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Previously known as Saville Consulting, and now part of Willis Towers Watson, Saville Assessment is a global business management consultancy and talent acquisition firm. It is well known for its psychometric tests and personality questionnaires, which are used widely by employers around the world, and in multiple industries.

What is a Saville test?

A Saville test can come in one of many forms, but all are used by hiring organisations to assess a candidate’s suitability for a given role.

Its psychometric aptitude tests cover all areas of ability, including verbal, numerical, logical and mechanical aptitude. In some cases these are taken as stand-alone assessments; more commonly, they are combined to form a blended assessment, which Saville publishes under its Swift series.

As the company was founded by Professor Peter Saville, co-founder of SHL, Saville tests are similar to SHL tests. Both consist of questions containing information similar to what a test taker would expect in their line of work.

Saville also publishes situational judgement tests, and personality questionnaires under the Wave banner. The latter are highly regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a candidate’s working style and personal preferences.

Saville aptitude tests

As mentioned, Saville aptitude tests can be taken on their own or as part of a Swift assessment. A Swift assessment is a quick-fire test covering various areas, lasting from 9.5 to 24 minutes.

Single assessments focus on a particular skill and tend to take longer to complete. The following covers all the different types of aptitude tests you may encounter if invited to complete a Saville assessment.

Numerical aptitude

Saville’s numerical aptitude tests require that you draw fact-based conclusions from statistical information. You’ll need to pick the right option from a set of multiple-choice answers by interpreting data in the form of tables and graphs.

As a standalone assessment, you may sit the numerical analysis aptitude test, a 24-minute test used for high-level roles and graduate positions.

Alternatively you may be asked to take the numerical comprehension aptitude test, a 16-minute test designed for entry-level roles, similar in style but less complex in subject matter.

Verbal aptitude

As with numerical aptitude, there are two main versions of Saville verbal aptitude tests: one for entry-level roles, and one for higher-level positions.

The 24-minute verbal analysis aptitude test is commonly used for professional, management and graduate roles. You’ll be given paragraphs of text, and asked to answer true, false, or cannot say on a series of statements based on the evidence within the written prompt.

The 16-minute verbal comprehension aptitude test is used for entry-level roles, and combines questions as above with word-definition problems.

Diagrammatic aptitude

In the diagrammatic test, you’ll be given a series of operators: inputs, processes and outputs. Questions come in the form of diagrams that show the operators in action. Your task is to identify which operators result in the illustrated outcome.

You’ll also be tasked with finding faults and comparing flowchart sequences, with 24 minutes to work through the test. There’s also a shorter, slightly easier version which focuses solely on operators.

Mechanical aptitude

The Saville mechanical aptitude test measures your understanding of physical principles and is used for technical roles of all kinds.

You’ll be challenged on mechanical concepts like force and direction, and will need to choose the right multiple-choice answer based on illustrations involving things like gears, pulleys and levers.

Individual tests take 16 minutes to complete. When part of a Swift assessment, mechanical aptitude is commonly measured alongside diagrammatic and spatial aptitude.

Abstract aptitude

Abstract aptitude tests are designed to measure your logical thinking, by assessing how well you can identify rules and relationships in patterns and sequences.

In the Saville version, you’ll have 16 minutes to work through as many patterns as possible, in which part of the pattern has been removed. You’ll need to select the right multiple-choice option to fill the gap.

Spatial aptitude

One of the shorter standalone tests, this eight-minute assessment looks at your spatial awareness when working with shapes.

Each question involves four objects. In some cases, these will be shown at different angles, and in some cases not. You’ll need to examine the objects to identify the odd one out.

Differences can be subtle, so this test takes a keen eye.

Error checking aptitude

On its own, the error checking assessment takes just six minutes to complete. It is used for entry-level roles and evaluates a candidate’s ability to identify errors in numerical, verbal and coding information that has been transposed.

You’ll be given original information and transposed information and asked to check for accuracy. In some cases there will be no errors, and in others multiple mistakes.

This is a fast-paced test that requires both speed and attention to detail. There are also longer versions designed for specific professions.

Workplace English

This test is only administered as a standalone exam, so you won’t find it as part of a Swift assessment (though you may be asked to take it alongside).

Candidates will see multiple sentences relating to workplace scenarios. In each sentence, a word will be missing, and you’ll need to choose the correct word to complete the sentence from multiple-choice options.

