KPMG Online Tests

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5 January 2011 - 11:04pm

I just did my numerical & verbal tests for a internship at KPMG. They use cubiks as their test provider, and just wondering if anyone knows if they used it last year, and what the pass mark/threshold is? For example, with the banks I know they generally only look at those in top 25-30% for test scores.

5 November 2011 - 1:53pm

Hi everyone! I was wondering if you could tell me more about the online tests, i.e. difficulty level, which website to do some practice tests and the number of questions to be solved for which amount of time (I heard it is 20 minutes) ?


7 November 2011 - 7:50pm

Hi, Olivier. I have been informed that I passed the Online test today. it is really a suprise for me, because I felt that I would fail when I finished the test. The question itself is not that much difficult, but the time is really constaint, I didn't finish all the questions for both numerical and vercal tests. so just keep an eye on the time, and do as much as you can.

8 November 2011 - 8:03am

FYI - KPMG online testing only filters out the bottom 30%, so 70 out of 100 candidates pass. ;)

9 November 2011 - 3:15pm

Hi guys,

I have the kpmg online verbal and numerical tests to do in the next few days and have started prepping...

I took the clubiks practice tests and wondered what the format of kpmg verbal reasoning tests are? Are they like the online practice tests - ie. passage to read and then 'True', 'False' or 'Cannot Say' questions following it?

Any info on the format of this and/or the numerical test would be greatly appreciated - would really help me focus my practice and studying for it. kpgm is my top choice and I really want to pass this....

Thanks so much!

10 November 2011 - 9:39am

Hi guys,

I have the kpmg online verbal and numerical tests to do in the next few days and have started prepping...

I took the clubiks practice tests and wondered what the format of kpmg verbal reasoning tests are? Are they like the online practice tests - ie. passage to read and then 'True', 'False' or 'Cannot Say' questions following it?

Any info on the format of this and/or the numerical test would be greatly appreciated - would really help me focus my practice and studying for it. kpgm is my top choice and I really want to pass this....

Thanks so much!

10 November 2011 - 2:06pm

Hey. The format for verbal was a passage, and 2-4 questions on the passage (true, false, and cannot say). People say it's really tough, but I didn't think it was. The math section is not really difficult either, just make sure you answer questions accurately - it's about quality not quantity.

10 November 2011 - 11:58pm

Hi Ronin,

Thanks so much for your help. Yeah I was definitely wondering what approach to take (accuracy vs speed), but I will just aim to be as accurate as I can within the time frame now - nice to know that its more about the quality...

Thanks again!

11 November 2011 - 7:43am

No worries. I felt quite pressured with the verbal ones and I tried to do as many as possible as accurately as possible. Toward the end I started realising that I'm not gonna finish the verbal one and rushed it and probably got quite a few wrong. Still got in top 20% though. I've heard of people only doing 60/70% of the questions and passing comfortably.

So don't panic, just do ur thing :)

5 April 2012 - 4:29pm

yeah i agree with everyone, accuracy is more important than timing, even if you answer 5 questions correct and you are sure they are accurate you will still get through. i took my tests yesterday and received a reply within 1.5 hours from the HR department. Still waiting to hear what time and date my telephone interview will be!

happy job hunting people!

19 June 2012 - 12:31pm

Hi everyone,

Just took my online tests. I'm usually good with shl ones and usually score at the top 70th percentile, however KPMG's tests are totally different.

1. Numerical test questions are quite difficult, but not too much. The only problem here is that you have very little time for each question and will probably not solve all of them. The advantage here is that you can go back to some questions, so it's probably better to skip the entire graph or table if you see that there's going to be too many calculations.

2. Verbal reasoning test is not so much about verbal reasoning as being able to read and understand vague legal passages. There's a lot confusion as some questions use double negatives.

I would say that being the most important thing is to be extremely focused. Practising shl helps but does not guarantee success.

25 June 2012 - 11:58pm

Hi Guys

I have KPMG online test in two days, your experiences above have been very useful. Do anyone of you have details of how many correct ans is being on safe side etc, I know that its really difficult to find it even for a recruiter but as most of you have succeeded., I just for my general idea. Also can some please mail me some practice stuff if you have


20 July 2012 - 8:32pm

Hi Valentino,

KPMG use SHL for their tests so you can get a flavour at

It really is impossible to say how many is a safe number, but as long as you work quickly and accurately you will be fine. Before you start, work out how much time you have per question and stick to it. Although some tests get progressively harder it may be that there are some easy marks at the end of the paper to pick up.

Best of luck!

20 September 2012 - 12:34pm

I will have the verbal reasoning and numerical tests in next few days. Any advice for the practice before the test?
Normally I am better with the numerical part than the verbal reasoning. Any tips or suggesting for the tricky part?
Many thanks

20 September 2012 - 12:49pm

I just did the KPMG tests and i am so upset because I found them soo hard!! I have done lots of practice for these types of tests and I usually do really well in them - but especially with the numerical one - i guessed about half of the questions and i know i also made silly mistakes for the ones i ansered........ i have a maths degree so I can do the maths - but im really disappointed..... this is by far the worst tests i have done!!

