Akuna Capital Math Test? (And Interview Process)

I've applied for a junior trader position with this firm, and so they've sent me an email with directions to take an online mental math test.

Does anybody know what the Akuna test is like, specifically? Can't seem to find too much information about it online. All I know is that there is a 22 minute time limit, and I've got 2 weeks to take it.

Thanks in advance.


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Comments (117)

Jan 30, 2015 - 12:30pm
belonik, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'have taken it. First park is simple mental math with no fractions. The second part is sequences of letter and numbers. I breezed through the math test and decided I didn't need to prepare for sequences. God I was wrong.

Jan 30, 2015 - 12:32pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks a lot. This is what I've heard as well, so I'm doing a lot of sequence prep right now on TraderTest. So you didn't find the mental math too terrible? It sounds so far like it's easier than the Optiver test, which I've taken (and didn't pass).

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Jan 31, 2015 - 2:05pm
belonik, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's unlimited number of questions under 5 or so minutes, if memory serves me right (exact time is mentioned in the email). Math part was easy. I have an Optiver test to do too. But I they did not mention the deadline for submission. I have an exam this week so I am wondering if they will wait one week. Their recruiters didn't reply to my email so far..

Mar 2, 2015 - 6:21pm
gpapacha, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi Belonik. Did you had the Optiver test ? If yes please let me know about how difficult it is and some questions that you remember

Feb 2, 2015 - 3:09pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Akuna test is 7 minutes of math, 15 of sequence per the email I received.

@belon Make sure you know how to deal with non-simplified and mixed fractions for the Optiver test.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."
Feb 4, 2015 - 1:45pm
Johnemoore, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The email which I received mentioned that the test was 22 minutes long. Anyone know what this test consists of?

Feb 4, 2015 - 3:23pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Johnemoore:

The email which I received mentioned that the test was 22 minutes long. Anyone know what this test consists of?

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Jan 6, 2017 - 10:32am
memento_mori, what's your opinion? Comment below:

7 Minutes of arithmetic, 15 of sequences ( mostly numerical but some alphabetical - no geometric pattern recognition like Tibra though)

Feb 7, 2015 - 6:59pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just took it, finally. Had to have the place empty and make sure I had enough prep.

Honestly, if you can do the "easy" level test fairly well on TraderTest and the Medium or Hard sequence test, you're set. It's literally almost exactly like that. There's occasionally harder problems, but you could ignore them and still do very well.

Math is almost all decimal, there's weird stuff like (48/75)/(12/75) but of course in that case you can just treat them as 48/12, which is 4 in this case. I got two of those. The rest were not bad...just make sure you can handle decimals.

The sequences were mostly the same as the TraderTest Hard level, as I said...but there were a couple that I had never seen before and were a struggle. I'd say, just do some searching on the internet and look for as many different kinds of sequences as you can.

Overall, not too bad...not sure how well I did, I answered 41 math questions I think, but probably missed one or two. Answered (I think) 20 sequences questions, probably missed a couple. Not sure if that's enough to pass, but we'll see.

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Feb 10, 2015 - 9:53pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

So, quick update, my scores were sufficient to move to the next level, and so next up is a personality assessment, also online. Should be interesting to see what that is. I'm guessing it's similar to most that you might take.

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Mar 8, 2015 - 6:22pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just to keep everyone updated on this thread, did not end up making the cut. Took the personality test, which I felt I did very well on, and there are actually some logic and sequencing questions at the end, which I nailed. I have a feeling I didn't get picked for the next round because of my school, major, or GPA..or some combo of those three.

The personality test is similar to one you might take for a Meyers-Briggs personality indicator...not really anything you can do to prep. It's not timed either. 185 questions in total if I remember. Doesn't really take you too long if you're not screwing around.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."
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Jan 6, 2017 - 10:34am
memento_mori, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I recommend taking a meyers briggs online and seeing what personality you are, then tweak your answers to get INTJ or a similar set-up. Once you've gotten in the mindset of that personality, go take the akuna test. Most of the questions are really similar to 16personalities.com's test

Mar 11, 2015 - 4:04pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah I saw that email too, definitely was a long list of ivy league students there. I'm sure that weighed into the decision heavily.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."
Apr 12, 2015 - 4:52pm
Tardis, what's your opinion? Comment below:
PeteMullersKeyboard:

Yeah I saw that email too, definitely was a long list of ivy league students there. I'm sure that weighed into the decision heavily.

