SHL is a leading test provider, primarily in the US and UK but also with a significant international presence and accounts for around a quarter of all pre-employment test provision.
CEB SHL tests are notoriously difficult, with an average passing rate of less than 20%. Harsh time restrictions and unfamiliar concepts are responsible for so many candidates being caught unprepared. For candidates required to take this aptitude test, there is very little time given between being asked to take the test and actually sitting it - usually, a candidate has a matter of days to prepare. If you are going to take an SHL assessment test, time is critical.
So you’ve applied for a great job with a renowned company, or perhaps a sponsored internship to see you through your university degree. You’ve got a great education and strong qualifications under your belt. You’ve been asked to take a pre-employment cognitive ability test - piece of cake, right?
Wrong.One of the most common stumbling blocks encountered by test-takers is that they underestimated the difficulty of this test. The SHL test was designed to be extremely challenging, so that prestigious employers can find the very best candidates.
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The SHL test comes in five primary categories, all of which are covered by our Comprehensive SHL Preparation Course. Here are some free SHL practice test questions from each category:
This covers a range of mathematical topics, assessing the candidate’s ability to deal with medium-to-high complexity questions in a very limited timeframe. In these instances, knowledge of how to use a calculator is extremely important.
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The ratio of tasks done by Pam to those done by Zoe is supposed to be 2:3. If Pam has done 24 tasks and Zoe has done 29 tasks then how many more should Zoe do?
This covers a number of topics from conventional logic questions to analogies & antonyms. These questions assess the candidate’s ability to handle tracts of verbal information, as well as to assess competence with the English language.
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Assumptions:
Every bus goes through the freeway to get to the city everyday except Monday, where they take a different route.
Jane works in the city and always takes the bus to work.
Taxis are available 24/7 and can take you anywhere you want to go.
Conclusion
Jane takes a taxi to work every Monday.
If the assumptions are true, then the conclusion is:
This covers the figural component of CEB SHL testing, which is in essence an assessment of logical reasoning skills without any language-related barriers. Similar to a culture/language-neutral IQ test, this is an assessment of your logical ability when presented with abstract concepts.
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Mechanical reasoning is concerned with the candidate’s ability to understand and visualise the solutions to mechanical problems. This component is usually administered in the screening process for jobs in mechanics and engineering.
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How do the pressures at the bottom of the containers shown in the figure compare if there is the same volume of liquid in all containers?
In this course, we provide more than sample tests. This course equips you with foolproof tactics to take on the questions presented in CEB SHL tests in order to ensure that you can answer questions accurately and effectively. Most resources found online focus entirely on sample questions, and prepare the test-taker very little for the actual test - after all, conventional schools offer a lesson-based curriculum to study for tests, rather than flooding their students with questions and no explanations.
This course is the foremost resource for those who wish to effectively prepare for their SHL test and secure the position they are applying for, by improving two main factors :
While your competitors will be worried and unsure of what to expect, you will be calm, cool and collected, knowing exactly what is coming your way and exactly how to handle it. Gain the upper hand in test success and sign up today.
Rory Barrett is the author of many psychometric prep books. He has been the Head of Mathematics at three high schools as well as the Deputy Headmaster at Saint Kentigern College. He has 35 years of experience tutoring and preparing students for psychometric employment assessments such as SHL, Predictive index, CAT , CCAT etc.
✓ Strategy and Time management - The SHL test comes with an extremely limited time allowance. Under this time pressure, it is easy to make mistakes. This course will walk you through how to keep your cool in this situation so you can answer questions quickly and effectively.
✓ Recognizing and Avoiding time traps - The SHL test contains a number of online test questions which are intentionally harder than others in order to trip up test-takers. This course comes fully-equipped with the strategies required to avoid these stumbling blocks.
✓ Full preparation for all question types - This course is all-inclusive. That means that it will prepare you for all the standard SHL tests. Whether your test is numerical, verbal, mechanical or personality-based, we’ve got you covered.
✓ How to approach the behavioural assessment - The SHL behavioural assessment can often be an unknown factor for test-takers. Our SHL personality module covers everything you need to know about this, so you can approach the behavioural assessment with confidence.
The SHL test was not designed to be easy, and that’s why such a large number of employers use it to select the cream of the crop. In fact, SHL aptitude tests are so difficult that the passing rate is under 20%. For every five candidates, only one will pass. This is why it is absolutely vital to ensure that you are properly prepared for this test.
