Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are used by many employers as part of their recruitment process. They tend to be online and will typically test your aptitudes such as numerical skills, verbal reasoning, diagrammatic reasoning and data interpretation skills.  They are also used to assess your personality, strengths, behaviours and motivation.

Psychometric tests are a way for employers to measure whether you are a 'fit' for their company and whether you can perform a variety of tasks. You can dramatically improve your chances of passing psychometric tests by practising them. This will help you get used to the style of questions and develop the ability to answer quickly in the time available. 

Numerical tests will contain maths questions, for which you may or may not be able to use a calculator.  Future Learn offers a free online course to help build your mathematical confidence and prepare you for both employers' numeracy testing and using numeracy in the workplace.

Verbal reasoning tests may test whether you can follow a logical argument, or whether you can extract relevant information from a passage of text. 

Diagrammatic reasoning tests may ask you to find the next shape in a sequence, or identify relationships between shapes.




We have established a partnership with Graduates First so that you can benefit from aptitude tests while preparing for your internships/job interviews.

Available assessments include:

  • Aptitude tests - numerical, verbal and logical reasoning (7 of each). Timed tests with individual reports and worked out solutions. You can plot your development on a personalised chart.
  • Situational judgement test - The test consists of 18 workplace scenarios. Your response to these is assessed against 9 key competencies.
  • Workplace Personality questionnaire - A short assessment modelled on the 'big 5' personality traits.
  • Interview question identifier tool to give you personalised suggestions for questions that might come up
  • Assessment centre exercises to help you prepare for this stage of a recruitment process

All tests come with worked solutions to accelerate your learning and professional score reports, which analyse your results and identify areas of weaknesses and what needs to be improved.

Graduates First also offer other job assessment preparation solutions for students including detailed step-by-step guides to over 100 top graduate employer's recruitment stages and hints on how to pass their assessment processes.

To register, download the Student Guide to Graduates First document for full instructions. If you have graduated in the last three years and have registered on UniHub you can contact the Careers and Employability Service to allow you access to this test portal. Email and we will register you on the system and send you your login details.


Profiling for Success (Sheffield Hallam University students only) is an online profiling tool which you can use to practice psychometric tests [Login code].  Profiling for Success includes a series of tests and questionnaires covering your learning style, personality, motivations, interests and approach to relationships. These tests are not timed and include:

  • A Learning Styles Indicator
  • A Personality Type Dynamics Indicator
  • A Values-based Indicator of Motivation

SHL© Tests

SHL© are one of the leading providers of psychometric tests. Many graduate recruiters use their tests to recruit graduates for the role, and to check that you have the particular aptitudes and behavioural qualities required for the job. 

They have an area on their website where you can practise these tests: SHL© Test Preparation

Help and resources:

  • You can book online to see and adviser or contact the Careers and Employability Centre for an appointment 0114 225 3752. We can talk through how these assessments differ from general qualifications and how they are scored differently.  Take your test results to an appointment for personalised advice or attend one the the workshops on psychometric assessments.There are several books and other resources on psychometric tests in the resources area in the Careers and Employability Centre 
  • Numeracy Skills for Employability - a free online course aimed at helping you prepare for employers' online numeracy tests.
  • MathTutor - video tutorials and quick reference handouts to refresh your numerical skills!
  • GraduateWings - graduate verbal reasoning practice guide
  • You can get 'Maths Help!' through study skills workshops and drop in sessions run through the Learning Centre.
Last modified: 
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 15:50