The BKSB Test - Sample Questions, Full Solutions, and Tips

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The Basic and Key Skills Builder Aptitude Test is designed to identify the functional skills levels of an individual in English and Maths. Each field in the assessment is structured as follows:

  • Initial Assessment: Similar in difficulty for most test-takers, it assesses the candidate’s current level of competency in English and Maths. It determines the appropriate level for the diagnostic assessment.
  • Diagnostic Assessment: Based on the result of the Initial Assessment, it identifies specific areas of strength and those that need improvement within the subject areas, by adapting to the test-taker's level.

On this page, we will cover different examples of questions for both the Math Assessments and the English Assessments. We will begin with Math questions, covering sample questions simulating the Initial and Diagnostic Assessments.

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BKSB Math Assessment Sample Questions

The BKSB Maths Assessment questions cover a variety of topics, i.e.:

  1. Number: Basic arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, and proportions.
  2. Measurement and Geometry: Units of measurement, shapes and their properties, perimeter, area, and volume.
  3. Statistics and Probability: Data interpretation, calculating averages, and basic probability.
  4. Algebra: Solving equations, understanding algebraic expressions, and using formulas.

Some of the questions in the actual test may require entering data. While all our questions here are multiple-choice, they are similar and can be answered by looking or not looking at the answers.


Sam has a probability of 1 in 4 of failing the exam. What is the probability that he will pass the test?

A. 20%

B. 25%

C. 33%

D. 75%


The question provides information regarding failing the test. To shift from fractions to percentages, the denominator must be 100.

Since the fraction is 1/4, we can multiply the entire fraction by 25, therefore:

1/4 = 25/100, or 25%.

The question asks what the percentage is that Sam will pass the test, or the percentage Sam will not fail the test, therefore:

100 – 25 = 75%

The correct answer is D.


Work out 0.91 million + 27.2 thousand.

A. 9,372,000


B. 93,720,000


C. 937,200

D. 912,720


Let's begin by transforming each component into a complete number.

1 million = 1,000,000. Therefore, 0.91 million = 0,910,000 or 910,000.

1 thousand = 1,000. Therefore, 27.2 thousand = 27,200

0.91 million + 27.2 thousand = 910,000 + 27,200 = 937,200.

The correct answer is C.

Basic Maths Tip: The mathematical questions in the BKSB are usually not too challenging – with calculations including mostly the basic arithmetic operations and much deduction. Even when calculators are permitted – it is critical to understand what the questions require – like the previous question, where you should work methodically by writing down the whole numbers. Focus your practice by solving questions efficiently and see your results.

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Let’s continue to more Mathematical questions.


Order the following fractions from largest to smallest:

1: 3⁄4,  2: 5⁄8, 3: 7⁄10,  4: 2⁄3

A. 1, 3, 4, 2


B. 3, 1, 4, 2

C. 1, 4, 3, 2


D. 4, 1, 3, 2


To compare the fractions, we can find a common denominator. The smallest common denominator for these fractions is 120.

Convert each fraction to have this denominator:

  • 3/4: Multiply by 30; 3/4 = 90/120
  • 5/8: Multiple by 15; 5/8 = 75/120
  • 7/10: Multiply by 12; 7/10 = 84/120
  • 2/3: Multiply by 40; 2/3 = 80/120

Ordering them from largest to smallest based on their numerators (as the denominators are now the same):

90/120 > 84/120 > 80/120 > 75/120

Therefore, the correct order is 1,3,4,2

The correct answer is A.

 To answer the next question, observe the table below:

Hourly Influence on Park Visits
Time 09:00 11:00 13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00
 Visitors 0 20 60 150 180 140


Compare the table to the graph below and choose all the incorrect points.

A. 09:00

B. 11:00

C. 13:00

D. 15:00

E. 17:00

F. 19:00


The following are the number of visitors at each given time according to the graph:

09:00 – 10 visitors.
11:00 – 20 visitors.
13:00 – 60 visitors.
15:00 – 150 visitors.
17:00 – 170 visitors.
19:00 – 130 visitors.

