SHL / CEB Psychometric Tests

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SHL Psychometric/Online Reasoning Tests – an overview

SHL Psychometric/Online Reasoning Tests – an overview

SHL is part of the CEB/Gartner organisation who usually score candidates into three fundamental tests:

1) SHL Numerical Reasoning Test

2) SHL Verbal Reasoning Test

3) SHL Logical / Inductive Reasoning Test

The SHL psychometric tests are to be passed online and are by far, the most popular test provider in the industry. Albeit key competitors such as CAPP Assessments, Cubiks and Talent Q are gaining a sizeable proportion of the market. However, as SHL psychometric tests are the most popular test type – making it harder for candidates to meet the minimum pass mark. The reasoning behind this stems from the manner in which a candidate is scored. For instance, SHL psychometric tests are based on percentiles as opposed to percentages thus, your score is benchmarked with a representative sample group – making the pass percentile higher due to larger volume of candidates taking the test.

If you have been requested to pass the SHL psychometric tests, this may be in the initial stages of the job application, as the purpose of the SHL psychometric tests is to exclusively progress candidates that score higher than the pass requirement. If a candidate does not achieve the minimum pass requirement, it is extremely unlikely their application will be progressed further – regardless of excellent academics, experience, answer to motivation/competency questions etc.

So, how can the PassPsychometric team help? PassPsychometric Experts can help you pass any of your SHL psychometric tests – including the Numerical, Verbal, Logical reasoning tests and Personality/Work-style test? To find out more of how the PassPsychometric team can help you pass your SHL psychometric tests with a guarantee in under 24 hours, please click HERE.

A background into SHL/CEB

SHL is a worldwide-recognised test provider to assist employers in filtering the sheer volume of applications to a manageable size that HR can deal with.

Currently, the SHL/CEB tests are heavily evolved around numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and logical reasoning abilities – with a greater level of emphasis placed on the SHL numerical reasoning test. The formats of the SHL psychometric tests are split into two key areas:

1) Objective Ability. The SHL objective ability tests are those psychometric tests that contain a specific ‘right and wrong’ answer. For instance, the SHL numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning tests would only have ONE correct answer, which the user must answer correctly to score the marks.

2) Subjective Ability. The SHL subjective ability tests are those psychometric tests that do not necessarily contain a ‘right and wrong’ answer. To elaborate further, the SHL work-style questionnaire tests and SHL’s personality test or the SHL Situational Judgment Test (SJT), would be classed as subjective. These tests do not typically have a ‘correct’ answer – it focuses more so on the behaviour and traits that are being reflected by the user. That said, there would be a correct answer that the employer/test provider is looking for in their candidate. Accordingly, PassPsycometric Experts can assist you in passing the subjective tests like SHL SJT’s, or the SHL Personality Tests and help you pass the tests, by aligning the key traits the employer/role seeks in the desired candidate.

Permitted Time Limits and Questions Format

SHL Verbal Reasoning Tests

Candidates who are requested to sit the SHL verbal reasoning test, will be given a total of 30 questions and a time limit of 19 minutes is provided. This equates to solving almost 1⅗ question every minute – alternatively, you have 38 seconds to solve one question. Therefore, a very limited amount of time is given and it can be challenging to complete all 30 questions with accuracy in the given time allocated. The PassPsychometric team can answer all 30 verbal reasoning questions with 100% accuracy, albeit we do not typically acquire a perfect score to ensure a realistic reflection is portrayed. To find out more about us passing the SHL verbal reasoning tests for you, please click HERE.

SHL Numerical Reasoning Tests

Candidates are summoned with either 12 or 18 questions for the SHL numerical reasoning test and a time limit of 17 and 25 minutes respectivey. This equates to solving approximately 1⅖ of a question every minute for the SHL numerical reasoning test – alternatively, you have 42 seconds to solve each numerical reasoning question. SHL, like other test providers, usually places a greater deal of importance on the score of numerical test responses, thus it is essential to score as highly on possible for the SHL numerical reasoning tests. In addition, SHL does not permit one to go back to submitted answers, making it vital to answer it correctly and with confidence. As SHL numerical reasoning test questions typically involve greater volume of calculations than other test providers such as cut-e and Kenexa, working with speed in the most efficient manner, is what the best of candidates will implement. The PassPsychometric team can answer all the questions involved in your numerical reasoning questions and receive full marks if desired. To find out more about us passing the SHL numerical reasoning tests for you, please click HERE.

SHL Logical / Inductive Reasoning Tests

The SHL inductive (logical) reasoning test comprises of 24 questions to be answered in 25 minutes. Therefore, a candidate has to solve, on average, almost 1 question every minute – in particular, you have 58 seconds to solve a given SHL logical reasoning question. Hence, the SHL inductive (logical) reasoning tests provide an additional amount of time in contrast to the SHL verbal reasoning test or the numerical reasoning test, which reflects the increased difficulty per question. Despite the increase difficulty, the PassPsychometric team can answer all 24 inductive (logical) reasoning questions with immaculate accuracy. However, similar to the SHL verbal reasoning tests, we advise obtaining a few question incorrect to ensure the test score does not appear to be an outlier. To find out more about us passing the SHL inductive (logical) reasoning tests for you, please click HERE.


The SHL numerical reasoning tests will only offer a time limit of approximately 42 seconds to solve each given question. Consequently, there is the need to comprehend the data presented (which will depicted in graphs and/or tables format) and execute the required calculations. This must be done in order to select the one correct answer from 5 different possible answers (one option can also be ‘cannot say’ if the data provided are inadequate to answer the question). Due to the nature and difficulty of SHL numerical reasoning tests, it may not be possible to understand all the information that is given within the time limit to calculate the answer. At PassPsychometric, our numerical reasoning Experts can pass your SHL numerical reasoning tests within 24 hours.

The SHL verbal reasoning tests will always have one correct answer to be decided from the text portrayed in a given passage. The answer will take the form of: ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Cannot Say’. We acknowledge those who do not have English as their first language (or cannot answer with speed and accuracy) may be in a unfair position to others. Subsequently, PassPsychometric numerical reasoning Experts can pass your SHL verbal reasoning tests within 24 hours.

The SHL inductive (logical) reasoning test require one to answer almost 1 question per minute – placing a great deal of emphasis on accuracy, as the SHL inductive (logical) reasoning test provides the most amount of time per question in contrast to the numerical/verbal reasoning test. The inductive (logical) reasoning test will always have one correct answer that takes the form of the next pattern in the sequence, to be deciphered from a rule/configuration from the existing shapes given. The PassPsychometric team can pass your SHL inductive (logical) reasoning tests  and answer all questions involved in your SHL inductive (logical) reasoning test, with a score in the 99th percentile and pass it within 24 hours.

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