I wonder if Optiver does the same thing. That kind of sucks though. I would of think that they would pick you for initial round based on your school and so forth and if you tie with someone their school or GPA is the tie-breaker.

Apr 13, 2015 - 12:43pm
PeterMullersKeyboard, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would have thought so as well, I mean I don't know what else it could've been, and I honestly figured I did pretty well in all the tests up to that point. I've tried speaking with someone in HR there, strangely they sent me an email just the other day (many weeks after initially rejecting me) letting me know they had hired who they were going to hire for the position and decided not to choose me...no kidding, I knew that already.

She said the typical things about self-study and how they "look for the trader mindset, which is something you can't put on a resume, they just have to see it in you"...not much help if you do self study but still didn't get an interview. I don't know. It's hard to say, I'm fairly certain it came down to the school/major/GPA thing. Can't be too mad about it, that's how the world works. It sucks, but there's not much you can do about it at this point in time.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."
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Apr 13, 2015 - 12:44pm
BlackScholes95, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Akuna Capital Trading Interview (Originally Posted: 01/29/2016)

Has anyone done a video interview or phone interview with a trader for positions at Akuna capital? Would appreciate it if someone can shed some light on the process that comes after the math and personality tests

Apr 13, 2015 - 12:45pm
Mo-Aboulmagd, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I am on the same part as you. I will be doing the webcam interview today, hopefully I pass that part, as I want to see what kind of technical, and behavioral questions are asked on the phone interview and the final interviews, if I even manage to make it there. Probably won't since I am not from a target school.

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:09pm
risenshine, what's your opinion? Comment below:

To bring this topic up to date, I think there is a fair possibility that the math test has changed a bit. I had to do a lot of dividing four digit numbers with two digits, e.g. 3264/48. Sequence test was pretty much the same as elite trader hard test as mentioned by others.

Does anyone have a clue what will be asked in the webcam/phone interviews? Mostly fit or heavy on brain teasers and technicals?

Oct 12, 2016 - 9:49am
Fuwuyuan, what's your opinion? Comment below:

from my vague memory...probably something like the following:

  1. what does it take to be a good trader?
  2. (cant remember..something related to how you perform under pressure perhaps?)
  3. list of math problems to solve (more complicated math...maybe like 1/2 * 5/2 + 7/3)
  4. easier math problems (on the screen, you just read out your answer basically)
  5. 1 probability question (maybe like whats a better bet, heads $5, tails -2$, or rolling a die and you get x.5 the value of the die. Now what would you need the pay out of them to be if they were to be equal in expected value)
Oct 14, 2016 - 1:06pm
padlocks, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Webcam: Mental math - 2 digit multiplication, etc. Behavioral - I think it was talk about some extracurricular or something. One easy expected value coin problem.

Next round phone interview: Mental math Combinatorics question Expected value question Square root of a large number Options basics

Jan 6, 2017 - 10:36am
memento_mori, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I know Akuna is mostly in the options market-making business, but given that this is for an entry-level position/internship, how much do they expect you to know about option-pricing theory?

Oct 17, 2016 - 10:53pm
watersign, what's your opinion? Comment below:

y'all are lucky you have the skills/smarts to pass these tests

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Oct 18, 2016 - 3:20pm
TheKidd4Ever, what's your opinion? Comment below:

my scores for 1st interview for those who wants a benchmark. got 80 math questions. didnt' skip any. (7 mins) sequence: i thought it was to see who gets the most, skipped a lot, basically only did the ones where i can find a pattern in the difference between x and x+1. apparently there is a 30 question limit, i reached that with 5 mins to spare. probably got sub 10 correct. won't be surprised if it's closer to 5.

Didn't think i made it past that , but doing video interview today!

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Nov 3, 2016 - 1:34am
000000, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Does anyone know what personality types they're looking for in the personality test? I want to be honest, but these tests can be so subjective and you don't really know what they're looking for.

