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On the page below, you will find information and examples from a variety of popular aptitude tests used by employers. The sample test provided on this page is designed to highlight your strengths and weaknesses in several professional areas. By using our comprehensive aptitude test PrepPacks™ you will gain invaluable insight into your personal skill levels, as well as vital practice, tips and tricks for passing each of your aptitude tests. Our questions are designed to simulate what you can expect to see during your pre-employment exam and include full explanations to show you how to arrive at each answer. To get the full preparation experience, click on the link below:

 

 

Aptitude Test Sample Questions & Answers

Below you will find several aptitude test question examples with answers and explanations. These questions have been taken from some of the most popular types of aptitude tests used by employers. These tests include numerical, verbal, and logical reasoning. Try to answer each question prior to looking at the correct responses and their explanations to see how well you do.


Numerical Reasoning Question Example

Answer the following question to the best of your ability.

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A. 24

B. 34

C. 58

D. 72

E. 81

F. None of these options.

The answer is option D. 72.

If the owner lived 3 times longer than his dog, let the dog be X and the owner be 3X. Now we can build the equation:

3X+X= 96

4X=96

X=24

The owner is 3X= 72

The question can also be solved by trying the answers instead of writing a formula. For example:

If answer A is correct, the owner is 24 years old, and the dog would be 24/3 = 8 years old. Together they would be 24+8 = 32 years old. Seeing that this number is much too small, it would be wise to move to a much bigger number.

If answer D is correct, the owner is 72 years old, and the dog would be 72/3 = 24 years old. Together they would be 72+24 = 96 years old.

Note: because the owner is 3 times older than his dog, and their sum of ages is a whole number, the owner's age must be divided by 3 without a remainder. Thus, answers B and C (34 and 58) can be eliminated immediately.


Verbal Reasoning Question Example

Below is a verbal critical reasoning question example. Read the paragraph and answer accordingly.

 

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B. The real estate industry is presently undergoing consolidation, with the financially strongest firms aggressively buying up the smaller businesses.

Both the passage and all five answer choices are so chock-full of facts and figures that if we don't know exactly what we are looking for, we will be lost. Stay focused: A question of the type Strengthening an Argument has two parts: Get the argument very straight in your mind and then, ask yourself what would strengthen, or help to make sense of, the argument. While you are clarifying the argument, you are already thinking about what the argument would need to strengthen or explain it. The argument: We are told that the real estate industry as a whole is prospering but that the number of individual real estate companies is decreasing. Now how do we make sense of that? How could we explain that? The conclusion we draw from this is that the real estate industry is undergoing change: some companies are doing extremely well while others are closing. Answer choice B which depicts the strongest companies as trying to become even stronger by buying up the weaker companies, explains the apparent discrepancy.

Therefore, the correct answer is B.


Logical Reasoning Question Example

Choose the odd one out.

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The answer is #5.

The logic:

In each square, a certain shape appears several times. The shape’s size may vary, though there is always one shape which is distinctively larger. The number of shapes in a box corresponds to the number of sides of each shape. For example, option number two (#2) is comprised of diamonds. A diamond has four sides and thus, there are four diamonds in the box. Option five is the odd one out because it does not follow this established rule. A star has 10 sides and there are 5 (not 10) stars in the box.

 

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Types of Aptitude Tests

Aptitude tests fall into many different categories. See below for some general information regarding the many types of aptitude tests:

These tests assess your ability to answer questions dealing with graphs, tables, number sequence, and word problems. The level of arithmetic required to answer the questions in a numerical reasoning assessment will depend on the position you have applied for.

These assessments are used to evaluate your ability to understand the information and tone expressed through written text. During a verbal reasoning assessment, you will be asked to answer whether the statement following a passage can be verified by the information provided. You will be asked to answer by selecting ‘true’, ‘false’, or ‘cannot say’ for each statement.

Logical tests are often non-verbal in nature. A few examples of logical reasoning tests can be found below:

Abstract Reasoning: During an abstract reasoning test you will be asked to draw logical conclusions based on the information expressed through shapes, patterns and words.

Inductive Reasoning: These tests often include a series of shapes or matrices. You will need to decide which image comes next in a series, or which one is missing in order to complete the series.

Deductive Reasoning: These tests are designed to examine your ability to apply a set of rules onto a specific example.

Diagrammatic Reasoning: These tests involve drawing logical conclusions based on visual representations. Diagrammatic reasoning tests are like abstract, inductive and deductive reasoning tests.

A language or literacy test is used to assess your understanding of grammar and ability to spell. These tests are important for jobs that require a high level of English. To see how we can prepare you for your English skills test, click here.

These tests are administered for technically oriented job positions such as skilled and non-skilled technicians, mechanics, machine operators and more. They are designed to gain insight into your numerical, visual, mechanical and/or spatial skills. For more information regarding technical tests and the best way to practise for them, click here.

During a spatial reasoning test, you will be assessed on your ability to navigate 2D and 3D images. These tests evaluate your spatial visualisation, mental folding and mental rotation abilities, as well as your spatial and visuospatial function.

Mechanical and electrical aptitude tests assess your basic understanding of mechanical and electrical concepts and terminology. Depending on your job level, the test you take may also require higher levels of analysis, including some amount of numerical calculations and an industry-specific context. 

These tests are used to assess you on your attention to detail and your ability to spot errors. Error-checking tests are used in a number of different industries, including marketing, education, hospitality, engineering, etc. For additional information regarding error-checking tests, click here.

These tests require you to be able to perform specific tasks quickly and accurately. Concentration tests are often given as part of the recruitment process for many roles including administrative and clerical, pilots, train drivers and other railway workers. For more information regarding concentration tests, click here.


Tips for Passing an Aptitude Test

There is no need to fret prior to taking an aptitude test. By following the tips below, you should find success a breeze.

  • Practice. You know that age-old phrase ‘practise makes perfect’? Well, it’s true. You should always make sure that you have ample time to practise prior to taking any sort of aptitude test.
  • Relax. No matter what kind of aptitude test you are taking, if you have practised beforehand you should be able to approach your assessment with a sense of calm.
  • Time Management. Many aptitude tests are timed. Practising for your assessment beforehand will give you a better sense of how much time you should allow for each question. Managing your time while taking an aptitude test will give you the ability to answer each question within the time allotted.

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