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What are the PwC Online Assessment Tests?

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 CEB’s four most prevalent 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 Assessments).

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 Australia
PwC School Leavers
Strategy

 

The 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. Discover what your chances of getting into PwC are by looking at the data presented to the right, taken from the official PwC website.

The PwC hiring process 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 assessment tests
  3. Going through one or more interviews
  4. Participating in the PwC assessment centre

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.

 

The PwC Competencies: What Are They Looking For?

In this section, we will discuss the core competencies which each prospective employee is evaluated for during the assessment process. Discovering candidates’ core competencies is the main goal of the PwC online assessment process, since it determines whether they possess PwC’s ideal traits, values and skills.

Keeping these skills and behavioural traits in mind throughout each stage of the hiring process can help you demonstrate your suitability for the job. Below 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.

Incorporating these competencies into your answers will show recruiters that you have the skills needed to succeed and you are well-suited to work for PwC. Additionally, motivation is shown to be the deciding factor on many occasions, influencing whether you get the job offer. So, make sure to have these competencies in mind every step of the way!


The PwC Application Process

The application stage is required for all individuals interested in applying for a job at PwC and its subsidiary Strategy. Once the application form has been filled out and sent, candidates will move onto the next PwC psychometric test stage. Keep in mind that the recruitment process varies between applicants, so we will focus on applicants for the PwC UK graduate programme and internship roles.

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.


The PwC Numerical Reasoning Test

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

When sitting the PwC SHL numerical reasoning test, you will be 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.

For this reason, we advise that you make sure to master these basic concepts and practise answering data interpretation questions. Additionally, most candidates are allowed the use of a calculator, or they will be notified beforehand if they are not.

If you are looking to brush up on your maths skills before your numerical test, our SHL PwC numerical reasoning test practice has everything you need to prepare.

 

The PwC Verbal Reasoning Test

Less intimidating than its numerical counterpart, the PwC verbal test can be a surprising challenge for many. On this PwC test, also provided by SHL, you are presented with a short text that is followed by several questions.

Each question on this PwC online test 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 PwC online assessment with our SHL-style verbal reasoning practice test.

 

The PwC Logical Reasoning Test

Logical reasoning includes a broad spectrum of PwC aptitude tests, and SHL’s 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.

When taking the PwC inductive reasoning test, you will be 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.


The PwC Personality Test

The PwC personality questionnaire (also known as the PwC 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.

This work style preference questionnaire presents a two-fold challenge; giving honest answers whilst also showing your best character traits. Preparing for this PwC personality test can help you overcome this obstacle by giving you the tools to fully understand each question.

 

The PwC Situational Judgment Test

The PwC Situational Judgement Test (SJT) may be conducted during the assessment test stage. The SJT assesses candidates behavioural traits and attitudes by presenting them with a variety of work-related situations, asking them to choose how they would respond by choosing one of the action options given.

When taking this test, you must be able to decide which answer option offers the most effective course of action. The SJT is a multiple-choice test and is not scored as a pass/fail exam, but rather measures how well one’s answers portray desirable behavioural traits.

 

PwC cut-e Tests

Some candidates face aptitude tests provided by a different assessment company—cut-e (Aon Assessments). These include a verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning test. cut-e’s tests are different from the other psychometric exams you may be used to, since the concepts, test format and question types are all unique to cut-e.

On a cut-e verbal ability test, you are given 12 minutes to answer 49 questions, making this a strict time-limited test. The cut-e numerical ability test gives you slightly more time per question, with 37 questions to answer in the same 12 minutes.

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

 

The PwC Interview

If you successfully pass the PwC online tests, you may be invited to partake in a telephone and/or face-to-face interview with PwC. The first interview usually takes around 45 minutes or less. The final interview will then take place either at the PwC assessment centre or at an arranged time afterwards.

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but preparation is key to helping you stay calm and focused. Our preparation pack, included in our PwC Interview & Assessment Centre Preparation Pack, offers useful tips and insights as well as recommendations for answering common questions.

 

The PwC Assessment Centre

The PwC assessment day usually takes place at the workplace itself and involves several stages in which applicants will be assessed on their interpersonal skills, capabilities, work ethic and personality. The PwC assessment centre often includes interviews, PwC aptitude tests, group exercises and more. 

 

Prepare for the PwC Psychometric Test 

Are you hoping to land your dream job at PwC, but need help preparing for each step of their hiring process? Improve your skills and gain confidence with our all-inclusive SHL-style PwC practice test bundle. This PrepPack includes simulated PwC online assessment tests you need to prepare for, such as the numerical, verbal, logical and personality tests. Additionally, 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:

  • Extensive online CEB SHL-style practice questions, specific for student/graduate level
  • Professional personality tests accompanied by a personalised and detailed report
  • A rich collection of study guides and video tutorials

So, what are you waiting for? Start practising today!

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