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Get preparation materials for your upcoming application to KPMG with our tailored PrepPack™. Read on to learn about the different tests and exercises that you have to do.


What Is the KPMG360° Apprenticeship Programme?

The KPMG360° apprenticeship programme is a three-level rotational programme for school and college leavers. Throughout the course, you will perform a variety of different jobs, along with studying towards a professional qualification. There are three different levels throughout the different years.

Foundation Level: In the first year of the KPMG360° apprenticeship programme, you will learn about the different areas of the company and have two placements. As well as this, you will study towards your AAT level 3.

Technician Level: For these two years, you will study towards your AAT level 4 whilst spending more time learning about the business and the different areas that you are interested in. You can move off the programme at this point and become a full-time employee.

Professional Level: For the final three years of the programme, you will specialise in either Audit, Tax, or Advisory. At the end of the final year, you will be able to move to an assistant managerial role in one of the teams. As well as this, you will complete your professional qualification.


What Are the Tests You Are Going to Take If You Apply to KPMG?

There are several different stages to the KPMG360° programme, and we will detail them below.

Stage 1: The Online Application Form

The online application form is your first chance to shine. Apart from having to write up your scholastic achievements and grades, there are several different questions you must answer. It is your opportunity to showcase your skills and demonstrate to KPMG why it should take your application forward. Therefore, it is important you know the key competencies KPMG is looking for so you can show them in your answers. They are:

  • 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

If you want to learn more about these competencies, see the careers site.


Stage 2: Inductive/Diagrammatic Reasoning Test

Once you have completed the online application form, you will be asked to sit the KPMG diagrammatic reasoning test online. This test is provided by Cubiks. In this test, you are presented with two different pattern blocks. They are called group A and group B. There are typically five shapes in each block, and each of them has a relationship with each other. The relationships in each group, however, are different from each other. For example, group A shapes may all have five sides, whereas group B shapes all have seven sides. You must work out what the relationships are and why certain shapes are grouped together.

Each question takes the form of an additional shape, and there are typically four questions per set. It is your task to identify which group each question fits, group A or B.

Bear in mind that there is no fixed rule for when you take this test. Generally, it will be before the assessment centre, but, in some cases, you are asked to take it at the actual assessment centre.


Stage 3: KPMG Digital Submission

In this stage of the application, you will be sent a number of questions on three of the KPMG global behavioural capabilities: Makes an Impact, Career Motivation, and Demonstrates Innovation and Curiosity. To answer these questions, you must record yourself with a webcam and microphone and submit this to KPMG. You have three days to submit your recording from when you received the questions, so make sure you are ready in time. Our interview platform is a great way to practise your responses.


Stage 4: KPMG Assessment Centre

In the KPMG assessment centre, you must undertake three different tasks: a group exercise, a written report, and an interview.

Group Exercise

The group exercise isn’t assessed as it is designed to be an ice breaker. Everyone introduces themselves and you are all given a fun task to do. This is often something along the lines of planning an entire charity event, giving thought to such aspects as venue, budget, advertising, catering, speakers, etc. It is worthwhile to take this seriously as it will get your brain into gear and prepare you for the upcoming written exercise and interview.

Written Exercise

For the KPMG written exercise, you are asked to prepare a report where you demonstrate your ability to go through various pieces of information, draw conclusions, and come up with a solid plan of action. You have 40 minutes to complete this assessment, and whilst this may sound like a lot of time, in actual fact, it is only a short amount of time. You must go through all the information in the approximately 10-page brief, so time management is key. On top of this, 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.

KPMG Interview

During the KPMG interview, you are asked three sets of questions: competency-based, scenario-based, and why KPMG? The competency-based questions are based on the nine 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, and Resilience). It is important to have an answer to each of these behavioural capabilities. For example: Describe a time you have shown professional judgement.

The scenario-based questions focus on how you would respond in a difficult situation. For example, how would you deal with a large project that needs input from your manager when your manager has just called in sick?

In the final set of questions, you are asked about why you would like to work for KPMG and why you have chosen this particular programme. To answer these questions in the best possible way, you must ensure you have done sufficient research about KPMG and the programme.


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What's Included

  • 33 Cubiks-style non-verbal reasoning tests
  • 13 Diagrammatic reasoning tests
  • 25 Inductive reasoning tests
  • 2 full case study exercises + a complete guide
  • Group exercises
  • Video tutorial
  • Timed tests with score reports, answers & solving tips
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