UBS Online Assessments

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Does anyone know what is UBS online test like? I need to take numerical reasoning and logical reasoning ones.
Are they difficult and where can I practice some?
Thanks guys

Online UBS SHL Test

As more and more employers are utilizing online assessments, UBS has adapted its own pre-interview test for applicants to complete.

UBS describes the two part online assessment stage of the interview process. These tests are only used in certain geographies.

We use two types of online assessment tests. The UBS Cultural Appraiser gives realistic, hypothetical work scenarios to assess how well you align to our culture and values. Our numerical reasoning test asks you to solve mathematical problems in business scenarios.

Our users noted that the exams are not too difficult.

Recap:

The tests aren't so much about your knowledge, but more about how well you can extract information. They test how quickly you can manipulate numbers and find the correct answer. A good place to study is: www.shl.com

Users shared that the test are similar to the numeric and verbal reason SHL exams. Details about those exams are provided below.

SHL Quantitative Exam

Our users explained their experiences with the exam below:

boredom:

The basic quantitative skills exam focused on percentages, ratios, graphs, and the occasional exchange rate question.

jgsim:

The math part involves very basic math and drawing conclusions from graphs. Some of the questions involved converting one currency to another (picking the proper exchange rate to use off of some sort of chart). It reminded me of the easier SAT math type questions.

Sample Question

Source: https://www.cebglobal.com/shldirect/en/assessment-...

Correct Answers: B, B

SHL Verbal Exam

User @jgsim again explained:

jgsim:

The verbal section is a bit more difficult, but still quite easy. You read a short paragraph and then are asked a question about what was stated or implied in the paragraph. Most of the questions were very straightforward and basically, they just asked if a statement was true or not based on the reading. The statement was like a rewording of one sentence in the paragraph or something completely out of the blue (so, obviously a not true answer).

Sample Question

Source:https://www.cebglobal.com/shldirect/en/assessment-...

Correct Answers: True, False, Cannot Say, True

To practice more - users advise running through the practice exams on the CEB website.

Read more about the UBS interview process here.

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Comments (58)

Nov 20, 2010

The tests aren't so much about your knowledge, but more about how well you can extract information. They test how quickly you can manipulate numbers and find the correct answer. A good place to study is: www.shl.com

Nov 20, 2010

the ubs tests aren't the most difficult among all the banks btw. they have 2 tests, the math one, and the patterns one

Nov 20, 2010

which are the most difficult then? i thought they were all the same?

does Goldman Sachs use online tests? I haven't been called up for one yet.

Nov 20, 2010

Citi have notoriously hard ones. UBS pretty easy shl practice ones are harder then the online and in person ones.

Nov 20, 2010

Goldman does tests at the first round, so written and no calculator.

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Nov 20, 2010

Thanks guys.
What is logical reasoning ability? Is that the same as diagrammatic reasoning?
Where can I get examples of these? SHL website only has few examples and they seem pretty easy.
Thanks

Nov 20, 2010
Lilo:

Thanks guys.
What is logical reasoning ability? Is that the same as diagrammatic reasoning?
Where can I get examples of these? SHL website only has few examples and they seem pretty easy.
Thanks

This is a good source:
http://www.assessmentday.co.uk There are some free tests, but if you want more you have to pay (not expensive).
Good luck.

Snootchie Bootchies

Nov 20, 2010

i don't know of where you can get any other examples other than the shl ones. but in my honest opinion for the diagrammatic ones either you got it or you dont. heh. btw you should change the title. online text looks really funny.

Nov 20, 2010

what the hell are these tests to get into banking, i thought that was only for mckinsey. i interviewed with just about every bb and went to a number of superdays and never once took a test.. are you guys from like state school?

Nov 20, 2010
nycIBD:

what the hell are these tests to get into banking, i thought that was only for mckinsey. i interviewed with just about every bb and went to a number of superdays and never once took a test.. are you guys from like state school?

yea state school scrum! douche.

no, these are much more common in the UK, every app has a numerical at some point over here.

