SECRET: How to Pass Undergraduate Scholarship Aptitude Tests

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How do you prepare for and also exclusively pass undergraduate scholarship test? So many students are unaware of how major scholarship aptitude tests / exams look like, they do not know how to prepare for scholarship aptitude tests. During my first year, I was shortlisted for virtually every scholarship program I applied for because I knew how to submit application in a way that warranted being shortlisted. In this post, I will be exposing some to the important scholarship aptitude test tips for winning scholarship tests and how to prepare for scholarship aptitude test for some very popular scholarship program.

There are lots of top paying scholarships for Nigerian students sponsored by different bodies and institutions. Winning a scholarship in Nigeria can be a thing of luck but it can also be a consequence of deliberate and conscious efforts. If you know exactly what scholarship boards want from you, then you are already on the award list.

If you know exactly what scholarship boards want from you, then you are already on the award list

In this article, we will be x-raying how to prepare for scholarship aptitude test of  some Nigerian undergraduate scholarships their question sections, nature of the individual scholarship aptitude test, and how to apply so as to increase your chances of winning.

How to prepare for Scholarship Aptitude Tests

About 90% of undergraduate scholarship programs examine students IQ, their ability to understand and observe sequences, their ability to deduce conclusions from unrelated events, their understanding of English  language, ratios, simple interests and general aptitude test questions.

Take a look at these:

  1. You were nine years old the day before yesterday, next year, you will be twelve years old. When were you born?

If you know the answer, drop on the comment box.

Common Scholarship  aptitude test Sections

In preparing for Nigerian undergraduate scholarship aptitude test adequate care should be taken to ensure that the following areas are completely mastered. More especially in the  scholarship aptitude test administered by oil companies,  government bodies and Multinational companies.

These sections include:

  1. Abstract reasoning
  2. Numerical reasoning
  3. Verbal reasoning
  4. Current affairs

Abstract Reasoning.

There are two formats in which tests in this section may appear.

  1. Perceptual Tests
  2. Spartial  Test

Perceptual Tests:

Perceptual tests are often used to establish levels of intelligence in a ‘fair’ manner because they do not have the biases of verbal or numerical tests, which depend to some degree upon learnt skills. ‘Perceptual logic’, tests your ability to see how an idea evolves in order to work out what will happen next.

Spatial Tests

In many of the problems found in this session, you will be expected to rotate an image in your mind so that you can ‘see’ what the reverse side looks like. We do this all the time in our daily lives, without giving it a thought, but psychologists have not yet discovered how a solid, three dimensional shape is held in the mind, let alone what mental processes allow us to turn it around in our heads. It is a vital skill anyway, and one that some people are better at than others, as with most skills, which is the reason it is tested.

Spatial tests for undergraduate scholarship exams


Numerical Reasoning

This section can fall into the following countries:

  • ‘Number skills
  • Numerical aptitude

Number Skills:

This test examines your arithmetical skills. You have to work with the rules of numbers: addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. It is also important to understand decimals, percentages and fractions. While skills such as the rules of numbers, percentages, weights and other measures can be learnt, the next test section measures potential. You can be given graphs and charts also.

Example: How many complete items at £3.50 each can be bought from £28.00?

Numerical Aptitude

This measures your mathematical potential in a broader way. It is the most abstract of the tests. It also looks at your aptitude for seeing a relationship between numbers. Again the mathematical rules are simple, but you have to comprehend a pattern between the numbers, which is a more abstract process than mere arithmetic.

Example: What is the next number in the sequence: 17. 2 4 3 7 6 ?
a) 9 b) 13 c) 15 d) 14

Verbal Reasoning

The verbal reasoning test section can come in three different forms:

  1. Word skills
  2. Verbal concepts
  3. Crtitical application

Word skills

This is a test of how well you understand words. Language tests are often the most complex, because a word may be used in many
different ways. Words are slippery, with alternative, deeper or hidden meanings.

Example: One of these words is spelt incorrectly. Write the correct spelling.
(a).queue (b).accelerate (c). restaurant (d).business (e.)maintainance

Verbal concepts

In this session, vocabulary is still important, but less so than perceiving what idea or association connects some words and not
others. Rather than recognize the individual meanings of words, you are expected to work out those that form a ‘set’ or group. This test requires both a level of learning and experience and quickness in thinking.

Example:  Expand is to Contract as Swell is to:
a) Resist b) Shrink c) Wave d) Turn

Critical application,

Here, vocabulary is far less important than the ability to reason. While you will find that in the previous verbal tests, you will,
more or less, either know the answer or not, with this test, you may need to take your time until you arrive at the answer.

