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How to Tackle Exam Questions

Learn more about how to tackle different kinds of exams and exam questions.

We cover the following topics on exam preparation on this page:

  • Quantitative Questions
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Essay Questions

First, Let’s Think About De-Coding Different Types of Exam Questions

It’s helpful to understand the kinds of question that are asked on a exam, because the response you need to come up with depends on the type of question. Knowing about different types of exam questions can help you activate appropriate strategies for formulating answers and reduce exam-taking anxiety.

Exam questions generally fall into one of three categories: 1

“Green Light”

green light

  • Go right ahead!
  • These are factual questions, and the answers are straight-forward. You either know the answer or you don’t; it’s right there in your head or it’s not.
  • Some green light questions can be very difficult, and your ability to recall details is often tested with this typeof question.
  • Study for this type of question by using recitation, making flash cards, quizzing yourself or a study partner, etc.
  • If you don’t know the answer to a green light question right away, circle it and move on; often the answer will pop into your head later on during the exam.

“Yellow Light”

yellow light

  • These questions are more detailed than green light questions, but are based on the same idea: you either know the answer or you don’t.
  • Often you’ll have to put multiple or “green light” details together.
  • Similar strategies work for yellow and green questions, but with yellow light questions you’ll need to recall many ideas, concepts, formulas, etc., just to answer one question.

red light

  • These questions ask you to make inferences or apply your knowledge to new situations, which is sometimes called “critical thinking”.
  • You need to know the material being covered to answer these questions at the “green light” level, but the exam question is not asking you to simply regurgitate it. You will need to take what you know and use it in ways you have not yet used it.
  • This type of question sometimes flummoxes students, because they are surprised to they are being asked a question that wasn’t exactly covered in class. Remember that with red light questions you are not supposed to already know the answer. You have to come up with the answer yourself, it is not already in your head. (You will need to know the basic information, though, to be able to answer this type of question.)
  • Red light questions are asked more frequently in college than in high school.
  • To study for red light questions, make diagrams or concept maps that link ideas or topics from the course together. Think about how what you’re learning relates to what you’ve learned in other classes. Sit down with friends or classmates and talk about how one might use information from the class in a job setting.

See this link for a pdf of  Decoding exam questions.

How to Tackle: Problem-Solving and Quantitative Questions

Study for problem-based exams by practicing (new!) problems

As you work on the problems, remember:

  • DO let yourself be stuck.* (yes, we mean that!)
  • DON’T sneak a peak at the answer if you get stuck. (keep trying!)
  • Check your answer only after you’ve put something–anything–down. Think partial credit, which is better than no credit if you freeze when you get stuck on hard problems on the test.

* You need to get your “stuck” muscles stronger so you know what to do on tests when you feel stuck.

Watch: LSC’s Mike Chen Shares “The Key to Problem-Solving Tests”

Taking problem-based exams

1. Understand the problem: Determine what you are supposed to find, what you need to find it, and what the unknown is (and if there is extra information). Consider whether drawing a sketch will help. Also – note each part of the question. Not answering each part is an easy way to lose points.

2. Determine a way to solve the problem: Write down all that is given or known. Draw a sketch when appropriate to show relations. Write down all relevant formulas.

3. Carry out the procedure you have devised: For numerical problems, try and estimate an answer first. This will help you to check your work later. Neat, careful work keeps you from making mistakes, and allows you to find them when you do make them (show your units!!). Additionally, when the instructor can see your work clearly, he or she may give you partial credit for what you do know, even if your ultimate answer is incorrect.

4. Check your Answers: This requires the same quality of thought originally used to solve the problem. Is your answer what you thought it would be in your original estimate? Is it a quantity that makes sense? Is your answer in the correct units? If your answer does not seem reasonable, rework the problem.

How to Tackle: Multiple Choice Questions

1. Read the stem: First, read the stem and make sure you understand what it is getting at. Look out for double negatives or other twists in wording before you consider the answer.

2. Try to come up with the correct answer: Before you look at the answer choices, try to come up with the correct answer. This will help you to rule out choices that are similar to the correct answer. Now read and consider each option carefully.

3. Look for clues in the stem: Look for clues in the stem that suggest the correct answer or rule out any choices. For example, if the stem indicates that the answer is plural you can rule out any answers that are singular. The basic rule is: the correct answer must make sense grammatically with the stem. Options which fail this exam can be ruled out.

4. Cross off any options you know are incorrect: As you rule out options cross them off with your pencil. This will help you focus on the remaining choices and eliminates the chance of returning to an item and selecting an option you had already eliminated.

5. Come back to items you were unsure of: Put a mark next to any questions you are unsure of. If you complete the entire exam with time to spare, review these questions – you will often get clues (or even answers) from other questions.

Take a look at some additional information on difficult “ Multiple Choice Tests ” (opens a PDF).

How to Tackle: Essay Questions

The best way to  prepare  for essay tests is to practice writing essays.

  • Anticipate questions : Make outlines of possible essay topics using your course materials so you know you’ve got a good grasp of what might be on the test. Then recreate your outlines from memory (unless it’s an open-notes test).
  • Practice writing  at least one full essay; be mindful of the time you spend practicing and think about how much time you will have during the exam. It is also important to think about  how  you are organizing the information you are including in your essay — for example, if you are asked to compare and contrast two theories as they relate to an issue, you might want to define each of them, describe the issue, and then compare and contrast them.
  • If your exam is closed book,  memorize key events, facts, and names  that you will need to support your argument. If it is open-notes, then make sure you develop good outlines.

When you are  taking  essay tests:

  • Manage your time  well. As with all exams, if there are multiple essay questions, be sure to look at them all at the beginning (taking note of the points each is worth), and prioritize the order you answer the questions.
  • Read the directions  carefully. Ask yourself honestly: are you answering the  actual  question on the test, or the question you  want  to be on the test?  (tip: instructors know when you aren’t really answering the exact question, so make sure you are addressing the actual question and don’t just write random information that is unrelated to the question.)
  • Before you write the essay,  decide on your argument  and  quickly list your supporting evidence  (it is ok to do a brain dump of all the important information that you want to include so that you have it handy when you begin writing).
  • Make a quick outline  of what you are going to write to organize your thoughts and arguments.
  • Write! And, make your point right away – you don’t want to get to the end of a timed essay test with your amazing argument still unmade!
  • If you have time, go back and quickly  proof-read  your essay for errors.

You might want to take a look at some “ Words to Watch for in an Essay ” (opens a PDF).


1 Taffy E. Raphael, Teaching Question Answer Relationships, Revisited, The Reading Teacher, Vol. 39, No. 6 (Feb., 1986), pp. 516-522.

Ellis, D. (1998). Becoming a Master Student. Houghton Mifflin: Boston

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The resources on this page will hopefully help you teach AO2 and AO3 of the new GCSE specification - problem solving and reasoning.

This brief lesson is designed to lead students into thinking about how to solve mathematical problems. It features ideas of strategies to use, clear steps to follow and plenty of opportunities for discussion.

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The PixiMaths problem solving booklets are aimed at "crossover" marks (questions that will be on both higher and foundation) so will be accessed by most students. The booklets are collated Edexcel exam questions; you may well recognise them from elsewhere. Each booklet has 70 marks worth of questions and will probably last two lessons, including time to go through answers with your students. There is one for each area of the new GCSE specification and they are designed to complement the PixiMaths year 11 SOL.

These problem solving starter packs are great to support students with problem solving skills. I've used them this year for two out of four lessons each week, then used Numeracy Ninjas as starters for the other two lessons.  When I first introduced the booklets, I encouraged my students to use scaffolds like those mentioned here , then gradually weaned them off the scaffolds. I give students some time to work independently, then time to discuss with their peers, then we go through it as a class. The levels correspond very roughly to the new GCSE grades.

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I'm sure you've seen it before, but if not, check it out now! Nrich is where it's at if your want to provide enrichment and problem solving in your lessons.

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I may be a little biased because I love Edexcel, but these question packs are really useful.

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Use a systematic approach.

Good problem solving skills are fundamentally important if you're going to be successful in your career.

But problems are something that we don't particularly like.

They're time-consuming.

They muscle their way into already packed schedules.

They force us to think about an uncertain future.

And they never seem to go away!

That's why, when faced with problems, most of us try to eliminate them as quickly as possible. But have you ever chosen the easiest or most obvious solution – and then realized that you have entirely missed a much better solution? Or have you found yourself fixing just the symptoms of a problem, only for the situation to get much worse?

To be an effective problem-solver, you need to be systematic and logical in your approach. This quiz helps you assess your current approach to problem solving. By improving this, you'll make better overall decisions. And as you increase your confidence with solving problems, you'll be less likely to rush to the first solution – which may not necessarily be the best one.

Once you've completed the quiz, we'll direct you to tools and resources that can help you make the most of your problem-solving skills.

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Answering these questions should have helped you recognize the key steps associated with effective problem solving.

This quiz is based on Dr Min Basadur's Simplexity Thinking    problem-solving model. This eight-step process follows the circular pattern shown below, within which current problems are solved and new problems are identified on an ongoing basis. This assessment has not been validated and is intended for illustrative purposes only. 

Figure 1 – The Simplexity Thinking Process

Reproduced with permission from Dr Min Basadur from "The Power of Innovation: How to Make Innovation a Part of Life & How to Put Creative Solutions to Work" Copyright ©1995

Simplex Process Diagram

Below, we outline the tools and strategies you can use for each stage of the problem-solving process. Enjoy exploring these stages!

Step 1: Find the Problem

(Questions 7, 12)

Some problems are very obvious, however others are not so easily identified. As part of an effective problem-solving process, you need to look actively for problems – even when things seem to be running fine. Proactive problem solving helps you avoid emergencies and allows you to be calm and in control when issues arise.

These techniques can help you do this:

  • PEST Analysis   helps you pick up changes to your environment that you should be paying attention to. Make sure too that you're watching changes in customer needs and market dynamics, and that you're monitoring trends that are relevant to your industry.
  • Risk Analysis   helps you identify significant business risks.
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis   helps you identify possible points of failure in your business process, so that you can fix these before problems arise.
  • After Action Reviews   help you scan recent performance to identify things that can be done better in the future.
  • Where you have several problems to solve, our articles on Prioritization   and Pareto Analysis   help you think about which ones you should focus on first.

Step 2: Find the Facts

(Questions 10, 14)

After identifying a potential problem, you need information. What factors contribute to the problem? Who is involved with it? What solutions have been tried before? What do others think about the problem?

If you move forward to find a solution too quickly, you risk relying on imperfect information that's based on assumptions and limited perspectives, so make sure that you research the problem thoroughly.

Step 3: Define the Problem

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Now that you understand the problem, define it clearly and completely. Writing a clear problem definition forces you to establish specific boundaries for the problem. This keeps the scope from growing too large, and it helps you stay focused on the main issues.

A great tool to use at this stage is CATWOE   . With this process, you analyze potential problems by looking at them from six perspectives, those of its Customers; Actors (people within the organization); the Transformation, or business process; the World-view, or top-down view of what's going on; the Owner; and the wider organizational Environment. By looking at a situation from these perspectives, you can open your mind and come to a much sharper and more comprehensive definition of the problem.

Cause and Effect Analysis   is another good tool to use here, as it helps you think about the many different factors that can contribute to a problem. This helps you separate the symptoms of a problem from its fundamental causes.

Step 4: Find Ideas

(Questions 4, 13)

With a clear problem definition, start generating ideas for a solution. The key here is to be flexible in the way you approach a problem. You want to be able to see it from as many perspectives as possible. Looking for patterns or common elements in different parts of the problem can sometimes help. You can also use metaphors   and analogies to help analyze the problem, discover similarities to other issues, and think of solutions based on those similarities.

Traditional brainstorming   and reverse brainstorming   are very useful here. By taking the time to generate a range of creative solutions to the problem, you'll significantly increase the likelihood that you'll find the best possible solution, not just a semi-adequate one. Where appropriate, involve people with different viewpoints to expand the volume of ideas generated.

Don't evaluate your ideas until step 5. If you do, this will limit your creativity at too early a stage.

Step 5: Select and Evaluate

(Questions 6, 15)

After finding ideas, you'll have many options that must be evaluated. It's tempting at this stage to charge in and start discarding ideas immediately. However, if you do this without first determining the criteria for a good solution, you risk rejecting an alternative that has real potential.

Decide what elements are needed for a realistic and practical solution, and think about the criteria you'll use to choose between potential solutions.

Paired Comparison Analysis   , Decision Matrix Analysis   and Risk Analysis   are useful techniques here, as are many of the specialist resources available within our Decision-Making section . Enjoy exploring these!

Step 6: Plan

(Questions 1, 16)

You might think that choosing a solution is the end of a problem-solving process. In fact, it's simply the start of the next phase in problem solving: implementation. This involves lots of planning and preparation. If you haven't already developed a full Risk Analysis   in the evaluation phase, do so now. It's important to know what to be prepared for as you begin to roll out your proposed solution.

The type of planning that you need to do depends on the size of the implementation project that you need to set up. For small projects, all you'll often need are Action Plans   that outline who will do what, when, and how. Larger projects need more sophisticated approaches – you'll find out more about these in the Mind Tools Project Management section. And for projects that affect many other people, you'll need to think about Change Management   as well.

Here, it can be useful to conduct an Impact Analysis   to help you identify potential resistance as well as alert you to problems you may not have anticipated. Force Field Analysis   will also help you uncover the various pressures for and against your proposed solution. Once you've done the detailed planning, it can also be useful at this stage to make a final Go/No-Go Decision   , making sure that it's actually worth going ahead with the selected option.

Step 7: Sell the Idea

(Questions 5, 8)

As part of the planning process, you must convince other stakeholders that your solution is the best one. You'll likely meet with resistance, so before you try to “sell” your idea, make sure you've considered all the consequences.

As you begin communicating your plan, listen to what people say, and make changes as necessary. The better the overall solution meets everyone's needs, the greater its positive impact will be! For more tips on selling your idea, read our article on Creating a Value Proposition   and use our Sell Your Idea   Bite-Sized Training session.

Step 8: Act

(Questions 2, 11)

Finally, once you've convinced your key stakeholders that your proposed solution is worth running with, you can move on to the implementation stage. This is the exciting and rewarding part of problem solving, which makes the whole process seem worthwhile.

This action stage is an end, but it's also a beginning: once you've completed your implementation, it's time to move into the next cycle of problem solving by returning to the scanning stage. By doing this, you'll continue improving your organization as you move into the future.

Problem solving is an exceptionally important workplace skill.

Being a competent and confident problem solver will create many opportunities for you. By using a well-developed model like Simplexity Thinking for solving problems, you can approach the process systematically, and be comfortable that the decisions you make are solid.

Given the unpredictable nature of problems, it's very reassuring to know that, by following a structured plan, you've done everything you can to resolve the problem to the best of your ability.

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  • They frequently test your ability to apply the problem-solving skills you’ve learned in lectures, labs, and readings to new types of questions.
  • Pay attention to example problems emphasized in class, the text, and assignments, especially those that appear in more than one of these places.
  • Don’t assume, however, that the same or similar problems will appear on the exam. The exam will likely test your ability to apply what you’ve learned about solving problems to new types of questions, rather than your ability to memorize and regurgitate examples you’ve already seen.
  • Focus on the process the instructor used for solving the problem.  Think about your own problem-solving strategies.
  • Practise, practise, practise! The more problems, and more importantly, the more types of problems you solve, the better prepared you’ll be.
  • Look for connections between concepts and equations and note how to choose the correct equation in complex practice problems.
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How Good Is Your Problem Solving?

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Good problem solving skills are fundamentally important if you're going to be successful in your career.

But problems are something that we don't particularly like.

They're time-consuming.

They muscle their way into already packed schedules.

They force us to think about an uncertain future.

And they never seem to go away!

That's why, when faced with problems, most of us try to eliminate them as quickly as possible. But have you ever chosen the easiest or most obvious solution – and then realized that you have entirely missed a much better solution? Or have you found yourself fixing just the symptoms of a problem, only for the situation to get much worse?

To be an effective problem-solver, you need to be systematic and logical in your approach. This quiz helps you assess your current approach to problem solving. By improving this, you'll make better overall decisions. And as you increase your confidence with solving problems, you'll be less likely to rush to the first solution – which may not necessarily be the best one.

Once you've completed the quiz, we'll direct you to tools and resources that can help you make the most of your problem-solving skills.

How Good Are You at Solving Problems?


For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Please answer questions as you actually are (rather than how you think you should be), and don't worry if some questions seem to score in the 'wrong direction'. When you are finished, please click the 'Calculate My Total' button at the bottom of the test.

Answering these questions should have helped you recognize the key steps associated with effective problem solving.

This quiz is based on Dr Min Basadur's Simplexity Thinking problem-solving model. This eight-step process follows the circular pattern shown below, within which current problems are solved and new problems are identified on an ongoing basis. This assessment has not been validated and is intended for illustrative purposes only.

Below, we outline the tools and strategies you can use for each stage of the problem-solving process. Enjoy exploring these stages!

Step 1: Find the Problem (Questions 7, 12)

Some problems are very obvious, however others are not so easily identified. As part of an effective problem-solving process, you need to look actively for problems – even when things seem to be running fine. Proactive problem solving helps you avoid emergencies and allows you to be calm and in control when issues arise.

These techniques can help you do this:

PEST Analysis helps you pick up changes to your environment that you should be paying attention to. Make sure too that you're watching changes in customer needs and market dynamics, and that you're monitoring trends that are relevant to your industry.

Risk Analysis helps you identify significant business risks.

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis helps you identify possible points of failure in your business process, so that you can fix these before problems arise.

After Action Reviews help you scan recent performance to identify things that can be done better in the future.

Where you have several problems to solve, our articles on Prioritization and Pareto Analysis help you think about which ones you should focus on first.

Step 2: Find the Facts (Questions 10, 14)

After identifying a potential problem, you need information. What factors contribute to the problem? Who is involved with it? What solutions have been tried before? What do others think about the problem?

If you move forward to find a solution too quickly, you risk relying on imperfect information that's based on assumptions and limited perspectives, so make sure that you research the problem thoroughly.

Step 3: Define the Problem (Questions 3, 9)

Now that you understand the problem, define it clearly and completely. Writing a clear problem definition forces you to establish specific boundaries for the problem. This keeps the scope from growing too large, and it helps you stay focused on the main issues.

A great tool to use at this stage is CATWOE . With this process, you analyze potential problems by looking at them from six perspectives, those of its Customers; Actors (people within the organization); the Transformation, or business process; the World-view, or top-down view of what's going on; the Owner; and the wider organizational Environment. By looking at a situation from these perspectives, you can open your mind and come to a much sharper and more comprehensive definition of the problem.

Cause and Effect Analysis is another good tool to use here, as it helps you think about the many different factors that can contribute to a problem. This helps you separate the symptoms of a problem from its fundamental causes.

Step 4: Find Ideas (Questions 4, 13)

With a clear problem definition, start generating ideas for a solution. The key here is to be flexible in the way you approach a problem. You want to be able to see it from as many perspectives as possible. Looking for patterns or common elements in different parts of the problem can sometimes help. You can also use metaphors and analogies to help analyze the problem, discover similarities to other issues, and think of solutions based on those similarities.

Traditional brainstorming and reverse brainstorming are very useful here. By taking the time to generate a range of creative solutions to the problem, you'll significantly increase the likelihood that you'll find the best possible solution, not just a semi-adequate one. Where appropriate, involve people with different viewpoints to expand the volume of ideas generated.

Tip: Don't evaluate your ideas until step 5. If you do, this will limit your creativity at too early a stage.

Step 5: Select and Evaluate (Questions 6, 15)

After finding ideas, you'll have many options that must be evaluated. It's tempting at this stage to charge in and start discarding ideas immediately. However, if you do this without first determining the criteria for a good solution, you risk rejecting an alternative that has real potential.

Decide what elements are needed for a realistic and practical solution, and think about the criteria you'll use to choose between potential solutions.

Paired Comparison Analysis , Decision Matrix Analysis and Risk Analysis are useful techniques here, as are many of the specialist resources available within our Decision-Making section . Enjoy exploring these!

Step 6: Plan (Questions 1, 16)

You might think that choosing a solution is the end of a problem-solving process. In fact, it's simply the start of the next phase in problem solving: implementation. This involves lots of planning and preparation. If you haven't already developed a full Risk Analysis in the evaluation phase, do so now. It's important to know what to be prepared for as you begin to roll out your proposed solution.

The type of planning that you need to do depends on the size of the implementation project that you need to set up. For small projects, all you'll often need are Action Plans that outline who will do what, when, and how. Larger projects need more sophisticated approaches – you'll find out more about these in the article What is Project Management? And for projects that affect many other people, you'll need to think about Change Management as well.

Here, it can be useful to conduct an Impact Analysis to help you identify potential resistance as well as alert you to problems you may not have anticipated. Force Field Analysis will also help you uncover the various pressures for and against your proposed solution. Once you've done the detailed planning, it can also be useful at this stage to make a final Go/No-Go Decision , making sure that it's actually worth going ahead with the selected option.

Step 7: Sell the Idea (Questions 5, 8)

As part of the planning process, you must convince other stakeholders that your solution is the best one. You'll likely meet with resistance, so before you try to “sell” your idea, make sure you've considered all the consequences.

As you begin communicating your plan, listen to what people say, and make changes as necessary. The better the overall solution meets everyone's needs, the greater its positive impact will be! For more tips on selling your idea, read our article on Creating a Value Proposition and use our Sell Your Idea Skillbook.

Step 8: Act (Questions 2, 11)

Finally, once you've convinced your key stakeholders that your proposed solution is worth running with, you can move on to the implementation stage. This is the exciting and rewarding part of problem solving, which makes the whole process seem worthwhile.

This action stage is an end, but it's also a beginning: once you've completed your implementation, it's time to move into the next cycle of problem solving by returning to the scanning stage. By doing this, you'll continue improving your organization as you move into the future.

Problem solving is an exceptionally important workplace skill.

Being a competent and confident problem solver will create many opportunities for you. By using a well-developed model like Simplexity Thinking for solving problems, you can approach the process systematically, and be comfortable that the decisions you make are solid.

Given the unpredictable nature of problems, it's very reassuring to know that, by following a structured plan, you've done everything you can to resolve the problem to the best of your ability.

This assessment has not been validated and is intended for illustrative purposes only. It is just one of many Mind Tool quizzes that can help you to evaluate your abilities in a wide range of important career skills.

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The GMAT™ exam feels like a math test, especially GMAT Problem Solving problems. They read just like textbook math problems we were given in school; the only obvious difference is that the GMAT Quant section gives us five possible answer choices.

It’s true that you have to know certain math rules and formulas and concepts, but actually, the GMAT is really not a math test. First of all, the test doesn’t care whether you can calculate the answer exactly (e.g., 42). It cares only that you pick the right answer letter (e.g., B)—and that’s not at all the same thing as saying that you have to calculate the answer exactly, as you did in school.

More than that, the GMAT test-writers are looking for you to display quantitative and critical reasoning skills (the section is literally called Quantitative Reasoning ); in other words, they really want to see whether you can think logically about quant topics. They’re not interested in testing whether you can do heavy-duty math on paper without a calculator. And here’s the best part: They build the problems accordingly and you can use that fact to make GMAT Problem Solving problems a whole lot more straightforward to solve. I’ll show you how in this article!

GMAC’s team (aka, the people who make the GMAT) gave me three random problems to work through with you. I had no say in the problems; I didn’t get to choose what I liked. Nope, these three are it, and every single one illustrates this principle: The GMAT is really a test of your quantitative reasoning skills, not your ability to be a textbook math whiz.

GMAT Quant is not a math test

Okay, let’s prove that claim I just made. Grab your phone and set the timer for 6 minutes. (If you’ve been granted 1.5x time on the GMAT, set it for 9 minutes. If you’ve been granted 2x time on the GMAT, set it for 12 minutes.)

Do the below 3 problems under real GMAT conditions:

  • Do them in order. Don’t go back.
  • Pick an answer before you move to the next one. (Don’t just say you’re not sure and move on. Make the guess, as you have to do on the real test.)
  • Have an answer for all the problems by the time your timer dings—even if your answers are random guesses.

Problem #1: Fellows in the org

According to the table above, the number of fellows was approximately what percent of the total membership of Organization X? 

(A) 9% (B) 12% (C) 18% (D) 25% (E) 35%

Problem #2: Yolanda and Bob

One hour after Yolanda started walking from X to Y, a distance of 45 miles, Bob started walking along the same road from Y to X. If Yolanda’s walking rate was 3 miles per hour and Bob’s was 4 miles per hour, how many miles had Bob walked when they met?

(A) 24 (B) 23 (C) 22 (D) 21 (E) 19.5

Problem #3: Oil cans

Two oil cans, X and Y, are right circular cylinders, and the height and the radius of Y are each twice those of X. If the oil in can X, which is filled to capacity, sells for $2, then at the same rate, how much does the oil in can Y sell for if Y is filled to only half its capacity? 

(A) $1 (B) $2 (C) $3 (D) $4 (E) $8

Time’s up! Do you have an answer for each problem? If not, make a random guess—but do choose an answer for every problem.

You probably want me to tell you the three correct answers so you’ll know whether you got them right. But I’m not going to.

We’re going to review these in the same way that I want you to review them when you’re studying on your own—and that means *not* looking up the correct answer right away. 

  • How confident are you about this problem?
  • Did/do you have another idea for how to solve? Try it now.
  • Were you straining to remember some rule or formula? Look it up and try again.
  • Still stuck? Okay, look at the correct answer. Does knowing that give you any ideas? Push them as far as you can. 
  • Stuck again? Start to read the explanation. Stop as soon as the explanation gives you a new idea. Push it as far as you can before you come back to the explanation again.

Basically, push your own thinking and learning as far as you can on your own. Use the correct answer and explanation only as a series of hints to help unstick yourself when you get stuck.

Okay, let’s dive in!

GMAT Problem Solving #1: Estimate

We’re going to use the UPS solving process: Understand, Plan, Solve. (A mathematician named George Polya  came up with this.) Use this rubric to approach any quant-based problem you ever have to figure out in your life!

The basic idea is this: Don’t just jump to solve. (That’s panic-solving! We’ve all been there. It does not end well.) Understand the info first. Come up with a plan based on what you see. Only then, solve. 

And if you don’t understand or can’t come up with a good plan? On the GMAT, bail! Pick your favorite letter and move on. UPS can help you know what to do and what not to do.

Glance at the answers. Yes, before you even read the problem! 

The answers indicate that this is a percent problem and they’re also pretty decently spread apart. One is a little less than 10% and another is a little greater than 10%, so that’s one nice split. The remaining three are a little less than 20%, exactly 25%, and about 33%, otherwise known as one-third. Those are all “benchmark,” or common, percentages, so now I know I can probably estimate to get to my answer. Excellent.

And then the problem actually includes the word approximately ! Definitely going to estimate on this one.

Start building a habit of glancing at the answers on every single Problem Solving problem during the Understand phase, before you even think about starting to solve. (And yes, I really do glance at the answers before I even read the question stem!)

Here are some examples of the types of answer-choice characteristics that indicate there’s a good chance you’ll be able to estimate at least a little:

  • The answers are really spread out (e.g., 10, 100, 300, 600, 900)
  • Some are positive and some are negative
  • Some are less than 1 and some are greater than 1
  • They’re spread out on a percent scale (0 to 100) or on a probability scale (0 to 1)—less than half, greater than half, etc.

Next, there’s a table with a bunch of categories and each category is associated with a specific number. What does the question ask?

It wants to know the Fellows as a percent of the total. That’s a fraction with fellows on the top and the total of all members on the bottom:

scratch work

The Fellows category is already listed in the table. Great, that’s the numerator.

What about the total? That means adding up all the numbers in the table without a calculator or Excel. Rolling my eyes. And that’s how I know that I will not be doing “textbook math” here. Pay attention to those feelings of annoyance! There’s some other easier, faster path to take. Use your Plan phase to find it.

I need the Total. I can estimate. Look at the collection of numbers. Can you group any into pairs that will add up to “nicer” numbers—numbers that end in zeros?

Here’s one way: 

  • Honorary is a tiny number compared to the rest. Ignore it. 
  • Fellows are a little under 10,000 and Members are a bit over 35,000. Group them. 
  • Associates are a little less than 28,000 or a little more than 2,000 away from 30,000. And Affiliates are a little over 2,000! Combine those two groups.


We’re already spilling into the solve stage on this one. Fellows and Members together are about 45,000. Associates and Affiliates together are about 30,000. Altogether, there are 75,000 members:

scratch work

That goes on the bottom of the fraction. Fellows go on top. They’re about 9,200, so let’s call that 9,000. Make a note on your scratch paper that you’re underestimating —just in case you need to use that to choose your final answer. I use a down-arrow to remind myself.

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How to simplify 9 out of 75? Both of those numbers are divisible by 3.

Ok, 3 out of 25: what percent is that? We normally see percentages as “out of 100.” Hmm. 

If you multiply the denominator by 4, that gets you to “out of 100.” And whatever you do to the denominator, you have to do to the numerator, so the fraction turns into 12 out of 100, or 12%.

12% is in the answers; the next closest greater value (since we slightly underestimated) is 18%. That’s too far away, so the only answer that makes sense is (B).

Notice how the numbers looked really ugly to start out, but as soon as you started estimating, they combined and simplified really nicely? It’s not just luck. The test-writers know you don’t have access to a calculator, so they’re building the problems to work out nicely if you use these types of approaches. They actually want to reward you for using the kind of quantitative reasoning that you’d want to use at work and in business school.

You can certainly solve GMAT Problem Solving problems using traditional textbook math approaches. You’ll just do a lot more work that way. And using textbook approaches won’t actually help train your brain for the kind of analytical thinking about quant that you’ll need to do in business school or in the working world.

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GMAT Problem Solving #2: Logic (and draw!) it out

One hour after Yolanda started walking from X to Y, a distance of 45 miles, Bob started walking along the same road from Y to X. If Yolanda’s walking rate was 3 miles per hour and Bob’s was 4 miles per hour, how many miles had Bob walked when they met? 

The answers are real values and on the smaller side. They’re pretty clustered, so probably won’t be estimating on this one. Four of the five are integers. I wonder whether I can work backwards on this one (i.e., just try some of the answers)?

This problem is what I call a Wall of Text—a story problem. Get ready to sketch this out. Take your time understanding the setup; if you don’t “get” the story, you’ll never find the right answer. (And if you don’t get the story, that’s your clue to guess and move on.)

scratch work

There are two people, 45 miles apart, and they’re walking towards each other. Normally, I’d only write initials for the two people, but annoyingly, Yolanda shares her initial with one of the locations.

The first sentence has a critical piece of info that’s easy to gloss over: Yolanda starts first, an hour before Bob. 

It’s super annoying that they don’t start at the same time. I don’t know what to do about that yet, but I’m noting it because I want to think about that when I get to my Plan stage. Again, pay attention to whatever annoys you about the problem! That’s why I put START FIRST in all-caps on my scratch paper.

Next, Yolanda walks a little slower than Bob. Add that to your diagram.

