Psychometric tests – what are they and how can I do well?

What are they?

Otherwise known as aptitude tests, you will be asked to answer a number of questions within a given time limit. These questions could be used to measure your numerical, verbal, or critical thinking skills for example, and are another way (in addition to application forms and interviews) for employers to see whether you are right for the job.

What do they look for?

High scores! It is important here to balance speed and accuracy. You need to make sure you don’t spend too long on each question, but you also need to spend long enough so that your answers are correct! The time limit also puts pressure on you, so be aware of this too.

How do I do well? 

Well, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Trying both sample questions and full-length psychometric tests before you sit the real thing will give you an insight into what to expect, will boost your confidence and will help you improve your exam technique. It will also give you a sense of where to focus your revision if there are certain types of questions that catch you off your guard.
Register here using your qmul email address to access a range of sample tests and their answers. You can also visit and use the tag ‘psychometric tests’ to find more practice questions.

What to avoid? 

Spending too long on one question, leaving questions unanswered and leaving your preparation to the last minute. If you are applying for graduate schemes you can almost guarantee that you will be given a psychometric test during the process, so try and put aside some time every week to practice.


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