Assessment Centres and Psychometric Tests
What is an Assessment Centre?
When applying for a job an Assessment Centre is a section of the application process where you will face presentations, group work exercises and psychometric tests. They're designed to challenge your skills, and enables employers to find out more about your personality.
Written tests are used by employers to assess whether candidates have the necessary levels of ability for the job and to gather information about their skills and sometimes personal attributes.
Tests could include the following:
Aptitude tests: Evaluate a candidates ability to perform specific tasks or respond to different situations. Tests may include: verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, logical thinking, critical thinking, diagrammatic / inductive reasoning plus others used by different employers.
Situational Judgement Tests: You are asked to identify the most appropriate response / answer to hypothetical scenarios. It is likely that the employer will have their own bespoke questions.
Personality questionnaires: Help individuals identify their strengths and weaknesses to build an overall profile of personality traits.
Alternatively, it is becoming more common for employers to test your abilities by asking you to take a game based assessment. This means that an employer may ask you to play a game on your phone using an app or link that they send to you.The games can measure many things, such as how you perform under pressure, your judgement, numeracy and analytical skills and much more.
There is an upside and a downside to this method of application. The downside is that unfortunately there is no way to prepare or practice for these games (unlike other psychometric tests) as it is very hard to know what the employer will be measuring and how. The upside is that you don’t have to prepare(!) and the games can be quite fun and immersive. Our advice is to make sure you are relaxed and happy before playing the games (don’t complete them after a stressful journey or difficult lecture), and that you complete them somewhere where you won’t be interrupted and have a good internet connection.
How to improve your test Performance
Practising tests can help to improve your performance by giving you an understanding of the different types of tests. Practising tests will allow you to practise planning your time effectively for each test. Ensure you read test instructions carefully to prevent you from losing crucial marks.
MyCareer Plus will allow you to practice online tests and at the end of each test you will receive a report which will highlight your score including correct / incorrect answers. This will give you an indication as to whether you need more practice, it may also help to identify areas you could revise further.
Resources to help you practice technical tests and interviews ‘How to improve your performance’
Practise & preparation guides from Saville Consulting
A guide to Pyschometric Tests from Practice Reasoning
Practice Aptitude Tests website includes some video tutorials explaining how to tackle some maths questions
Future Learn Free online maths course aims to improve your mathematical confidence and gain the skills to pass numeracy tests with this free online course
India Bix offer a range of online practise tests for technical tests
WikiJob guide on Verbal Reasoning Tests including free short practise tests and advice on how to prepare.
WikiJob guide on Numerical Reasoning Tests including free short practise tests and advice on how to prepare.
Need some practice?
Have at look at these other websites that offer practice tests:
- Assessment Day
- Practice Psychometric tests
- Jobtestprep - Free situational judgment test
- Jobtestprep - free psychometric test
- Practice aptitude tests
- The Online Test Centre
- WikiJob Aptitude Tests
- 16 Personalities - Personality Test
Psychometric tests information booklet
Assessment centres information booklet
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