Employers use various forms of psychometric tests as part of their selection procedure, either in the preliminary stage or during the final assessment. Your performance in these tests will often determine whether or not you are called for first interview. Consequently, it is important to understand the format and purpose of such tests in order to optimise your performance.
Psychometric tests can include any of the following:
- Aptitude Tests,
- Intelligence Tests,
- Personality Tests,
- Interests, Inventories etc.
Click below for some particularly good links for information on psychometric tests.
- Online Aptitude Tests - online website for practice tests and other resources.
- Psychological Testing Centre - Online - excellent guide to psychological testing provided by the British Psychological Society.
- Fun Tests for Career Hunters - over two dozen different career-related quizzes
- Test Preview - links to a huge range of online tests, including GMAT and GRE, with advice on how to prepare.
- Psychometric-success - new site with over 100 pages of information on psychometric and aptitude tests and free downloadable practice tests.
- IQ TEST Ireland - online IQ tests prepared by experts
Practice psychometric tests online
The Careers Service has negotiated a licence which allows UL students to access an online practice psychometric test package at no cost. The tests are very similar in style to those used by many employers in recruitment - they include aptitude tests which measure Numerical, Verbal and Abstract Reasoning. There is an option to do two other types of test: a Learning Styles test, and a Personality test (the Type Dynamics Indicator). You will be able to take the tests online at any time and as often as you like. After submitting your answers to each test you will immediately be sent an e-mail which will give you your scores for that test and a range of other feedback on your performance - this will include information on how you might improve your scores.
This is an ideal opportunity to practice tests in a pressure-free environment. There is no limit to the number of attempts you make. If you would like to discuss your test results, make an appointment to see one of the Careers Advisors. This facility is restricted to the UL campus. For details on how to access the online tests, click here.