or did not state students are being spoon-fed to pass examinations (it might be implied she did not say this but it is not stated). For example she could have said this at another time but we do not know for sure given just the information in the passage.

4. True
‘The Great Stink’ occurred in London.

5. Cannot say
First of all the project referred to in the passage relates to developing countries, whereas the statement is broad, about all people in general. So immediately we cannot say. But also we are told about developing countries that there are 1 billion people who have no toilet and that “more than 50 million” toilets will be built – that is a ratio of above 20 to 1.

6. True
The last sentence in the passage states that “This plan is part of the department’s broader strategy to help poor countries in Africa and Asia...”.So if they have a strategy for a broader action, we can infer they intend to do more.

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