Numerical & Verbal Reasoning Aptitude Tests & Examples
Love them or hate them it’s pretty likely you’re going to need to complete some sort of aptitude, or psychometric tests as part of your training contract application process.
These tests will probably need to be done twice – once as part of the online application, and once at your assessment day / centre. This is to prevent any sort of foul play or cheating while doing the online application.
Which sort of tests will I need to do?
Essentially the tests can be broken down into the three categories:
- Numerical reasoning – You will need to look at data sets in various forms (graphs, tables, text) and answer questions on them. The questions will usually revolve around questions you would face in the business world. Like calculating percentages and proportions. These tests will be timed and multiple choice based.
- Verbal reasoning – These tests will give you a paragraph of text to read. It will then ask you a series of questions based on the text. The questions will usually have true, false or cannot say answers. There will be a time limit on the test – you almost certainly won’t get more than 1 minute per question.
- Situational tests – Some firms may ask you to take situational judgement tests. However these are less common than the tests mentioned above. They will ask you what you would do in a certain hypothetical work situation. It’s hard to prepare for these sort of tests since there isn’t really a right answer. But make sure you thoroughly read the website of the firm to fully understand the sort of candidate they’re looking for.
- Logic tests (also know as non verbal reasoning) – This sort of test revolves around visual problem solving. It usually involves spotting patterns or sequences in sets of objects and images. You may be asked to pick the next pattern in the sequence, or the odd one out. The test is multiple choice and usually timed.
Tips for aptitude tests
With aptitude tests practice really does make perfect. Do as many as you can before your test. You will soon get used to the layout of the test. Do not just do the tests without preparation – even if you think you’re more logical than a Vulcan. Prepare! Just so you get used to the layout and the speed you need to work at.
Don’t try and save time by skipping reading the question properly. This is only going to lead to a wrong answer. The same data sets / text can be used for several questions so it really is worth your time to read it well. In fact, reading it well the first time may actually save you time in the long run.
Keep a cool head. If you can’t find the right answer move on and come back to it later. Don’t spend more than your allocated time on one question. It may not give you the time to complete the test and there could be an easy question at the end. Don’t let one question ruin the chances of getting a good score for the entire test! So remember to calculate how long you can spend on each question too.
Make sure you have the skills. Reading high quality newspapers can help boost your comprehensions skills. Reading a lot before the test can also help increase your reading speed. Also make sure you actually know how to calculate percentages and ratios etc. Time to crack out the GCSE text books!
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