Ability tests and personality questionnaires are proven methods for assessing critical qualities for job success, such as solving problems, communicating effectively and being innovative and creative. It’s for these reasons that employers use such tests widely.

CEB (formerly SHL) is a psychometric test developer based in the UK that provides online psychometric testing services worldwide. They are one of the first companies to offer psychometric tests across Australia.

Aptitude tests such as those produced by SHL aim to assess an individual’s maximum ability in a competency that has been identified as important for success in the role. An example would be numerical reasoning for a quantitative position. SHL is not the only publisher of aptitude tests. Other leading brands include Talent Q, Kenexa, Cubiks and Savilles.

As a frequent user of SHL/CEB Modules, Short-list offer advice on how to get the most out of using these modules on everything from psychometric testing through to inductive reasoning. We administer all modules and provide detailed reporting and translation of results so you can make an informed decission on the candidate.


 SHL Testing



A wide range of SHL tests are available, with the main ones being:

•Numerical reasoning. These test your ability to understand and use numerical or statistical data. They typically display some data, often in the form of a graph or table, and the candidate must use this information in order to answer the question.

•Verbal reasoning. These test your ability to understand and critically evaluate passages of written information. They typically comprise a passage of information and the candidate is required to identify whether, based on the information in the passage, the statements following are true, untrue or whether it is impossible to say.

•Inductive reasoning. These test your ability to recognise and understand patterns and relationships between bits of information. They are the purest test of ‘generalised’ intelligence as they are not reliant on numerical or verbal ability. Candidates are typically presented with a series of shapes or patterns and must identify the missing or next shape or pattern in the sequence.

•Mechanical comprehension. These test your ability to understand and apply basic mechanical principles. They usually include questions relating to cogs, pulleys, springs and levers, where the candidate must use their mechanical knowledge to calculate the correct answer.

•Spatial awareness. These test your ability to understand and manipulate the spatial dimensions of shapes. They often include questions about rotation or reflection, or mentally creating 3D shapes from 2D plans.

•Situational judgement tests. Psychological tests that assess your judgement in resolving work-based problems.

Other tests that SHL publish include personality tests, reading comprehension tests, IT knowledge tests and logical reasoning tests.