The VST has traditionally been a pen-and-paper test in a multiple-choice format with machine-scanned answer sheets.  It can now be made available as a multiple-choice online assessment. The online format provides a faster turnaround time with automatic marking and candidate login details that can be created on the spot.

The time allowed for each test is as follows:

Core VST Quantitative, Verbal and Abstract Reasoning Online: 2 hours Pen-and-paper: 2 hours and 10 minutes
VST - Mechanical Reasoning Assessment Online: 20 mins Pen-and-paper: 30 minutes
VST - Interpersonal Understandings Assessment Not yet available Pen-and-paper: 40 minutes