Structure of the Test

The Psychometric Entrance Test consists of nine sections, each of which relates to one of the following domains: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, or English. The first section in the test is part of the Verbal Reasoning domain and consists of a writing task. The remaining eight sections are made up of multiple-choice questions for which you must choose the response that best answers the question from among four alternatives. In the explanations that follow, those sections will be referred to as the multiple-choice sections. They do not appear in any set order; the number of questions in the section and the time allotted are indicated at the top of the section.

The multiple-choice sections in each domain consist of several types of questions. All questions of a given type appear together and are arranged in ascending order of difficulty, with the exception of Reading Comprehension questions (in the Verbal Reasoning and English domains), which are arranged according to the order in which the subject matter appears in the text.

 

The Verbal Reasoning sections test verbal abilities that are required for academic studies: vocabulary, logical thought processes, the ability to analyze and understand complex passages, the ability to think clearly and methodically, and the ability to formulate a thought and express it in writing in a manner that is well-reasoned and precise.

See examples for each type of question making up the verbal reasoning sections, and explanations for their solution.

The Quantitative Reasoning sections test the ability to use numbers and mathematical concepts for solving quantitative problems, as well as the ability to analyze data presented in a variety of formats, such as tables or graphs.

See examples for each type of question making up the quantitative reasoning sections, and explanations for their solution.

The English sections test proficiency in the English language, including vocabulary and the ability to read and understand passages on an academic level.

In addition, there might be changes in exam instructions, the number of questions in a section, and the time allotted for completing the section.

See examples for each type of question making up the English sections, and explanations for their solution.

Please note that new types of questions may be added to sections in any of the domains.

How the Test Sections Are Used

Of the eight multiple-choice sections, only two in each domain are used for calculating your score. The sections not used for calculating your score serve two purposes:

To equate tests administered on different dates:

In order to prevent differences between examinees taking the test on different test administration dates from affecting scores, all scores must be compared and ranked on the same scale. To this end, it is possible that a test may contain a section that already appeared in a previous test.

To ensure the quality of the questions:

Before a question appears in a section that is used for scoring purposes, it undergoes various quality controls to ensure that it is fair and that it discriminates between examinees of higher ability and those of lower ability. Certain sections consist of questions that are at this stage of quality control. Questions that meet statistical and other criteria may appear in the future in sections used for scoring purposes, while other questions that do not meet these criteria are disqualified. All of the sections used to calculate scores are made up of questions that have already been subjected to these quality controls.

The sections not used for calculating the score are critical. They prevent distortion of scores that might be caused by differences between tests administered on different dates, and they ensure that the questions on the test are sound and fair. There is no way for examinees to distinguish between the sections used for scoring and the other sections. Therefore, for your own good, treat every section of the test with equal gravity.