Talent Q Tests

Prepare for your next Talent Q test with tailor-made practice materials.

About Talent Q

Talent Q is a psychometric test publishing company that was founded by Roger Holdsworth in 2006. Holdsworth is also the co-founder of SHL, another psychometric test company, and wanted to take a new approach to psychometric testing that could be used for a wider range of professions than the ones currently on offer.

In 2014, Talent Q was acquired by the HayGroup and the tests have since then been administered by Korn Ferry, a global consultancy company. It is particularly popular in the aviation industry, where the unique structure of the tests has been proven to reduce recruitment costs by assessing more skills and therefore, more accurately predicting high performers. Other companies that use Talent Q are: RBS, Citi Group, Volkswagen, and AstraZeneca.

How Are Talent Q Assessments Different?

When developing the Talent Q tests, they wanted to innovate psychometric testing by making it more insightful and suitable for a wider range of candidates. Their Dynamic Assessment Technology does this by making the tests adaptive - they respond to your ability level, increasing or decreasing the difficulty according to your answers. An adaptive test has many advantages over set question tests. It allows every candidate to find their maximum performance level, which gives employers a much more nuanced insight into their potential.

The Talent Q assessments are also "blended" assessments, which means that they test a mixture of skills on one assessment. This reduces the amount of time needed to assess someone as you only need to take one test, but more importantly, has been shown to improve the performance of candidates compared to separate ability tests.

Talent Q Assessment Categories

Talent Q consists of a range of assessments, which test personality, cognitive abilities, competencies, situational judgement, and motivations. They are broken down into different suites, which are designed to test different aspects of your skill set.

  • Aspects
  • Elements
  • Motivations
  • Dimensions
  • Situational Judgement

Aspects Suite

The Aspects suite contains three kinds of ability tests: verbal, numerical, and checking. They are quick assessments, usually around 8-10 minutes long that are used as a screening tool to sift through early stages of recruitment.

Aspects Verbal

This assessment measures your ability to quickly read and understand passages of text, and use this verbal information to come to the right conclusion. The verbal test includes 12 multiple choice questions which are all individually timed, so it is essential that you become familiar with working under timed conditions.

Aspects Numerical

The numerical test will present you with data in the form of tables and will require you to accurately analyse and draw conclusions from this numerical information. The assessment consists of 12 multiple choice questions, which are individually timed.

Aspects Checking

A checking test is also known as an error checking test. These are designed to gauge how quickly and accurately you are able to identify errors in sets of data. The questions are often structured as two tables of information and you have to check them against each other and answer whether you think they match or not. In this test, there will be eight different tables of information, each containing five or six rows of data.

Aspects Styles

An Aspects Styles questionnaire is a type of behavioural test that quickly gauges how well you match the requirements of the job. Again, these are much quicker than the in-depth personality tests, and are often used during high volume hiring.

Elements Suite

The Elements Suite is very similar to the Aspects, in that it tests verbal, numerical, and logical thinking abilities in shorter assessments. However, it is more often used for higher level recruitment such as managerial, executive, and graduate. There is a maximum of 15 minutes given for each assessment.

Elements Verbal

This is a verbal reasoning test, which is designed to determine your skills when it comes to processing written information. Typically, you will be presented with a passage of text and then a series of questions about the information. This shows how well you process and interpret information to reach the correct conclusion.

Elements Numerical

The numerical reasoning assessment is to test how well you analyse and understand numerical data. Usually, this will be in the form of graphs, charts, and diagrams, showing that you can identify key information and apply basic mathematical concepts.

Elements Logical

Logical thinking is also known as abstract reasoning, which assesses your ability to process and analyse abstract information, making logical inferences to reach the answer. You will be asked to look at an incomplete set of shapes and symbols, then choose the missing image from the sequence. This shows your ability to extrapolate from incomplete data, follow logical thinking, and problem solve under pressure, which are all important skills for high level work.


A motivations test is an in-depth look at what drives you when it comes to your professional life, it shows what you value and what ignites your passion. This kind of test is becoming more popular with employers as they recognise employees that are properly motivated and stimulated by the work are much more productive.

The questionnaire is structured as statements about motivations around work and you are asked to rank each according to how important it is to you personally. The statements are blocked into groups of four and you should try to avoid giving multiple statements in each group the same rating - if you do, you will be asked to rank these against each other at the end. It takes about 30 minutes to complete this assessment.


The Dimensions test is a thorough personality test that takes around 25 minutes to complete and is usually encountered during the later stages of recruitment or as part of an employee development programme. There are three main categories of questions: People and Relationships, Drives and Emotions, and Projects and Tasks.

Like the Motivations assessment, the statements on the Dimensions questionnaire are structured as blocks of four statements, which you have to rank. The scale for this assessment asks you to rate each statement as 'completely untrue' to 'completely true' as to how it corresponds to your own behaviour. Once you have completed a block, you will not be able to return to it, however, there is no time limit for this questionnaire so you can take your time to consider each block carefully.

There are a number of reports that are generated by the Dimensions assessment:

  • Trait profile - An overall report on your prominent personality traits.
  • Behaviour at work profile - How you typically like to work.
  • Team profile - How you work within a team setting.
  • Sales profile - Your aptitude for sales related tasks.
  • Role match profile - How well your Dimensions report matches to the desired qualities for specific roles.
  • Derailment report - This report shows your potential stressors and what may cause you to not perform optimally.
  • Potential report - An assessment of your potential for leadership roles.

Talent Q Situational Judgement Test

Situational judgement tests are designed to measure a range of aspects that are needed in order to be successful in a particular role. Employers like to use them as they can be closely matched to the company's values and role requirements, so they provide an accurate insight into whether someone will be a good cultural fit.

