- CV and covering letters
- Application forms
- Psychometric assessments
- Assessment centres
- Attending interviews
What are psychometric tests?
Psychometric tests are used by recruiters to assess ability aptitude and personality. They are increasingly used by employers to see how you perform in a variety of tasks. They also give you the opportunity to demonstrate a range of skills, including communication, time management and team working skills as well as personal attributes such as motivation.
What can I expect?
Tests are often taken under exam conditions and are usually timed. They are designed to measure your intellectual capability for thinking and reasoning: some are meant to be very difficult.
How do I prepare for a psychometric test?
You cannot revise for an aptitude test as you would an exam, but you can prepare yourself. Firstly, you should find out exactly what your aptitude test will entail. In a numeracy test, you may be allowed to use a calculator, but if not, then you should try to practice without using one. A quick brush up on basic maths formulas, such as percentages, is a good idea.
You should try out an aptitude test to get used to how they work. Birmingham City University has a licence for you to take some online practice aptitude tests with Team Focus. For further details, see the "Online Practice Test" section below.
Do: Familiarise yourself with sample tests and take a practice test, either online or by using the many resources available in the Student Services library or the main University library.
Do: Check out the information on how to master psychometric tests and develop strategies for the delay.
Do: Contact the administrator in advance if there are any factors likely to affect you performance e.g. Dyslexia: or if English is not you first language.
Do not: Have a late night before the test session.
Download further advice, tips and information on Psychometric Tests.
Online Practice Tests
Birmingham City University has a licence for you to take some practice online aptitude tests with Team Focus. As well as aptitude tests you can increase your self-awareness with the Type Dynamics questionnaire and learn about your learning styles. To access the tests, please get in touch with us to request the codes and passwords at www.bcu.ac.uk/askus
Psychological Testing Centre: A British Psychological Society (BPS) managed website containing useful information and FAQs on selection testing.
Test Preparation and Career Centre: The UK's largest test producer, this site has example questions and on line practice tests.
Morrisby Direct: Many example questions of different tests plus tips (please note: not necessarily at graduate level though).
Personality Inventories and Self-Assessment Questionnaires
Prospects Planner: a useful online self-assessment tool to guide you through your career options.
What Color is Your Parachute: Web version of the book which has links to information on a variety of personality and aptitude tests.