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What are verbal reasoning tests?

  • Verbal reasoning tests normally aim to assess your written understanding and comprehension skills. You’re presented with a brief passage of written text about a topic. You then must answer a series of statements about the text. You must figure out if the statement is true, false or you can’t tell, based purely on the information contained in the passage. It’s crucial to remember that you must only base your answer on what is contained explicitly in the text. This may be a little difficult, especially if the passage is about a well-known topic that you are well versed on. For example, you might have a strong knowledge of coffee. You might know everything there is to know about where coffee beans are grown, how coffee beans are roasted, the best ways to grind the beans etc. However, if you come across a passage about coffee in a verbal reasoning test, you have to completely forget about your actual knowledge. You must base your answers purely on the actual information contained in the passage, and nothing else. Never forget this. This rule can be tricky. Practice does make perfect though. Take a practice SHL Verbal Reasoning now by clicking the Practice Now button above.

  • Which companies use verbal reasoning tests?

  • Most big companies, in almost all industries use verbal reasoning tests as part of the recruitment process. In the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Europe and Australia, these tests are standard practice, especially for graduate and internship positions. If you are going for a position with a commercial bank, investment bank, accounting company, management consultant, fund manager, mining company, large government department or any other corporate, you will almost certainly face a verbal reasoning test.

    They are so common because most employers demand high quality verbal skills. Being able to interpret written data is a pretty basic part of most jobs, especially for modern ‘knowledge workers’. Some companies currently using verbal reasoning tests as part of their graduate or intern recruitment include: Goldman Sachs, UBS, NAB, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, McKinsey, BCG, Google, BHP, Rio Tinto, Vodafone, AT&T, Wesfarmers...the list goes on and on. You would be hard pressed to find any big corporates who aren’t using them.

  • How can the GradTests practice SHL verbal reasoning tests help?

  • At GradTests we have worked tirelessly to create a series of verbal reasoning tests which closely resemble the SHL ones that you will actually face on test day with the company. We have analysed the patterns and topics covered in SHL verbal reasoning tests, and have created tests based on these. On top of this, we have created a simulated environment which closely matches the look and feel of the environment you will face on test day. You have to sit a timed test, which forces you to become strong in time management, an integral part of success in SHL tests. Once you have finished the test, you get full feedback on how you went. We have detailed answers explaining exactly why the answer is what it is. We have 6 full length verbal reasoning tests - that’s over 150 questions for you to practice. You can take the tests as many times as you like, compare your performance over time, and compare your score to others. Take a free practice SHL verbal reasoning test by clicking the Practice Now button above.

  • When in the process do verbal reasoning tests normally occur?

  • Most employers use verbal reasoning tests as a screening tool prior to interview. They do this because this is the cheapest and quickest method to rule candidates out. For some companies, you will automatically be invited to take a verbal reasoning test once you have submitted an application. For most companies, though, your application will first be screened (again usually automatically using software, which searches your CV for relevant keywords), and then verbal reasoning test invitations will be sent out. Verbal reasoning tests are often part of assessment centres of investment bank and management consulting Super Saturdays. This may be the first stage in the process where the candidates are tested, or it may actually be a verification test. Herein lies why it’s so important to practice. Some people try to cheat by getting others to sit their test for them. But companies retest you under supervision at their offices to ensure you didn’t cheat. If there is a large difference in your scores between the two attempts, you will almost certainly not get the job. You may in fact be blacklisted from that company.

  • Does practicing verbal reasoning tests improve your score?

  • Yes, yes, yes! I cannot believe you just asked that. Put it another way, why wouldn’t it improve your score? It’s pretty simple - like most things in life, if you practice, you get better. Doesn’t matter if that’s football, chess, playing guitar, or taking verbal reasoning tests, you get better with practice. If you don’t believe that you can improve your score with practice, then just try. With GradTests you can assess your score over time for every single question that you answer, to very clearly measure that improvement.

