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KPMG, one of the "big 4" accounting companies in the world, offers graduates the opportunity to jump into the accounting world with one of the most sought after positions in the market, Competition is fierce and only the best of the best are selected by KPMG. Make sure you stand out of the crowd by preparing with JobTestPrep's expertly written practice materials and increase your chances of getting hired.


Preparing for the KPMG Graduate Scheme Application Process

Whether you are applying for the KPMG graduate scheme or a one year business placement, the application process is the same. There are five different sections and you have to pass each and every one of them to get the offer. These different stages are detailed below. This PrepPack™ has been developed to offer you complete preparation for each stage.


Stage 1: Online Application Form

The online application form is the first step in the ladder of success. This is a fairly basic application form and should only take you about 20 minutes to complete. Here you have to detail your scholastic achievements and any work experience you may have. It is important when detailing this work experience that it be relevant. You have to fit in with the outlook of KPMG, and you don’t want any work experience from the past to come back and haunt you. Everyone has done stupid things in Uni, but you don’t want to advertise that to the entire world!


 Stage 2: KPMG Situational Judgement Test

The next stage of the application is the KPMG situational judgement test (SJT). It should take you about 45 minutes to complete. This test is designed to assess, among other things, your working habits, conflict management skills, decision-making abilities, and potential managerial skills. Since each role requires different skills and competencies, this test is your chance to highlight the qualities you possess that are best suited for the position. Here are some typical characteristics of the test:

  • The KPMG situational judgement test includes between 12–20 scenarios based on real work-related situations.
  • These scenarios are sometimes portrayed by actors in video clips to bring them to life.
  • There is usually enough time given to answer all questions.
  • You will be presented with questions—for example, 'what would you do in this situation?'—as well as with four different response options.
  • You must select the most appropriate and efficient solution for each scenario.
  • You must select two options—the most appropriate response and the least appropriate response to the situation presented.

Included in this pack are some KPMG situational judgement test practice questions. Although the questions are not exactly the same as those on the SJT you will take, they will provide you important practice skills and a thorough understanding of what is expected. Using our KPMG situational judgement test practice pack will help you get ahead of the competition.


Stage 3: KPMG Aptitude Tests

If you do well enough in the KPMG SJT, you will be invited to take two additional tests—the KPMG numerical reasoning test and the KPMG verbal reasoning test. These are outlined below:


KPMG Verbal Reasoning Test

This KPMG verbal reasoning test is provided by Cubiks. In this test, you are given 20 minutes to answer 42 questions. There are several different texts as well as a number of follow-up questions. Your task is to demonstrate that you can draw conclusions and inferences from the text. The questions are statement-based, meaning you are presented with a statement and must work out whether or not it is congruous with the text.

A particular difficulty here is the time pressure. Normally, before answering any question, you have a chance to think and come up with an answer. Here, if you do that, you will simply not finish the test, which will lead to a fail. You must answer the questions very quickly as you have less than 30 seconds per question.

Taking practice tests is the only proven way of really improving your skills and score. Cubiks–style KPMG verbal practice tests and questions are included in this pack, and we are sure you will find them useful before taking the actual test.


KPMG Numerical Reasoning Test

In the KPMG numerical reasoning test, you must answer 24 questions in the 20-minute time limit, giving you approximately one minute to solve each question. It is not advised to ponder on any question for too long as this could negatively affect your results.

In the test, you are presented with data in the form of charts and graphs. There are six different data sets, with four different questions for each data set. In order to answer the questions, you need to know how to work with percentages and ratios, as well as the more basic numerical functions.

As with the other aptitude tests, the KPMG numerical reasoning test is provided by Cubiks. You can practise for this numerical assessment with the Cubiks–style KPMG numerical test practice questions included in this pack.


Stage 4: KPMG Digital Submission

In this stage of the application, you are sent a number of questions on two of the KPMG global behavioural capabilities: Makes an Impact and Career Motivation. You need to send a two-minute recording of yourself answering these questions. Two minutes is a very short space of time, so you must make sure to really demonstrate your skills and put across exactly what you want to. Our interview platform is a terrific way to practise your responses and rate your performance.


Stage 5: KPMG Launch Pad Recruitment Event

In this, the final stage of the application process, you will be invited to attend a launch pad event. This is a chance to get to know the different areas of KPMG. It includes breakfast, lunch, and plenty of opportunities to socialise. However, the most important parts of the day are where you have to really show your mettle and why you are the perfect candidate. They are detailed below.

Group Exercise

Although KPMG is secretive about the group exercise in the launch pad, you can be sure of a few things: There will be other candidates competing against you, and you will be assessed against the KPMG behavioural capabilities. Each group of about six people is given a brief with a number of separate tasks. For example, you may have to decide on a new app that KMG can use. The tasks are split up into different sections—one task may be the branding and naming of the app, another may be the actual app, another may be how you are going to implement it, etc. Throughout the group exercise, you are assessed on the KPMG behavioural capabilities:

  • Career Motivation
  • Delivers Quality
  • Drives Collaboration and Inclusion
  • Strives for Continual Improvement
  • Exercises Professional Judgement
  • Makes an Impact
  • Seizes Business Opportunities
  • Demonstrates Innovation and Curiosity
  • Resilience

Our PrepPack™ is a terrific way to learn more about how you can prepare for group exercises.

KPMG Partner Interview

The KPMG partner interview is about 20 minutes long and, again, focuses on the behavioural capabilities. Some example questions include:

  • Why have you applied to this particular programme?
  • What do you think you will be doing on a day-to-day basis during your early years at KPMG?
  • Tell me about a time you had to handle a stressful situation.
  • How do you manage your time?
  • Have you learnt anything new about yourself today?

When answering these questions, you should do so using the STAR method, where applicable, as this gives the partner a full picture of how you dealt with an issue and how you overcame the difficulties.

Written Exercise

For the KPMG written exercise, you are asked to prepare a report in which you must demonstrate your ability to go through various pieces of information, draw conclusions, and come up with a solid plan of action. You are given a brief of a fictitious company and asked to write a report detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the company as well as make recommendations for a way forward. You have 20 minutes to read the brief about the company and another hour in which to write the report. It’s important to try and make your writing as neat as possible. It would be a shame if this were the reason your application didn't move forward.

There used to be a KPMG analysis exercise but this is no longer in use. 


Prepare for Success with JobTestPrep

Ready to succeed on the tests for the KPMG graduate scheme or one year business placement? Prepare with JobTestPrep's unique preparation materials today. With the extensive practice we provide, you will be best equipped to ace the tests and proceed to getting the job you deserve. 


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What's Included

  • 18 Numerical tests + additional drills
  • 7 Verbal Reasoning tests
  • 4 SJT tests
  • 3 SJT study guides
  • 2 online case study practice
  • Video tutorials - verbal and numerical reasoning
  • Financial terms guide and practice drill
  • Timed tests with score reports, answers & solving tips
  • Available nowhere else
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