Taking psychometric aptitude tests can be a daunting task. We’ve helped over 9 million people and have summarised some of the best psychometric aptitude test advice to help you be successful.

Practice psychometric aptitude tests

Practice as many questions as possible, this is the most effective form of preparation for your psychometric aptitude tests. The more you practice the more confident you will become and the more comfortable you will get with the different forms of psychometric aptitude test questions.

It’s a good idea to practice the free questions on our website but we would strongly recommend upgrading to our Full Package. This will give you access to a wider variety of questions and help your improve your speed, accuracy and confidence.

Timings are of paramount importance. Ensure you stick to your timings and don’t get bogged down on one particular question. In terms of knowing how long to spend on each question do a simple calculation before you start your assessment and work out how much time you have per question by looking at the total test time and the total number of questions in the assessment.

Even if you are confident in your skills it is a good idea to practice as many questions as possible before your assessment to really differentiate yourself from the other candidates who will be applying for the same job as you. Getting a high score in your assessment could make you stand out from the crowd which is essential in the current, highly competitive job market. For top graduate jobs you’re likely to be up against around 25-30 credible candidates per place.

Practice under test conditions, this will make your preparation more effective and efficient. Get used to sitting down and concentrating for a whole assessment, your timings will develop naturally and you’ll be more comfortable in your real assessment.

You can learn the equations for quickly calculating percentage decreases, increases, ratios and currency conversions but putting them into practice with our numerical and verbal reasoning practice questions will really help improve your ability to work quickly and carefully under time pressure.

Do your research on the tests you’ll face

Get in contact with your employer / assessment day provider in advance of your psychometric aptitude tests to establish what sort of questions you will be facing and if they have any example questions you can take a look at before sitting your real assessment.

Find out what sort of format your assessment will be in. Most employers ask candidates to sit psychometric tests online or on a computer at an assessment centre so it’s essential that you get used to reading questions on a computer and clicking through the screens. Getting used to doing this and it will save you time in your real assessment.

Finally, our most important piece of advice. Don’t ignore your psychometric tests – candidates spend many hours making minor changes to their CV while putting off psychometric aptitude test preparation until a few days before their assessment day. Remember, a good score in your aptitude test assessments will really help differentiating your from the competition.