Can You Pass This Easy Skills Test?


By: Monica Lee

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Basic skills are very important. Everyone needs them. From knowing how to handle money (basic math skills), to understanding directions (basic logic skills), to good communication skills (grammar and language), you already have what it takes. But just to be sure, you can take this basic skills test. If you get at least half answered correctly, you're good to go! 

You'll be quizzed on skills like reading, writing and number calculations that you use every day. These are the skills needed to learn other skills; so you can live on your own or look after your home, get a job and stay employed, take care of your family and possessions and more. Just think of the skills you use in a single day. You may need to read a schedule to catch a bus, go to work and communicate with your supervisor about the work load, go out to lunch and leave a tip - you get the idea. 

Many companies require candidates to pass a basic skills test before considering them for employment. And if you're in a specialized field, you may be required to pass other types of skills test. So take this one, and find out what it's like. You'll do great! It's easy as 1,2, 3.  

Can you do this in your head? 453 - 245 = ?

Here's a quick way to figure this out if you're in a timed multiple choice test. Just subtract the one's column first and see if the number appears in the answer. So borrow 1 from the ten's column and now you have 13 - 5 = 8. Which of these answers has an 8 in the one's column? Yep, you just found the correct answer.


What is 14 X 20 = ?

This equation can be easy to do if you multiply 14 x 2 =28 and then add the zero to the end product which gives you 280.


Ready for more multiplication? What's 12 x 6 = ?

To solve this problem you need to multiply the one's column first. So 6 X 2 = 12 and then add that to 6 X 10 = 60. The result is 72.


You need to buy a microwave this week that costs $48 and your groceries cost $57 a week. How much money do you need to cover your expenses?

Here's a quick way to add this up. If you just take "2" from 57 you get 55, AND you can add that "2" to 48 to get 50. Now the addition problem is 50 + 55. That's much faster and easier to add up!


How is your division? What's 144 divided by 12?

If you know that 12 X 12 = 144, this was an easy question for you. We hope you didn't use a calculator for this one.


Which one is a noun that describes a place?

Although beach and beach ball are nouns, only "beach" describes a place.


Your electricity bill is $147 and you owe $389 to your roommate for rent. How much is the total you owe?

Could you do this in your head? Start with the ones columns to get 16. Leave the six and carry the 1 into the 10's column. Now you have 4 + 8 + 1 in the tens column or 13. Leave the 3 in the 10's column and carry the 1 to the next column to get 1 + 3 +1 = 5. The answer is 536.


You have $45 and you give your sister $4. How much money do you have now?

This one you could do in your head, right? In the one's column 5 - 4 = 1 and in the ten's column 4 - 0 = 4 to get 41.


Choose the answer that most nearly means the same as this word: refinement.

To be refined is to be cultured and dignified. It's a bit harder when you are looking for the closest meaning as the word.


Which one of these is an adverb?

An adverb modifies a verb. So if the verb is "walked", as in "He walked quickly to catch up to his friends." The adverb is "quickly" as it modifies how the person walked.


Check out your addition skills. What is 24 + 12?

This one should be easy as you don't need to carry the 1 into the 10's column. Simply add 4 + 2 in the one's column to get 6 and add 1 +2 in the ten's column to get 3. So your answer is 36.


What is the correct spelling of these words? Make sure the correct (label, lable) is on the (parcel, parcle).

A "-le" ending is a far more common ending for words than an "-el" ending. Sometimes it's just easier to learn the words that are an exception to the rule like Label and Parcel.


Can you do this in your head? 117 divided by 9 equals what?

You should be able to divide 9 into 11 once. So the ten's place has a 1, with a remainder of 27. Nine goes into 27 three times. So the three goes into the one's place. The answer is 13.


My (uncel uncle) is a bit miserable; he (grumbels, grumbles) about everything and picks a (quarrel, quarrle) at every opportunity. Which are the correct words?

