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How to Know What Aptitude Test You Need?

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We have the largest bank of aptitude test practice resources on the web: both free and paid. 

There are so many options, in fact, that in order to find what you need you may require some help.

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What Is an Aptitude Test?

Aptitude tests are an assessment tools which reflect your ability or potential to perform a certain task successfully with no prior knowledge or training.

There is a huge assortment of aptitude tests built to assess all aspects of your ability, skills, knowledge and personality (though personality tests are not strictly speaking aptitude tests).

The term “Aptitude Test” doesn’t really refer to any specific test but is used as an umbrella term to describe the entire pre-employment assessment industry.

We assume that if you’re here you have some kind of aptitude test coming up.

This article is meant to help you locate what you need to prepare for your test quickly and efficiently.


Free Aptitude Tests by Category – Start Practicing to Get Better Fast

To do this you’ll have to know what to look for. Luckily, we put all the different available options in tidy categories for you to quickly scan.

By
Employer

By
type

By
name

PwC

Numerical

SHL

EY

Verbal

Cut-e

KPMG

Cognitive Ability

Talent-Q /Korn Ferry

Deloitte (soon)

Excel

Cubiks

HSBC

Pilot Test

Watson Glaser

UBS

Abstract

Saville

Morgan Stanley

Inductive

Hogan (soon)

McKinsey

Mechanical

Kenexa

Amazon

Logical

Matrigma

Shell

Personality

CCAT

 

note  Note:  Our test list is constantly growing, so be sure to visit again when you need to prepare for your next aptitude test.

If you couldn't find what you need, you can also brows tests by category at the top of this page - they house all of our free tests. Have fun :)


Types of Aptitude Tests

There are many types of aptitude tests, so we took the liberty of preparing a “map” of this broad landscape to help you navigate with relative ease.

There are many kinds of aptitude tests because they are both position-tailored and level-tailored.

For example, an aptitude test for a lawyer's position will differ from that of a rail-operator's because these two very different jobs require completely different skill sets.

Likewise, an aptitude test for an entry-level position will differ from that for a management position because stronger performance is required for higher level job positions.

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Aptitude test types:

  1. Numerical Tests
  2. Verbal Tests
  3. Logical Tests (Abstract; Inductive; Deductive; Diagrammatic)
  4. Spatial Reasoning
  5. Mechanical Reasoning
  6. Situational Judgment tests (SJT)
  7. Technical Tests
  8. Error-Checking Tests
  9. Concentration Tests

 

Each test type may have a unique format and a special way of presenting questions.

Also, some aptitude tests are administered online at home, while others take place at a testing centre and other at the company's offices.

Some tests are computer-based test and some use only pen and paper.

Some allow the use of calculators and some don’t.  Some give you plenty of time while others put you under extreme time pressure.

You get the point – you have to know what test you’re taking to know what to expect and adequately prepare.

Scroll down to the resources we provide along the way to go into more detail about each test type.

Below is a list of the most common tests, you are likely to encounter during your job application process.

note  Note:  The tests mentioned here are administered by different test providers (i.e. assessment companies, such as SHL, cut-e, Talent-Q etc.).

Each provider has its own unique format and challenges. At the end of the day, generic practice tests will only get you so far

To see real improvements in a short time you should spend the limited time you have practicing test-specific tailored material.

We can help pair you with the right test-specific material.

 

Numerical Tests

Numerical tests assess your ability to answer questions dealing with graphs, tables, number sequence, and word problems. 

Numerical Test Sub-categories:

Test Type

What it assesses

Numerical Reasoning

Assess your mathematical ability to interpret, analyze, and draw logical conclusions based on data presented in graphs and tables.

Number Series

Assess your logical thinking ability to find the missing number/s in a sequence of numbers.

Numerical Word Problems

Assess your mathematical ability and your logical reasoning when solving mathematical questions presented in a verbal format.

Basic Numeracy

Assess your ability to solve simple mathematical equations and answer questions regarding basic mathematics (e.g. Order of operations, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Conversions etc.)

Mathematical Knowledge

Assess your knowledge of mathematics on a high school level. 

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Verbal Tests

Verbal tests assess your ability to understand the information and tone expressed through written text, as well as your understanding of grammar and ability to spell.

 

Verbal Reasoning Tests:

Click the link for free practice and complete review of Verbal Reasoning Tests

Test Type

What it assesses

Verbal Critical Reasoning

Assess your ability to infer whether a statement following a passage can be verified by the information provided.

Reading Comprehension

Assess your ability to read and comprehend written information and answer questions regarding it quickly and accurately. 

 

Language and Literacy Tests:

Click the link for free practice and complete review of Language and Literacy Tests

 

Test Type

What it assesses

Grammar & Spelling

Assess your knowledge of correct grammar and spelling usage.

