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Shell Assessments

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    • 206 questions

Founded in 1907, Royal Dutch Shell is one of the largest energy companies worldwide. It specialises in the exploration, production and marketing of oil and natural gas, and increasingly invests in sustainable energy alternatives. For those looking to work in the energy sector, Shell’s graduate schemes are some of the best training opportunities available.

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Shell video interview

If your online application and assessments go well, you will be invited to do a video interview. This is where you record verbal responses to pre-set questions and then send the videos in for hiring managers to watch at a later date.

They are becoming increasingly popular with companies as they can ‘interview’ many more candidates and have the data available to better directly compare performances.

Make sure you treat this as seriously as an in-person interview. This means being presentable, finding a quiet, well lit place to record in, and making sure there are no interruptions or distractions while you film.

There will be an opportunity to do practice questions before you start recording, so use this time wisely to settle your nerves and ensure your audio and visual equipment is working properly.

You’ll have about three minutes for each question, so relax and let your personality come through, as this is the first chance to really let them get to know you.

Shell online case study and interview

The final assessment in the application process is a remote presentation and interview with two Shell professionals.

Around 48 hours before your meeting, you will be given a case study to learn about and research. Then, on the day, you will be given a topic related to that case study and 20 minutes (30 minutes for non-native English speakers) to create a 5-minute presentation on the topic.

After your presentation you will have to answer questions and additional scenarios from your assessors, which will go on for another 30 minutes.

After the presentation, you will then go into a more traditional interview. The questions will be a mix of competency and culture questions such as:

  • Why do you want to work for Shell?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • Talk about a time you dealt with a challenging teammate.

Make sure you are familiar with Shell’s business history, its company values, and the specifics of the role that you are applying in relation to your own experience.

This is your last chance to learn more about Shell and to let them get to know you better, so have a look at some interview tips to make sure you’re prepared.

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Sample Shell Tests question Test your knowledge!

Assuming an equal sequence of operations for grid maintenance, which of the following would logically be the next step after assessing the condition of infrastructure components?

  • Reduce power supply to all grid customers.
  • Schedule maintenance for underperforming components.
  • Invest in a new power station.
  • Disregard minor infrastructure wear and tear.

If a transmission line, with an energy loss of 5% per 100 km, transports 10,000 megawatt-hours from a source to a destination 300 km away, what is the total energy received in megawatt-hours at the destination?

  • 8,575
  • 9,150
  • 9,500
  • 8,950

After adopting new carbon capture technologies, the operational manual has been updated. What is the most reasonable implication of this update?

  • Employees can disregard the older sections of the manual.
  • Training on carbon capture technology is now mandatory for all employees.
  • Safety protocols have become less strict.
  • The company is phasing out carbon capture technology.

Which statement best characterizes the author's viewpoint on the transmission challenge in the energy sector?

  • The grid infrastructure need not change significantly to address the transmission challenge.
  • Investment in sustainable technologies is optional when addressing the transmission challenge.
  • The transformation of grid infrastructure plays a pivotal role in solving the transmission challenge.
  • The incorporation of new energy sources is the sole solution to the transmission challenge.

In the context of energy distribution, if the reliability score of a power grid changes from 0.99 to 0.98, what is the percentage decrease in reliability?

  • 1%
  • 10%
  • 0.01%
  • 0.1%

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Shell Tests Tips

1Get Familiar with Energy Sector Challenges

Understanding the context of the Transmission Challenge in the energy sector will help inform your problem-solving approach. Familiarize yourself with the current issues faced by companies like Shell to add depth to your test responses.

2Practice with a Timer

Shell’s assessments may be timed, so it’s crucial to pace yourself. Use Practice Aptitude Tests to simulate the testing environment with timed practice tests, minimizing surprises on test day.

3Review Basic Math and Logic Skills

Brush up on mathematical concepts and logical reasoning, which are often part of aptitude tests. Regular practice on these types of questions will increase your confidence and proficiency.

4Simulate Test Conditions

Try to replicate the testing environment when practicing. Find a quiet space, set a strict time limit, and avoid distractions to build the stamina needed for the real test scenario.

5Relax and Stay Positive

Keeping a positive attitude is paramount to test performance. A calm mindset will help you think clearly and perform at your best. Remember to breathe and take brief moments to refocus if needed.

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Shell Tests FAQs

What are the Shell tests?

Shell’s hiring tests are designed to gauge candidates’ aptitude in areas pertinent to the energy sector, challenging them with scenario-based questions that reflect real-world problems in energy transmission and carbon reduction.

Are the Shell tests hard?

Like many aptitude tests, Shell’s can be demanding but are manageable with proper preparation. They measure your ability to adapt and respond to the types of challenges you’ll face on the job.

How do I prepare for Shell tests?

The best preparation for Shell’s tests is practice. Practice Aptitude Tests offers numerous simulations that closely mirror the types of questions you’ll face, helping to hone your skills and boost your confidence.

How long does the recruitment process take at Shell?

The length of Shell’s recruitment process varies, but it typically involves multiple stages, including aptitude testing, which may extend the process by a few weeks to ensure a thorough evaluation of candidates.

What are Shell's core values?

Shell emphasizes innovation, collaboration, and sustainability as part of its core values, aiming to meet the world’s growing energy demand in economically, environmentally, and socially responsible ways.

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  • Korea

    September 15, 2023

    Maths skills

    Majority is around maths, especially percentages. Need to read the question carefully. Sometimes the information is not obvious.

  • South Africa

    June 30, 2023

    Assessment Prep

    It was a well co-ordinated test under real test conditions. It has indicated how much preparation I should do to be ready for the actual test.

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    May 05, 2023

    Good question topics

    I liked the topics - I thought it would have been different, I will actually make time to practice these questions.

  • India

    December 20, 2022

    Analytical skill is most important

    I really like this kind of test process and it's testing my analytical skills and memory. it will be helpful in increasing my knowledge and skills.

  • Malaysia

    October 12, 2022


    It was my first time answering the test. Even though the questions were 20, but it was very challenging..HAHA

  • Malaysia

    June 26, 2022


    Information is rather hard to obtain as it is time-consuming to click on the bar chart one by one to obtain the information needed

  • Malaysia

    April 09, 2022

    Thinking out of the box

    I love that the company provides test to get practice and I dislike how difficult the test was.

  • India

    April 09, 2022

    Questions are good

    Question quality is good. But questions are from only two or three topics. Many topic questions should also be there for practice.

  • Nigeria

    March 25, 2022

    Difficulty Level

    It was quite difficult as there were no proper instructions to identify the parameters clearly and hence to serve as a guide to each question

  • United States of America

    March 12, 2022

    Understand the question and how to calculate

    Questions are long and time is short. I like that it's challenging and helps you analyze and think out of the box