Mastering Allstate’s Pre-Employment Tests: Study Strategies & Tips
Allstate is one of the most well-known insurance companies in the U.S. They offer many different types of affordable insurance policies for your car, house, or business. They also provide life insurance. If you are interested in working with them, you should be aware that there are several steps that you’ll have to go through in order to apply.
One of the most challenging steps is the pre-employment assessment, which can determine whether or not you get the position you applied for.
In this article, you’ll learn about the assessment test and how to pass it.
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What types of Allstate Pre-Employment Assessments are there?
Although Allstate uses several different assessments for their hiring process, the main one that potential employees take is the Job Effectiveness Prediction System (JEPS). In total, five sections examine your knowledge of each:
- Personality – like other professional aptitude tests, the personality section of the JEPS looks at your preferences for the work environment, how you talk to people in the workplace, and your value system.
- Logic – focused on critical thinking, the questions in this section are meant to test your ability to solve problems and analyze situations.
- Reading Comprehension – here, you’ll be given a passage to read and answer questions on. The goal is to see how well you can retain and analyze important information from a paragraph and answer questions about it.
- English Usage Grammar – similar to an “English” section on other standardized tests, this section tests your knowledge of basic grammar like sentence structure and spelling.
- Math – lastly, you’ll take the math section where you will demonstrate you can solve fundamental math problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – among other, more complex problems.
- In addition to the JEPS test, Allstate has other assessments to assess your performance during the hiring process. At a minimum, you will have to take one test. Although you may be asked to take more than one depending on the situation, such as if you’re applying for more than one position.
Additionally, the position you apply for may determine which test you need to take. The following are the different pre-employment assessments that Allstate uses:
This test has three parts: situation judgment tests, a personality assessment, and an adaptive reasoning test. Each section assesses your ability to work in different environments and with a diverse group of people.
As an employer, Allstate wants to know that you have the appropriate decision-making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to flourish in their workplace. Claims adjusters, customer service representatives, and inside liability adjusters all have to take this test as part of the pre-employment process.
Known for applying to a diverse array of careers, this aptitude test can consist of several sections, including general ability, Verify G+, numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning.
You could be asked to take one or many of the sections depending on which position you’re applying for. Life agents, pricing technicians, and system administrators are a few examples of jobs required to take CEB’s SHL at Allstate.
Deliberately made as one of the most challenging pre-employment assessment tests, the Watson-Glaser aptitude test assesses your critical thinking, analyzing and interpreting arguments, making deductions, drawing conclusions, evaluating the strength of an argument, and recognizing and understanding assumptions.
Specifically, this test is meant for higher-level positions managers or other supervisory roles. At Allstate, only managers are required to take this test before being hired.
A more intense personality and skill assessment, the Caliper test aims to gain insight into your value system and higher-level abilities or preferences.
It has four parts; two personality questionnaires that require you to pick which things suit you the best or worst, a cognitive ability section that analyzes your problem-solving abilities by having you pick out the missing piece of a puzzle, and a final personality assessment that looks at how easily you can handle decision-making tasks (agreeability). Those wishing to be an insurance sales agent with Allstate can expect to take this test as part of the pre-employment process.
How can I study for the JEPS test?
One of the aspects of the JEPS test to your advantage is that it is taken online. More features will be available, and you can receive your results quicker than paper-based tests. However, those are slowly phasing out due to more remote work becoming available with companies.
It’s also in a multiple-choice format, meaning that you will be given a question with four choices (either A-D or 1-4) to answer from. Sometimes, questions will be accompanied by a graph, passage, or picture that can assist you in answering them. This is likely on the JEPS but depends on the section.
Because the JEPS contains so many different sections, it’s essential to recognize your strengths and weaknesses with the subjects. The Job Test Prep PrepPacks are an excellent way to figure this out because they offer a targeted focus for each section. Included are practice tests for each section, sample questions, and comprehensive interview practice guidelines.
Also, study guides are provided that can help you understand the concepts behind the questions. Using the materials to identify which test areas you need to study for the most can help you not waste time looking over sections you will already do well in.
For the personality test, being able to describe your strengths and weaknesses is also important. However, here you will need to identify key factors about yourself in one to two words. Applying characteristics to situations at the workplace is also something you might be asked to do.
Looking up the values and mission statement of Allstate is a great way to learn what they look for in employees on a personality test. When taking the test, keep in mind that they are specifically looking for people who will be friendly, outgoing, and able to work with a diverse population.
Some more tips for test-taking in general are:
- Avoid rushing through questions as best as you can. Take your time and read through each one, answering appropriately.
- Bring all the required materials to the test. Check with the testing center to see what you need to bring or your hiring manager to ensure that your home equipment will be adequate.
- Take deep breaths if you become anxious at any part during the test.
How can I study for the other assessments?
Job Test Prep offers PrepPacks that are tailored for assessments that are given for specific positions at Allstate. Follow the links below to see the different options:
- SHL-Style All-Inclusive
- Situation Judgment Test Preparation
- Caliper Personality Test Prep
- Watson Glaser Practice Test
- Sales Assessment Test Practice
- DDI Entry-Level Assessment
Suppose you are interested in purchasing a PrepPack that includes information for various tests rather than one of the ones mentioned above. In that case, Job Test Prep does have something called the “Premium Pack” that incorporates general concepts that will help you for any pre-employment test you could want.
This Pack offers over 100 practice tests that cover the following sections:
- Math – basic skills, word problems, tables and graphs, and number series
- Verbal – logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and written communication
- Reasoning – deductive, inductive, and information ordering
- Abstract Thinking – figural reasoning, analyzing shapes and images
- English Language – vocabulary and written communications
- Spatial Abilities – recognizing two and three-dimensional shapes and spaces
- Mechanical Reasoning – Newtonian mechanics, state and dynamic electricity
How can I prepare for the Allstate interview process?
After you receive your score on whichever pre-assessment test you take, you will be invited to do a series of interviews so the hiring team can get to know you better. First, you will be contacted via phone for a “screening” interview to determine whether you meet the essential criteria of the position.
If you pass this phase, you will have more assessments that look further into your personality and cognitive abilities. These will be in a written format rather than multiple-choice questions and will test your ability to put together ideas cohesively.
After this, you will be invited back for another interview — potentially in person. These will be tailored more specifically to the position you’re applying for and will dive deeper into your assessment scores and application.
Utilizing good conversation skills, highlighting your strengths as they relate to the position you’re applying for, and being friendly are all suggestions for acing an interview. Ultimately, you’re trying to show them that you are the best fit for the position you applied for.
As you can see, scoring well on the tests is a significant factor in whether you are offered the position. Because Allstate is such a massive company and receives applications on a revolving basis, they use the assessment scores to “weed out” unqualified people.
Therefore, it’s essential that you put the time and effort into preparing for whichever pre-employment assessment test you’re going to take. It could make or break your experience with the company, as well as your chances of becoming an employee with them.
Overall, taking the Allstate pre-employment assessment test as part of the hiring process can be challenging and stressful. However, Job Test Prep has a wide variety of PrepPacks and other study materials that can help you pass the test with flying colors.
We wish you the best of luck!
Written by Bailee Boggess McCoy
Bailee, MSW, is a freelance writer and editor. She specializes in career, social work, tech, B2B, marketing, and medical, health, and wellness content. She has experience as a job coach, DEI consultant for companies, community-project manager, and clinical researcher. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgetown College in 2018, and studied neurolinguistics and developmental psychology at the University of Oxford. She earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Kentucky in 2021. Her scientific research has been presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders.
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