Online Financial Analyst Aptitude Test | Finance Aptitude Test (2024)

About the test:

The Financial Analyst Online Aptitude Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their aptitude for financial analysis and decision-making. The test assesses candidates' understanding of topics such as financial statement analysis, financial modeling, valuation, forecasting, risk management, and investment analysis. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to analyze financial data, evaluate financial performance, forecast future performance, and make informed investment decisions.

Covered skills:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Excel Fundamentals
  • Financial Modeling
  • Risk Management

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Test Duration

50 mins

Difficulty Level

Moderate

Questions

  • 5 Accounting MCQs
  • 5 Excel MCQs
  • 5 Finance MCQs
  • 5 Critical Thinking MCQs

Availability

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9 reasons why

9 reasons why

Adaface Financial Analyst Online Aptitude Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Financial Analysts

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Adaface Financial Analyst aptitude assessment test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves expensive engineering time by filtering out unqualified candidates.

The Adaface Financial Analyst aptitude assessment test screens candidates for the typical skills recruiters look for in a Financial Analyst.

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for the role. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The Financial Analyst Online test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the necessary skills to do well on the job.

Reason #2

No trick questions

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Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

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Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Financial Analyst Aptitude Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

Comprehensive income

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ProCoder Inc. reported the following information on Dec 31st. If we ignore income tax, what should ProCoder report as comprehensive income as of Dec 31?
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Medium

Land Sale

Balance Sheet

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Here’s the balance sheet for SinkedIn Ltd as of December 31, 2022:
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SinkedIn Ltd acquires a smaller company for $100,000 cash. The acquisition adds $60,000 in goodwill and increases the long-term investments by $40,000. Here’s the new balance sheet created after these changes:
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Which of the following rows are erroneous rows in the balance sheet after the acquisition?

Medium

Sell off long-term investment

Balance Sheet

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Review the following balance Sheet for Company Sinclair as of December 31, 2023 (in thousands of dollars)
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Suppose that Company Sinclair has a tax rate of 30%. What will be the company's new equity balance if the company sells all its long-term investments at their book value, pays off all its short-term debt, and distributes the remaining cash as a dividend to shareholders?

Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP

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Some friends live in adjacent apartments in a building in Central Perk, New York. We want to write a function to search the apartment number by name. Which of the following functions should we use?
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Medium

Organization data

Data transformation

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We have two Excel files with organization data. One file has Organization ID and Organization Name fields, whereas the second file has Organization ID, Organization Name and Country fields. We wrote a query to retrieve the data from both files. Here’s a sample of the data retrieved:
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We want to ensure Organization ID field is unique. Which of the following is the ideal solution that ensures Organization ID field is unique while retaining Country data?A: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Keep Duplicates.B: Select the Organization ID and Country columns, and then click Remove Duplicates.C: Use Group BY function to group the rows by Organization ID. Specify output columns for Organization Name and Country using MAX operation.D: Select Organization ID column and then click Remove Duplicates. Then specify output columns for Country using MAX operation.

Medium

Student scores

Data formatting

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Here’s a sample Excel data source:
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Here’s the expected data format: 
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Which of the following is the correct way to transform the data from the query editor to achieve the result?A: Columns to Select: Student OnlyB: Columns to Select: Student and Student IDC: Columns to Select: Primary and SecondaryD: Command to Use: Pivot ColumnE: Command to Use: Reverse RowsF: Command to Use: Unpivot Columns

Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor

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We are looking to find the contact number of the only blood donor with blood group O-. Which function should we use to look up the correct contact number? Here's the documentation for VLOOKUP: =VLOOKUP(lookup value, range containing the lookup value, the column number in the range containing the return value, Approximate match (TRUE) or Exact match (FALSE)).
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A: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, TRUE)B: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 3, FALSE)C: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 4)D: =VLOOKUP("O-", D1:D10, 3)E: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, TRUE)F: =VLOOKUP("O-", A1:E10, 4, FALSE)G: =VLOOKUP("Kane", A1:E10, 4)

Medium

Earnings Per Share

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Consider the following financial data for 3 companies (in millions) for the year 2022:
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Which company has the highest Earnings Per Share (EPS) if each company has 50 million outstanding shares?

Medium

Net cash receipt on issued bonds

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Gajni Inc. issued 2000 $100 9% bonds on May 1 (year 1). These bonds are issued at 103 plus accrued interest. The bonds are dated Jan 1 (year 1) and mature on Jan 1 (year 5). Interest needs to be paid twice a year (Jan 1 and July 1). The cost of issuing the bonds, $5000 was paid by Gajni Inc. to the investment bank. What would be the net cash receipt realized by Gajni Inc. from the issuance of these bonds?

