The General Ability (GA) test is also referred to as the General Aptitude or IQ test. The General Ability test is designed to assess the general scholastic aptitude of students and students’ ability to solve problems. It measures general mental abilities by providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to see relationships and solve problems. General ability appears to be shrouded in mystery as it is not an actual subject like Mathematics and English which are studied at schools. General Ability test generally consists of following question types:
- Word, number and shape problems
- Series and Sequences
- Worded Mathematical problems
- Questions involving verbal reasoning
- General Knowledge
General Ability questions are set out similarly to those in IQ tests. The range of questions includes finding the odd one out; synonyms and antonyms; analogies; sequences and matrixes. These types of questions can be categorised into 4 major topic areas:
Under this topic area, questions will involve words and are designed to determine how well you understand and use verbal concepts and ideas. Questions like finding the odd word out and word meanings are mostly likely to appear in the OC test. Identifying the odd word out helps to determine how intelligent you are, while word meanings evaluate the depth and range of your vocabulary.
These types of questions use symbols to evaluate your ability to process patterns; to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information; and to think in an abstract manner. Usually you will be asked to continue a series of symbols in logical way or find the missing symbol or spot the odd symbol out etc. Non-verbal question vary in degree of complexity and difficulty.
This area tests your ability to reason with numbers and figures. Questions mainly focus on adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, percentages and finding the pattern and continuing a series of numbers.
Spatial Ability questions involve shapes. You can be required to fit shapes together, visualise solid objects from different points of view, imagine shapes being rotated and reflected etc. These questions can be very diverse in nature.