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Help with Assessment Centres and Psychometric Testing

Help with Assessment Centres and Psychometric Testing

Help with Assessment Centres and Psychometric Testing

Help with Assessment Centres and Psychometric Testing

Help with Assessment Centres and Psychometric Testing

If you need help or advice with Assessment Centres or Psychometric Testing this page outlines the various ways we can help including appointments, events and resources.

Events

Psychometric Testing Events - Helping you understand how Psychometric Tests are used in the recruitment process and how you might improve your performance. 

Assessment Centre Events - Providing insight into how assessment centres work and including Focus On... Assessment Centres events.

Appointments

If you have an assessment centre coming up, or you would like to discuss psychometric testing, you can book an appointment with one of our advisers. To book the appointment, you can contact us via the Live Chat icon at the bottom of this page, or you can phone us on +44(0)1392 724493. For any other enquiries, you can email us at careers@exeter.ac.uk

Assessment Centre Resources

Assessment Centres Online Training: Created by experienced and professional careers consultants, who have supported many students and graduates to improve their perfomances, this programme is designed to bring together a range of information and advice into one place, making it easier and quicker for you to find what you need.

Assessment Centre Tool - overview of assessment centres with advice and tips. 

Understanding Assessments in My Career Zone Digital has information on different types of tests and assessments. 

Click is an interactive one stop guide to resources (page 12 covers Assessment Centre).

Career Zone Blog - This link takes you to features on Assessment Centres on our blog. There are also blogs on various careers and how to begin your career, as well as advice on how to impress at Assessment Centres:

Employers on Assessment Centres - video with advice in My Career Zone Digital. 

Browse questions about assessment centres and you can also ask or answer questions in the Handshake community Q&A forum. You can edit the term in the search box to make it more specific. 

Our podcast covers a range of careers topics such as including what to expect from an Assessment Centre.

Careercake - How to Succeed at Assessment Centres (University of Exeter SSO Required). 

Psychometric Testing Resources

Practice Tests in My Career Zone Digital - Link to a range of tests including numerical, verbal, logical and e tray exercise. 

Wikijobs Free Practice Aptitude Tests - This link take you to some free aptitude practice tests for numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, diagrammatic reasoning, inductive reasoning, situational judgement and Watson Glaser.

Links to practice psychometric tests. 

If you’re applying for spring insight weeks, summer internships or graduate schemes, you’re very likely to face some form of verbal reasoning test. To help you to prepare, take a look at our guide.

If you’re applying for spring insight weeks, summer internships or graduate schemes, you’re very likely to face some form of numerical reasoning test. To help you to prepare, take a look at our guide. 

Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal

  • Psychometrics test that assesses critical thinking
  • Typically 40 questions (randomly drawn from a large bank)
  • 30 minute time limit
  • Internationally recognised test – very popular in law firms
  • Each employer defines their own threshold, and this can change year-on-year
  • 5 sub-tests assessing:
    • Inference
    • Recognise Assumptions
    • Deduction
    • Interpretation
    • Evaluation arguments
  • Based on the RED model of critical thinking:
    • Recognised Assumption -> Evaluation Assumption -> Draw Conclusion
  • Often only part of a recruitment process that is objective
  • Hogen Lovells (International Law Firm) only exclude those that receive a low score (20%).
    • Research by Hogan Lovells have found strong correlations between those that get high scores in their Watson Glaser test and those that receive a distinction in their LPC.
  • Practice and familiarity the key to improving performance (12-20 hours)
  • Resources:

For an overview of what In-tray and E-tray exercises are and how to approach them take a look at our guide. 

Test Partnership offers free sample tests on the following areas: 

Webinar Recordings

An Introduction to Assessment Centres - If you have a assessment centre coming up, why not tune into this 3 minute video for a quick overview of what you expect from an assessment centre.

An Introduction to Psychometric Tests - If you are applying for a placement or graduate role with a large employer there is a high chance you will need to complete psychometric tests as part of the recruitment process. To learn about these types of tests, tune into this 4 minute video. 

Other useful webinars:

Presentation Skills - You may be asked to give an presentation as part of your assessment centre, so why not watch this webinar to help you to prepare? 

Professionalism and Joining the Workforce - Join Rachel Sloan, Employability and Placements Adviser, for her workshop on professionalism and preparing to join the workforce. 

Demystifying Psychometric Tests - video by Jenny Clark, Careers Consultant.