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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Aptitude Tests
Bank of America Merrill Lynch make use of a numerical reasoning test at the beginning of their assessment process. Candidates who apply to BoA Merrill Lynch will receive their invitation to take the numerical test shortly after applying. There is a lot of conjecture amongst applicants as to how quickly you will hear if you have been accepted for the next stage of the assessment or how soon you will receive your rejection notification if you are unsuccessful.
The BoA Merrill Lynch numerical test is not produced by SHL but is of similar format and standard to an SHL numerical reasoning test. One of the readers of this website kindly confirmed for us that the BoA tests are made by PSL (Kenexa). As with many other numerical tests, there are questions on such topics as percentages, ratios and processing of information in tables, graphs and charts. Bank of America Merrill Lynch do provide candidates with practice questions but these are easier than the actual test.
BoA Merrill Lynch Assessment Process
Depending on the division of BoA Merrill Lynch you have applied for, if you are successful in completing the initial numerical aptitude test, you will be asked to fill out additional competency questions. Depending on the result of your numerical test and your answers to the follow up questions, you may be invited to take a telephone interview or invited straight through to an assessment centre. The telephone interview consists of mainly competency based interview questions and the interview format and questions are fairly standard, though this can vary wildly depending on the department applied for and the interviewer. In terms of difficulty we understand the test is of a comparable level to other banks and consultancies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Help with BoA Merrill Lynch's Testing
As the BoA numerical test is of a fairly standard nature, the standard practice suggestions and techniques apply for revision. Anyone who does require more information about numerical testing can read the dedicated advice page on this site here. Those who would like hints and tips of a more general nature please check out the aptitude test advice section of this site by using this link.
Acquiring Practice Tests Appropriate For Bank Of America Merrill Lynch
Those applicants who wish to purchase some practice aptitude tests to hone their test taking skills, we recommend the Assessment Day website for quality SHL and Kenexa style practice aptitude tests. Assessment Day are one of the leading companies who produce practice assessments designed to give job candidates as much of a realistic experience as possible when it comes to practising for the aptitude tests used by a wide range of companies across all sectors of industry.