Many employers use psychometric tests as part of the recruitment and selection process, to measure specific abilities, such as verbal, numerical and logical reasoning skills. Some employers also use personality exercises to determine your behavioural preferences, and your typical reactions and attitudes to a range of situations. These tests may take place at different stages of the recruitment process, as part of an initial online application, as part of an assessment centre at a later stage, and there may be validation testing, to confirm answers you provided earlier on in the process.
Careers and Placements have partnered with AssessmentDay and Team Focus to provide a broader bank of practice tests exclusive to York students. See the links to these in the Types of tests section below.
AssessmentDay (use your York email or York alumni email to access) has practice tests.
CAPP blended verbal reasoning test also assesses appropriate communication styles, grammar and spelling.
Situational Judgement Tests
These are based on based on reading or watching video scenarios, and then responding to questions about how you respond (sometimes ranking responses from most likely to least likely in the given situation). They aim to assess your suitability for the role and how well you will fit with the company culture.
in personality tests go with your initial response, be honest and don't try to second-guess what the recruiter is looking for
if you have a disability that may affect your performance, contact the assessor as soon as possible so they can provide reasonable adjustments for you; the SHL website has examples of the kind of support you can expect. For more on applying for jobs see our page for students with disabilities.
come to careers events such as the Assessment Centre experience event to get more idea of why employers use these tests and what they are looking for.
Practice test sites
Careers and Placements subscribe to Team Focus and Assessment Day for a range of personality and practice aptitude tests (log-in required).
You can find a range of free tests on these sites:
WikiJob - comprehensive overview of different tests with example questions.
Check the website of the organisation you are applying to for details of their recruitment process and the tests they use. For example, the NHS Scientist Training Programme suggests you practice the tests at www.trytalentq.com before completing your test for submission.
We have some reference books (information room: job hunting section) to help you prepare for tests:
Psychometric Tests for Graduates*
How to Pass Graduate Psychometric Tests*
How to Pass Verbal Reasoning Tests*
How to Pass Advanced Verbal Reasoning Tests*
How to Pass Numeracy Tests*
How to Pass Advanced Numeracy Tests*
You’re Hired! Psychometric Tests
* also available for loan in the University Library.