Online tests

Why do I have to do them?

  • The tests are designed to give employers an insight into your capabilities.
  • The verbal and numerical tests have been chosen as they are most appropriate and relevant to your future role within Grant Thornton. There is a strong relationship between people who do well at the tests and those who do well in professional qualifications. If we have learnt anything during our time at Grant Thornton is that preparation for our exams is key, so make sure you prepare for the tests too.
  • They are not designed to trick you!
  • Practice makes perfect. Find other tests online, visit your careers service to get a few dry runs under your belt before diving in and doing the real things straight away. You will often find that the types of questions asked are fairly similar for most firms.

Top tips

  • Find a time when you feel most focussed – if you’re a morning person take the tests first thing in the morning.
  • Make sure you’re somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Try not to panic – the tests are timed and you will feel quite rushed but remember you don’t need to get 100%. Devise a time strategy based on the time allowed and stick to it!
  • If you have any special requirements then get in touch with the Human Resources department before you take the test.
  • Decide on your approach to a question – Some people find it easier to read the information provided first, however others prefer to read the question first and then locate the information required. Remember, the questions are not designed to trick you, but the correct answer may not be immediately obvious.
  • Use only the information provided – do not make assumptions or bring in your own knowledge of the subject area. Your answer should be based purely on the information provided. Look out for options such as ‘cannot say’ – this could be a correct answer choice.
  • It might seem obvious but don’t leave any answers blank – you might as well guess then you have a chance of getting the question right.

Verbal reasoning tips

  • Interpret the passages of information exactly as they are written.
  • Look out for words/phrases in the passage or question that are not definitive. E.g. most, almost all, often, may, normally etc.

Numerical reasoning tips

  • Practice some basic maths in advance to get you in the right mind-set. We found that anything from Sudoku to brain training helps get your mind active and focused on numbers.
  • You will not have covered a lot of these basic maths principles in many years, so take time to refresh.
  • Sense check your answer – Does your answer look like it is in the right ball park?
  • You can eliminate some wrong answers as you can see they make no logical sense.