If you’re applying for a new job, there’s a strong chance you’ll have to take psychometric tests at some stage in the process. For passing these tests, proper preparation is required. We’ve asked the experts at Practice Aptitude Tests to put together some simple steps to help you get started.

5 tips on how to pass psychometric tests:

  1. preparation
  2. practice tests
  3. rest
  4. understanding of questions
  5. time keeping

1: preparation.

Different employers value different traits and look for candidates with different skills so do your research and find out about the company and the role. What are their values? What is their vision? Which traits do they put in the job description as required? An employer will tell you what they want in the job description and will use psychometric tests to find candidates who possess them. If you’d like to work for the company, make sure you do too.

2: practice tests.

There are a huge range of psychometric tests such as abstract, verbal, and numerical reasoning. Find out from the employer which you’ll face and make sure you practice them beforehand. There’s a common belief that psychometric tests are IQ tests where you can’t improve your scores but thankfully, this is a myth. Just as you can improve your scores in your maths test by practicing, you can improve your psychometric test score by practicing too. Practice Aptitude Tests provide a huge vault of tests which is a good place to start.

step 3: be rested.

Whether you take your psychometric tests on your laptop in the comfort of your own home, or you take them in an assessment centre, make sure you’re rested. This is a no-brainer! Give yourself the best chance of success by arriving prepared, rested and relaxed. Or at least, as relaxed as you can be.

step 4: understand the questions.

When taking the test read the questions carefully. Test writers will not try and deliberately trick you, but questions can be full of complex information, some of it may simply be a decoy. Eliminate unnecessary information and focus on exactly what the question is asking so you can make finding the correct answer as easy as possible.

step 5: time keeping

It’s amazing how many candidates fall down on this one. Candidates fret over every question and inadvertently spend far too long agonising over a specific answer. This is an excellent way to get a very low score. Sure, the accuracy might be high, but you won’t get many points if you don’t answer many questions. Before you start the test, work out how long you have to answer each question and do your best to keep to it.

So, there are some simple steps to help you get started. I hope you found them useful and they help you in your pursuit of your dream job.

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Nikki Pham

junior copywriter

Nikki Pham is currently studying an MA in Creative Enterprise in Cardiff. She works as a copywriter, particularly in the space of higher education, early career, and business. She is also developing her own creative startup using her skills in social media, communication, illustration, and design.