Free Sova Assessment Practice Test With Full Answers and Explanations [2024]

The Sova Online Assessment is a data-driven, pre-employment, psychometric and personality evaluation to test your decision-making in work-related scenarios. 

Sova is tailoring their psychometric tests up to the specific employer needs and demands, so each Sova Assessment can be different depending on the company you're applying to.

There are typically 50-80 questions on the test, which can include questions on logical reasoning, various numerical reasoning tests, verbal reasoning, situational judgment, and personality test. Depending on the specific employer's requirements, each test will contain different amounts and types of questions.

The test is not time-limited and usually takes 25-30 minutes to complete.

We recommend going through the entirety of this Free Sova Assessment Practice Test to understand the required skills and difficulty level of the Sova test and find solution tips.

Good luck with the practice!


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Free Sova Online Assessment Practice

We will begin with the first and most frightening Sova Assessment's type of question – Logical Reasoning. 

Sova Logical Reasoning

Question #1

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Which option below follows the same pattern as those shown?


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The correct answer is A.
The pattern is that when there is a large shape with an even number of sides, it is always white, and the number of small shapes is always odd. When there is a large shape with an odd number of sides, it is always black, and the number of small shapes is always even.

Answer A is the only answer that follows this pattern. In this answer, the large shape is a triangle that has 3 sides - an odd number of sides, and it is black. There are four small shapes - an even number.

Question #2

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Which option below follows the same pattern as those shown?

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Look at the sequence. Notice that in each frame the image is flipped vertically, and an additional dot is coloured. For example, in the first image, the coloured circles form an upside-down V shape. Then, in the second image, the V shape is flipped and the middle dot in the lowest row is coloured.

To determine which answer is correct, flip the last frame like so: 

Look for images where all of the coloured dots in the flipped image are coloured in as well. Then check if only one additional dot is coloured in that answer. The only answer that contains the correct placements and an additional coloured dot is B.

Sample Question #3

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Which option below follows the same pattern as those shown?

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The correct answer is A.

The symbols in the lower row move like the symbols in the upper row, meaning the signs in the missing box should be in the same position as the signs in the box above it. The "^" sign moves like the "%" sign, the circle moves like the "£" sign and the square moves like the triangle. According to this rule, you need to look at the signs in the box above the missing box. In answer A. the square is above the circle which is above the "^" sign like the triangle is above the "£" which is above the "%" in the box above the missing box.

Tips Sova Assessment Test Tip

Spatial logical reasoning questions often involve manipulating or mentally rotating objects or shapes. To solve them efficiently, it's essential to visualize the given information and mentally manipulate the elements involved.

Practice with our preparation system exposes you to various types of numerical questions. As your level of understanding improves, your ability and confidence during the exam increase. The better you become at handling difficult questions, the higher the chances of making it to the list of outstanding examinees. Excelling in the sorting exam not only enhances the chances of achieving a high grade but also increases your ability to negotiate a higher salary with the recruiting company.
You'll discover many more logical reasoning practice questions, along with in-depth guides filled with valuable tips and problem-solving techniques in our Sova Assessment PrepPack!

The next section that will be discussed from the Sova assessment is Numerical Reasoning. These questions are designed to assess your ability to understand numerical information presented in tables and/or graphs. You will be presented with a series of graphs, tables and charts, each followed by several questions. Questions offer 4 answer options, but only one is correct. Your task is to choose the best answer for each question from the options given. We highly recommend having a pen and paper on hand to write down calculations and take notes. You may use a calculator.

Sova Numerical Reasoning

First, take a close look at this graph. The following questions will discuss it: 

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Sample Question #4

Which year had the largest difference in profits between the US and Europe?





Look at the key on the left of the chart - the US's profits are in blue and Europe's profits are in orange. Then look at the chart - the difference between the US and Europe is represented by the gap between the blue and orange bars of that year. Scan the chart according to the years listed in the answers and try to find the year in which the gap between the blue and orange bars is largest. The correct answer is (2) Year 2.

Tip: Notice that for every year, both profits have the same digit in the millions place, thus, you can estimate the difference between the US and Europe using only the digits in the hundred thousandth and the tens thousandth places. Note that a “difference” is defined as the absolute value.

Sample Question #5

Which of the following time periods had the greatest year-on-year change in Europe's profits?





