17 September 2020

**Reading Time: 3 minutes**

**Introduction**

Mental aptitude and reasoning tests cover many topics, the list is quite long. Among all topics, the alphabet test is one of the crucial topics. It covers questions depending on the alphabetical order, misplacing of the alphabets, etc.

Alphabets are the very first thing that kids learn in schools. The different alphabets with different shapes are the first doorstep of knowledge to kids.

Kids try to remember all these shapes right from A to Z, with its pronunciation and pictures. After understanding the alphabet, they start their journey with words and sentences.

These alphabets also play a vital role when the students want to prepare for their reasoning and mental ability in higher grades. So, the alphabet test is a very important topic.

There are different types of question patterns based on these alphabet tests such as finding out the place of an alphabet, or a word based on the different types of arrangements of alphabets, there are some questions of alphabetical arrangements where we have to arrange words in alphabetical order, some questions are about rearrangement of letters to form meaningful words, etc.

We can classify all types of questions discussed above as follows for better understanding.

- Rearrange letters or numbers to form a meaningful word
- Find the word that can/cannot be formed from the given letters.
- Form a meaningful word and identify an appropriate category
- Identify the combination of letters that has the same number of skipped letters between the adjacent letters
- Find the exact alphabet according to the given conditions.
- Arrange the given words in alphabetical orders.
- Sequencing of alphabets

**Best Practises for solving the problems on the Alphabetical Test**

For solving the questions in alphabetical order, one should follow the following practices for exact and quick results.

- Observe the alphabets given in each question.
- Try to find the pattern or sequence it follows.
- Decipher the code assigned to each alphabet.
- Figure out the rule followed by the given arrangement of alphabets/words.
- Always refer to the given options to get a sense of the answer to be found.

**Example Questions**

**Rearrange letters or numbers to form a meaningful words**

**Question: Some letters are given which are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 followed by four options containing combinations of these numbers. Find the combination such that letters when arranged accordingly form meaningful words.**

**G S D N E I**

**1 2 3 4 5 6 **

**(A) 314562- DGNEIS (B) 364125- DINGSE (C) 352614-DESIGN (D) 534621-EDNISG**

**Answer: **

**Find the word that can/cannot be formed from the given letters**

**Question: Find the word which CANNOT be made using the letters of the word given.**

**ADMINISTRATION**

**(A) MIND (B) RATIO (C) MINISTER (D) STATION**

**Answer: **Observing the given options, we can conclude that the MINISTER word cannot be formed by the ADMINISTRATION word, as it does not contain the letter `` E ''. So option (C) is the answer.

**Form a meaningful word and identify an appropriate category**

**Question: ****Find the category of the word formed by rearranging the letters to form a meaningful word. **

**RTNEIW**

(A) Fruit (B) Vegetable (C) Season (D) Flower

**Answer: **RTNEIW word rearranges to form the word WINTER, which is Season. So option (C) is the answer.

**Identify the combination of letters that has the same number of skipped letters between the adjacent letters**

**Question: Which series follows the rule given?**

**Rule: The number of letters skipped in between adjacent letters in the series decreases by two. **

(A) FQWBG (B) TBINO (C) HQXCF (D) XFMQU

**Answer: **We noticed that in HQXCF, the alphabet H and Q has 8 alphabets in between them which go on decreasing by 2. So, there are 6 alphabets between Q and X, there are 4 alphabets between X and C and 2 alphabets between C and F. So as per the given rule option (C) is the answer.

**Find the exact alphabet according to the given conditions**

**Question: Find the 7th letter to the left of the 21st letter from the left in the English alphabet.**

**(A) D (B) J (C) N (D) I**

**Answer: **We can easily find out the 21st letter is U and the 7th letter to the left of U is N, therefore option ( C) N is the answer.

**Arrange the given words in alphabetical orders**

**Question: What should come in the fifth place of question marks (?) in the following letter series based on the English alphabetical order?**

**(A) SU (B) QT (C) QS (D) None of these**

**Answer: ** We can say that there are two letters between A and D, E and H, I and L, M and P, so next set of letters in the series would be QT, so option (B) is the answer.

**Practice Questions**

**1. Some letters are given which are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 followed by four options containing combinations of these numbers. Find the combination such that letters when arranged accordingly form meaningful words.**

**(A) 52134 (B) 43125 (C) 21435 (D) 54321**

**2. Find the word which CAN be made using the letters of the word given.**

**(A) Investment (B) Revert (C) Entrance (D) None of These**

**3. Find the category of the word formed by rearranging the letters to form a meaningful word.**

**(A) Vegetable (B) Season (C) Flower (D) None of These**

**4. Which series follows the rule given?**

Rule: The number of letters skipped in between adjacent letters in the series decreases by two.

Find the 10th letter to the left of the 15th letter from the left in the English alphabet.

**(A) X (B) J (C) N (D) E**

**5. Arrange these words in alphabetical order and tick the one that comes second last.**

1. Oscillate 2. Orphanage 3. Outburst 4. Ostensible 5. Outrage

(A) Oscillate (B) Outburst (C) Ostensible ( D) None of the these

**Answers**

**Conclusion**

Alphabets test is a very vast topic, we can generate several possibilities and questions depend on this. The above mentioned questions are the most asked in the aptitude examination.

It is very necessary to follow the exact procedure to solve these questions in less time which can be definitely achieved by regular practice.

*-Written by Uttara Varade, Cuemath Teacher*