Become Your Own Apartment Therapist: Take the AAT (Apartment Aptitude Test)

Become Your Own Apartment Therapist: Take the AAT (Apartment Aptitude Test)

Taryn Williford
Aug 6, 2015
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Think you know everything about the art of Apartment Therapy? With the launch of our new book, Complete + Happy Home, we're looking to make each of our readers official Apartment Therapists. The admissions process was easy. Now it's time to see how much you really know about creating a well-kept and beautiful home. Grab your number 2 pencils and let's go...

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Quiz Yourself With the AAT: Apartment Aptitude Test

We developed the AAT to test your knowledge of the fundamentals of a happy home. Whether you ace it, or still need a little more practice, it's important to figure out where you stand before you embark on the journey to becoming your own Apartment Therapist.

So grab a pencil and paper and jot down your answers, then consider putting in a pre-order for Complete + Happy Home, the official textbook of Apartment Therapists. The book covers all this and more, focusing not only on design essentials and style inspiration, but also how to keep your home working well for everyone who lives within its walls.

Ready? Please begin...

Section 1: Sentence Completion

Each sentence below has one blank, indicating that something has been omitted. Please select the word or set of words that, when inserted in the blank, best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

1. ______ is the biggest secret to creating a healthy, beautiful home.

Ⓐ Furniture
Ⓑ Light
Ⓒ Flow
Ⓓ Lots of money
Ⓔ Decluttering

2. ______ are one of the hardest working elements in a home, dividing the floor plan and punctuating the design of your space.

Ⓐ Light Fixtures
Ⓑ Doors
Ⓒ Chairs
Ⓓ Rugs
Ⓔ Walls

3. Consider ______ your fifth wall; it can make a room feel bigger or smaller, warmer or cooler, and the acoustics louder or softer.

Ⓐ the doorway
Ⓑ the window
Ⓒ the floor
Ⓓ the television
Ⓔ the countertops

4. A home without ______ is not finished.

Ⓐ doors
Ⓑ pets
Ⓒ paint
Ⓓ art
Ⓔ food

5. The easiest way to take care of your home is to ______.

Ⓐ get to know it
Ⓑ hire a team of experts
Ⓒ inspect it daily
Ⓓ clean around the clock
Ⓔ ignore problems

Correct Answers: 1. C, 2. E, 3. C, 4. D, 5. A

Section 2: Analogies

Each question below consists of a related pair of words or phrases, followed by a word or phrase and five corresponding words or phrases. Select the word or phrase that best expresses a relationship similar to that expressed in the original pair.


Ⓐ Warm Industrial
Ⓑ New Traditional
Ⓒ Contemporary Cottage
Ⓓ Classic Glam
Ⓔ Simple Chic

2. On the color wheel, BLUE : ORANGE :: Purple :

Ⓐ Red
Ⓑ Yellow
Ⓒ Blue
Ⓓ Green
Ⓔ Red

3. HIGH SHINE : GLOSS PAINT :: Matte Finish :

Ⓐ Semi-Gloss Paint
Ⓑ Acrylic Paint
Ⓒ Satin Paint
Ⓓ Flat Paint
Ⓔ Eggshell Paint

4. OFFICE : DESK :: Entryway :

Ⓐ Vase
Ⓑ Floor Lamp
Ⓒ Console Table
Ⓓ Dining Table
Ⓔ Wreath

5. WD-40 : SQUEAKY DOOR HINGES :: Talcum Powder :

Ⓐ A Burnt-Out Light Bulb
Ⓑ Streaky Windows
Ⓒ Messy Pets
Ⓓ A Loud Refrigerator
Ⓔ Noisy Wood Floors

Correct Answers: 1. D, 2. B, 3. D, 4. C, 5. E,

Section 3: Multiple Choice

Select the choice which best corresponds to the correct answer to each question below.

1. Which of these is NOT a type of ambient lighting?

Ⓐ Pendants
Ⓑ Chandeliers
Ⓒ Ceiling Lights
Ⓓ Desk Lamps
Ⓔ Recessed Lights

2. What is the optimal amount of space between frames in a gallery wall arrangement?

Ⓐ 0-1 inches
Ⓑ 2 inches
Ⓒ 3-6 inches
Ⓓ around 7 inches
Ⓔ 10-12 inches

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3. What type of home is the one pictured above?

Ⓐ Tudor
Ⓑ Split-Level
Ⓒ Craftsman Bungalow
Ⓓ Colonial
Ⓔ Mid-Century Ranch

4. As a rule of thumb, how much of a room should go "unfilled" to create a sense of calm and comfort?

Ⓐ 50 percent
Ⓑ 33 percent
Ⓒ 20 percent
Ⓓ 10 percent
Ⓔ Zero; fill it up!

5. Which of these is NOT a low-maintenance houseplant?

Ⓐ Air Plants
Ⓑ Zebra Plant
Ⓒ Rosemary
Ⓓ Jade Tree
Ⓔ Cast-Iron Plant

Correct Answers: 1. D, 2. C, 3. C, 4. D, 5. B

Pencils down! So how'd you do?

Some of this stuff is Apartment Therapy 101, but there's also some advanced at-home skills going on. If you found yourself stumped by the AAT, you should definitely pick up Complete + Happy Home, the official textbook of Apartment Therapists. And if you knew every answer? We still think you'll love checking out all of the beautiful, never-seen before photos of real, beautiful, happy homes. Oh yeah, and we'll throw in a limited edition tote bag for you if you pre-order now.

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