The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is offered by around 30 universities in the UK. Once the initial clinical psychology application has been submitted, each university runs their own selection process. This includes the use of different psychometric and aptitude tests. Learn more about some of the tests used on this page. If you don’t see your tests discussed below, contact us for more information on the best preparation resources for you.


Clinical Psychology Doctorate Assessments

Each university is able to chose their own tests, so there is variety in the tests you may be asked to take. Some of the tests include:

Numerical and Verbal Reasoning Tests

These tests measure your general cognitive abilities, and more specifically how you utilise both numerical and verbal information. These tests may be provided by a variety of psychometric testing companies such as CEB’s SHL, Cubiks, or Kenexa.

Critical Thinking Tests

Some universities may require you to take a Watson Glaser critical thinking test, or RANRA (Rust Advanced Numerical Reasoning Appraisal), both provided by Pearson TalentLens. Both tests assess your critical thinking skills, although the Watson Glaser test is a verbal based test, whilst RANRA is a numerical based test. Learn more about both tests and prepare with our dedicated resources.

Situational Judgement Test

Situational judgement tests assess how you respond in work based situations. In these tests you are usually given a scenario setting out a situation you could expect to come across in your daily work, and a set of possible responses. Your task is to choose the most suitable response. By preparing for this test you can learn techniques for identifying the best response.

Written Tests

Many universities assign applicants a written test. In this assessment you are given a set of materials to read through and understand and then a set of questions to answer or a task to complete. This type of exercise often requires a mix of numerical and verbal abilities, as well as good writing skills. Learn more about written exercises and prepare with our written exercises pages.


Prepare for Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Tests

Preparation is key for any set of tests that you are about to take. Since each university has their own recruitment process, there is now Doctorate in Clinical Psychology test. Instead, if you tell us which university you are applying to, and the tests that you have been asked to take in the comments form below, we will be able to advise you on the best resources we have.