About SHL Tests

SHL Talent Measurement Solutions are a part of Gartner’s (formerly CEB) talent management services. Their psychometric tests are used by employers to evaluate and compare a number of abilities in job candidates, and cover numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning tests, inductive reasoning tests, personality questionnaires, and motivation questionnaires, delivered either online or on paper. The company operates in over 30 languages, deploys solutions in over 150 countries and maintains a presence in over 50 countries, and is a trusted partner to 90% of the Fortune 500, nearly 75% of the Dow Jones Asian Titans and over 85% of the FTSE 100.

Aptitude tests deployed by SHL are intended to assess an individual’s maximum ability in an identified competency which is important for success in a given role – for instance, the inductive/deductive reasoning tests may be particularly essential in the screening process of a law firm in order to identify the ability of candidates to think fluidly in a legal environment.

Types of SHL Tests

SHL provides a wide variety of SHL tests and even produces bespoke tests for clients to meet specific requirements in employee screening. The main tests are:


Numerical Reasoning: These tests assess a candidate’s ability to understand and utilize numerical or statistical data. Data is presented to the candidate, who must use said data in order to answer a given question


Verbal Reasoning: These tests assess a candidate’s ability to comprehend and critically evaluate passages of written information. Candidates are presented with a passage of information, and based upon the premise of the passage must identify the truthfulness of given statements.


Inductive Reasoning: These tests assess a candidate’s ability to identify relationships between given items, using neither numerical or verbal ability, instead making use of shapes or patterns in order to identify pure raw intelligence.


Mechanical Comprehension: These tests assess a candidate’s ability to understand and apply basic mechanical and physical principles, using questions based on various mechanical mechanisms and situations such as pulleys and belts, where the candidate must identify the correct answer based on their mechanical knowledge.


Spatial Awareness: These tests assess a candidate’s comprehension of spatial dimensions and ability to manipulate the spatial dimensions of shapes. Candidates are often required to answer questions about rotation or reflection, or they may be required to identify the correct 3d shape which would be created by 2d plans.


Situational Judgment: These tests are psychological assessments which examine a candidate’s judgment in presented work-based scenarios.

1. SHL Test Questions & Answers

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Below, you will find an example for each listed category of SHL test, with answers and explanations provided:

SHL Numerical Reasoning

Botten’s Bottles Ltd. Product Range
ProductsCost per Unit (USD)Sale Price per Unit (USD)Profit per unit (USD)
Coppice I7.41.90.312.93.3
Coppice II6.82.40.412.64

Question:- If 100 USD were spent producing each product, which would be projected to yield the highest profit?

  1. Coppice I
  2. Coppice II
  3. Oakthorpe
  4. Kingshurst-A
  5. Kingshurst-S

Solution:First, we must identify the total input cost ‘c’ of each product. This is achieved easily by subtracting profit from sales price. The input costs are as follows:

A: 9.6
B: 8.6
C: 6.5
D: 17.5
E: 20

Now, we divide the money input ‘m’ by the cost of making the product ‘c’ to find the volume of each product ‘y’ one can produce with that amount of money:

This yields the following volumes of production for each product:

A: 10.41
B: 11.627
C: 15.38
D: 5.714
E: 5

As one cannot sell a fraction of a product, we round down the number of products ‘y’ to the nearest whole number:

A: 10
B: 11
C: 15
D: 5
E: 5

Now, we multiply these values by the profit per product ‘p’ to reach the total profit ‘P’.

This yields the values:

A: 33.3
B: 44
C: 39
D: 12.5
E: 25

And so, this gives the answer: B, Coppice II yields the highest profit given a $100 investment.

2. SHL Verbal Reasoning


“A certain high street restaurant finds it beneficial to employ temporary staff during the summer. Due to a combination of permanent staff seeking holiday time and others taking holiday leave in other professions the restaurant does not have the permanent staff available to meet the full demand. This manner of employment often attracts students who seek to save money in between terms, who may later return as well-qualified recruits for higher management roles in the organization. By ensuring that temporary staff are educated about the restaurant’s operation in as much depth as possible, the restaurant encourages interest in pursuing a full recruitment with the restaurant’s corporate office in future, depending on the subject the student has studied. Restaurants pay temporary staff the same per-hour rate as permanent staff, but without the entitlement to sick leave or bonus schemes.”

Statement 1: Temporary staff are hired at a 1:1 ratio to the number of permanent staff taking holiday time.

  • True
  • False
  • Cannot Say

Statement 2: If no restaurant staff took holiday time, the restaurant would not hire any temporary staff during the summer.

  • True
  • False
  • Cannot Say

Statement 3: Temporary staff are paid only for hours worked.

  • True
  • False
  • Cannot Say


Statement 1: Cannot say. The replacement ratio of permanent staff to temporary staff is not given, and the training of permanent staff cannot be taken into account or assumed as it is not outright stated in the test.

Statement 2: False. As the shortfall in staff comes from both staff taking leave and increased seasonal demand, there remains a shortfall even if no staff took leave. As a result, temporary staff would still be taken on if no permanent staff took leave, albeit a lower number.

Statement 3: True. As no sick leave or bonuses are afforded to temporary staff, they are paid only for hours worked.

3. SHL Inductive Reasoning



Which image is next in the sequence?

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E

Aanswer E – Each new star is a different color to the previous star, and the colors switch with each new image. As the previous star to the right of the new star was orange and is now yellow, the new star is orange.

4. SHL Mechanical Comprehension



Question: Which wheels are turning clockwise?

  1. A, D, F
  2. C & F
  3. A, B, D, E
  4. None

Answer: C – As the belt is moving clockwise, the upper half is moving to the right and the lower half is moving to the left. The wheels contained within the belt rather than those on the outside will be pulled clockwise with the belt, while those on the outside will be pulled in the opposite direction. As A, B, D, and E are contained within the belt, they are turning clockwise.

5. SHL Spatial Awareness



Question: Which 2d shape forms the given cube when folded?

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D

Answer: A – The three uppermost squares in shape A form the three visible faces of the cube when folded.

6. SHL Situational Judgement


You have been scheduled to meet with a client who has shown interest in buying from your company later today. Prior to this, you have asked a colleague from another team to provide you with the necessary presentation materials in order to effectively pitch the product. However, he has not sent the materials, and upon further investigation you learn that he had mistakenly believed these to be required next week, and has not prepared any of it at this time.

You arrive at his office and explain the situation in order to see if he can deliver anything in time for the meeting. He suggests that there are two options: he can either rush a presentation from scratch, potentially at the expense of quality, or he can try to modify a pitch presentation for the previous product in the same line in order to reflect the current product, though he is likely to make mistakes in his description of the product.


Select the answer that you would be most likely to choose and the one you would be least likely to choose.

  1. Allow your colleague to rush the presentation, and use the rushed presentation to meet the client.
  2. Ask your colleague to modify an existing presentation for an old product, and use the modified presentation to meet the client.
  3. Attempt to have the meeting postponed, and in your explanation to your superiors inform them that it was the fault of your colleague who had not prepared the appropriate material.
  4. Decline both offers and attempt to pitch the product without a pitch presentation.

As this is a situational judgment test, there is no outright correct response – it is the responsibility of the test-taker to gauge how the company would wish them to behave.

Practice SHL Tests

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