Prepare for Accountancy Firm Aptitude Tests

Have you been invited to take an aptitude test to demonstrate your abilities against a specific set of skills? Learn about the most popular accountancy aptitude tests, including the all important accountancy numerical reasoning test and see how JTP can help. 
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There are several accountancy aptitude tests that you can expect. Numerical reasoning tests are usually seen as the key tests for any accountancy firm. This page will look at the numerical reasoning test for accountancy applicants, as well as some of the other tests you may encounter.

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Why numerical reasoning tests?

Many accountancy firms place high emphasis on your numerical reasoning skills because of the obvious links to accountancy. You therefore need to ensure that you are fully prepared for your accounting aptitude test.

As an accountant you must be able to use numerical information to do your job. You must also have good analytical skills. Therefore accountancy numerical reasoning tests assess your numerical abilities, observational and comprehension skills.

To successfully navigate an accountancy numerical reasoning test you need to be able to extract the detail from the information presented and convert it into a solution, in a very short timeframe.

What is in an accountant numerical reasoning test?

Like accountancy, the numerical reasoning test is not about how well you can complete an algebraic equation. Instead it is about how well you can analyse numerical information to come to a conclusion. However you will need to brush up your basic maths in order to answer the questions. In this test you are usually given less than a minute to answer each question, so speed and accuracy are also important elements of the test.

The accountancy numerical reasoning test presents you with numerical information in a chart, table, graph, even a balance sheet and more. In order to answer questions you may need to make calculations including percentages, currencies, ratios, fractions and more. In some cases you may need to make more than one calculation per answer. You may usually use a calculator for any online accountancy numerical reasoning tests.

Accountancy numerical reasoning test questions will focus on topics relevant to you. Some of the topics you will encounter include general information, everyday economic data, company profits and losses, inflation, currency conversions, and costs for example production or transport costs. You do not need to have any formal university knowledge for these topics (for example macro or micro economics).

How does preparation help?

Taking practice tests ahead of an accountancy numerical reasoning test offers several benefits for you, ultimately leading to a better overall score:

  • You will gain familiarity with the type of test and how to answer the questions, making you quicker and more efficient at working them through.
  • You will be able to identify which are your weaker points and work on them leading to a better score.
  • Practice makes you more confident overall.

What other accountancy aptitude tests are there?

Some accountancy firms and their tests

Most accountancy firms will ask you to take an accountancy aptitude test. These tests are provided by several testing companies, who are all well represented in accountancy firm tests. In addition to the “big 4”, other accountancy firms also use aptitude tests as part of their recruitment.

Big 4 Company Testing CompanyTest Types
cut-e (some jobs only)
Numerical Reasoning Test
Verbal Reasoning Test
Inductive Reasoning Test
Personality Test
DeloittePearson TalentLens Numerical Test
Critical Thinking Test
Ernst & YoungSaville Numerical Test
Verbal Reasoning Test
Diagrammatic Test
SJT (strengths assessment)
KPMGCubiks Numerical Reasoning Test
Verbal Reasoning Test

  • BDO Stoy Hayward - numerical and verbal reasoning tests from CEB’s SHL.
  • Baker Tilly - numerical and verbal reasoning tests from CEB’s SHL.
  • Grant Thornton - numerical and verbal reasoning tests from Kenexa.
  • Mazars - numerical and verbal reasoning tests from Kenexa.
  • Smith and Williamson - numerical and verbal reasoning tests from CEB’s SHL.

Practice accountancy test questions

Preparation ahead of time is a huge contributor to success in the psychometric tests for accountants. Before you start your preparation for your accountancy aptitude test, take a look at some of our free accounting aptitude test materials. Once you have taken your first steps, prepare for your aptitude tests for your dream accounting job with one of our great practice packs.

If you don’t know which testing company to choose, check out our specially created accountancy aptitude test practice pack.

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