The question refers to Europe's profits, therefore, only the orange bars are relevant to the answer. Look for the largest visual gap between two consecutive years. It is easy to see that the years that had the largest gap between them are years 4 and 5. Thus, answer (4) Year 4 to 5 is correct. 

If you are more comfortable with calculating, look at the profits of each year above the orange bars and subtract them from one another. Notice that “difference” is defined as the absolute value:

Year 1 to 2: 2.0 – 1.4 = 0.6m

Year 2 to 3: 2.1 – 2 = 0.1m

Year 3 to 4: 1 – 2.1 = 1.1m

Year 4 to 5: 2.5 – 1 = 1.5m

Thus, the largest difference is between years 4 and 5.

Sample Question #6

The company predicts that profits will rise by 6% in the US and by 3% in Europe in Year 6. What is the predicted difference between Year 6 profits and Year 5 profits of the US and Europe combined?





According to the company's prediction, the US' profits will rise by 6%. To calculate the rise, follow these steps:

To calculate how much is 6% of the profits, multiply Year 5 profits by 6 then divide by 100:

US rise = (2.75m x 6) ÷ 100 = 165,000.

Do the same for Europe's profits:

Europe rise = (2.5m x 3) ÷ 100 = 75,000.

To calculate the total difference simply add both rises together:

Total rise = US rise + Europe rise = 165,000 + 74,000 = 240,000.

Thus, the correct answer is (4) 240,000.

Tips Sova Assessment Test Tips

You should carefully comprehend numerical data and information when analyzing graphs or tables in numerical reasoning questions. Look for key information in the question and read it thoroughly. Consider different perspectives, analyze trends and patterns, and use a pen and paper or a calculator to perform accurate calculations. Focus on relevant information while paying attention to units, estimate when necessary, and cross-reference data if possible.

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The next section is Verbal Reasoning. Verbal reasoning questions assess your ability to understand and analyse written information. These questions typically involve passages of text, such as paragraphs, short articles, or statements, followed by 3-4 related questions that test your comprehension, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills. In the Sova Assessment specifically, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to comprehend passages of text, to make inferences and deductions, and to assess various arguments, mostly in the form of deciding between "True", "False", or "Cannot say". 

Sova Verbal Reasoning

E-learning systems have been recently used by major corporations. These systems, in most cases, are used as an economical replacement for the long established leadership development programs. With the leadership role becoming increasingly complex on the one hand and budgets for one-on-one or group training shrinking on the other, e-learning is a simple and cost effective solution. By providing interactive courses using the Internet infrastructure directly to one's personal computer and supporting the learner in their own pace, e-learning can, at times, be more effective than other conventional forms of training. The content of such training varies significantly but is generally used for the adoption of new technologies, enhancing managerial capabilities and improving financial planning.

Sample Question #7


The internet infrastructure facilitates e-learning courses.




The correct answer is ‘True’.

The text states that e-learning provides interactive courses using the Internet infrastructure.

The answer is True.

Sample Question #8


Leadership development programes are a recent concept.




The correct answer is: 'False'.

This is a bit confusing as the first sentence in the passage argues that "E-learning systems have been recently used by major corporations" however, the statement refers to leadership development programs for which the text specifically states that they are "long established".

The answer is False.

Sample Question #9


E-learning is better than other conventional training methods.




The correct answer is: ‘Cannot Say’

According to the text: "e-learning can, at times, be more effective than other conventional forms of training."

It follows that there are more than a few instances in which e-training is less effective or as effective as other conventional forms of training. Therefore, "better" is not necessarily an appropriate description in this case and we can conclude the answer is cannot say.

Tips Sova Assessment Test Tip

To solve the verbal reasoning questions, you’ll need to derive conclusions from statements that appear to be ambiguous. Additionally, you might be asked to identify a syllogism, a form of deductive reasoning. When solving those questions, try to look for important keywords, phrases, or concepts in the passage that are relevant to the question. Highlight or underline these elements to help you reference them easily when answering the question within the time limit.

The next section in the Sova assessment is Situational Judgement. In this section, you'll be presented with realistic workplace scenarios and ask you to choose the most appropriate or effective response from a list of options. Remember, SJTs are designed to assess your judgment and decision-making abilities, so there is often no one "correct" answer, but there are more correct answers than others. It's important to approach these tests thoughtfully, considering the specific context and using your best judgment to determine the most appropriate course of action.

