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Kpmg aptitude test

KPMG aptitude test is considered one of the most dreaded aptitude tests around the globe. This is because; the test evaluates your reasoning skills rather than your ability to memorize. This aptitude test by KPMG tests your cognitive skills. The exam does not test what you have just studied a day to the exam. It tests the knowledge you have acquired over time. It tests your ability to think on the spot and gain knowledge in your environment. Although, you might study the answers to the questions a day to the exam and still ace it. In the actual sense where you don’t know what to expect on the test day, it might be difficult to pass the test.

Don’t worry about passing the KPMG aptitude test. You have taken a bold step to be reading this article. I will divulge a lot about the KPMG aptitude test in this article. With the information in this article, you just don’t have a choice than to pass the test. You are reading this article just because you want to pass the KPMG aptitude test. I will help you achieve your goal. Who doesn’t want to work in a firm like KPMG and get the best training from industry’s experts?

You are wondering if I work for KPMG. The answer is no. However, I will like to tell you that I have written the exam before and I was successful. I was sent a congratulatory message some weeks after the exam.


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The structure of the KPMG aptitude test does not really differ from most aptitude tests. For those that have written Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the exam can be likened to the GMAT.

KPMG in their quest to select the best candidates from the pool of applicants tries to conduct an exam that truly tests intelligence rather than memory.

The test is divided into two sections; section A and Section B.

Section A covers quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning and current affairs. You are expected to complete this section of the aptitude test in an hour (60 minutes).

The second section of the aptitude test- section B- is about essay writing. You are giving half hour (30 minutes) to complete the essay. I will explain more about the essay and how to pass it later in this article.

KPMG aptitude test is both on Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) and Computer Based Test (CBT). During my time, I wrote the PPT. The PPT questions do not change based on my experience and that of people who have written the PPT before. Because of this, you are expected to submit the booklet so the questions do not go viral.



The KPMG verbal aptitude test comprises of 20 questions. You will usually be given 20 minutes to answer it. The verbal test comprises of four types of questions: synonyms; antonyms; analogy and sentence correction.

To be successful in the verbal test, you will need to be as fast as possible. This is because the time is usually not enough.

The instruction for the synonyms part looks like this:

“From the words lettered A to E, choose the word that is most appropriate in meaning to the emboldened word.”

You could be asked to choose the synonyms of CRYPTIC among the list of related words. The options can look like this:

  1. Written
  2. Obscure
  3. Copied
  4. Puzzling
  5. Dead

There are different methods you could employ to answer this question. First, you have to ponder on the meaning of the word. If you don’t know the meaning, you could rely on etymology. You could think of a word like encrypt which means to conceal information. Another word is crypto, which means a secret supporter or follower. You can easily come to a conclusion that Cryptic has to do with hidden.

Since you now have a glimpse of the meaning, you can employ the elimination method. From the choice, written, copied and dead do not connote hidden. Then you are left with options B and D. Have you played a puzzle before? If yes, then you should know it is usually difficult. Difficulty could connote hidden to some extent, but it is not the perfect answer in the presence of obscure. Then you are left with one option which is the correct answer. When something is OBSCURE, it is difficult to understand, hidden and esoteric.

The instruction for the antonyms part looks like this:

“From the words lettered A to E, choose the word that is opposite in meaning to the emboldened word.”

You could be asked to choose the antonyms of SPURIOUS among the list of related words. The options can look like this:

  1. Hackneyed
  2. Bogus
  3. Authentic
  4. Affable
  5. Peremptory

SPURIOUS is not really an obscure vocabulary. We hear people refer to claims as spurious. We refer to something as spurious if it is not genuine, a nonsense, false or fake. To answer questions on antonyms, begin by eliminating the synonyms in the options. Option B- Bogus should be first you should eliminate because it is the same thing as spurious.

Affable means to be friendly and easy to talk to; hackneyed is a phrase or saying which has lost its impact through repeated usage; the dual is definitely not the answer because they are unrelated. Then, you are left with two options Authentic and peremptory.  Without knowing the meaning of peremptory, you should be able to decipher that AUTHENTIC is the correct answer. Authentic is when something is true and genuine.

