Essentials: a guide to Psychometric Testing
Many employers use psychometric tests as part of their recruitment process, for both internships and graduate roles. These could be aptitude tests (such as numerical, verbal or diagrammatical reasoning) or personality tests.
In this section you will find resources on how to best prepare for these tests and links to practice test websites. Watch the video here Essentials: psychometric tests to get an overview of psychometric tests and our top tips, and see our handouts Psychometric tests [pdf] and Assessment centres [pdf]
Psychometric tests are designed to be reliable, valid, objective measures of aspects such as aptitude, ability or personality trait. They are standardised, which means they enable accurate comparisons to be made between test-takers. Increasingly they are online, but they can also be paper and pen tests. Candidates commonly face having to do some form of psychometric test during the recruitment and selection process. There are two main types of tests:
- Aptitude or Ability tests - these are the most common form of tests that you will meet in the selection process and they are designed to assess your level of ability in a particular skill required for the role; they are strictly timed and typically involve verbal, numerical and diagrammatic reasoning.
- Personality tests or questionnaires - these are not usually timed and feel less like an exam. There is no ‘right' answer; they are designed to assess your personality traits or preferences.
FREE ONLINE TESTS
- Collection of Quant Riddles with Answers - a number of worked-through examples to quantitative interview questions from banking and City interviews. A number of the 'riddles' are from the book 'Head on The Street: Quantitative Questions from Wall Street Job Interviews', available for reference in the Careers Service
- Cubiks - free practice verbal, numerical and business reasoning tests
- Efinancial Careers - provides examples of numerical tests used by employers in the financial services sector
- EY - have a couple of example strengths assessment questions available on their website which gives a helpful insight into situational judgement tests
- Grad Diary - provide six free practice numerical reasoning tests which allow to see your score and the answers to the questions on completion
- Hogan Lovells - practice psychometric test available in both pdf and online format. Found under 'Apply Now' in 'Critical Thinking Test'. There is also a practice version of the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal
- JP Morgan - online practice numerical test under 'Application and Interview hints & tips'
- Jung Personality Test - Typology Central - This free personality test uniquely combines two powerful systems for evaluating personality type – David Kiersey’s Temperaments and Jungian Cognitive Functions
- University of Kent Careers Service - examples of online tests to work through, with explanations
- Kogan Page - follow instructions to get access to full practice psychometric test
- Linklaters - provide a practice critical thinking test based on the Watson Glaser model
- Macquarie- downloadable practice test available in a number of languages
- Mark Parkinson - hosts links to a number of different types of psychometric tests
- Numerical Guru - provides two free practice tests
- Practice Aptitude Tests - two free practice verbal, numerical, and diagrammatical reasoning tests, as well as some video tutorials
- Practice Aptitude Tests: Employer Profiles - outlines of the application processes for some of the UK's biggest graduate employers, and how to prepare for them
- Practice Reasoning Tests - tips, training and free practice tests.
- Proctor & Gamble - downloadable pdf practice test booklet
- Psychometric Success - free site which provides everything you need to pass a job selection tests
- Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) - provides information and services relating to standards in tests and testing for test takers, test users, test developers and members of the public
- PwC Psychometric e-Learn - online module which has been designed to give an insight into psychometric testing, explains how these tests are scored and gives suggestions of how students can prepare for different types of tests. Includes practice numerical, verbal and inductive reasoning tests with answers
- Saville Consulting - practice and preparation advice, including analysis, comprehension and technical tests
- See 'Realise Potential's' frequently asked questions on psychometrics (note: 'Realise Potential' offers psychology-based solutions to organisations. Their work uses objective assessment methods such as psychometrics to support both test users and test takers)
- SHL Direct - gives direct example questions, practice tests and information about the graduate selection process
- TalentLens - practice aptitude tests for numerical reasoning and critical thinking
- Top Employers - numeracy Game Sponsored by J.P. Morgan
- WikiJob - free practice numerical, verbal and diagrammatical reasoning and situational judgement tests available
TEST WEBSITES FOR GRE, GMAT AND BMAT
- The Admissions Testing Service (part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge) provides online tests and examples of the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
- The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) provides online resources for the GMAT (Graduate management Admission Test)
- ETS is a non-profit organisation that administers TOEFL® tests and the GRE® General and Subject Test
SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT TESTS
- Assessment Day - free site offering practice aptitude (numerical, verbal & situational) tests comparable with those used by graduate recruiters
- Capp - a strengths-based assessment provider (including situational judgement tests)
- Capp Assessment Tests: Numerical, Verbal + Critical Reasoning - a guide with helpful hints and practice for the Capp Assessment Tests
- Fast Stream - has two online questionnaires including situational and behavioural judgement tests
- Graduates First - free and comprehensive range of psychometric tests, including situational judgement tests
- JobTestPrep - has free practice tests including verbal, numerical, inductive and situational judgement
- Norton Assessment trial tests, each with four questions, and the opportunity to trial a real SJT. The site gives advice and information to help you when preparing and taking a test
- Practice Aptitude Tests - will assess how you approach situations regularly encountered in the workplace
- Psychometric Test - presents the candidate with realistic workplace situations and a variety of ways in which they could respond to them
- UKCAT Official Guide - provides information on the format of the UKCAT test and includes practice questions on verbal reasoning, quantitattive reasoning , abstract reasoning, decision analysis and situational judgement.