CEB's SHL Numerical Tests

Whether you are applying for a position in a Global Fortune 500 company or for one in a small business, there is a good chance that you will be required to take one of CEB's SHL numerical tests. These tests are usually given in a preliminary stage of the recruitment process and are used as a way of screening candidates. Quite often, the employer sets a pass mark, which you must achieve in order to continue to further stages of the recruitment process. Continue reading and receive seven top tips from our experts to stand out during the screening process and achieve the position you deserve.


Tip 1 | Research

Researching the test you are about to take is the first and most important step in preparing for any aptitude test. Knowing what to expect can reduce your tension, as well as your response times, thus improving your performance. This step is especially crucial when it comes to CEB's SHL tests, as these tests greatly differ in their characteristics and required skills according to the job for which you are applying.

Therefore, we advise you to find out the exact name of the test you are about to take. Then look at the relevant products that we offer on our website in order to gather more information regarding the test: the type of questions it includes (e.g. word problems, graph/table questions), its length and duration, and whether the use of a calculator is permitted or not. You can learn more about your test by reading the information provided in the email you received from your recruiter. In addition, it is worth opening the link attached to the email that invites you to take the test, to see whether it includes some sample questions you can practise before taking the actual test.

Once you have all that information, you can focus on sharpening the relevant numerical skills and practise appropriate materials with time limits that are similar to those of your upcoming test.

Practice materials can be found in our online numerical preparation packs, which were specially tailored to offer you the best preparation for CEB's SHL assessments. We do our best to make sure our practice tests correspond to CEB's SHL's tests in terms of difficulty level, types of questions, required skills, and time limits.


Tip 2 | Master the Basics

Even though CEB SHL offers many different types of numerical tests, most of them are based on the same mathematical concepts. First and foremost, solving a problem requires you to use the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Second, in a large range of CEB SHL tests, you are required to have knowledge of fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, and/or currency exchange.

Reviewing and practising these basic mathematical operations and concepts is extremely important, as it can save you a considerable amount of time and energy in the actual test and help you avoid unnecessary mistakes caused by calculation errors.

To learn about basic mathematical concepts and get free tips, check out our ratios, percentages, and currency exchange dedicated pages or download our Numerical Reasoning Formulas PDF guide. These guides are only a slight fraction of the wide collection of study aids you can find in our CEB's SHL-Style numerical packs, which include video tutorials, study guides, and topic-based practice drills. To learn more about our video tutorials, watch the following video:


Tip 3 | Learn How to Use a Calculator

In a large part of CEB's SHL tests, the use of a calculator is allowed. However, since there are tests in which a calculator is not allowed, we recommend that you check this issue with your recruiter beforehand. If the use of a calculator is indeed allowed, make sure you know how to use it properly and wisely. An effective use of the calculator can save you precious time and energy during the test. You can find useful tips and tricks for using a calculator in this free video tutorial.

 

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Tip 4 | Sharpen Your Estimation Skills

When the use of a calculator is forbidden, relying on estimations can be very helpful and necessary. Even when calculators are allowed, using estimations as a shortcut can be of great value. For instance, you might be able to eliminate some of the distractors (or maybe even all of them) based on rough estimations, thus saving a considerable amount of time.

In order to sharpen your estimation skills, try to practice solving several questions without performing the complete calculation and instead look for shortcuts and rely on estimations. Through practice, using these techniques will gradually become more and more natural. You can find several tips and explanations on using estimations and shortcuts in our CEB's SHL-Style numerical preparation packs.


Tip 5 | Master Table and Chart Interpretation

Many of CEB's SHL tests require you to understand and interpret data presented in a table or a chart. Even if reading tables and charts is part of your daily routine, doing it under tight time limits might be very difficult. To succeed solving CEB's SHL table/graph questions, we advise the following:

  • Focus on the relevant information – begin by narrowing down only the information you need, and then briefly skim through the data while ignoring the redundant details.
  • Pay attention to the units – the question may refer to units than are different to those presented in the table/graph.
  • Notice any additional information – such information can be provided in the headline, under the table/graph, or in an asterisk.

The complexity of the data presented in the test differs according to the job level: in operational-level tests, one simple table/graph is usually presented; in graduate/management-level tests, one or more rather complex tables and/or graphs are presented; and in senior management-level tests, the data is extremely complex and comprises several tables and/or graphs.

If you wish to master data interpretation, you can practice these free table and graph questions, or purchase one of our level-specific packs. These packs include table/graph practice questions in the complexity level appropriate to your job level: senior management level, graduate/management level, or operational level.


Tip 6 | Become Familiarised with Basic Financial Concepts

Depending on the job to which you are applying, you may come across CEB's SHL tests where you need to demonstrate basic knowledge of finance. These tests require you to analyse financial reports and to be familiar with concepts such as costs, profits, revenues, stocks, inflation, etc. Our graduate/management and senior management packs include an extensive practice of financial concepts, as well as a helpful video tutorial that elaborates on inflation and related concepts in a simple and straightforward manner. Get a taste with our video tutorial about inflation:


Tip 7 | Practise

If you wish to do well in your CEB's SHL test, it is quite obvious that you need to practice lots of SHL-style questions. However, remember that the key to success is effective practice: You do need to practice as much as you can, but you also need to make sure you understand where and why you went wrong and learn from your mistakes. 


Come Prepared

It is important that you do your best to prepare for the test because failing to achieve a high assessment score will hurt your chances of getting the job you want. Preparing for CEB's SHL numerical aptitude tests is even more important. Your score is relative and determined in comparison to a norm group of people with a similar educational background. Since most candidates prepare for these tests, you should practise as much as you can in order to stand out from the crowd.

 

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To improve your chances of being amongst those who move on the next stage, utilise our CEB SHL- Style preparation packages.


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