Types of tests
What do the different tests actually test?
Numerical: These tests predict how well you will be able to handle numerical data whilst at work. But don't panic, the questions rarely go beyond addition, multiplication, fractions, percentages and currency conversions. If you need help, attend one of our Numerical Reasoning workshops held from October to March. Log in to MyGateway for further details and to book a place. If you need extra help, visit the Maths Learning Centre.
Verbal: These tests assess your ability to analyse written material and make logical conclusions about what you have read. If you need help, attend one of our Verbal Reasoning workshops held from October to March. Log in to MyGateway for further details and to book a place. If you need extra help, visit the Centre for Learning and Study Support.
Non-verbal: These tests appear in a visual form and may be called abstract, diagrammatic or logical. It's your ability to find links and patterns between the sequences which allow employers to gain an insight into your creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Situational Judgement Tests: These tests enable employers to evaluate what you are most likely and least likely to do in a work-related situation. Your behaviour and attitudes are being measured so remember to respond as if you were in that situation.
Watson Glaser Critical Thinking: Watson Glaser provide critical thinking tests designed to measure critical or logical thinking skills. They are widely used by the Civil Service, law firms and are also being introduced into the nursing profession.
Personality questionnaires: Employers use them to understand your personality better and assess how you may approach a certain work situation or task. It is best to respond honestly and try not to second guess what the employer is looking for. It's important to feel comfortable where you work and that you are somewhere where you can flourish. You can't really prepare for personality questionnaires as there are no right or wrong answers.
In-tray or e-tray excercises: These test your ability to deal with real work scenarios. You will have a tray full of various messages, documents, reports or emails. Your task will be to prioritise these and explain why you have done so in that order. E-tray exercises are a similar format but on a computer with an email inbox to deal with. Employers use this to determine how you process information, work accurately, make decisions and react in a business environment.
If you want to brush up in any of these areas, take a look at the recommended sites for free practice tests.