How Can You Score High on the Sova Assessment?

Although untimed, your Sova Assessment score is calculated based on how accurately and quickly you respond. Then, your score is compared to a group of people similar to you regarding age, education, and job experience.

For example, scoring in the 80th percentile means you did better than 80% of people in that comparison group.

The Sova assessment scores typically range from 1 to 100, with higher scores indicating better performance, though the scale can vary depending on the specific assessment.

Thus, to receive a high score in the Sova assessment, you not only need to master all the types of cognitive reasoning questions and highlight your best characteristics in the personality and SJT questions but also to be determined and fast while answering them.

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Sova Situational Judgement

Sample Question #10

The company you work for is experiencing financial difficulties. You have thought of a creative solution that will enable the recruitment of more clients. However, the downside is that the company will have to let go of a stable, loyal, but not-so-profitable client (due to a conflict of interest). Two out of three marketing people agree with you, while your manager does not because she believes this is too risky.

What is the least and most effective response to this situation?

A. You trust your manager's judgement and withdraw your proposition.

B. You present a document to your manager systematically detailing the advantages of your proposition and its contribution to the company. If she keeps insisting, you'll support her decision.

C. You implement your proposition despite the manager's resistance because you have great faith in it.

D. You confront your manager on the issue and insist that she accept your proposal. You are positive that you are right. You have the marketing people to back you and will not give up until you convince your manager otherwise.

Most Effective: B

Least Effective: C

Explanation: This item examines your understanding of the company structure and your ability to work under management, specifically to follow the chain of command and handle your relations with your superiors. The best response is one that balances your ability to work under management with your determination to achieve your goals—in this case, to advance your idea. 

Response A exhibits your understanding of the organisational structure and demonstrates your ability to work under management, specifically to follow the chain of command, as you stand by your superior's decision. This is not a bad choice. However, it shows a lack of determination and effort to achieve your goal, and hence a lack of achievement striving as you easily give up on your idea. 

Response B demonstrates achievement striving as you try to advance your idea forward. You present the advantages of your idea in an orderly fashion, using a rational argument, thus demonstrating good persuasion and motivation skills. You understand that if your manager keeps objecting, you must accept her position and follow her instructions. This response shows determination, on the one hand, and the ability to conform to the organisational structure and follow the chain of command, on the other. This therefore shows a balance between the two desirable competencies: working under management and achievement striving. 

Response C demonstrates conviction and determination. However, you completely ignore the organisational structure by going behind your manager's back, thus demonstrating your inability to work under management. Furthermore, if your manager is correct in this step being risky, your actions may have severe ramifications. This is an extremely negative choice reflecting poor judgement, defiance, and disloyalty towards your superior. 

Response D demonstrates achievement striving and is positive in the sense that you are determined to convince your manager that your idea is good for the organisation. However, this response shows poor social skills, specifically poor persuasion and motivation skills, as you don't conduct an open discussion with your manager. Rather, you try to coerce her into accepting your idea. 

The two positive responses are B and D. In both you demonstrate achievement striving by trying to advance your idea forward. Response C is better as you demonstrate persuasion and motivation skills using a rational and convincing argument, unlike response #4 which uses a slightly more aggressive approach.

The two negative responses are A and C. Although response #1 is a passive response, in this scenario response C is worse due to its potential ramifications and the fact that it disobeys the chain of command. 

Sample Question #11

You have worked with a client accounts team for a few months. In the past few months, you and the team have solved many problems and achieved many of your goals. You have also grown very fond of your teammates, and you consider them good friends. Your manager just approached you, telling you that he would like to transfer you to a different team, as your skills and experience can be useful for the types of tasks they are trying to solve.

What is the least and most effective response to this situation?

A. Tell your manager that you agree to the move. Ask for information about how you might contribute to the other team.

B. Tell your manager you understand that the other team needs you, but you wish to remain part of your old team. All of your friends are there, and you feel like you are more comfortable working with them.

C. Ask how your skills can benefit the other team before agreeing to the move.

Most Effective: A
Least Effective: B

Response A suggests that you agree to the move, and then gather information about how you can use your skills to contribute to the other team. By agreeing to the move, you are also showing organizational understanding and that you understand your skills can be used effectively in a way you may not yet comprehend.

