Psychometric tests are commonly used to evaluate a job candidate’s potential in the role that they are expected to fill. There are hundreds of different psychometric tests used around the world, but the vast majority use similar question types.
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Psychometric Test Questions
There are many different types of psychometric tests that test different types of reasoning and comprehension skills. They are often tailored for the type of position that you are applying for. For example, if you are expected to communicate frequently with customers or clients both verbally and in written formats, you are expected to have a decent understanding of vocabulary and grammar. Therefore a psychometric test that features many verbal reasoning questions may be used by the employer to make sure that a job candidate scores well before extending an offer.
Remember, employers are giving you these tests because they want to find out if you will be a good candidate for the role. Pay attention to the requirements outlined in the job description to see if you can find any hints.
The following are some examples of questions one might expect to find on a psychometric test.
Verbal reasoning or verbal ability questions are the most common types of questions found on psychometric tests, as job candidates for most job types are required on a daily basis to process written or verbal information to make decisions.
Numerical reasoning test questions focus on mathematics and numbers. They can be in the form of math word problems, number sequences, or straight problems. They often cover subjects related to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, ratios, decimals, and algebra.
Also known as spatial reasoning, this focuses on your ability to solve problems from visual images. You may need to assess how two or three-dimensional images fit together, whether images are similar to one another, how a two-dimensional objects forms into a three-dimensional object, and other information from an image.
Mechanical reasoning, or mechanical comprehension questions often only appear on psychometric tests that require candidates to have an understanding of machinery, engineering basics, automobiles, or other mechanical related knowledge.
These questions are often asked for those applying for roles in the military, police force, as a firefighter, an engineer, or any other role that requires a basic background in mechanical knowledge and skills.
Know What Test You Are Taking
If you are able to, find out what type of psychometric test that you will be taking. That will give you a good sense of the types of questions you should expect to see on the test, which will allow you to focus on practicing only those question types. If you feel comfortable, you may be able to ask the human resources department about the test – what type of test it will be, how long you will have to take the test, and what else you should know about the test before taking it.
If you aren’t able to find out what type of test you will be taking, take a look at the job description. If you find requirements for strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to solve arithmetic problems, there is a good chance that your psychometric test will consist mainly of verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning questions.
Many psychometric tests are designed with intentionally short time limits, which forces the test takers to answer questions quickly in order to do well.
While most psychometric tests are multiple choice, you don’t want to be guessing on many questions at the end of the test. That’s why taking practice tests is so important – you get used to the time limit of the test, and you get a sense of how much time you have to answer each question.
Process of Elimination
Because the psychometric test that you are taking is likely going to be multiple choice, you can often eliminate wrong answers simply by scanning through the answer choices given.
This will save valuable time if you can choose between 3 instead of 5 answers, and will dramatically increase your chances of getting the question right if you have to make a best guess.