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How Can I Prepare for a SHL Test?

While SHL offer candidates practice tests on their website, they are of limited amount and do not necessarily reflect the company's actual tests. Moreover, feedback is generally limited to just your score, so you can’t see your mistakes or learn from them.

For more intensive preparation, turn to JobTestPrep. We offer the web's leading preparation services for SHL tests, and our practice resources are tailored per position. Get full coverage of SHL psychometric tests, hundreds of questions with answer explanations and solving tips, and comprehensive study materials.

The practice resources are designed to improve your performance significantly. The mock tests serve as a mean to examine your skills. However, it is imperative to understand that you should familiarise yourself with the nature of the required assessment. For this reason, we created study guides. The study guides present you with techniques and other advice to comprehend how to increase your understanding of the topic, your speed, and accuracy. The additional score reports point out which areas of the test you should work on. The entire pack is designed to help you achieve your goals and pass your test with outstanding results. Start practising and develop the skills needed to succeed.

Watch the following video to learn more about our SHL–style aptitude tests preparation pack.


Which SHL Tests Can I Expect to Take?

SHL created various types of tests in order to allow employers to assess candidates at a different level. The test match the job level and also the field of the candidate. For example, some candidates are required to take numerical, verbal, and logical reasoning tests, whereas others are only required to complete a numerical and a verbal reasoning assessment.

Aptitude (Reasoning) Tests

Aptitude tests are also known as reasoning or cognitive ability tests. SHL reasoning tests are usually taken as Verify Tests. See below for the most popular ones:

  • Numerical reasoning tests – measure your understanding of tables containing statistical and numerical information, as well as your ability to make logical deductions.
  • Verbal reasoning tests – assess your ability to comprehend written information and to evaluate arguments about this information.
  • Inductive/logical reasoning tests – examine your ability to deal flexibly with unfamiliar information and to solve problems. These tests are intended to measure your capacity for conceptual and analytical thought.

Behavioural and Personality Tests

Behavioural and personality tests are a common additional type of assessments used in hiring processes. They help employers gain an insight into your professional attributes. It reveals how well you respond to the company’s core values and how well you could handle your positions responsibilities and unexpected situations

Personality Tests:

The test assesses 32 specific personality characteristics. Each question offers you statements and you are required to choose the one which would align with your personality the most and the least. You should bear in mind there isn’t a right or a wrong answer when it comes to this type of assessment. You may feel there are several statements that would describe correct behaviour. You should understand that each position requires certain characteristic traits which ensure you as a person can handle your job.

Situational Judgement Tests (SJT):

The situational judgement test is a psychological tool. It is employed by organisations and companies to measure candidates cognitive and behavioural abilities when presented with realistic work-related scenarios. This assessment is often customized to fit the position’s or the companies’ required competencies. Although the situations are hypothetical, they resemble situations you are expected to handle professionally. The challenge in this test is that you are encouraged to respond based on intuition in a spontaneous fashion. However, in real life, you would carefully consider your decisions before executing them. Therefore, it is recommended you familiarise yourself with the types of situations you can encounter in this assessment in order to gain the ability to select the for you most suitable answer. Make sure you answer the questions keeping in mind that it focuses on your work persona.

These are the most common SHL behavioural and personality tests:

SHL Tests by Level/Position

SHL produces dozens of different tests and each employer chooses the tests that best fit its hiring and selection needs. The specific tests you may need to take depend on your job level or the position for which you are applying. Find out how to prepare for SHL tests for IT & computer support roles, administrative and clerical staff, and technical jobs, or continue reading to learn about the tests delivered to graduates, managers, and executives.

Graduate and Managerial Tests

If you are applying to a graduate/management job, you are likely to encounter a series of popular SHL tests:

  • Verify tests – unsupervised tests sent via email, followed by short, supervised verification tests at the assessment centre or company offices.
  • Management and Graduate Item Bank (MGIB) tests – supervised tests taken at the assessment or testing centre; can be taken either online or on paper.

JobTestPrep's preparation packs are specifically designed to reflect graduate/management-level tests. We offer practice tests for each of the SHL test types mentioned above. In addition, our packs include quality learning aids to ensure your success. All resources are designed by experts to ensure you can improve you results quickly and receive the job offer you want.

