Preparing for Psychometric and other Reasoning Tests

Online assessments are now used regularly, particularly by larger corporate organisations for before or after a first interview. Candidates are often required to undergo personality profile, psychometric, numeracy and reasoning tests. The links below take you to sites by a range of providers; it is usual to be given a trial test before you undertake each actual test.

By being familiar with the style and layout of aptitude tests, knowing what to expect, and knowing how your score will be used, you will be less flustered and better able to perform to the best of your ability.

What types of test are there?

According to a comprehensive list)

  • Personality
  • Aptitude (combining verbal, numerical, and/or abstract reasoning)
  • Situation analysis
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Spatial reasoning
  • ‘Assessment Centre’
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Graduate school admissions

As a starting point visit the website of recruitment agency Stopgap the site contains a good starting point test that will provide you with an overview of the sort of character/personality you are. This will be invaluable in helping you recognise the sort of person you are and will be very useful at interview when you will be able to demonstrate what you know about yourself at interview.

For a more in-depth exercise based approach visit the website of Assessment Day, a company set-up to help graduates and job seekers find out about the psychometric tests commonly used by employers. The website provides real psychometric and aptitude tests online for free. as well as tips, solutions and advice. The test available include:

  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement
  • In-Tray Exercises

For other online test resources visit the "Useful Site Links" page (at the foot of the left hand blue background menu.