Kenexa aptitude test

Kenexa IBM, also known as Watson Talent, operates worldwide. Kenexa uses several aptitude tests to assess candidates. Kenexa is not solely used by IBM, you can be tested by Kenexa even if you are applying to another company. Kenexa uses the following aptitude tests:

  • Matrices – abstract reasoning.
  • Tables and graphs – numerical reasoning.
  • Reading comprehension – verbal reasoning.

Besides these aptitude tests Kenexa offers a large amount of job specific skill tests. These tests include: microsoft office skills tests, data entry, spelling and typing.

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Hellotest is not affiliated with, or endorsed by Kenexa, IBM or Watson Talent. All practice materials are developed independently by Hellotest to support candidates preparing for their job application and not for selection purposes.

About the Kenexa assessment

Part of the Kenexa assessments are the cognitive ability tests. These tests cover three broad categories: abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning.

Abstract reasoning


Matrices measure whether you can analyze a complex relationship quickly and properly and determine the missing answer. The matrices of theĀ  always consist of nine squares: three columns by three rows. You must determine the ninth square. You can use information from both the column and the row to arrive at your answer. The interesting thing about matrices is that the columns and rows influence each other. With some practice this quickly becomes clear.

Raven's progressive matrices
Saville style numerical reasoning

Numerical reasoning

Tables and graphs

You will see a table or graph about which business administration questions are asked. To find the right answer. you have to get the right information from the table and make a short calculation. Common calculations are: growth rates, exchange rates and index numbers. Because few people work with similar issues on a daily basis, preparation is very important.

Verbal reasoning

Reading comprehension

You get to see a sample text with a statement or a question. Depending on the question you will have to answer the statement as “true”, “not true” or “can not say”. With an open question you will have to say something about the text. You must assess the statement or question based on the information in the text. It is important to limit yourself to the information in the text and not to make assumptions.

Reading comprehension

Preparing for Kenexa aptitude tests

Prepare for the test

You can practice some sample questions on the Kenexa website. This gives a first impression of the type of questions you need to master in the assessment. Because the explanation and the number of questions is very limited, it is wise to practice extra. The time you spend on preparation per component often depends strongly on your background and education. A business administrator will have less trouble with the tables, and a lawyer will have less trouble analyzing texts.


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Who are we

Our aim is to help you get your dream job. Aptitude tests are used by most employers nowadays and are a major hurdle to candidates. As many as 50% of the candidates do not pass their aptitude test. We find this unfair.

By preparing for your aptitude test you can easily pass the test. You are not cheating, you are getting prepared. If you have never solved number sequences or never even seen a figure sequence you will not get a high score on your test. You may even fail. By practicing, you will be familiar with such types of questions. Now, you can actually take the test.

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