This article will explain what psychometric testing is and provide information on how you can access further help and guidance in preparing for psychometric or aptitude tests.

Psychometric tests may sound scary, but they are really just a way of testing your aptitude for a given role. Around 60% of graduate recruiters use some form of testing as part of their selection process, so it is worth knowing what to expect and how to prepare.

Aptitude tests

Designed to measure your intellectual reasoning abilities, the main areas tested are verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and diagrammatic or inductive reasoning. Tests are timed and employers will usually have a cut off point that a candidate has to achieve in order to progress. These tests are often part of the initial selection process in most cases.

There are several things you can do to improve your performance in aptitude tests. Firstly, practising similar tests will help you identify areas for development and make you feel more confident about the process. You can also look at ways to work on your verbal and numerical reasoning skills to help improve your chances.

Personality assessment

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions as they are designed by employers to see how you would fit into an organisation, and in particular a specific role. You can’t really practice personality tests and the best advice is to answer honestly to avoid appearing inconsistent.

How can I prepare for a psychometric or aptitude test?

The Careers and Employability Service have written a more in-depth guide to psychometric or aptitude tests and hold a number of publications and practice tests in the centre to help you prepare.

You can view this guide here.

The Careers and Employability Service have a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can drop-in to the Careers and Employability Centre at any time during our opening hours or call us on +44 (0) 23 9284 2684. You can also access a wide range of information and advice on our website at

How to Contact us

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Careers and Employability Service

University of Portsmouth

28 Guildhall Walk



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Friday: 8.30am–4pm


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