Practice Psychometric Tests:

Below you will find links to the websites of a number of test publishers where you can take practice psychometric tests.    Please note that the difficulty of the practice psychometric tests may not exactly reflect the difficulty of the test as there are often different variations of each test based on the level of the role it was designed for.

You will be able to practice psychometric tests including: Verbal Reasoning; Numerical Reasoning; Inductive Reasoning; Deductive Reasoning; Mechanical; Spatial; Logical; Diagrammatic; Abstract; Error Checking; Reading; Calculation; Situational Judgement; IT Knowledge; and MS Windows Server 2012 Administration.

https://www.savilleconsulting.com/PracticeTests – For Saville Assessment Tests

www.shldirect.com/en/practice-tests – For CEB:SHL Tests

https://www.trytalentQ.com/how-to-complete/elements/ – For TalentQ Tests

Preparation for Test Takers

The following information is taken from the British Psychological Society’s A Test Takers Guide and provides information on how to prepare for your testing session.  The following content is the copyright of the British Psychological Society.

Can I have copies of the test to practice beforehand?

In general, the answer is ‘No’.  For tests of maximum performance, this is not permitted.  Such tests have to be kept in secure conditions and access is not allowed to anyone other than those involved in the testing procedures.  This is in part to protect the fairness of the testing from being compromised in any way.  Practice with the actual test in advance would provide some people with an advantage over other test takers.  It would also make interpretation of the test scores impossible.  For tests of typical performance (remember, these are ones where there are no right or wrong answers), the issue is not so much one of concern over compromising the test, but more one of not wanting to over-expose the content.

What can I do to practice beforehand?

Because of the above concerns, for occupational tests most publishers provide practice materials that are similar in form and content to the actual tests.  However, the actual questions in the test will be different.  Some examples of practice tests can be accessed through the Psychological Testing Centre (www.psychtesting.org.uk).

The Society’s Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing states that: ‘People who use psychological tests are expected by the British Psychological Society to:

Ensure that all test takers are well informed and well prepared for the test session, and that all have had access to practice or familiarisation materials where appropriate.’

If you are taking a test and the tester sends out practice materials you should look at these very carefully.  Do not just check to see that you have the correct answer to the practice questions, but ask yourself ‘Why is this the correct answer and how did I work that out?’  The practice materials are developed to give the test taker familiarity with the kinds of thinking that they will have to use in the testing session so this will be time well spent.

You should be notified well in advance of the test session as to whether practice materials are available.  If they are not, then you should be told what types of tests you will be administered.  The Society’s Psychological Testing Centre (www.psychtesting.org.uk) provides access to a number of sites where you can complete practice materials online.  (Also see practice tests above).

How can I best prepare for taking a test?

The most important thing you can do is to arrive at the testing session in a calm and relaxed frame of mind.  This can be achieved by having a good night’s rest beforehand, allowing extra time to arrive at the testing centre so that any delays in your journey can be accommodated; and making sure before that you know the time of the test and how to reach the venue.  Arrive in time to use the toilet facilities.  Once a test begins you will not be able to leave the room – unless there is an emergency.

What information should I receive beforehand from the testing organisation?

The organisation requiring you to do the tests should have provided you with any available practice materials and all the practical information that it is possible to give.  This includes the reasons why you are being asked to take the tests, what types of test they will be, how they will be administered, the date, time and location of the testing session, how long the tests will last, and details of how to prepare for the tests (including practice leaflets if they are available).  This information might be provided by letter or e-mail, or given over the telephone or in a face-to-face session beforehand.  If the test is to be administered unsupervised and online, check that you do have the capability to do it:

  1. Do you have access to a computer with an Internet connection?
  2. Does it meet the operating system and browser software requirements specified by the tester?
  3. Will you be able to work on it in a quiet setting, free from distractions for the necessary period of time?

If you have any worries about completing a test over the internet, let the tester know as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.

What can be taken into the testing room?

For supervised test sessions, test administrators may vary in what they will allow into the room and what they will accommodate safely on your behalf.  However, they should let you know in advance if you are expected to bring any special clothing or equipment.  Normally all you require will be provided.  You will, of course, be expected to bring your spectacles if you wear them.

If you are taking a test which requires you to write answers you may be allowed to have your own pen or pencil.  Other than that it is usual to remove all personal belongings from the desk and use only the equipment provided by the tester.

Some tests require you to respond using a computer or to use a calculator.  If you have any problems with the technological aspects of these or are not sure how to operate them, make sure the test administrator knows before the test actually starts.

If you are carrying out a test that requires you to engage in physical activity, then you may have to remove all jewellery for reasons of safety.

How are people with disabilities treated?

The Society’s Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing states that: ‘People who use psychological tests in settings are expected by the British Psychological Society to:

Give due consideration to factors such as gender, ethnicity, age, disability and special needs, educational background and level of ability in using and interpreting the results of tests.’

If you or your dependant has a disability and feel that you may need special conditions, it is important that this is brought to the notice of the person responsible for the testing as soon as the testing session has been arranged.  This will give maximum time for the assessor to check what special requirements can be provided and what arrangements can be made.

Can the test be answered at home?

This depends on the test.  Those designed for use in Open or Controlled modes can be completed at home.  However, you must be careful to ensure that you complete them under the conditions specified in the instructions.

Most paper-and-pencil tests and all traditional tests of maximum performance test (whether on paper or computer) cannot be given to the test taker to take at home or to complete without supervision and without a qualified administrator.

Where paper-and-pencil tests are being used, administration usually takes place in a group session, where you will be doing the test alongside other people.  The groups can be quite large (20 or 30 people), and there may be more than one administrator present to invigilate the session.  Special arrangements can be made for special circumstances, but this can only be arranged by discussion beforehand with the tester.  Where tests are computer-administered, groups are usually smaller (three or four people at a time) or testing is done on a one-at-a-time basis.  The main exception to this is dedicated test centres (such as you would find if you applied for training as pilot in the military or one of the major commercial airlines) where they may be 20 or 30 computer test stations available for group administration of tests.

General

At Testing Talent we believe it is particularly important to practice psychometric tests.  As outlined above it is though essential that if asked to undertake testing do practice psychometric tests.  The organisation asking you to do so should provide you with practice psychometric tests, either referring you to online testing or with a paper copy of the tests.  At Testing Talent we always provide this information and ensures that we adhere to best practice principles.