HSBC | Amazon | Morgan Stanley | PwC |
Dublin Airport Authority | EE | John Lewis Partnership | Costa Coffee |
Ericsson | Dublin Airport Authority | Air France | EDP |
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If you’ve been asked to take a CEB SHL test, you probably don’t have a lot of time between now and sitting the course. The passing rate is very low, and the job roles this psychometric test is administered for are good.Time is short, and you have a lot to gain by getting this right.
Whether you are confident with taking tests or haven’t sat a single examination in years, this course has something to offer.
This SHL Test Preparation Course is perfect for:
This course has been meticulously designed, making use of years of expertise in order to put together the most comprehensive and concise SHL preparation course available on the market and is all you need for success on the SHL test, so that you may ace this aptitude test and secure that dream career!
SHL is a leading test provider, primarily in the US and UK but also with a significant international presence and accounts for around a quarter of all pre-employment test provision.
CEB SHL tests are notoriously difficult, with an average passing rate of less than 20%. Harsh time restrictions and unfamiliar concepts are responsible for so many candidates being caught unprepared. For candidates required to take this aptitude test, there is very little time given between being asked to take the test and actually sitting it - usually, a candidate has a matter of days to prepare. If you are going to take an SHL assessment test, time is critical.
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A straight hedge is 1554 feet long and a bike is 6 feet long. How many bikes could be parked, end-to-end, along the hedge?
This diagram shows the results in tests that Mary and Jane got during the first 5 months of this year. In which month was the ratio of the marks that Mary got to the marks that Jane got closest to 2:3?
A borrower has to pay a fixed installment of £438 in a bank for repayment of a £30000 loan taken over a period of 7 years as shown in the table.
What is the total amount the borrower has to pay to the bank until he repays the entire loan?
A borrower has to pay a fixed installment of £438 in a bank for repayment of a £30000 loan taken over a period of 7 years as shown in the table.
How much percent does the bank earns by this client?
Given that an adult male needs 2500 calories per day to maintain his actual weight, calculate how many kilograms of avocados must he eat in order to keep his weight if no other foods are available?
Which of the fruits shown in the table is the least calorific one?
Which currency is the strongest based on the cross rates table shown below?
A goalkeeper plays 95% of a 90-minute football match and then is injured. How many minutes will the substitute goalkeeper play? Extra time is neglected in this question.
What is ?, if 96 ÷ 12 ×? =16
If 24 workers can produce 20 T-shirts in a certain time, how many T-shirts can 6 workers produce during the same time?
What is ?, if ? + 133=6012
The diagram above shows the car sales during the first 5 months of last year of Carl and Bill, the salespeople at Ace Cars LTD. Which month saw the ratio Bill’s sales: Carl’s sales equal to 3:4?
The table below shows the list of average salaries in the countries of European Union for the last two years (2017 and 2018). Answer the questions 13 – 16 based on the data provided by this table.
Which one of the first 5 countries in the list had the greatest increase of the net average salary (in percentage) during the last year?
The table below shows the list of average salaries in the countries of European Union for the last two years (2017 and 2018). Answer the questions 13 – 16 based on the data provided by this table.
Which country from the last five countries shown in the table had the lowest percent increase in net average salary during the last year?
The table below shows the list of average salaries in the countries of European Union for the last two years (2017 and 2018). Answer the questions 13 – 16 based on the data provided by this table.
What is the actual average net salary of EU as a whole?
The table below shows the list of average salaries in the countries of European Union for the last two years (2017 and 2018). Answer the questions 13 – 16 based on the data provided by this table.
How many EU countries did experience negative increase in the average salaries during the last year?
Euro to Japanese Yen exchange rate for June 20, 2019 is shown below.
A tourist intended to convert 2000 Euros to Japanese Yens (JPY) but he forgot to do this in the morning (at the open rate). He exchanged his Euros at the closure rate. How many Yens did he lost due to this delay?
A small company composed by the owner and three employee sells various goods. The owner gives as a bonus 2% of total turnover to each employee if he / she sells more than $20 000 of goods in a month, then 3% of total turnover for more than $30 000, 4% for turnovers more than $ 40 000 and so on. The table below shows the monthly wages and the turnover of each employee in the last month.
What was the total expense of company during the last month?
If 4 tailors can sew 20 pants in 18 days, how long would it take for 12 tailors to sew 10 pants?
Hi, and welcome to Prepterminal’s Definitive, All-Inclusive SHL Crash Course.
In the following modules, we’ll walk you through the test-taking techniques we’ve developed over years of carefully studying SHL’s tests. These strategies will aid you in immediately eliminating incorrect answers, quickly identifying patterns, and effectively managing your time so that you can optimise your performance on this test.
