Five Facts You Should Know before Taking a CEB SHL Test

  | Jennifer Feldman


Many employers use psychometric tests to sift out quality candidates. Research has shown that putting time and money into a more intensive hiring process leads to lower employee turnover. One of the most popular assessment companies is CEB SHL. CEB SHL produces an assortment of psychometric tests which are used across different industries. Anyone from a new graduate to a manager should expect to encounter one of these exams over the course of their hiring process. Outlined below are some key facts you should know before sitting an exam.

1. Not All Tests with the Same Name Are the Same

CEB’s SHL offers a variety of versions of every test. What does this mean? Basically, the numerical reasoning test you take as a graduate will be different than the one you take as a manager. As you move along with your career, the responsibilities and workload related to your position become more complex. As such, the psychometric test used to screen candidates for more senior positions becomes similarly more difficult. Have a look at these practice tests for the different job levels.

2. Say Goodbye to Your Number 2 Pencil

Most of CEB's SHL tests are computerised rather than paper-based. You may be asked to take an online test through a link with the name select2perform. This is not the name of the test you are going to take, but the name of the platform in which the tests are delivered.

3. CEB SHL Uses the Verification Method

Some employers will give candidates an SHL Verify Ability Test. This is an online, unsupervised shorter version of the aptitude test. The purpose of this test is to screen out those who don’t perform well in the early stages of recruitment. A candidate is usually asked to take the verify test before they come in for an interview. You will be provided a date by which you must compete the test. If you receive a score that passes a pre-determined cut score, you will pass on to the next phase of the hiring process, which usually takes place at an assessment centre or the employer's office. Once you go down in person, you will need to take a second version of the test to check the integrity of your score. Learn more about this process and practise taking CEB's SHL–style tests here.

4. The Scores of Your CEB's SHL Tests Are Relative

This means your test results are tallied relative to other people with similar backgrounds to you. SHL results are gathered from thousands of candidates. The data is subsequently sorted into normed groups so that employers can easily compare a candidate's results to equivalent candidates. These norm groups are defined based on two features: industry and job level.

5. You Are Expected to Practise in Advance

According to CEB itself, candidates should be practising for aptitude tests. The first step you should take is to contact your recruiter and ask for more information about the assessment you are being about to sit. It is important to ask for the exact name of the assessment as well as what level you are expected to take. CEB SHL assessments have a specific style, one which differs from other assessment companies. Thus, you should make sure to choose preparation materials that match the style of CEB's SHL tests. By doing so, you will get a better picture of what you will face on test day. Check out JobTestPrep for the widest collection of online CEB SHL–style psychometric tests tailored to employer and job level.

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Author's Bio: This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger at JobTestPrep. She specialises in writing about the employment hiring process. JobTestPrep is a market leader in preparation for psychometric exams. They have helped more than 500,000 people achieve their academic and career goals

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