A candidate’s guide to The Smart Aptitude Series
The following information is to help ensure that candidates perform to the best of their ability when completing each of The Smart Aptitude tests. We want a fair and accurate test of a candidate’s ability, therefore we encourage them to be familiar with the tests they will be completing.
What are they and how can I practice the tests?
The Smart Aptitude Series is a suite of three online ability tests measuring verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning. Descriptions of the tests and links to the practice sites are provided below:
The Smart Aptitude Numerical Reasoning Test is a numerical ability test designed to measure a candidate’s ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate numeric information. This ability is important for roles that involve working with data. If you are interested in completing a practice version of the test, click on this link: Smart Numerical Reasoning Test: Example
The Smart Aptitude Verbal Reasoning Test is a verbal ability test designed to measure a candidate’s ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate written information and reach correct conclusions. This ability is important when communicating ideas or understanding written information. If you are interested in completing a practice version of the test, click on this link: Smart Verbal Reasoning Test: Example
The Smart Aptitude Abstract Reasoning Test is an abstract reasoning ability test designed to measure a candidate’s ability to identify patterns, solve problems and apply logical thinking. This ability is important for a variety of roles requiring problem-solving and analytical skills. If you are interested in completing a practice version of the test, click on this link: Smart Abstract Reasoning Test: Example
What is an adaptive test?
The Smart Aptitude Series of tests are described as ‘adaptive’. The term adaptive relates to how the test adapts to the individual’s responses and whether they answer the questions presented correctly or incorrectly.
In ability tests, the difficulty of the questions presented automatically adapts to the individual’s ability as each question is answered. For example, if an individual gives a correct answer, they are moved on to a more difficult question, and each time they give an incorrect answer they are moved to a slightly easier question. In this way, it is possible to more quickly and more accurately identify an individual’s capability compared to a non-adaptive test.
Read the instructions: Always take the time to read all information presented to you during, and prior to your test.
Practice: Research has found that cognitive reasoning test validity increases when candidates have practised beforehand. Therefore, please feel free to use the practice tests available above.
Stay calm: Please try your best to be as relaxed as possible when completing the test. We recommend completing the test in a quiet environment and try to get plenty of sleep.
If you require extra time or any other adjustment to your test or test environment, you should inform the employer as soon as possible. Employers are obliged to provide reasonable adjustments to cater to disability. However, letting the employer know as soon as possible will help ensure the organisation is able to make the required adjustments in time.