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Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis

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Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis (GDipSA)
Aptitude Test Sample
All GDipSA applicants are required to sit for the aptitude test. This is a test to measure your aptitudes for learning and performing the job of computer programming and systems analysis. There are four parts to the test and each part will be timed separately – Diagram Ability, Reasoning, Number Ability, and English Language Ability. It is designed to test your problem-solving ability, your ability to read and understand diagrams, etc. You can’t really study for the test. It is designed to test what abilities you have, as opposed to testing what facts or information you know.

Sample Questions
Diagramming [30 Marks]
Question 1 - 30
In this section there are a number of problems with flow charts (schematic diagrams) that illustrate the process by which each problem is solved. The solution to a problem is illustrated in its diagram by following the arrows from cell to cell.

Sample question 1:
Customer purchases
tickets

Buy as family
package?

N

Charge $10

Y
1

N

Charge price with
20% discount

2
Y

Get the number of
persons in family

Charge full price

Problem and conditions
A. A themepark has decided to charge their entrance fee by individual or family package. 
As individual, ticket will be sold at $10 per person

As family, ticket will be sold at $8 per person
B. There is also a difference in the fee based on the entry time into the park. 
Entry to theme park before noon will be charged at the full price 
Entry to theme park after noon will be charged the normal price with a 20% discount

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Graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis

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Cell 1.
A. Is the entry before noon?
B. Is the entry after noon?
C. Customer purchases individual ticket
D. Customer purchases a family package
E. Customer makes payment
Answer: (A)
Cell 2.
A. Charge $10 per person
B. Charge $10 with 20% discount per person
C. Charge $8 per person
D. Customer makes payment
E. Check the time of entry
Answer: (C)
Sample question 2:
ADD 1 TO
RESIDENCE COUNT
SET RESIDENCE
COUNT TO 0
HOUSEHOLD
INCOME > $ 5,000
SET TYPE A
COUNT TO 0

N

Y

2

SET TYPE B
COUNT TO 0

NUMBER OF
CHILDREN > 2

N

Y

N

Y
SET TYPE C
COUNT TO 0

1

HOUSING
SIZE > 100 M2

4

N

Y

N

3

N

Y

Y

N

HOUSEHOLD
INCOME > $ 3,000

N

NUMBER OF
CHILDREN > 4

Y

Y

Y

ADD 1 TO
TYPE A COUNT

ADD 1 TO
TYPE B COUNT

N

ADD 1 TO
TYPE C COUNT

5

N

IS TYPE B COUNT
EQUALS 30

N

IS TYPE C COUNT
EQUALS 10

Y

Y

Y

SUFFICIENT TYPE A
RESIDENCES FOUND

SUFFICIENT TYPE B
RESIDENCES FOUND

SUFFICIENT TYPE C
RESIDENCES FOUND

END OF
PROBLEM

END OF
PROBLEM

N

END OF
PROBLEM

N

IS RESIDENCE COUNT
EQUALS 200?

Y

OBJECTIVE NOT
MET

END OF
PROBLEM

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Problem and conditions for Drawing 1
A. 200 Residences are randomly drawn from a pool of 5000 Residences. B. The objective is to get a group of residences of any Type (A, B or C) of a certain quantity. C. Acceptance Criteria for various types of residences are as follows: Variable

Household Income
Housing Size
Number of Children
Quantity Required

Type A
> $5,000
> 120 m2
>2
20

Type B
> $4,000
> 100 m2
>1
30

Type C
> $3,000
> 90 m2
>4
10

D. A residence can be classified as more than one Type. (ie a Residence could be Type A as well as Type C). However the selection criteria require the residence to be of a single type. An order of preference is therefore used to select the final type for such Residences. The order of preference is classified as follows:

1. Type A
2. Type B
3. Type C
In other words, a residence having both Type A and C will be considered having a type of Type A....
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