Verbal Reasoning Tests
Numerical Reasoning Test
Inductive Reasoning Test
  • What are they ?

    Verbal reasoning tests aim to assess your understanding and comprehension skills. You are presented with a short passage of text about a certain topic. You then face a series of statements about this passage. You must figure out if the statement is true, false or you can't tell, based purely on the information contained in the passage, and not anything else about the topic, even if it is true in reality. 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.

  • Which companies use them?

    Most employers these days are using verbal reasoning tests as part of its recruitment process, especially for graduate positions and internships. 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. In fact, pretty much any graduate position or internship will probably involve some testing. They are almost ubiquitous in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Verbal and numerical reasoning are probably equally prevalent, and this is unsurprising, given the roles in the above industries always call for strong analytical skills.

  • So what do you have on offer?

    Our team has worked rigorously and tirelessly to create a series of numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning 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. SHL themselves offer a single short practice test, but other than that, there is very little available. You can view a sample of our three types of tests. You can take short free practice tests by clicking here .

  • When in the process does it occur?

    The majority of employers prefer to use the psychometric (including verbal) test as a screening tool prior to interview. 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! This is why employers using psychometric testing as part of their recruitment process is in some ways a bit perplexing because it is definitely possible to simply learn patterns, learn common tricks and improve your speed in making calculations/observations. Psychometric tests and aptitude tests in general are meant to be constructed such that they test your raw ability, but they clearly are not able to do this well.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. So please believe us. If you are applying for graduate roles with banks, you are going to be competing with literally 1000s of other candidates. Many of them will be practicing these tests and so you need to too just to keep up.

    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 verbal reasoning tests, you gain a very good idea of what the 'burden of proof' is for each question. I.e. when can you say a statement is true/false instead of can't tell. Also, you will develop an eye for noticing statements that clearly are trying to elicit a certain response from you. E.g. the statement made is very strong, such as by using the terms 'always' or 'never.' In these instances, the answer is rarely 'true'. If the above examples mean nothing to you..you really need to practice!

    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, which can often be difficult.

    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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  • What are they ?

    Numerical reasoning tests aim to assess your ability to analyse tables, graphs and other charts that contain numerical data. You will be presented with some table/chart/graph of data, and you will then face a series of questions that will require you to perform some basic calculations. The calculations themselves involve only rudimentary additions, subtractions and percentages, and the use of a calculator is always permitted. The difficulty comes in doing these calculations quickly and accurately. Interpreting what exactly the question is asking is also sometimes hard.

  • Which companies use them?

    Most employers these days are using numerical reasoning tests as part of its recruitment process, especially for graduate positions and internships. 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 numerical reasoning test. In fact, pretty much any graduate position or internship will probably involve some testing. They are almost ubiquitous in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. They are probably on par with verbal reasoning tests in terms of how often they are used.

  • So what do you have on offer?

    Again we have worked tirelessly to create a series of numerical 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?

    The majority of employers prefer to use the psychometric (including numerical) test as a screening tool prior to interview. 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 numerical reasoning tests, there are many little tricks and very common calculations that show up time and time again. For instance, it is extremely common that you will have to calculate things associated with percentage changes. It's also very common to have to deal with exchange rates. These can be confusing because they can be quoted in two different ways. If you practice these things, they become second nature to you and you are much more efficient. There are also some tricks such as the units of the y-axis of two corresponding graphs being different. E.g. one is in Euros, the other is in Dollars. Or one is in $10 000s and the other is in $100 000s.

    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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  • 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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