If you are going to take a psychometric test, aptitude test or ability test as part of the recruitment process then you should download free psychometric tests and work through them before you do the real thing.
The first step you need to take is to ask the employer what
type of test or tests you are going to be given. They should let
you have this information as a matter of course and they may also
provide you with some sample questions. These will give you a good
idea of the types of questions you will have to answer on the day,
but it is very unlikely that you will be given enough sample
questions to enable you to do any worthwhile practice.
In case you are wondering whether practicing for psychometric tests makes any difference, the answer is a very definite ‘yes’. Consider a typical test consisting of 50 questions. Most of the candidates, who are fairly similar in terms of their educational background and achievements, will score around 40. Some will score a few less and some a few more. It is very unlikely that any of them will score less than 35 or more than 45. This means that ten marks separates the lowest and the highest scores.
BUT, and this is the important bit, the scores will not be evenly distributed. They will cluster around the average, as shown in the diagram.
The percentile score refers to the percentage of candidates
with a lower mark. For example 40% of candidates scored less than
39 marks and 60% of candidates scored less than 41 marks. If a you
were described as being at the 70th percentile then that means 70%
of the other candidates obtained a lower score. Or to look at it
another way, you would be in the top 30% of people who took the
Your score will often be compared to the other candidates in exactly this way. In other words, if you scored 40 marks you will be at the 50th percentile and if you scored 43 marks you will be at the 90th percentile. Just three marks will be the difference between being seen as an average candidate (50th percentile) and an outstanding candidate (90th percentile).
That is why practicing the relevant questions is crucial to your success.
Download Free Psychometric Tests
Once you know what type of questions you will be asked, you can download free psychometric tests from this website. The benefits of practicing these tests under realistic conditions will enable you to give your best in the real test and get the job you want.
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