Psychometric testing

Psychometric tests are a standardised way of measuring certain skills and comparing your scores with those of other people. They are also known as aptitude tests. They may include a personality test or a combination of both.

Over 70 per cent of larger companies use psychometric testing. Many medium and small companies also use tests to assess candidates on the skills relevant for the job. The Careers and Employability team can help you prepare for a psychometric test, with online resources and free workshops during term time (see below).

Why do employers use them?

Employers use testing as a way of getting an unbiased evaluation of a candidate’s abilities. They can use them at different points of the recruitment process. This form of testing has become very common as part of graduate recruitment.

Free online tests

Take a look at the different types of tests you could be doing as part of a recruitment process. You can also look at our practice tests page for a selection of websites that allow you to practise for free.

Practice workshops

Our practice workshops run between October and March. We offer two different workshops:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning

The workshops will help you understand how psychometric tests are used and then give you an opportunity to work through some examples on your own and in small groups.

How to Book

Log in to MyGateway for further details and to book a place.

Top tip

Look at the employer's website to find out what tests they use. Start practising before you apply. 

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