Verbal Reasoning Online Test

First a word of caution.  There are plently of online tests available for free on a number of sites which offer some sound, experienced advice on recruitment testing in general.  This also includes some firms offering free material specific to MI6, MI5 and GCHQ.  We would urge caution before paying for any service and recommend you explore all options carefully.  All the material and resources on this site are free and apart from suggesting voluntary donations made to a selection of charities and done so directly by you, we welcome you to explore all our tips and recommendations.  This includes some pointers on what you should do and, what you should avoid.

 

Following on from the method outlined previously i.e. what candidates should not do if they want to pass the tests legitimately.​

They will:

1.  Set up four alias emails such as Yahoo, Gmail, Aol etc.

2.  Register to take the online test.  

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3.  Gather information.  The 'actual test won't start yet.  The idea at this stage is to prepare a database of answers, ideally over a two-day period.  Long enough to spot a change or rotation in the questions and answers, but short enough to ensure that when they take the real test the database that has been built up is still relevant.  Remember, by tackling the tests this way, the chances of passing will be around 80% every time, so they would normally take time and keep the records accurately.​

4.  There does not appear to be a need to do anything complicated such as TOR, Tails or air gaps to conceal location/identity.  So just a VPN is normally sufficient for their purposes.  They are now ready start the data build.

5.  They will then load up question one out of the 22.  Screenshot first page, second page etc. until all done.  Each question will have three questions so they will end up with 66 screenshots.  Remember, for these individuals it's all about saving time and making the process more efficient, so they won't bother printing them all out.  Creating a table and then the following is done once all the screenshots are taken.

Page one might look like this:

Question 12

Subject: Spamming

"Spamming is an often used method of targeting .........." (The subject is normally five or six lines long and in this case, will cover the topic of 'spamming'_.

Answers: 

A.  Costs

B.  Mobile

C.  Sporgery

D.  Spam 

The answers are one sentence long.  All that needs to be done is to write down one keyword from each sentence that helps pin-point it later.  The reason for doing this will become obvious later on, but in essence it allows one to quickly spot if the four possible answers in the real test are exactly the same as the ones where the details were taken from in the 'pre-test'.  The 'curved ball'.  Sometimes when it comes to do the real test, question 12 in the subject under 'spamming' will have four different answers so this is a quick way of identifying whether or not that has happened.  Remember, when taking the actual test then speed is of the essence and any real thought is to be saved for a situation (should it occur) where the pre-answered questions are not the same as the actual test i.e.  being prepared for the unexpected and allowing thinking time to tackle that situation should it arise.  It sounds complicated, but it's not.

So, in this example, once all the answers are printed, one then proceeds to answer the question in advance and taking time to ensure the answer is 100% correct.  Let’s say here the answer to question 12 is "C.  Sporgery".

6.  Answer all 22 questions.  So, in the end, under the topic "Spamming" there will be three answers C, B and D for example.  When the real test is taken for real, if question 12, has Costs. Mobile, Sporgery and Spam as the answers then it is an exact match and one can quickly answer "C".  If the answers were completely different and do not match a particular sequence in the database of answers, then that means it will have to be answered legitimately and/or guess.  In practise, this will happen very infrequently and on no more than 15%-20% of cases.

7.  When all the answers have been compiled, after a day or two, they will register and repeat the process.  If all the questions and answers are exactly the same then they wait another day until a batch of different data is online.

8.  If this is done four times over a period of two or three days then there will be numerous answers matching different questions.  Oleeo or Cubiks may have three different questions each time for the subject of spamming, but it doesn't matter, because they will already have the answers.

9.  The final step therefore, is to take the real test.  Keep the pad or database, spreadsheet (whatever method chosen) or questions easily to hand.  Going through each question in turn and, if the prep has been done correctly, least 80% of the questions should be answered in less than 5 minutes.  The rest are done at leisure, safe in the knowledge that at least 80% of the test is 'in the bag.'