 

Vocabulary

Assess your range of vocabulary as well as your ability to correctly identify relationships between ideas, mainly in the form of synonyms and antonyms. 

Word Analogy

Assess your ability to identify relationships between ideas implied by a given word-pair, and your ability to think methodically.

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Logical Tests

Logical tests assess your ability to think logically and analytically when solving non-verbal problems. 

Logic Tests Sub-categories:

Test Type

What it assesses

Abstract Reasoning

Assess your ability to draw logical conclusions based on the information expressed through shapes, patterns and words.

Inductive Reasoning

Assess your ability to decide which image comes next in a series, or which one is missing in order to complete the series.

Deductive Reasoning

Assess your ability to apply a set of rules based on a specific example.

Diagrammatic Reasoning

Assess your ability to infer a set of rules from a flowchart or sequence of diagrams and then to apply these rules to a new situation.

 

Spatial Reasoning Tests

Assess your spatial visualization, mental folding and mental rotation abilities, as well as your spatial and visuospatial function.

Visit our Spatial Reasoning Tests page for complete info and practice

 

Mechanical Reasoning Tests

Mechanical aptitude tests assess your basic understanding of mechanical and electrical concepts and terminology. 

Visit our Mechanical Reasoning Tests page for complete info and practice

 

Situational Judgment tests (SJT)

SJTs assess your behavioral and cognitive abilities. In other words, they evaluate your approach to all kinds of workplace situations you may encounter.

You are presented with realistic situations and conflicts that are likely to arise in the workplace.

Then, the test provides you with several possible responses to these situations, from which you must choose the most effective one, or otherwise rank responses according to their effectiveness.

SJT tests are position tailored. The most commonly used SJTs are for the following job categories:

⭢ Administrative
⭢ Management
⭢ Marketing
⭢ Sales
⭢ Customer service
⭢ Police officers and firearms positions

Visit our Situational Judgment tests (SJT) page for complete info and practice

 

Technical Tests

Assess your numerical, visual, mechanical and spatial skills.

These tests are administered for technically oriented positions, including:

⭢ Skilled and non-skilled technicians
⭢ Mechanics
⭢ Machine operators 

Visit our Technical Tests page for complete info and practice

 

Error-Checking Tests

These tests assess your attention to detail and your ability to spot errors in data sets, as well as to assess the accuracy of information.

Error-checking tests are used in several different industries (tailored by position), including:

⭢ Marketing
⭢ Education
⭢ Hospitality
⭢ Engineering

Visit our Error-Checking Tests page for complete info and practice

 

Concentration Tests

Concentration tests assess your ability to perform specific tasks quickly and accurately, within time limits.

These tests are often given as part of the recruitment process for many roles (tailored by position), including:

⭢ Administrative
⭢ Clerical
⭢ Pilots
⭢ Train drivers and other railway workers

Visit our Concentration Tests page for complete info and practice

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aptitude test tips and tricks

Tips & Tricks for Passing Your Aptitude Test

The broad variety of aptitude tests make it difficult to assemble one encompassing set of tools for solving the different type of questions. That said, there are general rules of thumb that if implemented will ensure a better outcome for you come test day.

 

Before Your Test

1) Simulate your real test surroundings:

Most aptitude tests are administered online, so practise on an online platform if you can. If the test is one of pen and paper, be sure to practice with pen and paper.

You get it... to feel more comfortable with these forms of test-taking you should familiar with them.

Practise under strict time constraints. Time constraints are widely used in aptitude testing to challenge your speed of thought rather than just your level of understanding. 

For most people this lack of time is the biggest hurdle to pass, since it generates stress and even panic - and thus greatly hurt your test performance. 

So, practising your test with a ticking clock on the screen and a true sense of urgency will prepare you for what is probably the most important aspect of the test.

Another aspect of emulating your test is to practice test-specific, non-generic questions. This is not always easy to come by and more so when you don't know your exact test. Which brings us to our next tip:

 

2) Find out which test you will be taking: 

Do your research or ask the employer directly which test provider they use to administer their pre-employment tests.

If that is not an option, you may have some luck searching forums where previous applicants have posted about the hiring process.

Knowing the provider and the type of test you will be taking will allow you to practise with the right materials in the correct format.

 

3) Produce yourself a quiet place to practice:

Practising in a quiet place free of distractions is key if you wish to stimulate your learning process. Practising in this kind of environment will help improve your mental focus, thus increasing your ability to learn as you go.

So, ruthlessly remove any potential distraction; turn off your phone, unplug the TV, close all unnecessary tabs on your browser - any news or social media sites especially have got to go. Make your room into a Buddhist temple.

And if your biggest problem is internal disquiet - learn to tame your wandering mind (see video).