Finally, the problem asks who walked further by the time they meet—and how far that person walked. If Yolanda and Bob had started at the same time, then I’d know Bob walked farther, since he’s walking faster, but Yolanda started first, so I can’t tell at a glance. Still annoyed by that detail.

The two people have to cover 45 miles collectively in order to meet somewhere in the middle. Glance at the answers again. There are two sets of pairs that add to 45: (A) 24 and (D) 21 and (B) 23) and (C) 22. 

On a problem like this one, the most common trap answer is going to be solving for the wrong person (in this case, Yolanda instead of Bob). So the correct answer is going to fall into one of those pairs, because then the most common trap answer will also be built into the problem. The other pair will represent some common error when solving for Bob—and then also mistakenly solving for Yolanda instead. But answer (E) 19.5 doesn’t have a pairing, so it has no built-in trap. If you have to guess, don’t guess the unpaired answer, (E).

scratch work

Once I subtract the 3 miles that Yolanda walked alone, the two of them together have 42 more miles to cover before they meet. I did note the extra 3 miles she walked off to the side just in case.

Bingo. Now I know how I’m going to solve this problem, because now it’s a more straightforward rate problem.

From here, you can do the classic “write some equations and solve” approach to rates problems. But I’m going to challenge you to keep going with this Logic It Out approach we’re already using—both because it really is easier and because it’s what you would use in the real world. You’re not getting ready to take the GMAT because you want to become a math professor. You’re doing this to be able to think about quant topics in a business context. So make your GMAT studies do double-duty and get you ready for b-school (and work!) as well.

Back to Bob and Yolanda. They’re 42 miles apart and walking towards each other. Every hour, Yolanda’s going to cover 3 miles and Bob’s going to cover 4 miles, so they’re going to get 7 miles closer together. Together, they’re walking 7 miles per hour.

When two people (or cars or trains) are moving directly towards each other, you can add their rates and that will tell you the combined rate at which they’re getting closer together. (You can do the same thing if the two people are moving directly away from each other—in this case, the combined rate is how fast they’re getting farther apart.)

One more thing to note: The distance still to cover is great enough (42 miles) compared to their combined rate (just 7 mph) that Bob is going to “overcome” the 3 miles that Yolanda walked on her own first. So Bob covered a greater distance than Yolanda did. The answer is going to be one of the two greater numbers in the pairs: (A) 24 or (B) 23.

So Yolanda and Bob are getting closer together at a rate of 7 miles each hour and they have a total of 42 miles to cover until they meet. How long is it going to take them?

Divide 42 by 7. They’re going to meet each other after 6 hours on the trail. At this point, Bob has spent a total of 6 hours walking, but not Yolanda! She started first, so she spent a total of 6 + 1 = 7 hours walking. The question asks how far Bob walked: 4 miles per hour for 6 hours, or a total of (4)(6) = 24 miles. 

The correct answer is (A).

If you’d solved for Yolanda first, you’d have gotten (3 miles per hour)(7 hours) = 21 miles. That’s in the answer choices, but it’s less than half of the total distance, so she wasn’t the one who walked farther. In other words, answer (D) is a trap.

Even if you do know how to solve the problem, it’s important to have done that earlier thinking to realize that the answer must be (A) or (B). That way, when you solve for Yolanda, you won’t accidentally fall for answer (D), since Yolanda’s distance is in the answer choices.

When the problem talks about two people or two angles in a triangle or two whatevers and the problem also tells you what they add up to, the non-asked-for person/angle is almost always going to show up in the answer choices as a trap. You do the math correctly, but you accidentally solve for x when they asked you for y . We’ve all made that mistake. 

Noticing that detail earlier in your process is a great way to avoid accidentally falling for the trap answer during your Solve phase.

(Have Polya and I sold you yet on using the UPS process? I hope so.)

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GMAT Problem Solving #3: Draw it out; Do arithmetic, not algebra; Choose smart numbers

Glance at the answers. Small integers. Kind of close together, so estimation might not be in the cards, but perhaps working backwards (try the answer choices) could work, depending on how the problem itself is set up. (I don’t know yet because I haven’t actually read the problem.)

Now I’m part-way into the first sentence and see the word cylinders . Overall, I’m not a fan of geometry and I really dislike 3D geometry in particular. So as soon as I see that word, part of my brain is thinking, “If this is a hard one, I’m out.”

But I’m going to finish reading it before I decide. Let’s see. Two cylinders, and then they give me some relative info about the height and radius. They’re probably going to ask me something about volume, since the volume formula uses those measures, and scanning ahead: yep, volume.

So now I know I need to jot down the volume formula and I’m also going to draw two cylinders and label them.

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I’m going to make sure I note really clearly what I’m trying to solve for. On geometry problems in particular, it’s really easy to solve for something other than the thing they asked you for. And on this one, I’m also making an extra note that the larger cylinder is only half full. I both wrote that down and drew little water lines in the cylinders to cement that fact in my brain.

This is a complex problem, so just pause for a second here. Do you understand everything they told you, including what they asked you to find? If not, this is an excellent time to pick your favorite letter and move on.

If you are going to continue, don’t jump straight to solving. Plan first. (And if you can’t come up with a good plan, that’s another reason to get out.)

The thing that’s annoying me: They keep talking about the dimensions for the two cylinders but they never provide real numbers for any of those dimensions. And boom, now I know how I’m going to solve. When they talk about something but never give you any real numbers for that thing, you’re allowed to pick your own values. Then you can do arithmetic vs. algebra—and we’re all better at working with real numbers than with variables.

My colleagues  and I call this Choosing Smart Numbers. The “Smart” part comes from thinking about what kinds of numbers would work nicely in the problem—make the math a lot less annoying to do.

We usually avoid choosing the numbers 0 or 1 when choosing smart numbers because those numbers can do funny things (e.g., multiplying with a 0 in the mix will always return 0, regardless of the other numbers involved).

And if we have to choose for more than one value, we choose different values. Finally, as I mentioned earlier, we’re looking to choose values that will work nicely in the problem. (Most of the time, this means choosing smallish values.)

Finally, before I start solving, I’m going to ask myself two things: What am I solving for and how much work do I really need to do?

I’m trying to figure out how much oil is in the larger (but only half-full!) cylinder. I know that the full capacity of the smaller cylinder costs $2 and that the oil is charged at the same rate for the larger one. So if I can figure out the relative amount of oil in the larger cylinder, I can figure out how much more (or less) it will cost. For example, if it turns out that the larger cylinder contains twice as much oil as the smaller one, then the cost will also be twice as much.

In the volume formula, the radius has to be squared while the height is only multiplied, so I want to make the radius a lower value. I’m going to choose r = 2 and h = 3.

Use those values to find the relative volumes of the two cylinders. Reminder yet again: The larger cylinder is only half full, so multiply that volume by one-half:

scratch work

What’s the relative difference between the two? They both contain pi, so ignore that value. The difference is 12 to 48—if you multiply 12 by 4, you get 48.

So the money will also get multiplied by 4: Since the oil in the smaller cylinder costs $2, the oil in the larger one costs (2)(4) = $8. The correct answer is (E).

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GMAT Exam 8-Week Study Plan

Understand, plan, solve on gmat quant.

Whenever you solve any GMAT Problem Solving (PS) or Data Sufficiency (DS) problem, follow the Understand, Plan, Solve process. Print out this summary and keep it by you when you’re studying:

  • Glance at the answers (on PS) or the statements (on DS) and the question stem. Anything jump out—an ugly equation, a diagram, an indication that you might be able to estimate, etc?
  • Read the question stem. Focus just on understanding what it’s telling you and what it’s asking you.
  • Jot down what it’s asking, along with any other useful info (equations, etc.). Don’t solve! Just jot (write or sketch).
  • Reflect on what you know so far. Lost? Guess and move on. But if you do understand everything, then consider what your best plan is. Can you estimate anywhere? How heavily? Can you use a real number and just do arithmetic? Is there a way to draw or logic it out? What are they really asking you? This reflection is how I realized I just needed a relative value on the Oil Cylinders problem.
  • Organize your thoughts and your scratch work to get set up for the Solve stage. Maybe you need to redraw or add something to your diagram, as I did for Yolanda and Bob. Maybe you need to group the data or equations a little differently, as I did on the Membership problem.
  • Don’t have a plan you feel pretty good* about? Forget it—guess and move on. (*You don’t have to feel 100% confident. But you want to feel like it’s a decent plan. If you don’t, let it go.)
  • Be systematic. You’re almost there. Write your work down. Don’t try to compress steps or work more quickly than is comfortable for you. Keep your scratch paper organized.
  • Don’t do more work than you have to. Estimate when you can. Keep an eye on the answers as you work. Eliminate impossible answers as you go. Stop as soon as only one answer letter is left.
  • Be willing to bail. Even if you understand and have a decent plan, you still might get stuck. Don’t start trying some other plan at that point. Something’s not working with this one; guess and go spend your time on a better opportunity later in the test.

Finally, remember your overall goal here: You want to go to business school. The point is not to show how much of a mathematics scholar you are. The point is to learn how to think logically about quant topics—with, yes, some amount of actual textbook math tossed in there. 

Actively look for the Logic It Out / Draw It Out / Quick and Dirty approaches. They’ll not only save you time and stress on GMAT Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency, but they’ll also help train your brain for quant discussions in business school and in the boardroom.

Want more strategies to improve your GMAT Problem Solving skills? Sign up for Manhattan Prep’s free GMAT Starter Kit  and check out the section on Foundations of Math.

Happy studying!

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In this short test, you will face questions that will allow you to demonstrate your speed of thought and general mental agility, which are useful aptitudes when it comes to many jobs in different industries.

In this article, find out more about the structure of the test, the different types of McQuaig Mental Agility test questions and what to expect on the day. You’ll also get some mental agility practice test questions and top tips to help you be successful in the MMAT.

USPS Postal Exam MH 475 Study Guide (Examples & Tips)

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the second biggest employer in the US and offers great job security, so many people consider a career there.

Depending on the job you are applying for, there are several different assessments, as USPS roles are sought after.

USPS introduced the 475 exam , also known as the USPS Virtual Assessment - MH (475) for Mail Handler positions in April of 2019 when it retired the previous USPS Postal exam 473.

Candidates also need to:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Pass criminal and medical tests

In October of 2021, it added two new sections, so when you are looking up information about the 475, make sure you are getting the latest details.

What Is the USPS Exam 475?

The USPS Postal Exam 475 is a virtual entry assessment specifically designed for people who are applying to be a Mail Handler, Mail Handler Assistant or Casual Mail Handler in the US Postal Service. As a part of the hiring process, Postal Exam 475 is designed to check your thought processes and cognitive abilities, rather than just intelligence.

This test is designed to check your thought processes and cognitive abilities, rather than just intelligence.

It wants to see if you suit the role of mail handler.

Once you begin your online application, you only have 72 hours (three days) to complete the 475 assessment.

The 475 postal exam is self-administered and non-proctored – which means there is no one watching or invigilating.

It’s taken through the USPS online portal and takes 45 minutes.

If it times out, you do not get a chance to resit for another year, so be sure that you have a proper internet connection.

The best way to take the USPS 475 assessment is on a tablet or computer, rather than on your phone.

4 Sections of the USPS 475 Postal Exam with Questions & Answers

It’s important to get familiar with the different sections of the assessment and the skills it is testing for. You cannot go back to edit your answers, so take the time to understand the questions and get as many correct answers as you can.

The USPS tests are designed to be unusual – so practicing and getting familiar will help your confidence.

There is no set time for each section, so when you are preparing, take note of which parts are harder for you and bear that in mind when dividing your attention on the actual test.

Section 1 of the US Postal Exam 475: Work Scenarios

The first section of the Assessment 475 is ‘Work Scenarios’ and contains nine questions.

It tests your knowledge of the United States Postal Service and your skill in knowing what both customers and the company is looking for, as well as your general common sense.

A Guide to the FBI Phase 1 Test (Examples & Tips)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is responsible for the enforcement of federal law and the protection of national security in the US.

Working for the FBI can be highly stressful. As a special agent for the FBI, the working week is likely to be 50 hours or more.

Special agents must be willing to be based anywhere in the world. They are expected to carry a firearm and work in potentially dangerous situations.

With this in mind, the FBI has a rigorous application and selection process for potential new recruits. It can take more than 20 months to complete the entire process and commence employment with the FBI.

A Guide to the USPS Postal Exam 955 – Examples & Tips

This guide to the USPS postal exam 955 will take you through the different sections of the test, including example questions, provide tips on how you can prepare for the exam and answer several frequently asked questions.

The USPS postal exam 955 is used to screen applicants for mechanic and technician positions , such as electronic technicians or motor vehicle mechanics. It also sometimes referred to as the postal maintenance 955 exam, USPS maintenance mechanic 955 test or the 955 maintenance exam.

It tests applicants’ suitability by assessing personal characteristics, work experience, and electronic and technical knowledge and skills.

The USPS postal exam 955 replaced the previous 931, 932 and 933 exams .

The USPS postal exam 955 is free of charge , but you will need access to the internet and an email address.

Amazon Technician Test in 2024

Most companies nowadays require candidates to undergo a series of recruitment stages when they apply for a role.

Each stage is designed to assess a different aspect of the candidates’ suitability for the role.

Amazon is no different from other companies in this respect. Potential employees will be expected to undertake a series of assessments and interviews before being offered a job.

One of the stages of the Amazon interview process is the Amazon technician test (also called the Amazon Ramsay Test).

The Amazon technician test involves several different sections including verbal, non-verbal and workplace simulation questions.

Recruiters will then use this information to decide who would be the best possible candidate for the available position.

It forms a common part of the recruitment process for roles as engineering technicians, specifically Maintenance Technician; or Reliability, Maintenance and Engineering Technician roles.

This article will look at what the Amazon maintenance technician assessment test is and what to expect before, during and after the assessment, plus how best to prepare for it.

Postal Exam: USPS Virtual Entry Assessment – MP 476

If you are looking to work in the United States Postal Service, you will need to pass the USPS Postal Exam 476.

The USPS Postal Exam 476 is an online test that screens for the best candidates. The exam is used to find suitable candidates for a range of positions, including mail processing clerk, data conversion operator and clerk-related positions.

This article will outline what the USPS Postal Exam 476 includes, with particular attention to the separate sections of the examination.

In addition to this, how the exam is scored and how you can best prepare for it will be covered. There will also be a list of frequently asked questions for you to refer to if you have any doubts.

How to Prepare for Amazon Assessment

A List of Amazon Assessment Tests Available for Practice in 2024

  • Amazon Work Simulation Assessment
  • Amazon Maintenance Technician Test
  • Amazon Coding Assessment
  • Amazon Workstyle Assessment
  • Amazon Area Manager Assessment
  • Amazon Operations Manager Assessment
  • Amazon Online MBA Assessment
  • Amazon RME Apprenticeship Skills Battery Test
  • Amazon Financial Analyst Assessment
  • Amazon ATA Technical Assessment
  • Amazon Control Systems Technician Test
  • Amazon Warehouse Assessment Test

The Amazon assessment test is an essential way for the corporation to find the best-suited employees.

It is a series of challenges used to evaluate all its candidates during the recruitment process.

Amazon online assessments typically include both numerical and verbal reasoning tests.

These types of tests examine a potential candidate’s logical skills.

Candidates will also have to sit work-style assessments that simulate the working environment at Amazon.

Other Amazon exams include:

  • The Amazon coding assessment (also known as the Amazon SDE online assessment)
  • The work sample simulation
  • An Amazon versant test

These last two, amongst others, will be discussed later in this article.

This Amazon reviewer job article will also discuss how to pass the Amazon assessment tests, some Amazon assessment answers you should know and what you need to do to best prepare yourself.

There is also a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions from those who are interested in taking these Amazon job tests to find employment with the company.

SHL Verbal Reasoning Tests: A Rough Guide

What Is the SHL Verbal Reasoning Test?

The SHL Verbal Reasoning Test is a graduate-level and above pre-employment aptitude test that is used in graduate and management recruitment for many roles across different industries.

The test is usually taken online, and it is designed to evaluate candidates on their ability to understand written information and make informed, reasoned and logical decisions based on that information.

SHL is a well-established test publisher, providing tests for more than 10,000 companies around the world. It offers a range of tests, including psychometric, behavioural and personality assessments that are based in occupational psychology and aptitude science. 

The tests have specific aims – and recruitment teams use SHL tests like the Verbal Reasoning Test to filter through similarly qualified candidates to find the applicants who have what it takes to be successful in a graduate or management level role.

When taking a verbal reasoing test, bear in mind that you might also be asked to take numerical reasoning tests, logical reasoning tests or personality tests along side.

What Is an IQ Test? (with Example Questions and Answers)

IQ stands for intelligence quotient and is usually thought to represent the reasoning skills of individuals.

The idea of intelligence relates to how quickly people can solve problems or puzzles, use logic to answer questions, or quickly recall information and facts they’ve heard.

The first type of IQ test was created by a French psychologist named Alfred Binet.

The assessment that he made is still used and is known as the Stanford-Binet intelligence test.

Best Mock Aptitude Tests and Online Psychometric Tests (Full List). Free & Paid Resources.

Are you looking for mock aptitude tests and aptitude test practice ?

This article provides a complete list of all types of online resources for mock aptitude tests and will help you improve your performance at taking these difficult tests.

You came to the right place.

Aptitude Tests (Short Intro)

Aptitude tests are most often used as an assessment tool, usually by an employer, as part of an interview process.

They can be difficult and are often timed.

Your score will be compared to the scores of other candidates, and usually only the top performing candidates will be invited to progress through an interview process.

This is why you must perform to the best of your ability when you take these tests.

Your score is very important.

Improving Your Performance At Aptitude Tests

There are many different types of aptitude test .

Some variations are:

  • Numerical reasoning tests
  • Verbal reasoning tests
  • Abstract reasoning tests

If you want to perform well in an aptitude test , you must find out exactly what type of aptitude test , or tests, you will be taking and prepare for these tests.

The best way to practice is to take mock aptitude tests .

Doing so will help you become familiar with these tests and the types of questions you will be asked and help you improve how you answer these questions.

Online Mock Aptitude Tests (Full List)

There is a wide selection of mock aptitude tests available online.

We have compiled an extensive list below of all the different types of online resource.

All of these resources offer free practice and mock aptitude tests .

Employers Websites: Mock Tests

Many employers offer example mock tests to candidates, so that candidates can get an idea of what to expect when they take a real test.

PwC : Practice psychometric test on PwC website. ( UPDATE January 2021: this test has been removed from the PwC website but you can still find PwC practice tests on JobTestPrep).

KPMG : Practice numerical and verbal test on KPMG website. ( UPDATE January 2021: this test has been removed from the KPMG website but you can still find KPMG practice tests on JobTestPrep).

If you will be taking an aptitude test for an employer and they offer a mock test to you, you must take it.

It will probably be very good preparation for your real test.

The good thing about mock tests on employers sites is that they are free to take.

The bad things about these tests, is that there are often only one or two mock tests to take, you might not always get answers, and the answers often do not have fully explained answers.

Getting full explanations to questions is an important part of your practice because they will help you learn how to improve your performance.

University Careers Services: Mock Tests

Almost all University Careers Service websites offer some form of mock aptitude test , but these are almost always only available to current students (student login required).

If you are a University student, contact your careers service to find out what options are available.

Here's an example of a locked page on a University careers service website.

UCL : This university careers service offers free access to two paid aptitude test sites, but only for current students at UCL.

How to Cheat on the GMAT and Why You Shouldn’t: GMAT Prep Guide

Considering cheating on your GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) Exam?

Want to know how to do it, if you should do it and what the consequences will be?

Well you came to the right place!

Read on to find out more about cheating on the GMAT exam, but be warned...

... it's certainly not something I advise!

3 Best Online Aptitude Test Preparation Websites (3 Free sites + 3 Paid sites)

Do you have an upcoming online aptitude test ? 

Are you looking for the best aptitude test prep material to give you the very best chance of getting the highest possible grade? 

If so, this article will help you. 

Aptitude tests are a crucial part of your job search, and you usually only have one chance to showcase your skills. 

Psychometric aptitude tests can measure many different aptitudes and skill sets, in many different formats:

  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Diagrammatic or inductive reasoning
  • Mechanical reasoning
  • Personality types
  • Situational judgement and work environment tests
  • Work style tests

Aptitude tests can be challenging and it is important to be fully prepared before you attend your job interview or assessment centre.

Several free and paid aptitude test preparation websites offer preparation packs to help you score the best you can.

The Ultimate Guide to the USPS (United States Postal Service) Exam (with 5 Practice Test Questions!)

Those hoping to secure a career with the USPS (United States Postal Service) will likely face a USPS Virtual Assessment Exam .

These exams include a series of questions designed to test your cognitive ability and personality traits . Many of the questions are situation based, giving the employers an excellent insight into whether you would be a great fit for the role.

What Are the USPS Exams?

As mentioned, the USPS test is a crucial element of the hiring process for many positions at the Post Office. Depending on the specific position you have applied for, you may face the 474 , 475 , 476 or 477 assessment.

The Ultimate Guide to the TSA-CBT Tests

Those dreaming of working for the TSA will most likely need to take a challenging exam called the TSA CBT Test during the hiring process. Here we’ll look at exactly what it involves and how you can make sure you pass it. Read on to find out more.

If you plan to work as an inspector, manager, marshal or security officer in any agency governed by the Transportation Security Administration, you must pass the TSA CBT test as part of your application process.

Read on to learn more about this assessment, including its purpose, what types of questions it has, how challenging it is and how to prepare for it.

You'll also be provided with a few example questions to help you get an idea of what this test looks like.

Aptitude Tests: 10 Sample Questions and Answers

Aptitude tests are administered to understand your inherent abilities to reason and respond to specific tasks.

They are widely used in various forms to screen candidates or evaluate existing employees for a future job role.

The most generic and widely used aptitude tests are curated to measure different facets of your abilities, mainly on the following areas:

  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Attention to Detail

Apart from these base types, there are various other specialized aptitude tests which you may face in specific industries or based on your role in different career stages.

We have discussed each of the most common job related aptitude tests in detail.

Illustrative examples and helpful hints are provided throughout to aid your preparation.

Read on to find out more.

Cognify Tests: Game Based Assessments Explained

The Cognify test is a game-based cognitive assessment designed to measure an individual's cognitive aptitude to measure key job performance linked abilities and skills in a prospective candidate.

The Cognify test was once a product of Revelian, an Australian assessment company, but was later acquired by CriteriaCorp.

Moving away completely from the question-answer based template of traditional tests, Cognify uses an innovative approach where candidates don't face a series of questions on a screen.

Instead, the Cognify Assessment comprises 6-7 timed game-based mini-tests categorized into three cognitive abilities categories:

  • Problem-Solving
  • Verbal Knowledge

Well, before you start raising your eyebrows at the mention of ‘game-based’ and dismiss it as just another fad, pay attention!

Cognify assessment is credited as having brought a paradigm shift in the field of psychometric testing.

Many Tier-I graduate recruiters globally have started using this assessment in their candidate selection process.

Train Driver Tests Guide: with Example Questions + Answers

The train driver test is used to establish whether a candidate is suitable for work as a train driver. This unique suite of tests includes psychometric assessment tools such as:

  • The Group Bourdon Test (GBT)
  • Test of Everyday Attention (TEA-OCC)
  • Adaptive Tachistoscopic Traffic Perception Test (ATAVT)
  • Situational judgement tests
  • Vigilance tests
  • Written communication tests

What Is the Train Driver Test?

In most countries, you will need to sit the train driver online test if you want to work as a train driver. If you have been asked to sit the assessments, there is no train driver psychometric test cost associated with the train driver exam.

Working as a train driver is a challenging and demanding role. As a train driver, you must be able to ensure the safety of passengers at all times.

The UK’s train driving tests are some of the most challenging. As well as testing aptitude for the job role, they are used to assess whether candidates have the mental abilities to cope with the stress and demands of the job role.

The train driver test is used to establish whether a candidate is suitable for work as a train driver. The train driver test is a unique group of psychometric tests for train drivers designed to assess the psychomotor and cognitive skills needed to work safely as a train driver.

Predictive Index Tests Fully Explained [With Example Questions + Answers]

The Predictive Index (PI) test is a popular type of pre-employment testing used to accurately measure an individual’s cognitive ability and behavioral profile during the hiring process in a wide range of industries and organizations. They are most commonly used during the early stages of the recruitment process. 

The PI cognitive test assesses verbal, numerical and analytical reasoning ability. 

The PI behavioral test creates a behavioral persona that describes character traits and tendencies.

Kenexa Prove It Test: How to Prepare

The Kenexa Prove It Test is a popular skills assessment test that allows employers to get a hands-on sense of how well a candidate is familiar with Microsoft Office programs.

Most of the time, these tests assess your ability and familiarity with Microsoft’s two most popular programs – Word and Excel.

Kenexa is an IBM company that helps companies by providing them with solutions for talent management, retention and recruitment.

The company works with a variety of organizations and provides them with assessment tests that can be used as part of the hiring process.

Mechanical Aptitude Test: Preparation, Practice & Example Test Questions

A mechanical aptitude reasoning test is an important way to assess your knowledge on mechanical topics for potential roles in the army, emergency services and many other professions. Here, you will get all the information you need on what a mechanical comprehension test is and how to pass it.

Those applying for jobs related to the army, the emergency services engineering service, and similar occupations that require mechanical aptitude, are likely to be asked to take a mechanical reasoning test as part of the recruitment process.

Mechanical aptitude tests assess knowledge in electricity, optics, pressure and other fields of mechanics related to a specific industry.

From this article, you'll learn what mechanical reasoning tests look like, when to take them, what to expect from these assessment types, and how to practise and prepare for them.

Let’s get started!

Cognitive Ability Tests: Practice Test Questions, Answers & Explanations

If you would like to take a free practice Cognitive Ability Test before reading this article, click here .

If you would like to purchase an online Cognitive Ability Test prep pack, visit our partner website JobTestPrep .

The following tests are common cognitive ability tests:

  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Logical Ability Tests
  • Space Visualization
  • Information Processing
  • Visual Pursuit
  • Manual Speed and Accuracy

Ace Your Deductive Reasoning Test with Example Questions

Have you been asked to take a Deductive Reasoning test as part of an upcoming interview process?

Continue reading to find out more about this type of test, including:

  • Why employers use Deductive Reasoning Tests.
  • How you can improve your performance at Deductive Tests.
  • What types of questions you will be asked during the Test.

What Is A Deductive Reasoning Test?

Logical thinking or deductive reasoning tests are used by employers to measure an applicant’s ability to make logical arguments and form sound conclusions.

During this type of test, you will be presented with a variety of scenarios, statements and arguments for which you will need to apply a given set of rules to determine the validity of the corresponding conclusion.

Spatial Awareness Tests: Example Questions & Answers (2024)

Spacial Reasoning Definition

A spatial awareness test is a type of assessment that tests your ability to think in three dimensions and use your imagination to see movement through space.

Someone with good spatial awareness will be able to see in their mind how different shapes interact and be able to manipulate them to make a reasoned and logical decision.

The test is based on pictures, diagrams and shapes. You will need to mentally manipulate the presented image by disassembling or reassembling, rotating, seeing it in a mirror image or from different angles, or otherwise visualizing it differently to find the right answer to the question from the multiple-choice options provided.

Spatial awareness is something that we use to a greater or lesser degree every day, from understanding our position relative to other things around us to imagining the route we will take to get from one place to another.

Spatial reasoning tests are distinct from other similar assessments such as diagrammatic reasoning tests and abstract reasoning tests. It is important to understand how they differ as they are often included in aptitude tests and cognitive assessments alongside spatial reasoning tests.

Error Checking Tests: What Are They?

Do you need to take an error-checking test as part of the hiring process?

Continue reading to find out more about these tests and how to prepare.

What Is an Error-Checking Test?

Error-checking tests are used to evaluate your ability to identify errors in sets of data or the correctness of information.

These tests are usually given under strict time constraints so, answering each question quickly and accurately is crucial to receiving a high score.

Saville and SHL are the two main providers of checking tests.

It is best to know which test provider will be administered during your assessment as each comes with its own unique format, level of difficulty and time constraints.

Checking tests are a popular prerequisite for many employment agencies and positions, such as:

  • EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office)
  • Administrative Roles (Public & Private Sector)
  • Commercial Sales
  • Business Development
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Call Centre Customer Support
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing & Transport (Operational)

Bonus: Get free unlimited access to test practice (for 30 minutes) on our partner website JobTestPrep – Click Here .

Error-Checking Sample Questions

Below you will find a few examples of questions you are likely to encounter during an error-checking or data-checking test.

These questions are stylised after the error-checking tests delivered by EPSO and Saville:

Sample Question 1 (EPSO)

15 Free Psychometric Test Questions and Answers

Psychometric tests are often used by organizations as part of the recruitment process. Different types of psychometric tests are designed to measure various aspects of cognitive ability, reasoning capabilities and personality traits. Potential employers use the results to assess a candidate’s suitability for a role. A psychometric test is generally administered online; this helps hiring managers filter applicants quickly and easily. 

Capp Assessment Tests: Numerical, Verbal + Critical Reasoning

As Capp Assessment Tests become more common perhaps you have encountered one for the first time.

This can be a bit daunting and, since they look and feel a bit different to more traditional psychometric reasoning tests, it isn’t necessarily obvious what you need to do to be successful…

Don’t worry.

With the insight and tips we share with you below, you’ll be smashing your tests in no time.

FREE BONUS: Get free unlimited access to Capp test practice (for 30 minutes) on our partner website JobTestPrep.

What are Capp Assessment Tests?

Capp are a consultancy and psychometric test publisher who specialise in Strengths Based Assessments.

They also offer a number of different psychometric tests that are widely used many major organisations including Google, Atkins, Amazon and RBS.

Their Assessment Tests include critical reasoning, numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning .

Psychometric reasoning tests like these are very common.

This is because they are a cheap and efficient way for organisations to identify candidates who aren’t likely to be able to succeed in a particular job.

Because they are often used to filter candidates out of application processes, they are sometimes called screening tests or gateway tests.

Candidates like you have to achieve a particular level of performance in order to progress in the selection process.

With practice you can dramatically improve your performance. Practice is the best way to improve your test scores.

In the rest of this article we’ll show you how the tests work, suggest how you can prepare, and then direct you towards some practice tests so that when the big day comes you are ready.

Before you do anything else, take a look at the Capp website , where you can take free practice tests.

How do Psychometric Reasoning Tests Work?

In general, psychometric reasoning tests challenge users to answer a series of questions and compare their performance on a test with the average performance level of a reference or ‘norm’ group.

This is typically made up of individual with similar characteristics, such as education level, nationality or workplace seniority.

If you do better than most of the norm group you will receive a high score, whereas a low score suggests that your performance was weaker than most of the norm group.

Usually, a minimum standard of performance necessary for success in a role is identified at the start of an assessment process, and all candidates that don’t meet this level will be unable to progress through the process.

What makes Capp Assessment Tests Different?

Capp Assessments are ‘Next Generation’ psychometric aptitude tests ; this means they might look and feel a bit different to other psychometric tests you have completed in the past.

The main difference between the Capp tests and more traditional psychometric ability tests is that the Capp tests are responsive.

This means that the actual questions presented to a candidate will depend upon their performance on the previous questions.