Nov 5, 2016 - 12:07am
lowfrequency, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For personality, I would typically say that traders need to be 'TJ's, and most typically INTJ.

This is actually my first post, but check out a site called '16personalities' (google it) - it's a useful and very accurate test that'll give you some pretty precise recommendations about your strengths and weaknesses.

Prop-Trading recruitment can be a disappointing to a lot of high achieving students as a lot of the time the decision between a hire or not is personality - and personality isn't something you can really fake out. If you're disappointed that you don't fit a certain personality type and don't make it into any good firms I would be of the view that further down the track when you're in some other career you might actually be greatful for not getting into certain gigs.

I would say mental sharpness is something that you can definitely prepare for, but prep will be much easier if you've done things before that are conducive to it, i.e. speed chess, poker, complex video games, competitive sport etc. Though tradertest is good, if you have a lot of time try and play 'Zetamac' a few times every day. I would say an appropriate score is somewhere between the 40-50 range, anything above that is a bonus and likely won't yield you much marginal benefit in day to day trading.

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Nov 5, 2016 - 5:45am
t4s, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the zetamac link. I did a test at Optiver once and it was slightly more difficult than this one though. Scored a 22 on my first try, so still a lot to practice :-)

Nov 11, 2016 - 8:30pm
lowfrequency, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah I did Optiver and did very well on it, but I think zetamac builds on the same higher level fundamentals - which are ultimately what are required on the job.

Dec 26, 2016 - 10:27pm
Ashish-Jamuda, what's your opinion? Comment below:

just took a math/sequence test from Akuna today. it was 7 mins for math and 15 mins for sequence tests allotted. was reading the above comments. was surprised to see some people solve 40 to 80 math questions in 7 minutes. super awesome!! that is like solving 5 to 11 in a minute. Terrific. as per my potential my plan was to solve 3 questions in a minute if easy and 2 questions if they are hard. i managed between 20 to 30 questions in 7 minutes, dedicating 2-3 questions to solve in a minute. My bad. i got to improve. Regarding sequence I managed 10 problems in 15 minutes. I won't make it through probably. Too Slow :-(

Jan 6, 2017 - 10:38am
memento_mori, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I only got through about 30 of the arithmetic questions (and 30 of the sequences) so assumed I did not pass, yet I was still moved on to the personality questionnaire, and then the hirevue interview, which will be available next week. Not sure how they calculate the math scores in terms of moving people onwards - there might be a higher weight on sequences since trading is a lot of pattern recognition.

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:14pm
sion0331, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Did you take the hirevue interview? I heard it is only 5-10 minutes. What questions were asked? just Behavioral?

Feb 17, 2017 - 9:27pm
guggroth93, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I interviewed there a year or so back for a trading job. I got dinged after phone interview. I did not finish a few of the questions on Hireview and still moved on. If you pass the phone interview they will fly you out to Chicago on the weekend and give you an answer while you are still there.

Apr 3, 2017 - 9:48pm
wolframhead, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I haven't made it to the final round yet, but I do have a phone interview scheduled. If anyone else has already taken the phone interview and wants to talk about that a little, it would be super helpful to me. Currently I am focusing on studying probability games, option theory and Fermi problems, though I'm not at all sure that these are the best things to focus on.

Apr 3, 2017 - 10:19pm
StockIQ, what's your opinion? Comment below:

lol you're not expected to know anything about option theory for any stage of their process. so don't waste your time on that.

source: went through entire interview process

Jan 13, 2018 - 7:42pm
john343, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hello, does anyone know if the math test (First round ) is on webcam or not ? or its just a online test without control ? thanks inadvance

Jan 14, 2018 - 7:59am
john343, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks ! i dt understand what is the goal of the mental calculation if they cant check if you are using pen and papers ? thats weird ...

Jul 19, 2018 - 12:38am
Mr. E, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just putting in my 2c for the akuna math section. I'm fairly good at mental math, sequences not so much. I used zetamac on the default settings for the 5min and 10 min intervals, taking each 3 times. On the 5 minute I got 38, 48, and 44. On the 10 min I got 89, 108, and 97.

