What is a Saville test?
Saville test is a cognitive assessment used by aviation industry employers wanting to hire diligent, ambitious, and intelligent people. Saville tests ensure candidates have the right skills, competencies, and values for the company they’re being hired for.
Saville Assessment was founded by Professor Peter Saville, who also set up SHL. As you might expect, therefore, there are similarities between the two test providers.
Here is an overview of all the Saville tests:
Saville test series
The test series varies depending on the role itself and the level of seniority:
Comprehension aptitudes - for the operational, customer, and administrative staff.
Analysis aptitudes - for managerial, directorial, and professional level staff.
Apprentice aptitudes - for graduates, trainees, and technicians.
Executive aptitudes - for managerial, directorial, and professional level staff.
Technical aptitudes - for engineering and construction roles.
Saville test topics
Each series has an assessment for each of these topics:
Saville test formats
Saville assessments are broken down into two formats:
- Single aptitude tests - a longer-form version of the aptitude tests which will take over 30 minutes to complete.
- Swift aptitude tests - a shorter version that takes less than 30 minutes.
All assessment topics can be taken as swift or single tests. Normally, the swift version is used at the first stage of the recruitment process.
Saville Waver personality questionnaire
The Saville personality questionnaire assesses your strengths and weaknesses, and how well your personality traits align with the company’s values. The test is split into two formats:
1. Wave Professional Style - a 40-minute personality assessment.
2. Wave Focus Style - a 13-minute version of the professional style.
Other Saville tests
Most hiring financial companies will use numerical, and maybe even verbal, reasoning tests. But the following Saville tests are also in existence:
- Diagrammatic aptitude
- Error checking aptitude
- Spatial aptitude
- Mechanical aptitude