Capp say that the responsiveness of their tests and the size of their question bank mean that the chances of two candidates taking exactly the same test is currently less than one in a billion .

In practice, this means that if you’ve been able to quickly and accurately solve the previous questions, you can expect to be presented with incrementally more challenging questions.

By contrast, if you have made a number of errors, the test will present questions at a lower level.

The aim of the tests is to work out what your maximum ability is. Or put another way, what the most challenging level you are capable of working at is.

Another thing that makes Capp Tests feel different is that they have no time limit (although the time you take to complete the test does effect the score so you still need to work as quickly as you can).

This takes a bit of the pressure off and can make taking these tests rather less stressful than others.

Finally, the variety of question types and the format of the questions in Capp Tests can be different to those used by more traditional test publishers.

Let’s take a closer look at this:

  • Numerical Reasoning Tests

Traditionally numerical reasoning tests require candidates to select the correct answer from a number of potential options.

The Capp numerical reasoning test still does this, but it also requires candidates to rank potential answers or to type their answer into a free-text box.

This makes it harder to guess the correct answers.

  • Verbal Reasoning Tests

Verbal reasoning tests typically give you a passage of text to read and then ask you whether a number of subsequent statements are true or false, based on the information contained in the passage.

This question type is included within the Capp Verbal Reasoning Test, but there are also a number of different question formats included.

This means that as well as testing verbal reasoning, the Capp test can also assess verbal dexterity, comprehension, interpretation, and adaptability.

As well as traditional multiple choice questions, the test also presents:

  • Free text editing : This type of question requires you to type your answers directly into the question. You might be asked to correct spellings or grammar, or edit a passage of text.
  • Bucket sort : You will be presented with two categories/styles of writing; your task is to place each item presented to the category/style of writing that it best fits.
  • Drag and Drop : This type of question requires you to drag statements or words to the place that they best fit.
  • Ranking : These questions can be quite subtle and require you to really understand the nuance of language and language use. You will be presented with a number of statements and asked to rank these based on some feature of the text, such as positivity.
  • Selecting the most appropriate word to fill in the sentence : You will be presented with a passage of text with a number of blanks in it, for each blank space you must select the most appropriate word to fill the space from a drop down menu.

Critical Reasoning Tests

The Capp Critical Reasoning test evaluates your ability to think critically in a number of ways.

In each instance, a passage of information is presented followed by a series of statements, your task is to select the appropriate response from the drop down menu.

Questions focus around five areas:

  • Inference: rating the probability of truth of inferences based on given information
  • Recognition of assumptions: identifying unstated assumptions underlying given statements
  • Deduction: determining whether conclusions follow logically from given information
  • Interpretation: weighing evidence and deciding if generalisations or conclusions based on data are warranted
  • Evaluation of arguments: evaluating the strength and relevance of arguments with respect to a particular question or issue.

How to Cheat on SHL CEB Reasoning Tests (and Why You Shouldn't!)

Are you considering cheating on your upcoming SHL tests ?

In this full disclosure article, I’ll tell you why people cheat on tests, how people cheat, and whether or not it’s worth doing..

Don't cheat!

Practice... it's the only legitimate way to improve your scores, you'll sleep better at night and probably get better results in your tests too.

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The Expert Guide to Numerical Tests (+ Practice Tests + 5 Top Tips to Pass Every Time)

Numerical Reasoning Tests can be very tricky.

And when it comes to results, preparation and practice are key.

But that's easier said than done.

If you're researching this type of aptitude test for the first time or if you want to improve your numerical ability , perform better on tests and get more job offers this article will provide some practical strategies that you can use immediately .

For the best chance of success, read the article below slowly, work through the example questions , follow our tips and actionable advice and then start taking practice tests .

Ready to get started?

Let's go!...

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Employment Personality Test: Types & Uses 2024

Personality tests are a common way for employers to get a better idea of your personality and your suitability for their role. With so many different types of tests out there, preparing for one can be difficult. However, we’ve gathered all the information you need to pass your test with flying colors. Read on to find out more!

If you're applying for a job, there is a good chance you'll be asked to take a personality test as part of the hiring process.

These assessments have become popular among employers who want to ensure they choose the most appropriate candidates for specific positions, especially if it's a high-demand role.

This article offers a detailed guide on personality tests for jobs, including how they're taken, examples and how to prepare for them, regardless of which type of test you're taking.

Let’s get started by looking at exactly what a personality test is.

What Is a Job Personality Test?

Employers utilize a job personality test during the recruitment process as a tool to look at the personality traits of candidates. The tests are devised to screen candidates to ensure that they have the ethical and psychological profile needed for the role to achieve effective job performance.

Understanding what a potential employer wants to accomplish with the psychometric personality test they use during their recruitment process is the key to performing well on the career personality test.

Personality tests measure the patterns of the characteristics showcased in diverse situations or conditions. Employers are looking for candidates exhibiting behavioral traits that align with their organization and current employees' culture. Those that match these traits have a higher chance of being more successful in landing the desired position.

The desired traits are determined based on the employers' requirements and the test developers' recommendations. The latter are developed using years of research and analysis of representative samples of candidates applying for specific positions. To ensure that each characteristic is measured accurately, there are typically several questions related to just one trait.

There are two types of personality tests:

  • Projective tests
  • Self-report inventories

Projective testing is a performance-based evaluation. It relies on defense mechanisms called projection to assess candidates' cognitive processes.

The tests involve showing a series of cards to the candidates, who are encouraged to project how they feel about the image displayed on the card.

They might be asked to complete a sentence, tell a story or interpret the image to reveal how the candidates process information.

The answers are compared to a specific scoring system used for each specific personality test.

Self-report inventories are objective tests for assessing candidates' personalities. They are a questionnaire with standardized questions, together with response categories candidates are required to complete independently.

The questions on the job personality test are either multiple-choice items or numbered scales (going from 1 to 5 or from 'strongly disagree' to 'strongly agree'). Self-report inventories are the most popular among employers as they're easy to administer and cost-effective.

However, they come with the increased likelihood of candidates being tempted to answer intentionally or unintentionally in a way that makes them more socially desirable candidates.

They might provide exaggerated, misleading or biased answers.

The Best Logical Reasoning Practice Test Prep

Logical reasoning tests are a little different to your average psychometric test .

With this type of assessment, there are many different variations so it is sometimes difficult to determine which aspect of logical reasoning you will be assessed on.

With this guide, you’ll learn the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning tests , and some tips for maximising performance.

Designed to evaluate how you interpret patterns, shapes, numbers and other data to reach logical conclusions, the assessments are used across a number of different sectors at all levels of recruitment from entry right up to managerial positions.

Best Inductive Reasoning Test Prep: Improve Your Performance (+ Get Better Scores!)

Inductive reasoning is based around patterns and is another variation of the many psychometric tests used by employers as a way to determine the suitability of a candidate for their roles.

On a similar level to diagrammatic reasoning , inductive reasoning will assess your ability to apply logic and rationale to solve problems.

Diagrammatic Reasoning Test Guide (Explained by an Expert): 3 Example Questions, 5 Top Tips and 1 Practice Test

Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests are a type of psychometric test which assess your logical reasoning skills.

They are can also be known as abstract reasoning tests or inductive reasoning tests .

Diagrammatic Reasoning tests evaluate your ability to synthesise data and solve problems logically.

Questions often ask you to look at a sequence of shapes, patterns or numbers and assess if you can identify the rules that apply to the sequence.

In-Tray & E-Tray Exercises, Prep Guide 2024

The in tray exercise (also called an e-tray exercise ) is a popular assessment activity which employers use to evaluate the skills of applicants in a workplace situation.

If you have an In Tray exercise coming up as part of your interview process, this article will help you prepare.

Within these exercises, candidates will be presented with a given scenario, along with a set of tasks to complete which may include things like responding to email messages, reports or briefing documents.

Aptitude Tests: An Honest Introduction for Jobseekers

Aptitude tests are short tests employers use to assess whether a candidate has the level of competency necessary for success in the role.

The tests are used to see if a candidate has the skills necessary to do the job.

Aptitude tests are standardized, for the most part, and the results of all the candidates are compared to each other to see which candidate may be the best for the job.

Aptitude tests provide employers with a quick way to assess a candidate’s ability to perform in high-pressure situations and think in critical ways as they would if they were on the job.

Situational Judgement Tests: A Complete Guide (With Practice Questions)

What Is a Situational Judgment Test?

A situational judgement test (SJT) is a psychometric test that is often used as part of the recruitment process for graduate and managerial positions as well as roles that are customer-facing in a wide range of industries.

The SJT is designed to assess how a candidate deals with work-related problems and situations, focusing on essential aptitudes , competencies and soft skills that are not always easy to evaluate in other ways.

Although SJTs are usually bespoke to the company (or in some cases, the specific role), they tend to follow the same basic structure.

Each question is formed by presenting a fictional yet realistic work-based scenario. This might be text-based, it may include some illustrations or it could be animated or acted out in a video.

Following the scenario, there will be several options that you can choose from, each giving a possible course of action to follow to solve the issue that is presented in the situation given.

The answer that you choose will be compared to the benchmark answers that the recruitment team is using – these represent the core competencies for the role, as well as alignment with company values.

The Expert Guide to Verbal Reasoning Tests (with Example Test Questions + Top Tips to Pass Every Time!)

Verbal reasoning tests are an increasingly common way for companies to find the most suitable candidates for their roles. They can be challenging to pass but, thankfully, help is available. Here you’ll get all the information you need to pass your verbal reasoning test.

Verbal reasoning tests  have become a common practice in companies looking to hire highly skilled and qualified professionals or evaluate the existing workforce. 

They help simplify the recruitment and onboarding processes and allow candidates to find roles suited to their skills and needs.

This article brings you an overview of verbal reasoning tests, example questions with answers and explanations, and tricks to improve your performance and obtain high scores on the assessment.

Let’s take a look!

SHL Assessment Test: How to Get Top Scores on Any Test, Every Time

SHL assessment tests are important steps in many job interviews and career advancement opportunities. Therefore, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of how the different types of SHL tests work and how you can prepare for them in order to get top scores.

In this article, we will provide an overview of how SHL assessments work, sample SHL test questions, tips on improving your test performance, and strategies for prepping and succeeding with any SHL test.

What Is an SHL Assessment Test?

SHL is a global assessment company that is well known and recognised as a leader in pre-employment psychometric tests; the tests that SHL publishes are used by 75% of the FTSE 100 and they are available in more than 40 languages.

So if you are applying for a new role (especially for a graduate position), you are likely to come across them in the recruitment process.

In addition, the company offers consultancy and management services via its TalentCentral platform.

The SHL assessment are a series of tests that can be delivered individually or in a battery, and some of them are bespoke to the company that is using them, making them an excellent way for the recruitment team to ensure that the applicants for a role have the basic competencies, personality traits, work behaviours and cognitive abilities to be successful.

How to Pass KPMG Interviews, Assessments and Aptitude Tests

As one of the world’s largest and most reputable and successful professional services firms, getting through the KPMG application process as a graduate is an unsurprisingly scrupulous and demanding process.

That said, knowing what to expect and how to prepare for what’s ahead can make the process much less daunting, as well as significantly increasing your chances of success.

Read on, to find out more.

Stage One: Online Aptitude Tests

What’s involved:.

The first stage of the application process is conducted online with candidates required two separate assessments:

  • A numerical test
  • A verbal reasoning test

How to Complete KPMG’s Psychometric Tests

Even if your online test is only a few days away, these still leaves you with plenty of time to get to grips with the tests, plan your strategy and start practising.

To help you, here is a breakdown of each test, together with advice for how to approach them and to secure yourself the best possible outcome from the initial assessment stage.

The Purpose of KPMG’s Verbal Reasoning Test:

Cubik’s verbal reasoning for business test is by KPMG to test the ability of KPMG graduates to digest, analyse and interpret written information.

The test seeks to replicate the kind of tasks that might come your way during a typical workday in the form of emails, reports and other sources of information.

KPMG’s verbal reasoning test lasts 20 minutes and includes 44 different questions, which are based on a series of source texts. For each question, candidates must choose from the following options: ‘true’, ‘false’ or ‘cannot determine’.

Tips for KPMG Verbal Reasoning Test

Tip 1: practise the tests.

A few days to prepare still leaves you with plenty of time to get to grips with the format and to familiarise yourself with the style of testing.

The Cubiks website has a practice test for you to use free of charge to get you started, while links to full-length versions can be found on the WikiJob site.

Tip 2: Time Yourself

Perhaps the most important aspect of the test is being able to manage your time efficiently.

With so many questions to answer in a limited time you can’t normally be expected to finish them all, but the more you attempt, the greater your chances of passing are.

When practicing, be sure to time yourself. Set yourself a time limit for each set of questions and move on if you run out of time.

Tip 3: Read the Text Properly

Read the text properly: resist the temptation to save time by skim reading the information in the text and jumping straight to the question.

Familiarising yourself fully with the information presented before attempting the questions themselves will save you having to keep referring back to the text for each question.

This could save you valuable seconds or minutes in the long-run and help you pass.

Tip 4: Don’t Assume

Don’t go on assumptions: while a certain degree of common sense will be needed, be wary of basing your answers on anything other than the information provided by the test.

KPMG’s verbal reasoning tests are designed so as to require close reading of the text, with the ‘cannot determine’ option, thrown in to avoid educated guessing. There are no shortcuts!

The Format of KPMG’s Numerical Reasoning Tests

The KPMG numerical reasoning test, designed by Cubiks , for KPMG graduate applicants is similar in structure to the verbal reasoning exam. The main difference is that there are fewer questions (usually 24), for which you are given 20 minutes to answer.

Again, the questions will be based on source data, which is typically presented in the form of tables, graphs and statistical tables.

There are usually several questions pertaining to each set of data. For each question, you will be given a selection of possible answers to choose from.

The aim of the test is to assess candidates’ ability to digest and analyse numerical and statistical data and, in doing so, demonstrate skills that may be relevant to the workplace.

Kenexa Tests: What Are They?

Kenexa is an international business psychology consultancy.

Most businesses prefer the efficiency of conducting candidate testing online, with Kenexa’s advanced verbal reasoning test (VRT) and numerical reasoning test (NRT) prevalent options for filtering candidates before an interview.

Graduates are likely to encounter Kenexa’s tests at the sifting or screening stage of an assessment process.

If you’re wondering how hard Kenexa tests are, what they look like and how they unfold, this guide and the online Kenexa Sample Questions will help you get prepared.

CAT4 인지 능력 테스트

CAT4 인지능력 테스트 는 학생의 학업성취도를 측정하기 위해 고안된 테스트입니다.

CAT4 테스트 점수가 매겨지면, 교사와 부모님들은 그 학생의 학업 잠재력에 대한 요약을 받게 될 것입니다.

테스트를 보는 모든 학생들은 그들의 비언어적 추론 능력 , 언어적 추론 능력 , 양적 추론 능력 그리고 공간적 인식 을 측정할 질문들을 받을 것입니다.

이번에는 이러한 기술을 검토하기 위해서 어떤 유형의 질문을 받는지 자세히 알아보겠습니다.

또한 다양한 유형의 CAT4 테스트 레벨에 대한 자세한 내용도 다루고자 합니다. 이를 통해 다양한 연령대에서 어떻게 CAT4 테스트 점수가 매겨지는지 이해할 수 있습니다.

이 정보 이후에는 자녀가 잘 할 수 있도록 일반적인 조언과 팁이 제공됩니다. CAT4 테스트 를 보는 교사, 부모님, 학생들이 주로 하는 자주 묻는 질문도 이야기해보고자 합니다.

6 conseils pour les tests SHL: Comment obtenir les meilleurs résultats à tous les tests, sans exception.

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Pruebas SHL

Sind Sie auf der Suche nach kostenlosen psychometrischen Tests zur Übung?

Dann ist diese Seite genau das Richtige für Sie.

Was ist ein psychometrischer Test?

Psychometrische Tests (auch Eignungstests genannt) sind fester Bestandteil von Jobinterviews vieler Unternehmen auf der ganzen Welt.

Diese Tests bestehen normalerweise aus einer Reihe von zeitlich erfassten Fragen , die meist numerischen (mathematischen Fragen), verbalen (Fragen zum Leseverständnis) oder logischen (diagrammatischen Fragen) Ursprungs sind.

Testes Psicométricos: O Guia Completo + Testes Práticas

Testes psicométricos (também conhecidos como testes de aptidão) são uma parte comum do processo de entrevistas de emprego em muitas companhias no mundo todo.

Geralmente, esses testes consistem de uma série de questões com um certo tempo de resposta.

As questões costumam ser numéricas (questões matemáticas), verbais (compreensão textual) ou lógicas (questões de diagrama).

Dicas Para O Teste SHL (Atualização De 2024): Como Obter As Melhores Pontuações Em Todos Os Testes, Todas As Vezes.

Testes SHL . Se você está lendo isso, há uma boa chance de você ter acabado de descobrir que fará um desses testes difíceis como parte de um processo de recrutamento em andamento.

Se você chegou tão longe e agora está se sentindo tenso para se sentar na frente de um ‘abstract quiz’, não se preocupe...

Nós cuidaremos de você.

Mejorar en las pruebas de razonamiento inductivo

El Razonamiento Inductivo está basado en patrones y es otra variante de las muchas pruebas psicométricas utilizadas por los empleadores como una forma de determinar la idoneidad de un candidato para sus roles.

En un nivel similar al del razonamiento esquemático , el razonamiento inductivo probará tu habilidad para aplicar la lógica y la razón para la resolución de problemas.

Cómo funcionan las pruebas inductivas

Dentro de la prueba se te presentará una serie de diagramas los cuales se vincularán mediante una regla subyacente.

Esta regla afectará el diseño del diagrama y tu tarea será identificar el patrón.

Bonificación: puedes obtener acceso ilimitado y gratuito a la práctica de prueba (durante 30 minutos) en nuestro sitio web asociado JobTestPrep: Clic aquí .

Por lo general, se espera que los candidatos seleccionen entre 4 y 6 posibles respuestas completas bajo condiciones de tiempo.

Las pruebas de razonamiento inductivo a menudo complementan otras pruebas como las de razonamiento verbal o numérico.

A veces las empresas requieren que complete una prueba de juicio situacional o un cuestionario de personalidad junto con la evaluación de razonamiento inductivo.

Los resultados de cada prueba se revisarán individualmente y luego colectivamente para determinar si tú serías una buena opción para la empresa.

¿Por qué los empleadores utilizan estas pruebas?

Algunas veces se las denomina prueba de razonamiento abstracto, las evaluaciones de razonamiento inductivo están diseñadas para evaluar tus habilidades en la resolución de problemas y el razonamiento lógico.

Cuando completes la prueba, los reclutadores buscarán tu capacidad para trabajar de manera efectiva con información desconocida para alcanzar una solución viable.

Las pruebas se utilizan a menudo para evaluar tu capacidad de pensar creativamente, aplicar habilidades analíticas y diseñar soluciones innovadoras, mientras que a menudo son un indicador de tu nivel general de inteligencia.

Como tal, es esencial que realices el trabajo preparatorio necesario antes de la prueba real para asegurarte de poder completarla exitosamente y crear una buena impresión.

La prueba de razonamiento inductivo es frecuentemente usada por empleadores corporativos; es común esperar que se complete al menos una prueba psicométrica como parte del proceso de reclutamiento.

Los empleadores utilizarán estas pruebas para ver la eficacia con la que trabajas bajo presión y tu enfoque de la evaluación.

Las pruebas de razonamiento inductivo son usadas predominantemente en los roles técnicos o aquellos que requieren una resolución frecuente de problemas y los empleadores las utilizan para evaluar cómo identificas patrones, con qué eficacia puedes identificar reglas y consistencias de datos y si puedes predecir la secuencia de objetos a medida que evolucionan.

En términos de evaluación psicométrica, el razonamiento inductivo, el razonamiento abstracto y el razonamiento esquemático son tres pruebas que a menudo se superponen con la evaluación. Los proveedores utilizan nombres diferentes para cada uno, lo que hace que las cosas sean un poco más confusas.

Estas pruebas ciertamente varían entre los empleadores y la etapa en el proceso de reclutamiento también será diferente.

Algunas empresas los utilizan como un ejercicio de selección previa a la entrevista para limitar un conjunto de candidatos, mientras que otras organizaciones pueden usarlos hacia el final del proceso de reclutamiento o como parte de los días de evaluación.

Contenido de la prueba de Razonamiento Inductivo

La mayoría de las pruebas de razonamiento inductivo presentan una serie de secuencia de palabras, ilustraciones o formas y te piden que decidas cuál es la siguiente.

Esto requiere prestar atención a los detalles, a la resolución de problemas y perseverancia para alcanzar la respuesta requerida, todo lo cual se evalúa en condiciones de tiempo, lo que agrega aún más presión.

La prueba en sí misma requerirá que compares varios elementos incluyendo colores y formas, o que los clasifiques basándote en cantidad o tamaño.

Como un ejemplo, se te proporcionará un juego de seis cuadros conteniendo una cantidad de formas y luego se te pedirá que elabores una secuencia lógica para cada cuadro.

Para obtener la respuesta correcta, deberías identificar un patrón tal como similitudes, diferencias o una combinación de ambos.

Estas tareas pueden parecer extremadamente complejas, por ello es importante realizar tantas prácticas de pruebas similares como sea posible antes de la prueba real y también tanta práctica como puedas antes de la entrevista o del día de evaluación.

Asegúrate de llegar a tiempo y haber dormido bien la noche anterior, de lo contrario, es posible que te falte la concentración y que parezca que no entiendes lo que te piden que hagas.

Una aproximación a las Pruebas de Razonamiento Inductivo

Cuando comienzas la prueba, lee la pregunta detenidamente y trata de observar solamente a un elemento de la forma a la vez.

Es muy fácil sentirse abrumado por el contenido de una evaluación de razonamiento inductivo, por lo que la mejor manera de abordarla es intentar y decidir el patrón, considerando específicamente el tamaño, la orientación y la ubicación de la forma interior.

Los patrones están diseñados para ser complicados en tomarte el tiempo y utilizar tu lógica para resolver el problema.

Si estás teniendo una particular dificultad en identificar un patrón, trata de observarlo desde el final en lugar del principio.

Esto puede resaltar de manera efectiva algo que quizás hayas omitido usando el método tradicional de revisar las formas.

Toma conciencia de la hora pero no mires el reloj, y no te asustes en la medida de lo posible; esto sólo hará las cosas más difíciles.

Las pruebas de razonamiento inductivo son creadas para ser completadas bajo presión, por lo que la práctica de completar las pruebas en condiciones de tiempo puede ayudar de manera significativa.

Practicar es una de las mejores maneras de prepararte mentalmente para cualquier prueba psicométrica y el razonamiento inductivo no es diferente a ello.

Nada te preparará mejor para la evaluación que realizar una cantidad de exámenes de práctica, muchos de las cuales puedes encontrar en línea gratuitamente.

Cuando te familiarizas con el formato de la prueba y te acostumbras a responder preguntas rápidamente y trabajar bajo presión, es mucho más probable que tengas éxito que si no realizas ningún trabajo de preparación o práctica anteriormente.

La Guía Completa de Pruebas Psicométricas (Edición 2024)

¿Qué son las pruebas psicométricas?

Las pruebas psicométricas (también conocidas como Pruebas de Aptitud ) son ahora una parte común de los procesos de selección y evanotluación, por lo tanto un requisito necesario para solicitar trabajo.

Si tú aún no has completado una, es muy probable que lo necesites en algún momento en el futuro. Con esto en mente, hemos preparado para ti la Guía actual para las pruebas psicométricas para explicar qué son, cómo se utilizan y cómo completarlas con éxito.

Antes de comenzar con el artículo a continuación, ten en cuenta que tenemos tres pruebas psicométricas de práctica disponibles para que las pruebes.

Pruebas de razonamiento verbal: Guía experta 2024 (con ejemplos de preguntas y respuestas de las pruebas)

Las pruebas de razonamiento verbal están diseñadas para examinar tu nivel de comprensión del pasaje de un texto.

Estas pruebas son un ejemplo de una prueba de habilidad (a veces conocida como pruebas de aptitud) y son utilizadas por los empleadores en combinación con pruebas de razonamiento numérico y pruebas de razonamiento lógico .

Las pruebas de razonamiento verbal tienen como objetivo identificar tu capacidad máxima de comprensión, o en otras palabras, el párrafo de un texto más desafiante que tú podrás entender.

Pruebas numéricas: Puntaje en el percentil 99 (Actualización del artículo: 2024)

Las pruebas numéricas son tramposas. Y cuando se trata de obtener mejores resultados, la preparación y la práctica son la clave.

Pero eso es más fácil decirlo que hacerlo…

Si estás explorando este tipo de prueba de aptitud por primera vez, o si estás buscando formas de mejorar tu capacidad, desempeñarte mejor y obtener más entrevistas y ofertas de trabajo, este artículo te brindará algunas estrategias prácticas que podrás usarlas de inmediato.

Y si deseas probar un examen de práctica en cualquier momento, tú puedes realizar nuestro examen numérico gratuito aquí mismo . Esta prueba tiene diez preguntas (e incluye respuestas y explicaciones completas).

¿Cómo podrás aumentar tu puntaje de la manera más rápida y efectiva posible , incluso hasta el percentil 99 ?

Para obtener la mejor oportunidad de éxito, lee este artículo lentamente, sigue nuestros consejos prácticos y, cuando hayas terminado, practica con nuestras pruebas gratuitas.

Numerische Tests: Erreiche den 99%-Bereich (2024 Artikel-Update)

Numerische Tests können knifflig sein. Übung und die richtige Vorbereitung sind der Schlüssel zum Erfolg.

Aber das ist leichter gesagt als getan…

Wenn Du zum ersten Mal über diese Tests nachliest oder wenn Du nach Wegen suchst um deine Fähigkeiten zu verbessern, besser abzuschneiden und mehr Interviews und Jobangebote zu bekommen, ist dieser Artikel ideal für Dich.

Hier erfährst Du von Strategien die Du sofort praktisch einsetzen kannst.

Falls du einen Übungstest machen möchtest kannst du hier jederzeit einen der kostenlosen numerischen Tests ausprobieren. Dieser Test beinhaltet zehn Fragen (mit Antworten und ausführlichen Erklärungen).

Wie kann man sein Ergebnis so schnell und effektiv wie möglich verbessern , selbst bis in der 99% Bereich ?

Lies den Artikel am besten langsam durch, folge unseren Tipps und unseren Empfehlungen – so hast du die größten Erfolgschancen. Wenn du damit fertig bist kannst du einen unserer Übungstests kostenlos ausprobieren.

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A Guide to the Watson Glaser Test: & Tips

The Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal , commonly referred to as the Watson Glaser test, is usually used as a pre-employment psychometric test largely used in the recruitment process for roles in the legal industry.

The Watson Glaser test consists of 40 questions separated into five sections, assessing the critical thinking skills of the candidate. The five sections are:

  • Recognition of assumptions
  • Interpretation
  • Evaluation of arguments

This article will discuss the Watson Glaser test’s format and content and how it’s applied.

It will also suggest different ways that you can prepare yourself for the test, gives some examples of the types of questions you might face and some tips that will help you achieve the test score you need to progress.

A Guide to the Microsoft Excel Test 2024: Preparation, Practice & Example Test Questions

Microsoft is one of the world's most commonly used computer software.

If you're working in an office, you are almost certain to use applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint.

Therefore, it makes perfect sense that employers want to know that you are proficient in these applications as part of their hiring process.

If your job requires data analysis or compiling data streams, you will likely need to be adept at using Microsoft Excel.

In these circumstances, you may be asked to participate in an Excel assessment test so a hiring manager can confirm that you know how to make the most out of the program.

With this in mind, we will look at what you could expect from a Microsoft Excel test.

Then, we'll take you through a series of Microsoft Excel practice test questions, and we'll give you everything you need to know so you can prepare for the Excel assessment.

A Guide to the Cubiks Test: Tips & Example Questions

What Is a Cubiks Test?

The Cubiks tests were developed by the Cubiks assessment consultancy, which was founded in 2000.

In 2019, Cubiks was acquired by PSI Talent Management UK, an award-winning provider of psychometric assessments.

In 2022, PSI Services became Talogy.

Cubiks tests are available in more than 50 countries around the world. Many highly-regarded employers in the UK use Cubiks tests, including:

  • The UK Civil Service
  • National Audit Office
  • National Health Service

Cubiks tests are designed to help employers and organisations with recruitment, employee development and talent management. They are well known for their intuitive interface and easy-to-interpret structure.

When applying for job roles, you may be asked to complete one or more types of Cubiks test as part of the screening and selection process.

If you are already working, your employer might ask you to sit a Cubiks test assessment as part of the career development programme or talent management process.

This article offers an overview of what to expect from the Cubiks test. It also includes some Cubiks online test example questions and tips on how to succeed when taking the Cubiks test.

Korn Ferry Assessment: Guide & Tips

The Korn Ferry assessment is a tool used in the recruiting process for leadership positions.

The tests assess candidates across a range of skills, including:

  • Logic reasoning ability
  • Numerical reasoning ability
  • Verbal reasoning ability
  • Personality traits

As a result, the Korn Ferry assessment allows businesses to secure the best talent and identify individuals to be promoted to management positions.

The Korn Ferry assessment is an evaluation tool used by companies across the globe to ensure they employ the best talent.

The assessment comprises a series of smaller tests focusing on:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Personality
  • Leadership assessments

As well as a tool utilized during the interview process, the Korn Ferry assessments are often used when looking to promote team members into management positions.

This article will discuss the Korn Ferry assessment, explaining exactly what it involves and giving tips to enable the best chance of success.

Swift Executive Aptitude Test

If you are applying for an executive-level or management role, you might be expected to take an aptitude test as part of the recruitment process.

The Swift Executive Aptitude Test is a short assessment designed to measure specific aptitudes that are necessary for success in a leadership position.

In this article, you will discover more about the test, the structure of the assessment, and example questions.

You will also learn what you will need to bear in mind to be successful in the test, including tips about preparation and a breakdown of what to expect from the scoring.

Numerical Reasoning Practice Test

This numerical reasoning practice test has 10 questions.

The test has a mixture of numerical questions that vary in difficulty. 

Answers and full explanations are provided after you have completed a question.  You should aim to complete the test within 10 minutes.

Make sure you read and fully understand each question before answering. Work quickly, but don't rush. You cannot afford to make mistakes on a real test.

Verbal Reasoning Practice Test

What is a Verbal Reasoning Test?

A Verbal Reasoning Test is a type of cognitive assessment designed to evaluate an individual's ability to comprehend and analyze written information, make logical deductions and draw conclusions based on the presented text.

These tests are often used in various educational and employment settings to assess a person's verbal reasoning skills, which are essential for tasks that involve understanding and interpreting written or spoken language.

Inductive Reasoning Practice Test

This inductive reasoning practice test has nine questions (and includes answers and full explanations).

Abstract Reasoning Practice Test

This abstract reasoning practice test has 10 questions (and answers with full explanations).

For each question, choose which of the figures in the bottom line – A, B, C, D or E – completes the series in the top line.

