Psychometric Tests

A guide to psychometric tests

Employers use psychometric tests to check you have the ability and personal qualities necessary to do a job. Practising the kinds of test you are likely to face is the best way to increase your confidence and to improve your performance.  

There are two main types of psychometric tests. Aptitude tests measure your ability in areas such as literacy, numeracy and diagrammatic reasoning whereas personality assessments analyse how well you would fit with the organisation and role. Some personality tests can help you to identify your skills, interests and values, which can help when making career decisions.

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You now you have the opportunity to take online numerical, verbal and logical tests commonly used by employers for selection purposes and receive feedback on your performance. Go to to register.

Tests available include:

  • Verbal Reasoning Test - assess your understanding and comprehension skills.
  • Numerical Reasoning Test - answer questions using facts and figures (if you need additional support with numeracy tests then visit the Maths Support Team in the Skills Zone).
  • Logical Reasoning Test - test your ability to think logically and analytically.
  • Workstyle Personality Questionnaire - analyse your personality and characteristics for the world of work.
  • Question Identifier Tool – identify questions that are likely to come up in a sector specific interview.


Access a database of 15,000 practice items, with tailored tests by job level, profession, provider, and employer. The tests available include numerical, verbal and logical tests following the style of 12 leading assessment companies. Email to register

Tests available include:

  • SJT Practice: Prepare for your upcoming situational judgment test
  • Personality Test Practice: Full-length test + detailed reports analysing 50 personality traits
  • Numerical Tests for Graduates: Over 1500 practice questions, covering all the major test styles (SHL, Talent Q, Kenexa & more)
  • Assessment Centre Practice: Case studies, interviews, group exercise, role play, in-tray, and more online preparation
  • Watson Glaser Test Practice: Two full-length practice tests, study guides, and more

Our guide to psychometric testing contains more information and sample questions. You can also have a look at information on the The British Psychological Society.

Top tips

  • Always follow instructions carefully.
  • In aptitude tests accuracy is more important than speed – most people don’t answer all questions in the time allowed. Practising tests can give you more confidence and help you use the limited time you have better.
  • Before a numeracy test refresh your memory of basic maths, eg percentages, interpreting graphs, calculations by looking at a GCSE revision book.
  • There are no right answers in personality tests, be truthful or the feedback will be meaningless.

Free practice tests

  • Saville and Holdsworth provides practice verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, inductive reasoning, personality and motivational questionnaires.
  • Morrisby Organisation gives advice on taking psychometric tests, sample questions and links to other tests on the web.
  • Psychometric Success provides 16 free downloadable aptitude tests in numeracy, literacy, abstract reasoning and special, technical and clerical ability.
  • Cubik provides free verbal and numerical practice tests with instant feedback. Also provides a diagrammatical reasoning practice leaflet.
  • Aptitude Tests Online provides free aptitude sample questions.
  • Keirsey provides personality assessments including a free assessment with temperament report.
  • is a free resource to help job seekers improve their performance at employer reasoning tests.
  • WikiJob provide a wide range of free aptitude tests, focusing on your ability to analyse data, identify consistencies in numerical patterns, resolve work-related issues and much more.