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What Is the PwC Test?

Every candidate applying to PwC will be asked to sit an asessment test. The most common test is provided by the well-known assessment company SHL.

This page focuses on the four most prevalent CEB’s SHL tests used by PwC: numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, logical (or inductive) reasoning, and the personality questionnaire (OPQ).

It also briefly discusses the numerical and verbal tests provided by cut-e (Aon).

The preparation materials we offer on this page are tailored for students, graduates, and other candidates applying for graduate-level jobs at PwC UK.

For recommended resources for other candidates, check out the relevant page for you:

PwC Ireland
⭢ PwC Australia
PwC School Leavers
Strategy

 

PwC Recruitment Process

Spots on the undergraduate programmes, graduate schemes, and senior managerial jobs are some of the most sought-after positions so, the competition for open positions is intense.

You can get a clue of the chances of getting into PwC by looking at the data presented to the right, taken from the official PwC website.

The PwC application varies between candidates depending on the type of job or programme for which they are applying, as well as the level of the position.

Therefore, when preparing for the process, make sure to pay close attention to the information you receive from the recruitment team.

The typical application process involves the following stages:

  1. Filling out an online application form
  2. Completing several online psychometric tests
  3. Going through one or more interviews
  4. Participating in an assessment centre

Below we will discuss the basic things all candidates should be aware of when applying to the company.

We will start with the core competencies they are looking for in each and every prospective employee.

Then, we will move on to the first stage of the recruitment process — the application form. This stage is common for all applicants to PwC and its subsidiary Strategy&.

Later, we will present the next stages of the application process. As the process varies between applicants, we will focus on applicants for the PwC UK graduate programme and internship.

To learn about the recruitment process for other job levels, check out our School Leavers page.

If you are applying for a position in another country, you might be interested in our PwC Australia or Ireland pages.

 

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The PwC Competencies: What Are They Looking For?

A main goal of the recruitment process is to assess how well you fit with the key competencies PwC values.

Thus, it is important to keep these skills and behaviours in mind throughout all stages of the process and demonstrate them as much as possible.

Here are the five core competencies, which together comprise the company’s professional leadership framework: 

PwC Competencies

  1. Whole leadership - This means leading both yourself and others through your work. You must show yourself to be responsible, authentic, resilient, inclusive, and passionate in your own work.
  2. Business acumen - What you bring to the table is important, and the company is looking for the knowledge and passion to learn about the business as well as for innovative individuals who are fresh thinking in what they create for the company.
  3. Technical capabilities - Delivering quality and highly-valued service is a must with PwC, and, as a candidate, you need to show your willingness to maintain professional standards, expand your technical knowledge and expertise, and share what you have learned with others.
  4. Global acumen - Global companies need an outlook that is larger than life. Broad perspectives, embracing change, and fresh insights are traits the company is looking for in candidates.
  5. Relationships - Good communication skills, maintaining strong and authentic relationships, and the desire to give exceptional service are highly-valued characteristics the company is on the hunt for.

 

It is, therefore, necessary to try and incorporate these competencies into all of your answers.

By doing so, you will show recruiters that not only do you have the skills needed but also that you really are suited to work for the company.

On many occasions we have seen that motivation is the deciding factor on whether you actually get the job offer, so make sure to have these competencies in mind every step of the way.

 

PwC Test Topics

The PwC test is broken down to 3 Parts: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning. You might also be asked to take a personality assessment.


PwC Numerical Reasoning Test

If the online numerical test is at the top of your biggest fears list, you are in good company. Many candidates dread a numerical assessment of any kind.

The format of the PwC SHL numerical reasoning test is as follows:

You are presented with numerical data in the form of a table or a graph, which is followed by multiple-choice questions relating to it.

Answering the questions often requires performing calculations involving fractions, percentages, ratios, and conversions.

Thus, make sure you master these basic concepts and practise answering data interpretation questions.

Most candidates are allowed the use of a calculator and those who are not being notified beforehand.

Looking to brush up on your maths skills before your numerical test? Our PwC SHL numerical practice tests have everything you need to prepare.

 

PwC Verbal Reasoning Test

Less intimidating than its numerical counterpart, the PwC verbal test can be a surprising challenge for many.

On this test, also provided by SHL, you are presented with a short text that is followed by several questions.

Each question presents a statement that you need to quickly analyse and decide if it is true, false, or you cannot say based on the text.

Quick reading and sharp verbal reasoning skills give your test performance a boost.

Practise these skills for your upcoming online assessment with our PwC SHL–style verbal reasoning tests.

 

PwC Logical Reasoning Test

Logical reasoning includes a broad spectrum of tests and PwC’s SHL logical test focuses on inductive reasoning.

This is very different from the other online tests used by the company as it works with shapes and patterns rather than words or numbers.

