Graduate Schemes

If you are nearing the end of your study phase and have made applications to be part of a graduate scheme for one of the large companies offering these schemes, you may be required to undergo psychometric testing. This may form part of the evaluation process, and assist in determining whether or not you are accepted.

What They Are?

Psychometric testing is a standardised and objective form of evaluation which is impersonal. These psychometric tests offer an equal opportunity to all who are applying for the graduate scheme spot. It is fair in the manner that each applicants strengths can be evaluated, regardless of their education or experience.

The results of psychometric testing can be improved on if you do a little preparation beforehand. It always gives you the upper-hand to know what types of questions will be asked, and to have an understanding of what is expected from the answers you produce.

Test Types –  Ability, Aptitude, and Personality

Ability tests measure general skills, or skills particular to a specific career, capability, intelligence, and acumen. These tests can be used to measure a number of different things, and incorporate a number of different tests.

Numerical reasoning tests – these kinds of tests will measure how well you are able to interpret data, graphs, statistics, and charts. Basic arithmetic is also often measured.

Verbal reasoning tests – these kinds of tests measure you ability to understand written information and evaluate arguments and statements.

Abstract reasoning tests – this will assess how well you can follow diagrammatic information or spot patterns. Spatial awareness is also measured through the use of this kind of testing. These tests are also often referred to as inductive reasoning tests.

Logical reasoning tests – these tests will assess how well you can come to a conclusion given basic information, or by using current experiences, or knowledge you already have at your disposal. Deductive reasoning tests form part of logical reasoning tests. In this instance you are provided with information or rules to apply to a certain situation in order to reach a conclusion.

Inductive Reasoning

Obviously different careers which are focused in different areas will rely on particular tests in order to evaluate how well you fit with that career. Engineering, IT, Science, Software Development, and Technical Design career paths are most likely to be subjected to inductive reasoning tests. The questions are multiple choice in nature, and must be completed in a specified time frame. The questions usually involve a series of pictures that differ from each other very slightly. You may be requested to select the one that completes the series, for instance.

Deductive Reasoning

Deductive reasoning also involves logical problem solving, but of a different nature. Deductive reasoning often supplies you with rules that must be applied to certain situation in order to reach a conclusion. How this differs from inductive reasoning, is that inductive reasoning often allows you to arrive at new solutions other than using the knowledge already available, to come to a conclusion.

Extra Verbal Communication Tests

Depending on the graduate scheme you are applying for, you may be requested to perform tests which assess your ability to identify mistakes with ease and efficiency. These tests may include proof-reading, grammar, or spelling tests. In most careers, the ability to effectively and accurately communicate the written word is of the utmost importance in allowing you to get your message heard.

Aptitude Tests

An aptitude test assess your ability and the ease with which you are able to learn a new skill which may be required for a certain career choice. For a career in finance, you may be asked to complete a numerical and verbal evaluation, for other careers like IT, you may be required to complete a programming aptitude test and this may diagrammatic, inductive, or abstract in nature.

Most of these tests are multiple choice in nature with the option of true or false as answers. The tests are taken under timed conditions. In the past they have been conducted using paper and pencil, however, as progression has taken place, the use of computer tests is more prevalent.

Critical Thinking Tests

These tests can be prevented in two way, however both tests your natural responses to presented situations.

Tests or quizzes are presented on the company website. The tests are presented in a fun way that is appealing to graduates. Graduates who are interested in applying for the positions available in the graduate scheme, can take the tests in their own time to evaluate for themselves whether they are suited for that particular company.

These tests may also be presented as part of the recruitments process. It is aimed at evaluating how you will operate in certain situations. They are often a good indication of which area of the business you would best be suited in. 

These tests should be taken in a calm manner, and the answers provided must be given with complete honesty. You should make sure that you fully understand the given scenario before attempting to answer the question. These tests measure suitability for the company and the position, rather than ability.

Personality Tests

Tests of this nature are aimed at evaluating and assessing your behaviour when presented with certain situations, and manner in which you go about operating in these situations. Obviously certain characteristics will need to be present for certain positions. Personality tests measure consistency in the answers you provide. Be honest when answering. Don’t try to provide answers that you think the assessor wants you to give. Deviating from the truth will be revealed in the results.

As I am sure you are now well-aware, psychometric testing is not a simple process by any means. It takes training, skill, and certification in order to select the correct tests to be carried out, correctly evaluate the answers, and provide feedback that is valuable to the individual. It is imperative that you only undergo these tests under the supervision of a professional who is trained in the field, if you are to gain the best advantage from the tests, and the results.