BMAT Section 1 Mini-Mock Exam

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SECTION 1 - Aptitude and Skills - 15 Minutes​

Instructions to Candidates

Answer every question. Points are awarded for correct answers only. There are no penalties for incorrect answers.
All questions are worth one mark.
Speed as well as accuracy is important in this section – you are advised to work quickly, or you may not finish the paper.
Calculators are NOT permitted during any portion of the test. 

​1.  James, Hannah and Chris are due to meet for lunch at 1pm on Monday. British Summer Time comes into effect on Sunday when clocks should be put forward one hour.  Hannah puts hers backwards one hour by mistake; whilst Chris and Clare completely forget about it and leave theirs unchanged. James correctly changes his clock.
If none of them realise their mistake before going to the appointment, what will happen?
(a)          James arrives 1 hour before Chris and Clare
(b)          Chris arrives 1 hour before James
(c)          They arrive at the same time
(d)          Hannah arrives 2 hours after James
(e)          James arrives 1 hour before Clare 

​Since teenagers need to maximise their future employment chances, they should not post information about themselves on internet sites. A recent survey carried out in a teenage magazine showed that 78% used internet social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace. Unscrupulous employers can browse these web-sites and research applicants. If people spend a lot of time and effort on their job applications, it will be a pity for them to have their chances jeopardised by information on how they behaved five to ten years earlier.

2.  Which of the following is the main conclusion of the above argument?

(a) It would be a pity for people to have their chances jeopardised with information on how they behaved five to ten years earlier.
(b) Teenagers should not post information about themselves on internet sites.
(c) Too many teenagers use internet social networking sites.
(d) Unscrupulous employers can browse these web-sites and research applicants.

3.  Which of the following is an underlying assumption of the above argument?

(a) Job applications take a lot of time and effort.
(b) Teenagers in the future will want to use social networking sites.
(c) Teenagers waste too much time on social networking sites.
(d) The information that the average teenager stores on these sites will hinder rather than help get a job.

4.  Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the above argument?

(a) A person’s behaviour as a teenager is a poor indication of their character as an adult.
(b) Access to information on social networking sites can be restricted.
(c) The popularity of Facebook and MySpace is declining.
(d) More than 78% of teenagers use social networking sites.

5.  I need to make 36 cookies for when my guests visit tomorrow. I make the cookies in batches of 6. It takes me 30 minutes to prepare each batch and then they need to be in the oven for 20 minutes (during which time I can be working on the next batch). Once they have finished baking, I need to spend 5 minutes putting the cookies out to cool before the oven is ready for the next batch. It is now 1pm.
What time should I finish?
(a) 4:00pm
(b) 4:25pm
(c) 4:45pm
(d) 4:50pm
(e) 4:55pm

6.  The government should support the introduction of new ID cards that will contain biometric data, such as finger prints and iris scans. The pattern of the iris is unique to each individual and cannot be guessed or forged, making it more difficult for criminals steal someone else’s identity – a process called identity theft. These stolen identities are often subsequently used by criminals to cover illegal activities.
Which of the following if true, would most strengthen the above argument?

(a) New ID cards will be no bigger than a conventional card
(b) ID card technology will become cheaper with time
(c) Current security measures such as passwords and pin codes fail if people forget them
(d) Current security measures such as passwords and pin codes fail to prevent over 100,000 identity thefts every year

7.  Helen and Nicola run in a 100 meter race.  Helen runs at 10m/s and Nicola runs at 80% of Helen’s speed. What will be the time delay in milliseconds between the two racers crossing the finish line?
(a) 2.5
(b) 2,000
(c) 250
(d) 2,500
(e) 0.8

8.  Mr Hansworth, a wealthy entrepreneur wishes to divide his £400,000 wealth amongst his five children. In his will he states that he wants the money distributed according to the age of his children, with the youngest getting the most and the eldest the least. Furthermore, no two children can get the same amount, all children must be paid to the nearest thousand and the minimum each child must get is £20,000. If these rules are adhered to, what is the largest amount the middle child can receive (in thousands)?
(a) 119
(b) 121
(c) 120
(d) 22
(e) 118

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