Psychometric and select tests help employers assess your skills an abilities, either before an interview or during an assessment centre.
Types of psychometric tests
What: Numerical tests assess how well you interpret data, graphs, charts or statistics. They can also test basic arithmetic.
How to prepare: Revise the basics of mathematics, such as percentages, ratios, fractions, currency conversions, etc. Check if you are allowed to use a calculator, and practice with and without one.
What: Verbal reasoning assesses how well you understand written information by evaluating arguments and statements.
How to prepare: Practice reading passages of information and summarise the key points. Keep up to date by reading newspapers, journals and reports.
What: Logical tests involve solving puzzles and image sequence to assess your ability to how well you identify sets of rules or spot patterns.
How to prepare: Understand what the different types of puzzles are and practice.
What: Personality tests assess your behaviour when presented with different situations and aim to examine how likely you are to fit into the role and the company.
How to prepare: You can't prepare for personality tests as they are about you! Don't try to second guess what you think the employer wants to see, they will almost certainly notice inconsistencies in your answers.
As you can see from the information above, psychometric tests can come in a wide variety of formats and that makes them really difficult to prepare for.
The best way to prepare for them is to spend lots of time practicing them and developing not only your skills, but your knowledge of what to expect during a psychometric test, eg performing complex tasks under timed conditions.
To start you off, we recommend you access our suite of Psychometric Tests and Personality Profiling questionnaires via your GradIntelligence account
All Cardiff Met students have access, but you will need to have activated your account. If you do not have access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request access. Once into your account, you will need to access the ‘Psychometrics Hub’ section on the left hand side.
Additionally, you will find numerous psychometric testing sites online, but we have compiled a list of the best free and comprehensive sites out there:
You will be able to find further advice and a list of other practice tests on Prospects psychometric testing.