The level of difficulty varies significantly, from easy to extremely hard. Items having the solution based on one rule are easy, while those with the solution based on four rules are extremely hard; the others are in between - medium and hard, respectively.

Your goal is to understand the logic of each question (the rules behind it). Do not despair if you can’t find the solution immediately, especially for the very hard questions!

Cognitive Ability  Test

What is a Cognitive Test?

A cognitive test is an assessment tool designed to measure an individual's cognitive abilities, which are the mental processes involved in acquiring, processing, storing and using information.

Cognitive assessments are used to evaluate various aspects of cognitive functioning, including memory, attention, problem-solving, reasoning, language comprehension, and more.

Cognitive function tests are commonly employed in several contexts, including education, clinical psychology, neuropsychology and employment assessment.

This cognitive ability practice test has been designed to help you prepare for the real thing.  

Deductive Reasoning Practice: Test & Guide 2024

What is a Deductive Reasoning Test?

A deductive reasoning test is a type of cognitive assessment that measures a person's ability to draw logical conclusions based on given information or premises.

Deductive reasoning is a form of logical thinking that involves moving from general statements or principles to specific conclusions. In other words, it is the process of applying a general rule or premise to a specific situation to determine a particular outcome.

In a deductive reasoning test, you are typically presented with a set of premises or statements that establish certain conditions or facts. You are then asked to use these premises to determine a valid conclusion.

The conclusions you reach must follow logically from the given premises, and the test assesses your ability to make accurate deductions based on the provided information.

Deductive reasoning tests are often used in educational settings, as part of standardized testing, and in various employment assessments.

They are designed to evaluate an individual's problem-solving skills, critical thinking ability, and their capacity to analyze information and reach logical conclusions.

These tests can take various formats, including multiple-choice questions, true or false questions or scenario-based questions where you need to determine the correct outcome based on the information provided.

Success in deductive reasoning tests often requires a strong understanding of logical principles and the ability to apply them effectively to specific situations.

Logical Reasoning Practice Test

What is Logical Reasoning?

Logical reasoning, often referred to as logical thinking or critical thinking, is a cognitive process that involves the ability to analyze information, identify patterns, make sound judgments and draw valid conclusions.

It is a fundamental skill that plays a crucial role in problem-solving, decision-making and rational thinking.

Logical reasoning involves breaking down complex information or situations into smaller, more manageable parts. It requires examining details and understanding the relationships between various elements.

What are the Types of Logical Reasoning Tests?

Logical reasoning tests come in various forms and are used by employers, educational institutions, and standardized testing organizations to assess an individual's ability to think critically and solve problems.

Here are some common types of logical reasoning tests:

Reading Comprehension: These tests assess your ability to understand and analyze written information, make inferences, and draw conclusions from passages of text.

Critical Thinking Tests: These tests evaluate your ability to analyze and evaluate arguments, identify assumptions, and assess the validity of statements or claims.

Analogical Reasoning Tests: Analogical reasoning involves recognizing relationships between words or concepts and applying these relationships to solve problems. For example, you might be asked to complete an analogy like "A is to B as C is to what?"

Numerical Computation: These tests assess your basic arithmetic skills, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Numerical Sequences: These tests require you to identify patterns and relationships within number sequences and use them to predict the next number.

Data Interpretation: In these tests, you are presented with data in the form of tables, graphs, or charts, and you must interpret the information to answer questions.

  • Abstract Reasoning Tests

Non-Verbal Reasoning: Abstract reasoning tests evaluate your ability to recognize patterns, shapes, and relationships among visual elements. They often involve series of diagrams or figures, and you must identify the logical rules governing them.

Inductive Reasoning: Inductive reasoning tests present you with a series of visual or abstract patterns and require you to identify the underlying rules and predict the next pattern in the sequence.

  • Spatial Reasoning Tests

Spatial Awareness: These tests measure your ability to visualize and manipulate objects in three-dimensional space. You may be asked to complete puzzles, identify rotated or mirrored images, or solve spatial problems. Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests:

Diagram Interpretation: Diagrammatic reasoning tests use diagrams or symbols to present problems. You must analyze the diagrams to draw conclusions or identify patterns.

Syllogism and Logic Tests

Syllogisms: Syllogism tests present logical statements and ask you to determine whether a conclusion is valid based on the given premises.

Symbolic Logic: These tests involve working with formal logic symbols to evaluate logical arguments.

Inference and Deduction Tests

Inference Tests: Inference tests assess your ability to make logical deductions and draw conclusions based on a set of statements or information.

Deductive Reasoning: Deductive reasoning tests require you to apply deductive logic principles to solve problems and make decisions.

  • Mechanical Reasoning Tests

Mechanical Understanding: These tests evaluate your knowledge of mechanical and physical concepts, such as gears, pulleys, levers, and basic physics principles.

  • Cognitive Ability Tests

Cognitive Ability Tests: These assessments often include a combination of various reasoning types and are designed to measure overall cognitive abilities.

What are the Common Logic Tests Employers Use?

Employers often use a variety of logic tests to assess the cognitive abilities and problem-solving skills of job applicants. The specific logic tests used can vary depending on the nature of the job and the industry.

Here are some common logic tests that employers may use during the hiring process:

  • Logical Deduction and Syllogism Tests
  • Data Interpretation Tests
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

This is a 10 question practice logical reasoning test . 

After you have given an answer to a question, the correct answer (and a full explanation of that answer) will be given.

What are the Topics Covered by a Logical Reasoning Test?

Syllogism, statements and assumptions, logical deduction, cause and effect, statements and conclusions, logical problems.

Mechanical Reasoning Practice Test

Set of 10 questions, along with correct answers and explanations for each.

Topics Covered:

General concepts, levers, springs, pulleys, area and volume, gears, inclined plane, basic electrical circuitry.

Difficulty Level:

Take a free practice mechanical reasoning test.

Situational Judgement Practice Test

Situational awareness, evaluation of alternatives.

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Spatial Reasoning Practice Test

Block counting, 3D rotation, 2D rotation, reflection, broken shapes, transforming 2D to 3D, isometric view, difference in 2D versus 3D viewing.

Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Practice Test 2024

What is the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Test?

The Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test, often referred to as the Watson-Glaser test, is a widely used assessment tool designed to evaluate an individual's critical thinking skills.

It is commonly administered as part of the hiring process for various professional and managerial positions, particularly in fields where critical thinking and problem-solving abilities are highly valued, such as law, finance and management.

Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Test

This is a nine question diagrammatic reasoning practice test.

We recommend a time limit of nine minutes for this test. 

After you have given your answer to a question, you will be shown the correct answer and given a full explanation.

Practice Critical Thinking Test

What is the Critical Thinking Test?

The Critical Thinking Test is a comprehensive evaluation designed to assess individuals' cognitive capacities and analytical prowess.

This formal examination, often referred to as the critical thinking assessment, is a benchmark for those aiming to demonstrate their proficiency in discernment and problem-solving.

In addition, this evaluative tool meticulously gauges a range of skills, including logical reasoning, analytical thinking, and the ability to evaluate and synthesize information.

This article will embark on an exploration of the Critical Thinking Test, elucidating its intricacies and elucidating its paramount importance. We will dissect the essential skills it measures and clarify its significance in gauging one's intellectual aptitude.

We will examine examples of critical thinking questions, illuminating the challenging scenarios that candidates encounter prompting them to navigate the complexities of thought with finesse.

Critical Thinking Practice Test

Before going ahead to take the critical thinking test, let's delve into the realm of preparation. This segment serves as a crucible for honing the skills assessed in the actual examination, offering candidates a chance to refine their analytical blades before facing the real challenge. Here are some skills that will help you with the critical thinking assessment: Logical Reasoning: The practice test meticulously evaluates your ability to deduce conclusions from given information, assess the validity of arguments, and recognize patterns in logic. Analytical Thinking: Prepare to dissect complex scenarios, identify key components, and synthesize information to draw insightful conclusions—a fundamental aspect of the critical thinking assessment. Problem-Solving Proficiency: Navigate through intricate problems that mirror real-world challenges, honing your capacity to approach issues systematically and derive effective solutions. What to Expect: The Critical Thinking Practice Test is crafted to mirror the format and complexity of the actual examination. Expect a series of scenarios, each accompanied by a set of questions that demand thoughtful analysis and logical deduction. These scenarios span diverse fields, from business and science to everyday scenarios, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of your critical thinking skills. Examples of Critical Thinking Questions Scenario: In a business context, analyze the potential impacts of a proposed strategy on both short-term profitability and long-term sustainability. Question: What factors would you consider in determining the viability of the proposed strategy, and how might it affect the company's overall success? Scenario: Evaluate conflicting scientific studies on a pressing environmental issue.

Question: Identify the key methodologies and data points in each study. How would you reconcile the disparities to form an informed, unbiased conclusion?

Why Practice Matters

Engaging in the Critical Thinking Practice Test familiarizes you with the test format and cultivates a mindset geared towards agile and astute reasoning. This preparatory phase allows you to refine your cognitive toolkit, ensuring you approach the assessment with confidence and finesse.

We'll navigate through specific examples as we proceed, offering insights into effective strategies for tackling critical thinking questions. Prepare to embark on a journey of intellectual sharpening, where each practice question refines your analytical prowess for the challenges ahead.

Practice Error Checking Test

This is a practice error checking test .

The test consists of three questions, along with correct answers and full explanations.

If you get a question wrong, make sure you find out why and learn how to answer this type of question in the future. 

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In-Tray Exercise

This is a three question practice in-tray exercise.

Take a Free Practice In-Tray Exercise

Talent Q Test: Ultimate Guide

Talent Q is a popular psychometric test provider used by employers worldwide to identify and develop top talent.

There are several test types published under the Talent Q name including numerical, verbal and logical reasoning, error checking, situational judgement tests and personality questionnaires.

Talent Q tests can be blended into custom assessments to suit a wide range of roles at varying levels of employment.

What Is the Talent Q Test?

The Talent Q test , or Talent Q assessment, is a term that refers to a collection of aptitude, performance and personality tests administered by the global consulting group, Korn Ferry.

Talent Q tests span five areas of assessment:

  • Cognitive ability
  • Competencies
  • Situational judgement
  • Motivations

They are commonly used to evaluate a candidate’s skills and job readiness in the early stages of recruitment.

Employers may also use a Talent Q psychometric test when looking to promote internally or to inform employee development.

Talent Q tests are increasingly popular with a range of employers because of the way they are designed, offering test flexibility and a reliable indicator of an applicant’s full potential.

Which Companies Use the Talent Q Test?

Talent Q tests are used by an increasing number of organizations due to their accuracy, versatility and reliability. Some of the major global employers known to make use of the Talent Q test library include:

  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Royal Mail Group
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • AstraZeneca

Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam Study Guide and Tips

This article will explain how the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam works and why it is the leading admissions test for higher education institutions across the country.

It will cover the various versions of the Wonderlic SLE test and their question formats, before offering options for Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam practice tests .

This is because, like with all psychometric tests, familiarity can help build confidence.

Extra tips for preparing, including helping with nerves, are also suggested; the Wonderlic SLE test can be a daunting one, so it’s a good idea to research and plan as much as possible.

A Guide to the Hogan Development Survey (HDS): with Tips & Examples

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) is an assessment that is mainly used as part of the development and training process, often when employees are looking for promotions or moves into leadership positions.

As a personality assessment , the HDS looks at what is known as ‘dark side personality’ to evaluate the personality traits that could be derailment risks for future success.

In this article, you’ll get an in-depth look at the Hogan Development Survey and how it fits with the other types of assessment that Hogan produces.

You’ll find a detailed discussion of the specific traits that the Hogan Development Survey assesses and what this means in terms of work behaviours and why they are considered to be risks.

You’ll learn more about the structure and layout of the assessment and when you might need to take it, what the questions look like and how you need to answer them, the way the assessment is scored and some tips for success.

What Is the Hogan Development Survey?

Hogan is a well-known and respected publisher of assessments to be used both as part of the recruitment process and for employee development.

Established in 1987, Hogan focuses on occupational psychology and the science of personality, and its most used assessments are the ones that look at different facets of employee personality – the ‘bright side’, the ‘dark side’ and the ‘inside’.

A Full Guide to the PWC Assessment 2024

What Is the PwC Assessment Test?

When you apply for a coveted role at PwC, you will be asked to undertake a PwC assessment test as part of the recruitment process.

The PwC test are used to evaluate candidates on measurable skills, abilities, aptitudes and personality traits that are needed for success in the type (and level) of the role that you have applied for.

PwC is one of the Big Four accounting firms globally, and from their headquarters in London, England, they have offices in 157 countries, a presence in 742 locations, and they currently employ nearly 300,000 staff.

With roles available in various departments, from consulting to legal, operations to audit, and tax to technology, competition for advertised jobs is fierce, and the PwC assessments are recognised as being particularly challenging to help narrow down the candidate pool to those applicants who really have what it takes to be successful.

In fact, less than 50% of candidates will advance past the screening tests as the benchmark for a passing mark is very high.

A Guide to the AON Assessment Test: with Tips

'AON assessments' are the new name for the cut-e tests, and they are often used as pre-employment evaluations for different skills, aptitudes, competencies and personality traits for various roles across different industries.

The AON assessments are characterized by being very short online assessment tests, and in many cases, candidates will be required to take more than one as part of a recruitment process.

With so much content to cover in all the different types of tests, it can be difficult to know what to expect from the AON assessments, which is where this guide will help.

Below you will learn more about why AON assessments are used and which companies use them as part of their hiring process.

We will discuss some of the features that the assessments have in common, as well as the most popular tests that are used by recruiters.

There will be some example questions with answers to get you familiar with the type of content you will be facing in certain tests and some helpful information regarding the way the AON assessments are scored and how you can give yourself the best chance to demonstrate that you have what it takes to be successful.

What Is the AON Assessment Test?

AON is well-known as a global financial services firm, and they acquired the cut-e testing battery so that they can provide top-of-the-range candidate evaluation and personnel development tools based on a scientific framework and testing methodology.

Study Guide for the CogAT Grade 4 Test: with Practice Tips

The CogAT Grade 4 test is used to understand a student’s thinking and reasoning abilities. It is not a test of learned knowledge; rather, it is a diagnosis of how they learn.

The 4th Grade CogAT test measures reasoning ability in three key areas: verbal, non-verbal and quantitative.

The assessment is often used to identify students for gifted and talented education programs.

If your child has been selected to sit the CogAT test in 4th grade, it can be confusing to know what to do to help.

This article will help you to answer these questions:

  • What is the CogAT test ?
  • What skills is the test assessing?
  • What is the format of the test?
  • How can I help my child prepare?
  • What skills can we practice?
  • What is the scoring system?

A Guide to the IKM Assessment Test: Tips & Examples

When applying for a job application, you may find that, along with providing your CV and attending an interview, you will be required to complete an IKM assessment .

This assessment will serve as a supplement to your overall application. So, you must understand what it entails and how it contributes to your application.

This article will explain the specifics of the IKM assessment, why it is important and how you can prepare for it.

What Is IKM?

The International Knowledge Measurement Service (IKM) offers organizations various assessments for employees and candidates among various career disciplines.

Among other things, this assessment ensures that employees hold the necessary requirements to go through the organization’s recruitment process.

Employee candidates will take the IKM assessment online remotely (self-supervised) or with client-side supervision from the organization.

The IKM assessment uses adaptive testing, meaning the difficulty of questions is dynamically selected based on the employee candidate’s previous answers .

This ensures that the assessment questions are neither too difficult nor too easy, greatly reducing the testing time.

HESI A2 Math Test: A Full Study Guide & Tips

The HESI A2 test is a series of tests administered by Health Education Systems Incorporated to those wanting to enroll on nursing programs.

It covers eight topics, including math, biology and grammar.

As these tests determine whether you get accepted, you must prepare to achieve your best possible score.

To help with your preparation, this article focuses on the HESI math test and covers:

  • What is on the HESI A2 math test
  • Example questions
  • Tips for preparing for and taking the test

What Is the HESI A2 Test?

The HESI A2 test is a series of aptitude tests, known as subtests, designed by Elsevier to assess whether a candidate has the skills to achieve their NCLEX-RN (or similar) for nursing school.

The eight subtests the students are expected to complete are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Only some programs require all eight tests.

They are available online remotely, at a testing center, and at your school.

The math test has 55 questions, while the reading, grammar and vocabulary tests consist of 50. Biology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry all have 30 questions, and physics has 25.

All the questions are multiple-choice, and the time limits vary from 25 to 50 minutes.

A Guide to the CAT4 Test Level D: Tips & Examples

The CAT4 Level D is a cognitive ability test used by a number of UK secondary schools. Typically taken by pupils in Year 7, the CAT4 Level D tests a child’s verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning skills to give an accurate picture of their learning potential.

A Guide to the Delta Assessment Test with Tips

The Delta Assessment Test is a group of online tests that forms part of the Delta Airlines hiring process.

If you are applying for job roles with Delta, you may be asked to complete one or more of the Delta Assessment Tests.

Your test results will help the hiring manager to decide whether you are suitable for the job role you have applied for.

The tests you are asked to take will vary according to the job role.

A Guide to the Deloitte Immersive Online Assessment: Examples & Tips

The Deloitte immersive online assessment is a psychometric aptitude-style test. It is used to identify a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

Questions vary but are likely to include situational judgment style questions that link to the roles at Deloitte.

Candidates are also tested on their numerical reasoning and presented with personality questions.

A Guide to the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test: Tips & Examples

Competition is tough for jobs on the Crossover recruitment platform.

There are thousands of applicants for each role, and only the top 1% are offered a contract .

After a successful initial application, the first step is taking the Crossover Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT).

To help you prepare, this article covers the following:

  • How Crossover works
  • The recruitment process
  • What to expect in the CCAT
  • The scoring system
  • Tips to help you prepare

A Guide to the FBI Phase 1 Test: Examples & Tips

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the USA.

The agency investigates serious offenses such as terrorism, public corruption, cyber-attacks, and violent and organized crime.

The FBI's mission is to protect the American people and uphold the American Constitution.

The FBI has over 37,000 employees across hundreds of locations in the US.

To work for the FBI, you must fulfill specific criteria which include:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be able to obtain an FBI Top Secret clearance
  • Pass the FBI polygraph examination
  • Pass the FBI Phase 1 test
  • Adhere to the FBI drug policy

Roles available at the FBI include computer scientists, nurses, engineers, technicians, contract specialists, and of course, police officers.

It is important to note that the recruitment process can take over one year, so you must be willing to wait several months for the chance of your dream role.

In this FBI Phase 1 test prep guide, we will delve into the role of FBI special agents – upholders of the law that seek out cybercrime and infiltrate organized attacks such as terrorism.

When applying to be a special agent, you are required to take the FBI Phase 1 test .

What Is the FBI Phase 1 Test?

The FBI Phase 1 test is an assessment that evaluates your personality and suitability for a role as a Special Agent at the FBI.

The test is conducted online and is split into five parts.

As the second stage of the process, the FBI Phase 1 test is done after the successful completion of a written application.

The test is designed to assess several skills and qualities that are required for a role as an FBI special agent.

These include critical thinking, logical reasoning and personality. The test will also assess your background experiences.

Your answers are then compared to the benchmark of what is suitable for an FBI agent.

The five sections of the FBI Phase 1 test are:

  • Logical reasoning
  • Figural reasoning
  • Personality Test
  • Preferences and interests
  • Situational responses

The assessment takes three hours to complete.

When applying for roles at the FBI, long waiting times are typical. The full special agent recruitment process can take over 20 months to complete.

If this is your dream job, it is certainly worth the wait as it is one of the most attractive career paths within any government agency.

To reflect this, the recruitment process is challenging and designed to reduce the number of candidates who could move on to the next stage.

This ensures that only the very best move through the application phases. In fact, only 30% of candidates can pass the FBI Phase 1 test.

You may have taken a personality test before, but the FBI Phase 1 test questions are framed and marked in a different way to other assessments.

Therefore, you should ensure you use FBI Phase 1 test practice questions and prepare in advance of the test.

It can be hard to plan for, but this is essential to get into the top 30% of successful candidates.

If you pass the FBI Phase 1 test, you will undergo background checks and receive an invitation to a regional meet-and-greet interview.

A Guide to the CogAT Test Grade 3: Examples & Tips

The main purpose of the CogAT Test grade 3 is to find out if a third grader is showing signs of being very smart.

Most of the questions on the test are about verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning. It's meant to show how a child might compare to other kids his or her own age. The CogAT grade 3 test can also be used to make individualized learning plans for kids.

The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) is a standardized test used to measure children's cognitive abilities in the 3rd grade – age 9.

This test assesses a range of cognitive abilities, including verbal, quantitative and nonverbal reasoning. The CogAT is often used to identify gifted children and help educators develop appropriate educational plans.

This article will give insights and tips into how your child could pass the CogAT Test for 3rd grade students.

A Full Guide to the 5th Grade Map Test

'MAP' is an acronym for Measures of Academic Progress . MAP tests are used to check the progress of a student’s achievement over the course of their academic journey.

Students in all school year groups (from kindergarten to 12th grade) are required to take a version of the test.

The MAP test is an adaptive assessment, which means the level of difficulty adapts according to the answers given.

A Study Guide for the 2nd Grade MAP Test: with Tips

The MAP Test 2nd grade is a computerized test taken by children in the 2nd grade. It is designed to evaluate what the children already know and what they are ready to learn.

The test includes three sections:

Schools may not administer all three sections and may instead focus on one or two sections to measure pupils’ progress in those subjects.

A Guide to the OAR Test: Examples & Tips

This article looks at the OAR Test , an aptitude test for those applying to be officers in the Navy, Marines or Coast Guard .

It will delve into what the test consists of, OAR practice tests, the format and the scoring system.

What Is the OAR Test?

OAR stands for Officer Aptitude Rating and the test is taken by those who want to become an officer in the US Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. It is part of the Aviation Selection Test Battery Exam.

Study Guide for the NEO Personality Inventory Test: with Tips

The NEO Personality Inventory is a psychometric tool used to evaluate personality traits.

It is acknowledged globally and is used by recruiters and employers before hiring and, more broadly, to evaluate career potential.

The NEO Personality Inventory test is heavily associated with the 'Five-Factor Model' (which you may also know as the 'Big Five Personality Test') to identify personality traits.

It is widely believed that each person's personality can be broken down into five main categories. The NEO PI personality test looks at each of these five categories separately to create an understanding of who you are.

In this article, we'll look at the NEO PI test, why employers use it, and what you could expect if invited to participate in a NEO Personality Inventory test.

A Guide to the Air Traffic Controller Test: Examples & Tips

The Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Test, also known as the Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA) is an exam used as part of the air traffic controller hiring process. It is a challenging assessment consisting of seven subtests designed to evaluate an applicant's aptitude for the role.

Becoming an air traffic controller is a challenging and rewarding career that requires extensive training. The Air Traffic Controller Test (previously known as the Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) exam) is an important part of the selection process. 

The Air Traffic Skills Assessment (ATSA) measures a candidate's ability to handle the demands of the job. 

In this article, you’ll find example questions, a guide and tips for preparing for the ATSA exam.

This article relates specifically to the ATC test used in the US. Candidates in other countries may be expected to take a different version of the test. 

A Guide to the Clifton Strengths Test: Examples & Tips

What is the CliftonStrengths test? This online assessment analyzes your personality and strengths for personal and professional development. You can purchase the basic test from Gallup for $19.99 and get a basic understanding of your top five personality themes. Or take the comprehensive version for $59.99 and receive a report that ranks all 34 themes and highlights your areas of excellence as well as your blind spots.

When applying for a job, you may find that the recruitment process consists of many different steps. There is the initial application form to start and usually an interview to finish. In the middle, there may be an assessment – an aptitude, intelligence or personality test.

The CliftonStrengths test is one assessment used by employers during the onboarding process. It was previously known as the CliftonStrengthsFinder.

In this guide, you will learn about the CliftonStrengths personality test and how it is used in recruitment.

A Guide to the Police Psychological Exam: Examples & Tips

The police psychological exam is a crucial part of the hiring process for law enforcement agencies. It is a personality test that confirms how suitable an applicant is for working in the police. The police psych test is used by most law enforcement agencies across the United States, although key details may differ from state to state.

What Is the Police Psychological Exam?

The police psychological exam is a series of tests and assessments administered to individuals who are seeking to become police officers.

The purpose of the exam is to evaluate a candidate's psychological fitness for the job and identify any potential psychological issues that may interfere with the candidate's ability to perform police work.

A Full Guide to the Predictive Index Test

The Predictive Index Test is a useful tool that is frequently used by employers around the world as part of their recruitment plans. Typically used in the early stages of the application process, the Predictive Index Assessment can identify an applicant’s cognitive capabilities as well as their behavioral traits. This helps them to quickly assess whether the applicant is right for the job.

The Predictive Index (PI) Test is a behavioral assessment tool often used by hiring managers (and HR managers) to measure an individual's personality and work-related behavioral traits.

Predictive Index tests are designed to predict how an individual may perform in a specific role or position based on their innate behavioral tendencies and personality traits.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn more about Predictive Index assessments. You will discover what to expect from a PI test and figure out how to fully prepare for the test day.

A Full Guide to the Capital One Assessments & Interview

In this comprehensive guide , you’ll discover everything you need to know about the Capital One assessment and interview process.

These are designed to help the company select the best candidates for its team. To increase your chance of getting hired, it's important to be prepared.

Find out what to expect, how to prepare and the skills and qualities Capital One hiring managers are looking for in a candidate.

What Is the Capital One Assessment Test?

Capital One is an established financial services company with a focus on technology and innovation.

To become an employee, or ‘associate’, at Capital One you'll need to pass a series of online assessments and interviews .

The Capital One hiring process is as follows:

A Full Guide to the CogAT Test 2nd Grade: Examples & Tips

CogAT stands for Cognitive Abilities Test. These tests are normally administered by a classroom teacher or instructor, although some schools employ a specialist or test proctor to administer the test.

Many parents are interested in learning more about helping their children to succeed academically.

Achieving a high CogAT score could mean your child is eligible to join gifted or talented programs designed to enhance their development and learning.

In other schools, it is used as a tool to identify a pupil’s individual strengths or predict their future academic performance.

The CogAT test for 2nd grade is a cognitive ability test aimed at children around the age of eight years old.

It is often used as a pre-admission exam by gifted and talented schools and programs. It is designed to evaluate pupils’ cognitive abilities, including basic linguistic and math skills.

The test is made up of three sections or batteries:

  • Non-verbal battery
  • Verbal battery
  • Quantitative battery

On the CogAT test 2nd grade, candidates are required to read the test questions instead of listening to the questions being read by the test proctor.

If you are looking for ideas on how to prepare your child for the CogAT test 2nd grade, read on to learn more.

What Is CogAT Test 2nd Grade?

The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) was developed by Riverside Publishing, which is part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

It is designed to assess problem-solving and reasoning skills in the following areas:

  • Quantitative

Research has shown that high levels of ability in these three areas is linked to academic success.

If your child is considered potentially talented or gifted, they may be asked to sit a CogAT as part of the program entrance process.

Different CogAT tests are available for different age groups, from Kindergarten (K) up to grade 12.

In this article, you can find more information on the CogAT test 2nd grade. The CogAT test is used by schools across the US to help them identify exceptionally gifted pupils.

Each of the test levels corresponds to the age of the pupil sitting the test. For example, if your child is in grade 6 (aged 12), they will be sitting the Level 12 version of the test. Occasionally, schools may choose to administer a higher level CogAT to talented or gifted pupils; however, this is unusual.

Second grade pupils being considered for gifted programs will usually sit the CogAT Level 8 test. This test is made up of 154 questions and takes 122 minutes to complete.

A Study Guide for the IBEW Aptitude Test: with Tips

The IBEW aptitude test is a prerequisite for those wishing to complete an electrician apprenticeship. It’s a timed test that allows employers to identify if someone has the right skills for an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is the official representative of more than 750,000 electricians across the US. To work as an apprentice, potential electricians must pass the electrician aptitude test, also known as the IBEW aptitude test.

Let's take a deep dive into this assessment to see what you should do to prepare for and pass the electrical apprentice aptitude test.

What Is the IBEW Aptitude Test?

The IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) aptitude test is a standardized test used to assess an individual's aptitude for electrical work.

The IBEW and its partner organizations use the test to select candidates for apprenticeships and other training programs.

A Guide to the CogAT Test 6th Grade: with Examples & Tips

Many schools use the CogAT Test 6th Grade to assess the non-verbal, verbal and quantitative abilities of sixth-grade students.

The Level 12 CogAT test is a useful tool for checking a student’s individual academic strengths and weaknesses. It can also be used as a screening assessment for entry into the gifted and talented program.

What Is the CogAT Test 6th Grade?

'CogAT' is an acronym for Cognitive Aptitude Test .

CogAT tests are usually administered at school by a teacher or instructor, although some schools employ test proctors and specialists to administer the tests.

This guide is designed to support you and your child through the CogAT Test 6th Grade. You can use it to find out what to expect from the test and tips on how to prepare for it.

We have also included information on the purpose of the test and how to interpret your child’s results.

A Study Guide for the Procter and Gamble Assessment Test: with Tips

The Procter and Gamble Assessment Test describes a series of pre-employment screening tests used by Procter and Gamble (P&G).

If you have applied for a job at P&G, you will be expected to sit these tests as part of the hiring process.

Each of the different tests is designed to assess a specific aptitude that is required for a job role at P&G.

In this article, you can learn more about the different tests used by Procter and Gamble. We have also provided tips on how to prepare for the assessments.

A Full Guide to the MAP Test Grade 4

The 4th grade MAP test is a computer-adaptive test taken three times a year to track your child’s academic development in grades 2 to 5.

It measures reading, language and mathematical abilities and is a useful tool for understanding your child’s current academic level, and identifying areas that need additional support and those students eligible for gifted and talented programs.

As tests can be a challenging experience for younger children, proper preparation is essential.

Throughout this article, you’ll find details about the test, example questions and the best ways to help your child prepare for the MAP test (grade 4).

A Full Guide to the Map Test Grade 3

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is a widely used tool that measures a student’s progress and growth based on the common core curriculum followed by most US schools.

This adaptive, computer-based test provides educators with valuable data to evaluate learning and tailor instruction to meet individual needs.

The 3rd grade MAP test is specifically designed to measure growth and achievement in reading skills, language usage and mathematics.

This guide is a comprehensive overview of the MAP test for third-graders, including what the test measures, how it works and tips for preparing your child for the test.

A Study Guide for the Renaissance Star Test: with Tips

This guide includes useful tips and Renaissance Star testing sample questions to help students prepare for the test and feel confident on test day.

You can find detailed information on interpreting and understanding your Renaissance Star Test scores in our dedicated article .

A Map Test Grade 6 Study Guide: with Tips

What Is the 6th Grade MAP Test?

The MAP Growth test system was created by educators from Oregon and Washington who established the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) back in 1973.

Their goal was to create an assessment that could accurately measure and track academic progress in children to ensure they graduated high school with all the essential skills and knowledge they required.

In 2000, the first MAP Growth Test was published.

The test is administered in all grades and is based on a set of learning principles known as the Common Core Principles .

Map Test Grade 7 Study Guide:  with Tips

The MAP test is a well-used assessment in the US school system, and the grade 7 test is used for children who are 12 to 13 years old.

