Type of tests
|Free access to numerical, verbal and logical ability tests (7 of each)|
|Graduate Benchmark||Free access to practise (and then take) the three most-used standard tests in the graduate recruitment process - verbal, numerical and inductive reasoning. Benchmark your performance, view results and see how you compare with peers at university, your year group, discipline or even nationally.|
|Assessment Centre HQ||All|
|Inductive Reasoning Test||Inductive|
|Institute of Psychometric Coaching||Verbal/Numerical/Abstract|
|Job Test Prep plus Beginner's Guide to Psychometric Tests||All|
|Nigel Coldwell||Lateral thinking puzzles for interviews|
|Numerical Reasoning Test||Numerical|
|Practice Aptitude Tests||Verbal/Numerical/Diagrammatic|
|Practice Reasoning Tests||Various tests|
Numerical/Verbal/Inductive/Critical Thinking/Personality/Situational Judgement
(click on the 'Candidate Preparation' link for each test)
|The Online Test Centre||Verbal/Numerical/Diagrammatic/Logical|
|Verbal Reasoning Test||Verbal|
Many graduate employers use psychometric tests to help identify a candidate’s suitability for a particular job role. They are often used during the first stage of selection or as part of an assessment centre.
There are two main types:
1. Aptitude/ability Tests: these tests are designed to measure your potential performance in a job and your ability to carry out or perform different tasks. Usually presented in multiple-choice format, the questions have right and wrong answers, are normally presented online and timed. The test(s) you are asked to sit will vary according to the job you are applying for.
Common tests include:
- Verbal reasoning - assess how you well you understand written information and evaluate arguments and statements.
- Numerical reasoning assess your ability to interpret charts, graphs, data or statistics, and whether you can deal with numbers quickly and accurately.
- Diagrammatic reasoning (also known as inductive reasoning tests or abstract reasoning tests) assess a candidate’s ability to think logically and solve complex problems.
- Spatial reasoning your ability to perceive, construct and manipulate shapes is measured by these tests.
- Critical Thinking assess your ability to logically analyse assumptions, arguments, deductions, inferences and interpreting information.
- Situational Judgement/Scenario-based Tests measure your behaviour and attitudes to work-related scenarios.
2. Personality Questionnaires: these are used to assess personal behavioural preferences to determine whether a candidate’s character suits the job applied for. There are no right or wrong answers and they are usually completed in your own time.
The following websites offer advice and guidance on psychometric tests:
The Careers Centre also has books on psychometric tests available on short loan.