Free psychometric test questions and answers for graduates and job applicants. Improve your performance. Includes ability and aptitude tests. New and updated for 2016.



What is a Psychometric Test?


Psychometric tests are standardised methods used to assess candidates by comparing them with a sample of the results obtained by a comparable group of people. The whole area of psychometric testing is a technically complex and often confusing one. Many people (including some who actually use tests professionally!) often misunderstand or misinterpret the terminology and procedures involved.


how do i improve my Psychometric Test performance ?


A very good question! But generally, it is not possible 'fail' a test although you can improve your test score.

Personality tests do not have a pass mark - they are simply designed to produce an accurate overview of your personality. This is then compared to the profile which the recruiter thinks would make a person more successful at the job in question.

Ability & aptitude tests may have a benchmark or cut-off score, and candidates who score lower than it may not be considered further for the job. Exactly where this cut off point lies is calculated based on a combination of factors including the difficulty of the job, the difficulty of the test, the number of capable applicants and the number of positions.  In simple terms, if there are a large number of positions to fill and a small number of candidates then the employer may be have to set the cut off point much lower than if there were few positions and a large number of applicants. This changes from job to job - so not reaching a cut off point for one application does not mean that  you'll fail to reach it on the next.


What types of Psychometric Test are there?


Tests are organised into groups which reflect the commonest types of aptitude, ability and personality tests in general use - verbal reasoning, numerical ability, abstract / diagrammatic aptitude, spatial / mechanical tests and personality questionnaires.


how do i pass a Psychometric Test?


The links on the left give advice as well as information on how tests are designed and used in practice.  We also provide a useful Job Hunter's Guide which provides free advice on a wide range of career issues.


How Can I Practice Psychometric Tests?


Just select the area which interests you. We provide an explanation of that particular type of test, plus some free example questions and answers. 

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