Vocational jobs psychometric tests

Further Professions

Below you will find information on the types of aptitude tests commonly encountered by candidates applying to the following professions:

  • Call centre staff
  • Administrative / Secretarial Roles
  • Engineering
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Pilots
  • Cabin Crew
  • Army
  • Fire-fighters
  • Police
  • Prison Officers
  • Paramedics
  • General Managers
  • Call Centre Staff

If you are applying for a call centre position it is common for employers to ask candidates to complete a numerical or verbal reasoning test. The level of these assessments is typically referred to as ‘operational level psychometric tests’. They are easier than the psychometric tests used to assess graduates, senior management and Director level positions. If you’re looking to practice operational level tests we offer these as part of our numerical or verbal packages.

  • Administrative / Secretarial Roles

If you are applying for an administrative / secretarial role you may be asked by your prospective employer to complete numerical or verbal reasoning test. The level of these assessments is often referred to as ‘operational level psychometric tests’. Theses tests are less difficult than the graduate / senior management psychometric tests. Operational level numerical and verbal reasoning tests can be accessed within our numerical or verbal packages.

  • Engineering

If you’re applying to an engineering company these organisation typically use regular psychometric tests but with a few extras on top. They use the standard reasoning tests (numerical, verbal and diagrammatic) and situational judgement. They sometimes also use spatial tests with are similar to the diagrammatic reasoning tests but involve both 2d and 3d shapes.

They then use more technical tests – such as mechanical reasoning, which involve questions around subjects such as electricity, physical forces (motion, gravity, friction), magnetism and calculations such as mass.

They also sometimes use Fault Diagnosis tests – especially for electrical engineers – where you are presented with diagrams of switches and circuits and your logical reasoning skills are tested when looking for faults or errors.

An example of engineering tests (University of Portsmouth) – http://www.port.ac.uk/careersandrecruitment/media/media,190871,en.pdf

  • Air Traffic Controllers

The psychometric tests used by assessors recruiting air traffic controllers depend on the company and trainer but they will normally use numerical, verbal, diagrammatic and spatial reasoning to assess their applicants. Some sites suggest mechanical reasoning tests are also used. More information can be found below:

http://annex.ipacweb.org/library/conf/05/heil.pdf

http://www.nats.aero/careers/trainee-air-traffic-controllers/how-to-apply/

  • Pilots

The tests you will be asked to sit vary by airlines but the standard numerical, verbal, and diagrammatic reasoning tests typically feature. Situational judgement tests and personality tests are also frequently used. Airlines might also use mechanical reasoning tests (involving questions around subjects like electricity, force, magnetism etc) and spatial reasoning tests which are similar to diagrammatic reasoning tests but with 2d and 3d shapes.

  • Cabin Crew

The actual psychometric tests used are very dependent on the airline. Most airlines use numerical and verbal reasoning test and some also use a personality test and/or situational judgement test. It is very common for candidates to be asked to complete both ability tests to test cognitive capacity (numerical and verbal reasoning tests) and personality tests. Further to this, because of the nature of the job, ‘role-related scenario tests’ are frequently encountered by applicants these are essentially Situational Judgement Tests.

  • Army

The British Army use psychometric tests during officer selection and assessments include verbal, numerical and diagrammatic reasoning tests. It’s important that you get lots of diagrammatic reasoning test practice as many candidates find these tests particularly challenging.

The British Army use the BARB – The British Army Recruit Battery test. This is one of the first things to be undertaken during the selection process. It is used to determine what role you will be best suited for – it involves Reasoning testing (logical abilities), letter checking (involving identification of pairs of upper and lower case), number distance (involving numbers and identifying high and low), odd one out (words) and symbol rotations (matching the pairs).

Physical ability tests will also be undertaken during the selection process.

More information on preparing for your British Army assessments can be found below:

https://army.mod.uk/documents/general/map_test_prep.pdf

  • Fire-fighters

Firefighters are tested using numerical, verbal and situational judgement tests. They call their tests ‘working with numbers’, ‘understanding information’ and ‘situational awareness and problem solving’ – but these all align very much with the standard tests mentioned above. If you’re going through the Fire-fighter selection process you will also need to partake in physical ability tests. Some fire brigades also require candidates to sit a personality test.

https://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/useruploads/files/working_for_us/rds_recruitment/prepare_for_the_national_firefighter_ability_tests.pdf

http://www.fireservice.co.uk/recruitment/psychological-tests/

  • Police

If you’re applying to become a police officer, as well as fitness tests, you’re likely to encounter tests covering language, numeracy and information handling.

Numeracy tests – similar to numerical reasoning tests.

Language tests – the language test is not quite the same as a verbal reasoning it is more testing knowledge of language. Although some of the tests are tests comprehension skills, similar to our verbal reasoning tests.

Information handling tests – can contain elements of numerical and verbal reasoning along with data analysis.

Example of numeracy test –

http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/327931/327936/327948/police-standard-entrance-test-number?view=Standard

Example of language test –

http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/327931/327936/327948/police-standard-entrance-test-language?view=Standard

Example of information handling test –

http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/327931/327936/327948/police-standard-entrance-test-information-handling?view=Standard

Please note the examples above are from the Scotland Police website.

There’s also a popular scheme (like Teach First) called Police: Now. Further information on this can be found below:

https://www.policenow.org.uk

If you are asked to sit a psychometric test, the assessments typically used are numerical, verbal and situational judgement tests.

  • Prison Officers

If you’re applying to be a Prison Officer it’s likely that you will be asked to complete a numerical and verbal reasoning tests. You may also be asked to complete a situational judgment test. They call it the POST (Prison Officer Selection Test), which resembles the numeracy and verbal reasoning. Further information can be found below:

https://www.prisonofficer.org.uk/faq.html https://www.prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/media/1012/recruitment-process.pdf

  • Paramedics

Candidates applying to be paramedics will normally be asked to complete a numerical and verbal reasoning test.

As well as these tests, candidates will also be required to undertake practical tests such as driving and occupational health and medical assessments. Further information can be found below:

http://www.becomeaparamedic.co.uk/assessment-and-interview/

  • General Managers

If you are applying for a management position in a large company it is common for employers to ask candidates to sit a numerical, verbal or diagrammatic reasoning test. It is also common for assessors to use situational judgement tests and also personality tests. The level of difficulty of each is dependent on the role.