You are also showing adaptability by proving you can deal with change in your work environment. Here, you are showing a willingness to put the organization’s needs before your own. It is, therefore, the most effective response.

Response B shows that you understand why you are needed, yet you decide not to cooperate with the move because of your personal preferences. Here, you lack organizational understanding by not truly accepting that the organization may need your skills elsewhere. You also show a lack of adaptability by being unwilling to adjust to a new situation. Note that you are currently in the position of applying for jobs. This response shows that you have a problem adjusting to new work and social situations -- qualities employers try to avoid. This is, therefore, the least effective response.

At first glance, response C seems like a good response. You are showing some independent thinking by trying to understand how your skills can benefit the team you are supposed to move to. However, note that you do not agree to the move until you get an explanation for how your skills can benefit the other team. This is tricky, as here you are showing resistance to change, which suggests you might lack adaptability skills. This response might also suggest a lack of organizational understanding by not accepting that sometimes your supervisor knows better than you are how your skills can benefit the organization. This is not the least effective response. Nonetheless, it is still less effective than response A.

Sample Question #12

You are working for an up-and-coming local business, which is selling and installing air conditioning systems for warehouses. Your role in the company is to solve problems and conflicts that arise from the daily routine of order processing, delivery scheduling, and installations. Since the growth in business activity is disproportional to the size of the technician staff, there are serious difficulties in delivering orders on time. This does not prevent the owner of the company from seeking new clients. Today, the owner informs you that he has just signed the company's biggest ever contract with a large automobile company. He has already ordered additional delivery vans and asks you to recruit eight more technicians immediately.

What is the least and most effective response to this situation?

A. Arrange a meeting with your existing technicians to inform them that the next couple of weeks are going to be hectic and that they should expect to work longer hours, possibly even on weekends when necessary.

B. Talk to the owner and advise him to rethink his plans, as your own experience indicates that the company's current difficulties would only increase and negatively impact on the ability to process orders on time, thus harming the company’s business reputation in the near future.

C. You believe it will take you some time to find new, talented technicians, so you ask the owner to postpone the order until you hire new staff members.

D. Immediately contact two employment agencies and find out how much it would cost to use their services to recruit eight technicians on a temporary basis.

Most Effective: D

Least Effective: B

Explanation: You are asked to find a solution to the problem presented in the scenario. The first step to finding a good solution is to identify the problem correctly. The problem is that you need more workers to deal with the growing work demand. Notice that the owner specifically asks you to recruit new technicians.
Let's consider each response individually:

Response A: This response may help in the short term with the excessive demand; however, it isn't the best action to take in this situation, most importantly because you are ignoring your manager's request (to hire new employees). Secondly, this solution doesn't seem to be optimal as it is unlikely that the existing employees will be able to do the work of the 8 new technicians needed in order to complete the new demand.

Response B: You avoid finding a solution to the problem and instead decide to advise the owner against his decision. This is an extremely negative choice as you don't show any problem-solving capabilities, and in addition, you criticise the owner's decision instead of searching for ways to execute it. Choosing this response could stem from misunderstanding the problem in the scenario, thinking that the main issue here is a conflict of views between you and the owner. But, in fact, your priority should be to execute your manager’s decisions, and therefore the main problem is the lack of staff during an increase in demand.

Response C: You avoid finding a solution to the problem and instead ask the owner to postpone the new obligation. This is a negative choice as you don't show any problem-solving capabilities, and in addition, you ask to postpone deadlines. Nevertheless, this is not the worst choice because you do not advise against the company owner's decision but try to find ways to carry it out.

Response D: You act quickly and resourcefully, tackling the core problem which is a shortage of technicians. Therefore, this is a positive response that displays excellent problem-solving abilities.

The best choice is response D, and the worst choice is response B.

Tips Sova Assessment Tip

Situational Judgement questions are different from any other examples presented so far. The main difference is that there’s no absolute right answer. The answers may include rating the most or least “correct” answer from a set of options, and sometimes more than one answer is acceptable.

Also, many questions have various responses, which must be ranked on a scale – creating an even more challenging test. We provide answers which, by our understanding, serve the attributes and values which the position demands best.

