IB Screening - Practice for SHL Numeracy Tests?

Does anyone know where to get good practice at the numerical reasoning tests like the ones on www.shl.com ? Many banks use these to screen potential candidates...

I have run a search on the WSO forums, but there was no info about any books or online sites where you can get a lot of practice for these SHL tests...

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Jun 26, 2009

shl practice: http://www.shldirect.com/practice_tests.html psl practice: http://www.psl.co.uk/practice/

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paper practice test
http://www.assessmentday.co.uk/aptitudetests_numer...
You won't find anything on WSO because these tests are only used as part of screening in Europe, and not in NA.

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Apr 18, 2014

very helpful , if you have anymore, please tell me~

Jun 26, 2009

No, if you apply to American offices of European banks, you still have to take those.

Jun 26, 2009

sometimes, not always

Jun 27, 2009
timergooff:

No, if you apply to American offices of European banks, you still have to take those.

Ok

And also, I wasn't just talking about European Banks. American Banks in London also have numerical and verbal tests as part of the screening stage.

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Jun 27, 2009

do the results of these tests acutally matter? Or do they just want to make sure you can actually add?

Jun 27, 2009

You need to score over a certain level before they interview you so yes the tests matter and they want to make sure you can do more than just add.

Jun 27, 2009

any idea on the level? how do u no if u passed?

Jun 28, 2009
pedaltodaflo:

any idea on the level? how do u no if u passed?

They usually never tell you if you passed or failed. Your test scores are just taken into account as part of the screening process i.e. before a first round, you'd submit your CV, cover letter, answer some competency questions and take the tests . You then either get the interview offer or not, without knowing your test results.

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Jun 28, 2009

I hear some banks set the standard really high that you have to get 19 out of 20 right.

Jun 28, 2009

While back when I was interviewing, took one at site at Macquerie ER. Nothing special. Make sure you had a well rested night day prior. Its all very basic.

Your resume and interview is more important imo

Jun 16, 2010

I agree, being well rested is much more important than practising a lot.. I just made the mistake to take the paper test with 3 hours of sleep. The tests are easy if you have done one before.

Jun 17, 2010

I know from a US BB in Europe that their cut is 11 out of 20 for the paper based test. The average score for IBD SAs is around 13-14, so you see it's more of a tool to sort out the total failures. It seemed a bit more difficult than the online practice test though. Just try to stay concentrated and you will be fine.

Jun 17, 2010

On efinancialcareers.co.uk there used to be a few practice tests

Jun 17, 2010

The cut is around 75% of good answers for the online test

Apr 15, 2011

There are some really good resources listed here, apart from the official sites of the companies like SHL, Assessment Day is pretty useful and not too expensive.

I also stumbled across http://www.practiceshltests.com the other day, they have a free sample of verbal questions and seem to be profiling different companies and how they use tests which could be useful for some people so thought I'd throw it out there.

Of course, being good at tests is one thing, getting a job when we all finish studying is something else entirely!

Apr 14, 2015

http://www.graduatesfirst.com has some free contend

Apr 14, 2015

Welcome to online tests world. For me, personally, they are useless, quite hard sometimes and prove nothing. You may have a brilliant resume but if you are not good enough in some bullshit logical reasoning you won't even pass to the second stage.

If it comes to prepare - just do free online samples. A lot of them. The more you do, the better you are, but as I said, some of them are so stupid you may fail anyway.

Good luck, I am applying to London IBD as well.

Apr 14, 2015

I don't prepare for them as such, I just do them where possible in order of my lowest preference bank to highest. If you have a native English speaker and can do basics maths while having to sift through a lot of data these shouldn't be an issue. I'm not sure if I would contact HR. Whenever I have heard HR speak about the tests, they have described them as a screen to remove a certain amount of candidates, making the number of applications much more manageable. Not sure what view they would take of you failing one.

Was it for Lazard you failed the test? I think (but I'm not 100%) their standards are higher on the SHL tests than most other firms.

Apr 14, 2015
IncapableChimp:

Not sure what view they would take of you failing one.

Fail = Not passing to the next round from what I know.

Apr 14, 2015

Oh ye of course. More so what view they'd take if a candidate contacted them asking for a retake. You'd need a very good reason OP. My friend failed a test for a BB and contacted HR with some lame excuse. They told him no.

Oct 30, 2016

,,,

Apr 14, 2015

I used the tests from here: https://www.assessmentday.co.uk/ Bought for 12 Pound 600 Numerical questions.
They help to get accustomed to the questions, however, real Kenexa tests are much more difficult (e.g. BoFa ML or DB this year).
In addition, follow the advice from IncapableChimp: Do the tests from lowest to hight priority bank.

PS: applying for London FT as well.

Good Luck!

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Apr 14, 2015
Pillllooooot:

I used the tests from here: https://www.assessmentday.co.uk/ Bought for 12 Pound 600 Numerical questions.
They help to get accustomed to the questions, however, real Kenexa tests are much more difficult (e.g. BofA ML or DB this year).
In addition, follow the advice from IncapableChimp: Do the tests from lowest to hight priority bank.

PS: applying for London FT as well.

Good Luck!

These are great value. Thank you very much. Good luck to you too!

Mar 19, 2017

Can also vouch for assessment day, it's well worth the investment.

Aug 28, 2017

Hi,

A lot of companies online have some free sample tests which are very similar to SHL - check out Graduates First for example.

Aug 28, 2017

ok, thank u

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Aug 28, 2017

Thank u, success!!!!

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Aug 28, 2017

Buy tests from Graduatemonekey, Assessmenday, JobTestPrep --> Expansive method, Time Consuming; probability to pass: High

Aug 28, 2017
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