Aptitude Test Part 2 Technical Skills and Skills-based tests – 4/6

In partnership with the experts at JobTestPrep

By Bsyn Support

Resource 23 Apr 2021
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Following on from our previous article on Aptitude Tests, we will now be covering more technical test types that you can expect in a Technical Graduate Role. Given the different styles, we show you various straight forwards ways in which to solve them.

Technical Tests

These are centred on assessing the candidate’s ability for a wide array of technical jobs e.g. technicians, plant operators, engineers etc. Included in this category are spatial and mechanical reasoning, error checking and concentration tests. These tests do not, in most cases, require prior knowledge of technical concepts, but rather indicate your aptitude for technical skills.

Spatial Reasoning

Spatial reasoning, awareness and orientation are all different names for the same test which assesses your ability to examine and navigate two and three-dimensional spaces. These tests use images and diagrams depicting mirror reflections, cubes, perspectives and two-dimensional shape organization in the questions. For more information and examples of spatial reasoning tests, visit our Partner JobTestPrep’s –  spatial reasoning page.

Mechanical/Electrical Reasoning

Mechanical and electrical reasoning tests either evaluate the basic understanding of physics concepts, based on GCSE/high-school knowledge or the aptitude/intuition to understand such concepts.

Error Checking

Error checking tests are commonly found in recruitment processes as they are an indication of your attention to detail and error spotting skills. The tests normally involve a list of numeric and alphanumeric data and you need to spot the inconsistencies in the data itself. To see more examples of this type of test and to learn more, see our Partner JobTestPrep’s – error checking page.


Concentration tests are used at a range of job levels where a high level of concentration is necessary to perform specific tasks. These are simple to look at but the speed and accuracy required to make these difficult to focus on, not to mention how you are shown the same or similar information over and over again.

Skill-based Tests

Unlike the aptitude tests mentioned above, skill-based tests do require prior knowledge of concepts associated with a particular field. For example, many companies are looking to hire candidates with specific knowledge in various computer programs.

Microsoft Office Assessments

The modern workplace requires employees to have a good working knowledge of many commonly used computer programmes such as Microsoft Office. Companies like Kenexa have developed assessments designed to test your knowledge in key programmes such as Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access Depending on the job you are applying for, these tests may play a crucial role in determining if you are the right person for the job. For more on Excel, assessments visit our partner JobTestPrep’s page on Excel Assessments.

Computer Programming Tests

Many jobs require employees to be familiar with various computer programming languages, such as C++, Go, PHP, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Python, and SQL. The type of questions you will be asked can vary as some tests will ask you to identify the language used in a line of code. Other questions may ask you to spot an error in a line of code provided, and you can learn more about this type of test by visiting the syntax checking page. The third type of question may ask you to identify the outcome of various pieces of code. These are very technical tests that require a solid understanding of computer programming that is often crucial for the job in question.

*Look out for our next post covering Behavioural Test in this series!*


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