Employers and large graduate recruiters receive large numbers of applications, and they use a wide variety of tests to help them ensure they select the right people. Psychometric tests may seem daunting but with good preparation and lots of practice you can improve your chances of success.
These online tests (some paper tests still remain) are used as a filtering mechanism during the recruitment and selection process. They are often used in the early stages following application submission, but can also be used alongside first or second interviews, and at assessment centres. They help to identify a candidates skills, knowledge and personality.
Numerical reasoning - assess how well you interpret data, graphs, charts and statistics. Can check basic arithmetic.
Verbal reasoning - assess how well you understand written information, evaluate arguments and statements.
Diagrammatic reasoning - assess how well you follow diagrammatic information or spot patterns. Can also check spatial awareness.
Logical reasoning - assess how you follow basic information, through to a conclusion using current knowledge or experience.
Deductive reasoning – similar to logical reasoning tests but give you information and rules to apply in order to arrive at an answer.
Inductive reasoning – similar to diagrammatic or abstract reasoning tests that assess how well you see patterns.
Situational judgement – assess your judgement in resolving work based problems.
Error checking - assess how quickly and accurately you can detect errors.
Personality questionnaires – assess the way you prefer to deal with or respond to different situations. Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI Tests) place you in one of the 16 personality groups, and Occupational Personality questionnaires (OPQ) test your personality to check it fits the job.
Games Based assessments – gamified personality testing used by some graduate recruiters
In tray exercises – assess your ability to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively using work based scenarios.
Watson Glaser – critical reasoning test used by legal firms to explore your ability to reason through an argument logically and make objective decisions.
Bar course aptitude test (BCAT) – entry test for the Bar professional training course using the same methodology as Watson Glaser.
As with any kind of test, you can improve performance if you know what to expect and have practiced. Use the free tests below to become familiar with the typical formats, and the way questions are asked. You’ll identify areas to improve upon and increase your speed and accuracy.