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Psychometric tests

Psychometric tests

Psychometric tests

What should you expect?

Psychometric – or aptitude – tests are a way of assessing your abilities to perform specific tasks or how you would react in different situations. The most common tests include numerical, verbal reasoning, diagrammatic reasoning and data interpretation. 'The Jobseeker's Guide to Aptitude Tests' gives you an overview of how they work and some tips for success.

You may be asked to do them in advance of the assessment centre, or on the day.

How can you prepare?

It is a good idea to practise tests so that when you are required to take one as part of a selection process you will find it less intimidating. We offer free online aptitude and personality tests from several organisations to University of Leeds students and graduates:

Job Test Prep©

Profiling for Success© - to request the passwords/weblink, please email us with details of your course, level and student ID number, or year of graduation. Please also include 'Online test password request' in the subject header of the email. Alternatively, you can call into the Careers Centre to collect the passwords. 

Graduates First©  

Test Partnership© - click on 'candidate preparation' for each type 

For the Graduates First© and TalentLens© tests you will need register with your University of Leeds email address. 

Assessment Day © also has a comprehensive website that offers advice and a wide range of practice tests to help you prepare. There are some tests which they charge for but they do have downloadable tests in pdf format with answers that demonstrate the working out required. 

Norton Assessment are developing new psychometric tests which you can trial free of charge. You can choose from inductive reasoning, numerical reasoning and/or verbal reasoning. The website also includes useful tips and advice for taking tests.   

Personality tests

You cannot prepare for a personality test. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. The application process should be seen as a two-way process; so if you are not a good fit for the organisation, it’s unlikely you would be happy there.

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Help from the Careers Centre

We have lots of specialist books you can borrow or ebooks you can download if you want to practise a range of different questions. In addition to the on-line tests above we have also collected a range of example tests for you to try so there are many ways to prepare even when you are away from campus.

We also offer psychometric test workshops. Check the assessment centre homepage for more details.