Aptitude Tests at KPMG


KPMG use numerical and verbal aptitude tests as the initial part of their candidate assessment processes. Those who are successful then invited to take an E-Tray assessment. Candidates will normally have to wait between 1-3 days to find out if they have been successful in the E-Tray exercises. Successful completion of the E-Tray exercise will lead to an interview.

Many past candidates have said that accuracy is key when taking a KPMG aptitude test. They would rather a candidate attempt 12 questions and get 12 right, rather than attempt all 24 and only get 12 or 13 right. The same has been said for the verbal test, do not worry about trying to get through all the questions as candidates are extremely unlikely to make it to the end of either test without rushing and thus jepoardising their chances. The KPMG website itself even advises applicants that they are not likely to complete the assessment process in the alloted time.

KPMG seem to use the percentile system for assessing the performance of job applicants taking their aptitude tests. Many candidates discussing the KPMG process on websites such as The Student Room and Overclockers have remarked that they achieved 95th percentile (or better) in verbal reasoning only to score considerably lower in the numerical assessment (though this should not be taken as a total endorsement that the numerical tests are much harder than the verbal, every individual will have a different opinion).

Who Produces KPMG Aptitude Tests?

KPMG aptitude tests are not made by SHL or PSL. It has been remarked on other websites that they are either made by Cubiks, or that they are custom written in house at KPMG.

How Do The KPMG Aptitude Tests Compare To Other Companies?

It is a widespread opinion that the KPMG aptitude tests are much harder than those currently in use at similar companies, including fellow members of the accountancy "big four" Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). It has also been said they are harder than those at other financial firms such as Baker Tilly and Smith and Williamson.

Preparation for KPMG Aptitude Tests

Due to the difficulty levels of the KPMG aptitude tests, candidates opinions seem to suggest that taking practice tests does not help prepare the applicant for the KPMG tests as much as it would help for other companies due to the differences in both style and difficulty of the tests. That having been said, candidates have said that practicing shl style tests from places like assessment day and cubiks was of some help and much better than no preparation at all ("the practice tests will teach you the style of calculations, you just need to prepare to do more of them and they will be more difficult" was how one applicant described the process).


KPMG does in fact use the SHL

KPMG does in fact use the SHL test. It comprises of an untimed 108 question personality test and a 20 question / 20 minutes numerical test.

The numerical test is extremely challenging and requires interpretation of multiple charts, tables and conversions.

The failure rate is extremely high.

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