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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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SHL Style Practice Tests FAQs

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

  • Nigeria

    January 11, 2023


    Generally the test was good, however I found it a bit difficult to comprehend and interpret the last graph.

  • India

    December 31, 2022


    The test is a little hard because it is my first, and I had never before attended. I don't know if I passed or failed but I gave my 100% on this test. I got a little tense and confused but it was okay. I did my best to complete the test. If needed I'll improve myself.

  • Uganda

    December 21, 2022

    very intriguing

    This test was the first go for me. I liked the way my mind was jogged all through. I find it a very good way to test personal skills and aptitude

  • India

    December 01, 2022

    concentration with logical thinking

    interesting to answer these questions and I felt these questions are logical. I felt some difficulty in graphs and time is ok tq

  • Poland

    November 17, 2022

    Dynamic and interactive graphs! Great

    I really liked that the graphs are not only images but are interactive so that we can check information in detail to facilitate analysis. Thank you!

  • South Africa

    October 12, 2022

    Know everything happen around the country

    What I like about this is that it teaches how to calculate and it makes me know many things about south Africa.. Dislike to be honest its time it's so fast

  • United States of America

    October 05, 2022

    Improve on reading charts

    This test was challenging and I am grateful for the opportunity to try to answer the test questions.

  • India

    September 30, 2022

    How to solve query

    I like this test very much. It helps me to solve questions in the given time frame. Level of questions was also very good

  • United States of America

    September 13, 2022

    Pretty challenging!

    It definitely took me out of my comfort zone. However, it forced me to reach deeper into my knowledge pool!

  • Australia

    September 03, 2022

    Good Practice

    It would be better if the test is titled and for the person practicing to know the category of the questions (in addition to it being an SLH test, as there are many categories).