The test presents you with a number of work-place related situations and different responses to choose from. You have to choose which of these responses you think is the most effective for the situation, showing your organisational values, attitude, and preferred behavioural style. While it is important to be honest on these tests, as they are designed to help you find the right role for you, you should remember to keep the requirements of the role in mind.

Which Airlines Use Talent Q?

Talent Q Tests are particularly popular within aviation recruitment and they are used by some major airlines:

They are primarily used in pilot recruitment as they cover a wide range of competencies that may not always be thought of as indicative of a successful pilot. Blended and adaptive tests can give a deeper look into someone's strengths and behaviour styles, but also pinpoint potential causes of stress and how they might respond to that stress. This is all very important for a high-responsibility job like a pilot and can help make sure that someone is in the right environment for them to thrive.

Top 5 Tips To Pass The Talent Q Assessment

1. Develop your skills

If you are taking an ability test then the most important thing to do is to practice as much as possible. There are some free practice assessments on the Korn Ferry website, which will help you understand the test format and expectations. Practice is especially important for the Talent Q Tests as they rely on both speed and accuracy, so developing both your technical abilities and how quickly you answer is vital.

2. Prepare your space

When it comes to taking your test(s), it is essential to make sure that you have an appropriate workspace to do so. Ensure that you are able to be uninterrupted for the full time needed for your assessments and remove any distractions. Also make sure that any equipment like your internet connection and calculator are working beforehand.

3. Respond honestly

Remember that personality tests have no right or wrong answers, so the best course of action is to consider each question carefully and answer as honestly as you can. They are designed to discover where you best fit and therefore, it is in your interest not to pretend to be someone else.

4. Pay attention to details

While you are under time pressure, it is still important to pay attention to the questions and read all of the instructions carefully to make sure that you have fully understood how to answer correctly.

5. Relax

Taking a test can be very nerve-wracking, and while some anxiety may give you an adrenaline boost that can help your performance, it is easy to become too nervous. Try to rest well, eat a good meal beforehand, and stay hydrated before and during.

Sample Talent Q Tests question Test your knowledge!

Score: /5

If a cylindrical tank holding 10,000 liters of water drains at a constant rate of 250 liters per hour, how many liters will be left after 18 hours?

  • 5,500 liters
  • 4,500 liters
  • 7,500 liters
  • 6,000 liters

If a pattern alternates between a circle being inside a square and outside a square in successive steps, what would be the fourth step given that the first step is a circle inside a square?

  • Circle inside a square
  • Circle outside a square
  • Square inside a circle
  • Square outside a circle

In a pattern where each step increases the number of edges of a shape by two, starting with a triangle, what shape corresponds to the fifth step?

  • Pentagon
  • Hexagon
  • Heptagon
  • Nonagon

On a balance scale, if 3 identical balls balance 2 identical cubes and 4 identical cubes balance 1 pyramid, how many balls would balance 1 pyramid?

  • 2 balls
  • 6 balls
  • 4 balls
  • 8 balls

A vehicle travels 150 meters due south then immediately travels 100 meters due west. If it continues in a straight line, in which direction should the vehicle travel next to return directly to its starting point?

  • Due north
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • Southeast

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Talent Q Tests Tips

Familiarize with the Format

Before you can conquer, you need to know the battlefield. Talent Q's Aspect assessments are unique and can be quite different from other psychometric tests you might have taken. This is where Careerroo becomes your ally. By practicing our tailored Talent Q-style tests, you'll grow accustomed to the question types, the timing, and the overall format. This familiarity can reduce test anxiety and increase your confidence on the actual exam day.

Understand the Question Types

Aspect assessments by Talent Q are known for their dynamic and varied question types, from verbal reasoning to numerical analysis. It's crucial to not only practice these areas but also to understand the underlying principles that each question assesses. At Careerroo, we provide explanations and insight during your practice to help you grasp what each question aims to measure in your abilities and how to approach it effectively.

Time Management

Time is of the essence when it comes to Talent Q exams. The key is learning how to pace yourself. Through practice tests on Careerroo, you can work on your timing and learn how to allocate your minutes wisely. Remember, it's not just about getting the right answers, but also about getting as many right as you can within the set time frame.

Develop a Test Strategy

Going into your test without a strategy is like flying blind - it's not going to end well. When you prepare with Careerroo, you'll get the chance to develop a personal test-taking strategy that works for you. Whether it's tackling certain question types first or allocating extra time to trickier sections, our practice environment is the perfect place to find out what strategies enhance your performance.

Stay Calm Under Pressure

Psychometric tests are designed to put you under a bit of pressure — it's all about seeing how you perform. To ensure you can stay as calm and collected as possible, use Careerroo to practice in a simulated test environment. With more exposure to test-like conditions, you're likely to feel more relaxed when it's time for the real deal. Remember, a cool head translates to better decision making.

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Talent Q Tests FAQs

Why Are Talent Q Tests Timed?

The time limit is an important factor that allows the Talent Q Test to actually assess someone's ability level. A psychometric test is meant to gauge your competency levels, therefore, challenging you is an important part of determining your maximum potential.

Are Talent Q Tests Hard?

The Talent Q Tests are some of the most challenging psychometric tests around. However, they are not impossible to complete. As mentioned, the tests are adaptive, meaning that if you cannot complete a question, the next one will be easier until you are able to answer correctly.

How Will I Complete My Talent Q Test?

All of the Talent Q Tests are administered online. For Ability assessments, Korn Ferry recommends using a desktop, while Personality assessments can be taken on any device. You will also need a calculator, pen, and paper for the Elements Numerical test.

What Is The Pass Mark On The Talent Q Test?

There is no pass mark set by Korn Ferry for the Talent Q Test. However, each individual company will set its own benchmark, so you may be able to ask your recruiter for this beforehand.