There’s tons of advice on previous threads that goes into a lot more detail. However, the gist of it is: The tests on the day seem harder. Maybe it’s the added pressure or maybe they actually are harder, but most people seem to pull through on this hurdle. You have to do 8 questions of each type in six minutes. My online tests were a year ago so I don’t really remember what they were like in comparison to the ones in my AC which was about six months ago as well, but from what I can remember, they felt similar.
The report was pretty standard. They gave us quite a few pages and we were expected to summarise the relevant information into a page or two (typed). There was a lot of irrelevant information so make sure you’re filtering what you’re summarising. Additionally, I put in some ratio analysis and percentages from the numbers given. After all, you are applying for a position in accounting, so this is a good chance to show that you’re good with numbers.
You should use something like bullet points or tables to organise your report. Be concise and make sure you’re using proper grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. I don’t think they’re grading too much on grammar but you don’t want to alienate the person correcting it.
The group discussion part is where you’re given some sort of initiative that the firm wants to undertake and you’re expected to discuss it amongst yourselves. Each one of you is given a different subsect of the same initiative and you come together to discuss it after reviewing your individual parts. Don’t take over the conversation, allow your teammates their time to shine, don’t cut someone off, look at the people you’re talking to, ask some reasonable questions to show your understanding, don’t look down on your notes all the time, keep a track of the time and try to remember everyone’s names. It’s not difficult but sometimes the pressure of an assessment centre can make some people act differently than how they’d normally behave socially.
@mixtheory: This is a strengths-based interview so expect more questions along the lines of: Do you like working in teams as opposed to Tell me about a time where you failed in a team-based setting. There’s a lot of information, including interview questions on old threads. Use the search function. I used those to prepare for my own interview and they were pretty accurate.
Good luck to the pair of you!