Its a Revision of a Gat Exam

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Third Edition
2011

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Contents

Subject

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The Nature and Components of GAT

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Preparation for the Test

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Verbal Section

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Quantitative Section

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The Nature of GAT
GAT is an acronym for General Aptitude Test. It is available in both an Arabic Version and an English Version. Both versions of GAT use language and mathematics to measure the following abilities: 1. Reading comprehension

2. Logical relations
3. Problem-solving behavior
4. Inferential abilities
5. Inductional abilities
The test consists of six sections. All questions are multiple choice, with four possible answers marked as A, B, C, and D. The test-takers select the best answer and mark their choice on the answer sheet. The answer sheets are then machine scored.

Some of the questions in the GAT are non-scorable items and are not counted toward the score of the test-taker. Rather, they help maintain statistical reliability in composing GAT examinations in the future.

The test-takers’ scores are calculated only on the 120 questions of the actual GAT test; 68 of these questions are verbal and 52 are quantitative. To enhance security there are 5 forms of each test. The overall duration of the test is 3 hours.

Components of GAT
A. Verbal Section: (3 Content Areas)
1) Sentence Completion: the test-takers are given a short sentence or sentences with one or two blanks for missing words; from
the four choices given, the test-takers must choose the word or words that best fit in the blank or blanks.
2) Analogy: a pair of words conveying a specific relationship is given and the test-takers are asked to choose the pair of words from the four choices that is closest to the relationship of the original pair.

3) Reading Comprehension: the test-takers are given passages and required to answer questions that relate to the passages.

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GAT General Aptitude Test

B. Quantitative Section: (4 Content Areas)
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and interpretation of graphs and tables. This section emphasizes problem-solving, logical reasoning, analysis, and induction.

Preparation for the Test
Educational Preparation

The General Aptitude Test (GAT) requires basic knowledge; however, it is not an achievement test because it is not based on a particular syllabus. GAT is based on skills related to logical thinking, analysis and relationship. These skills have been acquired by test-takers throughout their education and through exposure to different experiences in life. They need only familiarize themselves with the publications produced by the National Center (Qiyas) about this test, such as this brochure. Preparedness is increased by:

1. The use of inferential and analytical skills.
2. Reading texts and drawing from them ideas and conclusions as well as summarizing and making inferences from what has
been read.
3. Inductive and deductive problem-solving.

Psychological Preparation

Psychological readiness contributes to success. Test-takers need to reduce anxiety which could hinder performance. One way to reduce anxiety is to be familiar with the test form, procedures, and contents through exposure; this leads to good management of time while actually taking the test. Also test-takers should be sure to get adequate rest before the exam; studying all night or getting little sleep never helps and most likely will be a hindrance.

GAT General Aptitude Test

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Test Results
Answer sheets are scored by machine. Scores can be obtained by any of the following means:
1. landline phone (920001170)
2. the internet (www.qiyas.org)
3. mobile text message (SMS)
The following examples are presented in the same format and
with the same instructions used in the real GAT test. First you will find examples of the Verbal Section followed by examples of the Quantitative Section.

VERBAL SECTION

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