Prepare for EY Graduate Program Tests & Interviews

What is the EY Graduate Test?

The EY Graduate assessment test is somewhat similar to their Student Intern test. However, this test contains a section that the latter doesn’t - an extremely challenging Numerical Comprehension section that includes (a lot of) tables & graphs. The test isn't timed, however the estimated time to finish ranges from 45 to 120 minutes.

The test is composed of 5 sections:

Consumer Perspective

Business Perspective

Societal Perspective

Additional Questions

After Assessment Behavioral Questionnaire

 

The first 3 sections (Perspective) contain a mix of Numerical data analysis and SJT questions relating to a specific subject – In the Consumer section you will encounter scenarios and data related to dealing with colleagues and customers; in the Business section, you will be asked to react to scenarios and data related to your business approach and creative thinking; and in the Societal section of the test, the scenarios and data will involve ethics and social norms behaviors.

The fourth section (Additional Questions) is a Behavioral questionnaire and the fifth (After Assessment Behavioral Questionnaire) is a Personality test.

 

Unlike the EY Student test, this one contains some challenging Numerical questions. Here is an example of such a question:

 

EY Student Internship Test Sample Questions and Answers

 

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Cappfinity Ernst & Young's assessment is a simulation of an authentic work environment, with real-life scenarios, videos, articles and problems you will be prompted to navigate and solve right on the spot. This is exactly how our designated EY preparation kit is built!

 

 

EY Graduate Numerical Test Sample Question

The EY numerical questions contain graphs, tables, and verbal information which you will be asked to review and analyze.

Tip: Practice solving graph problems using statistical elements such as percentages, average, and basic mathematical skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. 

Question:

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Approximately what percentage of Bengur’s total revenue was the Sports Cars division responsible for?

24.2%
27.66%
28.65%
29.16%
30.43%
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

In this question, we simply combine the revenue made by all types of cars in the company to find the sum of revenues made, and then we divide the portion of the sports cars by that sum.
3.5+5.5+2+1 =12
3.5/12 = 0.2916 = 29.16%

 

EY Situational Judgment Test Sample Question

The first three sections of the Ernst and Young graduate assessment contain situational judgment questions (SJT) combined with reasoning questions in the format of most-least, wherein you will need to rank five possible actions to different scenarios from 1-5, 1 being the most likely, and 5 the least likely.

While the SJT questions' goal is to check your suitability to EY’s core values, the reasoning questions' goal is to measure your ability to integrate information from various sources and draw your conclusions based on that information. 

There are three SJTs/Reasonings, and each of them focuses on a different subject –

  • In the Consumer Perspective section, you will encounter scenarios related to dealing with colleagues and customers.
  • In the Business Perspective section, you will be asked to react to scenarios related to your business approach and creative thinking.
  • In the Societal Perspective section of the test, the scenarios will involve ethics and social norms behaviors.

Tip: Solve the next question after memorizing EY values.

Question:

The following text is a work-related dilemma, followed by a list of actions that a person might take in that situation. 

You are currently working on an app project. The app features are being progressively enhanced during the development phase. You've discovered a new attribute that you think should be added, and you're giving a presentation to the rest of your team. While you're doing this, some of the team's more experienced members continue to interrupt you with questions and queries, while others opt out of the conversation during the meeting.

What do you do?

Please RANK the responses from 1-5 by, with 1 being what you would most likely do and 5 being what you would least likely do:

Note: On the actual test, the questions will be in a drag-and-drop format.

HSBC Online Values Assessment Sample Question

 

Answer:

The correct order is A, B, E, D, C.

A avoids engaging the interruptions in a fashion that still allows the primary messages to remain clear. Clear communication is the focus. (No 1)

B demonstrates a pragmatic and calm approach to the interruptions and to ensuring everyone gets to share their opinion. (No 2)

E involves moving efficiently through all the questions in a fashion likely to engage participants but may not be the clearest possible communication of the material. (No 3)

D involves recording questions in writing as an alternative to expressing them verbally and involves thinking outside of the box to engage team members. (No 4)

C involves ignoring the interrupters who are senior colleagues, which is likely to deteriorate the group dynamic even further and perhaps cause further reputation problems down the track. (No 5)

Situational judgment questions comprise subtests 1,2, and 5 (Creating a New Team, Working with Others, and Completing the Project Delivery, respectively). They assess you based on the six EY Core Values.

Note that some values assessment questions, mainly in subtest 5 (Completing the Project Delivery) are structured as personality profiling questions.

 

 

EY Personality Test Sample Question

The fifth (and final) stage is a scale personality test, also called the ‘additional questionnaire’. The test contains questions related to who you are. How do you deal with change, commitment, and more.

Question:

Please indicate your natural preference for the following statement by choosing a number on the scale.

When something comes up and you realize that you wouldn't be able to complete a task, you usually... 

Upset you haven't completed it                                                 Understand it is part of life

 

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Answer:

The recommended range is 5-7.

Explanation:

This question is designed to test your response to failure. With both acceptance and disappointment, it is not recommended to be on the extreme sides of the scale. Response “1” would make it seem as if you worry too much about your mistakes, and response “8” would make it seem as if you are not reflecting on them at all.

Left option (Upset you haven't completed it): This response focuses on what was already done and cannot be changed. It does show you care about your work, but it is not benefiting the current situation. 

Right option (Understand it is part of life): A professional and mature response to failure would be accepting that what was done cannot be changed, and mistakes happen sometimes. It shows you can take things in proportion and not get stuck on your previous failure.

Our team of experts created EY's graduate prep pack in light of EY's main values. Combined with our 30 years of experience, the result is an ultimate preparation for the EY graduate tests, including a complete simulation of the test, followed by thorough explanations of all the right answers.

Not sure about it? That's totally fine, you can try a FREE Situational Judgment & Personality Test.


Ernst & Young Core Values

One of the most important attributes for success in Ernst & Young assessment is to know EY's core values by heart and keep them while answering behavioral questions.

The six core values of Ernst & Young are:

  • Adaptability, flexibility, embracing changes, and constantly learning to improve.
  • Innovation and creativity. EY is looking for people who are rigorous and start-up
    minded.
  • Curiosity. EY's employees are purpose-driven and can ask better questions to seek better answers.
  • Collaboration. Being inclusive and able to work in an international team.
  • Growth orientation. It is central to EY to be able to work efficiently, using critical thinking and judgment skills. These will help EY be aligned with the current trends.
  • Responsibility. Take responsibility and see the implications of your decisions.

Although the core values themselves are pretty simple and straightforward, showing EY that you follow them in a natural, unpretentious way, is much harder.

That is why it is crucial to prepare for the value assessment questions with the same effort and mindset you prepare for the cognitive ones.


 

Frequently Asked Questions by EY Graduate Program Applicants

What are the different positions in the EY graduate roles?

Each Graduate Programme is targeted at one of EY’s business areas: Actuarial, Assurance, Consulting, Law, Tax, Technology, and Transactional.

What is the difference between the application process for undergraduates and graduates?

The undergraduates' application process mirrors that of the graduates' application process; there is no difference in terms of how you apply. However, unlike the student test, the graduate test contains numerical questions.

How can I prepare for the different stages?

There is one PrepPack that is exclusively targeted at the online assessments (both competency- and personality-based) and one other PrepPack which is geared towards walking candidates through the entire hiring process.

JobTestPrep is not a part of Ernst & Young and is not related to them in any way. JobTestPrep offers preparation services for psychometric tests.