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What Are Saville Tests?

Saville Assessment (formerly Saville Consulting), is an international assessment business which works with organisations to help them select and develop individuals and teams. They are a leading test provider of candidate assessment tools and their products are used by a wide range of companies. 

The tests Saville develops are used by leading employers, including Ernst and Young, Nestle, Land Rover, and Jaguar. Saville's test series vary according to job levels and industries. Just click on the test category that suits your professional level to learn more about the specific tests you may encounter during your assessment process. 

  • Executive aptitudes – targeting managers, directors, and professionals
  • Analysis aptitudes - targeting managers, directors, and professionals
  • Comprehension aptitudes – targeting service apprentices, operational, commercial, customer & administrative staff.
  • Work aptitudes – targeting graduates, trainees, technicians, team leaders, and supervisors.

While most of the aptitude tests Saville develops are similar to those developed by SHL and other assessment companies, there are some differences. These differences are apparent in either the content (different question types) or the format (time frames, number of questions) of the tests. Taking into account these differences, JobTestPrep has tailored its practice packs to simulate the exact tests Saville uses.


Understanding Saville Tests

  


Understanding Saville Tests

Saville provides a multitude of psychometric ability tests which aim to evaluate one’s verbal, numerical, diagrammatic, abstract, error checking and mechanical aptitude. Since the company was founded by Professor Peter Saville, who was the co-founder of SHL, the Saville tests are similar to SHL exams.  

 The Saville aptitude tests are work-related, consisting of tables, charts and documents which are often found in the office. Each exam covers a separate topic and can be used to evaluate a variety of cognitive abilities and personality traits.  


A Complete Breakdown of Saville Tests

Saville has two main test formats:

  1. Single Aptitude Tests – This is a long version of Saville's tests (more than 30 minutes), delivered either online or in hard copy.
  2. Swift Aptitude Tests – This is a short, popular version of Saville's tests (less than 30 minutes), designed exclusively for use in an online, unsupervised format.

Both the Swift and Single Aptitude Tests cover the same array of aptitudes and topics, as well as share questions of varying difficulty levels. The Swift Aptitude Test is merely a quick preliminary selection tool, while the Single Aptitude Tests longer and usually used at assessment centres.

Saville tests are tailored per ability and position. Both the Swift Aptitude Test and the Single Aptitude Test are divided into different types according to target candidates and abilities. Below is an overview of Saville Swift Tests as offered to employers:

 

 Analysis 

 Executive 

Comprehension 

 Apprentice 

 Technical 

Numerical

6 min

6 min

4 min

4 min

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Verbal

6 min

6 min

4 min

4 min

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Diagrammatic

6 min

-

-

4 min

4 min

Abstract

-

6 min

-

-

-

Error checking

-

-

1.5 min

1.5 min

-

Mechanical

-

-

-

3 min

3 min

Spatial

-

-

-

3 min

3 min

Numerical + Verbal

24 min

24 min

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-

-


The Saville Swift Aptitude Tests

Saville tests are tailored per ability and position. Both the Swift Aptitude Test and the Single Aptitude Test are divided into different types according to target candidates and abilities.  

Below is an overview of Saville Swift Tests as offered to employers: 

note The Swift Analysis Aptitude Test
This test measures candidates’ verbal, numerical and diagrammatic capabilities and is meant for managers, professionals, technicians and graduates.
 

note The Swift Executive Aptitude Test
This test assesses one’s critical reasoning ability through verbal, numerical and diagrammatic sub-tests and is designed for high-level positions, such as directors, managers and professionals. 
 

note The Swift Comprehension Aptitude Test
This exam is intended for individuals seeking operational, customer, commercial and administrative staff roles. Candidates’ verbal and numerical skills are evaluated through this test.
 

note The Swift Technical Aptitude Test
This exam measures one’s spatial, mechanical and diagrammatic skills and is designed for candidates interested in production positions.
 

note The Swift  Apprentice Aptitude Test
This exam aims to evaluate one’s verbal and numerical reasoning skills for apprentices or entry-level workers in operational, engineering, technical, manufacturing and construction roles. 
 


Saville Assessment Tests

The Saville Assessment offers a well-known personality questionnaire called the Saville Wave®. These questionnaires assess one’s behaviour and character traits in a work-related environment. This helps employers get a more in-depth view of the candidates’ personalities and their fit for the desired job.  

What are the two Saville personality questionnaires: 

  1. Wave Professional Styles:This questionnaire takes forty minutes to complete and evaluates one’s strengths, weaknesses and cultural fit in regard to the company’s expectations.  
  2. Wave Focus Styles:This questionnaire takes only thirteen minutes to complete and is a similar, yet less extensive, version of the first questionnaire.   

