After the successful initial screening of your application you will be invited to the next stage of the HMRC recruitment process: HMRC Online Aptitude Tests. This stage can involve a number of different aptitude tests. As a result, we’ve summarised some of the most common aptitude test types for you down below:
A. HMRC Numerical Reasoning Test
In this aptitude test, you will be given a few passages with tables, charts and other types of data presentation. Your task will be to quickly analyse the information and answer a series of questions.
Do not worry if maths is not your strong suit! All you will need is a quick recap of basic GCSE calculations, such as ratios, percentages and reading data off charts. HMRC’s Numerical Reasoning Test is difficult – not because of the knowledge tested, but because of the time pressure and stress involved. You will have to solve 35 questions and will be allocated (on average) less than a minute to answer each one!
Tip: You need to be able to control your stress and time pressure. The only way to achieve this is through Numerical Test practice in a safe environment, before your real aptitude assessment.
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HMRC-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example
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B. HMRC Logical Reasoning Test
This test will not examine any particular area of your knowledge. This time you will be presented with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and will then be asked to identify the right pattern to determine what comes next in the sequence.
The main difficulty in the Logical Reasoning Test, often referred to as a Diagrammatic Reasoning Test, is that there is no pre-requisite knowledge required and there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be; both two- and three-dimensional shapes will differ in: size, arrangement, movements and colours.
However, is does not have to be as difficult as it seems. By having a look at HMRC-style Logical Reasoning Tests offered by Graduates First, you will get familiar with the format of the questions and the level of difficulty they involve. A lot of patterns are repetitive and follow similar logic, so by practicing you will grow in confidence and be better-suited to take your real test.
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HMRC-style Logical Reasoning Test Example
In the example above, you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:
- the arrow moves around the diagram
- shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
- the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer! There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.
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C. HMRC Verbal Reasoning Test
In the same way a Numerical Reasoning Test examines how confident a candidate is in their numerical calculations, HMRC’s Verbal Reasoning Test strives to identify whether a candidate can accurately extract the relevant information from a previously unseen passage of text to analyse whether subsequent statements are true, false, or impossible to say based on the information contained in the passage of text.
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HMRC’s Verbal Reasoning Test could potentially be more difficult for people who are non-native speakers of English. We suggest to practice verbal reasoning test questions as much as you can, as this will help you to understand the specific way in which the texts are built, and questions asked.
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Remember, you will have around 45 seconds to answer questions like the following
HMRC-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example
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D. HMRC Situational Judgement Test
The HMRC Situational Judgement Test will examine your main characteristics and skills in dealing with unknown life situations that you are likely to encounter when working for HMRC. This test is designed to check if you suit the core values that HMRC are looking for (we covered these above!).
This test is especially difficult because all answers will seem like appropriate options. They will all have some good qualities, so you need to differentiate between them to find those that are practical and desired by HMRC.
HMRC-style Situational Judgement Test Example
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E. HMRC Occupational Personality Test
This is another type of psychometric test that examines your ability to fit into the specific role you applied to, and how well you align with the work culture at HMRC. You will be asked to identify statements that describe you best. However, often you will be required to allocate a specific amount of points between many desirable qualities. In this exercise, you will be faced with a challenge to priorities your key skills and competencies.
Tip: Do not try to manipulate your responses, as these tests are designed to flag up any inconsistencies. Be honest with your answers, but just bear in mind that some of your qualities or skills might be more appropriate than others for this particular job role.
Learn more about the SHL CEB – Occupational Personality Questionnaire
Occupational Personality Tests vary in their structure and design, but most of them will follow a similar format to the one we’ve presented below.
HMRC-style Occupational Personality Test Example
GF offers a test similar to HMRC’s Occupational Personality Questionnaire. We call it the Work Personality Questionnaire. (Try it out here).