I don't think that in any way prepped me for the Akuna math test. First, the intervals for the akuna math test are more triple x double digit calculations. Secondly, the test comprises of fractions and decimals which definitely hamper your time. I've never used TraderTest, but it's long-gone and the site is disabled so we need something better than zetamac to help with prepping for these trading tests.

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:54pm
StockIQ, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Gonna have to break it to you, but I highly doubt you are good at mental math if you are only scoring ~45 for 5 minutes and ~100 on the 10 minute test. Next time try to aim for 50-60+ in the 2 minute section.

Dec 4, 2018 - 10:54pm
Tianyi-Li, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just did my first Zeta test and got 40 in the 2 minute section on default. I totally agree with u now.

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:59pm
lfi7mdwbt2, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Where can I find good sequence questions?

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:09pm
Jabo123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Does anyone have a good idea what results Akuna is looking for with the math test? For those that passed, what was your score? For those that didn't pass, what was your score?

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:13am
Zen.Monkeys, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bump - I'd like to know what a good score for something like this is also.

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:56am
Woandering, what's your opinion? Comment below:

@Jabo123 They won't but will figure it out after technical interviews, so you might as well not waste your and their time.

I took the test, thought I failed, because I did not prepare for 3x3 digits, but still passed. I still think zetamac was fairly helpful - not all firms have as difficult a mental math as Akuna.

Sep 1, 2018 - 3:05pm
Zen.Monkeys, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How many sequences did you complete? Or do you know what the general requirement is to pass the first round for sequences?

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:15pm
lookingforjob123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Does anyone know if you automatically move on to the personality test after the math test or if they cut people after the math test? Cause online it says the first round is assessments (as in both math and personality) and then the Hirevue interview.

I moved on to the personality test, but I'm just wondering if my math score is something I'd still have to worry about or whether I passed and that's why I moved on?

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:42pm
TonyStark234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What school does everyone go to who got the internship?

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Mar 31, 2019 - 10:56am
toribashcash, what's your opinion? Comment below:

http://arithmetic.lemo.education/ this site will do the trick in mental math. If you are good there, the actual interview is trivial. I wouldn't take hard to seriously tho, it is actually mental.

Jul 3, 2019 - 8:35am
TL0228, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Took the test recently; probably around 50-60 on mental math and about 19-22 on the sequences test. The sequences test is not easy, will update you guys

Jul 3, 2019 - 8:38am
TL0228, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Zetamac helps, aim for 50+, although the higher it is, 60, 70, 90... the better

Sep 6, 2019 - 6:00am
testemailr123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Does the phone interview round for akuna have mental math on it or is it just probability. i.e. will I be asked to do "65 x 47" but in words instead of reading it on the screen?

Oct 22, 2019 - 4:02pm
traderbuddy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Never got a personality test. I ended up going through the mental math test, coding test, and phone technical interview.

Oct 23, 2019 - 6:40pm
dontbugme, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Did you have the final round yet? I have the final round coming up soon and would appreciate some advice, thanks!

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Nov 19, 2019 - 8:40pm
holmesb73, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I got an interview like 2 days later, took personality saturday got webcam invite monday. Prepping for it now, worried about mental math mostly.. I found the sequences to be pretty easy in the opening one, but the mental math was tough, especially when there are negative numbers, decimals, and division. anyone know any tricks for division, like 684 / 9 or something? how to do this fast?

Nov 4, 2019 - 9:44am
Mschrodinger124, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'll be taking the online assessment next week. Can anyone list the types of questions on this year's version of the online assessment?

Thanks!

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:52pm
three_factor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Any sophomores on this thread? I got an "offer" from them after completing the entire interview process but they said that this year they're not taking sophomores for the full 10 week internship and instead it's just an one week program at the end of summer.

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:45pm
Felix-Fang, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hi three_factor, congratulations on the achievement. I'm also a sophomore but applied recently. Did you go onsite for the final round? Thanks a lot.

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:01pm
three_factor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nope, for the final round it was actually a video interview. The interview was two rounds and a mix of technical/behavioral stuff (the above posts about the final round were pretty accurate)

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:10pm
Akhil-Bhamidipati, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm also a sophomore and I have a final round web interview scheduled as well. So you went through all 5 rounds of the interview process and they told you they are not hiring any sophomores as junior traders interns this year?

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:16pm
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