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Our Assessments

At Sova, our assessments are designed to ask less but learn more. You might be asked to undertake an ability, a personality, situational judgment (SJT) or video assessment. Alternatively, you might encounter a mixture of assessment types packaged together in one assessment, which has been designed for a specific role.

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History of Assessments

In a blended assessment, you will encounter a mixture of assessment types packaged together in one assessment. This type of assessment has been designed for a specific role and organisation, and may include numerical, verbal and logical reasoning, alongside personality questions.

Familiarise yourself with this type of assessment by completing the practice questions below.

Tips for completing a blended assessment:

  • Ensure you have everything you need before you begin for example, a calculator where allowed, and a notepad and pen for your workings.
  • Your final score on the ability assessments is determined by a combination of both the questions you answer correctly and the speed in which you answer them; so, although you should work efficiently, be careful not to rush.
  • In a blended assessment you will see a variety of different question types. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the advice relating to each one.
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Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

In a situational judgement test, you will see short descriptions of scenarios that you’re likely to encounter in the role. These scenarios might be bought to life using imagery, video or animation. In response to each scenario, you should choose a ‘Most Effective’ and ‘Least Effective’ response from three or four options.

Tips for completing the SJT:

  • Base your choice of Most Effective and Least Effective responses on only the information provided in the presented scenarios
  • Be careful not to assume any prior knowledge of the scenarios presented
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Ability assessments are designed to assess your ability to quickly and accurately interpret and process information that is presented in different ways, such as a piece of text, a graph or a pattern. While there is no time limit for the ability questions, your final score is based on how many questions you answered correctly, and the time taken to answer each question.

Practice questions for our numerical, verbal and logical assessments are available below.

Numerical Reasoning

Numerical reasoning assesses your ability to work through, interpret and analyse numerical data. You will need to select your answer from the four options provided. You will be assessed on the number of questions answered correctly, and the time taken to answer each question.

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Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning assesses how quickly and accurately you can interpret and process verbal and written information and use this information to come to conclusions. You will be assessed on the number of questions answered correctly, and the time taken to answer each question.

Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning assesses your logical reasoning skills, specifically your ability to break down and process information, for example, identifying the patterns in a sequence. You will be asked to choose an answer from a number of options. You will be scored on both the number of questions answered correctly and the time taken to answer each question.

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Personality Questionnaire

Our personality questionnaire is designed to help organisations get an understanding of an individual’s behavioural preferences.

You will be asked to work through a number of statements grouped into sets of four. Each of the four statements presented needs to be rated on a five-point scale as ‘Most Like Me' to 'Least Like Me'. When evaluating each statement within each group of four, you can only select each option on the scale once.

Tips for completing the personality questionnaire:

  • There are no right, or wrong answers so go with your gut feeling - this is most likely to be a true reflection of you and how you like to work.
  • Think about how you would respond in a work-based environment.
  • If you are unsure, choose the response that corresponds closest to how you feel
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Video Interview

In a video interview, you will be asked to respond to questions that are asked via a pre-recorded video. The questions also appear in text. You’ll have a minute to review the question and prepare your response, followed by up to three minutes to record your answer. Before the assessment begins, you will have the opportunity to answer a practice question to ensure that your system is set up correctly and to familiarise yourself with the interview format.

Tips for completing a video interview:

  • Preparation is key. Ensure you are familiar with how the microphone and webcam work.
  • Choose a place to complete the interview that is visually clear and without background noise, movement or other distractions.
  • It can be quite daunting talking to a camera instead of a person but try not to worry about it! Treat it like you’re in a normal face to face interview.
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