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SHL is one of the world’s leading psychometric test providers. Its tests are widely used by employers around the world to assess candidates during the recruitment process. The range of SHL tests varies from verbal and numerical to behavioural and cognitive, and more — companies will ask job applicants to take the most relevant test to the job specifications.

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How to prepare for SHL tests

Preparing for SHL tests requires a lot of research and practice. You should know what you’ll be faced with and how to best ace it. Getting familiar with what psychometric tests are and our top examples is the first step to prepare for SHL tests. Practicing is second.

It’s also important you never overestimate your abilities. You may think your school days have taught you enough to pass SHL tests, but you will be surprised how wrong you’d be. You should practice all the SHL tests you can before the exam: more will always be better than too little.

How To Pass SHL Tests (5 Key Tips)

Although practice will always be our number one tip, there are more things you can do to make sure you pass an SHL test.

It’s all about getting ready for the big day, knowing what to expect and making use of what you have at your disposal. As well as the five tips below, check out our full article on SHL test tips.

  1. Practice. There is no way to cut corners when it comes to SHL tests and practice will make you perfect. It’s important to create a calm space to practice in, as it will help you to improve your concentration. Make sure all the distractions are taken care of: turn your phone off, close your door, find silence. Finally, familiarise yourself with the same surroundings you will have during the actual exam.

  2. Set a time to practice each day. Creating a habit is key to consistency. Plus, most tests will be timed so it’s valuable to set a specific time window to take your practice tests, so you’ll know how long it takes you to finish. Practice each day at the same time to make it into a healthy habit rather than a dreaded task.

  3. Time yourself. As previously mentioned, SHL tests give you a set time to answer all the questions. Timing yourself during practice will get you used to taking less time and will teach you what you should give priority to.

  4. Ensure you’re fully prepared. As you’ve seen from this article, the types of SHL tests vary depending on each company and job role. Research the skills you need to practice: not all jobs are the same and each one will ask you a different set of skills. Make sure to check what the job you’re applying for requires of you and research the SHL test you will be asked to take.

  5. Take a break. When you’re finally happy you’ve done enough, relax. It doesn’t help anyone to get overworked, so it’s important to get your mind off of the test for a while. If you can, take 24 hours before the actual exam to do something you love and enjoy, even better if it means taking your eyes off of the screen. Your brain will have the time to recharge.

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How do you pass the SHL test?

Practice is the only sure way to pass an SHL test. There are plenty of practice tests on our website you can try out. Make sure you know the type of SHL test you’re taking and the description of the job role you’re applying for. Once you’ve done that, you can tailor your practice to the specific requirements.

Are SHL tests difficult?

SHL tests vary in difficulty depending on the skill level required in the recruitment process. A company hiring for an entry-level position won’t ask you to take the same SHL test as for a managerial or graduate job, which are considered the most difficult.

What is a good SHL test score?

SHL tests are scored in percentage terms. A score of 40–50% is usually considered average, which will let you pass the test but might not be enough for an employer. A 90% score, however, will put you in the top 10% of candidates, giving you a better likelihood of getting hired.

How long is the SHL test?

Depending on the job level and the number of questions, an SHL test can last between 15 to 25 minutes. The time doesn’t leave you with more than 60 to 90 seconds per question, which means it is important you time yourself while practising.

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What our customers say about our SHL Style Practice tests

  • United Kingdom

    August 08, 2022

    First Timed Test

    Was good to have some revision and use my brain for most of the working out. Then for time reasons, resulted in using a calculator. Good tests to revise.

  • Singapore

    August 08, 2022

    by google

    the unit for the number is confusing. Sometimes it seems to be multiples of 1000, sometimes it seems to be just the number

  • France

    August 03, 2022

    First test

    Interesting examples, especially to get a sense of the time you have for each question, but very maths oriented

  • Malaysia

    July 29, 2022

    which part I got wrong and why

    overall it was okay, some of the questions were confusing but it's okay as it makes me think about it deeper

  • United States of America

    July 28, 2022

    Graphs and Percentage

    I think it needs more information for graphs. Especially Production Units in the last few questions.

  • Portugal

    July 24, 2022

    I liked it

    I'm unsure if the difficulty level will be similar to my actual test, but it is good that it has different types of questions

  • South Africa

    July 22, 2022

    Percentage Calculations

    The test was okay, although I had some difficulties in answering the last 3 questions because I felt like the info was not sufficient.

  • United Kingdom

    July 22, 2022


    i liked everything because it gives a challenge to your brain and gets you thinking about whether something is correct or not

  • United Kingdom

    July 20, 2022

    Fractions to decimals

    One question felt as if it wasn't really possible without a calculator, but I may have been confused

  • India

    June 30, 2022

    Honestly, It was such a beautiful experience i have gained today. There was the limitation of time and questions and according to that i have run.

    I think there is nothing I disliked in my first test because according to me, Today's exam questions give me a lot of experience, which will definitely help me a lot in the coming future. This exam will also help me a lot in the development of skills and knowledge.