Phillips 66 Assessment- Online Test Practice [2023]

What is the Phillips 66 Assessment Test?

Phillips 66 asks candidates for mechanical positions to complete a mechanical aptitude test in the first step of the hiring process. The Phillips 66 exam is a basic skills test given online, comprised of mechanical & technical multiple-choice questions, as well as behavioral sections. Overall, the test takes about one hour and 20 minutes.

This test (previously known as the Veltera battery test) is provided by SHL and is used to ensure that the applicants who are hired have the traits and skills necessary to effectively perform their jobs. Essential aptitudes and characteristics that are measured in the Phillips 66 pre-employment test include:

  • Following safety procedures and policies
  • Understanding and applying communicated information
  • Making appropriate decisions
  • Identifying problems
  • Reading and understanding tables, charts, forms, dials, meters, gauges, and written material
  • Applying basic mechanical principles to solve problems
  • Thinking logically
  • Continually learning new information
  • Verifying the accuracy of information
  • Reliability, good interpersonal relations, conscientiousness, and teamwork

These are the test sections:

Process Monitoring

This section directly examines skills related to Process Operator capabilities. That is, the ability to monitor and operate systems.

  • Time limit: 15 minutes to answer 30 questions.
  • Questions: In this section, you are asked to monitor 3 systems, interpret the presented data and decide whether to keep monitoring, make changes, or shut down the system.  


Mechanical Comprehension

  • Time limit: 15 minutes to answer 20 questions.
  • Questions: mechanical questions about how objects and systems are predicted to behave.

 Questions in this section will likely be similar to the following question:

Which axle will spin at a faster rate? 

exxonmobil sample question 2
both will spin at the same speed
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Axle 2 of the blue wheel turns along the circumference of the larger wheel, while axle 1 is in the center of the large wheel. This means that at the same time that axle 1 spins, axle 2 needs to complete a greater distance along the circumference of the large wheel and therefore axle 2 will spin faster.



Technical Checking

  • Time limit: 5 minutes to answer 150 questions.
  • Questions: applying a set of rules to specific situations.


Work Attitudes

There are 5 sections of personality questions throughout the Phillips 66 test.

  • Time limit- unlimited.
  • Questions- Questions in the section are deceptively simple and open-ended. You are asked to rate your level of agreement with different behavioral statements related to work attitude, on a scale of 1-5.

it would seem that there is no wrong answer, right?

Not exactly. Phillips, like all prestigious companies, looks for certain characteristics for certain jobs. 

For this reason, we recommend preparing for the behavioral parts of the Phillips exam as well. Knowing the required job characteristics Phillips 66 is looking for, and how questions that assess them look like, will allow you to express those traits when answering.

The Phillips 66 PrepPack includes a full section of personality profiling practice to help you bring out your best.


Phillips 66 Hiring process

Applying for mechanical, technical and engineering positions involves passing several screening stages to get hired. This is what you can expect in the Phillips 66 hiring process:

  1. Online application – You can look for jobs and apply online on the Phillips 66 official site.
  2. Aptitude Tests– pre-employment online assessments are given to potential candidates mostly for mechanical positions. If your role requires completing an assessment, you wiill recieve an email outlining the details and deadline for the assessment.
  3. Interviews- The next stage of the Phillips 66 hiring process is being invited to interviews. For the first stage, you might be asked to complete a phone screen, given online as an automized interview (via HireVue software). If you pass the phone screen, you will likely get invited to an on-site interview.


Come Prepared for the Phillips 66 Aptitude Test

There is no need to feel intimidated by either Phillips 66 test. Our in-depth practice materials and comprehensive study guides will ensure that you have a leg up on other candidates throughout the Phillips 66 hiring process.



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