In this module, we will discuss the contents of the test, and the structure of the course. We’ll lay out the rationale behind creating this course, what makes it unique, and how best to study from it. After this, we’ll finish up with some of our best test-taking tips to get you started off on the right foot.
As you go through the modules, take your time - there is a lot of information to digest, and it’s important that you absorb all of it if you’re to maximize your performance in this test. If you find that you need to pause and review parts of the videos or read the text transcript in order to consolidate your understanding, go ahead and do so.
Last but not least - we’re very pleased to see you here. We hope you enjoy the course, and that it’ll be of great benefit to you. Good luck!
Test Structure
The questions on the SHL course can vary in difficulty, though none of them are exceptionally difficult to a point that they require a prior education in any particular field. You see, this test is a metric of general intelligence and competence under pressure rather than a test of learned knowledge.
That is not to say that this test is easy - if you have taken the sample test, you may have been lead to believe based on the simplicity of the questions that the test will be a walk in the park. That notion could not be further from the truth. Certainly, if time were no object in this test, then everybody would perform well. Unfortunately, however,
The average passing on the SHL test is found to be under 20%, meaning that a majority of test-takers fail to pass in the end. This is due to the fact that the test comes with an extremely tight time limit; while the questions are not individually exceptionally difficult, the time factor is a huge stumbling block for unprepared test-takers.
All questions are weighed equally, and the test neither increases in difficulty, nor adapts to right or wrong answers. You won’t earn extra points for answering complex spatial-reasoning questions or multi-step algebraic equations.
Because you’ll need to judiciously skip time-consuming questions, even one wrong answer could have a catastrophic effect on your overall score. After all, every point counts on the SHL test. As such, when you are faced with a question, you must think critically and make decisions quickly. Success is contingent upon your capacity to work efficiently and intelligently; pre-existing knowledge is not as much of a factor.
By following the guidelines and methodology that we laid out for you, you’ll be able to easily weave your way through the test skipping and guessing strategically to a higher score. By understanding how test-takers design the test, we seek to ensure that you’ll be more than prepared when test day comes.
The SHL test is far more challenging than it seems. Far too often, hardworking and talented individuals are being turned away from jobs they were otherwise qualified for simply because their test scores were too low.
While the SHL test can be useful as a metric of ability, many highly competent individuals fail the test for no reason other than their unfamiliarity with the structure.
We have created this course so that busy people such as yourself can prepare for this test as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve been out of school for a few years, or are just nervous, we seek to provide promising candidates the tools they need to effectively take on this challenging psychometric test.
While the SHL test is difficult, anybody can succeed if they are armed with a proven test-taking strategy and well-prepared tactics for the SHL test’s different question categories. We believe that nobody should be turned away from their dream job or institution just because they didn’t know what to expect from a standardized test.
This is one of the only online courses devoted solely to the SHL test. Being far more than a cursory review, our test prep modules are deeply focused upon the skills you need for success. Avoiding extraneous tips, needless steps and general nonsense, our resources are both incredibly comprehensive and extremely practical.
Our goal in this course is not to teach you basic mathematics; nor is it to teach you the English skills for the test - you can find this kind of help anywhere in abundance. In all likelihood, you already know everything you’ll need for the test. As we mentioned before, the questions on the test are not all that difficult.
In this course, we explain exactly how to approach every one of the different question types within the given time limit. Our step-by-step video tutorials show you the shortcuts you should be using at every opportunity.
Our course curriculum is divided into five different sections.
If you haven’t done so already, click over to the “Free Test” tab to take a sample SHL test.
The questions are very similar to the ones you’ll encounter on the actual exam. We want you to take this test first before you begin watching the modules so that you can measure your progress. We also want you to take the test first so you’ll better understand what kind of challenges you’ll be facing before we show you how to overcome them.
We’ll go through our general approach to the test and give you an overall survey of SHL strategies. Many of these you’ll find at the end of this module.
Once you have a better understanding of the test overall, we’ll focus in on the questions themselves. We’ll spend the majority of the course learning specific tactics and tricks designed for the different kinds of questions you’ll see later.
Finally, we’ll put these strategies into practice on real sample tests.
After each sample test, you’ll review all of the test questions including the ones you answered correctly. With our detailed explanations, we’ll help you fill in any gaps in your knowledge.