In this article, we will discuss what the MAP assessment is in general, as well as the scoring system used for the test.

We will also describe the content of each section of the test so that you know what your child can expect during the assessment.

There are some example questions to show what grade 7 MAP test takers will face.

We will also give some tips on preparing for the assessment, and how to help your child perform well when they are taking the test at school.

CCAT Test Grade 3 Study Guide: with Tips

The CCAT test grade 3 is a standardized assessment administered to grade 3 students in Canada.

It measures verbal, quantitative and non-verbal reasoning skills and is used to identify a student's learning potential, typically for admission to gifted educational programs.

The CCAT test grade 3 is an assessment commonly used by schools in Canada.

If you’re the parent or guardian of a child preparing for the test, this CCAT grade 3 guide will tell you everything you need to know.

What Is the CCAT Test Grade 3?

The CCAT test (Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test) is a standardized assessment administered to students in grade levels K-12 in the Canadian educational system.

Rather than a measure of academic achievement, the test assesses a child's ability to learn, reason, and problem-solve.

A Guide to the Nelson Denny Reading Test: Examples & Tips

The Nelson Denny Reading Test is a standardized assessment designed to measure reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.

Widely used in academic and employment settings, it evaluates an individual's ability to understand written passages and answer questions based on the content.

The test consists of multiple-choice questions and assesses critical reading skills necessary for success in various fields, including education and professional development.

What Is The Nelson Denny Reading Test?

The Nelson-Denny Reading Test is a standardized test commonly used in educational settings, such as schools and colleges.

Developed in 1930 and named after the two professors who developed the test: Emerson Charles Denny and Martin J Nelson, it was designed to measure and assess an individual's reading comprehension and vocabulary skills .

The Nelson Denny test consists of two main sections: vocabulary and reading comprehension.

The Vocabulary section assesses the test taker's understanding of word meanings and ability to select synonyms and antonyms.

The Reading Comprehension section evaluates their ability to comprehend and interpret written passages by answering multiple-choice questions.

The score attained on the Nelson Denny Reading test indicates the test taker's reading grade level . This score is often used to determine an individual's reading proficiency and identify improvement areas.

It is important to note that the test does not assess reading speed or fluency but focuses on reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.

Overall, the Nelson Denny Test helps educators and employers gain insight into an individual's reading abilities, which can help ensure students are placed in the correct class according to their skill level.

While the Nelson Denny reading assessment cannot be used to diagnose specific disorders, it is known to help identify candidates who require additional reading instructions.

How to Pass the ISEE Test in 2024

The Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) test is used by many independent and magnet schools in the US and overseas as an admission test for children across the entire school age range, but more commonly from year five upwards.

It assesses a child’s academic levels of reasoning across math and literacy in comparison to children of the same age, the norm for that school grade and other applicants to the school.

Created and administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB), the ISEE test is available to be taken online or in a pen and paper format.

What Are the ISEE Levels?

There are four levels of the ISEE test.

  • ISEE primary for entry into years two to four
  • ISEE lower level for entry into years five to six
  • ISEE middle level for entry into years seven to eight
  • ISEE upper level for entry into years nine to 12

Each level of the ISEE test is created to be relevant to a specific school age group, increasing in complexity with each year and level.

A Study Guide to the WonScore Test 2024: with Practice Tips

The WonScore test is a popular assessment employers often use to select candidates with the best ability to solve time-sensitive and critical problems, and generally work under pressure.

This article provides a comprehensive guide on the Wonderlic WonScore test, helping you study and prepare for it.

Reading it, you'll also learn about the three main components of the assessment, how it is scored and what type of WonScore questions you can expect on the test.

What Is the WonScore Assessment?

The WonScore assessment was developed by Wonderlic, a leading company that provides solutions that facilitates the hiring process for top-tier businesses.

The purpose of this test is to assess the candidates' cognitive ability, motivational forces, and personality style.

If you want to impress a potential employer or hiring manager, the best way to do this is by acing the Wonderlic WonScore test.

Getting a good score on this assessment shows that you're a dedicated employee who has no trouble being productive even under highly stressful conditions.

Some of the companies known for using this test in the past or present are:

  • Canadian National Railway
  • David Weekly Homes
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Delta Air Lines
  • American Airlines
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors
  • AlixPartners
  • Medline Industries
  • Epic System
  • IBM Assessment

A Study Guide for the CJBAT Test: with Tips

What Is the CJBAT Test?

The Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT) is a test that is used as part of the recruitment process in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE).

It is used for entry-level roles, either as a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) or Corrections Officer (CO).

The CJBAT is designed to measure the ‘minimum competencies’ of candidates who want to join the FLDE – the basic skills, knowledge, competencies and characteristics that are needed to be successful in law enforcement.

Almost every candidate for a law enforcement or corrections position at entry level will be required to take the CJBAT, unless they have been honorably discharged from the military or they hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Applicants who have already completed (and passed) the CJBAT will have their results on file for four years, which means that they do not need to retake it.

The CJBAT costs $39, and there are three sections in the test that are separately timed. There are 97 questions in the assessment in total, and you will have 90 minutes to complete it.

  • Section I – 47 questions to be answered in 20 minutes.
  • Section II – 10 images with a minute and a half to answer questions
  • Section III – 40 questions to be answered in an hour.

A Guide to the PI Cognitive Assessment: and Tips

An employer’s recruitment process can include a wide range of assessments and interviews for the candidate to take that indicate to the employer how an individual might fare in the job.

One common way to measure job performance though is by getting candidates to take the PI Cognitive Assessment, which measures mental ability and critical thinking skills.

This article will look in detail at the assessment, its format, who uses it, example questions and PI Cognitive Assessment tips on how to be successful when taking it.

A Study Guide for the NYC Sanitation Test: & Tips

In this article, you’ll find all the essential information on question types, sample exams and the important concepts to study, plus tips on how you can ace your test.

Get ready to excel in the NYC Sanitation Test with our expert guidance.

What Is the NYC Sanitation Test?

The NYC Sanitation Test is for anyone interested in working with the Department of Sanitation in New York City.

You'll need to pass the NYC Sanitation Worker Exam, a multiple-choice paper and pencil test.

This exam is a crucial step towards a rewarding career in the department.

A Guide to the BCG Pymetrics Test 2024 & Tips

What Is the BCG Pymetrics Test?

The BCG Pymetrics test is part of the recruitment process for many roles at Boston Consulting Group – candidates usually take this test after their initial application.

Pymetrics is a US-based start-up that was founded in 2013, and it created a game-based recruitment assessment that uses AI and algorithms to measure 91 social, cognitive and behavioral traits.

These measurements are used to create a profile based on objective behavioral data – and this is then compared to high performers already in the role.

This results-based assessment is used by BCG to recruit consultants, and the test it uses has been specifically designed by Pymetrics to meet the needs of BCG – focusing on soft skills that are not easily evaluated in other ways.

As one of the top three consulting firms in the world, hiring the best candidates for BCG needs several hiring stages; the Pymetrics test is just one of these.

Format of the BCG Pymetrics Test

When you have applied for a role at BCG, and your application matches the basic requirements in education and experience, you will be sent an invitation to complete the BCG Pymetrics test.

You can take the test on your laptop or PC, but many people find it easier to complete it on their smartphone.

The BCG Pymetrics test is a gamified assessment, which means instead of answering questions like you would on a verbal reasoning or situational judgment test, you will be playing some mini-games.

There are 12 games, each lasting one to three minutes – and there are 12 to complete, usually taking about 30 minutes in total.

Guide for the Home Depot Interview for 2024

Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in America, and the sixth largest US-based employer globally.

Founded in 1978, Home Depot has more than 2,200 stores across the US, Canada, and Mexico, employing more than 500,000 people in many different types of roles, from retail to logistics and corporate.

Roles at Home Depot include:

  • In-store Sales Associates
  • Customer Service
  • Merchandising
  • Store Leadership
  • Warehouse and Distribution
  • Contact Center
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Communication

A Guide to Raven's Progressive Matrices Test: Tips & Examples

The Raven’s Progressive Matrices is a test that is often used as part of the recruitment process for high-level management and analytical roles.

In this article, you will learn more about the test, its history and background, as well as the different types of tests that are available and what you can expect if you are going to be taking the test.

You will also find some example questions that you can expect to see in each type of test and get helpful pointers that you can use to prepare and do well in the assessment.

What Is the Kolbe Test & How to Pass It in 2024

The Kolbe personality test is a personality assessment that evaluates an individual's natural problem-solving instincts.

It measures four Action Modes:

  • Fact Finder
  • Follow Thru
  • Quick Start
  • Implementor

It provides insights into how individuals approach tasks and challenges. The results from the test help in an individual's personal and professional development.

How to Take the Indeed Skills Test in 2024

What Is the Indeed Skills Test?

Indeed started as a US-based employment website in 2004.

Originally designed to be like a job board, Indeed worked as an aggregate site, allowing job posters to advertise vacancies.

As the years progressed, Indeed grew, and now it is the number one job site in the world and the job site with the highest traffic in the US, with 300 million unique visitors every month.

As part of this growth, you can now visit Indeed to not only upload your resume and apply for jobs, but you can also investigate companies, see average salaries and even get guides on getting into your dream career.

Indeed now offers skills tests , which can help recruiters focus on candidates who can demonstrate certain hard and soft skills relating to the position that they are advertising for.

There are more than 150 skills tests to choose from.

Recruiters can choose to add a skills test requirement to their job posting based on essential qualifications and skills listed in the job description. This means that they will give preference to the candidates who can demonstrate a high level of proficiency in that area.

The tests include hard skills like typing, soft skills like communication an Indeed personality assessment and behavior tests, and they usually take less than 10 minutes to complete.

How to Pass the McKinsey Problem Solving Game in 2024

The McKinsey problem solving test is a challenging computer-based assessment used by McKinsey & Company as part of their recruitment process.

The games are designed to test whether candidates have the correct skills for a career in consulting, including excellent problem solving and decision-making skills and the ability to handle complex data.

If you're interested in consulting, you probably already know about the McKinsey Problem Solving Game.

The McKinsey Problem Solving Game , also known as McKinsey PSG or Solve , is a challenging computer-based test .

It is designed to evaluate a candidate's problem solving skills, and it's a crucial step in the McKinsey recruitment process.

The McKinsey PSG differs from many other aptitude tests with its unusual game design. However, this does not mean that it is any less demanding.

This post will cover everything you need to know to pass the McKinsey problem solving game in 2024.

A Guide to the Morgan Stanley Internship

Each year, financial services provider Morgan Stanley is flooded with applications to its renowned internship programs.

Regardless of your field of study, you can apply to a Morgan Stanley summer program or to one of the organization's off-cycle internships that are available throughout the year.

If you are a student or recent graduate and would like to know what steps you should take to apply for a Morgan Stanley internship or are curious to know more about the company, this helpful guide should have all of the information that you need.

A Study Guide for the Star Reading Test 3rd to 4th Grade: With Tips

The Star Reading tests are a series of assessments that are given to children between kindergarten and 12th grade. They are used to evaluate each child on their reading ability.

Part of a wider battery of assessments, the Star Reading tests are relatively short, with multiple-choice answers and adaptive difficulty – so each child gets the opportunity to demonstrate their reading ability.

In this article, you will learn more about the Star Reading test, particularly on the tests that are given at the 3rd and 4th grade level .

A Study Guide for the USPS 477 Exam: With Practice Tips

If you are applying for a role with the United States Postal Service (USPS) , you will usually be asked to complete at least one of four 477 Virtual Entry Assessments as part of the recruitment process.

These exams are used to evaluate various skills, aptitudes, personality traits and work preferences, which can show whether you have what it takes to be successful in the role in the future.

The USPS 477 Exam is sometimes referred to as the CS VEA, which relates to customer service.

How to Write a CV to Get Your Dream Job – 2024 Guide + Examples

Your CV is often the first impression you make on a potential employer, so it is important to make it count. A well-written CV can help you get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers, and increase your chances of getting an interview.

In this article, you will get tips on how to write a professional CV that will land you your dream job. You will learn everything from the basic sections to include to how to tailor it to specific job openings and common mistakes to avoid.

iReady Diagnostic Scores – 2024 Guide

An iReady level score of 3.00 or over means the student is working at or above the level required to meet the standard for their grade.

The level score is calculated in line with expectations when the test was administered, not in comparison to the expected score by the end of the school year.

What Are the iReady Diagnostic Scores?

The iReady diagnostic test is administered to US school children in grades K to eight.

The purpose of this school assessment test is to help parents and teachers check a student’s academic process at the beginning, middle and end of each school year.

It is a computer-adaptive test, which means the questions are adjusted to become more difficult if a series of correct answers is given.

As a result, the test is designed to challenge the skill level of the student sitting the test, as well as assess their strengths and opportunities for growth.

If a student answers a few questions in a row incorrectly, the questions that follow will be easier.

Many people find i-Ready Diagnostic scores difficult to interpret.

As a child progresses through each academic year and moves up the year groups, their expected score will change.

The average score increases year on year, too.

In this article, you can learn more about the different types of iReady diagnostic scores, how these scores are displayed, and how to interpret them to better understand a student’s iReady test performance.

HESI Exam Score Range and Passing Scores – Ultimate Guide For Nursing Students

There are two types of HESI Exam:

  • The Admissions (A2) test
  • The Exit exam

The minimum passing score for the Admissions test is usually between 75 and 80 for each section, although this varies between schools.

The composite score range for the Admissions (A2) test is 750 to 900, with 900 being the maximum possible score.

The HESI Exit Exam score ranges between 0 to 1,500. 850 is considered to be an acceptable score, although HESI recommends a minimum score of 900.

If you want to sit your NCLEX licensing exam, you will need to achieve a score of at least 850 on the HESI Exit Exam.

HESI is an acronym for Health Education Systems Incorporated .

As a company, HESI administers exams and provides study material to help prepare students for the NCLEX professional licensure exam.

If you want to work as a nurse in the US, many nursing and healthcare programs use HESI tests to screen prospective students and determine suitability and readiness for specific study routes.

In this article, you can learn more about the HESI score ranges and passing scores required for each of these tests and what impact your HESI results may have on acceptance into your preferred nursing program.

CBP Entrance Exam: Practice Tests & Guide

The Customs and Border Protection Entrance Exam is a standardized assessment used by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency as part of its recruitment process.

The exam is designed to evaluate the cognitive abilities, skills and knowledge of individuals applying for various positions within the CBP.

It is a highly competitive exam and candidates will need to prepare if they hope to pass.

This article will help you improve your chances of passing by sharing details about the exam and the best ways to prepare.

A Full Guide to the CogAT Test 5th Grade: Examples & Tips

What Is the CogAT 5 Grade Test?

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a widely used standardized test designed to assess your child’s cognitive abilities in various areas.

The CogAT 5th Grade Level is specifically tailored for students in the 5th grade and measures their abilities in three main cognitive areas:

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Practice Free CogAT Grade 5 Test Sample Questions

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) 5th Grade Level is a crucial assessment tool for students between 10 and 11 years old.

Designed to measure verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative abilities, this standardized test plays a pivotal role in identifying students for gifted programs.

In this article, you’ll learn what the CogAT 5th grade test is, which subjects are tested, along with example questions and how best to prepare.

Map Test Grade 7: Full Guide

The MAP Test Grade 7 tests students’ proficiency in mathematics, reading and language usage.

Developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), it measures individual growth over time, adapting question difficulty based on responses.

This online test lasts around two to three hours, and the results are used to inform teaching or gauge students' ability levels.

Scoring is based on the RIT (Rasch Unit) scale, indicating a student's instructional level and growth potential in each subject area.

MAP Grade 7 Sample Question

Practice a Free STAAR Test and Prepare for the Exam

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test is a standardized assessment issued to public school students in Texas in grades 3 to 12.

Below you’ll find a range of STAAR test practice questions to help you prepare – whether you’re a parent coaching a child through their exam prep or a high school student revising for a test of your own.

For more info on the STAAR Test, read our dedicated article.

How to Prepare For the STAAR Test in 2024 – Ultimate Guide

The STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test is an important examination that measures students' knowledge and skills in various subjects. Whether you're a student, parent, or guardian, it's essential to be well-prepared for this test to ensure success.

In this ultimate guide, we will explore the different aspects of the STAAR test and provide valuable tips on how to prepare effectively.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 ATI TEAS Test

The ATI TEAS Test , also known as the Test of Essential Academic Skills, is an important exam for students looking to pursue a career in the healthcare field.

This comprehensive exam assesses a student's knowledge in various areas, including reading, math, science, and English language usage.

If you're planning to take the ATI TEAS Test in 2024, it's essential to understand what the exam entails and how to best prepare for it.

In this article, we'll cover everything you need to know about the 2024 ATI TEAS Test.

Renaissance Star Early Literacy Test – Ultimate Study Guide For 2024

The STAR Early Literacy Test is an assessment tool used to measure children’s early literacy skills. It forms part of the wider Renaissance STAR (Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading) assessment system by Renaissance Learning.

The STAR Early Literacy Assessment is mostly used to test students from pre-kindergarten to grade 3.

The test is designed to assess the following areas of early literacy:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • General vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Reading ability
  • Early numeracy skills

STAR Early Literacy is a computer-adaptive test. This means that the difficulty of the questions adjusts according to a student’s responses.

The adaptive element of the test allows for more precise results and a better insight into a student’s overall literacy skills.

Word games are a great way to help your child prepare for the STAR Early Literacy Test.

You should also encourage your child to read daily.

You may wish to build this into their routine at certain times of the day. For example, reading before going to bed is often a good way to unwind.

If you are looking for other ways to help your child prepare, you can help them practice their time management skills, talk to them about maintaining a positive attitude towards the test and ensure they are getting sufficient rest.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) vs Resume – What’s The Difference?

Sometimes, when applying to a job, you might be wondering when to use a CV vs resume?

After all, what is the difference between a CV vs resume?

This article will explore what is a cv vs resume, and highlight the importance of CVs and resumes in job applications.

What Is a CV vs Resume?

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a resume are documents that are essential components of the job application process for several reasons:


CVs and resumes can be customized for specific job opportunities. You can tailor the content to match the job description, emphasizing the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the position.

This customization increases your chances of being selected for an interview.

Evidence of Achievements

CVs and resumes provide tangible evidence of your accomplishments. They allow you to showcase your past successes, work history and educational achievements.

By presenting this evidence, you demonstrate your ability to contribute to the employer’s goals.


Well-structured and error-free CVs and resumes convey professionalism.

They show that you are serious about the job application and have taken the time to present your qualifications in a clear and organized manner.

Structured Communication

CVs and resumes follow a structured format, making it easy for employers to locate specific information such as your work history, education, and skills.

This structured communication helps employers make informed decisions efficiently.

Reference for Interviews

Once you are selected for an interview, your CV or resume often serves as a reference point for the conversation.

Interviewers may ask questions based on the information you provided in your document, so it’s essential that your document accurately reflects your qualifications

Legal and Ethical Requirement

In some cases, providing a CV or resume is a legal or ethical requirement, especially when applying for certain positions or government jobs. Failing to submit the required documentation can disqualify you from consideration.

Documentation for Career Progression

Over time, your CV or resume becomes a record of your career progression. It can be useful for tracking your achievements, planning your career path and applying for promotions or advanced positions within your organization

CVs and resumes are pivotal in the job application process. They serve as a marketing tool to promote your qualifications, a screening tool for employers, and a reference point for interview discussions.

Crafting a strong CV or resume is crucial for securing job interviews and advancing in your career.

Professional CV vs Resume Difference

  • CV – Typically longer, often extending to several pages, allowing for a comprehensive overview of your academic and professional history.
  • Resume – Shorter, typically limited to one or two pages, focusing on the most relevant and recent information related to the job you’re applying for.
  • CV – Provides an extensive academic and professional history, including details about research, publications, presentations, teaching experience and more. It is common in fields such as academia, research and certain international job markets.
  • Resume – Emphasizes key qualifications, skills, work experience, and accomplishments relevant to the specific job you’re applying for. It typically excludes detailed academic information unless it is directly related to the position.
  • CV – Used in academic and research settings, as well as in international contexts where a more comprehensive document is expected. It is also used when applying for grants, fellowships or certain government positions.
  • Resume – Standard for job applications in most industries and is tailored to each specific job or career field. It is used to demonstrate your qualifications for a particular role.

Personal Information

  • CV – May include personal details such as your full name, contact information, academic background, research interests and publications.
  • Resume – Typically includes your name, contact information, a summary or objective statement, work experience, skills and education. It provides basic personal information.


  • CV – More flexible in terms of format and content. It can include various sections based on the individual’s achievements and qualifications.
  • Resume – More standardized with a specific structure that is expected by most employers. Customization is primarily done by tailoring the content to the job.

These key differences highlight the distinct purposes, lengths, and content of CVs and resumes, making it important to choose the appropriate document based on the specific job application and industry requirements.

Definition and Purpose of a CV

A Curriculum Vitae, commonly referred to as a CV, is a comprehensive document that provides a detailed summary of an individual’s academic and professional background.

The purpose of a CV is to present a thorough and extensive account of an individual’s qualifications, achievements, work history, education, and other relevant information.

The primary purpose of a CV is as follows:

Academic and Research Settings – In academic and research environments, a CV is the standard document for job applications, academic positions, research opportunities, and grants. It allows individuals to showcase their educational achievements, research experience, publications, presentations and teaching experience.

Comprehensive Overview – A CV is designed to offer a comprehensive and in-depth view of the individual’s professional journey. It goes beyond just listing work experience and includes academic accomplishments, research contributions, awards and certifications.

Demonstration of Expertise – By providing an extensive record of academic and professional achievements, a CV allows individuals to demonstrate their expertise, knowledge, and suitability for roles that require a deep understanding of a specific field or discipline.

International and Government Positions – In certain international job markets and when applying for government positions, CVs are commonly used. These contexts often require detailed documentation of an individual’s qualifications and contributions.

Grant and Fellowship Applications – When applying for research grants, fellowships, or academic scholarships, a CV is often required to document the applicant’s qualifications and previous research or academic work.

Promotion and Advancement – Within an academic or research institution, a CV is used to track an individual’s career progression. It’s also crucial when seeking promotions and advanced positions within the organization.

Definition and Purpose of a Resume

A resume is a concise and tailored document that provides a summary of an individual’s qualifications, work experience, skills, and accomplishments.

The purpose of a resume is to present a focused and relevant snapshot of the individual’s professional background to a potential employer.

The primary purpose of a resume is as follows:

Job Applications – Resumes are the standard document used in job applications across most industries. Their primary purpose is to introduce the applicant to a potential employer and demonstrate their qualifications for a specific job or career field.

Concise Summary – A resume condenses an individual’s professional history into a brief and easily scannable format. It highlights the most relevant and recent information, allowing employers to quickly assess the candidate’s suitability for a particular position.

Customization – Resumes are highly customizable. Applicants can tailor the content to match the specific job description and requirements, emphasizing the skills, experiences and achievements that are most pertinent to the job they are applying for.

Quick Screening Tool – Resumes serve as a screening tool for employers who receive numerous applications. They help hiring managers and recruiters efficiently identify qualified candidates and determine who should be invited for interviews.

Interview Discussion Reference – Once selected for an interview, the resume often serves as a reference point for the conversation. Interviewers may ask questions based on the information provided in the resume, making it important for the document to accurately reflect the applicant’s qualifications.

Marketing Tool – A well-crafted resume is a marketing tool that allows applicants to present themselves in the best possible light. It showcases their relevant skills, achievements and experiences, making a compelling case for why they are the right fit for the job.

Professionalism – Resumes convey professionalism and a commitment to the job application process. A well-structured and error-free resume reflects positively on the applicant’s dedication to securing the job.

Standard Format – Resumes follow a standardized format, which makes it easy for employers to locate specific information, such as work history, education and skills. This structure streamlines the hiring process.

Career Progression – Over time, resumes serve as a record of an individual’s career progression. They document work history, promotions, accomplishments and the development of skills.

In summary, a resume is a focused, concise, and customizable document used in job applications to present the most relevant qualifications and achievements.

Its primary purpose is to help employers quickly assess the suitability of an applicant for a specific job and to secure interviews for further evaluation.

Length and Structure

Length and number of pages of a cv.

The length of a Curriculum Vitae (CV) can vary depending on the individual’s qualifications, experiences, and the norms of their specific industry or country.

However, there are some general guidelines to consider:

No Strict Page Limit – Unlike resumes, there is no strict page limit for a CV. CVs are typically longer documents and can span multiple pages, particularly for individuals with extensive academic and professional backgrounds.

Typical Length – In many cases, a CV may be between two and six pages. However, it can be longer for highly experienced professionals, senior academics, or individuals with numerous publications and research projects.

Content Dictates Length – The content of the CV should dictate its length. It should include all relevant academic achievements, research work, publications, presentations, teaching experience, professional history, awards, certifications and other qualifications.

Relevance Is Key – While a CV can be lengthy, it’s essential to include information that is directly relevant to the job or opportunity you’re applying for. Tailor the content to the specific position while still maintaining a comprehensive overview of your qualifications.

Clarity and Readability – Regardless of length, a CV should be well-organized, easy to read, and maintain the reader’s interest. Use clear headings, bullet points and concise language to ensure that the document is engaging and informative.

Consider Industry Standards – In some industries and countries, there may be specific expectations regarding CV length. It’s a good practice to research the norms and expectations for CVs in your field and region.

Ultimately, the key is to strike a balance between providing a comprehensive account of your qualifications and experiences while ensuring that the document remains focused and relevant to the specific job application.

It’s important to remember that the goal of a CV is to present a detailed overview of your academic and professional journey, making it longer and more comprehensive than a resume.

Sections Commonly Included in a CV

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) typically includes various sections that provide a comprehensive overview of an individual’s academic and professional history.

While the specific sections may vary depending on the individual’s qualifications and field of expertise, here are some common sections found in a CV:

  • Contact Information – This section includes your full name, phone number, email address, and sometimes your physical address.
  • Objective or Summary – A brief statement at the beginning of the CV that highlights your career goals, qualifications, and what you bring to the table.
  • Education – Details about your educational background, including the name of the institution, degree(s) earned, graduation dates and relevant coursework or thesis topics.
  • Research Experience – A section where you describe your research experience, including the projects you’ve worked on, your role and any significant achievements or findings.
  • Publications – A list of your published work, including journal articles, books, conference papers, and other academic publications. Include the full citation for each publication.
  • Presentations – Details about presentations you’ve given at conferences, seminars or workshops, including the title, date, location and any related information.
  • Teaching Experience – Information about your teaching roles, which may include courses taught, institutions, teaching methods and any awards or recognition.
  • Awards and Honors – A list of any academic or professional awards, scholarships, grants or honors you’ve received.
  • Professional Memberships – Membership in professional organizations or associations, including the name of the organization and your role (e.g., member, officer).
  • Skills – A section where you list your technical, research, or language skills relevant to your field.
  • Languages – If you’re proficient in multiple languages, you can specify your level of proficiency in each language.
  • Certifications and Training – Any relevant certifications, training programs or workshops you’ve completed.
  • Professional Experience – Details about your work history, including job titles, employers, dates of employment and a brief description of your roles and responsibilities.
  • Internships or Research Assistantships – Information about any internships or research assistant positions you’ve held, including the organization, dates and key responsibilities.
  • References – You may include a list of references or simply state that references are available upon request. Be sure to inform your references beforehand.
  • Research Interests – A section where you outline your research interests or areas of expertise.
  • Grants and Funding – Information about research grants, fellowships or funding you’ve received, including the source, purpose and amounts.
  • Professional Development – Any professional development activities, workshops or conferences you’ve attended.
  • Community Involvement – Details about your involvement in community service, volunteer work, or relevant extracurricular activities.

Remember that the specific sections you include in your CV may vary based on your academic and professional background and the requirements of the job or opportunity you’re applying for.

Tailor your CV to highlight the most relevant information for the specific application.

ATI TEAS 7 Math Test – Ultimate Guide Plus Practice Questions For 2024

The ATI TEAS 7 Math Test is a crucial component of the ATI TEAS exam, which is widely used by nursing and allied health schools to assess prospective students' academic readiness for their programs.

In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into various aspects of the TEAS Maths 7 Test, including what it entails, when it is taken, example questions to help you prepare, and tips for success.

So, let's dive right in!

10 Best Executive Resume Writing Services to Unlock Your Career Potential in 2024

When looking for the best executive resume writing service, consider the following features:

  • Experienced in writing resumes in your industry
  • Transparent pricing structures
  • A good amount of revisions
  • Solid customer reviews
  • Efficient turnaround times

As the professional landscape becomes more competitive, it’s recommended that executives seeking to elevate their careers make use of executive resume writing services.

Crafting a resume tailored to senior positions requires a specialized approach, and the expertise of top executive resume writers can make a significant difference.

This article will explore the top 10 executive resume writers in 2024, explaining why executives should consider them, what to look for, and address some common questions about these services.

The 10 Best Executive Resume Writing Services

Here are the top 10 executive resume writers:

  • My Perfect Resume
  • Topstack Resume
  • Briefcase Coach
  • CEO Resume Writer
  • Capstone Resume Services
  • Career Steering
  • The Writing Guru

7 Best Resume Writing Services: Professional & Convenient

The 7 best rated resume writing services:

  • TopResume – Best for personalized expertise
  • TopStack Resume – Best for navigating careers
  • ResumeCompanion – Best for affordable excellence
  • Resumeble – Best for ATS-optimized resumes
  • ResumeSpice – Best for executive service
  • Craft Resumes – Best for a quick turnaround
  • – Best for those on a budget

ATI TEAS 7 Science Test – Ultimate Study Guide For 2024

The ATI TEAS 7 Science Test is an essential component of the TEAS exam, which is widely used by nursing schools to assess a student's knowledge and skills in the field of science.

In this comprehensive study guide, we will provide you with all the information you need to successfully prepare for and ace the ATI TEAS 7 Science Test.

How to Pass the WorkKeys Applied Math Test in 2024

Passing the WorkKeys Applied Math Test in 2024 can be essential for job seekers.

This test evaluates math skills, which are increasingly important to employers. The WorkKeys math test is a widely used tool and is used to assess math competencies and skills for various job positions.

Here you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to excel in this test.

Despite the belief that a person doesn't use over half of the math knowledge they acquired during their education, these skills are applied in many fields.

In fact, math is among the most assessed skills on job applications, and more and more employers use it in their requirements for hiring.

As part of the WorkKeys assessments test group, the WorkKeys Applied Math is a widely utilized test among both employers looking for swift applicant filtering and candidates wanting to showcase their abilities in a specific field.

In this article, you’ll learn how to pass this test in 2024.

How to Pass the WorkKeys Test in 2024

Many employers in the United States use the WorkKeys assessment to gauge whether a prospective candidate is suitable for recruitment or training opportunities.

The assessment is made up of eight aptitude tests, including Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy, Workplace Documents, Applied Technology and Business Writing.

To stand the best chance of passing the WorkKeys Test in 2024, you will need to study all parts of the test, work through practice papers and improve your time management.

What Is the Act WorkKeys Test?

The ACT WorkKeys test is a suite of assessments developed by the ACT (American College of Testing).