Medium

Return on Capital Employed

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Consider the following financial data for five companies for the year 2022:
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Which company has the highest Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)?

Easy

Hedge risk using derivates

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Phenomenal Pte. Ltd., a Singapore based company secured a new client in Germany for their SaaS business, and is expecting to receive a payment of EUR 1.3 million after 6 weeks. They want to be certain of the amount they receive and plan on using the derivates market to hedge the risk. What action would you recommend?

Medium

Claims for a new drug Xylanex

Critical Thinking

Evaluating Arguments

Identifying Assumptions

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A pharmaceutical company claims that their new drug, Xylanex, is highly effective in treating a specific medical condition. They provide statistical data from a clinical trial to support their claim. However, a group of scientists has raised concerns about the validity of the study design and potential bias in the data collection process. They argue that the results may be inflated and not truly representative of the drug's effectiveness.Which of the following assumptions is necessary to support the pharmaceutical company's claim?
A: The clinical trial participants were randomly selected and representative of the target population.B: The scientists raising concerns have a conflict of interest and are biased against the pharmaceutical company.C: The statistical analysis of the clinical trial data was conducted by independent experts.D: The medical condition being treated by Xylanex is widespread and affects a large number of individuals.E: The pharmaceutical company has a proven track record of developing effective drugs for similar medical conditions.

Medium

Emma's cafe business

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Emma's cafe has been operating successfully for the last 6 years. Profits have been growing every year, with this year (2020) being their best year so far. As a thank you, Emma treated her staff to a meal at a Michelin star restaurant. 
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Below are 3 statements about Emma, her staff and her cafe. Can you help us decide whether the 3 statements are "True", "Probably True", "Insufficient Data to Say True or False", "Probably False", or "False".1. Emma's staff members are happy.2. Emma's cafe did well in 2016.3. Emma is rich.A: TrueB: FalseC: Probably TrueD: Probably FalseE: Insufficient Data

Medium

Ivory's new startup

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Statement: Ivory started a new startup. We know for a fact that almost all startups fail within the first 2 years. Conclusion: Ivory's startup will fail.Does the conclusion follow from the statement?
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

Comprehensive income

2 mins

Accounting

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Medium

Land Sale

Balance Sheet

3 mins

Accounting

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Medium

Sell off long-term investment

Balance Sheet

3 mins

Accounting

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Medium

MATCH INDEX LOOKUP

2 mins

Excel

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Medium

Organization data

Data transformation

3 mins

Excel

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Medium

Student scores

Data formatting

2 mins

Excel

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Medium

VLOOKUP blood donor

2 mins

Excel

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Medium

Earnings Per Share

3 mins

Finance

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Medium

Net cash receipt on issued bonds

3 mins

Finance

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Medium

Return on Capital Employed

3 mins

Finance

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Easy

Hedge risk using derivates

2 mins

Finance

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Medium

Claims for a new drug Xylanex

Critical Thinking

Evaluating Arguments

Identifying Assumptions

2 mins

Critical Thinking

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Medium

Emma's cafe business

2 mins

Critical Thinking

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Medium

Ivory's new startup

2 mins

Critical Thinking

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🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time

Comprehensive income

Accounting

Medium2 mins

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Land Sale

Balance Sheet

Accounting

Medium3 mins

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Sell off long-term investment

Balance Sheet

Accounting

Medium3 mins

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MATCH INDEX LOOKUP

Excel

Medium2 mins

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Organization data

Data transformation

Excel

Medium3 mins

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Student scores

Data formatting

Excel

Medium2 mins

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VLOOKUP blood donor

Excel

Medium2 mins

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Earnings Per Share

Finance

Medium3 mins

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Net cash receipt on issued bonds

Finance

Medium3 mins

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Return on Capital Employed

Finance

Medium3 mins

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Hedge risk using derivates

Finance

Easy2 mins

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Claims for a new drug Xylanex

Critical Thinking

Evaluating Arguments

Identifying Assumptions

Critical Thinking

Medium2 mins

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Emma's cafe business

Critical Thinking

Medium2 mins

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Ivory's new startup

Critical Thinking

Medium2 mins

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Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

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With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!

Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Financial Analyst Aptitude Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Financial Analyst Aptitude Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

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Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

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Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


User authentication

Plagiarism detection

IP proctoring

Web proctoring

Webcam proctoring

Copy paste protection

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Skills Assessed with the Financial Analyst Assessment Test

Financial reasoning tests reveal a person's basic financial knowledge and measure a person’s ability to solve financial problems. Typical financial reasoning questions will require a knowledge of ratios, percentages, profits, and interest, etc. These tests are widely used by companies in the financial industry, such as banks, mortgage companies, business consulting, etc.