Situational Judgement Online Test

As mentioned previously, this test is not timed and in fact that means that in some ways more time can work against the candidate.  A similar method of preparation as above can be used.  Each time they register for the test, screenshots are taken and the same is done for all the situational judgement questions.  Again, taking time to work through the answers is important.  A summary of the 'scenario' for each question is written separately and then weightings for each answer are calculated​

Other methods of trying to circumvent the process may have been used.  To reiterate, we do not approve such methods as they are not necessarily the methods MI6 will have wanted to test and doing them legitimately is of course the most honest and recommended method.  We have simply pointed out methods that some candidates may use to ensure that passing the tests is, frankly, not at all difficult.  No doubt the companies who are setting these tests will be aware of such potential flaws and will have put processes in place to remedy the situation.

MI6 goes out of its way to highlight the fact it is focussed on candidates who can demonstrate a high degree of integrity and honesty, as trust amongst colleagues is extremely important.

In further sections on this site we will provide tools and recommendations you can use to  increase your chances of success, using tried and tested exercises.  To register for free copies of our never seen before test papers, click here.

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A week or two ago we wrote an article "Conspiracies & Ripples" which focused primarily on conspiracy theories and kicked off with the rather obvious statement that a conspiracy theory is simply a theory without the facts i.e. just a theory.  Within that we highlighted that ‘flavour of the month’ theorist’s delight, the origins of the Coronavirus and its links to Wuhan.  This echoed our views published in February which, as many did, ponder the chances of this remote coincidence maybe actually being true.  Since then there have been swathes of articles on the topic citing all sort of sources and from numerous ‘renowned’ scientists.  We have also recently had the opinions offered by those whose opinions really count, that this virus originating from the labs in Wuhan may not actually be so far-fetched after all.

We do tend to agree, or at least we did.  That was then and this is now and in the world of Politics things move quickly and one does have to look at the reality of the situation.  If there is enough fog between you and your destination, then sometimes the route you take can change, leaving you all sorts of options.  If the objective was originally to circumnavigate through uncertain waters to establish who, what, why and when the virus came about – then that is now lost in the fog.  It is arbitrary.  Now we have something that is far more concrete and tangible to use to our advantage – we have uncertainty.  We now have enough debate and conspiracy to render the findings of the scientists open to interpretation.  And that… is a diplomat’s dream come true.   This particular carcass will feed many and although the WHO will go in, on the ground, and no doubt find yet more uncertainty…it really is irrelevant.  You will certainly not find individual government’s chomping at the bit to send their representatives into Wuhan anytime soon, and even if they did, why?  Wuhan is not some sleepy suburb in leafy Northamptonshire… it is in China.  Whatever was there has long gone, if indeed it was ever even there.  So perhaps it would be wise to assume that at least for the next few decades this is a conspiracy that will never find out those salient facts. 

Now, listening to the scientists, there is an overwhelming urge to say, “shush now”.  Step back ladies and gentlemen and look at the bigger picture at play.  Nobody is actually interested whether or not the virus started in Wuhan, intentionally or not.  As long as it is open to debate, it is far more valuable.  The scientists have debated at length and argued, but there is still no unequivocal proof either way that satisfies all parties…and why could that be?  Scientific fact is not open to debate or questioning, that is a given.  However, to say Science is correct, is not true.  That is because Science has Scientists, and Scientists are human beings who in turn are fallible and motivated by many many other factors.  In China for example, one might say that scientific fact is exactly what they want it to be.  Indeed, who is to say it ends in China.

 

So why is uncertainty such a blessing in this case?  It provides an additional bargaining chip and a weapon in the armoury for all Governments to now use against the Chinese.  Maybe on the other side of the fence their own initial conspiracy theory that a foreign Government (the US) planted the virus in their midst, is being written about in their own press.  Or maybe not. The fact is it is a safe bet to assume that no body will ever know.  There will be no compensations or admissions of guilt in this case sadly…however the capillaceous network that is politics, diplomacy and economic negotiations will be the real beneficiaries.

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