ibm cognitive assessment ipat test

Stage 1

Online Application

Using IBM’s online application tool, apply for your desired role.

Stage 2

Online Tests

If your application is successful, you will be invited to take an online computer aptitude test (CAT) – the IBM IPAT test. This tests logical reasoning and your ability to process information quickly. Though the test is comprised of 3 sections, you will be asked to complete 2 of them, and will have 7 days to do so.

If your CAT result proves to be successful, your application will be reviewed by one of IBM’s Professional Development Managers.

Candidates who applied for the ‘Graduate Strategic Analytics Consultant’ role will also need to complete a SHL Test. This test is split into 2 sections, and will assess both your verbal and numerical skills. You must complete the SHL test within 7 days.

Stage 3

Assessment Centre

If your online test results were sufficient, your online application will be reviewed by the Graduate Managers. If you are a suitable candidate for the IBM Graduate Scheme, you will be invited to a selection day where you will be given the chance to ask questions and meet recently hired graduates and students. You may also be asked to participate in some or all of the activities listed below.

  • Group activity – this will either involve problem solving or will be discussion based.
  • Written test – depending on the role you have applied for, you may also have to take a numerical and verbal reasoning test.
  • Interview – your participation in the interview will depend on the role you have applied for and whether you have passed the other exercises on the day.

Stage 4

Final Interview

Most of the roles will require you to take part in one more interview where you will meet IBM’s business managers. This interview serves as a final “check-up” to see whether you are indeed the right candidate for the role.

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