Tests and assessments
Practice psychometric tests
Psychometric tests look at skills like logic, numeracy, technical ability,
literacy, verbal reasoning, inductive or deductive reasoning, spatial or
diagrammatic reasoning, situational judgement, motivation and personality. Some
employers provide practice tests, but many don't.
Online resources offering free practice tests and guides
Larger organisations often consider a number of candidates together using a
range of tasks, such as psychometric tests, group challenges, role play,
presentations, in-tray/e-tray exercises and interviews.
Assessment centres are carefully designed to see which candidates fit the
role and the organisation, so they may be considering your personality, your
approach to solving problems and dealing with situations, leadership potential
and overall ability to work in a team, and your commercial awareness, as well as
further testing your skills and abilities.
Top tips to prepare
- Refer back to the person specification for the role to
review what the employer is looking for
- Review your application and/or CV
- Practice psychometric tests through our website
- Research the employer, so you know all about them and what
- Research their sector for broader understanding of their
- Book an appointment with one of our careers advisers for
At the assessment centre
Sometimes there will be a social gathering the night before, where you meet
the other candidates and employees from the organisation. You're unlikely to
be formally assessed during the evening, but first impressions count. Think
about how you interact with others and how you behave - and don't drink too
Prepare as you would for an interview: dress and behave professionally, be
punctual and bear in mind that everyone you meet on the day may be asked
what they thought of you.
Don't treat the other candidates as competition. The assessors may be
impressed by all of you or none of you on the day. Getting on well with
others and demonstrating the ability to work in a team will make the best
Online assessment centre preparation tool
We provide our students with an
online assessment centre preparation tool (restricted to Essex users only).
This will help you prepare to stand out at assessment centres and includes
information about the assessment centres run by several well-known companies.
This video was produced by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory