Online tests are often used to screen applicants pre-interview. Do not be under any illusion: if you don’t make the grade you won’t be invited through to next stage, no matter how glowing your CV is. So start practicing today.
You can practise numerical, verbal, logical tests used by actual employers at JobTestPrep, where you will receive score reports and explanations and have the chance to compare yourself to the population of test takers:
Here’s a list of FREE PRACTICE TESTS from around the web:
SHL is also widely used by UK graduate employers. The website let's you practice verbal, numerical, accuracy, and interview test -- all for free but you will need to register.
Kenexa allows you to practise verbal, numerical and logical reasoning practice tests.
PracticeAptitudeTests offers a good number of free numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning tests.
The Online Test Centre will run you through free numerical, verbal, diagrammatic and logic tests.
Cubiks offers sample verbal and numerical practice tests for both graduate and managerial level.
efinancial Careers offers numerical tests similar tests to those used by investment banks. Very handy if you're considering a career in financial services.
Top Employers, in partnership with JP Morgan, compiled these numerical and verbal tests -- get ready for charts, graphs and data interpretation questions.
Kent University offers timed, free practice aptitude tests (with answers).
Morrisby provides sample verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests.
- EU Careers offers free sample tests to give you an idea of the type of questions and level of difficulty you will face in a competition for EU careers.
More FREE PRACTICE TESTS from employers:
Procter & Gamble provides a reasoning test with numerical, verbal and diagrammatic questions (the test is available in different languages).
The Civil Services' Fast Stream tests are verbal and numerical and make for good practice. You will need to register before you can complete the tests.
Hogan Lovells provides sample questions that you may be asked to complete if you were undergoing a formal assessment with the firm.
J.P. Morgan offers a quick set of practice numerical questions.
McKinsey has candidates sit a problem solving test as part of the interview.
- Boston Consulting Group challenges interested candidates with a free interactive case.
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Here’s a closer look at the different TYPES OF PRACTICE TESTS:
The Watson-Glaser Test is made up of 40 questions, each of varying difficulty and format,that measure your critical thinking ability. The test, administered either online on the old pencil and paper format, typically takes 1 hour to complete. Each Watson Glaser test section will have you read passages or scenarios that include statements, arguments, problems and interpretations of information. This is not unlike the type of everyday information you come across work and in newspaper or magazine articles. To find out more read our article: What is a Watson-Glaser Test?
SHL Tests: Available in over 30 languages, SHL tests are used by 15,000+ companies worldwide as part of their candidate assessment process. SHL tests are widely considered to give very accurate results and are used as a form of psychometric test that allows employers to determine who would be the right candidate for the position. To find out more read our article: What is an SHL Test?
Numerical reasoning tests are multiple choice tests which normally involve reading data off a graph or table. Often they revolve around calculating percentage increases or decreases, or calculating an average. Be sure to have a calculator and pen and paper on hand as you sit the test. Generally time constraints work out to around a minute per question so it’s important that if you get stuck on one question you quickly move on. Also, make sure to wear a watch as that will help you keep track of time. Normally you can skip a stage and return when you’ve finished the rest of the questions. To find out more read our article: What is a Numeracy Test?
Verbal reasoning tests tend to be missed out by the majority of investment banks but they are a key component of the screening process for the Civil Service Fast Stream and many top law firms. Essentially comprehension exercises, candidates are given paragraphs of information and asked questions to which they pick one multiple choice answer. In many cases this will involve stating whether a given statement is accurate or not.
Non-verbal reasoning or diagrammatic tests are exercises in logical thinking. Used by banks and law firms alike, they involve a series of symbols with a broken step. The pattern might revolve around the number, ordering or positioning of shapes so think laterally. Candidates must pick that missing step from five options. As ever, time management is crucial and it’s important not to get stuck on one particularly tricky pattern.
Psychometric: Employed by the Civil Service Fast Stream and several Big Four accounting firms, psychometric tests ask candidates to register what characteristics they identify or do not identify with. These tests are not timed and often repeat questions so as to elicit a genuine response from those sitting it.
Comparison Tests: A few companies, including Morgan Stanley and other investment banks, ask candidates to sit another type of test involving the comparison of data. In a short time frame (e.g. two minutes) you are asked to compare two columns of numerical information and for each row state whether the numbers are alike or not alike. Speed and accuracy are of the essence here.
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