Psychometric Test Preparation 2021 | 12 Tips & Practice Questions

Why Prepare?

Preparing beforehand increases your chances of success by about 73% (according to our latest client survey). While it is possible to sit the test without preparation, know that relying on your skillsets alone will not get you very far. Remember, you are competing with other job candidates. By self-practising, you will gain the needed competitive edge in today’s selective job market.

 

  

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How to Prepare for Psychometric Test: 3 Essential Tips

Passing psychometric tests is no easy task. Psychometric tests reach a broad range of topics that include numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, inductive/diagrammatic reasoning, personality, situational judgement tests and more. Given that the topics are broad, it best to find:

  1. Your weaknesses: Strengthen yourself by honing in on specific weaknesses and try to simulate. For example, if you find that abstract reasoning problems are hard for you, start practising them more than verbal or vice versa.
  2. Short on time? Try watching video tutorials: either that or take short practise sessions that focus on specific topics. Note: short practise sessions can also prove invaluable. It allows you to spread your practise during breaktimes in your busy schedule.
  3. Look up your test provider: Finding out which test provider you will be taking will allow you to know the question types you are more likely experience. By finding the test provider, you will also gain insight into the format of the test itself, its length, the difficulty level of the questions, the question style (graph/table, word problems, number series), the basic requirements (such as using a calculator) and even the visual appearance of the test. If you don't practise questions that are similar in style to those provided by a specific test provider, you risk wasting hours and money on the wrong materials and most importantly result in a lower performance on test day.

 

Find efficient ways to know your test provider. We advise you to:

  • Contacting the employer's HR team or your recruitment agency and ask for more information.
  • Using web resources such as WikijobGlassdoor and The Student Room. They are excellent places to connect with the community of past and fellow candidates.
  • We have an entire section dedicated to employers' tests and assessments. Use the search bar at the top of our website and we may have a page that can help you.
  • And of course, our support team is always here to help you learn more about these tests. Feel free to contact us via email at info@jobtestprep.co.uk

 

Psychometric Test Results Analysis: How to Understand Your Test Score: Your Score

The raw score is the sum of all your correct responses. So, if you got 7 answers correct out of 10 questions, your raw score is 7/10. Your percentage will be the number of answers you got correct against all the questions, in this case 70%.

The attempted figure relates to the number of questions you attempted to answer. For example, if the test has 10 questions but you only answered 8 of them, your attempted figure will be 8/10. The percentage items attempted is the percentage of questions attempted against all the questions, in this case, 80%.

The percentage accuracy is the number of questions you've got right against the number of questions you attempted to answer. Using the figures above, 7 answers were correct out of 8 attempted answers, or 88%.

Scorecard showing percentile scores for Speed vs Accuracy test from Saville Swift Analysis Assessment Report.

Psychometric Test Results

Source: Saville Consulting - Swift Analysis Assessment Report, Sample Candidate


Comparison Scores

The raw score above tells employers little, they want to know about how you perform against others, and get a picture of how good your score really is. Standardised tests allow easy comparison between candidates. To create a comparison score the individual's score is benchmarked against a cohort (or normative group) of candidates sitting the same test, who all have similar education, job level or other circumstances.

The following terms describe how they work out standardised scores that can be easily compared.

Percentile Score

The percentile score shows how many people who sat the same test scored less than you. For example if your percentile score is at the 66th percentile, 66% of the people who sat the tests scored less than you. Your number of correct answers is compared to the benchmark for a cohort in the same industry at the same level. This is the most commonly used result.

A percentile score card could look like this.

talent Q report psychometric

Source: Talent Q Group - Talent Q Elements Report Ali Example 11/06/2013

Precision Score

The precision score is a measure of speed and accuracy, i.e. how many of the attempted questions you got right and how quickly you answered these questions. The score gives you three pieces of information: number attempted, work rate (number attempted against the total number of questions in the test), and hit rate (the total number of questions answered correctly divided by the number attempted).

Standard Error of Measurement

The standard error of measurement (SE m) is a measure of the range of results you would have if you sat the same test repeatedly.

T Score

The T score is another standardised measurement of your score. In the T score, the average score is 50, and the standard deviation is 10, and the score shows how many standard deviations your result is from the mean. So for example if your T score is 60, it is one standard deviation above the norm. Two thirds of all people in the set measured will have a T score between 40 and 60.