Another key difference is that the same questions may have different answers, depending on the position the assessment is taken for. I.e., a question may have different answers if considering a graduate position than it would have for a manager position – which focuses on different traits and abilities.

Use Our Comprehensive Practice Pack

More important information and lots of SJT practice questions can be found at our Sova Assessment PrepPack.

Sova Checking Assessment

The next section in the Sova assessment is Checking and Accuracy. In this section, you will be presented with long lists of digits arranged as codes, text, or tables. Your task may be to correctly identify a certain element within these digit fields, check if two distinct series of digits are identical, etc. This test is designed to assess your ability to check the accuracy of sequences of figures given to you. The main idea behind it is to evaluate whether you can remain focused on minor yet critical details without making a mistake for a long period — and do so rapidly. 

Sample Question #13

Please select the identical code to the one shown.






Correct answer is d57FVσ0yu

Sample Question #14

Customer Name: Mr. Lucas E Hunt

Customer ID: 5698759486HO6

Transaction ID


Amount (£GBP)






















On which date was transaction 229379053390Y6?




The correct answer is 02/02/2019

Sova Personality Assessment

We are now moving to the Sova Personality test. Each question set will contain four statements regarding workplace qualities or behaviors.

You must rank each statement from 'Least like me' to 'Most like me’. You will have five columns to choose from, and you cannot give the same score to two statements within one question. When practicing the following questions, consider this restriction.

Sample Question #15

1. It doesn't bother me a great deal if others make fun of me and taunt me

A. Strongly Disagree

B. Disagree

C. Neutral

D. Agree

E. Strongly Agree

This question refers to the Self-Consciousness trait. While having no absolute answer – since questions accumulate to a specific score among a range for each trait, it is negative when considering the trait (answering a or b will increase the overall score of the trait).

Sample Question #16

2. During discussions, I usually lead most of the conversation

A. Strongly Disagree

B. Disagree

C. Neutral

D. Agree

E. Strongly Agree

This question refers to the Assertiveness trait. While having no absolute answer – since questions accumulate to a specific score among a range for each trait, it is positive when considering the trait (answering d or e will increase the overall score of the trait).

Sample Question #17

3. I make an effort to be polite to anyone I encounter

A. Strongly Disagree

B. Disagree

C. Neutral

D. Agree

E. Strongly Agree

This question refers to the Altruism trait. While having no absolute answer – since questions accumulate to a specific score among a range for each trait, it is positive when considering the trait (answering d or e will increase the overall score of the trait).

Tips Sova Assessment Test Tip

Personality Assessments such as the BIG5 are essential for employers to evaluate different traits and aspects of your personality, predicting how well you will fit into your potential role – socially, professionally, etc. While it is always recommended to be honest when answering personality questions, understanding the test and the way different answers reflect on you is highly recommended prior to taking the test. 

Congratulations! You have successfully completed our Sova Free Test. Now that you're familiarised with the Sova Sections and question types, and you have been introduced to different solving techniques, it is time to begin your practice. Read comprehensive guides to refresh your mathematical and verbal knowledge, as well as logical and special knowledge and skills questions. Test yourself in narrow time frames to reach a high score in the actual exam to increase your ability like nothing else – while utilising unique tips and quick-solving techniques.

Among the companies that use the Sova assessments are The Equinor Graduate ProgrammeSantander Online Bank TestBain Online Test, and Herbert Smith Freehills Graduate. Without knowledge of all solving techniques and tips, and methodical practice, it will be very difficult to achieve high scores and get a job offer from those firms. For a price starting at 39, you can buy our comprehensive PrepPack, which can guarantee a substantial improvement before the test.

Our Sova Assessment PrepPack includes comprehensive preparation materials, including:

  • 30+ Cognitive Aptitude Practice Tests - Including all the topics you'll face in the exam - Checking, Numerical, Verbal, and Logical Reasoning. The practice tests will allow you to practice your weak points thoroughly, gain confidence with the different types of questions, and, therefore, be less anxious on test day. 
  • 30+ Personality & Situational Judgement Practice Tests -  Providing you with an opportunity to understand the common types and the logic behind the questions Sova uses in their personality and situational judgment tests. Includes full Sova Personality Test Guide and Simulation.
  • Dedicated Video Tutorials & Study Guide - enabling a deep understanding of the theory behind each test section and the most optimal techniques to answer the questions.

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