The WorkKeys tests are used to measure essential workplace skills that are required for various career paths and industries.

As a candidate, the WorkKeys assessment helps you to identify which skills you need to improve on for your desired job role.

Understanding the Accuplacer Test Score

Administered at college and university level, the Accuplacer test is used by some educational institutions to determine how prepared a student is for the next steps in their academic career.

This guide looks specifically at Accuplacer test scores – how they are awarded and what they mean – so you can better understand how your Accuplacer score might impact your learning experience.

Accuplacer test scores are a set of metrics that evaluate a student's knowledge and skills in specific subject areas including reading, writing and math.

How to Write a CV With No Work Experience – A Complete Guide

Creating a compelling CV can be a daunting task when you lack traditional work experience, especially if you're just starting your career journey.

But fear not, as this complete guide will lead you through the process of crafting an impressive CV that effectively communicates your skills, strengths, and potential.

Whether you're a recent graduate, switching careers, or entering the workforce for the first time, this article will provide you with invaluable insights on how to write a CV that catches the eye of potential employers and secures your place in the job market.

How to Write Professional Summary in CV Effectively: 2024 Guide & Examples

In the world of job hunting, your CV is your primary tool to make a lasting impression on potential employers.

A well-crafted CV can open doors to countless opportunities, but it starts with the first section – the professional summary.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career, understanding the art of the professional summary and leveraging it to your advantage can be the key to securing your dream job.

In this comprehensive guide for 2024, we'll explore how to write a professional summary in your CV effectively, including handy tips such as how to highlight your top selling points in one to four sentences and with practical examples to ensure your professional summary stands out.

5 Best Skills to Add in a CV to Get Your Dream Job

In today's highly competitive job market, having a well-crafted and impressive CV is essential for landing your dream job.

While a strong educational background and relevant experience are crucial, it's the skills you bring to the table that can set you apart from the competition.

This article explores the top five skills you should consider adding to your CV to increase your chances of securing that coveted position.

Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, these skills can make a significant difference in your job search journey.

Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) – Dates, Locations & Practice Questions

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a critical milestone for students seeking entrance into prestigious secondary schools.

The exam is designed to evaluate a student's verbal, quantitative and reading skills.

Administered at various locations, the SSAT serves as a comprehensive measure of a student's readiness for the challenges of the next level of their education.

Find out the essential information about SSAT dates, locations and practice questions to help you and your child prepare.

What Is the SSAT Exam?

The acronym SSAT stands for Secondary School Admission Test.

The SSAT was first developed by the Enrollment Management Association (EMA).

This was formerly known as the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB).

The EMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing tools and services for admissions professionals and educators.

The primary purpose of the SSAT is to assess the academic abilities of students seeking admission to private elementary, middle and high schools.

It serves as a standardized measure, offering schools a common benchmark to evaluate the skills of prospective students.

The test covers areas such as math, verbal reasoning and reading comprehension.

This provides a comprehensive view of a student's abilities. It is used for students in grades three to 11.

The SSAT is used by many private schools as part of their admissions process.

By incorporating a standardized test, schools can objectively evaluate applicants from diverse educational backgrounds.

The test helps schools identify students who are likely to succeed in their academic programs. This ensures a fair and consistent evaluation process.

Additionally, the SSAT provides a means for students to showcase their academic strengths and potential.

This enhances the overall admissions decision-making process.

How to Prepare For Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) in 2024? – A Complete Guide

The Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) is an assessment designed to measure an individual's readiness for postsecondary education, apprenticeships, employment or promotion opportunities in Canada.

The CAAT plays a crucial role in evaluating the skills and knowledge of test-takers.

This comprehensive guide will provide insights into the CAAT, including its purpose, format, scoring and preparation strategies.

How to Pass the QTS Skills Test in 2024

What Is the QTS Skills Test?

The QTS Skills Test was developed by the Department for Education in 2008.

It is taken by those wanting to pursue a career in teaching. Passing the test enables candidates to obtain the Qualified Teacher Status.

Similar to the PGCE maths and English test, this test aims for potential teachers to demonstrate their ability to complete various teaching-related professional tasks.

Candidates take this test after obtaining an undergraduate degree and completing the teacher training program.

Since April 2020, the test is no longer mandatory, but many state-funded schools and other special schools still require prospective teachers to take the QTS Skills tests.

WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) Test & 2024 Study Guide for Parents

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) is a commonly used assessment for judging a child's intelligence. More than that, it can help to understand their reasoning and thinking abilities to support their development.

Here’s everything you need to know about this test.

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fifth Edition (WISC-V) is an individually administered and extensive evaluation tool used to assess children's reasoning and general thinking abilities.

It's typically given to children between ages 6 and 16.

After completing a test, children are awarded a Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (IQ) score, along with age-based scores and rankings in several cognitive function fields.

Here we’ll provide an all-around study guide for parents whose children are required or scheduled to take the WISC-V test.

We’ll also include a comprehensive explanation of how it is constructed, its key features, tips for preparing, and a few example questions.

Understanding Your Kid’s Renaissance Star Test Scores – A Complete Guide

The STAR assessments utilize a scoring system comprising scaled scores ranging from 0 to 1,400.

These scores reflect a student's proficiency level in subjects such as reading and math.

Benchmark categories provide descriptive labels for performance levels, while percentile rank compares a student's performance to a national reference group.

Additionally, grade equivalent scores and domain scores offer insights into grade-level equivalence and specific skill areas.

The STAR Assessment can play a crucial role in evaluating your child’s academic ability and guiding educational strategies.

Understanding its scoring system, test format and significance is important for parents and educators alike.

This article aims to provide comprehensive insights into the STAR Assessment, including its purpose, score interpretation and effective strategies to help children excel in these standardized tests.

CogAT Test Scores: Understanding Your CogAT Score

The CogAT raw score represents how many questions were answered correctly on the CogAT test. This information is used to create the Universal Scale Score (between 100 and 150), which you will see on your child’s CogAT score report.

Here is an image of a typical score report:

MAP Test Scores: Understand Your MAP Score

With the MAP Growth Test used in many schools across the United States, MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) scores are an important part of your child’s life.

The MAP testing scores chart a student’s academic growth in a way that highlights areas of excellence and improvement.

It is essential that you understand how NWEA MAP scores are calculated so you can best support your child throughout their learning journey.

This guide will explain how to find and improve your child’s NWEA Map Scores.

SSAT Score Chart – Range, Results, Chart, Percentiles & More

The main three sections for the Upper and Middle level tests have a maximum score of 800. They have a total scaled score that ranges between 1,500 to 2,400.

Navigating the SSAT involves understanding its scoring system.

In this guide, you can explore the SSAT Score Chart and understand score ranges and percentile ranking and how they matter in private school admissions.

It's a comprehensive resource for decoding SSAT scores and making informed decisions about your child’s education.

What Is the SSAT Test?

The SSAT stands for the Secondary School Admission Test. The SSAT was first administered in 1957.

It is a standardized test designed for students seeking admission to private middle and high schools.

The primary purpose of the SSAT is to assess the skills and knowledge of students applying to independent or private schools.

It aims to provide an accurate measure of a student's academic abilities and readiness for a challenging curriculum.

What Is a Good ASVAB Score?

As with other careers, joining the US military comes with its own set of recruitment processes, one of which is taking the ASVAB test .

If you’ve been looking to pursue a career in the US military, then it might be a test you’ve become familiar with or heard of before. It is an exam a recruiter will advise you to take prior to joining the armed forces.

The ASVAB , otherwise known as the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery , is a test the armed services use to determine which part of the US military you will be most suited to join.

Within this article we will discuss what your ASVAB score means and what score counts as a good ASVAB score .

Good ASVAB Score Defined

Whether you’re looking to join the Coast Guard, Army, Marine Corps or another sector within the US military, each branch will require its candidates to score a minimum amount to qualify for that specific area.

It is important to note that there is no single ASVAB score , and you will normally receive a variety of different scores on your final report.

Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA)

The Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA test) plays a key role in assessing an individual's mechanical comprehension.

In addition, this is a critical skill set demanded by numerous professions including engineering, manufacturing and construction.

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the WTMA covering its purpose and relevance in various industries.

You can explore the test format by reading sample questions and finding practical tips for effective preparation.

This will give you a solid foundation to navigate the Wiesen test confidently and make informed career or educational choices based on your mechanical aptitude.

How to Write the Best Personal Statement for a CV – 2024 Guide & Examples

At the heart of your CV is the personal statement, a segment that, while often underrated, plays a pivotal role in shaping your professional narrative and setting you apart from other candidates.

This article is tailored to guide you through the process of crafting an outstanding CV personal statement, whether you're an experienced professional seeking new opportunities or a recent graduate embarking on your career.

We delve into essential aspects of personal statement writing, covering:

  • Research and preparation
  • Effective structuring
  • Adopting the appropriate writing style and tone
  • Formatting your statement to maximize its impact

By exploring real-life examples and analyzing key components, this article equips you with the tools to tailor your personal statement to reflect your unique experiences and ambitions.

What Is a Personal Statement?

Your personal statement, often located at the top of your CV, is a concise yet powerful narrative that encapsulates your professional identity.

It serves as a brief introduction to who you are, your qualifications and what you bring to the table.

The primary purpose of a personal statement is to grab the reader's attention, making them eager to learn more about you and why you're the perfect fit for the job.

Consider the company's culture, values and the job's requirements when tailoring your personal statement to ensure that it not only captures your qualifications but also showcases your alignment with the organisation's goals and mission.

A Guide to the Google Apprenticeship Program & Tips 2024

This article explores apprenticeships at Google.

We look at what the apprenticeship program involves and the different business areas in which Google runs apprenticeship programs.

For those interested in applying, we delve deeper into the application process and provide some hints and tips on performing to the best of your ability throughout the process to give yourself the best opportunity to secure an apprenticeship in the business area of your choice.

What Is Google Apprenticeship?

Google is a multinational technology company that specializes in internet-related products and services.

Founded in September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google is best known for its search engine, revolutionizing how people find information online.

The company's mission is to ‘organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful’.

Google's reach extends beyond its search engine, encompassing a wide range of products and services that impact various aspects of modern daily life.

Positions at Google are coveted, with the company offering opportunities at all different levels of experience.

This includes those looking for an apprenticeship program.

The Google Apprenticeship is a structured training program designed to provide individuals with hands-on experience and practical skills in various technology and business fields.

These programs aim to bridge the gap between formal education and real-world job requirements, allowing individuals to gain insights and knowledge on specific business areas while working on actual projects within Google or its partner organizations.

The primary purpose of Google Apprenticeships is to equip participants with the skills needed to succeed in the tech industry.

These programs offer a structured learning path that combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction, enabling participants to develop a strong foundation in their chosen field.

Google Apprenticeships are available in select locations. The duration of the apprenticeship depends on the focus and complexity of the training in the business area.

Some programs last for a few months, while others, such as those in software engineering, could last up to 36 months.

Eligibility for Google Apprenticeships can vary based on the specific program and location.

These programs target individuals who do not have college degrees but are eager to learn and enter the technology workforce.

Applicants may need to meet specific prerequisites, including relevant skills, experience or educational background.

Unlike traditional internships, Google Apprenticeships are paid positions.

Participants receive a salary for their work during the program, making them an attractive option for individuals seeking practical experience while earning an income.

How to Crack the Microsoft Codility Test in 2024

The Microsoft Codility Test evaluates coding skills and algorithmic thinking.

Designed to streamline Microsoft’s recruitment process, the Microsoft Codility Test assesses candidates' ability to solve real-world problems efficiently. 

Candidates can prepare using coding practice platforms and mastering programming languages. It's an integral tool in selecting skilled software engineers for Microsoft's diverse roles.

8 Best Skills to Have on Your Resume

In the fast-paced landscape of 2024, the job market continues to evolve, demanding a new set of skills and competencies from professionals.

As candidates vie for coveted positions, the resume remains a critical tool in their arsenal.

A well-crafted resume not only serves as a snapshot of one's qualifications but also showcases the invaluable skills that set them apart from the competition.

In this dynamic environment, it's imperative to stay ahead of the curve by incorporating the most sought-after skills.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out on your career journey, knowing which skills to highlight can make all the difference in catching the eye of a recruiter.

In this article, you’ll learn more about the best skills to have on your resume and get examples of skills to put on a resume, equipping you with the knowledge and insights needed to leave a lasting impression on prospective employers.

From adaptability to data analysis, digital marketing to cybersecurity, you’ll explore the competencies that are reshaping industries and opening doors to exciting new opportunities.

So, let's embark on this journey of skill-building and position yourself as a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Why It’s Important to Showcase the Right Skills on Your Resume

Showcasing the right skills on your resume is not just important, it is imperative for several key reasons:

Bridging the Employer's Needs with Your Capabilities

Employers are on the lookout for candidates who can hit the ground running. By listing the skills closely aligned with the job description, you are effectively bridging the gap between the employer's needs and your own capabilities.

This shows that you are not just qualified, but ready and able to tackle the specific challenges the position presents.

Passing the Automated Gatekeepers

Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter resumes before they even reach human eyes.

These systems are programmed to pick up on keywords that are often skill-related.

Including the right skills ensures that your resume passes through these automated gatekeepers and reaches the hiring manager.

Demonstrating Relevance in a Changing Work Environment

The workplace is continually evolving, with new technologies and methodologies being introduced at a rapid pace.

Presenting the skills you have that are in demand demonstrates your relevance and awareness of industry trends. It shows that you are not only competent but also adaptable and forward-thinking.

Positioning Yourself as a Valuable Asset

The skills on your resume should reflect your ability to add value to a company from day one. When you highlight skills that are in demand, you position yourself as a valuable asset.

Employers are not just looking for workers; they're looking for contributors who will bring in new ideas and drive the company forward.

Differentiating Yourself from the Competition

A resume that clearly articulates specific, relevant skills helps you stand out in a crowded field of applicants.

Rather than being another face in the crowd, your resume tells the hiring manager that you possess a unique set of skills that sets you apart from other candidates.

Creating Opportunities for Growth and Advancement

By displaying skills that go beyond the basic requirements of the job, you signal your potential for growth. Employers are not just hiring for the present; they are also planning for the future.

A candidate with a robust skill set is seen as someone who can take on greater responsibilities and advance within the organization.

Examples of Skills to Put on a Resume

Below you’ll find some examples of good skills to put on a resume.

Of course, these will vary depending on your skill set and experience, but this list will give you an idea of what employers are looking for.

1. Adaptability and Resilience

The ability to adapt to new circumstances and bounce back from challenges is a skill that has risen to paramount importance.

Employers seek individuals who can navigate shifts in technology, industry trends and work methodologies with grace and composure.

Adapting to New Technologies and Methodologies

Staying abreast of emerging technologies and methodologies is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

The pace at which industries evolve demands professionals who can swiftly embrace and integrate new tools and techniques into their workflow.

Whether it's mastering the latest software or understanding innovative processes, showcasing adaptability in this realm can set you apart as a candidate who's ready to hit the ground running.

Navigating Change in the Workplace

Organizations are constantly in flux, responding to market demands, regulatory changes and internal shifts.

Those who can navigate and even thrive in this dynamic environment demonstrate invaluable resilience.

Being open to change, maintaining a positive attitude, and showing a willingness to learn are all hallmarks of adaptability in the workplace.

These are all great examples of professional skills.

Demonstrating Resilience in Challenging Situations

Resilience is the ability to persevere and maintain productivity in the face of adversity.

It's about turning setbacks into opportunities for growth. When discussing your experiences on your resume, highlight instances where you've faced challenges head-on, showcasing your ability to adapt, learn and ultimately triumph in the face of adversity.

Embracing adaptability and resilience not only positions you as a candidate who can weather any storm but also signals to employers that you're equipped to thrive in the current, ever-evolving professional landscape.

By demonstrating your capacity to adapt and rebound, you'll leave a lasting impression on recruiters seeking individuals who can rise to the occasion in a rapidly changing world.

2. Data Analysis and Interpretation

The ability to harness data for informed decision-making is a skill that holds unparalleled value.

Employers are seeking individuals who can not only collect and organize data but also draw meaningful insights to drive business strategies.

Importance of Data-Driven Decision-Making

In an era where data is generated at an unprecedented pace, businesses rely on actionable insights to gain a competitive edge.

Proficiency in data analysis allows you to transform raw information into strategic recommendations.

Highlighting your ability to make data-driven decisions on your resume underscores your potential to contribute meaningfully to the organization's objectives.

Proficiency in Data Analysis Tools and Software

When it comes to adding job skills to your resume, demonstrating expertise in data analysis tools and software is essential in showcasing your technical competence.

Whether it's proficiency in platforms like Excel, Tableau or more specialized tools, specifying your capabilities in this area provides concrete evidence of your ability to handle complex datasets.

Translating Data into Actionable Insights

Being able to not only analyze data but also extract actionable insights is a highly sought-after skill.

Employers are eager to find individuals who can discern patterns, identify trends, and make recommendations based on their findings.

When detailing your experiences, emphasize instances where your data analysis directly contributed to improved decision-making or operational efficiency.

In a data-driven world, the ability to navigate and make sense of complex datasets sets you apart as a candidate who can turn information into a powerful asset.

By showcasing your proficiency in data analysis and interpretation as job skills on your resume, you position yourself as a valuable resource in an environment that increasingly relies on informed, strategic choices.

3. Digital Marketing and Social Media Management

Businesses are more reliant than ever on effective online presence and marketing strategies.

Proficiency in digital marketing and social media management is a highly valued skill set, as it directly impacts a company's visibility and engagement with its target audience.

So these are good skills to add to your resume.

Leveraging Online Platforms for Business Growth

Understanding how to effectively utilize online platforms is crucial for driving business growth. This includes expertise in areas such as search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising (PPC), content marketing and email marketing.

Demonstrating your ability to create and execute successful digital marketing campaigns showcases your capacity to contribute to a company's revenue and brand visibility.

Understanding Algorithms and Analytics

In the dynamic world of digital marketing, staying updated on algorithms and analytics is paramount.

This involves a deep understanding of platforms like Google Analytics, social media insights and other tracking tools.

Highlighting your proficiency in interpreting data to refine marketing strategies is key to proving your effectiveness in this area.

Creating and Implementing Effective Digital Marketing Strategies

Crafting and executing digital marketing strategies requires a blend of creativity, analytical thinking, and market insight.

Detailing instances where you've successfully planned and executed campaigns, including metrics on engagement, conversion rates and ROI, provides tangible evidence of your expertise in this domain.

How to Prepare For The Smarter Balanced Test (SBAC) – A Detailed 2024 Study Guide with Practice Questions

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Test, known as the SBAC test, is a standardized assessment of English and math used by schools in participating states.

Administered to students in grades K to 12, it measures grade level proficiency and academic progress through computer-adaptive testing and performance tasks.

The Smarter Balanced Test is an educational tool developed and administered by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), hence the abbreviation SBAC test.

In this article we explore what the test involves, what the results mean and how to help a student prepare for their SBAC assessment.

What Is the SBAC Test?

The SBAC assessment is a set of standardized tests that evaluate how well students are performing in the subjects of English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.

These assessments are taken by students ranging from elementary school to high school in multiple states across the US.

The tests are developed and managed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a collaborative group of states working together.

How to Pass the FireTEAM Test in 2024

FireTEAM Test Prep: Top Tips:

  • Master time management
  • Brush up on basic concepts
  • Diversify your reading
  • Play observational and memory games
  • Assess your communication style
  • Prioritize rest and sleep

If you're considering a career in firefighting, taking the FireTEAM test is a pivotal step that can open doors to various fire departments across the US.

This article covers everything you need to know to put in a strong performance, including an overview of its format, practice questions and FireTEAM test tips to help you create an effective study plan.

What Is a Concentration Test and How to Pass It in 2024?

The act of focusing your attention, concentration is a process that we use every day.

Whether it is while watching a film, reading a book or just taking part in a conversation, you may be concentrating without even realising!

Concentration generally comes naturally to us.

While there may be times where we struggle to focus, we can more often than not direct our attention to the task at hand.

It is an important skill to maintain because it helps us study, improves our memory, enables faster comprehension and allows us to ignore irrelevant thoughts.

These qualities are especially valuable in the workplace.

To assess job candidates’ ability to concentrate, many organisations administer concentration tests during the application process.

Firefighter Exam 2024 – Guide and Tips

A career as a firefighter can be rewarding and challenging, in equal parts. If you are considering a career in your local fire department you should prepare for a lengthy and intense recruitment process.

As part of the recruitment process, in addition to a physical fitness test, you will be required to sit a written firefighter exam that covers various subjects.

The entry-level firefighter exam varies between departments and states but always covers the same key areas of competence, including math skills, reading comprehension and problem-solving.

You can practice for your firefighter test in advance to stand the best chance of passing and moving a step closer to getting hired by your local fire department.

How to Ace the Berke Assessment Test in 2024

When applying for a job, you are typically required to submit your resume and a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect fit for the role.

For some vacancies, you may also need to take an assessment that measures your personal qualities. One assessment that is used by companies including David Weekley Homes, ExpressCare, Polaris and AmeriLife is the Berke Assessment Test .

The Berke Assessment is a test administered by companies as part of their job application process.

The test includes questions on cognitive ability and personality traits. The best way to prepare for the test is by taking practice tests that include similar questions.

By asking candidates to take the test, recruiters can see who is predicted to be the best match to the role.

In this guide, we will explain all you need to know about the test and how to prepare for success.

How to Pass the FCTC Written Test in 2024

A career in the fire service is a challenging – but extremely rewarding – journey. Such an important, high-pressure job requires a high level of physical, mental and emotional skills.

As well as the necessary personality traits, you generally need a high school diploma or GED. If you have a college degree, you have a better chance of securing a role in the fire service.

You will also be required to take a series of assessments that evaluate your physical and mental strength. One of the assessments used by Californian fire departments is the FCTC Written Test. To become a firefighter in California, you must pass this entry-level test.

In this guide, we will explore what the FCTC Written Test includes and how you can prepare for success.

ATSA Test (Air Traffic Skills Assessment) – Guide 2024

For those applying for a job in air traffic control, they will have to take and pass the Air Traffic Skills Assessment, more commonly referred to as the ATSA exam.

It is vital to pass the exam to continue in the recruitment stage. It is also important to prepare and do your best, as the higher the score, the more likely it is that you will be offered a position.

This article will look at what is involved in the ATSA test, who is eligible to take it, ATSA test prep and how to access ATSA practice exams.

Marines ASVAB Test: Requirements and Positions

To successfully enlist in the US Marine Corps, certain standards must be met. Marines require both physical and mental strength as well as discipline, determination and the ability to overcome obstacles. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘Marine Mindset’.

One of the ways candidates who wish to enlist will be assessed is by taking a test known as the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

A good score on the test suggests that a candidate possesses the mental skillset to be successful in the military.

Marines need to be able to make quick, accurate decisions and adapt to and overcome threats and obstacles on the battlefield.

How to Pass the MCOLES Test in 2024

The MCOLES test is a pre-employment test that all individuals applying for law enforcement roles within Michigan state need to complete.

The test evaluates an individual's basic reading and writing skills, skills essential in being able to communicate effectively and interpret law-related policies and procedures.

Through preparation is needed to attain a passing score of at least 70% on the test.

How to Pass the PiCAT Verification Test in 2024

The PiCAT test is a commonly used assessment tool for those applying to military positions, such as those in the US Navy or the US Army.

This article explores the PiCAT test in more detail. We look at the test format to familiarize individuals with what the Navy PiCAT and Army PiCAT test covers.

Preparation is vital to performing to the best of your ability in the PiCAT test.

The article includes PiCAT practice test questions, answers to help you prepare, and tips to give you the best opportunity to approach the test positively.

How to Pass the SHL Deductive Reasoning Test in 2024

The SHL Deductive Reasoning Test is an assessment employers use to evaluate candidates' logical thinking skills.

It presents logical arguments and requires candidates to determine if conclusions follow from given premises.

Candidates can prepare by practicing tests, honing logical reasoning skills, and familiarizing themselves with formal logic rules to excel in this assessment.

What Is the SHL Deductive Reasoning Test?

The SHL Deductive Reasoning Test is a cognitive assessment tool used in the recruitment and selection processes for many roles in several industries.

SHL (Saville and Holdsworth Ltd.) is a well-known company specializing in psychometric assessments and organizational talent measurement solutions.

SHL assessment tools are used in the early stages of the recruitment process, enabling recruiters to identify candidates with the specific aptitudes needed for success in a role in an organization.

What Is the Mettl Test & How to Pass It in 2024

The Mettl tests are developed by the world's largest assessment provider, Mercer Mettl.

The tests have been designed to analyze various competencies, including verbal, logical and numerical reasoning.

Alongside, the Mettl assessments evaluate candidates' personalities and working styles, establishing whether they are an accurate fit for the role and the broader company.

The Mettl tests are a comprehensive recruitment tool provided by Mercer Mettl – the world's largest assessment provider.

Moreover, the Mettl tests are designed to assess various skills, including numerical , verbal and abstract reasoning.

The assessments are also constructed to understand candidates' behaviors and personality types.

This guide explains everything you need to know about the Mettl test, including tips on how to pass the test in 2024.

What Is the Mettl Test?

As mentioned, the Mettl test is a comprehensive recruitment tool designed to test a range of skills.

It allows employers to ensure they recruit the most suitable candidates for the role.

Pipefitter Test: Guide & Tips 2024

Mastering the Pipefitter Test is crucial for those entering the field.

This guide provides valuable insights, a pipefitter sample test and strategies to conquer the examination.

Discover expert tips to excel in your pipefitting career by navigating the challenges of this important assessment.

What Is the Pipefitter Assessment Test?

The Pipefitter test is an important evaluation tool for individuals aspiring to secure roles as pipefitters in the construction and industrial sectors.

Qualifications and certifications necessary for such positions can vary by state. This makes the pipefitter assessment test a valuable method of demonstrating skills and knowledge.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) administers the most popular pipefitter assessment test, designed to assess the potential skills of candidates.

It covers the principles related to the installation and maintenance of both high and low-pressure pipe systems.

In addition, it focuses on how these are used across various sectors, including manufacturing, electricity generation and climate control systems in buildings.

i-Ready Diagnostic Test – Prep Guide for 2024

The i-Ready Diagnostic Test is an internet-based adaptive diagnostic test linked to the i-Ready educational learning program.

Students from kindergarten to grade 12 take the test three times each year. The test is divided into two subtests:

i-Ready test results are used to help teaching staff create a personalized learning plan according to a student’s strengths and weaknesses.

What Is the i-Ready Diagnostic Test?

The i-Ready Diagnostic Test is a computer-adaptive, untimed assessment for students between grades K and 12.

Administered by Curriculum Associates , teachers can use it to monitor a student’s ability and progress throughout the school year.

In most cases, the i-Ready Diagnostic Test is administered three times each year. It is split into two subtests: math and reading.

What Is the HSBC Online Immersive Assessment? 2024 Guide

The HSBC Online Immersive Assessment contains 38 questions over five subtests. The test includes a combination of behavioural questions and cognitive ability exercises.

It is an untimed assessment, but most candidates can answer all test questions within 50 minutes.

Some people find the test difficult, but adequate preparation will stand you in good stead to pass the assessment.

What Is the HSBC Hiring Process Like?

HSBC is a major global bank and financial institution. It offers services via three global businesses and serves millions of customers daily.

The hiring process at HSBC comprises four key stages:

  • Initial Screening and Application
  • HSBC Online Immersive Assessment
  • Online Job Simulation Assessment

How to Pass the NJATC Aptitude Test in 2024

If you're considering a career as an electrician in the US, the NJATC (National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee) Aptitude Test is a significant step in the process.

This comprehensive NJATC aptitude test study guide will walk you through all the essential information you need to know about the NJATC Aptitude Test, including its format, preparation tips and practice tests, and address some frequently asked questions.

What Is the NJATC Aptitude Test?

NJATC stands for the 'National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee'.

This committee collaborates with two prominent organizations:

  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

Working in unison, IBEW and NECA strive to provide high-quality training and educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to become skilled electricians.

How to Pass the GEICO Assessment Test in 2024

If you're considering a career opportunity at GEICO, you're likely aware of the competitive nature of their recruitment process.

As the second-largest motor insurance company in the US, GEICO attracts many applicants for both customer-facing and non-customer-facing positions.

One critical step in this process is the GEICO assessment test .

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to effectively prepare for and pass the GEICO assessment test.

It will also provide sample questions and GEICO assessment test answers.

What Is the GEICO Assessment Test?

GEICO, short for the Government Employees Insurance Company, is the entity responsible for designing and implementing the assessment test .

Established in 1936, GEICO is renowned for its rigorous recruitment standards.

Nassau County Civil Service Exams & Jobs – 2024

The Nassau County Civil Service tests are an important part of the Nassau County recruitment process.

As applications are highly competitive, it is essential to stay up-to-date with the official announcements and notifications regarding upcoming exams and prepare effectively.

This article will help in your preparation by providing details of the test and the best ways to prepare.

What Are Nassau County Civil Service Exams?

Nassau County Civil Service Exams are standardized assessments conducted by the Nassau County Civil Service Commission.

They are designed to evaluate those applying for various civil service positions within Nassau County, New York.

As Nassau County is made up of a diverse array of municipalities, towns, and cities, Nassau County Civil Service jobs are distributed throughout these areas and cover:

Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT): Study Guide & Practice Tips

What Is the Electronic Data Processing Test?

The Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT) is a pre-employment test taken by military candidates who want to transfer to IT or computer programming roles within the Marine Corps or Air Force.

The EDPT test is one of the most challenging pre-employment tests currently on the market with a pass rate of around 10%.

It is 90 minutes long and has 120 multiple-choice questions. This means you have around 45 seconds to answer each question.

ASVAB Scoring: Detailed Guide

While the minimum ASVAB score varies between military branches, the minimum acceptable score is 31.

However, as the majority of candidates score between 30 and 70, you want to aim for a percentile rank of at least 60.

The ASVAB Test Score Report is a valuable document that provides detailed information about your aptitudes, skills, and qualifications for military service.

It includes Career Exploration Scores to guide career choices, individual scores on ASVAB subtests to assess specific abilities and the critical AFQT score that determines your eligibility for enlistment.

Understanding the information presented in this report is essential for making informed decisions about your military career options.

What Is in the ASVAB Test Score Report?

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Test Score Report provides a comprehensive overview of your performance on the ASVAB test, which is a critical step in the military enlistment process.

The report helps you and military recruiters assess your aptitudes, skills, and potential for various military occupations.

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) – 2024 Guide

What Is the MMPI Assessment?

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is one of the most widely used assessment tools used to help clinically diagnose mental health disorders.

Originally developed in the late 1930s, it is used by mental health professionals, lawyers and even in some cases by employers when they are hiring for positions that are considered to be high-risk, such as working in the police, in nuclear power plants or in air traffic control.

The MMPI is a self-reporting tool that is administered by professionals, and during the assessment, you will be asked to answer hundreds of true/false questions, which help paint a picture of your mental health and your personality traits.

As a diagnosis tool, the MMPI is considered to be clinically accurate. It has been updated multiple times over the years to make it more relevant, especially in terms of cultural sensitivity.

The MMPI offers results that show on a scale what symptoms a person has, and what mental health problems that could be indicative of.

