Overall, this work is understandable. The exam has a number of lengthy paragraphs followed by a single question. Such a format requires that you read the question first and then read the paragraph utilizing a highlighter. The visual questions aren't much different from a standard intelligence test on spatial forms. The math and science are very straight-forward. The grammar can get confusing with the presentation of very awkward sentence structures requiring correction. Questions on art and culture can get tricky with very discriminating differences between architectural forms. Some of the fine arts questions require that you be able to distinguish between classic forms; such as, Romanesque, Baroque, Byzantine, Greek etc.
This test will measure very general knowledge in the arts and sciences. The format gets very awkward in spots. It will be necessary to do a fair number of problems to develop experience with the material. The Postman work is well organized. The problems are challenging. A criticism of the work is that the problem sets are somewhat limited in number although the level of difficulty is appropriate. This book should be utilized in conjunction with others on the subject. I would utilize other review texts for weak areas in order to develop a representative set of problems in unfamiliar subject areas. Testing on amorphous spatial forms and problems contrasting classic architectural differences typify new or unfamiliar material for the candidate reviewing the material for the first time.
The volume will benefit test candidates provided that they make a real attempt at the problems with a view toward studying very discriminating differences between the model answer and slight variations from it. This volume is not a reader. It contains numerous problems which depict the material to be tested. Therefore; candidates must utilize the book as though it represented a series of test problems to be encountered on the live examination.
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