Go through the course curriculum as it was designed starting with the diagnostic test and ending with the practice tests. Make sure that you watch each video at least twice. While it may seem unnecessary at times, we want to make sure that you fully absorb the material so you can implement it later on. Trust us on this one. Repetition is the key to mastery. If you want to reprogram your brain to rapidly speed through tricky questions, you’ll need to give it time to adjust.
By working through this course thoroughly with a focus on our time-efficient methodologies, your chances at success in the SHL Test will improve dramatically.
Thanks for choosing Prepterminal to be your partner in test success, and once again, good luck!
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What is ?, if ? × 2=1152
9 children each had the same number of books. Their parents had 153 books. The combination of the children’s books and their parents was 234 books. How many books did each child have ?
What is ?, if 756 ÷ ? ÷ 3 × 780 ÷ 60=39
Alan, Bob and Cathy have $1234 between them. Bob has $671 and Cathy has $436. How much does Alan have?
What is ?, if ? ÷ 17 =29
Introduction
1-2-3-4 operations questions check your ability to do basic calculations quickly. In this test, it is important to note that on numerical tests a calculator is almost always allowed; after all, these tests are intended to measure your numerical ability in a work setting, where calculators are certainly not prohibited. In order to fully prepare you for any situation, we will look at how to solve questions in this
When using a calculator, make sure that you are completely familiar with the one that you are going to use. This is absolutely essential and cannot be stressed enough.
Before we begin, it is important to recall the basic operations of arithmetic, which are addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Order of Operations
When using a calculator, you do not have to worry about the order of mathematical operations, as the calculator automatically does these. When calculators are not permitted, you must know the correct order of mathematical operations. In Canada and the USA, the abbreviation PEMDAS help people remember this order. PEMDAS represents Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction. Parentheses are brackets.
The questions will involve 1, 2 , 3 or 4 arithmetical operations, sometimes in word form. The approach needed usually involves the reversal of PEMDAS. This will be explained as we proceed.
Let’s take a look at an example where this is not of great importance:
One Operation Questions.
Question: ? × 7 = 798
A 104
B 112
C 109
D 114
E 125
How to answer with a calculator
The operation in this problem is multiplication. The inverse operation of multiplication is division. All we need to do here is to apply inverse operations on both sides of the equation, in order to obtain the answer. Divide by 7:
798÷ 7 = 114
Hence, the answer is D.
How to answer without a calculator
When answering manually, knowledge of times tables is vital.
Here is the basic times table. Make sure you know it thoroughly.
Always look at one’s digit [ in this case 8 of 798].
The only numbers, which multiply with 7 to give a number ending in 1 must end with 4, so the only possibilities are A or D. A is too small [easy to multiply], so the answer is D.
Question: ? × 38 = 760
A 23
B 16
C 17
D 18
E 20
How to answer with a calculator
All we need to do here is to apply inverse operations on both sides of the equation, in order to get the answer:
? = 760 ÷ 38 = 20
Hence, the answer is E.
How to answer without a calculator
Always look at ones digit [in this case 2 of 722].
The only numbers, which multiply with 8 [of 38] to give a number, which ends in 0 end with 5 or 0. No choice ends in 5, so the answer is E.
Question: What is ?, if ? ÷ 157=14 :
A 2190
B 2197
C 2873
D 2196
E 2198
How to answer with a calculator
All we need to do here is to apply inverse operations on both sides of the equation, in order to get the answer. The inverse operation of ÷ is × :
? = 14 ×157 = 2198. The answer is E.
How to answer without a calculator
We must still multiply 14 ×157.
Always look at ones digits [ in this case 4 × 7 = 28].
We must get a number finishing with 8. This immediately rules out A, B, C and D. The only possible choice is E.
Question: A straight hedge is 1644 feet long and a bike is 6 feet long. How many bikes could be parked, end-to-end, along the hedge?
Options:
How to answer with a calculator
This is a word problem.
The number of bikes × 6 = 1644. Using inverse operations, the number of bikes = 1644 ÷ 6 = 274. The correct answer is D.
How to answer without a calculator
Always look at ones digit [ in this case 4 of 1554].
The only numbers, which multiply with 6 to give a number, which ends in 4, end with 4 or 9. Only possible choices are A, B or D. It cannot be A as 119 × 6 < 120 × 6 = 720. It cannot be B as 904×6 > 900 × 6 = 5400, so the answer is D.
Sometimes there are two operations.
(5) ? ÷ 24 × 6 = 96
A 539
B 358
C 386
D 307
E 384
How to answer with a calculator
All we need to do here is to apply inverse operations to get the answer:
? = 96 ÷ 6 × 24= 424
Hence, the answer is E.