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Nov 20, 2010

Some of the sample ones at SHL web site seem fairly simple. On the other hand, some others I came across at other sites seem too complex. I have a week to take my online test. I really don't know if I should be bothered and practice and waste time on it, or if I should just make an attempt at it and whatever happens.

Nov 20, 2010

chinese at my school has taken screenshots of the tests...

Nov 20, 2010
user_:

chinese at my school has taken screenshots of the tests...

they test you again at the interview.

Nov 20, 2010

Each candidate gets a different test. The questions are taken from a pool. Just because one student gets a question, doesn't mean someone else will get the same one.

Nov 20, 2010

Are the actual questions more difficult or easier then sample ones at SHL web site? Some seem pretty straight forward. Do they allow calculators at interviews?
Thanks

Nov 20, 2010
Lilo:

Are the actual questions more difficult or easier then sample ones at SHL web site? Some seem pretty straight forward. Do they allow calculators at interviews?
Thanks

calculators yes. you bring your own so you could bring a business calc for quicker percentages calculations.

actual questions easier.

Nov 20, 2010

Mostly for UK/Europe. They are CATs I believe so the questions increase/decrease in difficulty to adapt to your right/wrong answers.

Nov 20, 2010

I haven't really heard of people getting these tests in the states. What banks do administer them in the US?

Nov 20, 2010

No sure about UBS per se, but just did CS's. Seems like most banks will give you some practice before the test, but of not it should be a general reasoning one, think like a faster version of SATs.

Seems common for Asia/Europe.

Nov 20, 2010

Are these tests online and can you do them from your home? Or do you have to take them in the actual bb bank?

Nov 21, 2010
ametista:

Are these tests online and can you do them from your home? Or do you have to take them in the actual bb bank?

both.

it works two ways; you either do them as a part of your initial online app, if you pass them (or are in a certain percentile) your app will get looked at or they look at your app, like you and give you the test to do then take it from there.

once done at home if you're invited for an interview they give you another test to do to corroborated your online scores.

Nov 21, 2010

Anyone care to post the questions or screenshots?

Nov 21, 2010
cybernick:

Anyone care to post the questions or screenshots?

Seriously guy chill out on these tests!

These tests are easy. If you don't find them easy you should really question your choice of career! There are lots of practice and example tests online, Google it you lazy children.

Nov 21, 2010

Don't Google too much, however, since some of the preparatory sample tests you find on the internet are much more difficult then the real ones, so I've heard. What I don't understand is that the first test is online, one does it from home, and of course it is easy to cheat since everyone can bring someone who knows this stuff well to do it for them. And then, you do it at your interview again. Why not just do it once at the interview?!?!?!

Nov 21, 2010
Lilo:

Don't Google too much, however, since some of the preparatory sample tests you find on the internet are much more difficult then the real ones, so I've heard. What I don't understand is that the first test is online, one does it from home, and of course it is easy to cheat since everyone can bring someone who knows this stuff well to do it for them. And then, you do it at your interview again. Why not just do it once at the interview?!?!?!

Jeezus. OK it's a screening process, if HR can devise a way to be given a reason why not to waste their time getting you in for an interview (within reason) they'll do it. If you have bad grades, you're out, if your answers to the questions they ask are bad, you're out, if you can't find percentage change, you're out.

Not everyone is going to be dishonest and cheat so those who don't cheat and fail aren't bought in for interview and by doing so you don't waste HR's time or the applicant's time.

Either way, suck it up, do the test, they're easy. You'll have to jump through hoops for the rest of your life, may as well start now.

Nov 21, 2010
Oreos:
Lilo:

Don't Google too much, however, since some of the preparatory sample tests you find on the internet are much more difficult then the real ones, so I've heard. What I don't understand is that the first test is online, one does it from home, and of course it is easy to cheat since everyone can bring someone who knows this stuff well to do it for them. And then, you do it at your interview again. Why not just do it once at the interview?!?!?!

Jeezus. OK it's a screening process, if HR can devise a way to be given a reason why not to waste their time getting you in for an interview (within reason) they'll do it. If you have bad grades, you're out, if your answers to the questions they ask are bad, you're out, if you can't find percentage change, you're out.

