Australian Government’s Revelian Tests

What are the Australian Government’s Revelian Tests?

These are a series of tests the Australian Government requires candidates to take as part of their hiring process. These tests are psychometric in nature, meaning they assess cognitive abilities, as well as personality.

Formerly called Onetest, Revelian was founded in 1999 and since then has delivered quality aptitude tests based on several areas, that way the employer can choose their preferred method.

If you’re interested in going into the civil service and working for the Australian Government, then this article is for you. You must also be prepared to work hard and pass them.

What Should I Expect In a Revelian Test?

This is the entire point of the article, and we’ll get into the details shortly..

In very much the same way as you learn necessary skills such as writing an outstanding cover letter and acing the interview, so are you expected to prepare for these tests.

They mostly follow the same patterns, so once you understand the format and style, all you need do is learn time management and you’re good to go.

Now, let’s go into them:

The Revelian Cognitive Ability Test

This measures general intelligence. Revelian asks each candidate 51 random questions in 20 minutes. There’s also no avenue to cheat as each candidate gets a separate set of questions.

It has the following sections:

1. Verbal Questions

This just tests your use of English and could follow any form.

E.g. Pick the odd one out.

  • Sew
  • Clothes
  • Sow
  • Style

The odd one is “Sow”, as the others have to do with fashion design.

2. Numerical Questions

This deals with the basics of numbers and how to work them. You aren’t required to have any advanced knowledge of mathematics.

E.g. What is the missing number?

1,2,3  4,5,9  10,11,21  22,_,45

The answer is 23, as the addition of the first two numbers in each set gives the third.

Abstract Questions

This deals with logic and expects you to analyse patterns in order to come to a conclusion.

The Revelian Verbal Reasoning Test

This test assesses reading skills, comprehension and ability to interpret. Each candidate is given 35 questions and only 10 minutes to answer. Even though it’s largely assumed that majority won’t finish, speed and accuracy are measured here.

Employers seeking candidates with comprehension skills or analysis skills might use this.

Eg. What options tell Ann’s favourite fruits?

  1. Ann doesn’t eat mangoes.
  2. Ann loves banana and apples.
  3. Ann always buys citrus fruits.
  4. Ann ate berries yesterday.

Options 3 and 4 are the answers. Berries don’t exactly have to be her favorite for her to eat them.

The Revelian Numerical Reasoning Test

This test assesses ability to handle numnerical data or make conclusions based on them. Employers with roles around data or numbers would most likely use this test. The candidates are given 25 questions to answer in 12 minutes.

E.g. What are the missing numbers?

2  9  16

5 12  _

8  _  22

The answers are 19 and 15. You could solve in two ways- the rows increase by 7 starting from the left, while the columns increase by 3 starting from the top.

The Revelian Abstract Reasoning Test

Employers trying to test candidate’s ability to handle new concepts, or learn quickly while applying logic can use this test. Candidates will be given 32 questions to answer in 10 minutes.

Revelian sample questions:

Which of the following options belongs in the blank square above? 

Revelian sample questions:

Other Revelian Tests

These other tests typically assess behaviour that determine if the candidate will be a great fit. Sometimes even the most cognitively gifted ones lack the skills needed to thrive in the work place, hence a balance must be achieved. Some examples of these tests are:

Revelian Personality Tests

This assesses motivations, strengths and behavior of the candidate. There are two types:

1. The Behavioural Profile : candidates are given 24 questions which take about 10 minutes. You are given options and expected to pick which is more you, hence there are no right or wrong answers. It’s left to the employer to determine their best fit.

2. 16 Personality Factors : this questionnaire contains 179 McQ which take about 30 minutes even though it’s not timed. Most times this is used as a secondary selection tool.

Values Inventory

This predictive test checks for how candidates align with employers and then determines their longevity and productivity in the work place. 21 questions are asked and they take about 10 minutes.

Work Reliability

This rates values like honesty and reliability. You can tell if your candidate will be down with corruption or stealing or will lie their way out of work. 54 questions are asked.

Emotional Intelligence

Candidates with high emotional quotient are usually great leaders and good problem solvers especially when it comes to communication barriers. Situational type questions are used here, and about 141 questions are asked.

Game-Based Cognitive Ability Tests

This involves use of timed fun and interactive games. They test your numerical, verbal, and abstract reasoning just like the other cognitive tests, but without the pressure.

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