Psychometric tests

Psychometric tests are a way for an employer to find out that you can do the job – testing your skills and abilities relating to the role.

They’re not as terrifying as they sound – but make sure you’re prepared!

What are psychometric tests?

Psychometric tests are basically online tests, and are a common part of many application processes.  

These may be ability tests e.g. numerical, verbal and inductive, or they may be testing a candidate's ‘fit’ to the company by assessing motivation, values and behaviours.  

Sometimes tests take the form of interactive visual scenarios or platform games. 

How can I prepare for a psychometric test? 

It is a good idea to practise so that you know what to expect. You can access a range of practice tests through our subscription to Graduates First, as well as accessing many free practice tests via sites listed in the 'Additional practise tests' section below.  

Graduates First

Practice common ability tests (e.g. verbal, numerical, logical reasoning), situational judgement, example assessment centre exercises, practice video interview, selection games and more. 

Register for Graduates First with your University of Leeds email address but don't use your university password. If you have graduated and no longer have a Leeds e-mail address, please e-mail the Careers team  with your name, course, graduation year, and the subject heading 'Graduates First access'.

What about personality tests? 

You cannot prepare for a personality test. Remember that there are no right or wrong answers. The test should be seen as a two-way process to determine whether or not you would be happy there; you are getting a feel for the organisation as much as they are for you. 

You can access a Workstyle Personality questionnaire (WPQ) personality test through our Graduates First subscription, above. Alternatively, you can find many free tests online, for example 16 Personalities.

Advice for online tests 

Practice tests

  • Assessment Day - Free practise aptitude, situational judgement and personality tests available.

  • Test Partnership - Free practise aptitude, situational judgement and personality tests available.

  • Practice Aptitude Tests - Provides a range of free aptitude and ability tests.

  • Saville Consulting - Practise and prepare for a range of aptitude tests.

  • EU Careers - Sample tests including verbal and numerical reasoning tests, e-trays, group exercises and translation examples. 

  • – Guidance for Civil Service tests.