You’ll have 16.5 minutes to answer as many questions as you can.

Saville situational judgement tests

Saville situational judgement tests offer employers insight into how well a candidate fits within their organisation, by measuring their personal response to a range of specifically designed hypothetical scenarios.

Questions revolve around a realistic workplace situation, to which candidates are given a response and asked to rate how effective they deem this action to be.

The exact nature of your situational judgement test will be dependent on the hiring organisation, as these are designed to suit each employer on a test-by-test basis.

Wave personality questionnaire

Saville’s Wave personality assessments use complex rating systems to measure an individual’s working styles, preferences and behavioural tendencies. They are widely considered as one of the strongest indicators of a candidate’s future performance and culture fit.

The Wave series comprises four test types used for differing purposes, but the two commonly used in the recruitment process are Wave Professional Styles and Wave Focus Styles.

The only difference between the two is duration. Professional Styles is a 40-minute test, whereas Focus Styles is just 13 minutes long. In both, you’ll rate statements on a scale of very strongly disagree to very strongly agree.

Your responses will be collated into in-depth reports that detail your working personality in terms of things like problem solving, relationships and communication.

Which employers use Saville tests?

Saville is a popular test publisher, owing to its extensive library of assessments. In addition to the tests outlined above and the Swift assessment series, it also offers versions designed for specific sectors.

For example, the verbal comprehension aptitude test is administered in unique versions for administrative, operational, commercial and customer service roles.

With that in mind, Saville tests are used by numerous employers in a range of different industries. Some well known names to make use of these assessments include Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover, Virgin Media, Merck and Johnson & Johnson.

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How to prepare for Saville tests

As with any form of psychometric testing, practice is essential for a Saville test. As there are so many test types, it’s vital to know which ones you’ll be sitting – or if taking a Swift assessment, which abilities will be measured throughout.

All tests are based on your natural abilities, so do not require any pre-existing knowledge.

That said, they are not easy, especially since there is added time pressure.

Be sure to sit plenty of practice tests and learn to work quickly with precision.

How to pass Saville tests (5 key tips)

1) Hone your skills

Although there’s no pre-existing knowledge required, you should still make time to revise, or more accurately, improve your abilities. Extend your vocabulary and language comprehension with word games and critical reading for verbal aptitude, or brush up on basic arithmetic for numerical assessments.

Whatever test you’re taking, there are activities that will help you build your skill set.

2) Take practice tests

This is vital, as it will help you understand the structure of Saville tests, question formats, and response options. The more familiar you are with the format, the better prepared you’ll be on the day. Practice tests will also help you work to time constraints.

3) Get set up

Before you start your test (if taking unsupervised) make sure you’re in a quiet environment and that you won’t be interrupted. Check your internet connection and make sure your browser’s up to date. It’s also a good idea to have a pen and paper on hand, for note-taking or calculations.

4) Check details

Never skim-read questions. This is likely to end up in you missing subtle details imperative to the task at hand. Read every question carefully and thoroughly before you attempt to answer.

5) Balance speed and accuracy

Both are important. Employers are looking for attention to detail, but they also want to know you can work with precision under pressure. Try and complete as many questions as you can in the given time frame without compromising on accuracy.


How are Saville tests scored?

There’s no easy answer to this one, as it depends entirely on the test type. Generally speaking, you’ll receive a mark for every correct answer, which will be converted into your total score.

You’ll also receive scores for speed, accuracy and caution. These combine to make your aptitude profile. If taking a Swift assessment, you’ll receive score breakdowns for each section.

Are Saville tests difficult?

Again, difficulty levels vary depending on the level of the position applied for. Graduate, professional and managerial roles tend to make use of more complex assessments, with entry-level roles adopting more straightforward tests.

That said, because of the time pressure, none are easy. But the skills you need can be improved with practice.

How long is a Saville test?

This depends on the test in question. Swift assessments can last anywhere between 9.5 to 24 minutes. Standalone tests vary widely in duration: the shortest is just six minutes, the longest 24.

How will I take my Saville tests?

Saville tests are administered as either supervised or unsupervised versions. Supervised tests are shorter in duration and taken at a designated test centre or within the workplace.

Unsupervised tests are taken online, so can be sat anywhere you feel comfortable.

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

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