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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Psychometric Tests

Psychometric testing is a part of the selection process used by employers who recruit large numbers of graduates or those who operate within STEM industries. You are likely to encounter these tests at an early stage of the recruitment process [e.g. completed online from home] and possibly later on at an assessment centre. Psychometric tests are designed to measure a range of aptitudes such as numerical skills, verbal reasoning and mechanical ability.

Performing well in these tests requires accuracy and the ability to process information quickly. Most students find psychometric tests challenging because of the strict time limits and also because the tests are different from those they have undertaken in most of their academic courses. It is possible however to improve your scores in aptitude tests by undertaking plenty of practice. Some employers also use personality questionnaires/tests. Officially, there are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers for these but employers will assess your answers against of the competencies they require for their organisation and the role you’ve applied for.

In addition to numerous resources on psychometric tests in the Careers & Enterprise Centre, we have some practice resources specifically for Durham students and other practice resources that are particularly helpful. You can download a pdf summary of the practice resources below.