Professional preparation for Qantas cognitive and personality tests

If you applied for a position with Qantas or have already been one of the lucky ones who received an invitation to complete some psychometric tests (Logical reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Numerical reasoning and Personality tests) with Qanta, then it is important to be aware that Qantas typically asks all candidates to complete a mixture of reasoning and personality tests.

What to expect in the assessment process with Qantas?

  • General ability test - an aptitude test.
  • Personality test
  • Motives test (a second type of personality test)
  • Behavioural or Competency type Interview

The types of reasoning and personality tests that you will be asked to complete with Qantas:

1. General ability test for Qantas

The general ability test is a timed test which includes aptitude tests and a timer which is set for the entire test. Qantas uses thr general ability test to measure your cognitive abilities in terms of learning new tasks, solving problems and thinking on your feet. Qantas' general ability test includes a includes the following aptitude or reasonng test questions:

1.1. Logical reasoning test questions for Qantas

  • What to expect in your logical reasoning test questions for Qantas?

Qantas measures your problem-solving skills, your ability to make decisions with partial information and your strategic thinking. The logical reasoning test for Qantas typically includes a series of test questions that you need to complete under time constraints. Each logical reasoning test question for Qantas includes a group of shapes and one missing shape. Your task is to find a pattern or several patterns and to find the logical rules that apply to each group of shapes. Then to use these rules and patterns to find the correct missing shape out of a list of answer options.

The main challenges of Qanta's logical reasoning test questions are finding the patterns and being able to complete a large number of test questions in a very short amount of time. However, with some good test taking techniques and effective preparation it becomes a very doable task.

  • Example logical reasoning test question for Qantas

 What is the next shape?

To answer this test question, we need to first identify the patterns and logical rules that are relevant to the group of shapes in the test question. In this series, there are two logical rules moving left to right. The first is that all the inner shapes move one place anticlockwise at each step. The second rule is that, at every step, the triangle alternates with a black square. At step five, there is a triangle at the top – therefore, at the next step, it will move anticlockwise into the left place and become a black square. 


1.2 Verbal reasoning test questions for Qantas

  • What to expect in your verbal aptitude test questions for Qantas?

The verbal reasoning test questions measure your ability to identify critical information presented in English and make logical conclusions. The verbal reasoning test questions for Qantas include sets of four questions. Each set has a unique passage and four questions relating to the written text. Each test questions has multiple answer options and only one correct answer. Your task is to quickly read the passage, identify the relevant information and find the correct answer.

  • Example verbal reasoning test question for Qantas

Please read the following passage and answer the question at the end of the passage:

E-cigarettes are electronic, battery-powered devices that usually resemble traditional cigarettes and simulate the experience of smoking tobacco.  Users of e-cigarettes inhale a vapor as opposed to cigarette smoke.  They are generally thought of as safer, healthier alternatives to smoking traditional cigarettes that contain tobacco and nicotine, but e-cigarette vapor is made up of a variety of particulates, including nicotine and other known toxins and carcinogens. 

Still, even though some of the ingredients of some e-cigarettes are unknown, they are generally thought by many to be healthier than traditional cigarettes, which contain far more toxic chemicals and in larger concentrations.  Some dangerous toxins that do not exist in traditional cigarettes can also be found in e-cigarettes, and most e-cigarettes also contain nicotine.  This means that even if they are not quite as dangerous as traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are still usually highly addictive.

Because of the addictive nature of nicotine, even if e-cigarettes are generally at least a little safer than traditional ones, a frequent user of e-cigs will still find it difficult to quit using them.  Thus, even if e-cigs are a little safer than traditional ones, many e-cig smokers will likely suffer health problems from prolonged exposure to the nicotine and other harmful toxins and chemicals in e-cigarette vapor.  Those who continue to smoke traditional cigarettes, or to take it up in the future, will face the possibility of a variety of health concerns related to the practice, but the e-cig smokers face potential dangers of their own, too.