Senior Managerial Tests

Most senior managerial jobs require slightly different aptitude tests than those given for other standard jobs. For many it is especially challenging as the tasks present you with long not seen exercises which if you are out of practice are quite challenging. Therefore, it is recommended you learn about what are you up against and do the necessary preparations. JobTestPrep’s online preparation packs not only allow you to practise these top tier tests in advance, but they also give you a chance to review basic concepts you may not have dealt with for years. We make sure to tailor our practice tests to reflect SHL test content and concepts. The practice resources are customized to ensure that you increase you score and perform at your best on your test day.

Below are some unique SHL senior managerial tests you may encounter during your selection process:

  • Verify tests - numerical, verbal, inductive, deductive, and spatial reasoning tests
  • Advanced managerial tests (AMT) – numerical analysis, numerical reasoning, verbal analysis, and verbal application tests


What Is the SHL Assessment Test?

Talent Assessment is the new name given to the well-known talent measurement company SHL. SHL was a leading provider of psychometric testing and other assessment services. In 2012, it was acquired by the global advisory company . Since this acquisition, CEB, as well as employers and recruiters, have gradually started to use the name ‘CEB’ to refer to SHL tests, often calling them ‘CEB SHL Talent Measurement tests’. The tests are now usually referred to as CEB tests. Some recruiters and employers, though, still call them SHL tests. (You might even encounter the name ‘Previsor tests’. Previsor was another provider of pre-employment screening tools and psychometric testing that merged with SHL in 2011.)The company produces aptitude tests, such as numerical reasoning tests, verbal reasoning test, and logical reasoning tests, as well as personality and behavioural assessments. This page offers you the preparation resources you need to excel in your hiring process by achieving outstanding results on your tests.

In 2018, the name was changed back to SHL so if you find any tests with CEB on them they now refer to SHL. This may be confusing but we are just reporting on what happened. 

Are CEB Tests the Same as SHL Tests?

Yes, CEB tests are the same as SHL Tests. Despite the changes made to their name, SHL tests have not changed. In other words, it does not matter if your application entails taking a CEB Talent Assessment test or an SHL test. You will still be preparing for and completing the same test. For that reason, JobTestPrep's CEB SHL–style practice resources are relevant for you whether you need to sit an SHL or a CEB test.


More Information and Tips for SHL Tests

In case you have further questions you can contact JobTestPrep or you can visit other pages that help you understand the nature of the assessments and assist you in selecting the correct preparation resources. Read about the different types of exams and learn more about important tips and tools on how to improve your skills, your accuracy, and speed or how to present yourself professionally in a personality or behavior test.


