Saville Swift Executive Aptitude Test - Guide & Practice [2023]
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What is The Saville Swift Executive Aptitude Test

The Swift Executive Aptitude Test is a psychometric assessment that evaluates your numerical, verbal, and abstract reasoning abilities through complex questions which you will need to answer under a strict time limit. It includes three sections, with 28 multiple-choice questions and an 18-minute total time limit.

The Swift Executive Aptitude Test is a popular assessment tool designed by the Saville Assessment Company and is used by many of the market's top employers in their recruitment process, including Emirates Airlines, BP, and more. 

How The Saville Swift Executive Aptitude Test is Built

  • Verbal Analysis: in this section of the Swift Executive Aptitude Test, you will be presented with two passages which will have four multiple-choice questions following each. You will have three minutes to answer the questions for each passage, with six minutes total for the whole section.
  • Numerical Analysis: in this section, you will be given two sets of numerical data, presented in graph or table form. Each set is followed by four questions, with three minutes allowed to answer each set and six minutes in total for the whole section. You are allowed to use a calculator and a pen and paper for your calculations. 
  • Abstract Reasoning: this section of the Swift Executive Aptitude Test includes 12 questions with 30 seconds allotted for each, 6 minutes in total. It will assess your ability to deduce rules and find patterns from abstract information through a variety of abstract reasoning questions. Getting used to the different types of abstract reasoning questions and understanding the logic behind them is essential if you want to get a good score. 

You can learn more by watching our video on the Saville Assessments or by scrolling down to solve example questions.

Saville Swift Executive Aptitude Test Sample Questions

The combination of challenging questions and the pressure of a ticking clock on aptitude tests can easily make you feel overwhelmed, which in turn can keep you from reaching the high score you are capable of.

The best way to avoid this is by solving accurate simulations of the types of questions you will face in the real thing - such as the verbal reasoning questions below, taken from our Saville Executive Aptitude Test PrepPack.   

Let's take a look at the sample questions:

Read the text and answer the following questions:

New research suggests that playing a musical instrument improves symptoms of ADHD, a neurobehavioral disorder manifested in problems such as short attention span, impulsive behaviour and hyperactivity. For more than a year, children at the city's Museum School have been taking part in an experiment involving Gamelan, a percussion style of ensemble music from Indonesia that emphasises synchronicity. Sensors attached to the instruments monitored the children's ability to hit the beat precisely. A correlation was found between the children's ability to synchronise and ADHD symptoms. What this could mean is that musical practice could possibly become a non-pharmacological intervention for problems such as ADHD.

1. Children with ADHD who took part in the experiment experienced symptom relief.

True on the basis of the passage
False on the basis of the passage
Cannot say on the basis of the passage 
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The results of the experiment described in the passage are specified in this sentence: “A correlation was found between the children's’ ability to synchronize and ADHD symptoms.” Although this sentence allows us to conclude that some children in the experiment experienced an improvement in ADHD symptoms (such as short attention span, impulsive behavior or hyperactivity), nowhere in the passage is it mentioned that some of the children who took part in the experiment were diagnosed with ADHD.

2. Danny has ADHD. Which isn’t one of his symptoms?

Danny can't stay in one place for more than two minutes
Danny doesn't listen to authority
Danny is not able to concentrate in class
Danny finds it hard to postpone his desires
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

This question requires us to translate the list of ADHD symptoms presented in the passage into actual behavior tendencies. The best way to solve this question is to go through the symptoms and possible answers and check their correspondence. There are three symptoms presented in the passage and four possible answers, therefore, one will remain without a corresponding symptom and will be the correct answer. List of symptoms: (1) Problem of short attention span - corresponds with distracter C, having concentration problems in class. (2) Problem of impulsive behavior - corresponds with distracter D, having trouble postponing wishes. (3) Hyperactivity - corresponds with distracter A, not being able to stay put for more than a couple of minutes. We are left with distracter B which is the correct answer, since it does not correspond to any of the symptoms presented in the passage.

3. Which one of the following would best replace “percussion” while maintaining the meaning of the passage?

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The meaning of the word “percussion” is “a family of instruments in which sound arises from the striking of materials with sticks, hammers, or the hands”; in other words it is a drumming style.
Since all distracters seem to fit well (if you do not recognize the word), you should try eliminating distracters as the preferred way of solving this question and pay careful attention to the sentence in which the word appears, as well as to the context of the entire passage.
First, by quickly scanning the distracters we can perhaps recognize that distracters A and D are quite similar in meaning (D is a specific case of A) and that B and C are also quite similar (both refer to the word as something out of the ordinary). Now, let's examine the sentence: “…taking part in an experiment involving Gamelan, a percussion style of ensemble music from Indonesia that emphasizes synchronicity.” “A percussion style” is basically a description of what Gamelan is, and since it is already described as a musical style, one can only assume that “percussion” is perhaps a description more specific than “musical,” i.e. drumming.

4. Which one of the following provides the best summary of the main point of the passage?

Deficits in synchronicity were correlated with ADHD symptoms
New research is trying to find non-pharmacological interventions for treating ADHD
Gamelan practice can improve ADHD symptoms
Musical practice helps reduce ADHD symptoms
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

When summarizing a passage, it is useful to scan it in order to learn whether some words or ideas repeat themselves. Usually when an idea repeats itself in the passage it is a good indication of its importance in the eyes of the author as a message they would like to convey to readers. This idea usually touches upon the main point of the passage (and in many cases it is the main point!).
This passage begins and ends with the same idea: “New research suggests that playing a musical instrument improves symptoms of ADHD” and “What this could mean is that musical practice could possibly become a non-pharmacological intervention for problems such as ADHD.” Recognizing this repeated idea, we can now eliminate distracters B and C, which deal with more specific aspects of the text; therefore we remain with distracters A and D. These distracters differ on account of causality: distracter A describes a correlation between synchronicity and ADHD whereas distracter D describes a causal relationship - music helps reduce ADHD symptoms. Since the paragraph presents only a correlative finding, the correct answer is A.

How Can You Score High on the Saville Executive Aptitude Test?

Unlike general cognitive and personality assessments, Saville Executive Test specifically targets high-level managerial and leadership skills. It presents complex scenarios to assess strategic thinking, decision-making under time pressure, and the ability to inspire and guide others.

One of the best tips to overcome the challenge of the Saville Executive Aptitude Test is to practice and familiarise yourself with executive-level scenarios and decision-making processes. Engaging in mock exercises and sample tests that simulate the type of challenges presented in the Saville test can help you develop your strategic thinking skills, improve your ability to analyse complex scenarios, and make sound judgments under time pressure. To do so, we highly recommend using our PrepPack:

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On our Saville Executive PrepPack, you'll find full simulations and dozens of practice tests that will mock the challenges you'll face in the actual exam. Our Executive Products experts have put a lot of effort into making this PrepPack as accurate as possible, so you'll be able to practice and familiarise yourself with executive-level scenarios and decision-making processes and make sure you'll improve and score high on the test. 

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