 

Other Saville Aptitude Tests Include: 

⦿ Diagrammatic aptitude - The Diagrammatic aptitude test is also known as the logical or deductive reasoning test. Candidates’ decision-making and sector-specific abilities are evaluated with diagrams.  

⦿ Error checking aptitude - Error Checking tests measure one’s ability to recognise verbal, numerical and coding errors by using two sets of data, one of which contains mistakes that the test-taker needs to identify. 

⦿ Verbal aptitude - The verbal tests assess how one comprehends written information. Candidates are given a text and must answer questions according to the data they are presented with.  

⦿ Numerical aptitude - Numerical aptitude tests measure how one analysis and interprets statistical, graphical and economic numerical data. 

⦿ Spatial aptitude - Spatial aptitude tests assess how candidates use their spatial judgement and solve transforming problems while observing errors and inconsistencies.  

⦿ Mechanical aptitude - This test evaluates how well candidates who are interested in technical positions solve mechanical problems and understand physical principles.  


What are the Most Popular Aptitude Tests?

Naturally, the two most popular tests candidates sit as part of their selection processes are verbal and numerical aptitudes. Saville might give these tests different names, such as analysis or comprehension, but they are still derivatives of classic verbal and numerical reasoning tests, differing only in terms of difficulty level. 

These reliable and valid psychometric tests are the most effective predictor of job performance and are often used as a candidate selection method. Performing well on the numerical and verbal tests doesn’t require a degree since only the basic mathematical and verbal concepts are expected of test-takers.  

The Saville numerical test is mainly assessing how one interprets data and gives logical answers, consisting of multiple-choice answers with work-related information and data. The Saville verbal tests usually include a passage of writing and a related statement. Candidates are asked to determine whether the statement is true or false by relying on the given text.   

JobTestPrep offers free numerical and verbal test practice, as well as all-inclusive study guides with answer explanations and score reports to help prepare you for each test. These pre-employment exams are a key factor in the assessment process, so it is important to prepare accordingly.  

 

 Verbal Skills

 Numerical Skills

 Understanding Word Meaning   Understanding Tables
 Comprehending Text   Comprehending Graphs
 Making Verbal Inferences  Making Numerical Inferences 
 Evaluating Written Materials  Evaluating Quantities
 Comparing Arguments  Comparing Data
Practice Verbal Analysis Tests Practice Numerical Analysis Tests 

Saville Test-Taking Tips 

Aptitude tests are easy to prepare for and scores can be readily improved just by going over your scores and taking as many practice tests as you can before sitting the real test. You can learn how to look for the currency, check graphs and relevant data, determine which axis to look for and read the practice test instructions. 

It is imperative to familiarise yourself with the format and style of the assessment test. Understanding what the test is asking and going over the directions carefully before answering questions will ensure that you will make fewer mistakes. The more you utilise the various practice tests and study guides that you are able to obtain, the more techniques and tools you will evidently receive to help you understand how to answer questions speedily and accurately.  

 Keep in mind that different companies offer various types of exams. It is important to check with your potential employer before taking your assessment test to ask which provider’s exams you will have to take. Be sure to check whether your score will be negatively marked so that you don’t decide to guess the answers and get points deducted as a result.  

Always remember that no matter how nervous or overwhelmed you feel, you need to remain calm and collected so that you can answer questions to the best of your ability and complete the entire test within the allotted time 


Companies that Use Saville Tests

British Airways Danske Bank Nestle Jaguar Land Rover
British telecommunications Emirates Airline McKinsey Lego
Mercedes-Benz Air Liquide Dyson Jetstar Airways
Johson & Johnson  Deloitte L'oreal NHS
Unilever E&Y IMC PwC

How to Prepare for the Saville Test with JobTestPrep  

Although Saville offers practice exams, they have a limited amount of material and may not actually replicate the tests found during the assessment process. Receiving feedback from these practice tests is also not guaranteed, which is why we highly advise you to use our high-quality preparation services for Saville tests since they are all-inclusive and tailored per position.  

If you are looking for professional preparation for Saville tests, our online Saville assessment practice packs are a perfect match. Since Saville offers a wide variety of tests to take when applying for a company, applicants can still feel prepared by practising beforehand. Hard work pays off, and with JobTestPrep you are sure to see results.  

JobTestPrep offers full-length practice tests that simulate Saville's actual assessments. Our system allows you to take these tests in timed or step-by-step mode, thus ensuring you understand the concepts behind each topic covered on your test. Score reports, detailed answer explanations, and tips are also included in our practice packs.  

This guided Saville assessment practice is designed to enhance your performance on the actual test. You can also start practising by downloading our free answers to the Saville aptitude test examples seen on the Saville Consulting website. 

 

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JobTestPrep is not a part of the Saville Consulting and is not related to it in any way. JobTestPrep offers preparation services for psychometric tests.

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