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Why does KPMG use aptitude tests as a selection method?

An aptitude test measures the ability to acquire further knowledge or skills in a specific area. KPMG asks you to sit this test to ensure that all candidates are treated EQUALLY. It will give us a fair and objective assessment of a candidate in numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning. The test has proved extremely reliable and valid. It assesses abilities relevant for the post for which you have applied; research shows those who did well in the tests were high performers in their future work. We also find that we gain information from these tests which cannot accurately be gained from other parts of the selection procedures, such as the interview.

What is the aptitude test about?

The test consists of three parts: verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and inductive reasoning.

What are the numerical, verbal reasoning and inductive tests assessing?

The numerical reasoning tests are designed to measure your ability to make correct decisions or inferences from numerical or statistical data. The tests are intended to measure a candidate's ability to cope with figures in a practical and realistic context.
The verbal reasoning tests are designed not only to measure the application of English ability in a realistic context, but also to measure the ability to evaluate the logic of various kinds of arguments.  

The inductive reasoning tests are designed to measure your problem solving and decision making skills. You will be presented with figures containing shapes, lines and patterns, to identify the next step in a series of figures. 

What methods does KPMG use to score candidates? Do you count the rate of right and wrong answers? Will marks be deducted for wrong answers?

Unfortunately our scoring methodology is confidential. Try not to worry about this when taking the test – just relax and do your best.

When will the aptitude test be arranged?

The aptitude tests will be in online assessment format. Detailed test arrangements will be sent to you by email or by telephone.

Will I be notified if I am not successful in my application?

Please note that there will be no email notification if you were not short-listed for our aptitude tests.

Please find the Mock Aptitude Test here.

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