We have had a few candidates asking about SHL tests recently, so we decided to put a blog post on what they are and how to best prepare for them!
SHL is a psychometric assessment company whose tests are the most commonly used both in the UK and worldwide. If you have applied for a job that uses psychometric testing in the recruitment process, there is a high chance that the tests are from SHL. These tests assess candidates’ abilities, enabling the employer to compare the results and only progress the candidates with the who are the most suitable for the job. These tests aren’t easy so it’s important to prepare as much as possible to give yourself a better chance.
The main part of SHL’s aptitude test service are a range of online aptitude tests called ‘Verify’ tests. There are two stages to these tests:
The four most common verify tests are; Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning and Deductive Reasoning.
This test is designed to assess a candidates’ verbal abilities, comprehension and logical skills. The questions are made up of blocks of text that are coupled with statements that must be assigned either true, false or cannot say.
You are given 19 minutes to complete the 30 questions included on the test. If you are invited to an interview after having taken this Verify test, you me be asked to take a supervised shorter version of the test (Verification Test) to vouch for the integrity of your previous results. For this test, you would be given 11 minutes to complete 18 questions.
This test is designed to assess a candidates’ ability to analyse and calculate information based on tables, charts and graphs. These questions are made up of a main source of information, be it a graph or a table. From this you will be asked to gather information and work out certain facts or data and choose from four potential answers.
You are given 25 minutes to complete the 18 questions included on the test. As mentioned above, if you are asked to interview stage after having taken the test, you may be asked to take a shorter, supervised test in order to confirm the original results. For this test you would be given 15 minutes to complete 10 questions.
This test is designed to assess a candidates’ logical abilities. The question will comprise of a series of different images made up of shapes. You will need to identify the pattern and pick the image that would go next in the series.
You are given 25 minutes to complete the 24 questions on the test. Again, as mentioned above, if you are asked to interview stage, you may be asked to take a shorter, supervised test in order to confirm that the original test was completed honestly. For this test you would be given 7 minutes to complete 7 questions.
This test is designed to assess the candidates’ ability to analyse scenarios and evaluate arguments. There are two types of questions; Syllogisms and Seating Arrangements. Syllogism questions present you with several statements that are true, you are then asked to decide which conclusions follow a variation of the statement. Seating Arrangement questions present you with a set of rules that must be followed in order to arrange objects or people, you must order them correctly cased on the information you are provided with. You are given 18 minutes to complete the 20 questions included on the test.
Knowing what to expect and preparing for any test in know to decrease stress and therefore increase performance. Understanding the tests and what they look like should stop you from being as surprised or nervous during the test or in the lead up to it. Most importantly, try to stay calm and take your time with the questions to avoid making any little mistakes. Below are some links to practice tests for each section that will give you an idea of what the tests will look like and some of the types of questions that will be asked.
If you need any more help or need to ask any questions about SHL tests, call our office on 01423 813520 and one of our consultants would be happy to answer any of your questions.