Practise for Your Graduate Aptitude Tests

Passing the graduate aptitude tests is crucial as it will allow you to continue on to the next stage of the hiring process. That is why it is very important to practise in advance.

JobTestPrep will prepare you for your tests so that you'll score higher and land the graduate programme or job you want.

The Advantages of Preparing with JobTestPrep

JobTestPrep offers the most comprehensive online preparation for graduate aptitude tests. Our PrepPack™ comes complete with over 3,000 practice questions accompanied by answer explanations and a rich collection of video tutorials and study guides.

With just one pack, you can practise for almost every possible graduate test: numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, inductive reasoning, spatial reasoning, mechanical reasoning, deductive reasoning, diagrammatic reasoning, and general cognitive ability (such as the PI-LI).

Our PrepPack™ is specially tailored for graduates and will help you prepare for various aptitude tests, such as the CEB SHL, Kenexa, Saville, Talent Q, cut-e, Watson Glaser, and the Cubiks aptitude test. Let JobTestPrep help you ace your graduate scheme tests so you start your career off on the right foot.

Graduates Aptitude Tests Covered in this PrepPack™

There are many different types of graduate scheme tests. Below we go over the main aptitude tests for graduates, all of which are covered by our PrepPack™.

The following are the most popular tests amongst graduate employers, so expect to sit at least one of them during the hiring process:

  • Numerical reasoning tests – measure your ability to analyse numerical data and solve a range of problems, from basic arithmetic to high-level numerical critical reasoning.
  • Verbal reasoning tests – use written passages to measure your ability to understand, analyse, and interpret information.
  • Inductive reasoning tests – measure the ability to identify patterns of rules in diagrams.

Some employers may ask you to take a cognitive ability test, which comprises a collection of questions on various topics.

For certain positions, you might need to sit reasoning tests such as the following:

  • Deductive reasoning tests – measure the ability to draw logical conclusions from a set of premises. You can more about our deductive reasoning test practice resources here.
  • Mechanical reasoning tests – measure both a basic understanding of mechanical concepts and higher levels of analysis. This type of test is most likely to appear in an assessment for careers such as engineering, manufacturing, mining, or any other field that requires mechanical abilities.
  • Spatial reasoning tests – measure orientation skills in two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces. This type of test is most likely to appear in an assessment for careers such as engineer, mechanic, or pilot, or for any other job that requires spatial abilities.
  • Diagrammatic reasoning tests – measure the ability to infer a set of rules and apply them to new situations when a series of operators and outputs are displayed. This type of test is most likely to appear in an assessment for a career in IT.

What are Graduate Aptitude Tests?

An aptitude test is any type of assessment that evaluates a person's talent, ability, or potential to perform a certain task, with no prior knowledge or training.

Most employers use at least one type of graduate aptitude test (e.g. numerical, verbal, etc.) in their selection processes, which is why preparation is essential.

These tests are meant to determine whether you are a good fit for the company and role, and they are usually given online before the assessment centre and interview stages.

Oftentimes, a verification test will be given at the assessment centre to authenticate the original aptitude test taken online.

Graduate Aptitude Test Sample Questions

Please see our graduate numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning sample questions.

Deductive Reasoning Sample Question

Statement: All stand-up comedians are optimistic. If you are a violinist, then you must be optimistic. 

Conclusion: Only optimistic people are both violinists and stand-up comedians.

Conclusion follows

Conclusion does not follow

The answer is 'Conclusion follows'.

Let's start by formalising the premises:
Stage 1: Stand-up comedians → optimistic; violinist → optimistic
Stage 2: (Stand-up comedians + violinists) → optimistic

Now, let's formalise the statement:
Only optimistic → stand-up comedians + violinists
which is equivalent to: (stand-up comedians + violinists) → optimistic
Therefore, the conclusion follows from the statement.

Inductive Reasoning Sample Question

Choose the image that completes the pattern.




The correct answer is the 2nd option from the left. 

The hexagon rotates by 30° clockwise each frame (along with the line and the dot inside it), causing it to stand on its corner in one frame and on its edge in the next frame. According to this, options (1) and (4) can be eliminated.

In addition, the dot's position relative to the hexagon changes from frame to frame: the dot is always placed next to one of the hexagon's corners, and each time it shifts to the next corner clockwise. Therefore, the correct answer is (2).


Graduate Aptitude Tests Tips

  • Get to know the types of questions you will encounter on the test so there are no surprises.
  • Practise answering sample questions, especially with a time-constraint, to simulate test conditions.
  • Get a good night's sleep the night before the test, and eat a nutritious breakfast that morning.
  • If you are sitting the test at home, make sure your computer is set up properly and that your testing environment is quiet.
  • Find out what your time constraints are and if you are allowed a piece of scratch paper or calculator. Also, make sure to prepare for what's relevant.


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