What does SHL stand for?


I’ve been looking for what SHL stands for please.
To do with assessment tests.


Hi Helen
Here is some information that might help from the following link: https://www.wikijob.co.uk/content/aptitude-tests/test-providers/practice-shl-tests

What are SHL tests?

SHL is a leading brand of psychometric tests, used by a huge range of organisations. Such tests are often a key element in graduate recruitment campaigns, where achieving a particular level of performance is necessary to progress further through the selection process.

Aptitude tests such as those produced by SHL aim to assess an individual’s maximum ability in a competency that has been identified as important for success in the role. An example would be numerical reasoning for a quantitative position.

SHL is not the only publisher of aptitude tests. Other leading brands include Talent Q, Kenexa, Cubiks and Saville.

How SHL tests work in practice

SHL tests are typically completed electronically in the first phase. Candidates are emailed a link to the tests they need to complete and will be given a limited (and usually challenging) amount of time to complete the test. To prevent cheating, successful candidates must usually sit a second test, where they will be watched by an invigilator to verify their performance. This second test will typically take place during a company assessment day.

SHL tests aim to put candidates under pressure in order to identify their maximum level of performance. This is then compared to the maximum ability level of a reference group (known as a norm group). This norm group is typically composed of individuals with similar characteristics to the candidate (e.g. age, nationality and educational level). Ability is calculated relative to the norm group and compared to a pre-defined cut off point, which represents the minimum ability needed to be successful in the role.

How to prepare for SHL tests

Practice is the best preparation when it comes to SHL tests. Candidates preparing to sit an assessment test should work through as many practice tests as they can find online.

Online tests will familiarise you with the type of questions you are likely to encounter and give you a ‘feel’ for how to solve them. They will also help you identify any gaps in your knowledge that you may benefit from revising – this is particularly true for numerical and mechanical reasoning tests. You may also want to download this free ebook, which covers numerical, verbal, abstract and spatial reasoning tests, with practice questions included.

Bear in mind that SHL tests have challenging time limits. This means that to be successful you need to work quickly and accurately. Practice tests can help you work out how fast you need to be working and what that feels like in a test situation. You ideally want to get to a position where you can pretty immediately understand what the question is looking for and how to solve it, so that you can spend your time working out the answer rather than puzzling over what the question is asking.

Practice tests also help you familiarise yourself with the format and how questions are presented so that you know what to expect when you access your proper test for the first time. This can help you feel comfortable and confident, and is a great way of reducing any anxiety you might feel about the tests.