If you pass the PwC Situational Judgement Test, you’ll be invited to take the PwC Game-Based Assessment. This consists of 11 games, which can be taken on iOS, Android, Windows or Mac.
You’re probably wondering: what on earth is a game-based assessment?
Don’t panic. We’ve got a super detailed guide to ALL 11 game tests used by PwC, so you can find out exactly what kind of thing to expect.
Firstly, let’s focus on the 2 key PwC psychometric tests included in the games:
- The PwC Numerical Reasoning Test
- The PwC Logical Reasoning Test
PwC Numerical Reasoning Test
This is similar to traditional online aptitude assessment tests. You will get:
- 18 questions
- Less than one minute to answer each question
Been a while since you did maths?
Don’t worry. You don’t need to be a world-class mathematician to pass this test but you DO need to be prepared! We’ve got 3 key tips to help you pass PwC Numerical Reasoning Tests:
- Revise basic GCSE-level calculations. This includes ratios, percentages and reading data from charts.
- Practise dealing with time pressure. What makes the PwC Numerical Reasoning Test difficult is not the level of maths, but how you reason with the information in the time allocated. The only way to prepare for this is by practising numerical reasoning tests.
- Practise coping with stress. Again, the main challenge is not mathematical knowledge, but performing under pressure.By practising tests at home, in a relaxed environment, you’ll be able to perform better in your actual test.
Here’s an example of a typical PwC-style Numerical Reasoning Test question:
Worked it out? Check out the correct answer at the bottom of the page.
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PwC Logical Reasoning Test
Unlike the other tests, the PwC Logical Reasoning Test does not examine any particular area. You will get:
- 18 questions
- 45 seconds per question
- A series of 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements. Your task is to recognise the pattern and identify what comes next in the sequence.
It’s actually not as difficult as it seems, as long as you bear in mind a few key things:
- It can be quite random. The fact that no prior knowledge is required is exactly what makes this test difficult, so the only way to prepare is by practising similar tests.
- You need to be comfortable with the format. There’s no limit to how abstract the patterns and trends can be. The size, arrangement, movement and colours of 2 and 3-dimensional shapes will change, so you need to be ready for anything.
- The test assesses your speed. As with the Numerical Reasoning Test, you need to be able to think calmly under pressure. By taking practice tests you can increase your accuracy and reaction times.
Here’s what a typical PwC-Style logical reasoning question looks like:
In this example, you’d have just 45 seconds to notice that:
- The arrow rotates clockwise around the diagram
- The sequence of shapes is triangle-circle-square
- The long line alternates between horizontal and vertical
- …and to identify the correct answer!
Have you cracked it? Check out the answer at the bottom of the page.
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PwC Game-Based Assessments and best tips to pass
Alongside the numerical and logical reasoning tests, PwC will ask you to complete a further 9 game-based tests developed by . They have different instructions and are designed to measure skills and competencies including:
- Your reaction times
- Decision-making skills
- Whether you persist with a task after failing or missing a point
- How you switch strategies
TOP TIP to pass PwC game-based tests: These tests collect “data points” according to how you perform on each task, but you must try to not let a low score distract or demotivate you! The test measures your behaviour as well as your actual ‘score’.
Read our full article on gamified assessments, how to prepare for and practice them, here:
Let’s take an in-depth look at each of the 9 games:
1.Balloons. Your goal is to inflate different sized balloons and ‘bank’ them before they pop. The more you pump a balloon, the more points you get. If you pop a balloon, you gain zero points. Each balloon constitutes a round.
Arctic Shores ‘Balloons’ game
Source: Arctic Shores
Balloons game tip: This game measures risk-taking so try to strike a balance between pumping and banking!
Practice risk taking game-based assessment with GF and take GF’s Bart game.
2.Power Generators. This game involves using 4 different generators to reach a desired power level. Some of the generators start to deduct power once too much is used and your task is to work out how to gain as much power as possible.
3. Leaflets. This is a memory game requiring you to remember the order in which a grid of leafletsis stamped. The second level is more complex: there is a secondary stamp that’s not part of the sequence and should be ignored.
Leaflets game tip:Classic memory games like this are available online and you should practice to improve your performance in this game.
4. Bulbs and Spanners. This game tests your reaction times. An image of a bulb or spanner appears at the top of your screen and you need to click on thecorresponding button at the bottom of the screen.
5.Arrows. This game tests your ability to compute multiple sources of information. You focus on an arrow in the centre of the screen. If it’s surrounded by other arrows or dashes, you need to press a button corresponding to the direction of the centre arrow.
Arrows game tip: Practising similar online brain training games can help you improve your performance.
6. Moving Numbers. This game also assesses your ability to process multiple sources of information. Shapes with numbers appear on a split screen. If the shape enters the top half of the screen, you have to focus on the number, clicking the left button for even numbers, and the right button for odd numbers. When the shape enters the bottom half, you need to focus on the shape rather than the number. For rounded corners, click the left button, for pointed edges click the right. The game gets faster and switches between the two halves to make it trickier.
Moving numbers game tip: this game looks at the effect of interferenceon your reaction times – something psychologists term ‘The Stroop Effect’. Look it up to help you understand this phenomenon and how you can improve your performance.
7. Team Selling. This game looks at how you can balance risk-taking with teamwork. You are on one of two teams, selling electronic devices to make money for PwC. You must decide whether to sell them for $50 or $300. The aim is to raise as much money as possible. You’re unable to see the other team’s decision – which takes around 10 seconds. If both teams decide to sell a tablet for $50, they are each awarded that amount and $100 goes into the PwC pot. If one team decides to sell for $300 and the other for $50, then the latter team receives $300. If both teams go for $300, both teams receive nothing.
8.Emotions. This game tests your emotional recognition when looking at facial expressions.You will see an animated picture of a face and have to identify which emotion it displays. You will be shown a series of approximately 50 faces in total and choose from a range of 7-8 different emotions.
Emotions game tip:You can practise this using Google Images – jot down a list of common emotions (e.g. happy) and look at the pictures that come up when you search for that word plus “face”.
9.Open the Safe. This also measures your reaction times. You will see a coded safe in the centre of the screen, with numbers around it, like a clock face. To reveal the code, you must press a designated button when the correct digit is highlighted. If you make a mistake you will need to start again from round one. Each round gets progressively faster.
Open the safe game tip:Believe it or not, first-person shooter (FPS) video games can help you improve your reaction time. Hazard perception tests and “reaction time” online games can also help.