CEB's SHL-Style Practice for South African Universities MBA

Are you applying for an MBA at any number of South African universities? All applicants must sit either the SHL test or the GMAT test to gain a place. Learn about the four subtests in the SHL test and how to prepare for the to achieve the score you need to obtain a place on your program.
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South African universities such as University of Stellenbosch Business School, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School, Potchefstroom Business School, and more all require either the SHL test or the GMAT as part of the application process. Most applicants take the SHL test, so a good score in the test is vital to get a place on an MBA course. The test will take three hours to complete. Although many universities suggest that you only need minimal preparation for the test, our experience with this type of tests backed up by academic study has been that preparation for aptitude tests such as these increases your scores. In this article we will discuss each of the subtests in detail.

The SHL test contains four individual subtests:

SHL Verbal Critical Reasoning Test

The verbal critical reasoning test measures how you evaluate the logic in a piece of text. In this test you are given a passage of text and asked to evaluate whether a statement made in connection to the information in the text is true, false, or whether you cannot say based on the information you have read. This test is a timed test, usually with 25 minutes allocated to answer 48 questions.

The timing of the test combined with the specific nature of the questions and sometimes lengthy texts creates pressure on you to work quickly and accurately through the test. Taking practice verbal critical reasoning tests enables you to sharpen your speed reading skills, hone your reasoning skills, and increase your familiarity with this type of test making you more confident and helping you improve your score.

Learn more about the SHL verbal critical reasoning test and prepare with JobTestPrep’s SHL-style practice packs.

SHL Numerical Critical Reasoning Test

This test examines your ability to extract the correct information to make decisions or inferences from numerical data. In this test you are given information in the format of a table, chart or graph and asked questions requiring you to identify the right information and make calculations to come to the answer. This test is timed, usually giving 35 minutes to answer 35 questions.

Finding the answers to questions involves one or more calculation, with an element of critical reasoning needed to identify the information to put in your calculations. The challenging aspects of the test include making all the calculations you need within the time available. As your test is taken in a test centre you may not be allowed to use a calculator, so make sure you don’t use one in practice. You are given pen and paper to help you make calculations as you go along.

Find out more about the test and how to prepare for it with our SHL-style numerical reasoning test pages.

SHL Inductive Reasoning Test

Inductive reasoning tests are non-verbal tests, i.e. they do not use words or numbers. In this test you are being examined on your ability to understand relationships and draw conclusions between concepts (or shapes). You are being tested on pure logic without the need of acquired knowledge. The inductive test usually contains 40 questions to answer in 20 minutes.

In this test you need to work quickly to identify the pattern and pick out the correct answer. The more you prepare for this test the better you will get at recognising the main elements of each pattern.

Prepare for the inductive reasoning test with our SHL-style inductive reasoning practice pack.

SHL Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)

This test is designed to gain a picture of your personality. The test will help the university get a picture of your motivations, and character, and how consistent your personality is. It also gains an idea of your work style, for example are you a team player, or introverted? Are you creative or meticulous?

The test contains over 100 questions. For each question you are given four personality statements and you must choose which one represents you the most, and which represents you the least. In all the test will examine you against 32 different personality traits. Preparation for the test, answering personality questions again and again, will help you understand yourself better and keep you more real in the test. You will be able to better understand what each personality trait means, which will help you create a fuller picture of yourself. Our personality test is specially designed to mimic the SHL OPQ32 test.

Learn more about this test, and how to prepare for it with our personality test preparation.

In Summary

The SHL test in its entirety is designed to measure language and reasoning skills and learning potential. The four subtests are all very different, drawing out different skills to create a complete picture of who you are. You need to perform well in each of these subtests to get a good score in the test to use in your MBA application.

We offer a complete package containing practice tests and preparation tips and guidance for all four subtests. Preparing for the tests is vital for getting a good score in the test. Find out more about our SHL-style pack, and good luck.

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