In addition, the MMPI is usually used in tandem with other diagnosis tools to provide a clear picture of a person's mental health.

How to Pass the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Test in 2024

What Is the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Test?

The Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test is part of a suite of assessments that are used to evaluate students prior to entry at college.

While the Accuplacer test battery is not used to determine whether a student will achieve a placement at college, the results are used to ensure that the student is studying at an appropriate level and is ready for education at this level.

Created by the College Board, which is a not-for-profit organization that is also responsible for creating assessments like the SATs, the Accuplacer tests are designed to offer better opportunities to students and make entry to top colleges accessible to all.

Accuplacer Math Placement Test – Guide & Tips 2024

What Is the Accuplacer Math Placement Test?

Accuplacer tests are a series of evaluation tools used by colleges to enhance student placement, ensuring that applicants are given the support they need to complete their chosen field of study.

The Accuplacer Math test is a group of three assessments, each used in different math placement testing scenarios. Each assessment consists of 20 multiple-choice questions and there is no time limit to complete the tests, but most people get through them in around two hours.

How to Pass the Accuplacer English Test in 2024

What Is the Accuplacer English Test?

The Accuplacer English test is an assessment of English language skills for students who are learning English as another language, and it is often used as part of the application process for entry to college.

The assessment is designed to evaluate students based on their English language ability, and it is a multiple-choice assessment with no time limit.

The test results are used to understand the current level of English proficiency of a student, which can then be used to ensure that they receive the right support when they enter the college system – it is not a ‘pass or fail’ test and the results will not prevent entry to college.

The Accuplacer English assessment is part of a suite of Accuplacer tests that have been created by the College Board, which is a not-for-profit organization that was founded back in 1900.

The College Board was created to expand access to higher education, helping students get access to college and university courses through testing that builds inclusivity, including the SATs – and now, seven million students per year make use of the resources and tests from the College Board to gain access to more than 6,000 of the top institutions in the world.

The Accuplacer English as a Second Language (ESL) Tests are designed to measure the skills of English learners because the other Accuplacer tests might not be adequate to evaluate people who are not native English speakers – and they may need additional support in learning English alongside their other college studies.

There are five Accuplacer ESL tests used to evaluate students applying to college:

  • ESL Reading Skills
  • ESL Sentence Meaning
  • ESL Language Use
  • ESL Listening
  • WritePlacer ESL

Each Accuplacer ESL test is marked from 20 to 120, and the scores are accompanied by a set of proficiency statements , which are descriptions of what the student will likely know and can do in terms of what is being evaluated in each test.

These statements are used by the college to ensure that the student is placed in the right classes with the right level of support to help them develop their language skills as needed.

Job Test Prep

McKinsey PST: Question Types, Study Plan & Mock Tests

The McKinsey Problem Solving Test (McKinsey PST) is a very crucial part of the McKinsey recruitment process. It is where most of the applicant pool is eliminated, and yet there are so few resources to help you prepare for it. Fortunately, you’ve found the ultimate guide to nail the test with an unbelievable level of detail!

Table of Contents

McKinsey PST overview

What is the mckinsey pst.

The McKinsey Problem Solving Test (or PST) is a paper-based test used at McKinsey & Company to select candidates for the case interviews. The PST is conducted after resume screening; it has 6 types of question, testing the candidate on 3 crucial problem-solving skills – data interpretation, mental calculations and logical reasoning.

McKinsey PST passing score / Acceptance rate

McKinsey has never officially stated the passing score or acceptance rate for the PST. However, these numbers can be estimated using reports from test-takers, with passing score being around 70%, and acceptance rate at roughly 30-35% (1 in every 3 candidates will pass).

Does McKinsey still use the PST?

Currently, the McKinsey PST is being replaced by the new Problem-Solving Game. However, the transition is not complete globally. In addition, the new Problem-Solving Game still retains the core principles from the old test, so preparing for the PST is still relevant.

problem solving exam questions

Why do they need PST?

It’s very similar to what we have here! McKinsey believes that the gap between CV screening and in-person case interviews is too big. The firm may miss many good candidates with bad resumes or may interview too many candidates who don’t live up to their resumes.

At the end of the day, in-person interviews are expensive, and the Problem Solving Test provides a cost-effective solution.

Who has to take the McKinsey PST?

Every candidate who passes the resume screening round has to take the McKinsey PST – if they apply for the management consulting track. Some report indicates that MBA applicants might be waived from the test – however, this is rare and you should confirm with the target office HR.

What does PST look like?

26 questions, 1 hour, paper-based, and no calculator! The test has 26 multiple choice questions set within the context of 3 business cases. A candidate has exactly 60 minutes to finish the test. He will be provided with a watch, pencils, scratch paper, and the test is in a paper-based format. No calculator is allowed. No personal assistant is allowed. Just you and the test!

As the business landscape is changing, candidate recruitment has become increasingly complex. This requires another way of presenting PST content for McKinsey. They have changed the format into gamification and planned to implement this method to all McKinsey offices within 2020. Visit the mock game designed exclusively for MConsultingPrep followers!

PST vs. GMAT vs. SAT?

If you are new to PST, you may hear the myth that PST is similar to the Math section in GMAT or SAT. In fact, being excellent in SAT Math does help with quantitative calculation in PST, however, the context is different. The SAT Math section includes only simple calculations in simple context; meanwhile, logic in business problems is highly emphasized in PST.

Why is this test so challenging?

  • You will not have enough time to properly think through each question.

If you are going to read every single word in the case background and do every calculation “asked”, you will not be able to finish the test. You will need to know how to work through stress and pressure, how to give out “high-probability” answers instead of “exactly-right” ones, and how to painlessly skip questions.

  • You will be judged by a machine (or if by a person, they will try to be like a machine).

I myself feel much more comfortable in an in-person case interview, where I will be fine as long as I have the right tactics. The interviewers generally allow candidates to make a few mistakes here and there, to slow down the process if needed, and to ask for help when necessary. In the PST, the result is all that matters. There will be no mercy granted. If you don’t get enough correct answers, you are out.

  • On top of those, the questions themselves are hard!

A huge amount of logical and analytical reasoning is required. You will need to really grasp the logical fundamentals of how management consultants solve problems, e.g: the difference between a conclusion vs a hypothesis; etc.

How to prepare for the McKinsey PST?

Step 1 : Seek confirmation from the target office if you must take the PST

Step 2: Get familiar with official sample tests from McKinsey

Step 3 : Learn the logic of each question type, common mistakes, and how to answer correctly

Step 4: Practice mental math to improve calculation speed and accuracy

Step 5 : Practice speed reading and data selection

Step 6 : Practice answering individual question type under time pressure

Step 7 : Do one mock test with simulated test conditions

Step 8 : Review the test and your performance

Step 9 : Return to step 3, 4, 5, 6 to for further practice on weakness

Step 10 : Do mock test again, repeat until you can confidently hit 90% or more

McKinsey PST question types

Some emailed me and asked what they should do if there were 3 days left until the PST. I would still suggest you follow our spirit of learning. When you have little time, choose which question you want to prioritize, tackle it carefully and decide how deep you will go into it. If I were in your shoes, I would use this prioritization table

In addition to the above, I would suggest you practice your math in these last days. The learning curve at the beginning is usually high for anything, including  Mental Math . Doing better math can significantly improve your test score. It reduces simple mistakes (which can still cost you points) and allows you to have more time for other questions.

McKinsey PST study plan

These are the same steps I took to pass the PST years ago, and the basis for my product – the PST Comprehensive Package which has helped countless candidates pass this notoriously difficult consulting test.

Step 1. Answer the questions correctly

You are recommended to first answer all the test questions correctly without time pressure. Before, you need to break down all the questions into 6 question types as below. Besides, it is necessary to understand how these questions are constructed, what are their logical foundation, and even how the wrong choices are made.

Step 2. Answer the questions quickly

There will be no turning point that indicates you it is about time to move to the second step, but you should gradually try to answer the questions both correctly and quickly. Once getting all the correct answers without clocking, you should put yourself under time constraint. If you don’t know how to increase your speed, you have better to start with 3 tips below:

#1. Increase your reading speed.

The PST contains 3 business cases with various number and case context, which requires you to read as fast as possible (of course correctly). Many candidates cannot finish their PST because of being overwhelmed in text. The Princeton intensive program is helpfulto increase your speed by 2 times faster without difficulties.

#2. Increase your calculator speed.

Half of the test involves math, which have no way to improve but practice rigorously. The more you practice, the better you gain. If you haven’t found any efficient tips, try our method to score well with Mental Math!

#3. Embrace test-hacking tips.

After years of coaching students to MBB, I have collected wonderful tips and tricks to nail your test with less effort! Find out some of those tricks as below or check out the McKinsey PST Comprehensive for more detail!

Reading facts

Reading-facts is the most common question type in the McKinsey PST (38%) and the BCG Potential Test (up to 100%). These questions test your ability to understand the facts/data itself. There will be no inferring, logic, hypothesizing, or creativity needed. Instead, proficiency in chart reading and calculations will be handy here. See the picture below for an illustration.

problem solving exam questions


The following are a few examples of typical question formats:

  • Which of the following values is the best estimate of…?
  • Which of the following statements is valid based on the data…?
  • Which of the following can be concluded from Exhibit…?

Sometimes even though the word “conclude” is used, questions don’t require any logical reasoning, just your ability to read facts and perform basic calculations. In these cases, I still classify these questions into the reading-facts category.


This question is written based on an official McKinsey practice PST.

Which of the following statements is valid based on the data in Table 1?

A) Soccer revenue was more than $325 thousand five years ago

B) Tennis revenue grew by no less than 1.2% in each of the last five years

C) The total revenue of Saigon League did not grow at all in the last five years

D) If the growth rate in the last 5 years is maintained, Soccer revenue will be more than $420K 5 years from now.

You will see that no tricky logical reasoning is needed here. All you need in order to answer these questions is the ability to read the table and perform calculations correctly.


A good way to determine the correct option is to investigate if the other three are wrong. Now there are two ways you can be wrong in this type of PST question: (1) Incorrect calculation and (2) Misread the facts/ data

Type #2 is harder to understand, so I will dive deeper into that here. Let’s look at the sample question above. Hope you got D, the correct choice.

Example 1: How you can misread the data – Why A is wrong

If you overlook the phrase “Average annual” on column 3′s title, then Soccer revenue 5 years ago would be: $342.8 k / (100% + 4.5%) = $328 k, which is more than $325 thousand. Revenue grew at an average rate of 4.5% in EACH of the last 5 years. It is NOT 4.5% over the whole period of 5 years.

Example 2: How you can misread the data – Why B is wrong

If you overlook the phrase “Average” in column 3′s title, then it seems like the growth rate for each of the last 5 years is exactly 1.2%, no more, no less. B, therefore, seems correct. However, as indicated in the table, 1.2% is just an average figure, which means there are years with a lower or higher growth rate.

Example 3: How you can misread the data – Why C is wrong

If you overlook the second column of the table (Revenue this year column), then it seems like the average overall growth rate for Saigon League is 0% (4.5% + 3.3% + 1.2% – 9% = 0%), which makes C correct. However, different lines have different sizes. Even though Golf had negative growth of 9%, it is a relatively small line so its impact on the overall rate is small as well.

Hope that you will not make this mistake in your real PST. Again, PST is a simple test… when you have enough time!


Skill #1: Calculation

We have a detailed article on Consulting Math and how to strengthen your quantitative proficiency.

Skill #2: Chart/exhibit/table reading

Always take a moment to read and understand every single chart or graph you encounter in your everyday life.After all, practice makes perfect.

You can also improve your reading speed through an amazing speed reading program by Princeton University .

Skill #3: Attention to details

The devil is in the details. It’s the little things that can make or break a project, and no true consultants would let themselves be caught unaware.

Develop a habit in daily life. Have the mindset that I am not going to miss any stupid details.

For every practice question you get in this type, make sure you understand not only why an answer is right, but also why an answer is wrong, exactly like what I did above.


problem solving exam questions

Which of the following statements is valid based on the data provided on Graph 3 above?

A) The Service-to-Agriculture ratio increased by more than 3 times between 1995 and 2007

B) Service GDP in 1995 is more than Industry GDP in 2007

C) Agriculture is where GDP value dropped the most between 1995 and 2007

D) In 2007, Service GDP is no less than 6 times Agriculture GDP

Correct answer: D

If you want to practice more, check out my PST Comprehensive Package for questions and answers!

Fact-based conclusion

Once you get into consulting, you will probably hear the term “fact-based” a million times a day. Consulting is the business of making conclusions based on facts. Consultants face tons of different problems throughout the course of any project: from the top to the granular level, from function to function, from industry to industry, etc. Fact-based conclusion is such a fundamental aspect of consulting that it weighs in heavily on the PST.

Fact-based conclusion questions test your ability to draw and recognize sound and logical conclusions based on a set of data/facts provided. See the picture below for an illustration.

problem solving exam questions

  • Which of the following statements is a valid conclusion based on …?
  • Which of the following statements can be concluded from …?

The McKinsey team has an interview with the Chief Operating Officer of the New Bingham Mine, Salt Lake City. During the interview, the following facts have been gathered:

  • The factory must have at least one safety inspector 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in accordance with Federal and State labor regulations.
  • To maximize operational efficiency, there must be exactly 10 line workers operating the mine.
  • The mine operates from 8 am until 5 pm, Monday to Sunday.
  • The mine employs 4 safety inspectors and 16 line workers to make 20 workers in total.
  • The total weekly labor cost for the Bingham Mine is $16,000.

Which of the following statements is a valid conclusion?

A. One-fifth of the total labor cost for the mine is for safety inspectors.

B. At least one safety inspector must work more than 40 hours per week.

C. Line workers do not work more than 40 hours per week.

D. The majority of the mine’s labor cost is for line workers.

A – Fit-well but not fact-based

There are 4 inspectors out of 20 employees so it seems like the cost of the inspectors can very well be 1/5 of total labor cost. But a missing piece of data to conclude that is: does each person get a similar total income?

C – Fit well but not fact-based

The mine opens for 9 hours per day, 7 days per week, and there must be 10 line workers at a time, so it is 630 man-hours per week at the line positions. There are 16 line workers, so on average each of them only needs to work 39 hours per week. This seems to fit very well with the proposed conclusion: line workers do not work more than 40 hours per week. However, a missing piece of data to conclude is: does every line worker work the same amount of time (if not, there can be some who work over 40 hours while others work less)?

D – Fit well but not fact-based

Similar to A, there are more line workers, so it seems like the total cost for line workers is more than the total cost for safety inspectors. But a missing piece of data needed to conclude is: does each worker get paid the same amount?

=> Only B is proven true by the provided facts

There are 24 * 7 = 168 inspector hours needed in a week, equaling 42 hours per week per inspector. So there must be one who works more than 40 hours.

Identifying proven true conclusions is an important foundation to master all conclusion-related questions. However, most conclusion-related questions in the McKinsey Problem Solving Test will be given in other formats. In this section, we will learn about the two types of twists: (1) False conclusions and (2) Conclusions reversed . Let’s start with the first one.


Any proposed conclusion must fall into one of the following three groups: Proven True, Proven False, and Unproven. This twist is when a question asks you to identify the False Conclusion instead of the True Conclusion.

  • Which of the following statements is FALSE based on …?
  • Which of the following statements is FALSE based on … ?


A proposed conclusion is proven false when you can point out at least one instance where the conclusion is wrong. Similarly, with true conclusion questions, unproven conclusions should also not be selected.

Notice that proven FALSE conclusions are NOT conclusions not proven TRUE. A conclusion will stay unproven until it is proved to be TRUE or FALSE.

Which of the following statements is FALSE based on Table 1?

A. A, Inc. had lower average economic growth in the last five years than D, LTD.

B. A, Inc. had higher average economic growth in the last five years than D, LTD.

C. Investment risk rating is based on the difference between maximum and minimum revenue growth in the past five years.

D. Potential rating is based on the maximum recent revenue.

Of A and B, A seems to be false and B seems to be true. However, both of them are unproven. The maximum and minimum figures are not enough to conclude the average.

We don’t know if C is right or not, but we know that it is not proven false. In the provided data, there is no instance where the larger difference between maximum and minimum recent revenue growth indicates smaller risk (and vice versa).

With D, we know for sure that it is proven false because we can point out an instance where the assertion conflicts with the data (B Corp. vs. D, LTD.).


Very often, conclusion questions in the McKinsey Problem Solving Test are given in a reversed format. You will be given the conclusion first and asked to pick what facts/ data would be enough to come up with that conclusion.

The key to answering this type of question is to recognize which proposed fact makes the stated conclusion proven or unproven.

This question is written based on an official McKinsey practice PST:

FOCUS Travel is a premium Russian tourism company, offering tours to South East Asian countries. Facing the economic downturn, FOCUS revenue has been hurt badly. While the CFO (Chief Finance Officer) proposed an overall price cut to stay competitive, the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) is concerned that a price reduction would negatively impact the premium perception of the brand, which drives a lot of sales.

Which of the following statements, if TRUE, would best support the CMO’s assertion?

A. In a recent survey, FOCUS’s customers quoted “price” as the most important indicator in choosing travel agencies in a list of ten factors.

B. In a recent survey, FOCUS’s customers quoted “price” as the most important indicator of quality in a list of ten factors.

C. In a recent survey, there were customers who said they would not buy FOCUS’s services if there was a 10% price increase.

D. In a recent survey, there were customers who said they would not buy FOCUS’s services if there was a 10% price decrease.

In this question, the “conclusion” has been given to us: Price reduction will negatively impact the premium perception, which will in turn negatively impact sales.

Of the four proposed answers, which facts are enough to prove the provided “conclusion” above?

A: This fact is only enough to conclude that price will impact sales. Not enough to prove that price reduction will negatively impact sales.

C: This fact is irrelevant.

D: This fact is not enough to conclude that price reduction will negatively impact sales because not all customers say so. The word “there were” can be understood as either a minority or a majority. It is only enough to conclude the proposed conclusions when “there were” is replaced with “the majority of” or “all“ .

With B, we can logically infer that price reduction will negatively impact the quality perception, which in turn will hurt to sales.

3.3. Root-cause reason

This question gives you a particular set of facts/data and asks you to identify what could be the cause for them. When doing a real consulting project, we consultants have to find out the root-cause reason. There may be various reasons that can cause the current situation, but the root-cause reason will help us tackle and solve it more efficiently. You can see the picture below for an illustration.

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The following are a few examples of typical root-cause reason question format:

  • Which of the following reasons, if TRUE, will help explain the Facts …?
  • Which of the following does NOT explain the Facts …?
  • Which of the following points is NOT a valid reason for the Facts …?

Only B is proven true by the provided facts

Facts provided: Visits to the website MConsultingPrep were relatively low last month.

Root-cause Reason Question: What reasons, if TRUE, would help explain the low traffic to MConsultingPrep last month?

The correct answers can be any of the following:

1. The quality of contents has been bad

2. Because of technical issues, some visitors could not access the website

3. Last month was December when the overall demand for job prep materials is lowest in the year

4. Other new consulting prep blogs opened recently

Fact-based Conclusion Question: What can be concluded from the data provided?

All of the statements above can be the reason for the stated fact, but NONE of them can be concluded from it.

An example of a statement that can be concluded: Because the conversion rate stayed constant over the years, revenue last month was relatively low.

What makes a statement NOT a potential reason for a particular fact?

There are two ways a statement cannot be the potential reason: (1) Wrong Subject and (2) Wrong Trend.

  • A statement is (1) Wrong on Subject when the subject is irrelevant, which means the statement has zero effect on the phenomenon mentioned in the stated fact.
  • A statement is (2) Wrong on Trend when the direction is reversed, which usually means the statement has a reversed effect on the phenomenon mentioned in the stated fact

Illustrative example Let’s continue with the simple example above. The Stated Fact: Visits to the MConsultingPrep blog were relatively low last month. (1) Example of a “Wrong Subject” statement: “Some new Investment Banking Prep blogs opened recently” Here the subject “Investment Banking Prep blogs” is irrelevant to the stated fact. The statement (1) will have zero effect on the stated fact. (2) Example of a “Wrong Trend” statement: “Some other existing Consulting Prep blogs closed recently” Here, even though the subject “Consulting Prep blogs” is relevant, the trend is reversed. The exit of Consulting Blogs will increase visits to MConsultingPrep. Therefore, statement (2) will have an opposite effect on the stated fact.


Fletcher is a major Steel producer in the Pacific continent. It has markets in New Zealand, Australia and other South East Asia countries. Of many types of steels, re-bar (reinforced bar) is typically used in high-rises and big construction projects.

There are three main groups of steel consumers in New Zealand:

  • Homeowners purchase steel at retail sizes for purposes of self-constructing and self-renovating their homes
  • Scaled private construction companies, who often contracts large construction projects and steel orders
  • State-owned Enterprises (SOE), who build government’s projects such as roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, etc. (SOEs usually have bargaining power since steel providers need governments’ permissions in order to be legally used in particular countries.)

Table 1 below shows the size of re-bar steel market (in billions of $US)

Which of the following statements, if TRUE, best explains why future trends for South East Asia sales differ from sales in the other two markets?

A) South East Asia population is expected to grow strongest, which lead to high steel demand from individual homeowners.

B) South East Asia economy will be heavily based on SOE, so will the construction market.

C) South East Asia economy will shift toward privatization, so will the construction market.

D) Developed markets of New Zealand and Australia will have the most advanced steel production technology and facilities.

Correct answer: C

Word Problem

Word Problem is a quantitative question where the answer cannot be calculated directly from the data provided. Usually, we have to set up one or more equations in order to solve this kind of question. Word Problem questions in the McKinsey PST and Case Interviews are just the word problems we usually see in schools, GMAT… but put into business contexts. The method to solve them, therefore, is the same.

Table 1: Data on the Washing Room of Jean Valjean Restaurant

Suppose the restaurant opens 350 days a year. There are 3 meal shifts per day, 1 shift lasts 3 hours, 1 customer uses an average of 5 dishes per visit, and currently the restaurant hosts 530 customers on average daily.

What percentage of increase in the number of daily visits would be required in order to make purchasing the machines financially beneficial?

Step 1 . Convert data/facts into manageable and standardized format and units (only needed for complex questions).

Step 2 . Set up an equation with one (or more) unknown variables, i.e. X, Y, Z, etc.

Tips: Don’t worry about having to make the variable as the question asked. Just set up the equation in a way that makes the most sense to you as long as the variables can be easily converted to the asked variable. It will save much more time and helps you avoid silly mistakes.

Step 3 . Solve the equation and get the answer.


Let’s solve the sample question above together.

Step 1: This is a very complex question with many non-standardized and not ready-to-use data. If I am going to tackle this question on my PST, I would convert the provided figures and write them out on a table as follows.

Notice that I have converted all the necessary data points into the same unit of “Franc per day”.

The only data point not fully converted is the Labor cost in Manual Process (measured by the “per dish” variable), yet I want to make sure that I go as far as I can.

See how simple the problem is now!

Step 2: Now that we have very manageable data, let’s go ahead and set up an equation that will help us find the answer. The asked variable here is: what percent increase in current daily visits does Jean Valjean need?

As mentioned above, it is NOT necessary to put the variable question is looking for in the equation. In this case, doing so will result in a very awkward and complicated equation.

Instead, I set up the equation that makes the most sense to me (do note that there is more than one way to set up equations). Let Y be the “break-even size” (measured by people). I can easily calculate the percentage asked for after getting the break-even size.

Cost per day of Manual Process = Cost per day of Machine Process

Washing cost + Set up cost = Washing cost + Set up cost + other cost

Y x 5 dishes x 0.1 Franc + 30 Franc = 270 Franc + 90 Franc + 200 Franc

After executing step 1 and step 2, the problem becomes a lot easier. Now we have:

0.5 Y = 530

Y = 2 x 530

Once we have Y (the new “break-even” visit volume) of 2 * 530, we can quickly convert Y into the asked variable: What percent increase of 530 customers/day does Jean Valjean need?

The final answer is C.

Client Interpretation

In every consulting project, communication with the clients’ top-level (usually the Chairman or CEO) is always important. During my time with McKinsey, we usually hear an update every one or two weeks from our Project Director (usually a partner) on his meeting with the clients’ top level. Messages from those meetings are important on-going steers for the project. No surprise it makes up an entire question category in the Problem Solving Test.

Client Interpretation questions test your ability to read, understand, and interpret the messages the client is trying to convey in the case question or description. To some extent, this is very similar to GMAT verbal questions.

  • Which of the following best summarizes the CEO’s concerns?
  • Which of the following statements best describes the thoughts of the CEO regarding…?
  • Based on the opinion of the head of the Department, which of the following statements is valid?
  • Which of the following statements best describes the CEO’s aims for the McKinsey research?

Case context:

Mommy said she saw some dirty clothes on the dining table. She is also quite shocked to see Kevin’s toys in every room throughout the house. She even complains about how much time it takes her every night to clean up Kevin’s mess. “I will have to have a very straightforward conversation with Kevin tonight!”, said mom

Which of the following statements best describes the Mom’s concern?

A. Mom is not happy about too many of Kevin’s toys sitting on the dining table

B. Mom does not expect to see that many of Kevin’s toys in the house

C. Mom does not like to be responsible for anyone’s mess

D. Mom is too busy these days

E. Mom wants to talk to Kevin

F. Mom wants Kevin to be tidier

In this example, we continuously get small data points, all leading to one bottom-line, not explicitly mentioned but can be reasonably interpreted:

Kevin is too messy and mom doesn’t like that!

Notice that, the bottom-line here is not explicitly stated but it IS the bottom-line. All 4 sentences in the case context are small pieces of data leading to that final “so-what”. Having this “so-what” in mind, you can just skim through the answer and quickly pick F without concern about other choices.

In case you are curious about how other choices are “wrong-choice” …

Choices B and E are in fact right according to the case context, but not the bottom-line.

Choices A is simple wrong according to the case context (Tip #2)

Choices C and D are neither right or wrong according to the case context. There are not enough “evidence” to be reasonably interpreted using common sense.


Tip #1: Read the case description before going to multiple choices!

Normally the strategy of scanning through the answers first before going back to the case description works when you have a very long case description and don’t know where to look for the right information. Scanning through the answers helps you get a more focused read on the case description. However, the client’s assertion is typically found in a very short and specific part of the case description. So once you realize it’s a Client Interpretation question, go back to the case description and find that very specific part of the client’s assertion. Make sure you understand it very well. Then the rest of the work is just determining which of the four choices has the same meaning as the original assertion.

Tip #2: Cross out some obviously wrong choices …

… by recognizing a few words or short phrases that make a choice incorrectly reflect the client’s assertion. Sometimes, you can do this very quickly and effectively. If not, please see tips #3.

Tip #3: Catch the bottom-line, the “so-what” of client’s assertion

Client’s expression as quoted in the case context is always a bit blur and confusing. That is very realistic of what you may encounter in the real consulting work. It also makes these question types challenging. But in almost every situation, there is always one “so-what”, stated explicitly or implicitly. The trick here is to catch that so-what, ignore the noise, and go straight for the answer choice. Most of the time, the wrong choices DO contain a part of the client’s assertion, but either not the whole idea or the main, the bottom-line, the most important one!

Using this method, you can fly and land straight to the correct choice, not having to care too much about how wrong choices are made of. But if you are curious, some of the most common wrong-choice types:

  • Choice that is simply wrong according to the client’s assertion (Tip #2 above).
  • Choice that is in fact right, but is a minor point, NOT the bottom-line of the client’s assertion.
  • Choice that seems to be right, but cannot be reasonably interpreted by common sense (not by scientifically supporting logic like in other question types).

Gangnam Market is a convenience-stores chain mainly in the Gangnam district, Seoul, Korea. Though it has been losing money almost every year since 2000, Gangnam Market secures a good deal of strategic locations in the highly populated Gangnam district. Recently, Gangnam Market was acquired by Lotte Mart in its aspiration to expand to the mini-market market. Lotte right away sets up a transformation project to get Gangnam Market back on track. The CEO of Gangnam Market states that aggressive transformation targets are fine for newly acquired stores with a similar operation model with Lotte’s big stores, but he hopes that the parent company is realistic about the convenience-stores model Gangnam has been operating with.

Which of the following statements best reflect the concerns of Gangnam Market’s CEO?

A) He is concerned that Gangnam Market will never be able to transform itself into Lotte system because Gangnam Market only presents in a specific geographic location

B) He is concerned that Lotte Mart sets transformation milestones that are too aggressive and not realistic for newly acquired companies like Gangnam Market

C) He is concerned that Lotte Mart’s transformation milestones are not realistic for companies with different operational model from Lotte Mart like Gangnam Market

D) He is concerned that Lotte Mart’s transformation targets are too high for Gangnam Market because it has been losing money for a while

Formulae questions are generally like word problems in PST where you don’t have to provide the actual numerical results, just the formulae containing letters representing input variables. Normally, the question will provide input variables in letter format and you will be asked to provide the right formulae in letter format (e.g. it takes the process center T hours to process each file. If the speed is doubled, it takes T/2 hours to process each file). This is one of the easiest PST question types on the McKinsey PST. Let’s make sure you don’t lose points on any question of this type in your exam!

Table 3.6.1: Labor Cost and Processing Data – Holcim Missouri plant

Which of the following formulae accurately calculates the annual cement output per worker?

A. (c x p) / (b + w)

B. (c x p) / [(b + w) x 12]

C. 144 x (c x p) / (b + w)

D. 12 x (c x p) / (b + w)


Formula 1: Calculate first before looking at the given option

A popular technique for multiple-choice questions is to read the answers first before coming back to the facts. However, that technique would not help you with Formulae Questions. The reason for this is that, often, the end-result formula has already been simplified (e.g. canceling out the same variable on both numerator and denominator) as much as possible. It gives you neither the path to get there nor any hints on how to solve the problem. For instance, when you look at the four options in the example above, does any of them give you a sense of what it represents or how to get there? What does (c x p) represent? What do you get by multiplying Cement output by Monthly labor income?

Formula 2: Divide the problem into smaller pieces (take one step at a time)

This is the universal tip for everybody in the consulting industry, and it also works great here! Often, the result cannot be directly calculated from the provided variables. However, if you take an extra step in-between, the problem becomes a lot easier. Let’s solve the sample question above together to illustrate this point. I broke the problem into smaller steps as below:

  • Step 1: Annual cement output per worker = Total annual cement output / Total number of workers
  • Step 2: Since we already have Total annual cement output of (c), the next step is to calculate the total number of workers. Total number of workers = Total labor cost / Salary of 1 worker Both Total labor cost and salary are provided. Bingo!
  • Step 3: Simplify the final formulae

Formula 3: Get the reading-facts tools right

In some aspects, the formulae question is also a tweaked version of reading-facts questions. You still need to read some facts and perform some calculations (with letters instead of real numbers). Therefore, it is important to master those reading-facts tools and apply them here.

Illustration of a usual mistake: Now come back to Step 2 above and explicitly solve it.

Step 2: Total number of workers = Total labor cost / Salary of 1 worker = (b + w) / p

Step 3: Annual cement output per worker = c / [(b + w) / p] = (c x p) / (b + w)]

Chosen choice: A

Unfortunately, A is NOT the correct answer, because the above calculation doesn’t take into account the difference in units – the salary is on a monthly basis whereas the total labor cost is on an annual basis. If you convert the unit, the final choice should be D.

