What is it?
A psychometric test is an assessment designed to show a candidate’s skills and knowledge in a specific field. The tests all have different ways of scoring the candidates and comparing their scores to determine who had the highest.
The candidate does not need any prior knowledge to complete the test, as the employer only wants to see your natural ability.
Types of Psychometric Tests
There are several different tests that an employer could ask you to take.
Here is a list with descriptions of different psychometric tests:
Numerical Reasoning Tests
When taking this test, candidates will have to answer questions on statistics, graphs, charts and figures
Verbal Reasoning Tests
These tests will assess candidates on verbal logic and how quickly they can digest and retain information from passages of text.
A business related assessment that assesses how well candidates can prioritise tasks.
Timed tests that assess your logical reasoning.
Situational judgement Tests
Psychological tests that assess how candidates would deal with work-based problems.
Inductive Reasoning Tests
Tests that determine how well the candidate can identify the logic within patterns.
Cognitive Ability Tests
Measures general intelligence.
Mechanical Reasoning Tests
This test is often used for technical roles and applies mechanical and engineering knowledge into it.
Watson Glaser Tests
Often used by law firms, it’s designed to think critically about arguments.
Spatial Awareness Tests
Often used in jobs for design, engineering and architecture, the test is designed to assess how well the candidate can mentally manipulate images.
Error Checking Tests
Considered unusual, this test assesses how well the candidate can identify errors.
Tips to Help You Pass
You should aim to answer every question on the test, but don’t stress if you run out of time.
The most difficult questions in the tests are usually placed at the end. You don’t necessarily get bonus points if you answer the hard questions correctly, so don’t worry if you find some difficult to answer.
If time permits, check all the questions (if the exam allows that) and make sure your answers are correct
Some psychometric tests have questions that you cannot skip. If you don’t know the answer, then you will just have to guess. Most candidates waste a third of their time stuck on questions that they’re struggling to answer, so you will just have to make an educated guess.
In most cases, candidates will have to take several different psychometric tests, so it is recommended that you take breaks in between tests.
If you have been told that you will have to do a psychometric test, you are encouraged to revise for them. We recommend you to go online and google “free psychometric tests” and you can revise as much as you want for free.
If you take a psychometric test that is designed to assess your personality, you should try to stay consistent when answering the questions.
It is advised that you become familiar with the types of questions that could crop up in the test.
Use your time cleverly. If you are spending too much time on one question, leave it and move onto the next one.
You should read more to increase your vocabulary. Try reading more careers related, newspapers, magazines and online articles. This will help you when you do a verbal reasoning test.
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