Psychometric Testing and Assessment Centres

Both psychometric testing and assessment centres are becoming commonly used in the recruitment process. Read on to find out more about both, and how to prepare. 

We’ve put together plenty of sample tests to get you started – the more you practise now, the better your advantage on the day.

Psychometric Testing

Psychometric testing is used more and more by recruiters for two reasons – cost and science. Testing saves time and expense in the recruitment process, and the science behind it helps recruiters find the most suitable candidate with ease.

Testing can be beneficial for you, too. The testing gives you the chance to demonstrate your skills and make an impression from the start – particularly great if you get nervous during interviews. The type of test also tell you which skills will be most important in the role you are applying for.

What type of tests are there?

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Diagrammatic reasoning
  • Aptitude
  • Situational judgement tests
  • Personality 

For more information on the types of tests and how to prepare, take a look at the Careers+Placement’s PDF – Psychometric Testing Tips.

Practice psychometric testing

At Aston we provide support in getting your career started. We’ve purchased some of the best practice tests available to get you started including Team Focus, Graduates First and more. You'll find all of these in our Interviews Resource Library.

Profiling for Success by Team Focus

The Team Focus psychometric tests will support you in the practice of abstract, numerical and verbal reasoning skills.  

The site also offers a type dynamics personality assessment, a learning styles indicator and a career interests inventory. 

View step by step instructions about how to access the site.

Find out more>>> 

Team Focus C+P

Graduates First

We’ve teamed up with Graduates First to provide you access to a range of genuine aptitude tests to practise. These are free for Aston students and graduates. Each test will reflect the level of difficulty you are likely to encounter when applying for graduate employment.

Find out more>>>

Graduates First C+P

Aston University 

For more tests, useful links and our own collection of psychometric testing books available to borrow from the Careers+Placements Centre, 1st Floor, South wing.

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Assessment Centre Days

Some recruiters may invite you take part in an Assessment Centre. This may be a full day of tests designed to assess your skills and personal qualities and will combine individual and group activities.

Throughout the day you’ll be assessed on:

  • how you behave in a range of situations
  • how you react under pressure
  • how you work with others and on your own 

Remember, this is still a form of interview, so read through the Interview pages of the Careers+Placements website before the day to be ready. 

Make sure you read all of the information provided by the recruiter – there may be a presentation or other tasks to prepare in advance and take with you. 

Take a look at the Careers+Placement’s PDF – Assessment Centre Guidelines.

The types of activity can be split into either individual or group activities, such as:


  • Presentations
  • Written exercises
  • Role play
  • Psychometric tests
  • In tray and e-tray exercises


  • Group tasks and discussions
  • Business case studies
  • Physical challenges 

For examples of the competencies or activities you may be assessed on visit the resource library.