Kenexa/PSL ‘Advance’ Tests

Kenexa is a global end-to-end provider of HR solutions. PSL a competitor of SHL was acquired by Kenexa in 2006 and all of PSL’s intellectual property became the right of Kenexa.

The Kenexa Advance series are a set of numerical and verbal reasoning tests which are commonly used for selection in a recruitment context. Two levels of tests exist in terms of the audience they are aimed at:

  • General Ability
  • Graduate and Managerial

The General Ability tests are aimed at the supervisory (non-graduate/managerial) level of role. The Graduate and Managerial tests are aimed at university leavers and professionals in managerial posts or those joining training programs post-university.

Time Limits and Questions

General Ability - Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • 18 minutes time limit
  • 24 questions in the test

General Ability - Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • 20 minutes time limit
  • 24 questions in the test

Graduate and Managerial - Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • 25 minutes time limit
  • 48 questions in the test

Graduate and Managerial - Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • 35 minutes time limit
  • 32 questions in the test

Numerical Reasoning Test

The numerical reasoning test requires candidates to answer questions which require numerical reasoning using information provided in tables and charts. You are given 5 options to choose from; only 1 of the options is correct. The level of mathematics required is very basic and involves simple arithmetic.

It is advised that candidates practise as much as possible in order to do well. Did you know our tests are very similar to Kenexa’s Advance tests?

Verbal Reasoning Test

The verbal reasoning tests require candidates to answer questions which require verbal reasoning using information contained in passages of text. You are given 3 options to choose from; ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Cannot Say’ which is determined based upon the information contained in the passage. Only 1 of the options is correct. Those with English as their first language may have an advantage over others; however the low cut-offs or requirement criteria to pass will ensure that no one is disadvantaged. It is advised that candidates practise as much as possible.

For more information, see the section on ‘Ability tests’ under the ‘Psychometrics’ tab.

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