A Brief Introduction to SHL Assessments
This article will give you a clearer look at SHL assessments so that you can have the best preparation to get a high score.
What is SHL?
SHL (Saville and Holdsworth Limited) is a leading international company that provides a huge range of recruitment solutions for major industries such as IT software & technology, BPO & Contact Center, Retail, Financial services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Professional services.
With 45+ years of talent expertise, SHL has become the most reliable technology partner to over 10,000 companies over the world, across over 150 countries, working with 50% of the Fortune Global 500 and 80% of the FTSE 100. Some of its clients include Microsoft, Heineken, Amazon, Nokia, NHS, Bayer, Bae Systems, and Crédit Suisse.
SHL comes with a variety of excellent hiring solutions, including:
And SHL assessments are one of the most trusted and broadly-used resources in companies all over the world. These amazing products will help evaluate candidate job fit, readiness, and potential with a plethora of personal assessments, skills tests, and job simulations.
What are SHL assessments?
SHL assessments help employers measure the personality, skills, and cognitive ability of candidates, which aims to spot the best potential employee(s) out of a giant talent pool. There are 5 different types of SHL assessments, including:
Each of the SHL assessments can be used alone or mixed with other assessments, as long as satisfying the requirements of each company. These tests are available in multiple languages, allowing international use.
We will cover every assessment’s purpose, format, and specific features later in this blog, so keep moving!
As most SHL assessments contain multiple-choice questions that can better your odds if you need to make an intelligent guess.
For example, if your percentile rank is 85, your score is higher than 85% of the candidates within the same comparison group. Note that a percentile of 85 doesn’t mean you answered 85% of the questions correctly.
For example, if a question is too hard and the candidate answers it wrongly, the following question will have a lower level and vice versa until the candidate’s level is accurately identified.
Five different types of SHL assessments
Cognitive assessments (aptitude assessments) are often used in the early stage of recruitment to measure candidates’ cognitive ability via numerous testing formats.
SHL cognitive assessments combine interactive numerical, deductive reasoning, and reasoning ability tests, which help employers evaluate candidates’ potential to perform and adapt to any job position.
SHL cognitive assessments are presented in 2 forms: SHL Verify and SHL Verify Interactive.
Let’s see how SHL Verify and SHL Verify Interactive are different from each other.
SHL behavioral assessments measure each candidate’s behavioral fit at the start of the hiring process. These tests are built with mobile-first technology to help candidates complete them on any device.
There are 3 types of tests in SHL’s behavior assessment portfolio, including:
SHL personal assessments provide deep insights into candidates’ preferences, motivations, and online-work ability. These tests are well adapted to any device, allowing candidates to initiate and complete them anywhere at any time they want.
There are 3 types of tests in SHL’s personality assessment series, including:
SHL job-focused assessments measure both hard and soft skills which are required in a specific role. That can speed up candidate recruitment and selection faster, as well as help candidates clearly understand the job role. These assessments are part of SHL’s Talent Acquisition solutions that can totally transform hiring decisions.
Skills & Simulations
While job-based assessments evaluate job-specific competencies, SHL skills & simulations are customized based on the specific skills of each role, such as technical skills, language skills, business skills, and specific job simulations such as coding simulations or contact centre simulations.
SHL Verify (Cognitive Assessments)
SHL Verify consists of two different parts:
SHL verbal reasoning tests measure the ability to interpret and draw logical inferences based on a given text.
19 minutes for 30 questions means that you have only 38 seconds to answer one question. That’s why you will need effective strategies and methods to pass the test. We show you some pretty good tricks in the blog “How to pass SHL verbal reasoning tests?” Check it now!
SHL numerical reasoning tests measure the ability to make proper conclusions from numerical data in the form of charts, tables, and graphs. Find some helpful techniques to get correct answers in the shortest time with our blog “How to pass numerical reasoning tests?”
SHL deductive reasoning tests measure the ability to deduce logical, accurate conclusions from the provided ideas and premises.
SHL inductive reasoning tests measure the ability to make more general conclusions by applying specific observations.
SHL spatial reasoning tests measure the ability to observe 2D or 3D objects, then visualize their movements and find patterns and changes between them.
SHL Verify G+
SHL verify G+ tests, also known as General Ability G+ tests, measure three abilities: numerical, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning.
SHL mechanical comprehension tests measure the ability to use mechanical principles to answer questions.
SHL Reading comprehension tests measure the ability to read, understand written materials, and then answer the questions.
SHL calculation tests measure the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers quickly and precisely.
SHL checking tests measure the ability to compare information and find out errors fast and accurately.
SHL Verify Interactive (Interactive Assessment of Cognitive Abilities)
SHL Verify Interactive is a new test series that is compatible with all kinds of online formats, especially on smartphones, thanks to its mobile-first technology. These assessments make the test experience fun and interesting by replicating the problems of daily tasks which candidates may expect in the new position.
Interactive numerical reasoning
SHL interactive numerical reasoning tests assess candidates’ ability to analyze numerical data and interact with on-screen answers. For example: build tables and graphs or fill in calculation tables.
Here’s an example of an interactive numerical reasoning question from SHL:
Here you need to adjust the green line to complete the question.
The text says, “Each day after Monday the stock increased 1% of its original value.”
Its original value: $1000
1% of its original value: $1000 x 1% = $10
Therefore, you can conclude that:
Monday = its original value = $1000
Tuesday = $1000 + $10 = $1010
“On Wednesday, she was charged an administrative fee of $10.”
Wednesday = ($1010 + $10) – $10 = $1010
Thursday = $1010 + $10 = $1020
Friday = $1020 + $10 = $1030
Interactive deductive reasoning
SHL interactive deductive reasoning tests assess candidates’ ability to make accurate conclusions from the given premises. This interactive version may ask you to drag and drop answers (interact with answers) rather than choosing one out of a set of options.
Here’s an example of an interactive deductive reasoning question from SHL:
Interactive inductive reasoning
SHL interactive inductive reasoning tests assess candidates’ ability to make generalizations with the use of specific observations. You need to create the right answer yourself instead of having multiple options to choose from. For example, instead of choosing one from A, B, C, D options, you need to manipulate the answer shape until you get the correct one.
Here’s an example of an interactive inductive reasoning question from SHL:
Free Inductive Reasoning Test
This free mock test includes 12 questions in a time limit of 10 minutes.
Let's check how many scores you can get!
Verify Interactive G+
SHL verify interactive G+tests consists of three topics (numerical reasoning, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning). As this interactive version requires you to create your answer, so you can have more time for one question compared to the traditional version.
Verify G+ Test: 36 minutes for 30 questions
Verify Interactive G+ Test: 36 minutes for 24 questions
SHL interactive calculation tests assess candidates’ ability to make accurate calculations (add, subtract, multiply or divide numbers). As you need to interact with on-screen answer options, you’ll have more time per question in the interactive version, compared to the traditional one.
Verify Calculation Test: 10 minutes for 20 questions
Verify Interactive Calculation Test: 36 minutes for 24 questions