    OK so that’s the good news - you can improve with practice. However, it’s a jungle out there, and your competition for these graduate and vacation positions are also practicing. So the bar has just been raised. When you take our SHL practice verbal reasoning tests, you can compare your score to all your competitors too, and get your percentile ranking. This gives you a good indication of where you sit compared to your competition.

  • Does practicing verbal reasoning tests improve your score?

  • There’s a few ways taking our practice SHL verbal reasoning tests will help:

  • 1. You learn all the patterns and trick

  • For verbal reasoning tests, it’s essential that you get into the habit of forgetting everything you know about a topic that comes up. For example, if you’re a Ferrari expert and a question comes up about Ferraris, you cannot bring that outside knowledge into the equation. You have to park that at the door. You must only use the content in the actual passage to answer the questions, even if the content is wrong in reality.

    You also get a feel for what the ‘burden of proof’ is for each question. That is, you get to understand how strong the evidence has to be to say a statement is ‘true’/’false’ instead of ‘can’t tell’. You will develop a knack for noticing statements that clearly are trying to elicit a certain response from you. For example, any statements that are very strong, such as by using the terms ‘always’ or ‘never’, will become red flags to you. You will learn to be ready for them.

  • 2. You will literally see the same questions

  • If you keep applying for internships and graduate positions over a year or two, you will almost definitely sit the exact same exam, with the same questions. The testing companies get a little bit lazy. Now clearly our tests aren’t direct replicas of these tests, but you should expect to see your performance improve towards the end of recruiting season if you have sat a number of tests. We have designed our tests to be very similar in style to SHL verbal reasoning tests.

  • 3. Your efficiency increases

  • When you have become so accustomed to the same patterns and tricks, you are able to really quickly identify them. This becomes essential in timed tests, which are often constructed to put you under severe time pressure. If you are able to quickly identify tricks and patterns, your average response time is going to go down, and you will be more likely to finish the test.

  • 4. You know what to expect

  • If have faced and conquered a challenge before, facing it one more time will be no issue for you. If you take 6 full length verbal reasoning tests on GradTests, practicing them several times, learning from the feedback, and seeing your score improve over time, sitting the actual test for the job of your dreams will not be so daunting. After so much practice, you know you will be able to conquer it. It’s just like at school or uni when you had a presentation or speech to do. I guarantee that you always felt more relaxed and more confident when you were well-prepared. Practice and preparation makes you feel at ease because you remove the fear of the unknown that we all suffer from.

    So that are you waiting for? Practice makes perfect, so click the Practice Now button above to start learning.

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    What are numerical reasoning tests ?

  • Numerical reasoning tests aim to assess your propensity to analyse charts, tables, graphs and other pieces of numerical data. You’re shown a table/chart/graph of data, and then face a series of questions relating to the information. You’ll need to interpret the data and make some basic calculations. The calculations themselves involve simple additions, subtractions and percentages, and the use of a calculator is always permitted. You can also use Excel to help when you are doing the test at home. The main difficulty in doing these tests is avoiding falling into the traps laid for you in the answers. For example, suppose there’s a question about money and the answer is $3.50. The question might request the answer in cents, not dollars, requiring you to convert. The selection of answers in this instance will probably include both 350c and $3.50. The $3.50 is placed in there to deliberately throw you off and try to trick you. You can prepare yourself for these tricks and more by taking a free practice numerical reasoning test above.

  • Which companies use numerical reasoning tests?

  • It would be much quicker to list the companies that don’t use numerical reasoning tests. In the USA, Australia, UK, Europe, Brazil, Russia and Canada, most big corporates use numerical reasoning tests, across pretty much every major industry. The fundamental reason for this is that most white collar jobs require basic numerical reasoning and data interpretation skills. You always need to be able to look at graphs, charts etc. and understand the basics of what’s going on. This is especially the case for most internship and graduate positions, whereby as a junior member of staff, you are generally relied upon for most of the grunt work of analysis, report writing etc. You are the one actually producing the charts and tables. As you move up the food chain into management, you will come to rely on these charts and tables to make decisions. That is, you will have become a user of these charts rather than a producer. Either way, you need to be able to interpret them correctly.

