Psychometric tests may be used during the preliminary screening stage, or as part of an assessment centre.

Types of psychometric tests

There are two main types of test: personality tests and aptitude tests.

  1. Personality tests explore your interests, values and motivations, analysing how your character fits with the role and organisation. You will usually be presented with statements describing various ways of feeling or acting, and asked to record how much you agree on a two, five or seven-point scale.
  2. Aptitude tests assess your reasoning or cognitive ability, determining whether you've got the right skillset for a role. Usually administered under exam conditions, you'll often be given one minute to answer each multiple choice question. Your 'intelligence' levels are compared to a standard, meaning that you must achieve a certain score to pass.

Common Aptitude tests include:

Diagrammatic reasoning

Measuring your ability to follow information or spot patterns. Questions often consist of a series of pictures, each of which is slightly different. You must then choose another picture from a number of options to complete the series.

Error checking

Designed to measure how quickly and accurately you can detect errors

Numerical reasoning

Assess your interpretation of charts, graphs, data or statistics, investigating your ability to deal with numbers quickly and accurately. These tests may also measure your knowledge of ratios, percentages, trends and currency conversions.

Spatial reasoning

Testing your ability to perceive, construct and manipulate shapes. For example, you may be asked to visualise three-dimensional objects that are presented as two-dimensional pictures.

Verbal reasoning

Measuring your understanding of written information, evaluation of arguments, and communication of concepts. These tests often assess your ability to construct accurate conclusions from written information and may also assess your spelling and grammar.

Prepare for psychometric tests

Practising these tests can help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and can allow you to consider aspects of your personality and how this might be important in your career choice.

We offer you the opportunity to practise verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests online, as well as a personality questionnaire, through the Graduates First Test Portal.

To take the practice tests you simply need to register using your student email address.

If you have  graduated and no longer have access to your university email address, contact us and we will create an account for you.

After completing the practice tests, you will receive detailed, personalised feedback on your performance and tips on how you might be able to improve.

You will also be able to look at fully worked solutions for all those questions that you answered incorrectly.

If you would like to review your practice test performance and discuss how to approach these in an interview or assessment centre you can book an appointment.

For more information on psychometric tests and top tips on how to succeed, read our Psychometric Tests guide.

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