- Your ability to spot patterns/spatial clues and use them to solve problems
- Many organisations especially finance, accounting, banking, engineering
- Practice tests - Profiling for Success
- Used to evaluate your “fit” for the role/firm
- Profiling for Success questionnaires - assess your values, type dynamics, learning styles and a careers-based inventory
- Myers BriggsType Indicator (MBTI) workshop - find out how you engage and work with others. Employers do not use this to recruit candidates.
How to prepare
- Practise – first untimed, then introducing test conditions
- Read the question carefully
- Tackle aspects step by step, developing a strategy that works for you
- If you get stuck, make an educated guess or come back later if you are allowed
- Get into the habit of keeping going...
On the day
At home: Do the tests in a quiet area and make sure you have the time to complete them. Do the tests yourself – don’t use a clever friend! (You could be re-tested at the assessment centre).
At assessment centre: Work quickly but accurately through each question. Don’t get stopped by one difficult question – leave it and move on. Keep your eye on the time.
- PracticeReasoningTests.com is a free resource to help job seekers improve their performance at employer reasoning tests.
- Job Test Prep - free tests and insights into which tests firms use, if in doubt contact the employer
- Grad Diary numeracy tests - challenging numerical tests
- ETS: GRE - structure, strategies and scoring information
- Numerical Reasoning tests - free test trials
- Pearson TalentLens - trial numerical reasoning tests, try tests out and receive feedback
- Practice Aptitude Tests - numerical, verbal and diagrammatic reasoning tests
- Preparation Guide to Aptitude Tests - information from Saville Consulting
- Prospects: Psychometric assessments - information on aptitude and personality tests
- Realise Potential - FAQs covering common issues
- Situational Judgement Test
- Situational Reasoning Tests
- Graduate first practice tests
- Situational Strengths Test
E-books available via the library include:
There are also print copies of testing books in the main library and in Learning Grid, University House. Use the library catalogue to search for books.