    Some example companies who currently use numerical reasoning tests as part of their graduate or internship recruitments: JP Morgan, BoAML, Credit Suisse, Siemens, GlaxoSmithKline, BMW, Bayer, AT&T, Rio Tinto...the list is almost endless, and spans most industries.

  • How can GradTests practice numerical reasoning tests help?

  • 1. Simulated online environment

    When you enter our Testing Centre to take a practice test, you will face the same layout and style as the actual test. You’ll also be faced by the time pressure, with the clock ticking away in the top corner.

    2. Common tricks and patterns 

    There are some common tricks and patterns in numerical reasoning tests, such as converting between units, axes of graphs being swapped around or in different units, small fine print at the bottom of graphs etc. Once you have sat enough practice tests, you will be used to all these little patterns and you will find yourself automatically checking for them.

  • 3. Feedback with fully worked answers

    Once you have finished a practice test, you will go to the Feedback Dashboard, where you can drill down on each question with a fully worked, detailed explanation of where you went wrong.

    4. Track performance over time

    You can take our tests as many times as you like to help you improve as much as possible. You can track exactly how you have progressed over time, for every single question.

    5. Compare performance to others

    You will know exactly how you place compared to your job rivals when using our Feedback Dashboard. You can compare where you rank to everybody else for each individual question.

    When in the process do numerical reasoning tests normally happen?

  • Most companies tend to use the numerical reasoning tests as an initial screening mechanism, prior to interview offers being sent. For example, in a graduate recruitment role for an investment bank, suppose 5000 people apply for 20 roles. Commonly, the bank will send all 5000 candidates a numerical reasoning test invitation. From this, they can then cull, say, 80%. They will then semi-automatically review the remaining 1000 applications using a combination of software and HR staff. The software will probably rule out a further 500 candidates on the basis of keyword matching of their CV, excluding people that don’t meet the minimum WAM requirements etc. The remaining 500 candidates will be screened, with perhaps the top 100 progressing to a first round interview (possibly on the phone).

    Companies tend to use the numerical reasoning test as the very first stage because it’s relatively cheap and very efficient - there is no other way to screen out 4000 candidates in a few days. Some companies may use the tests much later on in the process, or may retest candidates to verify the results. The Big 4 accounting companies, for instance, commonly do this. This is why it’s so important that you become strong in taking numerical reasoning tests yourself. Don’t get your friend to sit it for you. If you get to the final stage, you will likely have to re-sit the test in the company’s office, where you will need to take it yourself. If there’s a big difference in your score, it will look very suspicious.

  • How can practicing numerical reasoning tests help?

  • There are probably a few key ways in which practicing the numerical reasoning tests improve your mark

  • 1. You learn all the tricks and patterns

  • For numerical reasoning tests, there are lots of little tricks and patterns that show up again and again in SHL tests. For instance, it’s very common that you will have to find the percentage change between two numbers. You will have to deal with currency exchange rates. You have to use two or three separate graphs to find the answer. You have to use a prior question’s answer to find the current question’s answer. Basically, if you practice the numerical reasoning tests enough, these things become second nature to you and you are much more efficient.

  • 2. You may literally see the same question

  • If you go for a number of graduate and internship positions over a year or two, you will sit most of your tests with SHL. They recycle the same tests again and again. So you will probably sit the exact same test several times. Now obviously our tests aren’t exact replicas of SHL’s and so won’t directly help in this regard, but you should expect to see your performance improve towards the end of recruiting season if you have sat a number of tests. We have designed our tests to very closely resemble those of SHL.

  • 3. Your efficiency increases

  • If you can quickly identify tricks and patterns, the time it takes you to find the answer will be reduced. This is crucial in timed tests, which are often designed to put you under significant pressure. Any time that you can save through efficiency is good.

