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Kenexa is a business psychology consultancy with an international presence. Since 1987, when it began as a recruitment service, Kenexa has been helping companies hire the best candidates through its psychometric tests and talent management.

What is a Kenexa test?

In 2012, IBM bought Kenexa and helped to build its portfolio of assessments – there are currently over 1,500 different tests to choose from, each one customisable to the specific business or role in question.

Although candidates are most likely to take a Kenexa test at the screening stage of the recruitment process, the tests can also be modified to suit any stage.

Designed to cover almost every conceivable area a recruiter may wish to learn about in a candidate, the various tests cover everything from verbal and numerical reasoning, to culture fit examinations and behavioural assessments.

Kenexa test categories

Here is an overview of the different types of Kenexa tests:

Advanced reasoning tests – These are Kenexa’s psychometric tests. They include verbal and numerical reasoning, and aim to assess your general skills in these areas under timed conditions.

Career fit – Otherwise known as a competency-based test, the career fit aims to examine where your personal strengths and weaknesses lie, and how well you’re likely to develop in that role.

Culture fit – The culture fit test is all about how well your values align with that of the company you’re applying to work for. As such, there are no right or wrong answers, but there will be answers that an employer is looking to see.

Job fit – The job fit test helps an employer to find the candidate who has the characteristics needed to succeed at the job.

Kenexa performance indicators (KPIs) – The KPI looks at your strengths and the likelihood of you having the characteristics and traits vital to the role you’re applying for. This could be communication, the ability to take instruction or team work, depending on what the role is.

Kenexa prove it! – This is an additional platform that contains over 1,200 tests. Many of these are tests tailored specifically to examine certain skills, as well as more general ones.

Kenexa aptitude tests

The Kenexa aptitude tests are designed to assess these three key areas:

  • 1 Numerical reasoning
  • 2 Verbal reasoning
  • 3 Logical reasoning

Plus there is Kenexa CAT — a recent addition to the Kenexa test portfolio. The CAT assessment combines numerical, verbal and logical questions, all of which get more complicated as the candidate progresses through the test.

Kenexa numerical reasoning test

Out of a possible 174 different questions, 20 questions will be randomly selected for your 20-minute test.

With only one minute to answer each question, it’s crucial to have practised as many numerical reasoning tests as you can before the one that really matters. This will help to improve your speed and accuracy, and instil confidence that you know what kinds of questions might be asked of you on the test.

Your numerical and mathematical skills are under scrutiny, and you’ll need to prove you can interpret data, calculate percentages and show an aptitude for business finance.

Try your hand at a sample question for an idea of what you might see on your test.

numerical reasoning practice question

What was the percentage change in category 3 hurricanes from 2021 to 2022?

  • A) 28.57% decrease
  • B) 22.22% decrease
  • C) 77.78% increase
  • D) 125% increase

The answer is B. In 2021 there were 9 category 3 hurricanes, and in 2022 there were 7. Percentage change: (7-9) / 9 x 100 = -​22.22%

Kenexa verbal reasoning test

The time allowance for the verbal reasoning test is also 20 minutes, but within that time you’ll have to answer 24 questions.

Designed to assess your communication skills and your ability to separate fact from inference, you’ll be asked to read through dense passages of text and answer questions on what you’ve read.

No prior knowledge of the material is required. Instead you’ll have to pay close attention to what you’ve read, and select from ‘true’, ‘false’ or ‘cannot say’ as possible answers.

Although you don’t need to have read up on the subject, practising verbal reasoning questions ahead of the test is a great way to feel more prepared.

Why not try one now?

verbal reasoning practice question

Statement: The theory of morphic resonance centres on the idea that the memories of one generation are mysteriously passed to the next.

  • True
  • False
  • Cannot tell

The correct answer is True – this paraphrases the explanation given in the first paragraph.

Kenexa logical reasoning test

The Kenexa logical reasoning test is designed to assess how strong your logical thinking skills are through a series of shape- and pattern-based challenges.

Typically, you’ll be given a set of different shapes, patterns or images and asked to work out the rule that connects them to finish the sequence with the correct multiple-choice answer.

As with all aptitude tests, the time constraint makes this test challenging and requires you to maintain a balance between speed and accuracy.

Practice is the only way to improve your logical thinking, so we recommend you try as many practice logical questions and answers as you can, to familiarise yourself with the format and style of the questions.

Which of the boxes comes next in the sequence?

logical reasoning practice question

The correct answer is D. Rule 1: The shapes move one corner in an anticlockwise direction each time. Rule 2: The shapes alternates between triangle and circles.

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Which employers use Kenexa tests?

Many businesses use Kenexa tests to help them find the best talent when they’re at the screening stage of recruiting, and many continue using the tests right up to the point of hire — so it’s best to get one step ahead and prepare.

Companies such as Balfour Beatty use the Kenexa numerical reasoning test to find candidates with a natural aptitude for numbers, while Grant Thornton uses the Kenexa numerical and verbal reasoning tests to screen for candidates with both excellent numerical and communication skills.

Other big names using Kenexa tests in their recruitment process include global investment banks Nomura and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

How to prepare for Kenexa tests

The most important thing you can do is practice. The more mock Kenxa tests you take, the better equipped you’ll be on the day to answer the questions quickly, confidently and accurately.

Try to find out as much as you can about which tests you’ll be taking and at what point in the recruitment process. This will help you to better plan what to spend your time and energy looking at.

From there, start with your weaker areas and dedicate more time to them by practising test questions, reviewing your work and identifying where you went wrong.

It’s always wise to take tests under timed conditions so you get used to it, and in a quiet location if that’s possible.

The more you put in, the more you’ll get out.

How to pass Kenexa tests

Here are five tips to help you pass any Kenexa test:

1. Vary your preparation

While the importance of practising Kenexa tests can’t be overstated, there are other ways to prepare yourself mentally. Whether it’s reading passages of text and getting a friend to ask you questions in preparation for the verbal reasoning, or reading business finance articles to ensure you feel confident with the terminology, it all helps to boost your confidence.

2. Read the questions carefully

You may be under considerable pressure to answer quickly, but failing to read the question properly could cost you more if you don’t understand what’s being asked of you. Watch out for double negatives in the verbal reasoning test in particular. Little tricks like this might catch you out – but not if you’re prepared.

3. Use logic if you’re not sure

You’re not always going to be sure of the answer. If that’s the case, don’t panic. Try to use logic to discount any answers that are not correct. Once left with only two options, it’s much easier to make an educated guess.

4. Don’t forget the clock

It’s easy to get caught up on a tricky question and let time get away from you. At the start of each test, quickly work out how long you have to answer each question, and try your best to stick to it. You can always return to hard questions at the end of the test if you have time remaining.

5. Don’t get caught out

The questions aren’t designed to be easy, as employers want to hire the best candidates. So don’t let the questions or information given to you in the test catch you out. Some of it may be unnecessary or worded in a way designed to confuse. The more you practice the better you’ll get at identifying any areas that could trip you up.


How are Kenexa tests scored?

Your answers will be marked and your individual score compared to everyone else’s who took the same test as you.

The employer may look to see how you answered and take your responses into consideration, but usually those with the best scores will be asked to move to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Are Kenexa tests hard?

They are designed to be challenging, but if you’ve put time and effort into preparing, you should be able to succeed at a Kenexa test.

Are Kenexa tests timed?

Yes. As with most tests, the Kenexa assessments are timed. This adds to the challenge and forces candidates to think on their feet and demonstrate their ability to work under pressure.

How will I take my Kenexa test?

Kenexa tests are usually taken online, either at a location specified by the employer, or at home.

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