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Practice and Preparation Advice for Candidates

We understand that completing a personality questionnaire or aptitude test can feel like a daunting process.

To make you feel as relaxed and confident as possible, we have provided useful information, advice, examples and practice tests to help you prepare fully before undertaking any of our psychometric assessments.

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Candidate at home taking an Aptitude Test in home office

Try our Aptitude Tests

To help you prepare for our aptitude tests, we offer free online practice tests of the Analysis, Comprehension, Technical and Swift Aptitude tests, under timed conditions. 

These practice tests give you a realistic experience of completing the actual tests before undertaking them.

Wave® Questionnaire Guidelines & Advice

Wave Styles assessments are built around one integrated model based on a rich understanding of personal motives, talents, competency potential and preferred culture.

We offer four Wave personality questionnaire types – Wave Professional Styles, Wave Focus Styles, Match 6.5 and Wave Strengths. Each has different questions and timings, but all use the same easy-to-use and accessible online interface.

Wave Professional Styles Questionnaire Guidelines

Read an overview and see examples of our most powerful and valid personality questionnaire.

Wave Focus Styles Questionnaire Guidelines

See example questions and get advice on how best to approach the Focus Styles questionnaire.

Match 6.5 Guidelines

See example questions and learn how best to approach the Match 6.5 questionnaire.

Wave Strengths Guidelines

Understand how to approach our Wave Strengths questionnaire as well as seeing examples of the type of questions asked.

Reports

Detailed and insightful reports will be generated based on the results of your assessments – these allow employers to make fair and accurate decisions about your suitability for the role in question. Reports also allow employers to provide valuable feedback to all candidates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to help – take a look at our most frequently asked questions below. We strongly advise you to look at these before starting your actual assessments.


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Contact support at [email protected]. Permission will be required from the test administrator for the project and then your test can be reset. You will be able to complete again from the beginning. No previous responses will be saved.


The test results are sent to the trained feedback provider who will contact you to discuss. 


Your reports will be sent to the project administrator (qualified user) who can distribute them at their discretion.


The project manager will have the deadline. However, if you email [email protected] with your details, they will be able to find out for you.


Yes, however the support team will not be available to help with any difficulties outside of these hours.

Technical Tips

Occasionally you may experience some hardware or software issues when trying to complete our tests. Here are some of the most common fixes.


For the best experience, we recommend downloading the newest version of your preferred browser.

We support current and previous stable versions of all browsers with a reasonable amount of market share, with the exception of Internet Explorer which is no longer supported.


The optimum display setting will be dependent on the assessment that you are completing and the selected device.

For aptitude assessments:

  • For desktop users we recommend a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.
  • For tablet users, whilst our assessments are compatible with most tablet devices, please ensure your device is compatible and you can read the text clearly prior to attempting to complete the assessment.
  • Access is not permitted on mobile phones (with the exception of Swift Comprehension Verbal & Numerical Aptitude, Swift Global Aptitude and the Workplace English Proficiency Tests).

For questionnaires:

  • Most mobile phones, tablets and desktops are compatible.
  • If you cannot read the instructions clearly please use an alternative device with a larger screen.

A reliable internet connection is required and a download bandwidth of 3Mbps or higher is recommended.


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PDF assessment reports can be opened in supported browsers or using PDF reader software. Adobe Acrobat Reader download is available free from Adobe.

Want to talk to our team?

If you have any other questions, please feel free to give us a call on +44 (0)20 8619 9006 or email [email protected]