Psychometric tests take the form of personality and/or aptitude tests - used to test your suitability for a particular job. Personality questionnaires aren’t tests; rather they are indicators of your personality type and are not time-limited. There are no right or wrong answers. Answer honestly and avoid trying to predict what would be a good or bad response.
Aptitude tests are formal tests, assessing your ability in verbal, numerical or diagrammatic reasoning. They are strictly timed and are normally completed online. Practicing aptitude tests before doing it for real can improve your performance significantly. Keep an eye on the time and don’t spend too long on any one question
Gamification is increasingly being used by graduate recruiters as an alternative to traditional psychometric tests. These take the form of playing a timed online game. The recruiter can obtain valuable, predictive analytics on a range of attitudes and behaviours demonstrated by the player. These could include decision-making, risk-aversion etc. Unlike traditional psychometric tests it’s not possible to practice these games in advance since they are usually bespoke and don’t measure a score that can be improved with practice. A useful guide for applicants is available here.
Useful links and practice tests
- Practice Aptitude Tests Ltd - great free access to practice tests for Glasgow students & graduates
- Mark Parkinson - a comprehensive list of practice psychometric tests & questionnaires
- Assessment Day - a great range of free practice tests
- Practice Reasoning - examples and hints and tips for a wide range of tests
- SHLDirect- practice verbal, numerical and diagrammatic reasoning questions
- PsychometricTests - download free practice tests
- In-tray exercises - practice in-tray exercises
- Case study interview examples (McKinsey)
- Prospects – guide and links to different types of tests
- JobMi – strengths match and free practice tests
- Psychometric Success - Free practice tests
- McKinsey - Free case study interview examples
- Jobs Test Prep - numerical, situational judgement and verbal reasoning tests
- PWC e-learn - numerical, verbal reasoining, inductive reasoning, work style preference questionnaire.
- GreenTurn - Practice tests and other resources, said to be replicate assessments from the 'big 4'
- Success in Employers' Numeracy Tests - find out why employers use numeracy psychometric tests and practice the essential maths techniques you need