Companies Using CEB SHL Tests
3H Partners 3M 911 Dispatcher Ab World Foods
Abc Ltd Accenture Ace Relocation Systems Adia
Adient Adient Ltd. Adnoc Adtalem
Aecom Aetha Consulting African Bank African Development Bank
Afrinvest Agency Aggreko Agoda
Aib Aictalent And Publix Air Liquide Airbus
Airport Authority Airtel Nigeria Aker Solutions Aldi
Alixpartners Allegheny County Allianz Allied Bakeries
Allstate Insurance Group Almac Altair Alvarez & Marsal
Amadeus Amari Metals Amazon Amcor
American Credit Acceptance American Diabetics Assossation American Express Anacap
Ancala Partners Anglian Water Anheuser-Busch Inbev - Ab Inbev Anthracite, Llc
Anz Bank Aon Aptitude Software Arcadia
Armscor Arrium Arriva Asda
Associated British Foods Astrazeneca Atkins Australian Defence Forces
Avis Budget Group Aviva Aw Rostamani Axa Investment Managers
B&Ce Ba Babcock International Group Bae Systems
Baillie Gifford Baker Mckenzie Bain & Company Baird Private Equity
Baker Tilly Bank Of America Merrill Lynch Bank Of England Bank Of Scotland
Barclays BASF BAT Bayer
Bcbs Michigan Bdo Beale And Company Becton Dickinson
Beiersdorf Belcorp Bellway Berwin Leighton Paisner Llp
Bhp Billiton Bic Bird And Bird Birmingham City Council
Blackpool & The Fylde College Blackrock Blew Blp
Bmw Bnp Paribas Boeing Boots
Boston Consulting Group - Bcg Bracknell Forest Council Brett Dinovi & Associates BRJE
Bridgepoint Capital British Airways British Army British Gypsum
British Petroleum - Bp British Telecom Browne Jacobson Llp Brume
Bupa Business School Buzzacott Accountants, Bdo Bvg
C.P. Hart Ca Firm Cabi Caffe Nero
Calderdale Mbc Calor Gas Calumet Speciality Products Capgemini
Capital One Capitec Bank Cardiff Univerity Carefirst
Cargill Carlisle Carlsberg Breweries Carmax
Carnival Uk Castle Trust Center Parcs Centerview Partners
Central Bank Of Ireland Cerno Charter Cable Charterhouse Capital
CHRF Chartwell Consulting Cheddar'S Scratch Kitchen Chemours
Chep Cheshire West And Chester Chevron Cib
Cimb Niaga Citibank - Citi City And County Of Denver City Of Carson
Civil Service Clarendon Executive Clearswift Clifford Chance
Co Op Cobham Coca Cola College Of Policing
Coller Capital Collinson Grant Coloplast Commercial International Bank
Commonwealth Bank Of Australia Communisis Computacenter Construction
Co-Op Group Core Mark Corps Security Costa
Council County Of San Luis Obispo County Of Santa Barbara Credit Suisse
Crimson Consulting Croda Uk Crowe Clark Whitehill Cruk
Ctbc Cummins Daimler Ag (Mercedes Benz) Dallas Campbell
Dano Danone Db Schenker Deb Group
Deloitte Delphi Automotive Department For International Development Department Of Petroleum Resources
Department Of Public Social Services Deutsche Bank Dhl Diageo
Dif Dimension Data Dish Network Dla Piper
Dll Doc Dominion Energy Domino Printing
Dorner Works Dounreay Douwe Egberts Downer
Driven Brands Drs Ds Smith Dubai Duty Free
Dublin Airport Authority Duff & Phelps Edf Energy Edmundson Electrical Ltd
Edward Jones Ee Ego Pharmaceuticals Australia Ei Group
Eib Eisai Pharmaceuticals Elco Elexon
Elliott Advisers Elsevier Emaar Emirates Group
Enfield Ericsson Eriks Ernst And Young
Erste Bank Escp Europe Essex Fire Service Eunomia
European Bank For Reconstruction And Development European Investment Bank - Eib European Patent Offfice Evans Dixon
Exeter University Expedia Experian Experis
Exxonmobil Fidelity International Fieldfisher Fieldfisher Llp
Finance The Future Finatek First Bus Company First Quantum
Fmcg Ford Formula Saint Gobain Foschini
Fraikin Freshfields Frontline Fsb
Fscs Ft Partners Fti Consulting G&J Distillers
G4S Gad Gallagher Gannett
Gen2 General Mills Genpact Georgia Institute Of Technology
Gestamp Glanbia Plc Glaxosmithkline - Gsk Global Intec
Gls Gm Finance Go Ahead Godrej
Goldman Sachs Govia Thameslink Railway Grants Whisky Green Energy Company
Greenhills Hampshire Police Hanson Hays
Heathrow Heineken Heinz Kraft Herbert Smith
Hg Capital Hilal Bank Hill Dickinson Hilton
Hitachi Hmps Housing Association Housing Bank
Hps Hsbc Hsf Hymans Robertson
Ibm Icap Icims Iesa
Ifm Ims Health Ineos Infinite Energy
Intercontinental Hotels Group Intercontinental Hotels Group - Ihg International Sos Interserve Plc
Iqvia Irish Civil Service Irving Oil Islamic Development Bank
It Company Iwsc J&J J.P Morgan
Jacobs Douwe Jasper County Government Jb Hunt Jefferies
