Tips for Testing

Depending on the role you are applying for, you could be asked to take an online Situational Judgement Test and/or ability test at some stage in the process. Also depending on the role, you may be asked to complete another assessment at interview stage, presentations are particularly popular. Below is some guidance on these tests and how best to prepare yourself.

Ability Tests

Ability tests assess how you perform on reasoning tasks that are relevant for the role you have applied for. These test questions do have right and wrong answers and are timed so you are encouraged to work quickly and accurately. There are three different types to be aware of:

To prepare yourself, you can practice these kinds of tests online.

Take practice ability test

Situational Judgement Test (SJT's)

Situational Judgement Tests (SJT's) assess how you approach situations that might occur in the workplace. Whilst there is some variation in how they are delivered they typically present you with a written description of a scenario and ask you to select the appropriate response from a multiple choice list. They are designed to test your potential across a number of job relevant competencies as well as giving you a realistic preview of the role. You are encouraged to base your response on the information presented rather than be concerned with possibilities and missing information. There is generally more than one right answer on SJTs and the pass mark is modest/not tough.

To prepare yourself you can practice these kinds of tests online.

Take practice SJT


Presentation exercises allow you to demonstrate your ability to communicate clearly and convincingly. The content of a presentation may also allow you to demonstrate your ability to analyse information, make decisions and develop creative solutions.

To prepare yourself you could practice your presentation with your line manager or another colleague and ask for their feedback ahead of your assessment.

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