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Question

The Bald Eagle is a majestic bird. The adult bird has a brown body, brown wings, white head, and large, hooked yellow bill. Younger birds appear all brown.
Bald Eagles almost always live near water because their main food source is fish. Sometimes, however, Bald Eagles will eat dead animals (carrion). They will even steal food from other birds such as ospreys and gulls! It was for this reason that the famous Patriot Benjamin Franklin preferred the Wild Turkey as America's National symbol. Nevertheless, the Bald Eagle remains America's symbol.

Why do Bald Eagles usually live near water?

Answer
    • Bald Eagles like to swim.

    • Because they steal food.

    • Bald Eagles eat fish.

    • It protects the nest from predators.

Test details:

Test Details: 60 Questions 70 minutes
 

  • Verbal Ability -                 10 Questions 10 minutes

  • Verbal Reasoning -           08 Questions 12 minutes

  • Quantitative Aptitude -      10 Questions 10 minutes

  • Abstract Reasoning -        10 Questions 14 minutes

  • Accounting and Finance - 16 Questions 18 minutes

  • MS Excel Basics -             08 Questions 08 minutes

Test description:

Fund Accounting is the process of accounting for a portfolio of investments such as securities, commodities and/or real estate held in an investment fund such as a mutual fund or hedge fund. Fund Accountants are primarily responsible for all aspects of day-to-day accounting for a group of assigned funds including, calculating/reporting the daily NAV (Net Asset Value) per unit and compiling standard weekly and/or monthly financial statements, and income and expense accruals.
Fund Accountants work for organizations that manage funds. Some organizations both manage and sell funds, some just sell funds and some just manage funds. Fund Accountants are not typically employed by firms that just sell funds as their role is primarily related to funding management (e.g. daily calculations of fund values, etc.).

Major Responsibilities:

  • Prepare timely and accurate Net Assets Values, yields, distributions, and other fund accounting output for subsequent review.

  • Record accurately and in accordance with the Department policies and procedures, such accounting records as securities positions, corporate actions related, and journal entries.

  • Reconcile various accounts, or reviewing reconciliations prepared by others, and promptly researching and correcting any variances.

  • Identify exceptions and problems affecting accounting records and prices, communicating same to management, and assisting in their resolution.

  • Assist, as assigned, in preparing audit schedules, compliance reports, N-SARs, tax returns, financial statements, or other reports.

  • Write reports periodically to management on Fund activities and other related issues.

  • Research, as assigned, certain securities in Fund portfolios for the purpose of ensuring proper accounting treatment (such as the nature of distributions, original issue discounts, and international valuations) and compliance with SEC, tax, and prospectus restrictions and limitations.

  • Institutional fund accounting processes also include preparing, reconciling and distributing reports to/from marketing, separate custodians, and investment management.

  • Participate in regular rotation of trade processing and other accounting processes to prepare the fund accounting system for the next day.


KEY SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • DEMONSTRATED MICROSOFT OFFICE SKILLS - Microsoft Excel Basics

  • PROBLEM SOLVINGQuantitative Aptitude, Spatial Intelligence

  • ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE PROFESSIONALLY THROUGH EFFECTIVE VERBAL AND WRITTEN SKILLS - Verbal Ability, Verbal Reasoning

  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

  • BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF ACCOUNTING CONCEPTS, GENERAL LEDGERS, AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS - Accounting Fundamentals, Financial Analysis

  • BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF VARIOUS SECURITIES PRODUCTS INCLUDING EQUITY, FIXED INCOME, AND DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS.


TEST DESCRIPTION

VERBAL ABILITY 
Verbal ability is essential because grammar and vocabulary is a prerequisite for good spoken and written English.

VERBAL REASONING
Reading comprehension indicates an ability to comprehend and reason with the concepts on a written page.

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE 
Quantitative ability will indicate analytical thinking and problem-solving ability.

ABSTRACT REASONING
Abstract reasoning will indicate the ability to think clearly, identify logical patterns, learn new skills and solve complex problems. It is an indicator of fluid intelligence and shows an ability to strategize.

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE
Accounting Fundamentals – The topics cover accounting topics such as posting entries, overhead allocation, FIFO, LIFO, Cash flows, stock valuation, adjustment entries, accounting principles etc.
Financial Analysis - Financial Analysis covers topics on ratios,leverage,working capital etc.
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MS WORD
The questions are on Keyboard shortcuts, Keyboard Combinations, Page orientations, Tables, Charts, formatting, commands.

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