TSA Cambridge Leiden MCQs Test Syllabus Sample Questions

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Cambridge

Syllabus:This test assess skills like Problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning. Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language.
Total Questions: 50 multiple-choice questions
Timing: 90 minutes

Example Question Type:1
What causes the periods of strong and widespread stormy weather that Earth sometimessuffers? Ths answer is sunspots. Periodically, the sun develops relatively cool dark areas known as sunspots. Scientists have found that periods of high sunspot activity coincide with the stormy periods on Earth.Which of the following is the best statement of the flaw in the argument above?
A It disputes the fact that storms are the result of low-pressure systems in the Earth's atmosphere.
B It ignores the influence of periods of low sunspot activity on Earth's weather systems.
C It assumes that because two events coincide, one is the cause of the other.
D It overlooks the fact that there is always a storm somewhere on Earth.
E It ignores the fact that there are stormy periods in some areas but not in
Others while there is sunspot activity.

Example Question Type:2
My mother still makes tea with the old saying:
"one spoon per person and one for the pot".
We used to buy a packet of tea every week but since grandmother came to live with us
we have to buy two packets every fifth week and one otherwise.
How many people were at home before grandmother arrived?
A 4
B 5
C 6
D 9
E 11

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Leiden

TSA is a pen-and-paper test in two sections:
Section 1: Problem solving and critical thinking Section
A 90-minute component, with multiple-choice questions testing skills in problem solving and critical thinking.

Example Question Section-1:
A secretary is in a bad mood with her boss and has to write three letters intended for three different people. She makes sure that each of the recipients of the letters will receive one written to someone else. In how many different ways can she send three different letters to achieve this?
A  1
B  2
C  3
D  5
E  6

Section 2: Writing task Section
A 30-minute section that requires students to demonstrate their ability to develop ideas and to communicate effectively in writing.

Example Question Section-2:
‘The internet is more of a curse than a blessing.’
Explain what is meant by this statement. Argue to the contrary. To what extent do you agree that
the internet is a curse for some groups in society?