 

 

4) Refine your numerical reasoning skills:

Be sure to review graphs, charts, and statistics interpretations as well as practice your general maths. We have lots of guides available for you:

 

5) Refine your verbal reasoning skills 

You can do so by reading our guides and going through the practice questions.

 

You can do some practice on the go by reading news items or newspapers. Just think about the different ways a story could be interpreted, try to spot the premises and conclusions (and determine their logical validity). Also, be sure to look out for commonly misspelled words or grammatical errors.

 

6) Refine your logical thinking skills: 

This can be done with various puzzles and pattern games. but the best use of your time is to practice the with real logical questions. If you don't know what you need you can try practising one of the more common tests out-there:

 

7) Familiarise yourself with different solving methods:

Each aptitude test comes with its own set of solving methods and strategies. Learning these strategies will help you to take your test with confidence and give you the power to answer each question both quickly and accurately.

 

8) Learn and use the most common formulas for the type of test you will be taking:

This tip is handy for those of you who are taking either a maths or physics-based assessment.

Reviewing the most common question types and the formulas used to solve them will put you at a definite advantage over other candidates taking the test.

 

9) Learn to calm your nerves:

For many people the biggest thing preventing them from performing their best on their assessment test is tragically not the difficulty of test itself but fear of the test's  outcome and its effect on their self perception. 

The old cliche still rings true: "there is nothing to fear but fear itself". Essentially, what you need to do is deal with your fear and reduce your test anxiety. To do this there are basic and straight forward techniques. Just click the link.

 

During Your Test - Additional Tips

1) Be sure to listen carefully to any instructions that you are given as they may be crucial to completing the test correctly.

 

2) Take what is offered: If you are provided with a few practice questions, take the opportunity to complete them.

 

3) Don't hesitate to ask for clarifications: If there is anything that you don’t understand (regarding directions or time limits), this is the time to ask for clarification.


FAQs

Aptitude tests are used by employers early in the recruitment process to quickly and inexpensively filter  the best candidates for specific jobs or work environments. Candidates who perform well on aptitude tests are invited to continue the recruitment process.

The use of aptitude tests drastically reduces the time and cost associated with the hiring process and on-boarding of new employees.

Aptitude tests can assess your skill, knowledge or personality.

Knowledge Tests attempt to filter out people with insufficient knowledge or experience in the target job.

Aptitude skills tests attempt to single out the best candidates in terms of skill and predicted performance.

Personality tests try to distinguish individuals with specific personality types.

Employers seek employees who would be most productive and most satisfied with the designated job and the organization’s culture or values.

A computer-based aptitude test is the most common form of pre-employment test that you will encounter during the recruitment process.

These tests are usually administered online in the beginning stages, as part of the job interview, or at an assessment centre.

There is no single common aptitude test structure; the format and the content of aptitude tests can vary greatly from one test provider to another

The same can be said for different positions and levels within the same company.

The typical aptitude test includes 3 - 5 test sections (verbal, numerical, etc.).

Each section includes 10 - 30 questions, depending on the complexity of the questions.

The more complex the test, the fewer questions you will be asked.

The higher the level of knowledge or responsibility required for a specific job, the more questions you will be asked.

Completing a series of aptitude tests normally takes at least an hour, but usually no more than 3 hours with possible breaks between sections.

Aptitude can be defined as having a natural skill or as the capacity for learning a new skill.

For employers, aptitude often applies to your ability to quickly learn the tasks associated with the job they are advertising.

These skills will often include your verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning abilities as well as your situational judgement.

It is possible to improve your aptitude skills through practise.

Your aptitude can most certainly be improved regardless of the test you are taking.

This improvement will come, like with most things, through practise.

The challenge is in getting the right practice – i.e. practicing the same questions as those on your actual aptitude test.

This is many times very hard to come by as most prep providers offer only generic questions.

But we don't. We do everything we can to research and verify our products so that they closely simulate the real tests employers use (fill the form on the page to locate your best fit).


How to Prepare for Your Aptitude Test in the Short Time You have

 

 

Aptitude tests can be a serious obstacle to acquiring a new job. The most tried and true method for passing any aptitude test is to practice beforehand.

Practising allows you to familiarise yourself with the test format, question types and solving methods associated with the test you are taking.

Knowing what to expect prior to your testing day will greatly improve your confidence and ability to achieve a high score.

If you don't know your specific test, don't worry! Most people don't know which exact test they will have to face.

That's why we did the heavy lifting for you. We've been steadily building our knowledge of which tests many different employers use in their recruitment.

Fill the form below, and if we have a match we'll give it to you instantly.

Our practice tests are modeled after the real tests employers use (and they come complete with answer explanations, study guides and video tutorials).

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