Psychometric tests

Psychometric tests are used by many graduate employers to weed out applicants during the selection process. If you’re faced with these tests, you’ll need to know how you can do your best. You may be asked to take the tests online or at an assessment centre but, either way, you can find out more about the type of test you’ll be taking and how to maximise your performance.

Employers will explain what the tests involve and often give you some example questions, therefore it’s essential to read the information that the employer provides about the tests. However, it’s important to get plenty of practice before taking the tests; so, how can you get more help?

First of all, there’s a talk on Psychometric Tests taking place today (Wednesday 9th November). It’s in the Hicks Building, Lecture Theatre 1, at 1:00pm – no need to book in advance, just turn up!

There are practice tests available online which give you feedback on your results. The Careers Service’s Profiling for Success package has practice skills tests on verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning. Read more about Profiling for Success and how to take the tests on the Careers Service website.

You can also download our Briefing Sheet on psychometric tests, link to practice tests on sites like SHL Direct and Team Focus, and listen to an online talk from one of our careers advisers.

The Careers Service also has books with lots of practice test questions and advice. Call in and ask to borrow one, or see the list of titles with a short description of each.

You may find it helpful to talk to other students who have had to sit similar tests, or why not discuss the tests with a careers adviser, especially if you’ve been unsuccessful with them in the past.

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