Everything to Ace the 2021 SHL General Ability Test (Verify G+)
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What Is the SHL General Ability Test?

The SHL General Ability Test (Verify G+) is SHL’s most popular cognitive test – a test that assesses your thinking and problem-solving abilities.

If you see that name in your test invitation, rest assured – you’ve come to the right place. Note that the name of the test can sometimes change.

SHL General Ability Test Invitation Announcement

The test contains three topics:

Numerical Reasoning 8-10 questions
Inductive Reasoning 8-10 questions
Deductive Reasoning 8-10 questions
Total 24-30 questions

Note: The SHL General Ability Test has two versions – interactive and multiple choice. Don’t waste time preparing for the wrong version. If not sure, follow the hints on your test invitation using the SHL Test Finding Guide to know EXACTLY what’s ahead.


The Two General Ability Test Versions

As mentioned before, the SHL  comes in two versions – Mobile-Enabled Interactive and Standard Multiple-Choice.

Although the subject matter of both versions is similar, they are very different from one another!

The following table summarizes the main differences:

Version Interactive Multiple-Choice
No. of Questions 24 Varies (approx. 30)
Time Limit 36 minutes 36 minutes
Interactive* Yes No
Adaptive** Yes No
Question Types

Numerical - Tables and Graphs, Numerical Calculation, Number Ranges

Inductive - Next in Series, Rules Combination, Alphanumeric Sequences

Deductive - Scheduling (Schedule, Calendar), Ranking

Numerical - Tables and Graphs

Inductive - Next in Series

Deductive - Seating Arrangements

* Interactive – you will be able to interact with the test (drag-and-drop, connect the dots, etc.)

** Adaptive - questions become harder when you answer right and easier when you answer wrong.

 

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See What You’ll Get

NEW SHL Verify General Ability

  • Practice Test, Guide, and Full Simulation
  • SHL Verify G+ numerical Guide
  • 17 Table & Graphs Tests
  • 7 Word Problem Tests
  • SHL Verify G+ Deductive Guide
  • 5 Deductive Reasoning practice tests
  • SHL Verify G+ Inductive Guide
  • 9 matrices tests
  • 24 Next in Series tests
  • 3 Logical Process tests
  • 9 Study Guides

SHL General Ability Topics and Sample Questions

The SHL General Ability Test (Verify G+) contains three topics – numerical, inductive, and deductive. Let’s go over each of these topics, including a sample question from each.

 

Numerical Reasoning

This part of the assessment focuses on your ability to extract, calculate, and come to conclusions based on numerical data.

SHL General Ability - Numerical Sample Question

What proportion of both sites' April and May traffic was for Cuisine.net?

SHL numerical sample question
29.7%
31.3%
34.2%
35.7%
38.1%
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (E) - 38.1%

To calculate this, we add up the total page views of cuisine.net for April and May and divide this amount by the total hits of both sites for the same period.

Therefore, the calculation would be:

(35+45)/(35+45+70+60), which is 80/210 -> 38.1%

How Do SHL Numerical Questions Look in the Interactive Version?

In the interactive version, you will usually be required to draw a linear graph or adjust a bar chart according to the textual and numerical data.

You might also encounter 2 other question types:

  • Numerical calculation
  • Numbers range

The Complete SHL General Ability Prep Course provides preparation for these question types as well.

 SHL Numerical test info, sample questions, and practice

 

Inductive Reasoning

SHL Inductive questions revolve around finding the logical rules represented in shapes’ color, position, etc.

SHL Inductive Sample Question

Which diagram would appear next in series?

SHL inductive sample question
A
B
C
D
E
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (A).

The inner shape in one frame becomes the middle shape in the next frame; the middle shape becomes the outer shape in the next frame; and the outer shape becomes the inner shape two frames later.

Thus, the outer shape in the missing frame should be a square (just like the middle shape in the 5th frame), the middle shape should be a triangle (like the inner shape in the 5th frame), and the inner shape should be a diamond (like the outer shape in the 4th frame).

How Do SHL Inductive Questions Look in the Interactive Version?

Interactive version inductive questions will require you to experiment with the rules and patterns represented in the shapes. (E.g., create the missing shape by clicking the white areas, determining their colors).

You might also encounter 2 other types of questions:

  • Alphanumeric series
  • Rules combination

The Complete SHL General Ability Prep Course provides preparation for these question types as well.

 SHL Inductive test info, sample questions, and practice

 

Deductive Reasoning

The SHL Deductive questions examine your ability to draw logical conclusions out of given information. This will usually be measured by scheduling tasks or ranking items based on constraints.

SHL Deductive Sample Question

In a restaurant's storage room there are seven kinds of fruits - Figs, Guavas, Honeydews, Kiwis, Mangos, Nectarines and Papayas. The restaurant's chef has to pick exactly four different kinds of fruits out of the seven to make a fruit salad. The selected fruits must meet the following conditions:

  • Papaya can be selected only if Kiwi is selected.
  • Fig can be selected only if Nectarine is selected.
  • Either Mango or Nectarine must be selected but not both.
  • Either Papaya or Honeydew must be selected but not both.

