Psychometric testing support

Psychometric testing is a popular method of assessment used by employers to gauge the suitability of potential job candidates.

""Psychometric tests are formal evaluations which are used by many employers when recruiting or selecting people for jobs. They provide an objective method of assessing a candidate's competence to perform well in a particular position.

Take a look at the following steps to ensure you receive the right support at the right time:

1. Attend a psychometric testing workshop

Come along to a specialist psychometric testing workshop designed to give you the confidence and tools to succeed at applications and interviews.

Gain insight into online tests and hints and tips on how to tackle them with confidence in these 30 minute workshops.

Psychometric testing workshop listing

2. Access practice psychometric tests and personality questionnaires 

The Profiling for Success online self-assessment tools are available to University of Birmingham students and graduates.

We have a number of practice psychometric tests for those who are applying or preparing to apply for internship or graduate roles as well as tools aimed at those who are trying to decide what career options they would like to pursue.

Registering and accessing tests

If you are a current student, you can access the tests by registering for an account with Profiling for Success using your University of Birmingham in the following format: [username], e.g.

Once you are logged in you’ll be presented with three navigation options – please select ‘Take Tests’.

Graduate access

If you are a graduate, you can access the tests by registering for an account as directed above, using your alumni email.

Types of tests available

Aptitude Tests

Aptitude tests are a common component of the recruitment process for graduate roles.  We recommend trying the tutorial versions of these tests first, as they serve as an introduction to the format of the tests. Once you're ready, you can move on to practice tests, which more closely mimic real test conditions.

Tests available in this section include:

  • Abstract, Numerical and Verbal Reasoning (tutorial and practice tests)
  • Situational Judgement (tutorial test)

Personality Questionnaires 

Personality questionnaires can help you to better understand your preferences and interests, and can help you to clarify your career interests and goals.

Tests available in this section include:

  • Type Dynamics Indicator – understand your personality type
  • Values Based Indicator of Motivation – learn more about your values and how they motivate you
  • Learning Styles Indicator – discover your preferred style of learning

Team Focus, the organisation behind Profiling for Success, have created this video to tell you how to register for and use the service. (Video transcript)

3. Complete the Psychometric Testing Canvas course

The Psychometric Testing Canvas course outlines the main types of test and presents them to you in four broad categories, providing you with useful links and opportunities for practice.

Access the Careers Network Psychometric Testing Canvas course.


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