Preparing for NAB's reasoning and personality tests

If you applied for a position with NAB or have already been one of the lucky ones who received an invitation to complete some psychometric tests (Reasoning and Personality tests) with NAB, then please be aware that NAB typically asks candidates to complete a mixture of cognitive and personality tests.

You will also need to complete an interview. Interviews typically follow best practice of a ‘behavioural based interview’.

The typical assessment process with NAB

  • Application submission
  • Telephone interview
  • Psychometric tests online
  • Assessment centre onsite (for graduate and internship positions only)
  • Behavioural or Competency type Interview

What type of reasoning and personality tests should I expect when applying for a job with NAB?

1. Reasoning tests with NAB

NAB uses a combination of reasoning tests to measure your cognitive ability for a position. The combination of reasoning tests typically includes:

1.1. Logical reasoning test for NAB

  • What to expect in your logical reasoning test for NAB?

Logical reasoning tests measure your problem-solving skills, your ability to make decisions with partial information and your strategic thinking. The logical reasoning test for NAB typically includes a series of test questions that you need to complete under time constraints. Each logical reasoning test question for NAB 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.

  • Example logical reasoning test question for NAB

 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 for NAB

  • What to expect in your verbal aptitude test for NAB?

Verbal reasoning tests measure your ability to identify critical information presented in English and make logical conclusions. The verbal reasoning tests for NAB include sets of four questions. Each set has a unique passage and four questions relating to the written text. Each test questions has 3 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 NAB

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

Dear Employee:

You have completed another year with the company, and you have continued to do a very good job overall. Your punctuality, professional demeanour, and attention to detail all continue to be at a very high level.

There are, however, a few aspects of your job performance that need improvement. First, as a regular daily occurrence at practices, you often fail to gather the balls and put them back on their racks in a timely enough fashion; our players want those balls back on the racks as soon as possible so that they can continue practicing without delays and without losing their rhythm. Second, water needs to be available to any player at any time and, occasionally, you have been slow to get water to the players as soon as they come off the court. Be sure to have the water ready for a player as soon as it is needed. Finally, you should always be available to immediately retrieve balls that bounce away from the court. Recently, after one player shot an air-ball, you didn’t retrieve the ball until after free-throw shooting drills had begun. Please make a point to retrieve balls as quickly as possible.

Question:

The employee has done a great job in the past year in terms of making water available.

Based on the passage, is this statement:

True

False

or Can't say?

To answer this question, we need to read the passage. The report’s second point states that the employee needs to do a better job in water availability. Therefore, the correct answer is 'False'.

1.3 Numerical reasoning tests for NAB

  • What to expect in your numerical reasoning test for NAB?

Numerical reasoning tests for NAB 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 includes sets of 4 questions. Each set has unique background information and 4 test questions. The test is designed 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 NAB:

 

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

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 NAB

  • What to expect in your personality test for NAB?

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 NAB. 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 NAB 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 personality test question with NAB

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.

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 NAB. 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 NAB.

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

The Institute’s psychologists and psychometricians have prepared several full preparation solutions for your reasoning and personality tests with NAB. They include:

1.     Tailored online preparation packages for NAB:

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

What you get with our online practice tests for NAB:

  • All practice tests for NAB (including logical, verbal, numerical and personality tests). All practice tests are based on real tests used by NAB.
  • 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 NAB:

  • 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 (Face-to-face or Skype video)

  • Delivered by expert psychologists and psychometricians.
  • Offered face to face (in Melbourne and Sydney) or via Skype Video.
  • Your coach works with you to improve your skills and scores.
  • Your psychometric test trainer will teach you everything you need to know about your tests with NAB 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 NAB.
  • Immediate Access.

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