Introduction to the IPAT (2019)

The Information Processing Aptitude Test (IPAT) provides IBM the ability to compare applicants globally on a standardized, common measure scale

The test is structured to test a candidate’s ability to analyse and solve problems – the test does not test technology know how. The test has been shown to be a valid predictor of a candidates ability to rapidly learn and process complex information – which is definitely something successful candidates will experience on a day to day basis at IBM. In the dynamic technology landscape we live in today, the ability to identify relevant data, determine patterns and draw reasonable conclusions is a critical skill.

Here are some key instructions for the test:

What is the test format?

Two sections – Numeric series and Math reasoning with 18 questions in each section. There might be some geographical variation but this is the standard observed.

What is the question format?

Multiple choice format – 5 choices provided per question with only 1 correct answer

What is the time provided per question?

The time provided per question is 2 mins 15 seconds – a timer on the screen will help you keep track of time for each questions

Is a calculator permitted?

Yes! Not only is it permitted, a calculator is encouraged

Can the test be retaken?

The test does not allow retakes for 1 year and hence it is critical to get it right the first time around. 

But fret not – we’ve got you covered! 🙂 Candidates are encouraged to go through our free IPAT preparation guide