Online Tests

If you are applying for an Apprenticeship programme, you will quite often be asked to take an apprenticeship aptitude online test. These are used before your CV or application is reviewed as a way of reducing the number of candidates. It's important therefore that you practice these tests before you sit them, as this will ensure a greater chance of success.

The aptitude tests tend to test numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning. They are always timed and you take them on your computer at home. There are a number of apprenticeship tests offered by employers. The most common are:

Click on the links above for practice tests.

Numerical Tests

Generally there are c12 - 30 questions and you are given about 1-2 minutes per question. They are always multi choice with 4 or 6 possible solutions to choose from.Negative marketing is not normally employed. You can use a calculator. The questions themselves are not always difficult; the problem is the lack of time and the need to work very fast. It's important not to get stuck on a question – if you cannot answer it, guess and move on. There is generally a mix of harder and easier questions. All the tests require:

  • Interpretation of data from a table
  • Interpretation of data of graphs and charts
  • Percentages
  • Fractions
  • Ratios
  • Currency conversions
  • Understanding of inflation & rebasing, 'real' prices

Verbal Reasoning Tests

These tests are a form of aptitude test used by interviewers to find out how well a candidate can assess verbal logic. They are easier than the numerical tests but require you to be very precise. You are typically provided with a passage of information and required to evaluate a set of statements by selecting one of the following possible answers:

  • True - The statement follows logically from the information or opinions contained in the passage
  • False - The statement is logically false from the information or opinions contained in the passage
  • Cannot Say - Cannot determine whether the statement is true or false without further information

You are to assume that all the information in each of these written passages is true, and you should only use the information in each passage to work out your answer. Candidates should not use prior knowledge when answering verbal reasoning questions. It is best to read the questions first so when you are reading the passage you know what you are looking for.

Generally speaking you have about 2 minutes a question, however it's important to work out your timing per question before hand.

Logic Tests

These tests can vary but often are about patterns and numbers and choosing the missing one in a sequence.  Generally speaking you will get less time per question than the numerical or verbal tests.


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