How to answer without a calculator
First, mentally divide 96 by 6 to get 16.
Then 104 ÷ 4 × 24= 16 × 24.
Always look at ones digits [ in this case 6 × 4 = 24].
We must get a number finishing with 4. This immediately rules out A, B,C and D. The only possible choice is E.
Question: What is ?, if 215 ÷ 5 − ? = 23
A 21
B 23
C 17
D 20
E 16
This is a simple problem and an interesting one.
There are a number of equally valid ways of solving it.
Here is one, which is more formal than the other that is given here.
The subtraction on the left side of = is equivalent to addition on the right side of the =.
Therefore, 215÷5 = 23 + ? and ? = 215÷5 - 23.
How to answer with a calculator
Just put that calculation into your calculator and get 20. The choice is D.
How to answer without a calculator
For this question, mentally divide 215 by 5 to get 43.
Then 43 - 23= 20.The choice is D.
Question: 19 people each had the same number of books. Their children had 150 books. The combination of the children’s books and those of their parents was 378 books. How many books did each parent have ?
How to answer with a calculator
This is a word problem. Let ? be the number of books each parent had.
? × 19 + 150 = 378. Using inverse operations, ? = the number of books = (378 – 150) ÷ 6 = 19. The answer is A.
How to answer without a calculator
Always look at one’s digit [in this case 0 of 150 and 8 of 378]. The first inverse operation is 378 – 150. The ones digits give 8 – 0 = 8.
The only numbers, which multiply with 9 to give a number, which ends in 8 end with 2. Only possible answer is A.
Some problems have three operations.
Question: What is?, if 100 × ? ÷125 × 7= 336
(a) 60
(b) 66
(c) 50
(d) 44
(e) 59
How to answer with a calculator
Just use inverse operations, as we are only dealing with × and ÷, which have no priority over each other.
?= 336 ÷ 7 × 125 ÷ 100 = 60. The choice is A.
How to answer without a calculator
If you only have a fixed time of a few seconds between questions you would have to be very good at mental arithmetic to do this.
There are all sorts of strategies with this sort of problem. In this case, you could divide 336 by 7 and get 48 and you might notice that both 125 and 100 can be divided by 25 so 125 ÷ 100 = 5 ÷ 4. After these, ? = 48 × 5 ÷ 4 = 60. The choice is A.
For these questions, a good amount of practice is extremely helpful as part of your preparation for this exam.
Question: What is?, if 100 + ? - 125 + 87= 336
A 64
B 366
C 250
D 274
E 359
How to answer with a calculator
Just use inverse operations, as we are only dealing with + and -, which have no priority over each other.
? = 336 - 87 + 125 - 100 = 274. The choice is D.
How to answer without a calculator
If you only have a fixed time of a few seconds between questions you would have to be very good at mental arithmetic to do this.
Despite this, as the calculation only involves + and - you can probably succeed.
If 100 + ? - 125 + 87= 336 then ? - 25 + 87= 336 and ? + 62= 336 hence ? = 336 - 62 = 330 + 6 - 60 - 2 = 270 + 4 = 274.
Finally, 4 operations.
This type of question can be quite a bit more complicated to approach, and is usually only possible to solve quickly with the aid of a calculator. If you are unable to use a calculator and are facing this kind of question, it is recommended to skip it in favor of easier questions in the test. This manner of question without the aid of a calculator is often a major time trap, and should be approached with caution.
Question: What is ?, if 936 ÷ ? ÷3 × 693 ÷ 77 = 27
A 108
B 105
C 100
D 101
E 104
How to answer with a calculator
936 ÷ ? ÷3 × 693 ÷ 77 = 27 is equivalent to
936 ÷ 3 × 693 ÷ 77 = 27× ?
So, ? = 936 ÷3×693÷77÷ 27 = 104. The answer is E.
How to answer without a calculator
? = 936 ÷3×693÷77÷ 27.
Try and simplify:
(i) 3 divides into 936
(ii) 11 divides into 693 and 77
Using these, we get ? = 312 × 63÷7÷ 27
(i) 3 divides into 312 and 27
(ii) 7 divides into 63
Using these, we get ? = 104 × 9÷ 9 = 104. The answer is E.
Summary
As we have explored, one/two/three/four operation questions may seem simple on the surface, but require a bit of critical thinking to solve in a time-efficient and accurate manner. As long as you remember your times tables and the appropriate application of it along with the methodology discussed in this guide, you have nothing to fear when approaching your numerical test.