Psychometric tests

What are psychometric tests?

Psychometric tests are carefully designed and validated tests aimed to scientifically assess abilities and attributes. They are usually taken under time exam conditions, either in person or online. Graduate psychometric 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.

Types of test

Aptitude tests:

  • These evaluate a candidate's 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.

Personality questionnaires:

  • Help individuals identify their strengths and weaknesses to build an overall profile of personality traits.

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.

Games based assessment aka Gamification:

  • An employer may ask you to play a game on your phone or PC using an app or link that they send to you. These can measure many things, such as how you perform under pressure, your judgement, numeracy and analytical skills, and much more.