The correct answers are A, E and F.

Mathematics Tip - Graphs: Sometimes, it is difficult to understand the graph by first looking at it. A more straightforward method would be to read the question and go directly to the answers – which will help you look strictly for what you need. The previous question will quickly help you understand that you must compare each relevant component between the table and the graph. Furthermore, other questions may even provide specific hints in the answers.

Let’s proceed.


Answer the following question according to the image:

Which diagram correctly represents the front view of the desk.

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The desk table in front view would look like so:

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However, the rear legs would not be visible when looking at a diagram. In answer C, the drawers are on the correct side in front elevation (to the right) and include four drawers.

The correct answer is C.


Of the following shapes, which one has the highest sum of interior angles?

💡 Interior angles are the number of angles a shape has in the meeting of two lines.

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The way to calculate the sum of interior angles of a polygon is by removing 2 from the number of sides it has and then multiplying the amount of that amount by 180.

S- the sum of the interior angle. n= The number of sides a shape has.

S = (n-2) X 180

For example, the sum of interior angles a triangle has is 3 (the number of sides it has) minus 2 =1 and then multiplied by 180; thus, it has a sum of 180 interior angles.

The square has a sum of (4-2) X 180=360

The star has many 10 sides, so the sum of its angles is (10-2) = 8, 8 X 180, and thus its sum of angles is 1440*, the largest sum.

The correct answer is B.

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BKSB English Assessment Sample Questions

The BKSB English Assessment questions cover a variety of topics, i.e.: 

  1. Reading: Comprehension, understanding of vocabulary, and identification of main points and details.
  2. Writing: Spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition.
  3. Speaking and Listening: Conversation skills, listening comprehension, clarity in speech.

Some of the questions in the actual test may require entering data or interactive marking words and letters. While all our questions here are either multiple-choice or non-interactive, they are similar and can be answered by looking or not looking at the answers.  

Read the following text, then answer the questions:

Over the past decade, the popularity of vinyl records has surged, astonishing both industry insiders and casual music listeners. Many claim the vinyl revival stems from a desire for tactile experiences in our increasingly digital age. Handling a record, placing the needle, and appreciating large-scale album art offer a tangible connection that streaming services cannot replicate. Furthermore, aficionados argue that vinyl provides a warmer, more authentic sound compared to digital formats. Though it's still a niche market, vinyl's resurgence shows that sometimes, the appeal of analogue isn't easily replaced by the conveniences of the digital world.

Despite this rekindled love for vinyl, it's essential to remember the environmental implications. Producing vinyl records requires PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is not biodegradable and can release toxic chemicals when incinerated. Additionally, the production process itself is energy-intensive and can contribute to carbon emissions. While it's heartening to see people value tangible music formats, it's crucial to weigh the environmental costs and look for sustainable alternatives in production.


From the text, what is the author's point of view regarding the resurgence of vinyl records?

A. The author is entirely in favour of the vinyl revival due to its tactile experience.


B. The author is neutral, presenting facts without any particular stance.


C. The author is entirely against the vinyl revival due to its environmental impact.


D. The author appreciates the allure of vinyl but is concerned about its environmental implications



The text highlights the positive aspects of vinyl, emphasizing its tactile experience and warmer sound, indicating an appreciation for its resurgence. However, the second paragraph focuses on the environmental downsides of vinyl production. Thus, the author's point of view is balanced, appreciating the charm of vinyl while also voicing environmental concerns.

The correct answer is D.


Traveling broadens our horizons and introduces us to new cultures. _____, it helps us develop empathy and understanding towards people from diverse backgrounds. Exploring different places can be an enriching experience, allowing us to see the world from a fresh perspective.