Not everyone is going to be dishonest and cheat so those who don't cheat and fail aren't bought in for interview and by doing so you don't waste HR's time or the applicant's time.

Either way, suck it up, do the test, they're easy. You'll have to jump through hoops for the rest of your life, may as well start now.

Sure, but you need to calm down.

Nov 22, 2010

Check out our online assessment preparation platform:

http://www.aptigenius.com
We have a huge pool of numerical reasoning questions

Nov 22, 2010

I had to take this assessment for the HK office application. The numerical reasoning test is one that everyone should be able to do well on. As for the logical reasoning test, I guess the guy above who said you either get it or you don't is right, but I found the logical reasoning test to be pretty easy. It helps to focus on one aspect of the pattern (dots, shapes, colors, etc.) and see where it goes in the next iteration.

Dec 5, 2010

SA's at my bank were given these tests during the last week of internships, when they were figuring out offers. this is BB in nyc. for some reason they didn't administer the tests during interviews. but this was a new thing...they've never tested before....so maybe these tests will start to show up during the interview process. just another stressful thing to worry about for applicants in this already challenging recruiting environment.

Dec 6, 2010

the test is easy math. SAT standard.

Dec 7, 2010

www.shl.com

This is the provider UBS uses.

Dec 7, 2010

I don't know wabout UBS, but I did tests for DB and I don't think it was SHL (I forgot the other format that is used). But an example of a question I had was:

ABC Company posts revenues for each department for the year ending in 2008. It would have a pie chart with 5 departments showing in millions, how much each department made. Then it showed the revenues for each department ending in 2009 as a percent of $5M.

This is followed by 2 questions (which worked out great because it's easy to figure them out and the test had 20 questions...the others were more difficult). I think one question was what department had the best YoY gain and which had the least YoY gain. You find this by each percent by the 5M to get the numbers and just compare.

While this sounds easy (and is), for the 20 questions, you have 20 minutes to complete it. So you figure 1 minute a question which includes reading the questions (some ?'s were pretty long) then you realize how some people may find it a little difficult.

Dec 7, 2010

just call them and explain you took the test
might be just an error (did you saved the test?)

Dec 7, 2010

i know Europe and Asia have these sorts of test. Generally what is the level of difficulty.

Dec 7, 2010

I haven't got a reply since....

Dec 7, 2010

is this UK or US?

Dec 7, 2010

i did the uk one two years ago and thought it was fine. it's just a matter of getting used to the style of questions.

Dec 7, 2010

do you have the link? i would like to try my brains.

Dec 7, 2010

do you have the link? i would like to try my brain.

Dec 7, 2010

SA or FT

Dec 7, 2010

SA

Dec 7, 2010

Im assuming its the same tests as for EMEA. Two tests, one will be basic numerical (SHL), the other will be a logic test identifying patterns with shapes. Both are pretty basic, jsut make sure to get some practice for the numerical as there have been cases of strong candidates failing due to overconfidence.

Dec 7, 2010

mm2, could you share a little more detail about the numerical test?

What type of numericals should I prepare for?

Dec 7, 2010

The SHL test are very easy basically UBS is making sure you can count to 10!

Dec 7, 2010

Do the SHL practice tests and you should be more than fine..

Dec 7, 2010

just number games

I took a lot of those for all the HK banks.

Just long as you are comfortable with numbers and ratios(i.e. what's the profit if blah goes down by blah)

do the practice test and you will understand more

Dec 7, 2010

I'd be curious as well. SHL was strange -- reminded me of IQ tests from the third grade.

Also does anyone know how exactly these tests are used to screen candidates? Do you need a certain score to even get a first round interview?

Dec 7, 2010

i believe there's a benchmark, but of course they're not going to tell you what that is

Dec 7, 2010

I don't know. Just seems strange to me they'd value the outcome of a 25 minute test that evaluates your prowess at rotating abstract shapes when they have years of educational and employment experience from which to form an impression of a candidate. I'd be surprised if these types of assessments were used for hiring at more senior levels.

Then again, when you're going through thousands of resumes, every way to narrow the pool must help.

Dec 7, 2010
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