During your working life you are likely to encounter some form of psychometric or selection testing. These tests are often used by larger employers to help them select suitable candidates. They are formal assessments designed to measure your aptitude for particular types of task. The tests used will vary according to the abilities that are required for the job in question. They can also be used to assess your personality and motivation - getting the person with the right personal qualities is very important to most employers.
As well as helping employers select the best employees for the job, psychometric tests can help you:
Psychometric tests can give you an informed perspective on your strengths and weaknesses. This allows you to focus on new skills you need to acquire and other changes you need to make in order to further your career.
Aptitude tests measure your ability for particular types of activity or ways of thinking. The results of aptitude tests can be used to check your score against others already working in a particular occupational area. The result is not about passing or failing but about identifying your strengths and weaknesses - and therefore your suitability for a particular job. Tests are usually in the form of multiple choice questions and will always be timed. If you are dyslexic or if English is not your first language you should inform the person organising the tests as soon as possible.
The main areas covered by these tests are: