EY online tests come in two stages: the first stage comes after you have filled out your application. The company will contact you to complete the initial application process in their online strengths portal. If you are successful in these first tests, you will be invited to the second stage of online tests which include numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning. Find out more about both of these stages and how we can help you prepare below.
Once you have filled out an application form, all candidates are sent a link to EY’s Strengths Portal which is provided in association with Jobmi. In this portal, you are asked to complete four tests which include: a situational strengths test, a business behaviours test, a numerical reasoning assessment and a What’s Your Mindset questionnaire. Before beginning these tests, make sure you are well aquainted with EY's company values. Learn more about this stage below.
This first assessment is a type of situational judgment test, or SJT. There are 16 questions, each with a video and text depicting a work-based scenario. Once you have understood the situation, you are given 5 different options of how you would approach the task or most likely say or do. You must rank each of these from most likely to least likely by numbering them 1-5.
You have finished your assigned work early for an existing client. There are a number of other tasks that you have to accomplish within the next two weeks but nothing is urgent for today. You have to produce an article for the company’s blog as well as some other administrative jobs to take care of.
What do you do?
Similar to the situational strengths assessment, the business behaviours test also presents work-based scenarios that are likely to come up in your potential position in the company. In this assessment, however, there are no videos. Moreover, the answers you select determine the situations presented in the following question. Following the text presenting each situation, you have 5 options to rank in order of how you are most and least likely to respond.
11:00- You are scheduled to meet a client with your supervisor but she has just told you that she is running late and has asked you to start the meeting without her.
What do you do?
If you chose to give the client a brief summary, your next question will be regarding the summary you gave.
This is a short test which focuses on five specific characteristics:
There are four sets of questions and in each set you need to rank the five characteristics, either how they most or least relate to you. This test is similar to a personality test as you are asked similar questions over and over again.
The numerical test looks at your aptitude for maths through a series of questions using tables and graphs. In each question, you are shown the numerical information needed to answer using basic mathematical functions. Some of the questions are multiple choice while others ask you to provide the answer. You are evaluated based on the accuracy of your answers and how long each question takes you.
In addition to these four tests, there is also a social mobility questionnaire which is a series of questions about your socio-economic background.
EY’s second stage of online tests is provided by Saville Consulting, a well-known testing company with numerical, verbal and diagrammatic assessments.
This numerical test is similar to the first test you have taken in the Strengths Portal. You are provided with a table or graph containing the numerical data you need to answer a range of multiple choice questions. Using ratios, percentages and other basic mathematical functions, you have to extract the correct information from the accompanying data and use it to select the correct answer from a choice of five.
Verbal reasoning tests assess your written and verbal communication skills and how quickly and accurately you analyse texts. In this assessment, you are presented with a passage of text that can either be in the form of an instructional manual or a particular topic. There are two types of questions in this test: In the first, a word that is highlighted and you need to decide which of the options given is the closest to this word contextually. In the second, you have to decide if a statement on the passage is true, false or impossible to say based on the passage itself.
The last section of the Ernst & Young psychometric test focuses on diagrammatic reasoning, testing your general mental ability. You are presented with a series of different shapes and matrices that have an underlying logical relationship to each other. After working out what this relationship is, you need to correctly deduce the next shape or matrix in the pattern. Learning these patterns is a skill that needs to be mastered in order to excel on this test.
If you come through the second testing stage successfully, your next challenges lay in the telephone interview and the final stage of the assessment centre. Getting through each of these stages is crucial if you want that coveted position with EY. Putting in enough preparation time with the right materials can really make a difference in your performance so don’t forget to explore the preparation packs we offer. Good luck.