Any words of advice - completing a SHL Numerical Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning Test

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Found 19th Jan 2016
Hi Guys -
I've recently passed stage 1 of an interview process after submitting my application form for a job with the railways - I have now progressed to be invited to undertake 2 x online tests with a company called "SHL Talent Measurment".
One is a numerical reasoning test and one is a verbal reasoning test - i must admit i havent really done anything like that before so i have tried a few practise runs .... oh my god !!! I can honestly say i really struggled with the practise tests.

Any words of advice or tips please as i got a very disappointing 7 out of 18 in my first numerical practise test then 12 out of 30 in my verbal reasoning practise so confidence is rock bottom !!!

They have given me a deadline of by the 21st January to undertake the test, so my aim is for more practise runs tomorrow evening then take the actual test on Thursday.
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nightmare those tests.. used to really struggle with diagramatic reasoning where you are supposed to
rotate an image in your head etc.. was crazy. Never got a job when I did this tests but thankfully
you can always impress them in the actual interview. good luck.
You need to think very logically and have good problem solving tendencies - generally skills that are not easily learned. No point stressing - you'll either get it or you won't - you can't really revise for these things.
shabbird

nightmare those tests.. used to really struggle with diagramatic … nightmare those tests.. used to really struggle with diagramatic reasoning where you are supposed to rotate an image in your head etc.. was crazy. Never got a job when I did this tests but thankfullyyou can always impress them in the actual interview. good luck.



You're right, but it's a shame a lot of firms shortlist for interviews based on these test results now...
Edited by: "Mermoo" 19th Jan 2016
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I think in my heart from the practise runs I've done (and without sounding negative), I can't see me passing these tests, I'm just hopeful they don't shortlist exclusively from the test as if I could have a face to face interview I'd have an opportunity to impress.
Mermoo

You're right, but it's a shame a lot of firms shortlist for interviews … You're right, but it's a shame a lot of firms shortlist for interviews based on these test results now...



that's why they use such tests - you cannot learn how to do the test and you cannot cheat - best way to weed out the chaff !

as you say you either have it or you don`t and that is part of what employers look for - those who have certain skill sets

if they were easy or could be faked there would be no purpose

EliTom
Mermoo

You're right, but it's a shame a lot of firms shortlist for interviews … You're right, but it's a shame a lot of firms shortlist for interviews based on these test results now...


true. I used to apply for graduate entry level positions and so this was an easy way to
to short list. But a nightmare for me. practised so much and still it didn't help.

Was ok with numerical and verbal reasoning but the other one.. ouch.
Practice, take some time and read through the questions, don't rush answers to them.
I'm in the same situation as you and they get easier with time.
nick1981

I think in my heart from the practise runs I've done (and without … I think in my heart from the practise runs I've done (and without sounding negative), I can't see me passing these tests, I'm just hopeful they don't shortlist exclusively from the test as if I could have a face to face interview I'd have an opportunity to impress.



In that case, why don't you just go for the real test and hope for the best. If you don't get it, it wasn't meant to be...
Original Poster
I think that's how I'm going to go Mermoo.

It's the first job I've applied for in 17 years that's required such test - I doubt I will apply for anymore!!!!
I'm also wondering how many decent candidates will be cut from the shortlist process that also struggle with theses tests.
I've probably done these tests about 20 times now (almost every construction company uses these to sift through the hundreds of applicants) and honestly all I can say is practice makes perfect, you can find tons of examples online and I'd do a few of those and then take the test in a quiet environment and ensure you're energised because they can be long. Good luck though!
My industry has used these for years and I have actually done the SHL one. Practice is the name of the game, it trains your mind to recognise the they type of question. Good luck.
nick1981

I think that's how I'm going to go Mermoo.It's the first job I've applied … I think that's how I'm going to go Mermoo.It's the first job I've applied for in 17 years that's required such test - I doubt I will apply for anymore!!!! I'm also wondering how many decent candidates will be cut from the shortlist process that also struggle with theses tests.



cebglobal.com/shl…ts/ Just practice loads, it will get your head into the frame of mind to process information quickly and accurately. Problem with most things is that you specialise after a while to make thought processes faster which kind of blind sides you to new things. Main problem I found with these questions is that I skim read and misunderstood the context on some of them. Which is very true in real life as I'm extremely lazy and have the attention span of 10 seconds
Agree with people that are saying to practice.

I really struggled with these when I first started applying for grad positions. Practice trains you to recognize the patterns which translates into being better on tests you've never seen before.

It's just getting familiar with the process and becoming comfortable because to be honest these tests are quite abstract and not something people generally come across day to day.

Good luck!
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