The comprehensive Psychometric testing guide - aptitude and personality testing

This free psychometric guide offers an introduction to psychometric testing. You will be able to learn about the different psychometric tests, what to expect in each of the different tests, the level of difficulty, and how your scores are interpreted. 

To prepare for the psychometric test and improve your skills, you can also take our practice tests and short online courses. Our courses provide easy-to-read explanations about the types of questions in each test and how to answer them example test questions and detailed answer explanations and effective strategies on how to prepare for the psychometric test.

Introduction to psychometric tests

Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioural style. Psychometric tests are designed to measure candidates' suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or cognitive abilities). They identify the extent to which candidates' personality and cognitive abilities match those required to perform the role. Employers use the information collected from the psychometric test to identify the hidden aspects of candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview. Read more about the psychometric test 

Personality tests

The personality test is usually the part which the majority of test-takers dread the most. It is the unknown factor of what the test might reveal about your personality that accelerates this fear. However, our extensive experience shows that an effective preparation can assist employees to improve their test scores. Personality tests measure your behavioural style, opinions and motivators— for example, whether you prefer working in a group or independently whether you prefer taking charge over situations or following others. Read more about the personality test. Check out some free example personality test questions and answers.

Aptitude tests

Aptitude tests are designed to measure your work-related cognitive capacity. The concept behind these tests is that each test question has only one correct answer, and everyone can correctly solve all the test questions. The only difference between people is in how quickly they can correctly complete the test (i.e. answer all the test questions). That’ s why these tests are always timed. The time is defined in such a way that only 1% to 5% of the population can correctly solve all the test questions within the allowed time frame. Read more about aptitude tests.

Verbal aptitude or reasoning tests

The verbal reasoning test is one of the most commonly used psychometric tests (or aptitude tests) to measure candidates’ suitability and potential. There are several types of verbal reasoning tests. Read more about the verbal reasoning test. Check out some free example verbal aptitude test questions and answers.

Numerical aptitude or reasoning tests

The numerical reasoning test measures your ability to interpret, analyse and draw logical conclusions based on numerical data presented in graphs and tables. It is important to note that this numerical reasoning test (contrary to easier numerical reasoning tests) is not designed to measure your mathematical ability but your ability to use numerical data as a tool to make reasoned decisions and solve problems. Read more about the numerical reasoning test. Check out some free example numerical aptitude test questions and answers.

Abstract aptitude or reasoning tests

The abstract reasoning test is also called the conceptual reasoning test. It measures your lateral thinking skills or fluid intelligence, which are your ability to quickly identify patterns, logical rules and trends in new data, integrate this information, and apply it to solve problems. It measures what most people would refer to as ‘ street smarts’ and the ability to ‘ think on your feet’ . Read more about the abstract reasoning test. Check out some free example abstract aptitude test questions and answers.

Mechanical aptitude or reasoning tests

Mechanical aptitude tests, or mechanical reasoning tests, are commonly administered for technical and engineering positions. The mechanical aptitude test measures your ability to understand and apply mechanical concepts and principles to solve problems. Each test question offers you a mechanical scenario that might include acceleration, gravity, friction, pressure, moments, energy transformation, kinetic and potential energy, work and power, levers, pulleys, screws, gears, springs, etc. Read more about the mechanical reasoning test. Check out some free example mechanical reasoning test questions and answers.

Inductive reasoning tests

Similar to abstract reasoning and diagrammatic aptitude tests, inductive reasoning aptitude tests measure your ability to work flexibly with unfamiliar information and solve problems. Each test question displays a series of shapes/objects. Your task is to identify the underlying logical rules of each series and use this information to select the missing shape from a number of options. Candidates who perform well on the inductive reasoning aptitude test tend to demonstrate a better capability for analytical and conceptual thinking. Read more about inductive reasoning tests. Check out some free example inductive reasoning test questions and answers.

Logical reasoning tests

Similar to deductive reasoning tests and verbal reasoning tests, logical reasoning aptitude tests are designed to measure your ability to draw logical conclusions based on statements or arguments, and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of those arguments. Read more about logical reasoning tests. Check out some free example logical reasoning test questions and answers.

Assessment centres

Assessment centres are the longest and most complicated phase in the selection process. An assessment centre can take anything from half a day to three days and includes a battery of complicated and unfamiliar tests that provoke tension and pressure in most people. Read more about assessment centres