Question Type 1: Insert A Letter
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The first of 21 different question types, this question type will rely on both your vocabulary and your ability to solve simple problems.
What does this question type involve?
Here, you’ll be provided with a set of four words. The four words are subdivided into two groups of two words. Between each group of words is a bracket. You must find a letter that you can place in the brackets, which will complete the first word of the group, and begin the second word of the group. The letter must be the same for all four words – i.e. it must work for both the first bracket and the second bracket.
Type 1: Insert a Letter
In these questions you have to add the same letter to both sets of brackets, thus completing all the words. The letter that you choose will both begin two words and end two others.
Example: Tas (?) it bar (?) nell
Here, the words would be task, kit, bark, and knell.
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Rud (?) poch ric (?) dit
This forms the words rude, epoch, rice, edit
Sla (?) ask maxi (?) ore
This forms the words slam, mask, maxim, more
The LFAS Approach: Look, Focus, Attempt, Second Word
We’ve devised a simple approach to these question types that will allow you to work through them systematically and avoid stress and confusion. Firstly, you have to:
Look at all the words, but focus on two. You should allow your brain time to process each of the four words, as you will be more likely to gravitate to one group than another. For example, in the second example above, the words ‘slam’ and ‘mask’ are much more likely to appeal to the normal student than ‘maxim’ and ‘more.’ This is because slam and mask are two common words that are clearly missing a letter – whereas maxim is an uncommon word, and ore is already a word.
After you’ve focused on two words, it’s time to begin attempting simple solutions. Don’t overcomplicate things – just use common letters and do your best to make words. So, if we use the first part of question two again, my instincts would be to follow ‘sla’ with either a P to make ‘slap,’ an M to make ‘slam’ or a T to make ‘slat.’ I would then try each letter in turn with the second word. They would form pask, task, and mask. Only task and mask work.
So, we now need to move to the second group of words. We have ‘axim’ and ‘ore’. If we try both, we would get taxim, and tore – tore is certainly not a word, and while taxim sounds like it could be, it’s not! On the other hand, maxim and more are both words. So, the best option is M.
Let’s look at a worked implementation again.
Boo (?) ill ban (?) ept
So, my first thought here is to quickly glance at all the words. I’m naturally drawn to the first set of words, as I find ‘ept’ to be a more difficult ending to deal with. Remember, this is a personal instinct, and you might feel differently. As such, having read all the words, I now focus on the first group in particular. Time for some simple solutions. I would try T, K N, all of which form words in the first group. Now, it’s time to move across to the second group. I could form words here using K, but not N, and not T. Therefore, K is right, as we can form book, kill, bank, kept.
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