What Is the Barclays Online Assessment?
The Barclays Online Assessment, or Barclays Cognitive Ability Assessment, is a very short cognitive test used for screening candidates for the multinational bank, especially graduates, apprenticeship openings, and entry-level positions.
The test is tailored especially for Barclays and consists of a unique combination of 4 topics from SHL tests – numerical reasoning, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, and reading comprehension. You will need to solve 12 questions in 10 minutes.
While SHL names the test “General Ability”, the Barclays Cognitive Ability Assessment is NOT SHL’s standard General Ability test (aka Verify G+). The Barclays test is shorter and covers broader topics.
Test Structure and Question Format
The 12 questions on the assessment cover 4 topics:
- Numerical Reasoning
- Inductive (Abstract) Reasoning
- Deductive Reasoning (Logic)
- Reading Comprehension
Ler’s go over each of these topics and the questions it may contain.
We recommend not trying to solve the questions below just now – try them as a free practice experience, including detailed explanations (and more) in the Free Practice section.
Numerical questions on the Barclays Assessment test your ability to understand, calculate, and apply numerical data.
There are 3 main types of numerical questions you may encounter on the Barclays Cognitive Ability Assessment:
Inductive (Abstract) Reasoning
Inductive reasoning questions test your ability to identify patterns depicted in abstract shapes, and to correctly apply them to solve problems.
These questions mostly follow one of 2 types:
Deductive Reasoning (Logic)
Deductive reasoning questions are designed to assess your ability to evaluate statements and facts and to draw correct conclusions from them.
Questions of this category usually follow one of 3 types:
Some questions on the Barclays assessment are a combination of Conclusions + Calculations AND Seating Arrangements (arrange a set of data elements according to numerical size, etc.).
Reading comprehension questions assess your understanding of short texts. They are considered the simplest type of question on the Barclays Cognitive Ability Assessment.
Head over to the Free Practice section to try these sample questions yourself and find out the answers.
The interface of the Barclays Cognitive Ability Assessment is similar to that of other multiple-choice SHL tests.
For more information on the test interface and the invitation, visit The Complete Guide for SHL Tests.
Here are several key points:
- Every answer has 4-5 answer options, only one of which is correct.
- You are allowed to use a calculator, pen, and paper.
- As in all SHL tests, wrong answers do not reduce points.
- You may not skip questions.
- You cannot go back and change your responses once submitted.
- Before the actual test, you will be presented with several sample questions. Note that these questions are substantially easier than the questions on the actual test.
This free practice contains all 9 question types you may encounter on the Barclays Cognitive Assessment. The recommended time for this assessment is 7.5 minutes.
In a certain department, employee efficiency scores are calculated as follows:
- [efficiency score] = [productivity rate] / [error ratio]
- [productivity rate] = [items produced] / [production time]
- [error ratio] = [defected items] / [items produced]
If an employee doubles the number of items produced while maintaining the number of faulty items constant, their efficiency score will be:
- remain the same.
- reduced in half.
The following table shows opening and closing prices of several tech stocks.
Which company’s stock had the largest change in price (in percentages)?
Andy has 12 marbles more than Bob. Bob has 6 marbles more than Chris. Andy has twice as many marbles as Chris has. How many marbles does Chris have?
- James works in the same team as Lauren.
- Lauren and all her team members work part-time.
- All those who work part-time are students.
- Dan works full-time.
Which conclusion is necessarily true?
- Dan is a student.
- Dan does not work in Lauren’s team.
- Some of the employees in James’s team do not work part-time.
- Dan and James work in the same team.
- Lauren is not a student.
- Matthew signed 16 new contracts this month.
- Josh signed three times the number of contracts Alexandra signed.
- Rosie signed more contracts than Matthew.
- Alexandra signed four more contracts than Rosie and Mathew combined.
Which conclusion is necessarily true?
- Alexandra signed more than 40 contracts.
- Josh signed at least seven times the number of contract Matthew signed.
- Alexandra signed at least twice the number of contracts Rosie did.
- Josh signed more than 100 contracts.
- Rosie signed more than 20 contracts.
- Six companies operate in a local market – Companies U, V, W, X, Y, and Z.
- Company W is larger than Company Z, but is smaller than Company Y.
- Company X is larger than Company U, but is smaller than Company V.
- Only two companies are smaller than Company Y.
Which of the following statements is incorrect?
- Company V is the largest.
- Company Y is the fourth largest.
- Two companies are larger than Company U.
- Three companies are larger than Company X.
- Company U is larger than Company Y.
Limnic eruption is a very rare type of natural disaster. A very unique combination of circumstances is required to produce such an event, which occurs only in deep volcanic crater lakes near the equator. Therefore, only two cases are documented – the first in Lake Monoun, and the second in Lake Nyos. Both lakes are located in Cameroon, Africa. Nearly 1,800 people have lost their lives in these two events.
While technological solutions have been implemented to prevent further eruptions in these relatively small lakes, no such solution was provided for the enormous Lake Kivu on the Rwanda-DRC border. Experts predict that if a limnic eruption ever takes place in Lake Kivu, it may be the worst natural disaster in modern history.
What can be deduced from the passage?
- Around 900 people lost their lives in the eruption in Lake Monoun.
- It is technologically impossible to prevent a limnic eruption in lake Kivu.
- Lake Kivu is a deep volcanic crater lake.
- Limnic eruptions can happen only in Cameroon.
- Lake Kivu is not located near the equator.