These are most often used when selecting candidates for clerical jobs where mistakes can have serious or expensive consequences. This includes areas like healthcare, financial services and legal services, although questions of this type appear in a vide range of clerical aptitude tests.
Example Concentration Question
The question comprises:
A grid in which there are rows of symbols, numbers and letters.
A key which contains one symbol, one number and one letter.
A series of five answer options.
As you can see from the grid above, the key contains one symbol,
one number and one letter which have each been taken from a
different column in the grid. In this example, the letter L has
been taken from column 2, the symbol has been taken from column 3
and the number 4 has been taken from column 5.
You need to examine the answer options and decide - In which option have the three elements been taken from the same columns as those of the key. In other words, you are looking for the option where one element has been taken from column 2, one from column 3 and one from column 5.
Considering each of the answer options in turn.
Option A –Incorrect as neither the symbol nor the number 1 are found in columns 2, 3 or 5.
Option B – Incorrect as the letter P is not found in columns 2, 3 or 5.
Option C – Correct as each element can be found in columns 2, 3 and 5.
Option D – Incorrect as the letter C is not found in columns 2, 3 or 5.
Option E – Incorrect as the symbol is not found in columns 2, 3 or 5.
One element must come from each of the three columns specified by the key. In other words each element in the answer option must come from a different column.
The answer option may have more than one letter, number or symbol, provided that they are each taken from a different column.
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