Preparing for psychometric tests

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at 12am

Psychometric Assessment Tests and how to prepare

Psychometric testing is now used by over 80% of the Fortune 500 companies in the USA and by over 75% of the Times Top 100 companies in the UK. Information technology companies, financial institutions, management consultancies, and Public services to name but a few all make extensive use of psychometric testing.

Getting an MBA is an important step for defining the direction of your career. However, it’s important to remember that your degree alone does not guarantee landing the jobs of your dreams.
Psychometric aptitude tests and assessment centres have been a standard part of the job application process for many leading employers, so it makes sense to familiarise yourself with these tests if you’re planning on applying for a position as a new or recently graduated MBA.
All top MBA employers use these psychometric tests to assess applicants. Preparing and studying for the appropriate tests can greatly improve your chances of qualifying for your job of choice.
Check out the popular psychometric tests used by employers down below.

  • An introduction to popular psychometric tests.
  • A market review that will match between specific employers and the assessment companies they use. This way you could tell exactly what sort of test your future employer will require and what are the best ways to prepare for it.

We've looked into assessment companies used by top MBA employers and will be covering some of the popular psychometric tests and how to best prepare for them.
For more information about psychometric testing and practice tests go to JobTestPrep.

Knowing the assessment company = knowing which tests to expect

Employers turn to Assessment Companies that specialise in testing and assessing potential candidates to assist them in hiring the very best employees.
These Assessment Companies offer a number of services which include the creation of Psychometric Test Batteries and the running of Assessment Centres.
The most commonly used Assessment Companies are SHL, Kenexa, Saville, Talent Q, Cut-e and Cubiks. While a large number of the psychometric tests these companies provide are similar in terminology, they have created their own methods and versions of the tests in order to differentiate themselves from the other companies. E.g., a numerical test published by Kenexa can greatly differ from a Saville Numerical test, both in content, time frames and delivery methods.
As such it's very important to find out which Assessment Company is being used by the employer that you're applying to in order to properly prepare for the correct test batteries.
Companies that use SHL:
Deloitte - Click here

3M - Click here

Accenture - Click here

Barclays - Click here

J P Morgan - Click here

Microsoft - Click here

PwC - Click here
Companies that use Saville:
Ernst & Young - Click here

Nestlé - Click here
Companies that use Kenexa:
Morgan Stanley - Click here

Unilever - Click here

Bank of America (Merrill Lynch) - Click here

Credit Suisse - Click here
Companies that use Talent Q:
Citi - Click here
KPMG - Click here
Companies that use Self Proprietary tests:
IBM (IPAT) - Click here
Proctor and Gamble (P&G Reasoning Test) - Click here
You can get hold of practice tests just like the ones used by these companies here.

The Psychometric Tests

Following your application, psychometric tests are usually sent to you by email to be taken online. They can also be presented during job interviews or Assessment Centres.
There are a number of different psychometric tests, each designed to assess specific qualities, including:

  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement

Numerical Reasoning

Numerical Reasoning tests are designed to assess your ability to understand and interpret data based on graphs, percentages and statistics. You'll be shown some source of data, usually a graph or table and be asked multiple choice questions on the information before you. These questions often have to do with percentages and ratios.
You can get Numerical Reasoning practice tests here.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning tests are designed to assess your abilities in analysing a text or paragraph and deriving information from it based on comprehension and logical skills. You’ll be presented with text and have to answer certain questions based on it. The answers are usually standard multiple choice but can also come in the form of “Yes/No/Maybe” type answers.
You can get Verbal Reasoning practice tests here.

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning Tests come in a variety of forms and names but all are made to test logical abilities using a sequence of diagrams formed by a combination of shapes. They all also involve the identification of underlying rules and patterns in order to find the correct answer from multiple choices.
Logical Reasoning Tests come in three main test types: Diagrammatic Reasoning, Inductive Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning.
You can get Logical Reasoning practice tests here.

Situational Judgement

Situational Judgement Tests (also referred to as SJT’s) are designed to test a candidate’s set of priorities as well as his/her ability to judge situations.
When taking a Situational Judgement Test, you'll be presented with hypothetical work-related situations usually involving a conflict or problem. You will be required to choose from several possible solutions, either by choosing one answer or by scoring the choices before you from worst to best possible answer. When answering, remember to keep in mind the values and behaviour that would best fit the company and role that you're applying for.
You can get Situational Judgement practice tests here.

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