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ACER Assessments

    • 20 tests |
    • 237 questions

ACER stands for the Australian Council for Educational Research, and is associated with the assessment provider Testgrid. ACER tests are designed to give a broad picture of an individual’s abilities, and are used by universities, schools, employers and other training organisations.

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ACER abstract reasoning test

Thinking strategically to solve non-verbal puzzles is the order of the day with the ACER abstract reasoning test, which is most similar in style to a traditional deductive reasoning test.

Questions are presented in the form of shapes, patterns, diagrams and puzzles. Your job is to look for relationships between the images to deduce which shape is ‘missing’.

These tests can be particularly challenging if you’re not familiar with the question style or format, so we always recommend trying out as many mock tests and questions as you can before you take the ACER abstract reasoning test.

ACER mechanical reasoning test

This test covers the basic principles of mechanics and physics – including everything from cause and effect, to energy, pulleys and levers.

In just 20 minutes, you’ll be required to answer 42 different questions. The question format usually requires you to look at a diagram or illustration, theb answer a multiple-choice question about the physics or mechanics.

Unlike many mechanical reasoning tests, only a basic knowledge of mechanical principles is required. This is because the test is designed to assess your basic ability to understand the principles.

However, it never hurts to brush up on topics such as gears, clamps, weights, conveyor belts, shafts and wheels to give yourself the best chance of success.

How to pass ACER tests

1) Gather all your information

It sounds obvious, but before starting your preparation for the ACER tests it’s helpful to ensure you have all the information you need. This includes which specific test or tests you’re taking, whether that test will be online or on paper, and when and where it is.

2) Practice makes perfect

The single best way you can prepare for an ACER test is to practice. Trying out mock questions and full tests will help you get used to the question formatting, identify any areas of weakness and improve in both speed and accuracy. Make sure you take practice tests in exam-style conditions to simulate the real experience.

3) Make revision fun

It can get dull repeating old tests. If you want to mix things up, why not try computer games with a mathematical spin, asking a friend to test you on passages from your favourite novel. or puzzles that challenge your abstract reasoning skills.

4) Try a new perspective

On the test itself, if you’re struggling to answer a question, don’t panic. Instead, try looking at things from a new angle. Does reading the answers first help you to see things differently? Can you eliminate any answers that are definitely wrong to help you make an educated guess?

5) Timings are key

At the start of the test, make a rough note of how long you have to complete the test and work out how long that gives you for each question. Trying to stick to this will help you not to get stuck on anything too tricky. Remember, you can always go back to a question at the end of the test if you have time.

Practice Aptitude Tests is not associated with ACER. We provide preparation services for ACER psychometric tests. Our tests are not designed to be identical to any style, employer or industry. Visit to find out more.

Sample ACER Tests question Test your knowledge!

In the grid below, one box is missing. You must work out what rules are being applied in the other boxes in order to work out which of boxes A to F will complete the grid.

Question 1
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F

A project has a budget of $150,000. If 35% of the budget is allocated to personnel costs and the remainder is to be divided equally among equipment, training, and materials costs, how much is allocated for each of the latter three categories?

  • $28,500
  • $30,000
  • $25,000
  • $32,500

An investor buys shares at a price of $50 per share. After one month, the price per share has increased by 15%. However, due to market fluctuations, the price per share then decreases by 10%. What is the price of each share after these changes?

  • $53.50
  • $52.25
  • $48.00
  • $54.75

If a printer produces 250 pages in 5 minutes, how many pages can it produce in an 8-hour workday?

  • 24,000 pages
  • 20,000 pages
  • 30,000 pages
  • 25,000 pages

A sequence of operations is performed on a box as follows: rotate 90 degrees, paint it blue, then double its size. If the sequence is repeated three times, which of the following will be the final operation performed?

  • Rotate 90 degrees
  • Paint it blue
  • Double its size
  • Paint it another color

A series of operations applied to a shape includes the following in order: flip horizontally, increase by 25%, and change color to red. If the operations are applied continuously in a loop to a green shape, what will be the third operation executed on the color red?

  • Flip horizontally
  • Increase by 25%
  • Change color to green
  • Change color to red

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ACER Tests Tips

1Understand the Format

Familiarize yourself with the structure of ACER tests. Understanding the format can help you manage your time effectively during the exam.

2Brush Up on Basics

Since ACER tests often include quantitative elements, revisiting basic math and data interpretation skills can be very beneficial.

3Practice Regularly

Regular practice can hugely improve your confidence and ability to handle different types of questions quickly and accurately.

4Free Practice on Us

You can give practice tests of these types of test on Practice Aptitude Tests for free, which is a great way to get a feel for the ACER test style.

5Stay Calm and Positive

A positive mindset can impact performance. Practice relaxation techniques to stay calm and focused under test conditions.

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How are the results of the ACER tests used by employers?

Employers use the results of ACER tests to gauge a candidate’s abilities in quantitative reasoning and problem-solving. It’s a method to objectively assess potential employee skills relevant to job performance.

Are the ACER tests hard?

Whether ACER tests are hard depends on your natural aptitude and how much you’ve prepared. The tests are designed to challenge your thinking and assess a range of abilities.

What do I need to take ACER tests?

To take ACER tests, you’ll generally need a computer with internet access, a quiet environment, and sometimes specific software or permissions as indicated by the test provider.

What types of tests are included in the ACER tests?

ACER tests may include a variety of types, from numerical and verbal reasoning to more specific job-related skills assessments, each designed to test different competencies.

Where can I practice free ACER test questions?

Practicing and taking practice tests is the best way to prepare for ACER tests. You can find a range of free ACER test questions on Practice Aptitude Tests, ready to help you get started.

Reviews of our ACER tests

What our customers say about our ACER tests

  • Australia

    October 03, 2023

    Have a calculator in hand

    I had no idea what this was about and started it with no calculator. At least illl be prepared next time

  • Australia

    September 05, 2023

    Try not to get anxious at hiw much time you have left

    I got really worried in my actual scholarship test and my anxiety and getting into my head held me back. This year I have another test for the same school because I didn’t get the scholarship last time. Just remain calm and you’ll do a lot better.

  • Australia

    May 17, 2023


    I think the test was good at evaluating my understanding of problems, as well as my ability to evaluates and reason with multiple processes and bits of data simultaneously.

  • Australia

    April 11, 2023

    It includes lots of percentages and ratio questions

    It was quite challenging and tested different weaknesses and strengths. It incorporated lots of analysing graphs and data.

  • Australia

    March 26, 2023

    Percentage change

    Most questions required a lot of working out and problem solving. Additionally, there was a lot to do about percentage change.

  • Australia

    January 31, 2023

    It was nice to have my brain learning and thinking.

    It was fun to write down all my thoughts of the answer on my sheet of paper and also having my brain active while completing the test.

  • Australia

    October 06, 2022

    Benefits of challenges

    I have learned a new way of thinking. This was a little hard but I will get used to this way of thinking/learning

  • Australia

    June 13, 2022


    The questions refer to information not on the graph. This might be intentional, but is more misleading than testing.

  • Romania

    May 20, 2022


    It is not about liking or disliking the test, it is the fact that I have to work more with percentages to understand it better and work easier. Thank you for reminding me!

  • Australia

    March 20, 2022

    Speed maths just speed maths

    Basically the same thing through and through, quit on question 5. The test requires a lot of addition and division in a short amount of time and with an out of ink pen, there’s no way I’d complete the test on time.