An aptitude test measures intelligence, knowledge, or skills. The purpose of this test is to assess whether you have the skills needed for your desired job. The most common types of aptitude tests are verbal aptitude, numerical aptitude, and abstract reasoning. Aptitude tests are usually timed, and the questions on the test are usually relevant to the job that you are applying for. 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.
There are many different companies that give apprenticeships with different organisations. One of the biggest is Gen2, which you can read about and prepare for 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 prepare for and pass.
This section introduces some of the more common aptitude tests for apprentices that you may come across in your application process:
Modern Apprenticeships is 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.
Apprenticeships UK offers several different levels of apprenticeships, across many different professions, in both England and Wales. Each apprenticeship is different and unique to the employer, as are the entrance requirements. Many of the apprenticeships in these sectors require you to take aptitude tests.
The combination of apprenticeships and tests you can expect to take when applying for them are too numerous to list. In this table, we look at just some of the apprenticeship sectors offered by Apprenticeships UK, a sample of the tests that you may be asked to sit, and examples of 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
Jaguar Land Rover
|Retail and Commercial Enterprise||Numerical
|Health, Public Services and Care||Personality
|Information and Communication Technology||Numerical||IBM
One of the most common sectors with an aptitude test is the engineering apprenticeship. Depending on the type of job you are applying for, these tests may include English (verbal reasoning), math (numerical reasoning), physics, or mechanical reasoning tests.
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 are some of the specialist tests from three of the main assessments companies:
Preparing for aptitude tests is the best way to make sure you get the score you need for your apprenticeship. Practice is important as it helps familarise you with the content of the exam, in addition to allowing you to sharpen your skills.
Always try to prepare with the practice tests closest to the ones you will take on exam day. For example, if you know that your test is provided by CEB's SHL, try one of our SHL–style practice packs. The clue to finding this information is usually on the invitation for the test(s) 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, our technical test battery pack, and our verbal and numerical reasoning packs on our site. Let JobTestPrep help you prepare for your engineering apprenticeship aptitude tests.
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