  • 4. You know what to expect

  • Because you know what to expect, you will feel more prepared and you will be less nervous. This is the same for most things in life - they are hardest the first time you attempt them.

    So the only thing left to do is start practicing. Click the Practice Now button below, to take a free numerical reasoning test.

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    What are they ?

  • Inductive reasoning tests (also known as abstract reasoning or diagrammatic reasoning) aim to test your ability to detect abstract patterns. You are presented with a sequence of 4 or 5 panels, each of which will contain a series of shapes inside. The shapes will be changing with some sort of patterns. You must choose which panel would come next in the sequence. These can be immensely tricky for some people. The good news is that there are a lot of common patterns that recur (e.g. a shape is rotating 90º anticlockwise, or 3 shapes are alternating positions, or the whole panel is being reflected about an axis of symmetry). You just have to practice, learn these patterns, and then remember them in the actual test.

  • Which companies use them?

  • Inductive reasoning tests are very commonly used, but not quite as much as numerical or verbal reasoning. Still the bulk of financial, mining and accounting companies in Australia, New Zealand and the UK use inductive reasoning tests as part of their recruitment.

  • So what do you have on offer?

  • Again we have worked tirelessly to create a series of inductive reasoning tests which replicate those you will actually face. We have analysed the patterns and topics covered in SHL-style tests, and have created tests based on these. There is a dearth of practice tests available on the internet that simulate the real-world test and testing environment.

  • When in the process does it occur?

  • Just as with the numerical and verbal reasoning, the inductive reasoning tests are used mainly as a pre-interview screening tool. So for a number of companies, you will automatically be invited to take online tests as soon as you have submitted an application. For most companies, though, your application will first be screened (again usually automatically), and then psychometric test invitations dispensed to those who make the first cut. Psychometric tests are often part of assessment centres of bank Super Saturdays. This may be the first stage in the process where the candidates are tested, or it may actually be a verification test. Herein lies why it's so important to practice. Some people try to cheat by getting others to sit their test for them. Employers retest you under supervision at their offices to ensure you didn't cheat. If there is a big variance in your scores, not only are you not likely to get hired, you may well be blacklisted as well.

  • Can practice help?

  • Yes it most definitely can for all the test types! Now the bad news for you is that if competitors of yours are practicing tests and improving (which many of them are as our sales would demonstrate!), then if you don't practice, you will be at a distinct disadvantage! And if you don't believe that you can improve your score with practice, then just try! Once you have completed each test we rank you compared to every other candidate who has previously taken to test. After practice you should expect to see that your percentile ranking improves.

  • How exactly will practice help?

  • There are probably a few key ways in which practicing the tests does actually help improve your mark.

  • 1. You learn all the tricks and patterns

  • For the diagrammatic/inductive reasoning tests, there are simply a number of patterns that you can memorise. Because there are only so many questions that can possibly show up, you are likely to encounter the same patterns again and again. When you approach a problem, you basically cycle through all your memorised patterns first and try to apply one of these patterns. Only after you have exhausted this library do you go and try to solve the pattern ad hoc.

  • 2. You will see the same questions…literally.

  • We guarantee you that if you apply for a number of graduate positions or internships in the same year (or consecutive years), you will definitely see the exact same questions in each test. The testing companies get a little bit lazy. Now obviously our tests won't directly help in this regard, but you should expect to see your performance improve towards the end of recruiting season if you have sat a number of tests. We have designed out tests to be very close to those that you will face with SHL etc.

  • 3. Your efficiency increases

  • This point is obviously linked to the first point. If you are able to quickly identify tricks and patterns, your average response time is going to go down, and you will be more likely to finish the test.

  • 4. You know what to expect

  • Because you know what to expect, you will feel more prepared and be less nervous. Think about it, would you be more nervous if you were about to go on stage and knew your lines back-to-front, or if you had just read the script that day? Thought so! Practice and preparation makes you feel at ease because you remove the fear of the unknown that humans naturally suffer from.

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