No matter how beautifully you have tackled the problem, you will not get any credit if small mistakes like this slip through the crack. Make sure you don’t get blindsided by this kind of pitfall!

VICEM is a leading cement company in South East Asia. The following data regarding its business and production has been gathered.

Table 3.6.2: VICEM Business and Production data

Clinker factor is defined as the amount of clinker needed to produce 100 units of cement.

Which of the following formulas calculates the amount of clinker (in tons) needed to purchase in a year?

A) [(s x f) / 100] – c

B) [(p – s) / 100] – c

C) (p x f) – c

D) [(p x f) / 100] – c


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Identify the problem

Problem-solving begins with accurately identifying the problem. This determining factor looks at whether a candidate can find the origin and the implications of the problem. It includes:

• Differentiating between fact and opinion

• Compiling data to determine the problem

• Identifying underlying causes

• Recognizing which processes are affected• Pinpointing the process standard

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Determine alternative solutions

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• Establishing alternative solutions that align with business goals

• Determining whether a problem needs short- or long-term solutions

• Evaluating how solutions may impact on resources; and determining if there are any barriers to implementing the solutions.

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Compare solutions and plot a course

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Implement the solution

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When hiring for a role in which problem-solving skills are crucial, it may be beneficial to test a candidate’s ability to define problems and analyze data and textual information to make decisions that best serve the business. Some of the considerations for a problem-solving test include:

Schedules are living documents that need to adapt as eventualities come into play. Candidates should be able to understand what they can realistically achieve with the time and how to adjust schedules to account for variable outcomes.

Data-driven decision-making should inform a course of action before an individual commits to it. For recruiters, this means candidates should have an aptitude for aligning data with business goals and making actionable decisions.

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When broken down, problem-solving is a skill that relies on a variety of disciplines to achieve success. Although this skill is transferable to many job roles, determining candidates’ proficiency can be difficult, so it can be beneficial to recruiters to use a problem-solving test to review candidates’ aptitude when recruiting for a role.

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Top 20 Problem Solving Interview Questions (Example Answers Included)

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When candidates prepare for interviews, they usually focus on highlighting their leadership, communication, teamwork, and similar crucial soft skills . However, not everyone gets ready for problem-solving interview questions. And that can be a big mistake.

Problem-solving is relevant to nearly any job on the planet. Yes, it’s more prevalent in certain industries, but it’s helpful almost everywhere.

Regardless of the role you want to land, you may be asked to provide problem-solving examples or describe how you would deal with specific situations. That’s why being ready to showcase your problem-solving skills is so vital.

If you aren’t sure who to tackle problem-solving questions, don’t worry, we have your back. Come with us as we explore this exciting part of the interview process, as well as some problem-solving interview questions and example answers.

What Is Problem-Solving?

When you’re trying to land a position, there’s a good chance you’ll face some problem-solving interview questions. But what exactly is problem-solving? And why is it so important to hiring managers?

Well, the good folks at Merriam-Webster define problem-solving as “the process or act of finding a solution to a problem.” While that may seem like common sense, there’s a critical part to that definition that should catch your eye.

What part is that? The word “process.”

In the end, problem-solving is an activity. It’s your ability to take appropriate steps to find answers, determine how to proceed, or otherwise overcome the challenge.

Being great at it usually means having a range of helpful problem-solving skills and traits. Research, diligence, patience, attention-to-detail , collaboration… they can all play a role. So can analytical thinking , creativity, and open-mindedness.

But why do hiring managers worry about your problem-solving skills? Well, mainly, because every job comes with its fair share of problems.

While problem-solving is relevant to scientific, technical, legal, medical, and a whole slew of other careers. It helps you overcome challenges and deal with the unexpected. It plays a role in troubleshooting and innovation. That’s why it matters to hiring managers.

How to Answer Problem-Solving Interview Questions

Okay, before we get to our examples, let’s take a quick second to talk about strategy. Knowing how to answer problem-solving interview questions is crucial. Why? Because the hiring manager might ask you something that you don’t anticipate.

Problem-solving interview questions are all about seeing how you think. As a result, they can be a bit… unconventional.

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill job interview questions . Instead, they are tricky behavioral interview questions . After all, the goal is to find out how you approach problem-solving, so most are going to feature scenarios, brainteasers, or something similar.

So, having a great strategy means knowing how to deal with behavioral questions. Luckily, there are a couple of tools that can help.

First, when it comes to the classic approach to behavioral interview questions, look no further than the STAR Method . With the STAR method, you learn how to turn your answers into captivating stories. This makes your responses tons more engaging, ensuring you keep the hiring manager’s attention from beginning to end.

Now, should you stop with the STAR Method? Of course not. If you want to take your answers to the next level, spend some time with the Tailoring Method , too.

With the Tailoring Method, it’s all about relevance. So, if you get a chance to choose an example that demonstrates your problem-solving skills, this is really the way to go.

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Top 3 Problem-Solving-Based Interview Questions

Alright, here is what you’ve been waiting for: the problem-solving questions and sample answers.

While many questions in this category are job-specific, these tend to apply to nearly any job. That means there’s a good chance you’ll come across them at some point in your career, making them a great starting point when you’re practicing for an interview.

So, let’s dive in, shall we? Here’s a look at the top three problem-solving interview questions and example responses.

1. Can you tell me about a time when you had to solve a challenging problem?

In the land of problem-solving questions, this one might be your best-case scenario. It lets you choose your own problem-solving examples to highlight, putting you in complete control.

When you choose an example, go with one that is relevant to what you’ll face in the role. The closer the match, the better the answer is in the eyes of the hiring manager.


“While working as a mobile telecom support specialist for a large organization, we had to transition our MDM service from one vendor to another within 45 days. This personally physically handling 500 devices within the agency. Devices had to be gathered from the headquarters and satellite offices, which were located all across the state, something that was challenging even without the tight deadline. I approached the situation by identifying the location assignment of all personnel within the organization, enabling me to estimate transit times for receiving the devices. Next, I timed out how many devices I could personally update in a day. Together, this allowed me to create a general timeline. After that, I coordinated with each location, both expressing the urgency of adhering to deadlines and scheduling bulk shipping options. While there were occasional bouts of resistance, I worked with location leaders to calm concerns and facilitate action. While performing all of the updates was daunting, my approach to organizing the event made it a success. Ultimately, the entire transition was finished five days before the deadline, exceeding the expectations of many.”

2. Describe a time where you made a mistake. What did you do to fix it?

While this might not look like it’s based on problem-solving on the surface, it actually is. When you make a mistake, it creates a challenge, one you have to work your way through. At a minimum, it’s an opportunity to highlight problem-solving skills, even if you don’t address the topic directly.

When you choose an example, you want to go with a situation where the end was positive. However, the issue still has to be significant, causing something negative to happen in the moment that you, ideally, overcame.

“When I first began in a supervisory role, I had trouble setting down my individual contributor hat. I tried to keep up with my past duties while also taking on the responsibilities of my new role. As a result, I began rushing and introduced an error into the code of the software my team was updating. The error led to a memory leak. We became aware of the issue when the performance was hindered, though we didn’t immediately know the cause. I dove back into the code, reviewing recent changes, and, ultimately, determined the issue was a mistake on my end. When I made that discovery, I took several steps. First, I let my team know that the error was mine and let them know its nature. Second, I worked with my team to correct the issue, resolving the memory leak. Finally, I took this as a lesson about delegation. I began assigning work to my team more effectively, a move that allowed me to excel as a manager and help them thrive as contributors. It was a crucial learning moment, one that I have valued every day since.”

3. If you identify a potential risk in a project, what steps do you take to prevent it?

Yes, this is also a problem-solving question. The difference is, with this one, it’s not about fixing an issue; it’s about stopping it from happening. Still, you use problem-solving skills along the way, so it falls in this question category.

If you can, use an example of a moment when you mitigated risk in the past. If you haven’t had that opportunity, approach it theoretically, discussing the steps you would take to prevent an issue from developing.

“If I identify a potential risk in a project, my first step is to assess the various factors that could lead to a poor outcome. Prevention requires analysis. Ensuring I fully understand what can trigger the undesired event creates the right foundation, allowing me to figure out how to reduce the likelihood of those events occurring. Once I have the right level of understanding, I come up with a mitigation plan. Exactly what this includes varies depending on the nature of the issue, though it usually involves various steps and checks designed to monitor the project as it progresses to spot paths that may make the problem more likely to happen. I find this approach effective as it combines knowledge and ongoing vigilance. That way, if the project begins to head into risky territory, I can correct its trajectory.”

17 More Problem-Solving-Based Interview Questions

In the world of problem-solving questions, some apply to a wide range of jobs, while others are more niche. For example, customer service reps and IT helpdesk professionals both encounter challenges, but not usually the same kind.

As a result, some of the questions in this list may be more relevant to certain careers than others. However, they all give you insights into what this kind of question looks like, making them worth reviewing.

Here are 17 more problem-solving interview questions you might face off against during your job search:

  • How would you describe your problem-solving skills?
  • Can you tell me about a time when you had to use creativity to deal with an obstacle?
  • Describe a time when you discovered an unmet customer need while assisting a customer and found a way to meet it.
  • If you were faced with an upset customer, how would you diffuse the situation?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to troubleshoot a complex issue.
  • Imagine you were overseeing a project and needed a particular item. You have two choices of vendors: one that can deliver on time but would be over budget, and one that’s under budget but would deliver one week later than you need it. How do you figure out which approach to use?
  • Your manager wants to upgrade a tool you regularly use for your job and wants your recommendation. How do you formulate one?
  • A supplier has said that an item you need for a project isn’t going to be delivered as scheduled, something that would cause your project to fall behind schedule. What do you do to try and keep the timeline on target?
  • Can you share an example of a moment where you encountered a unique problem you and your colleagues had never seen before? How did you figure out what to do?
  • Imagine you were scheduled to give a presentation with a colleague, and your colleague called in sick right before it was set to begin. What would you do?
  • If you are given two urgent tasks from different members of the leadership team, both with the same tight deadline, how do you choose which to tackle first?
  • Tell me about a time you and a colleague didn’t see eye-to-eye. How did you decide what to do?
  • Describe your troubleshooting process.
  • Tell me about a time where there was a problem that you weren’t able to solve. What happened?
  • In your opening, what skills or traits make a person an exceptional problem-solver?
  • When you face a problem that requires action, do you usually jump in or take a moment to carefully assess the situation?
  • When you encounter a new problem you’ve never seen before, what is the first step that you take?

Putting It All Together

At this point, you should have a solid idea of how to approach problem-solving interview questions. Use the tips above to your advantage. That way, you can thrive during your next interview.

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In an interview for a big tech company, I was asked if I’d ever resolved a fight — and the exact way I went about handling it. I felt blindsided, and I stammered my way through an excuse of an answer.

It’s a familiar scenario to fellow technical job seekers — and one that risks leaving a sour taste in our mouths. As candidate experience becomes an increasingly critical component of the hiring process, recruiters need to ensure the problem-solving interview questions they prepare don’t dissuade talent in the first place. 

Interview questions designed to gauge a candidate’s problem-solving skills are more often than not challenging and vague. Assessing a multifaceted skill like problem solving is tricky — a good problem solver owns the full solution and result, researches well, solves creatively and takes action proactively. 

It’s hard to establish an effective way to measure such a skill. But it’s not impossible.

We recommend taking an informed and prepared approach to testing candidates’ problem-solving skills . With that in mind, here’s a list of a few common problem-solving interview questions, the science behind them — and how you can go about administering your own problem-solving questions with the unique challenges of your organization in mind.

Key Takeaways for Effective Problem-Solving Interview Questions

  • Problem solving lies at the heart of programming. 
  • Testing a candidate’s problem-solving skills goes beyond the IDE. Problem-solving interview questions should test both technical skills and soft skills.
  • STAR, SOAR and PREP are methods a candidate can use to answer some non-technical problem-solving interview questions.
  • Generic problem-solving interview questions go a long way in gauging a candidate’s fit. But you can go one step further by customizing them according to your company’s service, product, vision, and culture. 

Technical Problem-Solving Interview Question Examples

Evaluating a candidates’ problem-solving skills while using coding challenges might seem intimidating. The secret is that coding challenges test many things at the same time — like the candidate’s knowledge of data structures and algorithms, clean code practices, and proficiency in specific programming languages, to name a few examples.

Problem solving itself might at first seem like it’s taking a back seat. But technical problem solving lies at the heart of programming, and most coding questions are designed to test a candidate’s problem-solving abilities.

Here are a few examples of technical problem-solving questions:

1. Mini-Max Sum  

This well-known challenge, which asks the interviewee to find the maximum and minimum sum among an array of given numbers, is based on a basic but important programming concept called sorting, as well as integer overflow. It tests the candidate’s observational skills, and the answer should elicit a logical, ad-hoc solution.

2. Organizing Containers of Balls  

This problem tests the candidate’s knowledge of a variety of programming concepts, like 2D arrays, sorting and iteration. Organizing colored balls in containers based on various conditions is a common question asked in competitive examinations and job interviews, because it’s an effective way to test multiple facets of a candidate’s problem-solving skills.

3. Build a Palindrome

This is a tough problem to crack, and the candidate’s knowledge of concepts like strings and dynamic programming plays a significant role in solving this challenge. This problem-solving example tests the candidate’s ability to think on their feet as well as their ability to write clean, optimized code.

4. Subarray Division

Based on a technique used for searching pairs in a sorted array ( called the “two pointers” technique ), this problem can be solved in just a few lines and judges the candidate’s ability to optimize (as well as basic mathematical skills).

5. The Grid Search 

This is a problem of moderate difficulty and tests the candidate’s knowledge of strings and searching algorithms, the latter of which is regularly tested in developer interviews across all levels.

Common Non-Technical Problem-Solving Interview Questions 

Testing a candidate’s problem-solving skills goes beyond the IDE . Everyday situations can help illustrate competency, so here are a few questions that focus on past experiences and hypothetical situations to help interviewers gauge problem-solving skills.

1. Given the problem of selecting a new tool to invest in, where and how would you begin this task? 

Key Insight : This question offers insight into the candidate’s research skills. Ideally, they would begin by identifying the problem, interviewing stakeholders, gathering insights from the team, and researching what tools exist to best solve for the team’s challenges and goals. 

2. Have you ever recognized a potential problem and addressed it before it occurred? 

Key Insight: Prevention is often better than cure. The ability to recognize a problem before it occurs takes intuition and an understanding of business needs. 

3. A teammate on a time-sensitive project confesses that he’s made a mistake, and it’s putting your team at risk of missing key deadlines. How would you respond?

Key Insight: Sometimes, all the preparation in the world still won’t stop a mishap. Thinking on your feet and managing stress are skills that this question attempts to unearth. Like any other skill, they can be cultivated through practice.

4. Tell me about a time you used a unique problem-solving approach. 

Key Insight: Creativity can manifest in many ways, including original or novel ways to tackle a problem. Methods like the 10X approach and reverse brainstorming are a couple of unique approaches to problem solving. 

5. Have you ever broken rules for the “greater good?” If yes, can you walk me through the situation?

Key Insight: “Ask for forgiveness, not for permission.” It’s unconventional, but in some situations, it may be the mindset needed to drive a solution to a problem.

6. Tell me about a weakness you overcame at work, and the approach you took. 

Key Insight: According to Compass Partnership , “self-awareness allows us to understand how and why we respond in certain situations, giving us the opportunity to take charge of these responses.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed when faced with a problem. Candidates showing high levels of self-awareness are positioned to handle it well.

7. Have you ever owned up to a mistake at work? Can you tell me about it?

Key Insight: Everybody makes mistakes. But owning up to them can be tough, especially at a workplace. Not only does it take courage, but it also requires honesty and a willingness to improve, all signs of 1) a reliable employee and 2) an effective problem solver.

8. How would you approach working with an upset customer?

Key Insight: With the rise of empathy-driven development and more companies choosing to bridge the gap between users and engineers, today’s tech teams speak directly with customers more frequently than ever before. This question brings to light the candidate’s interpersonal skills in a client-facing environment.

9. Have you ever had to solve a problem on your own, but needed to ask for additional help? How did you go about it? 

Key Insight: Knowing when you need assistance to complete a task or address a situation is an important quality to have while problem solving. This questions helps the interviewer get a sense of the candidate’s ability to navigate those waters. 

10. Let’s say you disagree with your colleague on how to move forward with a project. How would you go about resolving the disagreement?

Key Insight: Conflict resolution is an extremely handy skill for any employee to have; an ideal answer to this question might contain a brief explanation of the conflict or situation, the role played by the candidate and the steps taken by them to arrive at a positive resolution or outcome. 

Strategies for Answering Problem-Solving Questions

If you’re a job seeker, chances are you’ll encounter this style of question in your various interview experiences. While problem-solving interview questions may appear simple, they can be easy to fumble — leaving the interviewer without a clear solution or outcome. 

It’s important to approach such questions in a structured manner. Here are a few tried-and-true methods to employ in your next problem-solving interview.

1. Shine in Interviews With the STAR Method

S ituation, T ask, A ction, and R esult is a great method that can be employed to answer a problem-solving or behavioral interview question. Here’s a breakdown of these steps:

  • Situation : A good way to address almost any interview question is to lay out and define the situation and circumstances. 
  • Task : Define the problem or goal that needs to be addressed. Coding questions are often multifaceted, so this step is particularly important when answering technical problem-solving questions.
  • Action : How did you go about solving the problem? Try to be as specific as possible, and state your plan in steps if you can.
  • Result : Wrap it up by stating the outcome achieved. 

2. Rise above difficult questions using the SOAR method

A very similar approach to the STAR method, SOAR stands for S ituation, O bstacle, A ction, and R esults .

  • Situation: Explain the state of affairs. It’s important to steer clear of stating any personal opinions in this step; focus on the facts.
  • Obstacle: State the challenge or problem you faced.
  • Action: Detail carefully how you went about overcoming this obstacle.
  • Result: What was the end result? Apart from overcoming the obstacle, did you achieve anything else? What did you learn in the process? 

3. Do It the PREP Way

Traditionally used as a method to make effective presentations, the P oint, R eason, E xample, P oint method can also be used to answer problem-solving interview questions.  

  • Point : State the solution in plain terms. 
  • Reasons: Follow up the solution by detailing your case — and include any data or insights that support your solution. 
  • Example: In addition to objective data and insights, drive your answer home by contextualizing the solution in a real-world example.
  • Point : Reiterate the solution to make it come full circle.

How to Customize Problem-Solving Interview Questions 

Generic problem-solving interview questions go a long way in gauging a candidate’s skill level, but recruiters can go one step further by customizing these problem-solving questions according to their company’s service, product, vision, or culture. 

Here are some tips to do so:

  • Break down the job’s responsibilities into smaller tasks. Job descriptions may contain ambiguous responsibilities like “manage team projects effectively.” To formulate an effective problem-solving question, envision what this task might look like in a real-world context and develop a question around it.  
  • Tailor questions to the role at hand. Apart from making for an effective problem-solving question, it gives the candidate the impression you’re an informed technical recruiter. For example, an engineer will likely have attended many scrums. So, a good question to ask is: “Suppose you notice your scrums are turning unproductive. How would you go about addressing this?” 
  • Consider the tools and technologies the candidate will use on the job. For example, if Jira is the primary project management tool, a good problem-solving interview question might be: “Can you tell me about a time you simplified a complex workflow — and the tools you used to do so?”
  • If you don’t know where to start, your company’s core values can often provide direction. If one of the core values is “ownership,” for example, consider asking a question like: “Can you walk us through a project you owned from start to finish?” 
  • Sometimes, developing custom content can be difficult even with all these tips considered. Our platform has a vast selection of problem-solving examples that are designed to help recruiters ask the right questions to help nail their next technical interview.

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  • Python program to Count Uppercase, Lowercase, special character and numeric values using Regex
  • Categorize Password as Strong or Weak using Regex in Python
  • Python - Substituting patterns in text using regex

Python LinkedList Exercises

  • Python program to Search an Element in a Circular Linked List
  • Implementation of XOR Linked List in Python
  • Pretty print Linked List in Python
  • Python Library for Linked List
  • Python | Stack using Doubly Linked List
  • Python | Queue using Doubly Linked List
  • Program to reverse a linked list using Stack
  • Python program to find middle of a linked list using one traversal
  • Python Program to Reverse a linked list

Python Searching Exercises

  • Binary Search (bisect) in Python
  • Python Program for Linear Search
  • Python Program for Anagram Substring Search (Or Search for all permutations)
  • Python Program for Binary Search (Recursive and Iterative)
  • Python Program for Rabin-Karp Algorithm for Pattern Searching
  • Python Program for KMP Algorithm for Pattern Searching

Python Sorting Exercises

  • Python Code for time Complexity plot of Heap Sort
  • Python Program for Stooge Sort
  • Python Program for Recursive Insertion Sort
  • Python Program for Cycle Sort
  • Bisect Algorithm Functions in Python
  • Python Program for BogoSort or Permutation Sort
  • Python Program for Odd-Even Sort / Brick Sort
  • Python Program for Gnome Sort
  • Python Program for Cocktail Sort
  • Python Program for Bitonic Sort
  • Python Program for Pigeonhole Sort
  • Python Program for Comb Sort
  • Python Program for Iterative Merge Sort
  • Python Program for Binary Insertion Sort
  • Python Program for ShellSort

Python DSA Exercises

  • Saving a Networkx graph in GEXF format and visualize using Gephi
  • Dumping queue into list or array in Python
  • Python program to reverse a stack
  • Python - Stack and StackSwitcher in GTK+ 3
  • Multithreaded Priority Queue in Python
  • Python Program to Reverse the Content of a File using Stack
  • Priority Queue using Queue and Heapdict module in Python
  • Box Blur Algorithm - With Python implementation
  • Python program to reverse the content of a file and store it in another file
  • Check whether the given string is Palindrome using Stack
  • Take input from user and store in .txt file in Python
  • Change case of all characters in a .txt file using Python
  • Finding Duplicate Files with Python

Python File Handling Exercises

  • Python Program to Count Words in Text File
  • Python Program to Delete Specific Line from File
  • Python Program to Replace Specific Line in File
  • Python Program to Print Lines Containing Given String in File
  • Python - Loop through files of certain extensions
  • Compare two Files line by line in Python
  • How to keep old content when Writing to Files in Python?
  • How to get size of folder using Python?
  • How to read multiple text files from folder in Python?
  • Read a CSV into list of lists in Python
  • Python - Write dictionary of list to CSV
  • Convert nested JSON to CSV in Python
  • How to add timestamp to CSV file in Python

Python CSV Exercises

  • How to create multiple CSV files from existing CSV file using Pandas ?
  • How to read all CSV files in a folder in Pandas?
  • How to Sort CSV by multiple columns in Python ?
  • Working with large CSV files in Python
  • How to convert CSV File to PDF File using Python?
  • Visualize data from CSV file in Python
  • Python - Read CSV Columns Into List
  • Sorting a CSV object by dates in Python
  • Python program to extract a single value from JSON response
  • Convert class object to JSON in Python
  • Convert multiple JSON files to CSV Python
  • Convert JSON data Into a Custom Python Object
  • Convert CSV to JSON using Python

Python JSON Exercises

  • Flattening JSON objects in Python
  • Saving Text, JSON, and CSV to a File in Python
  • Convert Text file to JSON in Python
  • Convert JSON to CSV in Python
  • Convert JSON to dictionary in Python
  • Python Program to Get the File Name From the File Path
  • How to get file creation and modification date or time in Python?
  • Menu driven Python program to execute Linux commands
  • Menu Driven Python program for opening the required software Application
  • Open computer drives like C, D or E using Python

Python OS Module Exercises

  • Rename a folder of images using Tkinter
  • Kill a Process by name using Python
  • Finding the largest file in a directory using Python
  • Python - Get list of running processes
  • Python - Get file id of windows file
  • Python - Get number of characters, words, spaces and lines in a file
  • Change current working directory with Python
  • How to move Files and Directories in Python
  • How to get a new API response in a Tkinter textbox?
  • Build GUI Application for Guess Indian State using Tkinter Python
  • How to stop copy, paste, and backspace in text widget in tkinter?
  • How to temporarily remove a Tkinter widget without using just .place?
  • How to open a website in a Tkinter window?

Python Tkinter Exercises

  • Create Address Book in Python - Using Tkinter
  • Changing the colour of Tkinter Menu Bar
  • How to check which Button was clicked in Tkinter ?
  • How to add a border color to a button in Tkinter?
  • How to Change Tkinter LableFrame Border Color?
  • Looping through buttons in Tkinter
  • Visualizing Quick Sort using Tkinter in Python
  • How to Add padding to a tkinter widget only on one side ?
  • Python NumPy - Practice Exercises, Questions, and Solutions
  • Pandas Exercises and Programs
  • How to get the Daily News using Python
  • How to Build Web scraping bot in Python
  • Scrape LinkedIn Using Selenium And Beautiful Soup in Python
  • Scraping Reddit with Python and BeautifulSoup
  • Scraping Indeed Job Data Using Python

Python Web Scraping Exercises

  • How to Scrape all PDF files in a Website?
  • How to Scrape Multiple Pages of a Website Using Python?
  • Quote Guessing Game using Web Scraping in Python
  • How to extract youtube data in Python?
  • How to Download All Images from a Web Page in Python?
  • Test the given page is found or not on the server Using Python
  • How to Extract Wikipedia Data in Python?
  • How to extract paragraph from a website and save it as a text file?
  • Automate Youtube with Python
  • Controlling the Web Browser with Python
  • How to Build a Simple Auto-Login Bot with Python
  • Download Google Image Using Python and Selenium
  • How To Automate Google Chrome Using Foxtrot and Python

Python Selenium Exercises

  • How to scroll down followers popup in Instagram ?
  • How to switch to new window in Selenium for Python?
  • Python Selenium - Find element by text
  • How to scrape multiple pages using Selenium in Python?
  • Python Selenium - Find Button by text
  • Web Scraping Tables with Selenium and Python
  • Selenium - Search for text on page

Python Exercise: Practice makes you perfect in everything. This proverb always proves itself correct. Just like this, if you are a Python learner, then regular practice of Python exercises makes you more confident and sharpens your skills. So, to test your skills, go through these Python exercises with solutions.

Python is a widely used general-purpose high-level language that can be used for many purposes like creating GUI, web Scraping, web development, etc. You might have seen various Python tutorials that explain the concepts in detail but that might not be enough to get hold of this language. The best way to learn is by practising it more and more.

The best thing about this Python practice exercise is that it helps you learn Python using sets of detailed programming questions from basic to advanced. It covers questions on core Python concepts as well as applications of Python in various domains. So if you are at any stage like beginner, intermediate or advanced this Python practice set will help you to boost your programming skills in Python.

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List of Python Programming Exercises

In the below section, we have gathered chapter-wise Python exercises with solutions. So, scroll down to the relevant topics and try to solve the Python program practice set.

Python List Exercises

  • Python program to interchange first and last elements in a list
  • Python program to swap two elements in a list
  • Python | Ways to find length of list
  • Maximum of two numbers in Python
  • Minimum of two numbers in Python

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Python String Exercises

  • Python program to check whether the string is Symmetrical or Palindrome
  • Reverse words in a given String in Python
  • Ways to remove i’th character from string in Python
  • Find length of a string in python (4 ways)
  • Python program to print even length words in a string

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Python Tuple Exercises

  • Python program to Find the size of a Tuple
  • Python – Maximum and Minimum K elements in Tuple
  • Python – Sum of tuple elements
  • Python – Row-wise element Addition in Tuple Matrix
  • Create a list of tuples from given list having number and its cube in each tuple

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Python Dictionary Exercises

  • Python | Sort Python Dictionaries by Key or Value
  • Handling missing keys in Python dictionaries
  • Python dictionary with keys having multiple inputs
  • Python program to find the sum of all items in a dictionary
  • Python program to find the size of a Dictionary

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Python Set Exercises

  • Find the size of a Set in Python
  • Iterate over a set in Python
  • Python – Maximum and Minimum in a Set
  • Python – Remove items from Set
  • Python – Check if two lists have atleast one element common

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  • Python – Assigning Subsequent Rows to Matrix first row elements
  • Python – Group similar elements into Matrix

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>> More Programs on Functions

  • Python | Find the Number Occurring Odd Number of Times using Lambda expression and reduce function

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  • Programs for printing pyramid patterns in Python

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  • Python program to get Current Time
  • Get Yesterday’s date using Python
  • Python program to print current year, month and day
  • Python – Convert day number to date in particular year
  • Get Current Time in different Timezone using Python

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>> More Programs on Python OOPS

  • Python – Check if String Contain Only Defined Characters using Regex

>> More Programs on Python Regex

>> More Programs on Linked Lists

>> More Programs on Python Searching

  • Python Program for Bubble Sort
  • Python Program for QuickSort
  • Python Program for Insertion Sort
  • Python Program for Selection Sort
  • Python Program for Heap Sort

>> More Programs on Python Sorting

  • Program to Calculate the Edge Cover of a Graph
  • Python Program for N Queen Problem

>> More Programs on Python DSA

  • Read content from one file and write it into another file
  • Write a dictionary to a file in Python
  • How to check file size in Python?
  • Find the most repeated word in a text file
  • How to read specific lines from a File in Python?

>> More Programs on Python File Handling

  • Update column value of CSV in Python
  • How to add a header to a CSV file in Python?
  • Get column names from CSV using Python
  • Writing data from a Python List to CSV row-wise

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>> More Programs on Python JSON

  • Python Script to change name of a file to its timestamp

>> More Programs on OS Module

  • Python | Create a GUI Marksheet using Tkinter
  • Python | ToDo GUI Application using Tkinter
  • Python | GUI Calendar using Tkinter
  • File Explorer in Python using Tkinter
  • Visiting Card Scanner GUI Application using Python

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NumPy Exercises

  • How to create an empty and a full NumPy array?
  • Create a Numpy array filled with all zeros
  • Create a Numpy array filled with all ones
  • Replace NumPy array elements that doesn’t satisfy the given condition
  • Get the maximum value from given matrix

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Pandas Exercises

  • Make a Pandas DataFrame with two-dimensional list | Python
  • How to iterate over rows in Pandas Dataframe
  • Create a pandas column using for loop
  • Create a Pandas Series from array
  • Pandas | Basic of Time Series Manipulation

>> More Programs on Python Pandas

>> More Programs on Web Scraping

  • Download File in Selenium Using Python
  • Bulk Posting on Facebook Pages using Selenium
  • Google Maps Selenium automation using Python
  • Count total number of Links In Webpage Using Selenium In Python
  • Extract Data From JustDial using Selenium

>> More Programs on Python Selenium

  • Number guessing game in Python
  • 2048 Game in Python
  • Get Live Weather Desktop Notifications Using Python
  • 8-bit game using pygame
  • Tic Tac Toe GUI In Python using PyGame

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In closing, we just want to say that the practice or solving Python problems always helps to clear your core concepts and programming logic. Hence, we have designed this Python exercises after deep research so that one can easily enhance their skills and logic abilities.

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