Prepare for Apprenticeship Aptitude Test

Are you applying for an apprenticeship in the UK? Apprenticeships cover a huge range of jobs and industries. Quite often you will need to take an apprentice aptitude test. This test will depend on the job and employer you are applying to, but whatever your assessment, JobTestPrep are here to help you through.
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Apprenticeship jobs come across a whole range of sectors from IT to accounting, with retail, media, law and engineering apprenticeships in between. Employers are looking for a certain set of skills from their apprentices, and may use an aptitude test or tests to measure them. Find out more about these tests including tests by sector on this page.

What is an apprentice aptitude test?

An aptitude test is a test aimed at measuring intelligence, knowledge or skills. The purpose of these tests is to assess whether you have the skills needed in your future job. The most common types of aptitude tests are verbal aptitude, numerical aptitude and abstract reasoning. Aptitude tests are usually timed, and the questions in the test are usually relevant to the job that you are applying to. They are also usually taken on a computer, but you may also find that you are asked to take a second test on paper at an assessment centre.

Aptitude tests are part of a wider grouping of psychometric tests which also include personality tests, situational judgement tests, written tests and more. In this article we look at most of the aptitude tests you can expect to take at some point in your application process.

There are many different companies that give apprenticeships with different organisations. One of the biggest is Gen 2 which you can read about and prepare for the Gen 2 aptitude test on our dedicated page. There you will learn about the many different positions they offer as well as gain an understanding of the tests you need to pass and how to prepare for them.

Modern Apprenticeships are the Scottish Government’s apprenticeship scheme. There are over 25,000 positions available each year, in 70 different areas, and with a wide range of local employers. Some sectors such as the construction industry will require an aptitude test, whilst other employers may also ask you to take tests.
Apprenticeships UK offer several different levels of apprenticeships across many different professions in England and Wales. Each apprenticeship is different and unique to the employer you are applying to, and the entrance requirements are also set by the employer. Many of the apprenticeships in these sectors will require you to take aptitude tests.

Apprenticeships by sector

The combinations of apprenticeships and the tests you can expect are too numerous to list. In this table we look at some of the apprenticeship sectors offered by Apprenticeships UK, a sample of the tests that you may be asked to sit, and example employers who offer apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Sector Aptitude Tests Employers
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment Numerical
Arts, Media and Publishing Verbal
Business Administration and Law Numerical
Lloyds Banking Group
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Numerical
Situational judgement
British Gas
Jaguar Land Rover
Selex ES
Tata Steel
Mercedes Benz
Retail and Commercial Enterprise Numerical
Situational judgement
Health, Public Services and Care Personality
Situational judgement
Brunel Care
Information and Communication Technology Numerical IBM

Engineering Apprenticeship Aptitude Tests

One of the most common sectors with an aptitude test is an engineering apprenticeship. Depending on the type of job you are applying to, these tests may include English tests (verbal reasoning), apprenticeship maths test (numerical reasoning) and physics or mechanical reasoning tests.

Aptitude tests for apprentices

This section introduces some of the more common aptitude tests for apprentices that you may come across in your application process:

  • Verbal Reasoning Test - you need to use English in all jobs, although the level of English understanding you need will depend on the job you are doing. In this test you may be asked to answer questions on a passage of written text, fill in missing words or correct sentences.
  • Numerical Reasoning Test - apprenticeship maths test looks at your ability to work with numbers from basic mental arithmetic through to identifying information from a wider piece of data to answer a question.
  • Abstract Reasoning Test - abstract reasoning tests test your reasoning skills without words or numbers.
  • Mechanical Comprehension Test - this test measures how well you understand basic mechanical principles (a bit like physics), and how they are applied to gears, levers, or simple structures.
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning Test - tests how you apply a set of drawn rules from one scenario to another.
  • Spatial Reasoning Test - this test looks at how well you can visualise shapes and the relationship between different views of the same shape.
  • Error Checking Test - this test looks at how good you are at checking over material, comparing information and spotting mistakes.
  • Personality Test - gives employers a feel for how well your personality and work values fit the job description and company’s values for the job you are applying to.
  • Situational Judgement Test - looks at how you respond to scenarios that could happen in your day to day work life.

Test providers and apprentice test packs

Apprentice aptitude tests are usually designed by a test provider. Some of the main testing companies have created their own apprenticeship aptitude test packs. Here we look at some of the specialist tests from three of the main companies.

CEB’s SHL - CEB’s SHL offer a range of tests for entry level and apprenticeship aptitude tests. The Verify Calculation test is a maths based test suitable for administrative and clerical type jobs. The Verify Checking test measures how well you compare information. The Verify Mechanical Comprehension test is a test used for production, manufacturing, or engineering-related apprenticeship schemes.

Saville Consulting - The Swift Apprentice Aptitude pack is aimed at operational, technical, engineering, manufacturing and construction apprentices. This test contains verbal comprehension, numerical comprehension, error checking, spatial, mechanical and diagrammatic aptitude tests. The Swift Comprehension Aptitude pack is aimed at operational, commercial and customer service apprentices. Applicants for some other professions such as law or legal services or accountancy, may sit Saville Swift Aptitude packs.

cut-e - cut-e have developed a set of psychometric tests for trainee and apprenticeship jobs. Aptitude tests from cut-e include mathematical thinking and numeracy, literacy, deductive reasoning, short-term memory, spatial thinking and mechanical and technical understanding. Cut-e also provide psychometric tests such as a personality test and situational judgement tests.

Practice, practice, practice

Preparation for aptitude tests is the best way to make sure that you get the score you need to get on to your apprenticeship. Practice is important as it helps you know what is expected of you in the test and you can hit the ground running as soon as you start the test. By practising you can also sharpen and learn any skills that you didn’t know before or needed to refresh. Practice helps you work through questions quickly, important in a timed test.

Always try to prepare the tests closest to the ones you can expect on the day. For example if you know that your test is provided by CEB’s SHL, try one of our SHL style practice packs. Helpful tip, the clue to the tests you will be taking is in the invitation for tests, and sometimes in the link for the test itself.

We offer a range of practice packs that can help you prepare for your tests. Find out more about our operational support preparation pack, or technical test battery pack, our verbal and numerical reasoning packs and more on our site. Prepare for your engineering apprenticeship aptitude tests with us.

Before you start, why not try out our free apprentice aptitude test questions?

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