20 September 2012 - 1:16pm

The KPMG online tests are definitely the hardest out there as the time constraints in place are impossible. But I wouldn't lose hope just yet... last year I honestly thought I failed them. I barely answered half the questions and guessed a few more and I actually passed! The pass mark for these tests is not high at all, so there is still a chance you passed

20 September 2012 - 2:42pm

Hi ducesa,
Can you be clearer about the pass mark? I practice with shl test and have about 57% for the verbal reasoning (I have not practiced the numerical much). Is this enough to pass this round?
How much should I practice before taking the real test?

20 September 2012 - 3:04pm

Well last year I was in the 42nd percentile (no idea what that means) and i passed. I found the verbal test easier. The numerical test was brutal. What really helped is going in prepared that you are not meant to answer all the questions. Quality is far more important than quantity, so I suggest you do the questions you're most comfortable with first (kpmg allows you to flip through the questions while other Big 4 firms dont). I'm not even exaggerating when saying that I must have only did half the questions.
I practised on shl a lot before I did the actual tests. I used to be crap at these tests... after a lot of practising I have now passed every single one (whereas before I'd fail them)

20 September 2012 - 3:44pm

Thank you for your advices :) They really really help me now :D

21 September 2012 - 1:51pm

Hi,,,, yeah the pass mark must be really low... I just received an email saying I passed..... :S:S i was sure that I was going to fail them!.. Oh well Im not complaining :P I guess everyone finds them tough!

1 February 2013 - 2:04pm

just did the verbal test. heavy as fuarrrrrk. 40 questions in 20 minutes. All related to the accounting discipline. Short but many texts. Lost focus halfway through as there were many unknown terms for me. Answered 30 out of 40 when I went on wildguessing the last ten. I am quite decent on I am a regular above the 70th percentile. The texts are whole lot easier there. No chance I am going through. Recalls migh nightmare with Grant thornton.

4 February 2013 - 3:43pm

verbal 27th percentile - fail, numerical 73rd percentile - success. Overall - FAIL

18 March 2013 - 8:08pm

Just did the verbal, answered 31 questions and left 9 blank, someone mentioned about quality and I just decided not to rush the last few ones. =) Will update you with results after the numerical reasoning =))

21 March 2013 - 9:47pm

I passed the tests! To sum up, verbal - 31 atempted out of 40 - 59th percentile. Numerical - 17 or 18 attempted out of 24 - 69 percentile.

Focus on quality (right answers/attempted ratio) especially for the numerical - you have 8 options to choose from - guessing impossible! Good luck!

17 April 2013 - 12:28pm

Can anyone give any tips for the KPMG online tests? I failed terribly last year!

17 April 2013 - 1:37pm

Do some practice on the two tests, I did ones.

Focus on right answers, not on speed, as I mentioned before I atempted Verbal - 31 of 40 and was in 59 percentile (better than 59% of the people that took the test. On numerical I answered only 17-18 out of 24 attempted and I got in to the 69th percentile.

Also what I do is read the question first and then look only for the info asked in the question, because personally I found myself wasting a lot of time if I focus on the table first to familiarize and then start reading the question - this tip made the difference for me!

28 May 2013 - 8:43pm

Hi Vmil, were the practise questions that come up by the assessmentday website similar to what comes up in the actual KPMG online test? I'm wondering whether to go with greenturn or assessmentday


29 August 2013 - 10:30am


2 September 2013 - 10:42am

Hi Sunny, sorry for the late reply. I found the assessment day pretty useful. To be honest, none of the tests I did in advance were exactly the same as the official ones, but I prepared with scoring roughly 85-95% just before taking the real test and I managed them. I do about 4-5-6 tests before doing a real test and I find personally this amount to be enough to be able to pass the tests.

With the same logic, I have passed the verbal, also PwC's, CSC's and other companies I have applied for. Bare in mind English is not my primary language and I am still able to pass the tests.

2 September 2013 - 10:45am

I got through to the Assessment Centre, still waiting for a date though. The telephone interview was the same as the ones discussed here - reading all threads about KPMG, listing the questions, answering them and (most importantly) practice them verbally prepared me sufficiently to get to the assessment centre. If any questions, I am more than happy to answer =)

13 October 2013 - 9:04pm

hello everyone i just gave my verbal and the status shows your application is beeing considered we will be in touch with you shortly. But i heard people get there results on the spot is that true for everyone?

1 April 2014 - 5:02pm

Honestly, it was a really difficult test. I prepared using Cubix and other free practices but the difficulty level is far from those practices. The time constraint is really short. I am waiting for my result now. Wish me luck guys

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