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SHL CEB Managerial and Graduate Item Bank (MGIB)

The Managerial and Graduate Item Bank (MGIB) is a test battery consisting of numerical and verbal reasoning tests that have been published over the course of many years. Since its first publication, there have been 6 Numerical and 6 Verbal reasoning tests produced. The Numerical Graduate Managerial (NMG) tests range from NMG1 to NMG6 and this is similar to the Verbal Managerial Graduate tests (VMG1 to VMG6).

Numerical Managerial Graduate (NMG) test

Candidates are required to answer questions which require numerical reasoning using information provided in tables and charts. You are given 5 options to choose from; only 1 of the options is correct. The level of mathematics required is no more than that obtained at GCSE level. Simple arithmetic, calculation percentages and ratios, and interpreting graphs will definitely help. It is advised that candidates practise as much as possible.

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Verbal Managerial Graduate (VMG) test

Candidates are required to answer questions which require verbal reasoning using information contained in passages of text. You are given 3 options to choose from; ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Cannot Say’ which is determined based upon the information contained in the passage. Only 1 of the options is correct. Those with English as their first language may have an advantage over others; however the low cut-offs or requirement criteria to pass will ensure that no one is discriminated against. It is advised that candidates practise as much as possible.

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