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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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Reviews of our SHL Style Practice tests

What our customers say about our SHL Style Practice tests

  • Spain

    November 29, 2021

    Read the questions slowly

    One of the questions used misleading language (the one about the combined difference in years 6 and 5).

  • India

    November 27, 2021

    Overall a good test

    Test was good but it needs practice. Without practice it would be difficult to understand & complete it in time.

  • Nigeria

    November 26, 2021


    This is a wonderful practical test, with good graphs to prepare the student for the real test scenario. I am also of the opinion that the time allocated for the solving of the questions is good enough.

  • United Kingdom

    November 10, 2021


    There were things which weren't clear in the last set of questions, as the numbers/description weren't matching for the information given.

  • United Kingdom

    November 09, 2021


    Glitches in questions 17 & 18 where the graphs would switch to previous questions, but overall a good test.

  • India

    November 08, 2021


    The test went OK. But I need more questions and previous years' papers for practice to improve my aptitude skills, as well as get myself aware about the paper pattern and time limit.

  • South Africa

    November 07, 2021

    Entry level numerical test

    The test was less complex than other SHL practice tests available, not sure about the complexity level.

  • India

    October 26, 2021

    It’s been great

    I think this is the basic level of test what I have faced. It’s interesting when you progress further. It’s been helpful, from an exam point of view as well as personally...

  • India

    October 07, 2021

    Very good

    The test is very good to check a candidate's numerical ability. It helps us understand how good they are with their numbers.

  • United Kingdom

    October 06, 2021

    Percentages and logic

    This is a good test to use your basic numerical knowledge. Some questions make you realize you need to use a calculator for things you shouldn't!