Most words like "little" and "understandable" have an "le" ending. In fact, it's far more common for words to end in an "le" than an "el" ending. It's easier to learn the odd words out like uncle and grumble.


What was the beach like? Use an adjective.

An adjective modifies a noun. Since the beach is a noun, both hot and sandy are adjectives that modify the noun.


Chose the word that best completes the sentence. "Jessica is so __________ she could eat 10 pizzas!"

Congested and nauseated both indicate the person doesn't feel well and most likely doesn't want to eat. If the person is satisfied he or she is not wanting for a meal.


To walk, biking and driving are Jerry’s favorite ways of getting around. What is the best phrase this sentence?

All the verbs need to be in the same tense to make this sentence grammatically correct.


You have $27 and your brother gives you $4, now how much money do you have?

On this problem add the one's column together to get 4 + 7 = 11. Leave the "1" in the one's column and carry 1 into the ten's column. Now add 2 plus the "1" you carried over to get 3. The answer is 31.


Which of these are connectives?

Connectives are used to join two ideas. They include such words as: although, however, but, and, or, so, and therefore to name a few.


Pluralize "fox" and "bush". Which one is correct?

If a word ends in ch, sh, s, x, or ss, you'll need to use "es" to pluralize the word. With other word endings, an "s" is sufficient to mean more than one.


Which of the following is the least amount?

As the number travels to the right of the decimal, the number gets smaller. So .015 is 15/1000


In an election, Candidate A received 2000 votes, Candidate B received 5000 votes and Candidate C received 3000 votes. What percent of the vote went to Candidate B?

First add up all the votes, 5,000 + 2,000 + 3,000 = 10,000. Of these total votes Candidate B received 5,000. So 5,000/10,000 or when reduced 5/10 or .50. Convert this decimal to a percentage to get 50%.


When you wonder crossing the street in the middle of the block, this is an example of jaywalking. What is the best way to state this sentence?

Simply find the answer that makes the most logical sense. It helps if you know what jaywalking is.


Which of the following is the greatest amount?

When the decimal place moves to the right, the number gets bigger.


Which of these are verbs?

Any type of word used to describe an action, state or occurrence is a verb. Run, walk, crawl, think are verbs.


Beethoven is a famous composer whose most well-known symphony ________ Symphony No. 5 in C minor .

The best answer is a present tense singular verb., which is "includes".


No calculator. You got this. How many $20 bills do you need to pay your restaurant bill of $44 and get change back?

You need 3 $20 bills or $60 to cover the $44 bill. You will get $16 back in change from the transaction.


The statue, looking knocking sideways, as if it would fall. How should this sentence be fixed?

All the other phrases need additional words to make the sentence grammatically or logically correct. For instance, "The statue was knocked sideways, AND looked".


Choose the answer that is a synonym to this word: lapse.

A lapse in judgement is an error in your judgement. So, error has the closest meaning to lapse.


In this equation what is x? 4x - 12 = 4

Add 12 to both sides of the equation to get 4x - 12 + 12 = 4 +12, or 4x = 16. Divide both sides of the equation by 4 to get x = 4.


Which of these are pronouns?

Pronouns are used to avoid repeating a noun. Some pronouns include: he, she, it, them, her, we, us, their and him.


If 12/x = 30/6, what does x equal?

Cross multiply to get 12 x 6 = 30x or 72 = 30x. Then divide both sides by 30 to get 2.4 = x .


If you multiply 100 x .05 what number do you get?

When you multiply a decimal by 100 simply move the decimal two place to the left.


When you see an equation with parenthesis, multiplication and addition, which function should you complete first?

Does "Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally" ring a bell? This mnemonic device reminds you to do the operation within parentheses first, then exponents, then multiplication and division, and then addition and subtraction.


Which of the following is closest to 27.8 × 9.6?

The number 9.6 is closest to 10. So if you multiply 27.8 x 10 = 278 and then look at the answers. The closest number is 280.


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