STANINE Score

The STANINE score is a standardised scale for your results. STANINE stands for standard nine, and the scale is a nine point scale, where 7,8,9 are above average, 4,5,6 are average, and 1,2,3 are below average. The median score is 5, so if you have a score above or below, it will tell you where you have come relative to the others on the same scale. A standard deviation shows how far the results are spread out from the mean.

A Real Example

Psytech results chart for Verbal General Reasoning test showing raw score, attempted score, STANINE, T Score and percentile. Also shown is the accuracy score.

Psychometric test results chart

Source: Psytech.com Sam Sample 27 March 2013 Expert Standard Report


How Long Should I Wait for Psychometric Test Results?

The beauty of taking psychometric tests online is that the results are available immediately. The results will go to the employer first who will then have their own procedure in place for notifying you of the results.


What Is a Good Score on a Psychometric Test? What Is the Pass Rate for Psychometric Tests?

There is no clear definition of what is a good score in a psychometric test. Employers will set the pass score according to their own requirements. This pass score could also differ between tests and job levels.

The reason why employers place emphasis on percentile scores is that they want to know how your score compares with other people sitting the same test. It may look as though your raw score of 75% is a good result, but if it only places you in the 50th percentile, meaning that 50% of people sitting the test scored higher than you, the score no longer looks so strong.

Furthermore, different jobs require different combinations of skills. An employer may choose to have candidates sit the whole range of tests, but only require a pass score of 40% for numerical and a much higher 70% for verbal if they feel that verbal comprehension skills are more necessary for the job.

It is unlikely that the employer will give you this information in advance, but it is important that you prepare for these tests to improve your position against your cohort. Individual tests differ in format, content and scoring according to the specific test providers that create the tests. JobTestPrep offers tailored preparation resources that are designed to reflect the various formats of different test providers, such as the Cubiks aptitude tests, one of the widely-used test providers. 


Learn from Example Questions, Answers and Solving Tips

As previously mentioned, psychometric tests cover a broad range of topics. For the purposes of this page, we will cover the most common topics used in psychometric tests such as numerical, inductive reasoning (a variant of abstract reasoning), and verbal reasoning. Below are a few common questions and answers to further help you in your pursuit in acing the test:

 

Inductive Reasoning Sample Question 1

 psychometric test sample question inductive reasoning

Answer Explanation

The correct answer is 1


The relationship between figure X and figure Y is as follows: 

Figure Y represents figure X
1) Rotated 90° clockwise, and
2) Turned white. 

The correct answer must have the same relationship with figure Z. 
Answer 2 can be eliminated as it is a rotation of figure X. 
Answer 5 can be eliminated as it is missing part of figure Z. 
Answers 3 and 4 can be eliminated as they do not represent figure Z rotated 90° clockwise. 

We are left with answer 1, which is the correct answer, as it portrays a 90° clockwise rotation of figure Z turned white.


Inductive Reasoning Sample Question 2

psychometric test question-and-answer inductive reasoning

Answer Explanation

The correct answer is 4

The relationship between figure X and figure Y is as follows: 

Figure Y represents figure X:
1) Flipped horizontally
2) With the top part of the figure becoming dark. 

The correct answer must have the same relationship with figure Z.

Answers, 1, 3 and 5 can be eliminated as they do not show figure Z flipped horizontally.
Answer 2 can be eliminated as the bottom part of the figure is dark.

We are left with answer choice 4, which is the correct answer, as it portrays figure Z flipped horizontally with the top part becoming dark.


Numerical Sample Question 1

Answer Explanation

If done methodically, this question is not too complicated.
Firstly, since A's figure for December is incorrect, let this value be Y instead. 

The next stage is to calculate the commissions earned, taking into account the different rates for the different employees: Employees A and C earn the same commission rate (5%), as do employees B and D (1%). This is why we can calculate A and C together, and then B and D together:

A+C = (Y + 14) x 0.05 x 27,500
A+C = (Y + 14) x 1,375
A+C = 1,375Y + 19,250

Adding up B and D is simpler:
B+D = (12+9) x 0.01 x 27,500 = 21 x 0.01 x 27,500 = 5,775

We know that the total commission earned by all four employees is 49,775. Let's write it down: 
49,775 = 1,375Y + 19,250 + 5,775
49,775 = 1,375Y + 25,025
24,750 = 1,375Y
Y = 24750 / 1375
Y = 18 = A

Therefore, the correct number of cars sold by employee A in December is 18.

The final step is to calculate employee A's actual sales, as a percentage of the sales reported in the chart:

(Actual Value/Error Value) x 100

Therefore, the answer is: 18/15 * 100 = 120%


Numerical Sample Question 2

Answer Explanation

The answer is C (Firm C)

There is a lot of information provided in the table and in the question. All we need to do, however, is compare the figures in the table for each firm and determine which gives us the lowest cost per percentage increase in productivity. 

A: (9,000 + 27x4x32) / 7 = $1,779
B: (18,000 + 40x10x28) / 15 = $1,946
C: (13,500 + 35x3x45) / 11 = $1,656
D: (24,000 + 45x8x40) / 18 = $2,133

Note: Do not confuse 'most efficient' with the number giving the greatest value, the greatest efficiency here is what gives us the lowest productivity-adjusted-cost.


Verbal Sample Question 1

Read the following text then answer the question:

A total of 23,632 people were identified or presumed victims of trafficking in the European Union, in a recent report received by the European Commission. The number of people trafficked in and to the EU increased by 18 percent over a two-year period. Fewer traffickers, however, have ended up behind bars, with convictions decreasing by 13 percent over the same period. Only 6 out of the 27 EU member states have incorporated the EU anti-trafficking directive into national legislation. This new EU legislation covers actions in different areas such as criminal law provisions, prosecution of offenders, victim support and victims' rights in criminal proceedings and prevention, as well as foreseeing the establishment in each member state of a national rapporteur or equivalent mechanism for reporting on trends, gathering data and measuring the effectiveness of anti-trafficking activities.

 

Answer Explanation

The answer is False

The report was received by the European Commission, so we can infer that it was not prepared/owned by the commission.


Verbal Sample Question 2

Read the following text then answer the question:

The European Commission [EC], the executive body of the EU, has re-adopted a decision to fine Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, together with Toshiba Corporation, for their participation in a cartel on the markets for gas-insulated switchgears. This was after part of the original decision was annulled by the European General Court [EGC] for a breach of equal treatment in the setting of the two companies' fines. The EGC had annulled the fines even though the Commission’s findings were upheld because in setting the fines the Commission had used sales figures for a different reference year than for other cartelists. Today's decision ensures that Mitsubishi and Toshiba receive an appropriate fine for their participation in the cartel; the newly imposed fines are calculated on the basis of the same parameters as in the original decision, with the exception of the reference year.

Answer Explanation

The answer is Cannot Say

The passage describes an instance in which the EC modified its decision based on a EGC ruling. While this serves as an example of EGC's judicial power, one cannot conclude that EVERY EC decision is dependent upon EGC rulings. It is possible that in other cases, EC acts on its own.


Where to Get Practise

Finding the right psychometric test advice can prove challenging. There are countless websites that sell test packages that can often miss the mark. Here, we focus our efforts on providing you with a customised practise experience with an emphasis on following the same features of the various assessment companies used by employers.

We also offer many different levels of assessments used for an array of positions (grad/mgmt, general staff, senior mgmt, technical, specific professions and more!). Likewise, we consider what past clients have experienced, as well as diligently incorporate live updates to our existing package. This results in some of the best psychometric test preparation materials online.

 

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Preparing for an Interview

Interviewing is never easy for anyone. However, through the correct practise, you are sure to make an impression on your interviewer. Learn how to answer questions by using the STAR method and how to prepare for competency vs. managerial interviews by viewing our interview preparation page.

 


General Tips

Now that you understand why psychometric test preparation is important, we will leave you with a few quick tips to remember when time comes to sit the test:

  • No Time (that's okay): Tests in most cases are not meant to be completed, neither in terms of time constraints nor in terms of the materials covered.
  • No Cheating: Companies use powerful tools to verify your scores. Also, if your actual skills don't match the job requirements, sooner or later the truth will be exposed.
  • No Rush: Getting a solid mark on a few questions is better than getting a low mark on most.

 

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