SHL Practice Tests

We believe that working through verbal reasoning SHL practice tests will help you to achieve your peak SHL psychometric test performance.

There are many other SHL practice test options suggested here, in addition to verbal reasoning SHL practice tests.

  1. SJT One practice
  2. Situational Judgement Test Two practice
  3. Inductive Reasoning Test practice
  4.  Deductive Reasoning Test practice
  5. Verbal Reasoning Test practice
  6. Numerical Reasoning Test practice
  7. Situational Judgement Test One practice
  8. Inductive Reasoning Test practice
  9. Deductive Reasoning Test practice

Free online numerical reasoning SHL practice test

 Free online numerical reasoning test practice

More free online verbal reasoning SHL practice test

Free online verbal reasoning test practice

SHL Practice Test Bundle 1

Access to the SHL Practice Test Bundle 1 for a single attempt at the following practice tests: Numerical Reasoning Practice Test One || Verbal Reasoning Practice Test One

SHL Practice Test Bundle 2

Access to the SHL Practice Test Bundle 2 for a single attempt at the following practice tests: SHL Numerical Reasoning Practice Test Two || SHL Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Two

SHL Psychometric Test Practice 

Intro to SHL Personality Testing 

In our opinion, most medium to large-sized organisations recruiting graduates now use SHL psychometric tests. Therefore you must understand what an SHL psychometric tests looks like, how SHL psychometric tests work, and how they can achieve their best possible performance by practicing using SHL practice tests.

Thus, SHL’s OPQ is one of the most popular personality tests used by UK employers for selection. This has been true for many years, although Saville Consulting’s WAVE has increasing popularity. The Myers Briggs personality test has been the most popular personality test for developmental purposes for the last 20-30 years.

SHL Personality Test Tips

  • Firstly, employers are looking for certain personality traits in any role – as indicators of high job performance in key areas. The OPQ has 32 personality traits grouped into categories such as Sociability, Influence and Thinking Style. For example, the Influence grouping of personality traits includes the personality traits of being Persuasive, Outspoken, Independent-Minded.
  • Check for a “faking scale” which for the OPQ personality test is called the Social Desirability scale. This measures how socially desirable your responses are. An example question with socially desirable responses, such as never lying, that everyone lies.
  • Thirdly, read each personality test question carefully and don’t lose your concentration before you reach the end of the personality test.
  • Check whether you will be doing either the ipsative or normative version. There are three main types of personality test: ipsative (forced-choice); normative; or nipsative (a mixture of normative and ipsative personality test format).
  • There are no time limits when completing such a personality questionnaire.
  • Finally, since this is a personality test, there are no right and wrong answers.

Other Pre-Hire Assessments Practice

SHL aptitude tests practice

How to do well on SHL aptitude tests 

Pre-employment tests are used by many companies as a standard part of the recruitment process. If you’re currently applying for jobs, you’re likely to face psychometric testing. Both personality assessment and some of the most commonly used aptitude tests. These measure numerical, verbal and logical reasoning.

How you perform matters. Nearly 90 percent of companies said they would reject candidates if the test showed them to be deficient in basic skills, according to a survey by the American Management Association. 

Companies use pre-employment tests to identify which candidates are most likely to perform well on the job, potentially saving time and cost in the recruitment process and decreasing employee turnover. Skills tests are used to verify whether a candidate has the skills they say they have, and are proficient enough to do the job. Aptitude tests are more general and are used to evaluate an applicant’s ability to learn new skills and indicate how they may react to different situations once hired. 
Employers may ask you to take a test – often delivered online at home – after you’ve made an initial application or may invite you to an assessment centre after a successful interview. 

SHL aptitude tests practice

How to do well on SHL numerical reasoning tests

  • The general advice given for SHL numerical reasoning tests is typically that some focussed test practice will improve your score. Unfortunately, there aren’t any quick wins for being good at Maths.
  • Give your “first response”. Don’t second guess what is being looked for since “faking” and lying are easily picked up.
  • As a timed test you need to average around one minute per question. Work briskly but accurately.
  • Each question counts the same so pick off the easy ones first and don’t waste your test time on the most difficult questions.
  • Practise some of the most common numerical test types at the main test publisher websites. For this reason alone, we strongly advise practising sample questions from Kenexa-IBM, TalentQ and SHL sites.
  • Ensure that you are comfortable using data tables, interpreting graphs and manipulating large financial figures.

SHL aptitude tests practice

How to do well on SHL verbal reasoning tests

SHL verbal reasoning tests come in many different types of format. The traditional comprehension format is to have a short text passage followed by a series of questions about facts, opinions, conclusions from the passage content. A bit like those English tests in primary school where you answered questions on a novel extract. Regardless of the type of test, it’s vital to remember:

  • To carefully read each question. Often questions hinge on 1-2 key words so you must take more care to interpret these accurately.
  • If questioned whether something “always” applies whilst the passage states that it is “sometimes” the case, then this is a false interpretation.
  • One useful strategy is to scan the passage initially, then to read it in more detail.
  • It’s more efficient as you answer each question if you can recall roughly where to find the answer in the passage. 

SHL aptitude tests practice

How to do well on SHL abstract reasoning tests

SHL abstract reasoning tests ask you to look for the changing pattern(s) in the “pictures”. The easier questions typically at the start of the test, will involve one change in colour, position, size etc of the figures shown.

Questions become more difficult as you must spot two or three changes in any of the features shown. Once you know one of the feature changes, check each answer option to discount any in conflict with it.

You can find more detailed advice in our non verbal reasoning test article for City Kids online magazine.

Familiarity with the test format help. Leading test publishers Kenexa-IBM and TalentQ have excellent sample questions for you to practise any of these test types. Alongside SHL’s practise test pages these three sites cover most of the psychometric tests you are likely to find. You can ask in advance which test publisher’s test you will take.