A. However


B. Therefore

C. Moreover


D. Although


In the context of the paragraph, the second sentence expands on the positive aspects of traveling mentioned in the first sentence. The linking word “Moreover” is used to add more information that supports the previous statement. The other options don’t fit contextually in the given blank.

The correct answer is C.

English Tip – Paragraphs: When answering questions regarding written texts, either on the overall theme like in the first question, or grammatical and logical questions, like in the second one, you should work your way from the question to the text. Understanding what you are required to do, and even being provided with possible options can guide you through the text.

Let’s look at a few more BKSB English questions.


What does the word "sycophant" mean as used in the following sentence?

"Many politicians surround themselves with sycophants who offer constant praise without genuine admiration."

A. Specialists


B. Flatterers

C. Supporters


D. Opponents



sycophant" is someone who acts obsequiously toward someone important to gain advantage or favour. In simpler terms, a sycophant is a person who flatters or acts subserviently for self-serving reasons. In the context of the sentence, it's clear that the sycophants offer praise, indicating they act as flatterers, even if the admiration isn't genuine.

The correct answer is B.


Order the sentences below to form the MOST logical paragraph. Choose the correct order from the options below.

  1. Jane heard a loud bang from the kitchen.
  2. The fire alarm went off a few seconds later.
  3. Jane realized the cake she was baking had exploded in the oven.
  4. She immediately called the fire department.
  5. The fire was finally put out by firefighters.
  6. Jane then quickly grabbed the fire extinguisher. 

A. 1, 2, 3, 6, 4, 5 


B. 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 5


C. 3, 1, 2, 4, 6, 5


D. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5


This sequence starts with Jane hearing the loud bang, followed by the fire alarm going off. Then she realizes the cake has exploded. She grabs the fire extinguisher next and calls the fire department afterward. Finally, the firefighters put out the fire. This sequence is the most logical based on the cause-and-effect relationships between the events.

The correct answer is A.

English Tip – Rearranging Sentences: Always start by looking for hinting words – either "first", "lastly" or similar, like corner pieces in puzzles to work around (I.e., You can quickly estimate that sentence 5 is the last one). If you have found one – use it, and either go forward or backward logically. If not, write down the overall theme the sentences provide in your own words, and then attempt to recreate the story by rearranging the sentences.

Let's proceed.


Which words in the letter are missing apostrophes?

Dear James,

I hope this letter finds you well. Its been a while since we last caught up. Hows your new job? Im excited to hear all about it when we meet next week.

Warm regards,


The words missing apostrophes are:

a. Its
b. Hows
c. Im

Dear James, I hope this letter finds you well. It’s been a while since we last caught up. How’s your new job? I’m excited to hear all about it when we meet next week. 
Warm regards, 

a. "Its" should be "It's", which is a contraction for "It has".
b. "Hows" should be "How's", which is a contraction for "How is".
c. "Im" should be "I'm", which is a contraction for "I am".


There are two misspellings in each paragraph. Locate the misspelling.

Passage 1: The garden was in full blosom, and the aroma was intoccicating. Children ran around, their laughter echoing as they chased each other around the bushes.

Passage 2: She decided to seperate from the group and explore the forrest independently. The serenity she felt amidst the trees was unparalleled.


For Passage 1:

1. "blosom" should be "blossom”.
2. "intoccicating" should be "intoxicating”.

The garden was in full blossom, and the aroma was intoxicating. Children ran around, their laughter echoing as they chased each other around the bushes.

For Passage 2:

1. "seperate" should be "separate".
2. "forrest" should be "forest".

She decided to separate from the group and explore the forest independently. The serenity she felt amidst the trees was unparalleled.

• "blossom" refers to the flowers of a plant.
• "intoxicating" means causing excitement or euphoria, often specifically referring to the effect of alcoholic drinks, but here it's used in a more poetic sense.
• "separate" means to cause to move or be apart.
• "forest" refers to a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth.

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