Which one of the following could be a complete and accurate list of the fruits from which the salad is made up?

Kiwi, Papaya, Fig, Mango
Kiwi, Nectarine, Honeydew, Guava
Mango, Nectarine, Fig, Papaya
Papaya, Mango, Guava, Honeydew
Guava, Papaya, Kiwi, Fig
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The Correct answer is (B) - Kiwi, Nectarine, Honeydew, Guava.

In questions asking for a possible complete arrangement according to the rules, go over the answer options and eliminate every response that violates any of the rules presented.

The correct answer is the one that does not violate any of the rules.

Answer (A) - According to the derivatives, Fig can only be selected if Nectarine is selected (~N → ~F). In addition, Mango and Nectarine cannot both be used (M or N). So, a salad containing Mango and Fig is impossible (M → ~F).

Answer (B) - This setting does not violate any of the rules, and therefore this is the correct answer.

Answer (C) - According to the rules, Mango and Nectarine cannot both be selected (M or N).

Answer (D) - According to the rules, Papaya and Honeydew cannot both be selected (P or H).

Answer (E) - According to the rules, Fig can only be selected if Nectarine is selected, so a salad containing Fig but not Nectarine is impossible (~N → ~F).

How Do SHL Deductive Questions Look in the Interactive Version?

In the interactive version of the SHL General Ability test, you will be required to manually create the desired schedule or ranking by clicking or dragging the appropriate elements in the correct order.

SHL Deductive questions fall under one of 5 categories:

  • Scheduling
    • Team schedule
    • Office schedule
    • Team calendar
    • Task calendar
  • Ranking

The Complete SHL General Ability Prep Course provides preparation for these 5 types.

 SHL Deductive test sample questions, tips, and practice

 

SHL General Ability Scoring

Here are some frequent questions about the SHL General Ability Test score:

 

What Is a Good Score on the SHL General Ability Test?

As a general rule, you need to score at least at the 80th percentile (a score higher than at least 80% of the comparison group) to pass the assessment.

What is a comparison group?

Your comparison group is a group of candidates previously tested by SHL, whose profile is similar to the job you applied to.

SHL’s 4 most common comparison groups are:

  • Operational
  • Graduates
  • Supervisors
  • Managers

 So eventually, a passing score on the SHL General Ability Test depends on the position you apply to.

 

Will I Be Able to View My Score After the Test?

Not always.

Sometimes you will receive a detailed score report, showing you your exact percentile score in each section, as this detailed SHL score report.

Yet, sometimes you will only get your performance grade relative to your comparison group:

SHL General Ability Score Report

 

In any case, you will not be able to see how well you have answered individual questions.

 

For How Long Is My SHL Score Valid?

This depends on the hiring company, yet according to their score reports, SHL saves your scores for 12-18 months.

 

I Want to Learn More About SHL Test Scores

Visit our Complete Guide for Understanding SHL Test Results.


Practicing the SHL General Ability Test

You will usually have no more than 1 week to prepare for the SHL General Ability Test. Therefore, to be best prepared, your practice must be focused and accurate.

Follow these 4 crucial guidelines:

 

#1 – Prepare for the Right Test

As I’ve mentioned (more than once…), the SHL General Ability Test has two versions. If you practice the wrong one, your score will be less than optimal.

Do your best to find out exactly which version you’re taking (you can follow the SHL Test Finding Guide for that purpose).

 

#2 – Practise In-Depth and In Breadth

What does that mean, anyway?

  • Practice In-Depth – Solve many questions of the same type consecutively. This will highly increase your skill and solving speed in the specific style of SHL questions.
  • Practice In Breadth – Solve simulations of the actual Verify G+ test, where questions are mixed. This will improve your flexibility and adaptability for different question types.

 

#3 – Practice What Matters

Don’t waste your time on question types that won’t appear on the actual assessment.

Research shows that to significantly improve your score on cognitive tests, you should solve questions as close as possible to those on the actual test, in terms of both content AND structure.

It is true that practicing questions that are only related to the ones on the real test may be helpful as well – but their effect on your score is FAR lower.

Focus first and foremost on SHL-type questions, and if you have some time left, practice additional types.

 

#4 – Learn from Your Mistakes

That’s a very simple truth.

If you want to improve, you must know where you were wrong.

That is primarily why I don’t recommend you to rely on SHL’s official practice tests. Yes, they will give you a good understanding of how the test looks like, but they have no answers and no explanations, so your ability to learn and improve is very little.

In addition, remember that the SHL General Ability Test combines three different topics (numerical, inductive, and deductive). Therefore, it is essential that you know in which of these areas you are weakest, so your final score is as high as it can be.


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See What You’ll Get

NEW SHL Verify General Ability

  • Practice Test, Guide, and Full Simulation
  • SHL Verify G+ numerical Guide
  • 17 Table & Graphs Tests
  • 7 Word Problem Tests
  • SHL Verify G+ Deductive Guide
  • 5 Deductive Reasoning practice tests
  • SHL Verify G+ Inductive Guide
  • 9 matrices tests
  • 24 Next in Series tests
  • 3 Logical Process tests
  • 9 Study Guides

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