Psychometric Tests

ability tests, aptitude tests, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, diagrammatic reasoning, situational judgement tests, personality tests

The information, advice and guidance found in this page is for students within the 'compete' phase of your Career Development Journey

Should you wish to attend an Application and Selection Coaching appointment to help prepare for an upcoming psychometric test, you will need to complete and bring the relevant preparation document found here. These are useful documents (even if you’re not planning on having an appointment this time) which will encourage you to consider points and areas of research you may not have thought about before.

Your objective for investing time in preparing for taking a test should be to improve both accuracy and speed in order to achieve a small margin of improvement.  A small improvement in your test performance can increase your chances significantly of getting through to the next stage of a graduate selection process.  With the help of our in-house business psychologist, we have developed a three-step Guide (the 'Leicester 1-2-3 Approach'), where each step will help you improve both accuracy and speed (including free practice).

How can I prepare?

Follow the 'Leicester 1-2-3 Approach' to help you prepare for the Psychometric tests, or come along to our new highly practical psychometric workshop which will take you through the approach. Workshops are held weekly. To find out when the next sessions will be and register, go to the Events pages on MyCareers.

Step One: Research and Revise

a.    Research which tests you are likely to be asked to do to give focus to your practice.
b.    Then Research what the test is likely to involve. AssessmentDay.co.uk provides an in-depth analysis of the different types of exercises, including Numerical & Verbal Reasoning.
c.    Revise what you may be tested on. Practice doing arithmetic both with and without a calculator. Brush up on your numerical skills generally and revisit some of the maths you did for GCSE. Study data presented in tables, charts and graphs. Check out the Study Guides.

The Mathematics Help Centre can help you to improve your maths, stats or numeracy skills. They can talk through example questions, demonstrating techniques and suggesting useful resources for further development.

Step Two: Have a Go!

The best way to learn is to practice! So use our recommended FREE external resources:

a.    Graduates First – University of Leicester students have access to an array of verbal, numerical and logical tests, as well as a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and a Personality Questionnaire. They have been developed by consultants who have worked for SHL, the major UK publisher of psychometric tests. You will need to register using your University login & password. If you require further test credits, please contact careershelp@le.ac.uk 
b.    SHL
c.    Assessment Day

Step Three: Reflection and Ask for Help

a.    Using the feedback forms developed by the provider, identify the areas or issues that are causing you the most trouble and then identify how you can improve on these next time. If you can identify problem areas – try another test.
b.    If you are unsure as to how you can improve, book either a Psychometric Testing workshop or an appointment on MyCareers for further guidance.
c.    Start the 3-step process again!

Other useful links

The following websites have useful information and many have practice questions. Some of these are specific to certain sectors or occupations. Please note that some sites charge a fee.

  • Bloomberg Assessment Test: three-hour online test, used mainly in the financial sector.
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS): private educational organisation - includes practice questions relating to:
    • GRE - Graduate Record Examination
    • Praxis - Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers
    • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language.
    • Praxis - Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers
  • Watson Glaser is a critical thinking test particularly common with law firms and increasingly by other employers. There are sample tests available on the Hogan Lovells and Linklaters websites.
  • GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test
  • JobTestPrep - Free Aptitude and Situational Judgement Tests
  • Psychometric Success: provides practice questions
  • SHL: provides example questions from a variety of tests
  • TARGETjobs: provides general information about psychometric assessments and links to various practice assessments.
  • GradDiary: provides free numerical reasoning tests
  • Psychometric Test Advice: provides advice and guidance on taking Psychometric Tests
  • UKCAT: (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) is used in the selection process by a number of UK university Medical and Dental Schools.
  • Note: The University of Leicester is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. References and links to sites should not be taken as an endorsement by the University of opinions expressed or services provided at those sites.

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