How to Pass the Suited Assessment [Updated for 2024]
Shir Enzer

Shir, Finance Sector Expert at JobTestPrep.

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What Is the Suited Assessment?

Suited is a manufacturer of cognitive and behavioral evaluations uniquely designed to assist law and finance recruiting. It is growing in popularity, especially in applications for early-career finance opportunities like summer internships and graduate schemes.

The cognitive section of the assessment, known as the Suited Essential Competencies Assessment, is particularly tough and catches many candidates off guard, due to its restrictive time limit and large battery of questions.

  • Which Firms Use Suited?

The Suited Assessments, though newer on the market than some more established pre-employment evaluations like Watson Glaser, have already been picked up by several big-name players.

In banking, these partner firms include names like Houlihan Lokey, PJT Partners, RBS, and Harris Williams. In law, they include such industry giants as Skadden and Kirkland & Ellis.

  • Why Do Firms Use the Suited Assessment?

Suited partners primarily with successful companies in the fields of investment banking and law. This is no coincidence, as these two types of firms are flooded yearly with a barrage of requests for internships and graduate schemes.

The truth is, that having an additional tool to filter through the mountains of CVs is simply an indispensable necessity for such companies.

Some will rightly question the fairness of mounting additional strain and labor on candidates who, typically, have already undergone intensive schooling. A more fruitful approach, however, is to recognize that these tests present you with an opportunity: a bit of practice beforehand can put you at a significant advantage over other candidates!

The Suited Assessment can also boost the candidacy of applicants whose on-paper credentials aren’t quite sufficient or are below the firm's cutoff.

Are you looking for Suited Assessment practice tests? We offer a preparation course that walks you through logical reasoning tips and teaches you about syllogisms, contrapositives, and analytical strategies to enhance your problem-solving skills.

Suited Assessment Questions

Below are a series of Suited Assessment examples. You can use them to gain a basic idea of what the tests look like. As you answer these questions, consider that the real test contains a series of each question type, and you are being timed. These examples are therefore not intended to accurately reflect the test-taking experience.

An accurate simulation can be found on our Suited Assessment Preparation Pack.

The Suited Essential Competencies Assessment

This part of the Suited Tests is timed, save for an example at the beginning of each section. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the entire test. The Essential Competencies Assessment must be taken on a desktop or laptop computer, as it is not compatible with a mobile-sized screen. Wrong answers will cause points to be taken off your total score, so guessing is not recommended.

What Does the Essential Competencies Assessment Measure?

The test measures your attention to detail under time pressure, your logical reasoning capabilities, and your numerical skills.

  • Question #1 - Checking

Observe the following two prompts and indicate whether they are identical or different:

a%g6F4$a0F5   |   a%g6F4$a0f5

Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The prompts are very similar, but the one on the right has a capital F in the second-to-right position, while the one on the left has a lowercase f in the same position.

The correct answer is Different

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Tip: With questions like these, it often helps to convert the visual stimulus into an auditory one. Think of a way to differentiate the sounds of capital and lowercase letters, and invent a sound for non-letter characters. This will decrease your response time and help you answer more questions in the allotted time.

  • Question #2 - Checking

Look at the following set of characters, then select all the matches out of the list below:


No Match
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

In this example, there is only one accurate match.

In answer 1, the capital and lowercase Hs have swapped places.

In answer 3, the '$' sign has been substituted for an 's'.

In answer 4, the '1' has been replaced with an 'I'. 

This leaves one option.

The correct answer is 2

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Did You Know: The choice of letters, digits, and numbers that carry no meaning is intentional, and is intended to avoid cultural bias.

  • Question #3 - Logical Reasoning

Read the following statements:

All plastic bags make noise.

Not all plastic bags are reusable.

Some noisy plastic bags are reusable.

Based on what you've read, indicate whether the following statement is true, false, or indeterminate:

There are single-use plastic bags that also make noise.

Insufficient Information
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

According to the second sentence, there are plastic bags that are not reusable - but you do not know how many. Combined with the first sentence, it follows there are plastic bags that are not reusable and also make noise.

The correct answer is True

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Tip: Practice active reading. Don't just scan the statements, read them carefully while paying attention to important keywords, like "some", "all", "only if" and "if-then".

  • Question #4 - Number Series

What number completes the pattern below?

13 | 45 | 26 | -15 | 52 | 5 | 104 | ?

-1 2⁄3
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer
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There are two alternating sequences in this series, each following a different rule:

The odd terms (indicated in red): the numbers double each time.

The even terms: the numbers divided by :(-3).

The correct answer is -1 2⁄3

Pass Your Suited Assessment With Flying Colours!

  • Utilize well-crafted questions that simulate the ones on the tests, and cover all basic competencies required for the real thing: attention to detail, logical reasoning, and numerical skills.
  • Each question comes complete with a full solution and explanation.
  • Practise bringing out your best qualities using the attached personality assessment guide.

Ace Your Suited Applications!

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The Suited Psychometric Assessment

After finishing the cognitive part of the Suited Assessments, you will likely have to take the Psychometric Assessment, which is essentially a behavioral test designed to ascertain the degree to which you match the organization and position that you are applying for. It also measures your stress response style, to ensure you are capable of dealing with pressure.

The majority of questions on this test will either ask you to rank how much you agree that a statement describes you, or to indicate which of two statements describes you better.

On both question types, you must assess which traits are represented in the question, and answer in a way that highlights the traits you want your employer to notice.

  • Examlpe #1

During discussions, I usually lead most of the conversation

Very much like me

Like me

Somewhat like me

Not like me

Not like me at all

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The traits shown here are assertiveness and dominance.

These are considered very good traits for candidates applying to leadership and management positions. If, however, you are applying for a junior or entry-level position, it is advisable not to rank too high on these qualities. Your employer likely wants to know that you are capable of listening to instructions and doing as you are told.

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Tip: Don't forget to consider your position and rank within the company. There is no single set of traits employers look for across all candidates, but rather unique profiles associated with each job.

Don't be disingenuous. Remember, your interviewer will see these results. Simply try to bring out your best self.

  • Example #2

Which statement do you agree with more?

I am a little fussy about who I trust to think through issues with

On occasion, I battle with a quick temper

Strongly Agree

Slightly Agree

Slightly Agree

Strongly Agree

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This question measures your cooperativeness and composure.

The key to answering questions like this is to remember that other questions will measure the same traits, so though it may seem like you are forced to choose, you can still control your ranking on each trait across a host of questions.

Regardless of which law firms or investment banks you are applying to, Suited's artificial intelligence test may very well determine your future at that firm. Make sure you present high-performance results and a pristine Suited profile for your employer.

Getting the right answers is a matter of practice.


How Long Does Suited Take?

The logical and numerical section, also known as the Suited Essential Competencies Assessment, takes about 15 minutes to complete. The behavioural assessment is untimed.

Is the Suited Assessment Hard?

Yes. Many candidates take the test unprepared and are taken aback by the challenge. With practice, the test can be passed though.

How Do You Pass a Suited Assessment?

Practice makes perfect. Take the test fully prepared, after a good night's sleep, and when you are feeling good.

Do You Have To Take the Test Every Time You Apply?

No. You can shorten the process and take the test for multiple firms by going to the Suited Website. This way, early career candidates can show their suited profile to several potential employers rather than take the test for each one.


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