Example:  Pete swims faster than Bill, but is not as fast as Jan,
whilst Jean always beats Jan. Who is fastest?
a) Pete b) Bill c) Jan d) Jean

Having gone through all the common scholarship aptitude test sections, I will be making a list of undergraduate scholarships available and their usual section of examination.

Materials you can use to Prepare For Scholarship Aptitude Test

If you are searching for materials, pdfs, past questions etc you could use to prepare for scholarship tests, then the following materials will do the job:

  1. GMATS – General Management Aptitude Test: In situations where past questions on scholarship tests fail, GMATS have always stood sure. The only disadvantage here is that it is voluminous and very vast. The advantage is that all scholarship aptitude test questions are in one way or the other represented there. You do not need to study every question. For every sub – section, there are many similar questions with the same pattern. All you need to do is master the pattern and move over to the next.
  2. Current Affairs: Especially scholarships that have affiliations with the Government. Example state government and federal government scholarships, including some multinational companies like MTN. Using current affairs can help you scale through some questions easily.
  3. Dragnet Past Aptitude Test Questions: Using Dragnet past aptitude test questions are by far the most effective and shortest cut to excelling in scholarship aptitude tests. However, for some reasons, the number of scholarships handled by dragnet is decreasing so adequate care should be taken to verify test organizers before selecting this past question. The good thing about them is that they always repeat questions. Making it easy to pass their scholarship aptitude test.

Popular Nigerian Undergraduate Scholarships with Aptitude Test Structure

Agbami Professional Undergraduate Scholarship Award Scheme for 100 and 200 Levels

Eligibility: 100 and 200Level full time undergraduates in Engineering and medical sciences

Worth: 100,000(Engineers) and 200,000(Medicine)

Test Sections:

  • Verbal (Comprehensions and deductive reasoning, Critical application)
  • Abstract (Perceptual tests)
  • Numerical Reasoning

NNPC/Chevron Undergraduate Scholarship Award Scheme for 200 Levels

Eligibility: 100 and 200Level full time undergraduates

Worth: NGN100,000

Test Sections:

  • Verbal
  • Abstract
  • Numerical Reasoning

Total Scholarship Scheme For 100 and 200 Level Students


Total (E&P) regularly invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for its National Merit Scholarship Awards for undergraduate students currently in their 1st and 2nd year of studies in recognized Nigeria Universities.

This is a significant major contribution towards improving the quality of human capital that Nigeria needs for development. It is an empowerment opportunity Nigerian students can benefit from, especially in the host communities where Total (E&P) operate.

Test Sections:

  • Verbal
  • Abstract
  • Numerical Reasoning

Worth: ₦150,000

ExxonMobil Scholarship For 200 Level Undergraduate Students

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), operator of its joint venture (JV) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), awards 500 undergraduate scholarships annually to students in Nigerian universities. The scholarship awards are for one academic year initially, and are renewable to cover the duration of approved study, based on the recipients’ academic performance and related reports from the institutions.

Under the NNPC/MPN JV undergraduate scholarship program, 60% of the awards go for core disciplines of Engineering and Geosciences, while 40% are for other approved business and social sciences related studies. A total of nine approved disciplines are currently covered in the awards which are based strictly on merits as determined from the candidates’ academic records, conduct and performance in the selection tests.

Test Sections:

  • Verbal
  • Abstract
  • Numerical Reasoning

Worth: ₦150, 000

Federal Government Scholarship FSB Award For 200, 300 and 400 Levels

Federal Scholarship Board (FSB)

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education through the Federal Scholarship Board (FSB) offers Local scholarships and Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Oversea Scholarships to Nigerian undergraduates, masters and doctoral students.

All applicants for undergraduate degree courses must possess a minimum qualification of Five (5) Distinctions (As and Bs) in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, WAEC or NECO (May/June) only in the subjects relevant to their field of study including English language and Mathematics. Certificates should not be more than Two (2) years old and the age limit is 22 years (minimum age of 18 years and maximum 22 years old at the time of taking up the award).

Test Sections:

  • Verbal
  • Abstract
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Current Affairs

Worth: ₦150,000 *annual

PTDF Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme

In this scholarship exam, the test sections from previous excercises is similar to the conventional JAMB examination. You are tested on the following sections:

  • Use of English
  • Mathematics

WORTH: 400K plus a laptop

Jim Ovia Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship for All Levels

Jim Ovia Youth Empowerment and ICT Foundation

The granting institution is the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship Fund (“JOFLSF”). The scholarship was formally known as the Mankind United To Support Total Education (MUSTE). The JOFLSF provided the AAI with a gift of Two Million-Dollars (USD) to finance four-year degree programs for high-achieving African students to attend world-class educational institutions around the globe. From this 2-million-dollar pool, Covenant university will receive 276,000 dollars for ten students.

