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Practise CEB's SHL-Style Numerical Tests


Discover how JobTestPrep can help you prepare for CEB's SHL-style numerical tests, with level-specific practice solutions.

Get links for free practice questions, numerical reasoning tips and answers to FAQs. Choose the best CEB’s SHL-style practice pack for your job level.

 
 
 
  Senior MGMT
32 numerical tests, CEB's SHL-style.
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  Graduate/MGMT
32 numerical tests, CEB's SHL-style.
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  Operational/Technical
30 numerical tests, CEB's SHL-style.
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How to prepare for CEB’s SHL numerical tests


There is a very high chance that your next numerical assessment will comprise of a CEB’s SHL-style numerical test. The reason for this is SHL’s popularity among employers of all sizes, from global audit firms to SMEs.
The key for succeeding in CEB’s SHL numerical tests is knowing what to expect and practising as many relevant questions as you can (i.e. practising questions that are similar in type, level, and time limits to the questions candidates at your job level are required to solve).
In this article, we will introduce our recommended SHL-style numerical preparation packs for different levels and types of jobs, provide links to free practice questions and numerical tips, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding SHL’s numerical tests.

Types of tests and appropriate preparation packs


CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement offers many different types of numerical tests, which vary according to the type and level of the job in question.
Take a look at the relevant row in the table below and find out which of our preparation packs is the most suitable for you.

                  Job Level                                     JobTestPrep's Appropriate Packs

  Directors and Senior Managers

  ⇒  Numerical Pack - Senior MGMT

  Managers, Professionals and Graduates

  ⇒  Numerical Pack – Graduate/MGMT

  Junior Managers and Supervisors

  ⇒  CRTB Pack – Numerical, Verbal, Logical & More

  Information Technology Staff

  ⇒  ITTS Pack – Numerical, Verbal & More

  Sales, Customer Service and Call Centre Staff

  ⇒  Numerical Pack – Technical, Sales & Operational

  Administrative and Clerical Staff

  ⇒  Numerical Pack – Technical, Sales & Operational
  ⇒  PTB Pack – Numerical, Verbal & More

  Technical Staff

  ⇒  Numerical Pack – Technical, Sales & Operational
  ⇒  TTB Pack – Numerical, Verbal & More


Find out more about how to choose the best preparation pack for CEB’s SHL tests by reading this article.

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Free CEB’s SHL-style numerical practice questions

Practise free CEB’s SHL-style online numerical questions and get a 15% discount on our CEB's SHL-style preparation packs.
These free questions are only a fraction of the rich collection of practice materials you can find in our SHL-style numerical practise packs, which include hundreds of practice questions, ranging from basic practice drills to advanced-level questions.

Free tips for solving CEB’s SHL numerical tests

Below you will find useful links for free resources that will help you prepare for your upcoming CEB’s SHL assessment.
  • How to pass CEB’s SHL-style numerical tests – useful tips for solving CEB’s SHL numerical tests.
  • How to use a calculator – watch this video tutorial, get great tips for using a calculator efficiently, and save time on your CEB’s SHL assessment.
  • Numerical reasoning formulas – download a PDF with the most important formulas you should be familiar with before taking CEB’s SHL numerical tests.
  • Percentages guide – sample questions and tips that will help you solve percentages questions in SHL’s numerical tests (including explanations on how to work out percentage change with or without a calculator).
  • Ratios guide - read this article to learn how to work out ratios in CEB’s SHL tests.
  • How to answer table questions – learn about different types of numerical tables to help you prepare for SHL’s tests.
  • Solving graph questions – a guide to several unique types of graphs you might come across when taking a numerical test.
  • How to solve currency conversion questions – make sure to read these tips for solving currency exchange questions before taking your CEB’s SHL numerical test.
More tips for solving numerical reasoning questions can be found in JobTestPrep’s practice packs. Our packs not only include detailed explanations per question, but are accompanied by study guides and video tutorials that elaborate on important concepts and demonstrate how to solve different types of numerical questions.

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FAQs about CEB’s SHL numerical tests

The number of questions in a CEB’s SHL numerical test varies between different types of tests, and ranges from 10 questions to 50 questions.

CEB’s SHL numerical tests are timed, and quite often their tight time limits are exactly what make these tests so difficult. This is why, in many cases, you are not expected to complete answering all of the questions within the allotted time. 

CEB’s SHL offers numerous types of numerical tests designed for different job levels. Accordingly, the difficulty level of these tests is extremely varied. At JobTestPrep you can buy a numerical preparation pack specifically tailored to your level: senior management, graduate/management, or operational, sales and technical. We also offer battery-specific packs, which cover the different types of tests (numerical, verbal and other) administered to certain job levels: the CRTB pack (for junior managers and supervisors), the ITTS pack (for IT roles), the PTB pack (for administrative and clerical staff), and the TTB pack (for technical staff).

The answer is very simple - there is no difference!
CEB acquired SHL in 2012, but retained the SHL branding for most of their tests. SHL remains SHL and SHL’s assessments remain the same. For more information, read the post dedicated to this acquisition in our blog.

CEB’s SHL encourages candidates to prepare for its tests, offering several example questions and practice tests on their website. However, this practice resource is quite limited and does not cover the wide range of tests actually offered by the company. In addition, answers and explanations to these tests are not provided.
While training for numerical tests, it is very difficult to improve without knowing where you went wrong and why. For this reason, we put a great deal of effort into making sure our CEB’s SHL-style numerical practice packs include detailed explanations as well as study guides and video tutorials that offer tips and tricks and help you learn new solving methods.

Practice free CEB’s SHL-style numerical questions >>
There are 4 main actions you can take to improve your speed:
  1. Master the basics – make sure you are well trained in performing simple mathematical operations as well as calculations involving fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages and currency conversion.
  2. Learn how to use a calculator - in the majority of CEB’s SHL’s tests the use of a calculator is allowed. Knowing how to use your calculator efficiently can save you precious time and energy during the test.
  3. Sharpen your estimation skills – relying on estimations can be of great value when the use of a calculator is forbidden, but also when it is allowed. In order to sharpen your estimation skills, try to practice solving several questions without performing the complete calculation and, instead, look for shortcuts and rely on estimations. With time, using these techniques will become more and more natural.
  4. Practice – cliché as it might sound, the more you practice, the faster you will get. This is especially true when it comes to numerical reasoning questions – once you have practiced enough questions, you will often find yourself doing certain calculations automatically.

Take a look at the above Free Tips section to get useful links for study aids that will help you increase your speed.

In most cases, your score is determined based on the number of questions you have answered correctly. This number is then compared to a norm group of people with a similar educational/professional background to give your relative score. To better understand how CEB's SHL’s tests are scored, you can read our dedicated article.

A large proportion of CEB’s SHL numerical tests include a pass mark. A pass mark (also referred to as a pass score or a cut score) is a score pre-determined by the employer, which you have to pass in order to continue to further stages of the recruitment process. There is no one single pass mark for all of CEB’s SHL tests, as it varies according to the requirements of each employer.
Get more information about CEB’s SHL test results and scores >>

The average score varies from one type of numerical test to the other, and depends on the norm group your score is compared to. Read this article to learn more about CEB’s SHL scores.

It is hard to give a definite answer to this question as different employers set different cut-scores and compare their candidates’ scores to different norm groups. However, it is quite safe to say that getting a grade A or B is good. You can learn more about CEB’s SHL scores in this article.



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