These tests typically contain scenario based questions with a short description of a scenario that is accompanied with extracts of numerical data. The questions require candidates to filter and extract the necessary information quickly and effectively. These tests also test candidates' ability to complete more elaborate calculations compared to what is expected within a numerical reasoning test.

Candidates are expected to be well versed in reading business statements, profit and loss accounts and balance sheets. Like numerical reasoning tests, questions will include data in graphs, tables, and text format.

About The Role

Financial analysts examine financial data and use their findings to help companies make business decisions. Often, this analysis deals with investing. An analyst must be aware of current developments in the field in which they specialize, as well as in preparing financial models to predict future economic conditions for any number of variables.

A Financial Analyst forecasts future revenue and expenditures to help determine budgets for upcoming projects. Finance is a very data-driven industry and one of the challenges of working as an analyst is being able to analyze and interpret financial statements, market trends and microeconomic conditions in order to offer recommendations on potential business deals and decisions. Compared to many high-paying careers, the qualifications to become a financial analyst are much less rigid and well-defined.

Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is mentioned in almost every financial analyst job description; familiarity with data query/data management tools is extremely helpful (Access, SQL, Business Objects).

Typical responsibilities of a financial analyst might include:

  • Analyse current and past financial data
  • Create reports on the above information and communicating the insights of these reports to the wider business
  • Suggest budgets and improvements based on the above information
  • Identify and drive process improvements, including the creation of standard and ad-hoc reports, tools, and Excel dashboards
  • Develop financial models and providing financial forecasts
  • Increase productivity by developing automated accounting applications; coordinating information requirements
  • Work closely with the accounting team to ensure accurate financial reporting

What roles can I use the Financial Analyst Aptitude Test for?

  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Business Analyst

What topics are covered in the Financial Analyst Online Aptitude Test?

Financial Modeling

Valuation Technique

Ratio Analysis

Balance Sheet

Cash Flow Analysis

CAPM Model

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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.


Human Resources Manager

Singapore Government

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reduction in screening time

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FAQs

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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The Financial Analyst Online Aptitude Test is designed to evaluate candidates on their aptitude for financial analysis and decision-making. It uses scenario-based multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to assess candidates' understanding of various topics, including financial statement analysis, financial modeling, valuation, forecasting, risk management, and investment analysis [[1]].

Covered Skills:

The test covers the following skills:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Excel Fundamentals
  • Financial Modeling
  • Risk Management [[1]]

Test Duration and Difficulty Level:

The test has a duration of 50 minutes and is considered to have a moderate difficulty level [[1]].

Reasons to Use the Financial Analyst Online Aptitude Test:

  1. Tests for on-the-job skills: The test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates by evaluating their skills in financial analysis. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates [[2]].
  2. No trick questions: Unlike traditional assessment tools that use trick questions and puzzles, the Financial Analyst Aptitude Test focuses on assessing on-the-job skills required for the role [[2]].
  3. Non-googleable questions: The test includes high-quality questions that are non-googleable. Adaface, the provider of the test, ensures the quality of questions and monitors for any leaks [[3]].
  4. Detailed scorecards and benchmarks: The test provides detailed scorecards and insights that can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for the role [[7]].
  5. High completion rate: Adaface tests are designed to be conversational, low-stress, and take only 25-40 minutes to complete. This results in a high test-completion rate, which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments [[8]].

Skills Assessed in the Financial Analyst Aptitude Test:

The Financial Analyst Aptitude Test assesses candidates' skills in financial reasoning, numerical analysis, financial statement analysis, and more. It tests candidates' ability to analyze financial data, evaluate financial performance, forecast future performance, and make informed investment decisions [[9]].

Typical Responsibilities of a Financial Analyst:

Financial analysts examine financial data and use their findings to help companies make business decisions. They analyze current and past financial data, create reports, suggest budgets and improvements, develop financial models, and work closely with the accounting team to ensure accurate financial reporting. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and familiarity with data query/data management tools are important skills for financial analysts [[9]].

Roles for which the Financial Analyst Aptitude Test is Suitable:

The Financial Analyst Aptitude Test is suitable for roles such as Financial Analyst, Investment Analyst, Risk Analyst, and Business Analyst [[9]].

Interpretation of Test Scores:

It's important to note that the Financial Analyst Aptitude Test is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. The test helps you identify candidates who are technically qualified for the role. The ideal way to use the test is to set a threshold score and invite candidates who score above that threshold for further rounds of interviews [[9]].

Experience Level:

The Financial Analyst Aptitude Test can be customized for different experience levels. Each assessment is tailored to the job description or ideal candidate persona [[9]].

I hope this information helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

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