This year, both Covenant University in Nigeria and Ashesi University in Ghana were chosen by the executive leadership of the Jim Ovia Foundation. The Jim Ovia Foundation in collaboration with the Africa-America Institute is offering the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship for Young African leaders to study at Covenant University and Ashesi University.

Test Sections:

  • Verbal
  • Numerical Reasoning

Worth: ₦150,000

NLNG Undergraduate Scholarship For 100 Level Students

Nigeria LNG Limited

The Nigeria LNG Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme started in 1998 as part of Nigeria LNG Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility to Nigerian Citizens to enhance human capacity development.

The Management of Nigeria LNG Limited regularly invites interested First Year undergraduates in Nigerian Universities to apply for the NLNG Scholarship Award. The purpose of Nigeria LNG Scholarship Award Scheme is to promote academic excellence amongst students in institutions in Rivers State and the rest of the country.

Test Sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Jamb-like questions

Worth: ₦300,000

NNPC/Addax Undergraduate Scholarship for 100 Level Students

Addax Petroleum

The company, Addax Petroleum Development (Nig) Limited, offers the National Merit Tertiary Institutions Scholarship Awards Scheme for undergraduate students in Nigeria. This scholarship is not offered as often as some of the others that are offered annually, for instance.

Test Sections:

  • Verbal
  • Abstract
  • Numerical Reasoning

Worth: ₦100,000

NAOC (Nigeria Agip Oil Company) Scholarship For 100 Level

Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC)

Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) operates in the land and swamp areas of the Niger Delta, under a joint venture agreement with NNPC (60%), NAOC (20%), and ConocoPhillips (20%), with concessions lying within Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers States.

The Nigerian AGIP Oil Company Limited (NAOC) Joint Venture in pursuance of its Corporate Social Responsibility regularly (mostly annually) invites suitably qualified applicants for its Tertiary Scholarship Scheme.

Worth: ₦100,000

Test Sections:

  • Abstract reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning

NWAG Scholarship For Female Undergraduate Students

Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG)

Every year, the Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) awards scholarships to female Nigerian undergraduate students in Nigerian universities. These NWAG scholarships are offered one per state of origin as well as one for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), currently in the amount of hundred thousand Naira per applicant.

Worth: ₦100,000

Test Sections:

  • Abstract reasoning(unconfirmed)
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning

SPDC JV Shell Scholarship For 100 Level Students

Shell Oil and Gas

The University Scholarship Scheme, a programme run by SPDC on behalf of the NNPC/Shell/Elf/Agip Joint Venture, makes a quiet but very profound commentary on the company’s interest in the promotion of capacity building in the country.

Every year, more than 4,000 Nigerian undergraduates write aptitude tests to join the evergrowing list of students which Shell Nigeria supports in Nigerian Universities. The applicants are shortlisted on the basis of the national SSCE and JAMB examination results. This is followed by an aptitude test at the PortHarcourt, Warri, Enugu, Lagos and Abuja centres.

There are two categories of the Scholarship Scheme, the National Merit Award (NM), open to Nigerian undergraduates and Areas of Operation Merit Award (AOM), for students from communities in which Shell Nigeria operates. Only first year students are eligible for the awards in both categories.

An average of 16,000 applicants respond to advertisements by Shell Nigeria every year, inviting qualified candidates to apply for the scholarships which are tenable only in Nigerian Universities.

Test Sections:

  • Verbal
  • Abstract
  • Numerical Reasoning

Worth: ₦150,000

NNPC / Shell SNEPCo Undergraduate Scholarship For 100 Level Students

Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company (SNEPCo)

The Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company (SNEPCo) on behalf of itself and its co-venturers offers the SNEPCo National Merit University Scholarship Scheme to Nigerian undergraduate students.

Worth: ₦100,000

Test Sections:

  • Abstract reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning


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  1. He was Born 31st December let say 20xx. The day of the question was 1st Jan. 20×2. So the day before yesterday (which is on the 30th) he was nine years old. Then after 31st December 20×1 he was now 10 years. The day of the question was 1st Jan. 20×2 so by 31 December 20×2 he will be eleven years old. And next year which by 31st December he will be twelve years old.

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