Selection tests and recruitment exercises
The following sites give advice and information on a variety of psychometric tests, and many contain examples questions and interactive tests which you can try out for free.
Please see the unit on Succeed with Psychometric Tests on Canvas (part of the Career Development Course)
Profiling for Success: Online reasoning skills tests and personal development package available FREE to students registered at Swansea University and graduates of Swansea University who are members of our Graduate Support Group.
Graduate Prospects: Information on interview tests and exercises, including links to practice test resources. http://www.prospects.ac.uk/interview_tips_interview_tests_and_exercises.htm
PracticeReasoningTests: Guides for university students in dealing with numerical and verbal tests during interview processes for internships and first full-time jobs:
• Numerical reasoning tests
• Verbal reasoning tests
SHL: Examples of the types of assessments you may be asked to complete at interviews.
Assessment Day: Online practice aptitude tests, including some free in-tray exercises.
Practice Aptitude Tests - including Situational Reasoning Tests
European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) - see sample tests under 'How to apply'.
Civil Service Fast Stream: Guidance on applications, online tests, assessment centres, final selection and starting on the Fast Stream.
Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace - a free online course from Loughborough University to prepare students for employers' numeracy testing. The course was written for the FutureLearn platform by Janette Matthews and Tony Croft from Loughborough University. Through video tutorials and onscreen explanations supported by quizzes with detailed feedback at each stage to test your knowledge and confirm understanding, this course will help you build your mathematical confidence and prepare you for both employers’ numeracy testing and using numeracy in the workplace.
Situational judgement tests
These tests present realistic situations which you may encounter in the workplace and a variety of ways in which you might respond to them. candidates have to decide which is the most appropriate response to resolve the situation. Here are some resources to help you prepare for these tests:
- The Civil Service offers guidance on taking their online tests at https://www.faststream.gov.uk/faqs/, including practice questions for the Situational Judgement questionnaire.
- SJTs which GEM (Graduate Entry to Medicine) students have to take to move on to their Foundation Training Programme place: http://sjt.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/
GAMSAT - Graduate Medical School Admissions Test:
The role of GAMSAT is to assist in the selection criteria primarily for students who are applying to study medicine on the new fast-track graduate-entry programmes. The Careers and Employability Academy subscribes to the official GAMSAT preparation materials which are available through Blackboard, and you can access them in the following ways:
- E-mail us for GAMSAT practice tests (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Having logged into Canvas, go to the Resources page in the Succeed with Psychometric Test unit (within the Career Development Course) where you will see ‘GAMSAT’.
The British Psychological Society: The Society’s Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) provides information and services relating to standards in tests and testing for test takers, test users, test developers and members of the public.
Research employers' websites because they may include sample tests, quizzes, case studies, profiles of employees, information about interview processes etc.
Try an Internet search using the name of the employer you're interested in plus a relevant phrase like "selection tests" to see if you can home in on some specific resources.
Engineering related tests
Careers in Aerospace - Self Assessment Portal: https://www.careersinaerospace.com/career-resources/self-assessment-portal/
www.jobtestprep.co.uk/engineering-psychometric-tests - Job Test Prep (promoted by Graduate Prospects mentioned above) charge for their tests, but you will find some free resources if you have a look through their website.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) is a non-profit organisation of leading graduate management schools around the world. It owns and administers the GMAT which is a standardised assessment, delivered in English, designed to help business schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. It is used as one predictor of academic performance in an MBA or other graduate management programmes. It measures critical and verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, sentence correction, data sufficiency and problem solving ability, and also involves writing essays.
Here are some further information resources about the GMAT:
The Fulbright Commission provides advice and support for people wishing to study in the USA, including information about the GMAT.
www.mba.com/global is a useful site for preparation material.