EY Summer Internship Assessment & Interviews Preparation
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What is the EY Student Internship Test?

The EY Cappfinity assessment is designated to screen and assess undergraduate applicants for EY spring week or EY summer internship schemes. The test isn't timed, however the estimated time to finish ranges between 45-120 minutes.

The EY student test is composed of 3 main sets of questions - SJT, Reasoning and Personality. Unlike the EY graduate test, this one doesn't have a numerical section.

 The purpose of the EY assessment is to make sure that you are a good fit for the position and that you are compatible with Ernst & Young's core values


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 Situational Judgment Test Sample Question

The first three sections of the Ernst and Young student assessment are situational judgment tests (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.

 

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.

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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 fourth (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 student 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 student 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.


FAQs by EY Student Applicants

 

What are the different positions for the EY undergraduates?

These are the Internship Placement Programme, the Summer Internship Programme, and the Scholarship Programme.

The Industrial Placement Programme involves a year’s paid role in a real client project team which gives you a head-start towards a professional accountancy qualification. This is for undergraduates whose degrees include a year’s industrial placement.

The Summer Internship Programme offers candidates structured training in one of EY’s four service lines and the opportunity to secure a graduate program scheme.

The Scholarship Programme offers GBP 15,000 in scholarship payments during your degree as well as paid work placements.

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

The students' application process is similar to that of the graduates' application process, although the latter has also numerical questions; therefore, if you are trying to get to a graduate position you should practice your calculous and graph reading skills. For more details go to our EY Graduate page.

 

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