Which one of the following statements applies to traditional cigarettes?

a. Since the advent of e-cigarettes, almost nobody smokes traditional cigarettes anymore.

b. E-cigs are not the only smoking product that people use; people do still smoke traditional cigarettes, as well.

c. They are not addictive.

d. They are battery powered.

e. They do not contain nicotine.

f. They produce exhalations of both smoke and vapor.

Answer explanation: The final sentence in the third paragraph establishes that traditional smoking does, in fact, still occur. Therefore, B is the correct answer

1.3 Numerical reasoning test questions for Qantas

  • What to expect in your numerical reasoning test questions for Qantas?

Numerical reasoning test questions are designed to measure your ability to quickly process information presented in numerical form, such as numbers, graphs or tables, and logically reach conclusions. The numerical test questions include sets of 4 questions. Each set has unique background information and 4 test questions. These test questions aredesigned so you will have almost no time to complete answering all sets. Your task is to quickly select the correct answer for each test question based solely on the information presented.

Example numerical reasoning test question for Qantas:


What is the ratio of the differences in actual sales to target sales in Thailand and Italy during the fourth quarter? 

a. 2:1

b. 3:4

c: 1:2

d: 4:3

e. 3:2

f. 2:3

To answer this test question, we need to review the information provided in the table. According to the table, Thailand’s fourth-quarter sales target was 550, but actual sales were: 205 + 105 + 260 = 570. This is a difference of 20 (570 – 550). Italy’s target was 600 sales, but actual sales were: 125 + 250 + 240 = 615. The difference here was 15 (615 – 600). Therefore, the Thailand to Italy ratio of differences is 20:15 = 4:3.


2.    Personality test with Qantas

  • What to expect in your personality test for Qantas?

Contrary to the common belief and what Psychometric test developers would like you to believe, you can and should prepare for your personality test with Qantas. Achieving a bad personality profile will most definitely eliminate you from the recruitment process. Unfortunately, it is very easy to respond in the wrong way to the personality test questions and end up with a bad personality profile. Your personality test with Macquarie will include just over 100 test questions. Each test question has three statements, requiring you to select which is most and least like you.

Example for a Qantas personality test question

Which of the following statements is the MOST and LEAST like me?

I tailor the information I present to the needs of the audience.

I usually find my way around if I have been somewhere before.

I like to plan ahead tasks.

Results of my work are always documented in such a way that they can be reused without a problem. 

To answer this question, it is important to consider what are the critical competencies or behaviours for the job you are applying with Qantas. The first statement focuses on measuring your stakeholders management - are you focused on customers. The second statement focuses on measuring your ability to see the bigger picture vs focusing on the details. The third statement focuses on measuring you excution skills and being a forward thinking person. The correct answer depends on the relevant competencies - what competency is more important for the position you are applying with Qantas.

How the Institute of Psychometric Coaching (IPC) prepares you for your test with Qantas

The Institute’s Psychometric test experts have prepared several full preparation solutions for your reasoning and personality tests with Qantas. They include:

1.     Tailored online preparation packages for Qantas:

Our tailored online packages for Qantas include online courses and online practice tests customised for Qantas.

What you get with our online practice Qantas tests:

  • All practice tests for Qantas (including timed logical, verbal, numerical and personality tests questions). 
  • The timers are set similar to your real Qantas tests from SHL.
  • All practice tests are based on real tests used by Qantas.
  • All practice tests have step by step answer explanations so you know how to answer in your real test.
  • You get tests scores in comparison to others' performances.
  • You get effective advice about how to improve your scores.
  • Immediate Access.

What you get with our online courses for your tests with Qantas:

  • Logical Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning Test Course online with some example test questions.
  • Numerical Reasoning Test Course with some example test questions.
  • Immediate Access.

2.     Personal Tutoring sessions for Qantas tests (Face-to-face or Skype live)

  • Delivered by expert Psychometric test trainers.
  • Offered face to face (in Melbourne and Sydney) or via Skype live.
  • Your coach works with you to improve your skills and scores in your tests.
  • Your psychometric test trainer will teach you everything you need to know about your Qantas tests including example test questions.
  • Prior to your coaching sessions you will be given special practical material and information about the tests you will be asked to complete for Qantas..
  • Immediate Access.

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