As a global employer, KPMG uses different testing services in each country. We have created different PrepPacks™ to ensure you get the right preparation for whatever stream and country you are applying in. So, whether it be in the UK, Australia, Eastern Europe, or China, we have a tailored pack to suit your needs.
KPMG stands for Klynveld, Main, Peat, and Goerdeler, the four original founders of separate companies which eventually merged in 1987 to become one of the Big Four, along with EY, Deloitte, and PwC. There are approximately 174,000 people on the books of KPMG, and it had a revenue of US$25.42 billion in 2016. There are three different service lines at KPMG—audit, advisory, and tax—with audit being the biggest section. As it is such a large company, there are obviously many different kinds of jobs available, from work experience to experienced workers and everything else in between. Each different stream and position has its own hiring process, with the KPMG graduate program being the most intense.
Whether you are applying as a 16-year-old or a 60-year-old, there are several KPMG aptitude tests you need to pass in order to even get a foot in the door. Whilst all candidates must take an interview in the end, there are numerous tests on the way which are aimed at weeding out all but the best. However, with practice, you will be able to understand the material being given to you and really demonstrate that you are a top performer. Just click on the boxes above for your particular stream. If you are applying in Australia, see our information page.
Some of the tests you may be asked to take are detailed below.
You may be required to take a situational judgement test as part of the selection process. The test usually follows the completion of the online application form and takes about half an hour to complete. Here are some general characteristics of the test:
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 your desired position.
On this test, you are presented with numerical data in the form of tables and graphs. After carefully analysing the information, you must choose the correct answer from several different options. There is often more than one question per data set. There are generally between 20 and 30 questions, and you have approximately one minute to answer each question. The test covers a wide range of basic mathematical concepts, such as percentages, ratios, and the four arithmetic operations. Calculators are allowed. Questions assess your ability to extract information, draw conclusions, and apply data analysis skills—all under strict time constraints.
On this test, you are presented with several paragraphs on job-related topics. Your task is to answer the follow-up questions based on the paragraphs you have just read. These paragraphs are not the easiest to understand, and a careful reading of them is necessary. Carefully distinguishing between the three answer options while under the strict time limit is also vital for scoring high on this test.
There are a number of other tests you may be asked to take, such as abstract reasoning tests, case studies, assessment centres, known as the KPMG launch pad, video interviews, group exercises, and more. Each process is detailed on its particular page.
We are proud of our position as a market leader in psychometric test preparation as well as the personalised tests we provide for each position you are applying for. We don’t believe in generic tests as they can often confuse you, giving you too much information which is in fact disinformation. There are many different testing companies out there, and their use varies for different countries and employers. Therefore, we have created specialised packs for your benefit.
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