Aptitude tests for computing jobs broadly fall into three groups:

A standard battery of tests assessing competencies such as numerical reasoning, logical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning which are required in technical computing jobs.

A hybrid test comprising of elements involving logical reasoning, numerical problem solving, pattern recognition, ability to follow complex procedures and attention to detail. Neither of these first two types of test require any knowledge of programming

A programming simulation involving pseudo-code, control structures (e.g. loops), look-up tables, sets, arrays, boolean true/false, looping and other programming structures. These are given to experienced programmers to assess their competence.

The test given here is a hybrid test (type 2 above). Hybrid tests involve:

Logical thinking and problem solving.
Numerical problem solving is analogous to the trouble shooting required in programming

Pattern and syntax recognition. Involves recognizing similarities and differences in strings of characters and numbers, understanding graphical representations of procedures and symbols, finding which element does not match the corresponding elements and information checking and attention to detail: a single misplaced semi-colon or bracket can crash a program.

Ability to follow complex procedures. Involves following coded instructions and rules, sequencing events into a logical order, sorting and manipulating lists of items according to specific instructions, deciding how one set of instructions affects another and interpreting flow diagrams.

Other attributes required by programmers and other computing professionals

Time management.

Creativity.

Teamwork.

Determination

Clear, concise documentation: software development involves writing things down and looking them up again.

Ability to quickly learn new skills and update existing ones by teaching yourself.
Also a receptivity to new ideas: computing is a fast changing environment!

Programmers also need to be reasonably quick coders, although accuracy is more important than speed.

For more information about this click on the programming tests tab on our psychometric tests page.

The test has 26 questions and you will have 60 minutes to do them. At the end of the test (when 60 minutes have elapsed), you will be given a score. Please use SCRAP PAPER and a CALCULATOR for working out answers. Please note that this is quite a demanding test.

Enter you name and email and click "Next" to begin. Good luck!

Name

Email

Question 1Below are 6 rows containing two identical sets of characters, but in one row, one character in the two sets is different. Which row has the difference?

1

jkojaspfskasfk

jkojaspfskasfk

2

iqtgiwegasdio

iqtgiyegasdio

3

qwjedasjasnbm

qwjedasjasnbm

4

wyesdsdlxvc

wyesdsdlxvc

5

jasbhuhoqhwlk

jasbhuhoqhwlk

6

poanksdnuqwb

poanksdnuqwb

123456

Question 2Below are 6 rows containing two identical sets of characters, but in one row, one character in the two sets is different. Which row has the difference?

1

f7y349hwe[nfl';SD,\M

f7y349hwe[nfl';SD,\M

2

CDBI98QEy39o;@:IIP

CDBI98QEy39o;@:IIP

3

\lvnrllrvopee~f.4'wr

\lvnrllrvopee~f.4'wr

4

;sapr){3I4JM\@—mm

;sapr){3I4JM\@—mm

5

dsNvn(Pos\o;I\md;)

dsNvn(Pos\e;I\md;)

6

pUJ304'f.:gWV,[c\;IMq;1

pUJ304'f.:gWV,[c\;IMq;1

123456

Question 3Below are 6 rows containing two identical sets of characters, but in one row, one character in the two sets is different. Which row has the difference?

1

'z;agle5pao5[,zd,pE;"

'z;agle5pao5[,zd,pE;"

2

\kjfo5;gm"va'a'c,'\fz

\kjfo5;gm"va'a'c,'\fz

3

zk;rgkggr'lz#g#[[pr[s5o;

zk;rgkggr'lz#g#[[pr[s5o;

4

[aepv5[.[3.q3#[kca;fh'

[aepv5[.[3.q3#[kca;fh'

5

oaejo[v,5./Av?cva;VS'

oaejo[v,5./Av?cva;VS'

6

ladnl:vdlne,842tybqi\m

ladnl:avdlne;842tybqi\m

123456

Question 4Alan thinks of a number. He squares it, then takes away 5, next multiplies it by 4, takes away 7, divides it by 3 and finally adds 6. His answer is 9.

What number did Alan start with?

123456

Question 5If the hour hand of a clock is turned anticlockwise from 2 pm to 9 am, through how many degrees will it have turned?

120135150165180205

Question 6What percentage of this shape is blue (to nearest percent)?

60%63%66%69%72%75%

Question 7If ADD = 9, BAD = 7, and CAD = 8.

What is the value of ADA?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

345678

Question 8If BAD = 10, DAC = 11, and CGI = 22.

What is the value of OCCAM?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

3536373940None of these

Question 9If DATA = 52, CACHE = 40 and BIT = 62.