To be able to do well in the analogy section of the KPMG verbal aptitude test, you must be able to detect patterns.

The instruction for the analogy section looks like this:

“In each question, the capitalized words have certain relationship to each other. Select the letter or part of word that are related in the same way as the two capitalized.”



When something is chronological, it is in order of time. The correct answer is option C. When something is ordinal, it is in order of place.

There is no other option that satisfies the pattern. Virtual means essential or almost; not in order of truth (A). Marginal means minimal; not in order of knowledge (B). Coincidental means occurring by chance; not in order of health (D). Abnormal implies not normal; not in order of value (E).

The last part of the KPMG verbal aptitude test is the sentence completion section.

The instruction looks like below:

“Some or all parts of the sentence is underlined, the first option simply repeats the underlined part. Choose the answer that produces clear and exact sentence.”

When one debates the merits of the proposed reduction in our tax base, you should take into consideration the effect it will have on the school and the other public services.

  1. You should take into consideration the effect
  2. One should take the effect
  3. You should consider the affect
  4. One should take into consideration the effect
  5. One should take into consideration the affect

In options A and C, there is a shift in pronoun. There is an unjustified shift from the third person pronoun one to the second person pronoun you.

Options C and E improperly use affect instead of effect.

The correct sentence, in this case, is option D.

In the case where the sentence is correct, chose option A.


Check: The Need For Good Verbal Communication Skills


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The KPMG quantitative reasoning test is not so difficult. It covers topics like fractions and decimals, averages, ratios and proportion, word problems, probability, data interpretation among others.

Below is an example of the numerical reasoning test:

The distance between Adeleke’s house and college is exactly 135 miles. If she drove 2/3 of the distance in 135 minutes, what was his average speed, in miles per hour?

  1. 40
  2. 45
  3. 60
  4. 5
  5. It cannot be determined from the information given.

Since you want to solve for speed, it is important that you recall the speed formula. Speed is calculated as distance divided by time.

Begin by calculating the distance. You are told in the question that Adeleke covers 2/3 of 135 miles. This is equivalent to (2/3*135) 90 miles.

The next step is to calculate the time. You could just have made use of 135 minutes if you were asked to calculate the speed in miles per minute. The question requires that you convert the minutes into hours by dividing it by 60 minutes. That is (135/60) 2.25 hours.

With the distance (90 miles) and time (2.25 hours), the average speed in miles per hours is (90/2.25) 40. The correct is therefore A.



You will be required to choose between two essays to write on. The time span of the essay writing is 30 minutes and you would have submitted the other sections before commencing this section. This part is usually the last.

Examples of essays which have been written in the past surround the below topics:


Where you see yourself in the next 25 years

Is childhood important to a child’s development? Yes or No

Write on any topic of global importance and why it is of universal importance

The essay could be an issue or argumentative task.

In order to avoid spending significance amount of time planning your essay, it is better you have a planned structure for the essay before the exam. All you will just have to do is thinking of ideas to fill in the structure.


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The logical reasoning is contained in the past questions. If you need it, do let me know via the comment box. Don’t worry, it is FREE.



Below are examples of the current affairs asked by KPMG:

Which of the following coaches has won the Champions League more than once?

  1. Ancelloti
  2. Guadiola
  3. Ferguson
  4. Mourinho
  5. All of the above

The correct answer is E

Aba women riot was?

  1. 1927
  2. 1928
  3. 1929
  4. 1930
  5. None of the above

The correct answer is C

The book “A bird that sings in the cage” was written by

  1. Maya Angelou
  2. Moyo Angelou
  3. Maga Angelou
  4. Maya Angel
  5. None of the above

The correct answer is A

There are more questions in the KPMG aptitude test package, just identify via the comment box if you need. I will send it right away to your email instantly for FREE.

Best of luck as you write the KPMG aptitude test.


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