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About the Cambridge Profile Aptitude Tests

The Cambridge Profile Aptitude Tests comprise a battery of EIGHT individual tests:

Verbal Reasoning*

All the questions in this test take the form of verbal analogies of the type A is to B as C is to D. The task is to identify a missing term, which can be either A, B, C or D, from a set of six options.

*Verbal Reasoning is available in Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (UK), English (US), Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Numerical Reasoning

In this test, the task is to find the arithmetical rules which define the relationships between sets of numbers arranged in simple patterns. The patterns can involve two, three or four numbers.

Abstract Reasoning

All questions involve finding the fourth pattern in a series from a set of four alternatives. This test does not rely on any other academic abilities such as numeracy and literacy and can provide a valuable indicator of intellectual ability.

Spatial Reasoning (2-Dimensional)

This test is concerned with pattern recognition and pattern manipulation involving pattern rotation in one plane. The task requires the subject to select the missing piece from a set of four options which will complete a given pattern.

Spatial Reasoning (3-Dimensional)

The task in this test is to mentally fold a patterned figure into a three dimensional shape and to choose from amongst four options the representation which matches the folded figure.

Arithmetic Calculation

This test uses straightforward examples of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in one-step calculations. The test requires mental arithmetic. Calculators are not allowed. Items involving multiplication and division are, as usual, harder than those involving addition and subtraction.


This is a straightforward test of knowledge of English spelling, mixing knowledge of spelling rules with knowledge of exceptions. The task is to select the alternative which has the correct spelling of a word from a set of four options.

Working Quickly and Accurately

The test involves a checking task where a match has to be found for a target item amongst a set of four alternatives. The items use a mixture of alphanumeric and other keyboard characters with the matching task increasing in complexity as the test progresses.

A practice test booklet is available if you would like to let your students familiarise themselves with the tests beforehand.

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