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Psychometric tests

Psychometric tests

Psychometric tests

What should you expect?

Online tests are increasingly being used by employers as part of the application process. Many are now asking candidates to complete tests before they assess their application form. These may be ability tests e.g. numerical, verbal and inductive or they may be testing a candidate's ‘fit’ to the company by assessing motivation, values and behaviours. There is an increasing move towards ‘gamification’ of these which may take the form of interactive platform games or visual scenarios to interact with.

How can you prepare?

It is a good idea to practise so that you know what to expect. We have subscribed to the following online tests so you can build your confidence before you encounter them during your applications: 

Profiling for Success©

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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.

Find out more

Test Partnership© - has a range of sample tests which you can access by selecting 'candidate preparation' for each type.

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 reasoningnumerical reasoning and/or verbal reasoning. The website also includes useful tips and advice for taking tests.

There are numerous other sites with practice examples and advice such as:

Help from the Careers Centre

We have lots of specialist books you can use or ebooks you can download if you want to practise a range of different questions. In addition to the online 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.