Graduate Psychometric Testing

Posted by Andrew Purchas

What is graduate psychometric testing?

Psychometric tests help graduate employers assess things like cognitive ability, problem solving, personality traits (such as empathy, situational awareness) and general knowledge and are generally taken online. Whilst similar to online personality tests you have taken whilst procrastinating on an assignment, there is a lot more reasoning and science behind graduate psychometric tests and can be a good avenue to learn about who you are and how you operate.

The main goal of psychometric testing isn’t necessarily about getting the highest score across the board but more about matching graduates with not only the company's internal values and culture, but specific roles within as well.

For example:

  • A graduate trading position – Might favour numerical skills and being able to perform in a fast paced, high pressure environment
  • A graduate analyst – Might favour more drawn out attention to detail, logic and reasoning as well as a focus on interpersonal skills for stakeholder management

Whilst being prepared and getting comfortable through practice can go a long way to performing at your best – answering psychometric tests whilst keeping in mind each company is looking for different attributes in their graduate will go a long way to taking some of the pressure off when applying for graduate jobs.

What kind of psychometric tests do graduates take in Australia?

There are a number of tests large graduate employers will use to get a complete picture of a graduate and the main categories are as follows:

Cognitive or Abstract Reasoning

A non-verbal or numerical test that can use things like shapes rather than words or numbers to test someone's cognitive ability.


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Verbal Reasoning

Designed to measure your analytical and verbal reasoning skills, generally in a text-based format. Common practice is to provide a passage of text and assessing a series of statements that should be true, false or not able to say due to lack of information.

Numerical Reasoning

You guessed it, this is test is based around how well your analytical skills cope with numbers. This could be anything from simple maths problems through to identifying issues and problems with sets of numbers in a table as well as gaining insights from the data.

Emotional and behavioural intelligence

These can be a broad-spectrum tests to measure a number of things such as:

  • Understand people’s emotions based on certain behaviours
  • Emotions within people's faces
  • How to influence others based on emotions
  • Understanding how emotions can impact others
  • How to build relationships
  • Understanding different kinds of emotions and how they can be beneficial or negative in certain scenarios

Remember – employers are not expecting to you to score top marks across the board, just to understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie!

How to prepare for graduate psychometric tests in Australia

Getting comfortable in these tests can go a long way to making sure you perform your best.

  1. Understand the different tests and their methods
  2. Practice as much as you can to get comfortable before applying for that graduate program

Here are a few helpful resources that will help get you on your way:

Revelian Practice Tests

Revelian are one of the leading providers of psychometric tests that many large programs have used. If you are to practice any, practice this one as the results of a Revelian test are valid for a year

Sova Assessment

Sova is another major provider of tests that you might encounter and have published a guide and overview that will help you in your graduate job hunt for when you come across their tests

The Psychometric institute

There are a number of example test questions for all reasoning types and is a good place to start practicing

Parting Thoughts

Regardless of your views on the psychometric testing process, it’s a common element to the graduate recruitment process, however, it is just one of many inputs that you can see from our recruitment process overview.

Getting comfortable with the format and these practices is just one more thing you can do to help nail each step of the process. Good luck!

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