Jet2 Jetconnet John Henry Group John Hopkins
John Lewis Johnson & Johnson Jollibee Jp Morgan Chase
Kaiser Permanente Kantar Millward Brown Kea Consultants Kempinski Hotels
Kerry Group Kettering Borough Council Kier Services Kimal
Kimberly Clark Kishimul Km Kpmg
La County, Internal Services Dept Lactalis Lakeland Ltd Lancashire Fire And Rescue Service
Lancaster University Laureate Education Lek Lenovo
Leonardo Lhoist Liberty Global Lidl
Linklaters Lion Capital Lloyds Logistics
London Stock Exchange L'Oreal Los Angeles County Los Angeles County Public Defender
Lucas Group M&G Mackinsey Macquaire
Maersk Line Mammoet Marakon Marketo
Marks And Spencer Martindale Pharmaceutical Massmutual Matrixcare
Maverick Capital Mayer Brown Mazars Mccurrach
Mckinsey & Co Mclaren Mcquarrie Mcquiries
Mcvitie'S Mercedes Amg Hpp Mercer Mercuri Urval
Merrill Lynch Met Police Metalfin Ltd. Metallurgy
Metroline Microchip Microsoft Millennium Hotels & Resorts
Miller Insurance Millward Brown Ministry Of Defence Mission Control Services
Mitchell International Mitsui Mizkan Molnecke Health Care
Molson Coors Mondalez Mondelez International Moore Stephans
Morgan Stanely Morrone Interiors Mott Macdonald Mufg - Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group
Nahdi Natco Ltd National Audit Office, Uk National Australia Bank
National Crime Agency National Express National Grid Uk National Rail
Nationwide Building Society Nats Navy Federal Credit Union Nbc
Nbrown Plc Nestle Net-A-Porter Netflix
Network Rail New Look New One Newbury Group
Nexus Rail Nfu Mutual Nhs - National Health Service Ni Utility
Nielsen Nissan Nomura Nord Anglia Education
Nordea Bank Npower Nsml Nwu
Nz Super Fund Ocado Ogtap Oliver Wyman
Ombudsman Ontario Power Generation Opito Optiver
Orange County Orbis Osborne Clarke P&G
Pa Consulting Group Paragon Bank Parkein Pataks
Patterson Dental Pe Pepsico Pertamina
Perth And Kinross Council Philip Moris International Philips Phillips 66
Phs Pilkington Piramal Pladis Plc
Plymouth University Pricewaterhousecoopers - Pwc Private Equity Company Prospective Employer In Banking
Prysmian Group Psa Peugeot Citreon Psni Public Health England
Public Services Pwc Pwp Pz Cusson
Qbe Qhotel Queens University Quintiles Ims
Rabobank Rainbow Valley Rbs Reckitt Benckiser
Reed Elsevier Rei System Renfrewshire Council Reserve Bank Of Australia
Ria Rio Tinto Riverside Roland Berger
Rolls-Royce Plc Rothschild Rothwell Douglas Rowse Honey
Royal Bank Of Canada Royal Bank Of Scotland Royal Mail Rpc
Rsm Rspb Rspca Rtb House
Rwe Supply And Trading Sabic Sacla Safaricom
Saffery Champness Sainsbury'S Sainsbury'S Bank Sandale Utility Products
Sanofi Santander Sas Saudi Aramco
Schlumberger Schroder Schroders Scitt
Scotrail Scottish Fire And Rescue Service Scottish Prison Service Seadrill
Sealed Air Corporattion Secret Serco Severn Trent Water
Sff Shell Shepherd And Wedderburn Llp Shotgun Studios
Siam Commercial Bank Siemens Simon Kucher Partners Singapore Airlines
Skanska Skintonline Sky Smith And Williamson
Social Services Ageny Societe Generale Sodexo Softbox Systems Limited
Soha Housing Solihull Council Solina Health South Western Railway
Southeastern Trains Southwark Council Sparsholt College Spirit Aerosystems
Ssa Sse St James Place Staffordshire Fire Service
Staffordshire University Stagecoach Bus Stanbic Stanbicibtc Bank Plc
Standard Chartered Standard Life Statoil Strategy&
Suncor Energy Sung Hong Kai Superior Court Of California Swire
Swssre Symrise Symrise Ag Sysmek Ltd
Target Tata Motors Tcp Life Systems Td Bank
Tech Mahindra Telus Tenaris Terra Firma
Tesco Tetra Pak Tfl Tfnsw
Thames Water Thedacare Thompsons Online Benefits Thread
Timet Total Oil Toyota Tp Icap
Triumph Tt Electronics Tui Group Ubs
Uefa Uk Power Networks Uk Test Instruments Ukaea
Unilever United Biscuits United Nations - Un Usaa Group
Utica Insurance Group Vale Ltd Valero Vantage Chemicals
Varde Partners Velero Venator Verizon
Virgin Atlantic Vision Hospitality Group Vista Vodafone
Volvo Walkers Snacks Food Ltd Wescot Western Power Distribution
Westpac White Clarke Group Whyte And Mackay William Grant And Sons
William Hill Willis Towers Watson Wm Grant & Sons Wolviston Management Services
Woodmac World Bank Xerox Zurich Insurance

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