The format of the PwC logical reasoning test is as follows: You are shown a series of images that follow a set of rules you need to figure out.

Once you have determined the rules, you must choose the next image that logically fits in the series. Finding the right type of practice for this test is essential.

Use our tailored PwC SHL–style logical reasoning test practice pack to understand and master the finer points of this online assessment.


PwC Personality Test

The PwC personality questionnaire (also known as the work style preference questionnaire or the OPQ) gives the company a fuller picture of your potential fit in the workplace and company culture.

This untimed, online test has over 100 questions that look at multiple personality traits.

The PwC personality test presents a two-fold challenge: giving honest answers whilst also showing your best character traits.

Preparing for this test can help you overcome this obstacle by giving you the tools to fully understand each question.

Improve your skills and gain confidence with our all-inclusive PwC SHL–style online tests bundle pack.

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PwC Application Form

All candidates, both novice and experienced, begin their recruitment process by filling out an online application form.

 

For school leavers, students, and graduates:

The application continues at this point. You will need to answer questions about your eligibility for the job and your educational and employment history.

You will also be asked to explain why you have chosen this position and career field in 500 words. You may also be given several competency-based questions to answer.

 

For experienced hires:

A well-structured and informative CV should give the company all the information it needs to decide if you have what it is looking for.

Be sure to tailor your CV to the job description and make any necessary changes or highlights.

 

Generally when filling out the form, bear in mind PwC’s core competencies and integrate them in your answers. Be careful not to do it too bluntly, though.

PwC wants to get to know you, so use your own language and avoid copy-pasting from its leaflets or website.

Before clicking on the send button, go over the entire form and make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes.

After all, you do not want to lose out on your dream job for something as fixable as that.

Once your application has been submitted, it is reviewed by PwC. If it is approved by the recruiters, you will be informed of the next steps you need to take.


PwC’s Graduate and Internship Application Process

After passing the online application, students and graduates applying for an internship or a graduate scheme usually need to go through the following stages:

1) Online Tests

Most candidates need to complete one or more psychometric tests provided by CEB’s SHL. These include numerical, verbal, logical, and/or personality tests. 

Some candidates will be asked to take numerical and verbal reasoning tests delivered by a different company called cut-e.

An additional test often required to complete is the Watson Glaser Test.

2) First Interview

If you manage to successfully pass the online tests, you will be invited to the first of two interviews with PwC.

This interview is conducted either face-to-face or by telephone depending on the job for which you have applied.

It usually lasts about 45 minutes, with candidates for summer internship and work placement programmes having a shorter interview lasting approximately 20 minutes.

3) Assessment Centre

The next stage of the recruitment process for graduates and undergraduates is an assessment centre. This includes verification tests for the aptitude tests you previously took.

There is also a written communication exercise and a further exercise performed either individually or in a group.

4) Final Interview

The final stage of any student or graduate recruitment process — the final interview — takes place either at the assessment centre or at an arranged time afterwards.

You can expect your interviewer to be either a partner or a director from the business area you are looking to join.

Interviews can be the most nerve-wracking part of the process, but preparation is key to helping you stay calm and focused.

With the help of our experts’ guide, you can ensure a stellar performance during your interview.

The guide, included in our PwC Interview & Assessment Centre Preparation Pack, offers useful tips and insights as well as recommendations for answering common questions.

 

How to Prepare for PwC’s Internship and Graduate Test & Interview

PwC’s undergraduate and graduate schemes are a great way to begin your future career, but getting there can be a real challenge.

With the help of JobTestPrep’s preparation packs, you can greatly improve your skills and increase the chances of getting that long-awaited job offer.

We offer two packs specifically tailored for applicants to internships and graduate programmes at PwC:

Our PwC Online Tests Preparation pack provides you with all the resources you need to prepare for your psychometric tests:

  • An extensive amount of online CEB SHL-style practice questions that are specific for student/graduate level
  • Professional personality tests accompanied by a personalised and detailed report
  • And a rich collection of study guides and video tutorials.

Our PwC Interviews and Assessment Centre Exercises pack offers detailed guides and other preparation materials to help you pass your interviews and assessment centre exercises at PwC.


PwC Tests from cut-e

Some candidates face aptitude tests provided by a different assessment company—cut-e (Aon). These include a verbal reasoning and a numerical reasoning test.

cut-e (Aon)’s tests are different from other psychometric tests you may be used to as the concepts, test format, and question types are all unique to cut-e (Aon).

On a cut-e (Aon) verbal ability test, you are given 12 minutes to answer 49 questions, making this a strict time-limited test.

The cut-e (Aon) numerical ability test gives you slightly more time per question, with 37 questions to answer in the same 12 minutes.

Our cut-e (Aon)–style bundle pack includes both numerical and verbal reasoning practice along with useful video tutorials to make preparing for these tests a breeze


 

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