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Many recruiters today are more commonly using tests as part of their graduate selection procedures. These tests are designed to measure and assess many different criteria. They come in many forms and are dependent on the type of skills a certain position demands.
The most commonly used tests are:
These assess your overall or 'general' intelligence, or particular types of intelligence, such as your logical reasoning or thinking performance. Many tests are designed to measure a particular ability or disparate skill e.g. verbal, numerical, diagrammatic, spatial, abstract reasoning, data interpretation. Aptitude tests identify your potential to learn to do a new task rather than the abilities you already have - something that is important to many employers.
In practice, the tests used most by employers are verbal and numerical. They are administered under exam conditions and are strictly timed. A typical test might allow 30 minutes for 30 or more questions.
Aptitude tests are sometimes used prior to a first interview - at this stage there is often a "pass mark" or cut off score, which you have to achieve to continue your application. For example 'Data Connection', 'Cyberscience', companies where key skills are important.
To take free practice aptitude tests see: