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Psychometric tests


What are psychometric tests?

Psychometric tests are structured exercises, usually online, used to measure various aspects of aptitude, competence, skill, sensitivity, memory, intelligence and personality.


  • Understand the instructions. You will be given some practice questions to complete before you start on the real thing.

  • Avoid interruptions. Make sure you are in a quiet room and will not be disturbed.

  • Sit in a comfortable chair with a well-positioned table and adopt a relaxed posture.

  • It is also very important to make sure your computer connection is reliable.

  • Read the instructions carefully.

  • Work quickly and if you're unsure of the answer, make a decision and move on.

  • Use the practice tests below to increase your confidence for the real thing.


Verbal reasoning tests are designed to assess your ability to understand, interpret and use written information.

  • Practice reading complicated texts about subjects you do not understand.

  • Try extracting the main points from passages of information and summarising their meaning.

  • Use the practice tests below to increase your confidence for the real thing.

Numerical (or "numerical reasoning") tests are designed to assess your numerical capability.

  • Brush up on your mental arithmetic

  • Go over your times tables.

  • Remind yourself of some fundamental calculations such as percentages and fractions.

  • Check that you can do long multiplication.

  • Practise estimating answers; even with a calculator this can help make sure you are on the right track.

  • Questions are often based on your ability to interpret data presented in tables - get hold of a copy of the Financial Times, or a similar journal, and spend time becoming familiar with reading tables of information.

  • Do not worry about more advanced maths such as algebra or equations. These will not be tested unless the employer tells you explicitly that this is the case.

  • Use the practice tests below to increase your confidence for the real thing.

Personality tests are occassionally used to help an employer understand what kind of personality you have and how that might match with the orgnaisation's culture.

  • Be yourself. be honest. There are no 'right or wrong' answers with personality tests.

  • Don't attempt to guess the "right" answer

  • Use the practice tests below to increase your confidence for the real thing.

What next?

  1. NEW - online psychometric tests and e-tray exercise brought to you by the Careers & Employability Service                                                                                                                                  Practice full length numerical, verbal, inductive, logical and diagrammatic tests online, with downloadable answer sheets that explain the solutions to each question. Register with your Royal Holloway E-Mail Address. (Must be in the following format: firstname.lastname.startyear@rhul.ac.uk (example: mary.smith.2015@rhul.ac.uk))

  2. Read the psychometric tests helpsheet on Moodle

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