What is the value of BABBAGE?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Flight tickets for an airline are coded as follows: UK flights are coded A, European Destinations B, Asian Destinations C, and the Americas D. If a flight takes place between 10 pm and 6 am the same codes are used but with lower case letters (a, b, c, and d). Male passengers are coded X and female passengers are coded Y. Children are coded by the same letters in lower case (x and y). Meals are coded as follows: European meal G, Asian Meal H, Vegetarian Meal K. Children's meals coded by the same letters in lower case (g, h, k). First Class passengers are coded P, Business Class Q, and economy R.

What would the code be for a flight to Paris at 5am for a vegetarian 8 year old girl traveling economy class?

bYkRbykrbykRBykPaykRNone of these

Question 12Three computers were lined up in a row. The Dell (D) was to the left of the Viglen (V) but not necessarily next to it. The blue computer was to the right of the white computer. The black computer was to the left of the Hewlett Packard (HP) PC. The Hewlett Packard was to the left of the Viglen (V).

What was the order of the computers from left to right?

V, HP, DV, D, HPHP, D, VHP, V, DD, V, HPD, HP, V

Question 13Tim was given a large bag of sweets and ate one third of the sweets before stopping as he was feeling sick. The next day he ate one third of the remaining sweets and the following day he ate one third of the remainder, before counting the sweets he had left which totaled eight.

How many sweets was he given in the beginning?

182124273033

Question 14In a counting system used by intelligent apes: A banana = 1. 6 is represented by an orange and 2 bananas. An orange is worth half a mango.

What is the value of two mangoes, an orange and a banana?

212427303336

Question 15In a counting system used by intelligent apes: A banana = 1. 6 is represented by an orange and 2 bananas. An orange is worth half a mango.

What is the value in fruit, of two mangoes with an orange, divided by an orange with a banana?

A mangoA bananaAn orange2 bananas3 bananasAn orange & a banana

Question 16If the code for JAVA is LCXC.

What is the code for BASIC?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

CBTJDDCUKEEDVLFFEWMGCDFFGNone of these

Question 17If the code for FORTRAN is GMUPWUU.

What is the code for PASCAL?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

QYVYFGQCVGFRQCPGVRGMPGFRQCVXFFNone of these

Question 18If the code for PHP is QLY.

What is the code for SQL?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

TUUTUSTRMTUBVUSNone of these

Question 19You start in square E6 facing East. Move 3 squares forward. Turn 90 degrees clockwise, move two squares forward, turn 180 degrees anticlockwise. Move 5 squares forward, turn 90 degrees anticlockwise. Move 4 squares forwards, turn 90 degrees clockwise. Move two squares backwards. What is the Y COORDINATE of the square you are now in?

67891011

Question 20You start in square E6 facing South West. Move three squares forward. Rotate 135 degrees clockwise. Move 4 squares forward. Rotate 45 degrees clockwise. Move 2 squares forward. Rotate 90 degrees anticlockwise and move 4 squares backwards.

What is the X Coordinate of the square you are now in?

CDEFGH

Question 21What is the angle between the hands of a clock at 10:30?

7590105120135150

Question 22

In a chocolate factory, a machine takes a 1 kg block of chocolate. It then divides this into rectangles each weighing 10g. These rectangles are then stamped into disks of chocolate each weighing 6g with the remaining chocolate discarded. These chocolate disks are next packed into bags of 4 which are sealed and finally packed into boxes, each containing 6 bags ready for dispatch to the shops.

What percentage weight of chocolate out of the original kilogram will be contained in COMPLETELY FILLED boxes (i.e. those containing a full 6 bags)?

58%60%62%64%66%68%

Question 23In these questions, the coordinates of the square or cell refer to its contents.

What is A4 multiplied by D3 divided by C2?

A

B

C

D

E

F

1

9

7

8

4

2

8

2

3

7

3

11

1

5

6

4

13

9

6

3

2426283033None of these

Question 24Store the answer to B4 plus A2 in F1. Store the answer to A4 minus D2 in F3 Multiply F1 by F3.

What is the final answer?

A

B

C

D

E

F

1

9

7

8

4

2

8

2

3

7

3

11

1

5

6

4

13

9

6

3

178496104108None of these

Question 25STEP 1: Multiply C3 by D4 and store the result in F4. STEP 2: Multiply F4 by 3, store the result in F4 then add 1 to E3. STEP 3: Repeat STEP 2 until the value of E3 equals 3 then stop.

What is the value of F4?

A

B

C

D

E

F

1

9

7

8

4

2

8

2

3

7

3

11

1

5

6

4

13

9

6

3

453454054501215None of these

Question 26Add A1 + B3 + C4 + D2 and put the result in E2. Add A3 + B1 + C2 + D4 and place the result in E4. If the value of E4 is larger than E2 swap their contents, otherwise leave them as they are. Multiply E2 by D1, then take away A4 and place the result in F2.